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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031243/preparation-and-evaluation-of-rifampicin-and-co-trimoxazole-loaded-nanocarrier-against-brucella-melitensis-infection
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Narges Bodaghabadi, Samira Hajigholami, Ziba Vaise Malekshahi, Maliheh Entezari, Farhood Najafi, Hadi Shirzad, Majid Sadeghizadeh
Background: Brucellosis or Malta fever is a contagious infection common between human and domestic animals. Many antibiotics are used for brucellosis treatment, but they are not efficient and put heavy burden on society. Co-trimoxazole and rifampicin are two candidates for brucellosis treatment. In this study, we aimed to enhance the efficacy of these antibiotics using designed nanoparticles. Methods: Different concentrations of co-trimoxazole and rifampicin were used for loading onto a nanostructure of synthesized monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-oleate (mPEG-OA)...
October 15, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031156/hiv-misdiagnosis-a-root-cause-analysis-leading-to-improvements-in-hiv-diagnosis-and-patient-care
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Raynell Lang, Carmen Charlton, Brenda Beckthold, Kiana Kadivar, Stephanie Lavoie, Doug Caswell, Paul Levett, Greg Horsman, John Kim, M John Gill
BACKGROUND: Standard diagnostic testing for HIV infection has traditionally relied on a high sensitivity HIV antibody screening test using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) followed by a high specificity antibody confirmatory test such as a Western Blot. Recently several of the screening assays have been enhanced with an ability to identify p24 antigen thereby narrowing the diagnostic window. OBJECTIVES: To explore the implications of enhanced HIV screening methods that may be leading to HIV misdiagnoses...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031134/the-positive-relationships-between-plant-coverage-species-richness-and-aboveground-biomass-are-ubiquitous-across-plant-growth-forms-in-semi-steppe-rangelands
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Anvar Sanaei, Arshad Ali, Mohammad Ali Zare Chahouki
The positive relationships between biodiversity and aboveground biomass are important for biodiversity conservation and greater ecosystem functioning and services that humans depend on. However, the interaction effects of plant coverage and biodiversity on aboveground biomass across plant growth forms (shrubs, forbs and grasses) in natural rangelands are poorly studied. Here, we hypothesized that, while accounting for environmental factors and disturbance intensities, the positive relationships between plant coverage, biodiversity, and aboveground biomass are ubiquitous across plant growth forms in natural rangelands...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031119/index-analysis-and-human-health-risk-model-application-for-evaluating-ambient-air-heavy-metal-contamination-in-chemical-valley-sarnia
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Richard Olawoyin, Linda Schweitzer, Kuangyuan Zhang, Oladapo Okareh, Kevin Slates
The impacts of air emissions as a consequence of industrial activities around communities of human habitation have been extensively reported. This study is the first to assess potential adverse human health effects in the Chemical Valley Sarnia (CVS) area, around the St. Clair River, using health risk models, ecological and pollution indices. Large quantities of particulate matters (PM) are generated from anthropogenic activities, which contain several heavy metals in trace quantities with potentially adverse effects to humans and environmental health...
October 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031089/17%C3%AE-estradiol-regulates-the-rna-binding-protein-nova1-which-then-regulates-the-alternative-splicing-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-in-the-aging-female-rat-brain
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Cody L Shults, Caitlin B Dingwall, Chun K Kim, Elena Pinceti, Yathindar S Rao, Toni R Pak
Alternative RNA splicing results in the translation of diverse protein products arising from a common nucleotide sequence. These alternative protein products are often functional and can have widely divergent actions from the canonical protein. Studies in humans and other vertebrate animals have demonstrated that alternative splicing events increase with advanced age, sometimes resulting in pathological consequences. Menopause represents a critical transition for women, where the beneficial effects of estrogens are no longer evident; therefore, factors underlying increased pathological conditions in women are confounded by the dual factors of aging and declining estrogens...
