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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630430/a-multinational-analysis-of-mutations-and-heterogeneity-in-pzase-rpsa-and-pand-associated-with-pyrazinamide-resistance-in-m-xdr-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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S M Ramirez-Busby, T C Rodwell, L Fink, D Catanzaro, R L Jackson, M Pettigrove, A Catanzaro, F Valafar
Pyrazinamide (PZA) is an important first-line drug in all existing and new tuberculosis (TB) treatment regimens. PZA-resistance in M. tuberculosis is increasing, especially among M/XDR cases. Noted issues with PZA Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST) have driven the search for alternative tests. This study provides a comprehensive assessment of PZA molecular diagnostics in M/XDR TB cases. A set of 296, mostly XDR, clinical M. tuberculosis isolates from four countries were subjected to DST for eight drugs, confirmatory Wayne's assay, and whole-genome sequencing...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623702/adsorption-of-ionic-surfactants-at-microscopic-air-water-interfaces-using-the-micropipette-interfacial-area-expansion-method-measurement-of-the-diffusion-coefficient-and-renormalization-of-the-mean-ionic-activity-for-sds
#2
Koji Kinoshita, Elisa Parra, David Needham
The dynamic adsorption of ionic surfactants at air-water interfaces have been less-well studied than that of the simpler non-ionics since experimental limitations on dynamic surface tension (DST) measurements create inconsistencies in their kinetic analysis. Using our newly designed "Micropipette interfacial area-expansion method", we have measured and evaluated both equilibrium and dynamic adsorption of a well-known anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), in the absence or presence of 100mM NaCl...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623123/screening-mutations-in-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strains-in-yunnan-china
#3
Daoqun Li, Yuzhu Song, Cheng-Lin Zhang, Xiaofei Li, Xueshan Xia, A-Mei Zhang
Drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), especially multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), is a serious medical and societal problem in China. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the mutation characteristics of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) isolates in Yunnan, China. Drug susceptibility testing (DST) was performed in 523 clinical M. tuberculosis isolates. Six drug resistance genes (katG, inhA, rpoB, rpsL, embB, and pncA) were selected to screen for mutations. In total, 54 clinical M...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620844/comparison-of-the-characteristics-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isolates-from-sputum-and-lung-lesions-in-chronic-tuberculosis-patients
#4
M-S Hong, Y Kim, E-J Cho, J-S Lee, H-K Kwak, J-H Kim, C-T Kim, J-S Cho, S-K Park, D Jeon, Y-I Choi, H Lee, S-Y Eum
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) in sputum originates from lung cavities in tuberculosis (TB) patients. But drug susceptibility testing (DST) of sputum Mtb can not be conducted the same as in the lung because mutagenesis of bacilli may be happening in the lung during treatment and result in the possibility of the presence of heterogeneous drug-resistant subpopulations in the different lung lesions. This could be one of the reasons for low cure rates for multi-drug resistant (MDR)-TB. We studied the resected lungs of nine surgery patients with chronic TB...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615756/neurocognitive-impairments-in-unaffected-first-degree-relatives-of-schizophrenia
#5
Virupaksha Shanmugam Harave, Venkataram Shivakumar, Sunil V Kalmady, Janardhanan C Narayanaswamy, Shivarama Varambally, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
BACKGROUND: Neurocognitive impairments of attention and executive functioning are trait abnormalities in schizophrenia, and these are considered to be endophenotypes. These deficits have been convincingly linked to prefrontal cortical functioning. In this study, we examined the cognitive performance in the domains of attention and executive functioning among first-degree relatives of Indian people with schizophrenia (high-risk [HR] patients) compared to healthy controls (HC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Siblings of patients with DSM-IV schizophrenia, HR patients (n = 17), were compared with HC (n = 30) (matched as a group for age, sex, years of education, and handedness) using the following neurocognitive tests for attention and executive function - digit span test (DST), trail making test, letter-number sequencing (LNS), and spatial span test...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614668/cryptic-micro-heteroresistance-explains-m-tuberculosis-phenotypic-resistance
