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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737874/-brain-abscess-in-children-ten-years-of-experience-in-a-third-level-pediatric-hospital
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Martín Brizuela, Guadalupe Pérez, Soledad Martiren, Ana N Varela Baino, Carola Cedillo, Silvina Ruvinsky, Carolina Epelbaum, Adela Isasmendi, Mirta Litterio, José L Pinheiro, Rosa Bologna
Brain abscess is a focal infection that occurs with a frequency of 0.3-1.3 cases per 100,000 people/year. We describe the epidemiology, clinical and microbiology characteristics of 38 children diagnosed with brain abscess hospitalized between 4/1/2005 and 12/31/2015 at Hospital de Pediatría "Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan" in Buenos Aires City. Twenty-four patients were male. The median age was 132 months. Predisposing factors were detected in 25 children. The median evolution from onset of symptoms to the visit was 7 days...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731302/lead-ii-binding-in-metallothioneins
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Daisy L Wong, Maureen E Merrifield-MacRae, Martin J Stillman
Heavy metal exposure has long been associated with metallothionein (MT) regulation and its functions. MT is a ubiquitous, cysteine-rich protein that is involved in homeostatic metal response for the essential metals zinc and copper, as well as detoxification of heavy metals; the most commonly proposed being cadmium. MT binds in vivo to a number of metals in addition to zinc, cadmium and copper, such as bismuth. In vitro, metallation with a wide range of metals (especially mercury, arsenic, and lead) has been reported using a variety of analytical methods...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717130/polymicrobial-infections-in-brain-tissue-from-alzheimer-s-disease-patients
#3
Diana Pisa, Ruth Alonso, Ana M Fernández-Fernández, Alberto Rábano, Luis Carrasco
Several studies have advanced the idea that the etiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) could be microbial in origin. In the present study, we tested the possibility that polymicrobial infections exist in tissue from the entorhinal cortex/hippocampus region of patients with AD using immunohistochemistry (confocal laser scanning microscopy) and highly sensitive (nested) PCR. We found no evidence for expression of early (ICP0) or late (ICP5) proteins of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in brain sections. A polyclonal antibody against Borrelia detected structures that appeared not related to spirochetes, but rather to fungi...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716481/-disseminated-nocardiosis-caused-by-nocardia-nova-with-brain-abscesses-and-osteomyelitis-in-an-immunocompetent-patient
#4
P-L Conan, C Ficko, F Charton, O Bylicki, H Le Floch, J Margery, F Rivière
INTRODUCTION: Nocardia is an opportunist bacteria involved in patients with cellular immunodepression or chronic lung disease. The most frequent portals of entry are the respiratory tract by inhalation or direct inoculation through a cutaneous effraction. Nocardiosis may be localised or disseminated. CASE REPORT: We report a rare case of disseminated nocardiosis to Nocardia nova with pulmonary, cutaneous, cerebral attacks and femoral osteomyelitis. The diagnosis was confirmed by prolonged cultures of the bronchoalveolar fluid and the pus extracted from a cutaneous lesion...
July 14, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716445/feeding-systems-and-the-gut-microbiome-gut-brain-interactions-with-relevance-to-psychiatric-conditions
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REVIEW
Brittany L Mason
BACKGROUND: Physical and mental health is dependent on the environment, and feeding is a prime example of this environmental exchange. While the hypothalamus controls both feeding behavior and the stress response, the integration of the neural control centers and the peripheral gut allows for disruption in the gastrointestinal systems and dysfunctional communication to the brain. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review is to familiarize clinicians with the physiology controlling feeding behavior and its implications for psychiatric conditions, such as anorexia nervosa and depression...