September 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029336/differential-effects-of-exposure-to-single-versus-a-mixture-of-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-on-steroidogenesis-pathway-in-mouse-testes
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Julio Buñay, Eduardo Larriba, Daniel Patiño-Garcia, Leonor Cruz-Fernandes, Sergio Castañeda-Zegarra, María Rodriguez-Fernandez, Jesús Del Mazo, Ricardo D Moreno
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) generate reproductive dysfunctions affecting the biosynthesis of steroid hormones and genes of the steroidogenic pathway. EDCs effects are mainly reported as a result of exposure to single compounds. However, humans are environmentally exposed to a mixture of EDCs. Herein, we assess chronic exposure to single alkylphenols and phthalates versus a mixture in mouse testes histology and steroidogenesis. Pregnant mice were exposed through drinking water to: 0.3 mg/Kg-body weight (BW)/day of each phthalate (DEHP, DBP, BBP), 0...
September 22, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029320/insecticidal-mechanism-of-wintergreen-oil-against-the-health-pest-paederus-fuscipes-coleoptera-staphylinidae
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Zhiping Liu, Qiang Zhang, Xuan Wu, Wei Yu, Shengquan Guo
Paederus fuscipes, a health pest, causes dermatitis linearis in humans. Wintergreen oil exhibits optimal insecticidal activity against P. fuscipes. However, the insecticidal mechanism remains unclear not only in P. fuscipes but also in other pests. In this study, we explored the insecticidal mechanism of wintergreen oil in terms of its effect on the activity of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) enzyme and detoxifying enzymes (carboxylesterase, glutathione-S-transferase, and mixed function oxidase); such effect was studied by fumigation both in vivo and in vitro in P...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029317/the-critical-role-of-supply-chains-in-preventing-human-immunodeficiency-virus-drug-resistance-in-low-and-middle-income-settings
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Thomas Minior, Meaghan Douglas, Dianna Edgil, Meena Srivastava, John Crowley, Jacqueline Firth, Ilana Lapidos-Salaiz, Jason Williams, Lana Lee
The functioning of the supply chain may be a driving factor behind the development of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drug resistance (HIVDR) in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Additionally, the effectiveness of supply chains will likely impact the scale-up of both viral-load monitoring and HIVDR testing. This article describes the complexities of global supply chains relevant for LMICs and presents early data on stock-outs and drug substitutions in several countries supported by the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029310/fragrance-allergens-linalool-and-limonene-allylic-hydroperoxides-in-skin-allergy-mechanisms-of-action-focusing-on-transcription-factor-nrf2
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Chloé Raffalli, Elodie Clouet, Salen Kuresepi, Marie-Hélène Damiens, Jean-Pierre Lepoittevin, Marc Pallardy, Pierre-Jacques Ferret, Elena Giménez-Arnau, Saadia Kerdine-Römer
Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is regarded as the most frequent expression of immunotoxicity in humans. Many odorant terpenes commonly used in fragrance compositions are considered as weak skin sensitizers, whereas some of their autoxidation products, allylic hydroperoxides, are classified as strong sensitizers according to the Local Lymph Node Assay (LLNA). However, the mechanism of their effects on the immune system remains unclear. Since dendritic cells play a key role in ACD, we studied their activation by the frequently used linalool (LINA) and limonene (LIMO), and their respective sensitizing allylic hydroperoxides (LINA-OOH, LIMO-OOH)...
September 29, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029305/large-scale-automated-sleep-staging
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Haoqi Sun, Jian Jia, Balaji Goparaju, Guang-Bin Huang, Olga Sourina, Matt Travis Bianchi, M Brandon Westover
Study Objectives: Automated sleep staging has been previously limited by a combination of clinical and physiological heterogeneity. Both factors are in principle addressable with large data sets that enable robust calibration. However, the impact of sample size remains uncertain. The objectives are to investigate the extent to which machine learning methods can approximate the performance of human scorers when supplied with sufficient training cases and to investigate how staging performance depends on the number of training patients, contextual information, model complexity, and imbalance between sleep stage proportions...