#6
John Z Metcalfe, Elizabeth Streicher, Grant Theron, Rebecca E Colman, Christopher Allender, Darrin Lemmer, Rob Warren, David M Engelthaler
BACKGROUND: Minority resistant M. tuberculosis subpopulations can be associated with phenotypic resistance, but are poorly detected by Sanger sequencing or commercial molecular diagnostic assays. The role of targeted next generation sequencing (NGS) in resolving these minor variant subpopulations is unclear. METHODS: We utilized Single Molecule-Overlapping Reads (SMOR), a targeted NGS approach that dramatically reduces sequencing error, to analyze primary cultured isolates phenotypically resistant to rifampin, fluoroquinolones, or aminoglycosides, but for which Sanger sequencing found no resistance-associated variants (RAVs) within respective resistance determining regions (RDRs) (Study Group)...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614036/an-individualized-approach-to-the-evaluation-of-cushing-syndrome
#7
Susmeeta T Sharma
Cushing syndrome (CS) is caused by chronic exposure to excess glucocorticoids. Early recognition and treatment of hypercortisolemia can lead to decreased morbidity and mortality. The diagnosis of CS and thereafter, establishing the cause can often be difficult, especially in patients with mild and cyclic hypercortisolism. Surgical excision of the cause of excess glucocorticoids is the optimal treatment for CS. Medical therapy (steroidogenesis inhibitors, medications that decrease adrenocorticotropic hormone [ACTH] levels or glucocorticoid antagonists) and pituitary radiotherapy may be needed as adjunctive treatment modalities in patients with residual, recurrent or metastatic disease, in preparation for surgery, or when surgery is contraindicated...
June 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610793/a-novel-automatic-molecular-test-for-detection-of-multidrug-resistance-tuberculosis-in-sputum-specimen-a-case-control-study
#8
Qiang Li, Xi C Ou, Yu Pang, Hui Xia, Hai R Huang, Bing Zhao, Sheng F Wang, Yan L Zhao
MiniLab tuberculosis (ML TB) assay is a new automatic diagnostic tool for diagnosis of multidrug resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB). This study was conducted with aims to know the performance of this assay. Sputum sample from 224 TB suspects was collected from tuberculosis suspects seeking medical care at Beijing Chest hospital. The sputum samples were directly used for smear and ML TB test. The left sputum sample was used to conduct Xpert MTB/RIF, Bactec MGIT culture and drug susceptibility test (DST). All discrepancies between the results from DST, molecular and phenotypic methods were confirmed by DNA Sequencing...
July 2017: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601653/evaluation-of-the-bactec-mgit-960-system-and-the-resazurin-microtiter-assay-for-susceptibility-testing-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-to-second-line-drugs
#9
Juliana Failde Gallo, Juliana Maira Watanabe Pinhata, Claudia Patara Saraceni, Rosangela Siqueira de Oliveira
Drug resistance in tuberculosis is a major threat to public health and control of the disease worldwide. Given the need of a rapid and accurate detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance to second-line drugs, this study evaluated the performance of the BACTEC MGIT 960 for second-line, drug susceptibility testing in comparison with the resazurin microtiter assay (REMA), in order to implement the automated methodology in the diagnostic routine of a reference laboratory. Drug susceptibility testing (DST) for second-line drugs of 151 MDR M...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591399/detection-of-tuberculosis-drug-resistance-a-comparison-by-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-mlpa-assay-versus-genotype%C3%A2-mtbdrplus
#10
Paula Fernanda Gonçalves Dos Santos, Elis Regina Dalla Costa, Daniela M Ramalho, Maria Lucia Rossetti, Regina Bones Barcellos, Luciana de Souza Nunes, Leonardo Souza Esteves, Rodrigo Rodenbusch, Richard M Anthony, Indra Bergval, Sarah Sengstake, Miguel Viveiros, Afrânio Kritski, Martha M Oliveira
BACKGROUND: To cope with the emergence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), new molecular methods that can routinely be used to screen for a wide range of drug resistance related genetic markers in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome are urgently needed. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of multiplex ligaton-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) against Genotype® MTBDRplus to detect resistance to isoniazid (INHr) and rifampicin (RIFr). METHOD: 96 culture isolates characterised for identification, drug susceptibility testing (DST) and sequencing of rpoB, katG, and inhA genes were evaluated by the MLPA and Genotype®MTBDRplus assays...