June 8, 2017: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713103/-listeriosis-of-central-nervous-system-in-patients-with-ulcerative-colitis-case-study
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Agnieszka Żak-Gołąb, Krzysztof Dąbrowski, Antoni Hrycek
In the recently an increase morbidity inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis was observed. The use of purine analogs and their metabolites are associated with a higher incidence of infections in this group of patients. Listeriosis is an infectious disease caused by a relatively anaerobic gram-positive bacteria - Listeria monocytogenes. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, but these pathogens can also cause myocarditis, central nervous system infections, including brain abscesses and sepsis...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712376/grape-pomace-improves-performance-antioxidant-status-fecal-microbiota-and-meat-quality-of-piglets
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I Kafantaris, D Stagos, B Kotsampasi, A Hatzis, A Kypriotakis, K Gerasopoulos, S Makri, N Goutzourelas, C Mitsagga, I Giavasis, K Petrotos, S Kokkas, P Goulas, V Christodoulou, D Kouretas
In the present study, grape pomace (GP) was used as feed additive in the diet of weaned piglets in order to develop innovative feedstuffs and to investigate their potential beneficial effects on welfare, productivity and meat quality. For examining the antioxidant capacity of the experimental feeds, 24 piglets of 20 days old were assigned to two experimental groups receiving standard or experimental diet for 30 days. Blood and tissues collections were performed at four different time-points, 2, 20, 35 and 50 days post birth...
July 17, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711510/serotyping-of-brunei-pneumococcal-clinical-strains-and-the-investigation-of-their-capability-to-adhere-and-invade-a-brain-endothelium-model
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Nurul Adhwa Rahman, Aishah Sharudin, Suwarni Diah, Siti Hanna Muharram
INTRODUCTION: Pneumococcal infections have caused morbidity and mortality globally. Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococci) are commensal bacteria that colonize the nasopharynx, asymptomatically. From there, pneumococci can spread in the lungs causing pneumonia and disseminate in the bloodstream causing bacteremia (sepsis) and reach the brain leading to meningitis. Endothelial cells are one of the most important components of the blood-brain barrier that separates the blood from the brain and plays the first protective role against pneumococcal entry...
July 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710882/mid-trimester-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes-pprom-etiology-diagnosis-classification-international-recommendations-of-treatment-options-and-outcome
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REVIEW
Michael Tchirikov, Natalia Schlabritz-Loutsevitch, James Maher, Jörg Buchmann, Yuri Naberezhnev, Andreas S Winarno, Gregor Seliger
Mid-trimester preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), defined as rupture of fetal membranes prior to 28 weeks of gestation, complicates approximately 0.4%-0.7% of all pregnancies. This condition is associated with a very high neonatal mortality rate as well as an increased risk of long- and short-term severe neonatal morbidity. The causes of the mid-trimester PPROM are multifactorial. Altered membrane morphology including marked swelling and disruption of the collagen network which is seen with PPROM can be triggered by bacterial products or/and pro-inflammatory cytokines...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709108/vibrio-parahaemolyticus-and-v-alginolyticus-associated-meningo-encephalitis-in-a-bottlenose-dolphin-tursiops-truncatus-from-the-adriatic-coast-of-italy
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Ludovica Di Renzo, Gabriella Di Francesco, Chiara Profico, Cristina E Di Francesco, Nicola Ferri, Daniela Averaimo, Giovanni Di Guardo
A case of Vibrio parahaemolyticus- and V. alginolyticus-associated meningo-encephalitis in a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) found stranded along the Adriatic coast of Italy in 2016 is herein reported, along with a minireview on V. parahaemolyticus and V. alginolyticus infections in aquatic mammals. Macroscopically, two abscesses were found in the dolphin's forebrain, along with an extensive, bilateral, parasitic broncho-pneumonia. Histologically, a suppurative-to-pyogranulomatous meningo-encephalitis involved the brain but not the cerebellum...
