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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584222/paederus-dermatitis
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REVIEW
Kaliaperumal Karthikeyan, Annapurna Kumar
Paederus dermatitis is an irritant dermatitis caused by pederin, a toxin produced by the rove beetle (Paederus). The disease occurs worldwide, but it is often not recognized as a history of contact with the insect is frequently absent. It is commonly seen in the rainy season. Crushing the insect releases pederin, resulting in the characteristic linear lesions with a burning sensation that heal with hyperpigmentation. Treatment comprises immediate washing of the area to eliminate the toxin and topical application of a topical steroid-antibiotic combination...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579983/effect-of-dietary-minerals-on-virulence-attributes-of-vibrio-cholerae
#2
Varunkumar Bhattaram, Abhinav Upadhyay, Hsin-Bai Yin, Shankumar Mooyottu, Kumar Venkitanarayanan
Vibrio cholerae is a water-borne pathogen responsible for causing a toxin-mediated profuse diarrhea in humans, leading to severe dehydration and death in unattended patients. With increasing reports of antibiotic resistance in V. cholerae, there is a need for alternate interventional strategies for controlling cholera. A potential new strategy for treating infectious diseases involves targeting bacterial virulence rather than growth, where a pathogen's specific mechanisms critical for causing infection in hosts are inhibited...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560190/botulinum-as-a-toxin-for-treating-post-herpetic-neuralgia
#3
Xu-Dong Ding, Jing Zhong, Yan-Ping Liu, Hua-Xian Chen
BACKGROUND: We aimed to study the curative effects of botulinum A toxin (BTX-A) on the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia (PNH). METHODS: We enrolled 58 PNH patients and treated them with hypodermic injection of BTX-A in Xiangyang No.1 People's Hospital, Hubei University of Medicine, Hubei, China. We measured and compared the Visual Analog Score (VAS), Neuropathy Pain Scale (NPS), Quality of Life Scale (SF-36) score, PNH seizure severity degree, seizure duration, frequency of attack and the use of painkillers before and after treatment...
May 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559487/a-toxin-involved-in-salmonella-persistence-regulates-its-activity-by-acetylating-its-cognate-antitoxin-a-modification-reversed-by-cobb-sirtuin-deacetylase
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Chelsey M VanDrisse, Anastacia R Parks, Jorge C Escalante-Semerena
Bacterial toxin-antitoxin systems trigger the onset of a persister state by inhibiting essential cellular processes. The TacT toxin of Salmonella enterica is known to induce a persister state in macrophages through the acetylation of aminoacyl-tRNAs. Here, we show that the TacT toxin and the TacA antitoxin work as a complex that modulates TacT activity via the acetylation state of TacA. TacT acetylates TacA at residue K44, a modification that is removed by the NAD(+)-dependent CobB sirtuin deacetylase. TacA acetylation increases the activity of TacT, downregulating protein synthesis...
May 30, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553767/assessment-of-aflatoxin-b1-myocardial-toxicity-in-rats-mitochondrial-damage-and-cellular-apoptosis-in-cardiomyocytes-induced-by-aflatoxin-b1
#5
Junhua Ge, Haichu Yu, Jian Li, Zhexun Lian, Hongjing Zhang, Hao Fang, Lusha Qian
Objective The number of deaths from heart disease is increasing worldwide. Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), a toxin produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus, is frequently detected in improperly processed/stored human food products. While AFB1 hepatotoxicity and carcinogenic properties have been well addressed, its myocardial toxicity is poorly documented. This study aimed to investigate myocardial toxic activity of AFB1. Methods Ten rats were fed with AFB1 at a dose that did not result in acute toxic reactions for 30 days and 10 vehicle-fed rats served as controls...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536379/plant-toxin-based-immunotoxins-for-cancer-therapy-a-short-overview
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REVIEW
Letizia Polito, Alice Djemil, Massimo Bortolotti
Immunotoxins are chimeric proteins obtained by linking a toxin to either an intact antibody or an antibody fragment. Conjugation can be obtained by chemical or genetic engineering, where the latter yields recombinant conjugates. An essential requirement is that the target molecule recognized by the antibody is confined to the cell population to be deleted, or at least that it is not present on stem cells or other cell types essential for the organism's survival. Hundreds of different studies have demonstrated the potential for applying immunotoxins to many models in pre-clinical studies and in clinical trials...
June 1, 2016: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525308/toxin-antitoxin-systems-implications-for-plant-disease
#7
T Shidore, L R Triplett
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are gene modules that are ubiquitous in freeliving prokaryotes. Diverse in structure, cellular function, and fitness roles, TA systems are defined by the presence of a toxin gene that suppresses bacterial growth and a toxin-neutralizing antitoxin gene, usually encoded in a single operon. Originally viewed as DNA maintenance modules, TA systems are now thought to function in many roles, including bacterial stress tolerance, virulence, phage defense, and biofilm formation. However, very few studies have investigated the significance of TA systems in the context of plant-microbe interactions...