June 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589964/hpa-axis-genes-and-their-interaction-with-childhood-maltreatment-are-related-to-cortisol-levels-and-stress-related-phenotypes
#11
Lotte Gerritsen, Yuri Milaneschi, Christiaan Vinkers, Bert van Hemert, Laura van Velzen, Lianne Schmaal, Brenda Wjh Penninx
Stress responses are controlled by the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA)-axis and maladaptive stress responses are associated with the onset and maintenance of stress-related disorders such as major depressive disorder (MDD). Genes that play a role in the HPA-axis regulation may likely contribute to the relation between relevant neurobiological substrates and stress-related disorders. Therefore, we performed gene-wide analyses for 30 a-priori literature-based genes involved in HPA-axis regulation in 2014 subjects (34% male; mean age: 42...
June 7, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586626/delayed-and-unreported-drug-susceptibility-testing-results-in-the-us-national-tuberculosis-surveillance-system-1993-2014
#12
Jefferson Michael Jones, Lori R Armstrong
OBJECTIVES: Drug-susceptibility testing (DST) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is necessary for identifying drug-resistant tuberculosis, administering effective treatment regimens, and preventing the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis. DST is recommended for all culture-confirmed cases of tuberculosis. We examined trends in delayed and unreported DST results in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Tuberculosis Surveillance System. METHODS: We analyzed culture-confirmed tuberculosis cases reported to the National Tuberculosis Surveillance System during 1993-2014 for annual trends in initial DST reporting for first-line antituberculosis drugs and trends in on-time, delayed, and unreported results...
January 1, 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581266/characteristics-of-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-sanatoria-of-north-korea
#13
Jihee Jung, Yangjin Jegal, Moran Ki, Young Jeon Shin, Cheon Tae Kim, Tae Sun Shim, Nackmoon Sung
Although several reports about drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in North Korea have been published, a nationwide surveillance on this disease remains to be performed. This study aims to analyze the drug resistance patterns of Mycobacterium tuberculosis among the patients in the sanatoria of North Korea, especially during the period when second-line drugs (SLDs) had not yet been officially supplied to this country. The Eugene Bell Foundation (EBF) transferred 947 sputum specimens obtained from 667 patients from 2007 to 2009 to the Clinical Research Center, Masan National Tuberculosis Hospital (MNTH), South Korea...
July 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578621/drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-zhejiang-province-china-an-updated-analysis-of-time-trends-1999-2013
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Beibei Wu, Le Zhang, Zhengwei Liu, Haibo He, Aizhen Pan, Fei Wang, Mingwu Zhang, Bin Chen, Zuhong Lu, Songhua Chen, Xiaomeng Wang
BACKGROUND: Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) hinder the progress of TB control. OBJECTIVE: To track the trend of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) prevalence in Zhejiang Province from 1999 to 2013, and identify risk factors of resistance to second-line drugs among MDR-TB patients. DESIGN: Four DR-TB surveys had been done in Zhejiang Province in 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2013 through questionnaires, in which demographic and epidemiological items were included...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570560/qpcr-high-resolution-melt-analysis-for-drug-susceptibility-testing-of-mycobacterium-leprae-directly-from-clinical-specimens-of-leprosy-patients
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Sergio Araujo, Luiz Ricardo Goulart, Richard W Truman, Isabela Maria B Goulart, Varalakshmi Vissa, Wei Li, Masanori Matsuoka, Philip Suffys, Amanda B Fontes, Patricia S Rosa, David M Scollard, Diana L Williams
BACKGROUND: Real-Time PCR-High Resolution Melting (qPCR-HRM) analysis has been recently described for rapid drug susceptibility testing (DST) of Mycobacterium leprae. The purpose of the current study was to further evaluate the validity, reliability, and accuracy of this assay for M. leprae DST in clinical specimens. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The specificity and sensitivity for determining the presence and susceptibility of M. leprae to dapsone based on the folP1 drug resistance determining region (DRDR), rifampin (rpoB DRDR) and ofloxacin (gyrA DRDR) was evaluated using 211 clinical specimens from leprosy patients, including 156 multibacillary (MB) and 55 paucibacillary (PB) cases...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566446/cortisol-related-metabolic-alterations-assessed-by-mass-spectrometry-assay-in-patients-with-cushing-s-syndrome
#16
Guido Di Dalmazi, Marcus Quinkler, Timo Deutschbein, Cornelia Prehn, Nada Rayes, Matthias Kroiss, Christina Maria Berr, Günter K Stalla, Martin Fassnacht, Jerzy Adamski, Martin Reincke, Felix Beuschlein
OBJECTIVE: Endogenous hypercortisolism is a chronic condition associated with severe metabolic disturbances and cardiovascular sequela. The aim of this study was to characterize metabolic alterations in patients with different degrees of hypercortisolism by mass-spectrometry-based targeted plasma metabolomic profiling and correlate the metabolomic profile with clinical and hormonal data. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Subjects (n=149) were classified according to clinical and hormonal characteristics: Cushing's syndrome (n=46), adrenocortical adenomas with autonomous cortisol secretion (n=31) or without hypercortisolism (n=27)...