July 1, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704569/a-virulence-associated-filamentous-bacteriophage-of-neisseria-meningitidis-increases-host-cell-colonisation
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Emmanuelle Bille, Julie Meyer, Anne Jamet, Daniel Euphrasie, Jean-Philippe Barnier, Terry Brissac, Anna Larsen, Philippe Pelissier, Xavier Nassif
Neisseria meningitidis is a commensal of human nasopharynx. In some circumstances, this bacteria can invade the bloodstream and, after crossing the blood brain barrier, the meninges. A filamentous phage, designated MDAΦ for Meningococcal Disease Associated, has been associated with invasive disease. In this work we show that the prophage is not associated with a higher virulence during the bloodstream phase of the disease. However, looking at the interaction of N. meningitidis with epithelial cells, a step essential for colonization of the nasopharynx, we demonstrate that the presence of the prophage, via the production of viruses, increases colonization of encapsulated meningococci onto monolayers of epithelial cells...
July 13, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698775/gut-feelings-on-parkinson-s-and-depression
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Timothy G Dinan, John F Cryan
The gut-brain axis is one of the new frontiers of neuroscience. Microbiota (the collective bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms that live in the digestive tract), sometimes referred to as the "second genome" or the "second brain," may influence our health in ways that scientists are just now beginning to understand. Scientists now believe that the microbiota and all that it involves may be a way to treat any number of disorders, including Parkinson's disease and depression.
March 2017: Cerebrum: the Dana Forum on Brain Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694176/anxiogenic-effects-of-a-lactobacillus-inulin-and-the-synbiotic-on-healthy-juvenile-rats
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Camila Barrera-Bugueño, Ornella Realini, Jorge Escobar-Luna, Ramón Sotomayor-Zárate, Martin Gotteland, Marcela Julio-Pieper, Javier A Bravo
Gut microbiota interventions, including probiotic and prebiotic use can alter behavior in adult animals and healthy volunteers. However, little is known about their effects in younger individuals. To investigate this, male Sprague-Dawley rats (post-natal day 21, PND21) received Lactobacillus casei 54-2-33 (10(4)cfu/ml), inulin as prebiotic (16mg/ml), or both together (synbiotic) via drinking water for 14days. Control rats received water alone. Open field (OF) and elevated plus maze (EPM) behaviors were evaluated at PND34 and 35, respectively...
July 8, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690600/differential-growth-of-francisella-tularensis-which-alters-expression-of-virulence-factors-dominant-antigens-and-surface-carbohydrate-synthases-governs-the-apparent-virulence-of-ft-schus4-to-immunized-animals
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Kristen M Holland, Sarah J Rosa, Kolbrun Kristjansdottir, Donald Wolfgeher, Brian J Franz, Tiffany M Zarrella, Sudeep Kumar, Raju Sunagar, Anju Singh, Chandra S Bakshi, Prachi Namjoshi, Eileen M Barry, Timothy J Sellati, Stephen J Kron, Edmund J Gosselin, Douglas S Reed, Karsten R O Hazlett
The gram-negative bacterium Francisella tularensis (Ft) is both a potential biological weapon and a naturally occurring microbe that survives in arthropods, fresh water amoeba, and mammals with distinct phenotypes in various environments. Previously, we used a number of measurements to characterize Ft grown in Brain-Heart Infusion (BHI) broth as (1) more similar to infection-derived bacteria, and (2) slightly more virulent in naïve animals, compared to Ft grown in Mueller Hinton Broth (MHB). In these studies we observed that the free amino acids in MHB repress expression of select Ft virulence factors by an unknown mechanism...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689117/development-of-non-pyrogenic-magnetosome-minerals-coated-with-poly-l-lysine-leading-to-full-disappearance-of-intracranial-u87-luc-glioblastoma-in-100-of-treated-mice-using-magnetic-hyperthermia
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Edouard Alphandéry, Ahmed Idbaih, Clovis Adam, Jean-Yves Delattre, Charlotte Schmitt, François Guyot, Imène Chebbi
Magnetic hyperthermia was reported to increase the survival of patients with recurrent glioblastoma by 7 months. This promising result may potentially be further improved by using iron oxide nanoparticles, called magnetosomes, which are synthesized by magnetotactic bacteria, extracted from these bacteria, purified to remove most endotoxins and organic material, and then coated with poly-l-lysine to yield a stable and non-pyrogenic nanoparticle suspension. Due to their ferrimagnetic behavior, high crystallinity and chain arrangement, these magnetosomes coated with poly-l-lysine (M-PLL) are characterized by a higher heating power than their chemically synthesized counterparts currently used in clinical trials...