May 19, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524037/-clinical-analysis-of-53-patients-with-clostridium-botulinum-food-poisoning
#8
Peng Zhang, Jianguang Dong, Lili Bai, Zewu Qiu
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the epidemiologic data of patients with Clostridium botulinum food poisoning, and to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of food borne botulism. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted. Fifty-three patients with Clostridium botulinum food poisoning admitted to Chinese PLA Center of Poisoning and Treatment from January 2009 to December 2016 were enrolled, and they were divided into mild, moderate, and severe groups according to the severity of disease...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511693/antagonistic-action-on-nmda-glun2b-mediated-currents-of-two-peptides-that-were-conantokin-g-structure-based-designed
#9
Edwin A Reyes-Guzman, Nohora Vega-Castro, Edgar A Reyes-Montaño, Esperanza Recio-Pinto
BACKGROUND: The GluN2B subunit of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAr) modulates many physiological processes including learning, memory, and pain. Excessive increase in NMDAr/GluN2B activity has been associated with various disorders such neuropathic pain and neuronal death following hypoxia. Thus there is an interest in identifying NMDAr antagonists that interact specifically with the GluN2B subunit. Recently based on structural analysis between the GluN2B subunit and conantokin-G, a toxin that interacts selectively with the GluN2B subunit, we designed various peptides that are predicted to act as NMDAr antagonists by interacting with the GluN2B subunit...
May 16, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508407/structural-conservation-of-the-pin-domain-active-site-across-all-domains-of-life
#10
REVIEW
M Senissar, M C Manav, D E Brodersen
The PIN (PilT N-terminus) domain is a compact RNA-binding protein domain present in all domains of life. This 120-residue domain consists of a central and parallel β sheet surrounded by α helices, which together organize 4-5 acidic residues in an active site that binds one or more divalent metal ions and in many cases has endoribonuclease activity. In bacteria and archaea, the PIN domain is primarily associated with toxin-antitoxin loci, consisting of a toxin (the PIN domain nuclease) and an antitoxin that inhibits the function of the toxin under normal growth conditions...
May 15, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507562/antivenomics-as-a-tool-to-improve-the-neutralizing-capacity-of-the-crotalic-antivenom-a-study-with-crotamine
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Ricardo Teixeira-Araújo, Patrícia Castanheira, Leonora Brazil-Más, Francisco Pontes, Moema Leitão de Araújo, Maria Lucia Machado Alves, Russolina Benedeta Zingali, Carlos Correa-Netto
BACKGROUND: Snakebite treatment requires administration of an appropriate antivenom that should contain antibodies capable of neutralizing the venom. To achieve this goal, antivenom production must start from a suitable immunization protocol and proper venom mixtures. In Brazil, antivenom against South American rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus terrificus) bites is produced by public institutions based on the guidelines defined by the regulatory agency of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, ANVISA...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498064/polydopamine-polyethyleneimine-complex-adhered-to-micrometer-sized-magnetic-carbon-fibers-for-high-efficiency-hemoperfusion
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Rui-Lin Liu, Yan Wang, Xian-Li Ge, Pei Yu, Hui-Qin Liu, Ming-Chan Wang, Wen Lu, Qiang Fu
Carbon-based nanomaterials have recently attracted tremendous attention in adsorption, separation and biological fields. However, such modification is not always straightforward when the surface is not chemically reactive. Given this reason, most carbon materials modification processes employ reactive linkers or coupling agents, which are complicated and time-consuming. Herein, we report on a dopamine-polyethyleneimine (PEI) coating strategy to fabricate micrometer-sized magnetic carbon fiber (MSMCF)-based extracorporeal blood-cleansing sorbent for hemoperfusion...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484490/intraluminal-administration-of-resiniferatoxin-protects-against-clostridium-difficile-toxin-a-induced-colitis
#13
Steven R Vigna
Clostridium difficile toxin A is a colonic inflammatory agent that acts partially by activation of TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1). Resiniferatoxin (RTX) is an excitotoxin that activates TRPV1 at low concentrations and defunctionalizes TRPV1 at high concentrations. RTX at various doses was injected intraluminally into isolated ileal segments in anesthetized rats. After 3 hours, the treated segments were removed and inflammation was assessed. This acute treatment with RTX resulted in biphasic responses: (1) an increase in inflammation similar to that caused by toxin A and capsaicin at low doses of up to 100 ng RTX and (2) no inflammatory effect of RTX at higher doses (1-100 μg), consistent with a defunctionalizing or neurotoxic effect of RTX at high doses...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478825/do-flexible-inter-injection-intervals-improve-the-effects-of-botulinum-toxin-a-treatment-in-reducing-impairment-and-disability-in-patients-with-spasticity
