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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815910/streptococcus-pneumoniae-surface-protein-pfba-is-a-versatile-multi-domain-and-multi-ligand-binding-adhesin-employing-different-binding-mechanisms
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D S Jemima Beulin, Deepthi Radhakrishnan, C S Sharanya, Chittalakottu Sadasivan, Masaya Yamaguchi, Shigetada Kawabata, Karthe Ponnuraj
Streptococcus pneumoniae, one of the major human respiratory pathogens, uses its repertoire of surface proteins to adhere to the epithelium of the nasopharynx and lungs leading to colonization. PfbA is a conserved surface protein of S. pneumoniae and helps the bacterium to colonize the host by recognizing the extracellular matrix (ECM) molecule fibronectin, as well as blood proteins like plasminogen and human serum albumin. The crystal structure of rPfbA150-607 revealed it to possess a beta helical region similar to those of carbohydrate-active enzymes as well as a C-terminal segment that resembles the fibronectin-binding regions of fibronectin-binding proteins...
August 16, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810904/antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-among-patients-presenting-to-emergency-department-with-symptomatic-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-nationwide-cohort
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Tero Penttilä, Heikki Mäkynen, Juha Hartikainen, Harri Hyppölä, Timo Lauri, Mika Lehto, Juha Lund, M J Pekka Raatikainen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia that causes numerous visits to emergency departments (ED). The aim of the FinFib2 study was to evaluate whether treatment of patients with AF in ED is consistent with the contemporary European Society of Cardiology (ESC) management guidelines. Here we report the results of antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) in ED. METHODS: All patients within the two-week study period whose primary reason for the ED visit was symptomatic AF were included into this prospective multicentre study...
August 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810864/molecular-determination-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-raw-meat-in-addis-ababa-and-bishoftu-ethiopia
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Yohannes Equar Messele, Reta Duguma Abdi, Shimels Tikuye Yalew, Desiye Tesfaye Tegegne, Bezina Arega Emeru, Gebremeskel Mamu Werid
BACKGROUND: Consumption of meat contaminated by E. coli causes a serious illness and even death to affected individuals. Recently the emerging of antibiotic resistant foodborne E. coli poses serious public health risks worldwide. However, little is known about the antibiotic resistance profile of E. coli in Ethiopia. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) status of E. coli isolated from different type of meat. METHODS: Overall 292 samples were collected from December 2015 to April 2016 from slaughterhouses to determine the prevalence and AMR of E...
August 15, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802674/the-yusuf-peto-method-was-not-a-robust-method-for-meta-analyses-of-rare-events-data-from-antidepressant-trials
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Tarang Sharma, Peter C Gøtzsche, Oliver Kuss
OBJECTIVE: To identify the validity of effect estimates for serious rare adverse events in clinical study reports of antidepressants trials, across different meta-analysis methods. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Four serious rare adverse events (all-cause mortality, suicidality, aggressive behaviour and akathisia) were meta-analysed using different methods. The Yusuf-Peto odds ignores studies with no events, was compared with the alternative approaches of generalised linear mixed models (GLMM), conditional logistic regression, a Bayesian approach using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and a beta-binomial regression model...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769980/galectin-3-knockdown-impairs-survival-migration-and-immunomodulatory-actions-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-a-mouse-model-of-chagas-disease-cardiomyopathy
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Bruno Solano de Freitas Souza, Kátia Nunes da Silva, Daniela Nascimento Silva, Vinícius Pinto Costa Rocha, Bruno Diaz Paredes, Carine Machado Azevedo, Carolina Kymie Nonaka, Gisele Batista Carvalho, Juliana Fraga Vasconcelos, Ricardo Ribeiro Dos Santos, Milena Botelho Pereira Soares
Therapies based on transplantation of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) hold promise for the management of inflammatory disorders. In chronic Chagas disease cardiomyopathy (CCC), caused by chronic infection with Trypanosoma cruzi, the exacerbated immune response plays a critical pathophysiological role and can be modulated by MSC. Here, we investigated the role of galectin-3 (Gal-3), a beta-galactoside-binding lectin with several actions on immune responses and repair process, on the immunomodulatory potential of MSC...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768103/application-of-spectral-accuracy-to-improve-the-identification-of-organic-compounds-in-environmental-analysis
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Emmanuel Eysseric, Killian Barry, Francis Beaudry, Magali Houde, Christian Gagnon, Pedro Alejandro Segura
Correct identification of a chemical substance in environmental samples based only on accurate mass measurements can be difficult especially for molecules > 300 Da. Here is presented the application of spectral accuracy, a tool for the comparison of isotope patterns toward molecular formula generation, as a complementary technique to assist in the identification process of emerging organic contaminants and their transformation products in surface water. A set of nine emerging contaminants (five antibiotics, an herbicide, a beta-blocker, an antidepressant and an antineoplastic) frequently found in surface water were spiked in methanol and surface water extracts at two different concentrations (80 and 300 μg L(-1))...
August 2, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747058/pancreatic-enzyme-replacement-therapy-in-cystic-fibrosis-dose-variability-and-coefficient-of-fat-absorption
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Joaquim Calvo-Lerma, Sandra Martínez-Barona, Etna Masip, Victoria Fornés, Carmen Ribes-Koninckx
OBJECTIVES: Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) remains a backbone in the nutritional treatment of cystic fibrosis. Currently, there is a lack of an evidence-based tool that allows dose adjustment. To date, no studies have found an association between PERT dose and fat absorption. Therefore, the aim of the study was to assess the influence of both the PERT dose and the variability in this dose on the coefficient of fat absorption (CFA). METHODS: This is a retrospective longitudinal study of 16 pediatric patients (192 food records) with three consecutive visits to the hospital over a twelve-month period...