September 26, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029270/does-active-oral-sex-contribute-to-female-infertility
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Patrik M Bavoil, Patricia X Marques, Rebecca Brotman, Jacques Ravel
Based on recent, historical, and circumstantial evidence, we present a multifactorial hypothesis that has potential direct implications on the epidemiology and management of chlamydial infection and disease in humans. We propose that (1) like its veterinary relatives, the oculogenital pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis evolved as a commensal organism of the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract primarily transmissible via the fecal-oral route; (2) in the modern era, C. trachomatis causes "opportunistic" infection at non-GI sites under conditions driven by improved sanitation/hygiene and reduced fecal-oral transmission; and (3) the rise in the practice of oral sex is contributing to the increased prevalence of C...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029220/effect-of-host-traits-and-land-use-changes-on-the-gut-microbiota-of-the-namibian-black-backed-jackal-canis-mesomelas
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Sebastian Menke, Matthias Meier, John K E Mfune, Joerg Melzheimer, Bettina Wachter, Simone Sommer
Host traits and environmental factors drive the natural variation in gut microbiota and disruption in homeostasis can cause infections and chronic diseases. African wildlife is increasingly facing human-induced agricultural habitats, which also amplifies the contact probability with livestock with unknown consequences for wildlife gut microbiotas and the risk of transmission of potentially pathogenic bacteria. We applied high-throughput sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA genes and microsatellite genotyping to investigate the impact of host traits and habitat use on the gut microbiotas of black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas)...
September 25, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029178/expansion-of-viral-load-testing-and-the-potential-impact-on-human-immunodeficiency-virus-drug-resistance
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Helen M Chun, Yaa F Obeng-Aduasare, Laura N Broyles, Dennis Ellenberger
Increasing the volume, strengthening the quality, and proactively using data of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) load testing are pivotal to limiting the threat of HIV drug resistance (HIVDR) accumulation,and allow for optimal case-based HIVDR surveillance. Triangulation of viral load (VL) and HIVDR testing data could be pursued to answer key questions and translate data and results for program and public policy. Identification of virologic failure and early management mitigates the greater risk of HIVDR...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029143/genome-wide-analysis-of-genetic-risk-factors-for-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-aboriginal-australians-provides-support-for-pathogenic-molecular-mimicry
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Lesley-Ann Gray, Heather A D'Antoine, Steven Y C Tong, Melita McKinnon, Dawn Bessarab, Ngaire Brown, Bo Reményi, Andrew Steer, Genevieve Syn, Jenefer M Blackwell, Michael Inouye, Jonathan R Carapetis
Background: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) following Group A Streptococcus (GAS) infections is heritable and prevalent in Indigenous populations. Molecular mimicry between human and GAS proteins triggers pro-inflammatory cardiac valve-reactive T-cells. Methods: Genome-wide genetic analysis was undertaken in 1263 Aboriginal Australians (398 RHD cases; 865 controls). Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were genotyped using Illumina HumanCoreExome BeadChips. Direct typing and imputation was used to fine-map the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029138/the-female-genital-tract-microbiome-is-associated-with-vaginal-antiretroviral-drug-concentrations-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-women-on-antiretroviral-therapy
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Renee Donahue Carlson, Anandi N Sheth, Timothy D Read, Michael B Frisch, C Christina Mehta, Amy Martin, Richard E Haaland, Anar S Patel, Chou-Pong Pau, Colleen S Kraft, Igho Ofotokun
Background: The female genital tract (FGT) microbiome may affect vaginal pH and other factors that influence drug movement into the vagina. We examined the relationship between the microbiome and antiretroviral concentrations in the FGT. Methods: Over one menstrual cycle, 20 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected women virologically suppressed on tenofovir (TFV) disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine and ritonavir-boosted atazanavir (ATV) underwent serial paired cervicovaginal and plasma sampling for antiretroviral concentrations using high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029094/thyroid-hormone-metabolism-defects-in-a-mouse-model-of-sbp2-deficiency
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Jiao Fu, Haruki Fujisawa, Benjamin Follman, Xiao-Hui Liao, Alexandra M Dumitrescu
SBP2 (selenocysteine insertion sequence binding protein 2) is an essential factor in selenoprotein synthesis. Patients with SBP2 defects have a characteristic thyroid phenotype and additional manifestations such as growth delay, male infertility, impaired motor coordination and developmental delay. The thyroid phenotype has become pathognomonic for this defect and putative deficiencies in the iodothyronine deiodinases selenoenzymes have been implicated. To investigate the role of SBP2 and selenoproteins in thyroid physiology and answer questions raised by the human syndrome we generated a tamoxifen inducible Sbp2 conditional knockout (iCKO) mouse model...