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Carlo Trompetto, Lucio Marinelli, Laura Mori, Luca Puce, Elisa Pelosin, Carlo Serrati, Francesco Fattapposta, Steno Rinalduzzi, Giovanni Abbruzzese, Antonio Currà
In patients treated with botulinum toxin-A (BoNT-A), toxin-directed antibody formation was related to the dosage and frequency of injections, leading to the empirical adoption of minimum time intervals between injections of 3months or longer. However, recent data suggest that low immunogenicity of current BoNT-A preparations could allow more frequent injections. Our hypothesis is that a short time interval between injections may be safe and effective in reducing upper limb spasticity and related disability...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459803/effects-of-stochasticity-and-division-of-labor-in-toxin-production-on-two-strain-bacterial-competition-in-escherichia-coli
#15
Benedikt von Bronk, Sophia Anna Schaffer, Alexandra Götz, Madeleine Opitz
In phenotypically heterogeneous microbial populations, the decision to adopt one or another phenotype is often stochastically regulated. However, how this stochasticity affects interactions between competing microbes in mixed communities is difficult to assess. One example of such an interaction system is the competition of an Escherichia coli strain C, which performs division of labor between reproducers and self-sacrificing toxin producers, with a toxin-sensitive strain S. The decision between reproduction or toxin production within a single C cell is inherently stochastic...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443656/acyl-fluorides-fast-efficient-and-versatile-lysine-based-protein-conjugation-via-plug-and-play-strategy
#16
Igor Dovgan, Sylvain Ursuegui, Stéphane Erb, Chloé Michel, Sergii Kolodych, Sarah Cianférani, Alain Wagner
We report a plug-and-play strategy for the preparation of functionally enhanced antibodies with a defined average degree of conjugation (DoC). The first stage (plug) allows the controllable and efficient installation of azide groups on lysine residues of a native antibody using 4-azidobenzoyl fluoride. The second step (play) allows for versatile antibody functionalization with a single payload or combination of payloads, such as a toxin, a fluorophore, or an oligonucleotide, via copper-free strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition (SPAAC)...
April 26, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433497/clostridium-difficile-toxin-glucosyltransferase-domains-in-complex-with-a-non-hydrolyzable-udp-glucose-analogue
#17
Joseph W Alvin, D Borden Lacy
Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis worldwide. The organism produces two homologous toxins, TcdA and TcdB, which enter and disrupt host cell function by glucosylating and thereby inactivating key signalling molecules within the host. As a toxin-mediated disease, there has been a significant interest in identifying small molecule inhibitors of the toxins' glucosyltransferase activities. This study was initiated as part of an effort to identify the mode of inhibition for a small molecule inhibitor of glucosyltransferase activity called apigenin...
June 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431223/pink1-based-screen-shines-light-on-autophagy-enhancers-for-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Dominik Haddad, Ken Nakamura
In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Zhang et al. (2017) report a zebrafish model of Parkinson's disease (PD), incorporating the PD-protein PINK1 and rotenone, a toxin linked to PD. Using it as a drug-screening platform, they identify trifluoperazine and other piperazine phenothiazines as protective compounds that enhance autophagy independent of PINK1.
April 20, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402338/insulin-deprivation-induces-pp2a-inhibition-and-tau-hyperphosphorylation-in-htau-mice-a-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-like-tau-pathology
#19
Maud Gratuze, Jacinthe Julien, Franck R Petry, Françoise Morin, Emmanuel Planel
Abnormally hyperphosphorylated tau aggregated as intraneuronal neurofibrillary tangles is one of the two neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The majority of AD cases are sporadic with numerous environmental, biological and genetic risks factors. Interestingly, insulin dysfunction and hyperglycaemia are both risk factors for sporadic AD. However, how hyperglycaemia and insulin dysfunction affect tau pathology, is not well understood. In this study, we examined the effects of insulin deficiency on tau pathology in transgenic hTau mice by injecting different doses of streptozotocin (STZ), a toxin that destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385835/genome-sequence-of-a-toxin-positive-clostridium-difficile-strain-isolated-from-murine-feces
#20
Lucie Etienne-Mesmin, Benoit Chassaing, Oluwaseyi Adekunle, Lisa M Mattei, Adrianne N Edwards, Shonna M McBride, Frederic D Bushman, Andrew T Gewirtz
Herein, we report the genome sequence of a Clostridium difficile strain isolated from the feces of antibiotic-treated C57BL/6 mice. We have named this strain, which differs considerably from those of the previously sequenced C. difficile strains, LEM1.
April 6, 2017: Genome Announcements
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