June 21, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683769/pseudonocardia-carboxydivorans-in-human-cerebrospinal-fluid-a-case-report-in-a-patient-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Amalia Navarro-Martínez, Noelia Corominas, Caridad Sainz de Baranda, Ángel Escudero-Jiménez, Jorge Galán-Ros, Juan Antonio Sáez-Nieto, Javier Solera
BACKGROUND: Members of the genus Pseudonocardia have been widely reported and recovered from several ecosystems, such as soil samples and plant samples. Pseudonocardia bacteria colonize the microbial communities on the integument of fungus gardening ant species. We present the first documented case of Pseudonocardia carboxydivorans isolated in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of an human infection by P. carboxydivorans. CASE PRESENTATION: A patient, who suffered a traumatic brain injury a month before, was admitted to this hospital due to gait alteration and cognitive disturbances...
July 6, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682225/-involvement-of-gut-bacteria-in-appetite-control
#17
Sergueï O Fetissov
Animals perceive alternating feelings of hunger and satiety, which constitute their daily rhythms of appetite and drive their feeding behavior. In humans, these rhythms include the onset of satiety about 20 min after meal ingestion and a duration of satiety of about 5 h followed by hunger, triggering food seeking and intake. Molecular mechanisms underlying such appetite cycles involve secretion of intestinal satiety hormones and corresponding activation of the brain anorexigenic and feeding reward pathways...
2017: Biologie Aujourd'hui
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676754/16s-rrna-next-generation-sequencing-analysis-shows-bacteria-in-alzheimer-s-post-mortem-brain
#18
David C Emery, Deborah K Shoemark, Tom E Batstone, Christy M Waterfall, Jane A Coghill, Tanya L Cerajewska, Maria Davies, Nicola X West, Shelley J Allen
The neurological deterioration associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD), involving accumulation of amyloid-beta peptides and neurofibrillary tangles, is associated with evident neuroinflammation. This is now seen to be a significant contributor to pathology. Recently the tenet of the privileged status of the brain, regarding microbial compromise, has been questioned, particularly in terms of neurodegenerative diseases. It is now being considered that microbiological incursion into the central nervous system could be either an initiator or significant contributor to these...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675687/disruptive-physiology-olfaction-and-the-microbiome-gut-brain-axis
#19
John Bienenstock, Wolfgang A Kunze, Paul Forsythe
This review covers the field of olfaction and chemosensation of odorants and puts this information into the context of interactions between microbes and behaviour; the microbiome-gut-brain axis (MGBA). Recent emphasis has also been placed on the concept of the holobiome which states that no single aspect of an organism should be viewed separately and thus must include examination of their associated microbial populations and their influence. While it is known that the microbiome may be involved in the modulation of animal behaviour, there has been little systematized effort to incorporate into such studies the rapidly developing knowledge of the wide range of olfactory systems...
July 4, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673590/parkinson-s-disease-the-hibernating-spore-hypothesis
#20
Ketil Berstad, Johanna E R Berstad
The authors support the hypothesis that a causative agent in Parkinson's disease (PD) might be either fungus or bacteria with fungus-like properties - Actinobacteria, and that their spores may serve as 'infectious agents'. Updated research and the epidemiology of PD suggest that the disease might be induced by environmental factor(s), possibly with genetic susceptibility, and that α-synuclein probably should be regarded as part of the body's own defense mechanism. To explain the dual-hit theory with stage 1 involvement of the olfactory structures and the 'gut-brain'-axis, the environmental factor is probably airborne and quite 'robust' entering the body via the nose/mouth, then to be swallowed reaching the enteric nervous system with retained pathogenicity...
July 2017: Medical Hypotheses
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