May 31, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559510/rapid-detection-of-in-vitro-antituberculous-drug-resistance-among-smear-positive-respiratory-samples-using-microcolony-detection-based-direct-drug-susceptibility-testing-method
#17
Irim Iftikhar, Seema Irfan, Joveria Farooqi, Zahida Azizullah, Rumina Hasan
BACKGROUND: With the rise in multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, there is a search for newer techniques that will rapidly detect drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Although molecular techniques can detect resistance, culture is still considered gold standard, especially in resource-limited settings where quick, cheap, and easy techniques are needed. The aim of the study was to evaluate microcolony method thin layer agar (TLA) for quick detection of resistance against the first- and second-line antituberculous drugs in clinical isolates...
April 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551282/bowel-bladder-dysfunction-and-numbness-in-the-sole-of-the-both-feet-in-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-a-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
#18
Kazuyuki Watanabe, Miho Sekiguchi, Koji Yonemoto, Takuya Nikaido, Kinshi Kato, Koji Otani, Shoji Yabuki, Tatsuyuki Kakuma, Shin-Ichi Kikuchi, Shin-Ichi Konno
BACKGROUND: Numbness in the soles of both feet at rest or bowel/bladder dysfunction can occur in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), especially in patients with cauda equina lesions. The purpose of this study was to clarify the relationship between cauda equina symptoms at rest and quality of life (QOL) in LSS patients using standardized questionnaires developed for the Japanese population. METHODS: A survey was conducted in 564 hospitals and general practice clinics nationwide from December 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545050/prevalence-and-extent-of-heteroresistance-by-next-generation-sequencing-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis
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Darwin J Operario, Alexander F Koeppel, Stephen D Turner, Yongde Bao, Suporn Pholwat, Sayera Banu, Suporn Foongladda, Stellah Mpagama, Jean Gratz, Oleg Ogarkov, Svetlana Zhadova, Scott K Heysell, Eric R Houpt
Amplicon-based Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is an emerging method for Mycobacterium tuberculosis drug susceptibility testing (DST) but has not been well described. We examined 158 clinical multidrug-resistant M. tuberculosis isolates via NGS of 11 resistance-associated gene regions covering 3519 nucleotides. Across these gene regions, complete resistance or heteroresistance (defined as 1%-99% mutation) was present in at least one isolate in 6.3% of loci. The number of isolates with heteroresistance was highest for gyrA codon 94, rpoB codons 526 and 531, and embB codons 306, 372 and 406 (range 11-26% of isolates exhibited heteroresistance)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540155/low-levels-of-extensively-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-among-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-isolates-and-their-relationship-to-risk-factors-surveillance-in-tehran-iran-2006-to-2014
#20
Alireza Hadizadeh Tasbiti, Shamsi Yari, Mostafa Ghanei, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, Abolfazl Fateh, Ahmadreza Bahrmand
OBJECTIVES: Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is more expensive and difficult to treat than multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), and outcomes for patients are much worse; therefore, it is important that clinicians understand the magnitude and distribution of XDR-TB. We conducted a retrospective study to compare the estimated incidence of and risk factors for M/XDR-TB with those of susceptible TB controls. METHODS: Sputum culture and drug susceptibility testing (DST) were performed in patients with known or suspected TB...
April 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
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