September 28, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029029/a-manifesto-for-cardiovascular-imaging-addressing-the-human-factor
#17
Alan G Fraser
Our use of modern cardiovascular imaging tools has not kept pace with their technological development. Diagnostic errors are common but seldom investigated systematically. Rather than more impressive pictures, our main goal should be more precise tests of function which we select because their appropriate use has therapeutic implications which in turn have a beneficial impact on morbidity or mortality. We should practise analytical thinking, use checklists to avoid diagnostic pitfalls, and apply strategies that will reduce biases and avoid overdiagnosis...
September 28, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029021/aetiological-heterogeneity-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinomas-the-role-of-human-papillomavirus-infections-smoking-and-alcohol
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Nada J Farsi, Marie-Claude Rousseau, Nicolas Schlecht, Geneviève Castonguay, Paul Allison, Phuc Félix Nguyen-Tan, Denis Soulieres, Francois Coutlée, Michael Hier, Sreenath Madathil, Eduardo L Franco, Belinda Nicolau
Tobacco and alcohol consumption are the main risk factors for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). In addition, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection plays a causal role in oropharyngeal cancer (OPC), a subset of HNSCC. We assessed the independent effects of tobacco, alcohol, and HPV infection on OPC risk in the Head and Neck Cancer(HeNCe) Life study, a hospital-based case-control study of HNSCC with frequency-matched controls by age and sex from four Montreal hospitals. Interviewers collected information on socio-demographic and behavioural factors...
September 28, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028997/serum-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-reveals-soluble-egfr-to-be-a-marker-of-insulin-resistance-in-male-mice-and-humans
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Mayu Kyohara, Jun Shirakawa, Tomoko Okuyama, Ayuko Kimura, Yu Togashi, Kazuki Tajima, Hisashi Hirano, Yasuo Terauchi
To identify circulating factors as candidates involved in type 2 diabetes (T2DM), we conducted two different quantitative proteomic analyses: 1) db/db mouse sera were compared with db/+ mouse sera obtained at 4, 8, 12, and 24 weeks of age, and 2) db/db mouse sera from animals treated with liraglutide were compared with sera from animals without liraglutide treatment. 20 and eight proteins were differentially expressed in db/db mouse sera in the first experiment and in db/db mouse sera after liraglutide treatment in the second experiment, respectively...
October 5, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028960/ovarian-follicular-theca-cell-recruitment-differentiation-and-impact-on-fertility-2017-update
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JoAnne S Richards, Yi A Ren, Nicholes Candelaria, Jaye E Adams, Aleksandar Rajkovic
The major goal of this review is to summarize recent exciting findings that have been published within the past 10 years that, to our knowledge, have not been presented in detail in previous reviews and that may impact altered follicular development in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and premature ovarian failure (POF) in women. Specifically, we will cover 1) mouse models that have led to discovery of the derivation of two precursor populations of theca cells in the embryonic gonad, 2) the key roles of the oocyte-derived factor GDF9 on the hedgehog (HH) signaling pathway and theca cell functions and 3) the impact of the HH pathway on both the specification of theca endocrine cells and theca fibroblast and smooth muscle cells in developing follicles...
October 5, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
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