July 27, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744157/the-abc7-regimen-a-new-approach-to-metastatic-breast-cancer-using-seven-common-drugs-to-inhibit-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-augment-capecitabine-efficacy
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Richard E Kast, Nicolas Skuli, Samuel Cos, Georg Karpel-Massler, Yusuke Shiozawa, Ran Goshen, Marc-Eric Halatsch
Breast cancer metastatic to bone has a poor prognosis despite recent advances in our understanding of the biology of both bone and breast cancer. This article presents a new approach, the ABC7 regimen (Adjuvant for Breast Cancer treatment using seven repurposed drugs), to metastatic breast cancer. ABC7 aims to defeat aspects of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) that lead to dissemination of breast cancer to bone. As add-on to current standard treatment with capecitabine, ABC7 uses ancillary attributes of seven already-marketed noncancer treatment drugs to stop both the natural EMT process inherent to breast cancer and the added EMT occurring as a response to current treatment modalities...
2017: Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743236/assessing-the-adequacy-of-lymph-node-yield-for-different-tumor-stages-of-colon-cancer-by-nodal-staging-scores
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Zhenyu Wu, Guoyou Qin, Naiqing Zhao, Huixun Jia, Xueying Zheng
BACKGROUND: According to the current official guidelines, at least 12 lymph nodes (LNs) are qualified as an adequate sampling for colon cancer patients. However, patients evaluated with less nodes were still common in the United States, and the prevalence of positive nodal disease may be under-estimated because of the false-negative assessment. In this study, we present a statistical model that allows preoperative determination of the minimum number of lymph nodes needed to confirm a node-negative disease with certain confidence...
July 25, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737008/design-and-synthesis-of-new-4-alkylidene-beta-lactams-benzyl-and-phenethyl-carbamate-as-key-fragments-to-switch-on-the-antibacterial-activity
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Daria Giacomini, Giulia Martelli, Miriam Piccichè, Enrico Calaresu, Clementina Elvezia Anna Cocuzza, Rosario Musumeci
The emergence of multidrug resistant bacterial strains is particularly important in some chronic pathologies such as cystic fibrosis (CF), where persistent colonization and selection of resistant strains being favoured by the frequent and repeated use of antibacterial agents. Staphylococcus aureus is a common pathogen in CF patients with an associated increased multidrug resistance. In a previous research we demonstrated that the presence of a 4-alkylidene side chain directly linked to a beta-lactam appeared to strengthen the potency against S...
July 23, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729262/genome-sequence-of-canine-polyomavirus-in-respiratory-secretions-of-dogs-with-pneumonia-of-unknown-etiology
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Eric Delwart, Beatrix Kapusinszky, Patricia A Pesavento, Marko Estrada, M Alexis Seguin, Christian M Leutenegger
We report here the first canine polyomavirus genome, identified by metagenomics in respiratory secretions of two dogs with severe pneumonia, which tested negative for all canine respiratory pathogens except Mycoplasma cynos The isolate, Canis familiaris polyomavirus 1 (DogPyV-1), is a beta polyomavirus whose closest known LT antigen relatives are primate polyomaviruses.
July 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728415/-177-lu-labeled-cyclic-minigastrin-analogues-with-therapeutic-activity-in-cck2r-expressing-tumors-preclinical-evaluation-of-a-kit-formulation
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Christine Rangger, Maximilian Klingler, Lajos Balogh, Zita Pöstényi, Andras Polyak, Dariusz Pawlak, Renata Mikołajczak, Elisabeth von Guggenberg
Minigastrin (MG) analogues specifically target cholecystokinin-2 receptors (CCK2R) expressed in different tumors and enable targeted radiotherapy of advanced and disseminated disease when radiolabeled with a beta emitter such as (177)Lu. Especially truncated MG analogues missing the penta-Glu sequence are associated with low kidney retention and seem therefore most promising for therapeutic use. Based on [d-Glu(1),desGlu(2-6)]MG (MG11) we have designed the two cyclic MG analogues cyclo(1,9)[γ-d-Glu(1),desGlu(2-6),d-Lys(9)]MG (cyclo-MG1) and cyclo(1,9)[γ-d-Glu(1),desGlu(2-6),d-Lys(9),Nle(11)]MG (cyclo-MG2)...
August 7, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725564/post-partum-streptococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome-associated-with-necrotizing-fasciitis
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Wei Chuan Chua, Mohd Zulfakar Mazlan, Saedah Ali, Sanihah Che Omar, Wan Mohd Nazaruddin Wan Hassan, S Praveena Seevaunnantum, Rhendra Hardy Mohd Zaini, Mohd Hasyizan Hassan, Alwi Muhd Besari, Zaidah Abd Rahman, Zeti Norfidiyati Salmuna Ayub, Sabrina Abd Ghani, Normalinda Yaacob, Wan Rosilawati Wan Rosli
We report a fatal case of post-partum streptococcal toxic shock syndrome in a patient who was previously healthy and had presented to the emergency department with an extensive blistering ecchymotic lesions over her right buttock and thigh associated with severe pain. The pregnancy had been uncomplicated, and the mode of delivery had been spontaneous vaginal delivery with an episiotomy. She was found to have septicemic shock requiring high inotropic support. Subsequently, she was treated for necrotizing fasciitis, complicated by septicemic shock and multiple organ failures...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720509/the-neuropeptide-galanin-promotes-an-anti-thrombotic-phenotype-on-endocardial-endothelial-cells-from-heart-failure-patients
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Christina Tyrrell, Amanda Toyooka, Faiza Khan, Kent L Thornburg, James O Mudd, Wohaib Hasan
Thromboembolic complications are a significant cause of mortality and re-hospitalization in heart failure (HF) patients. One source of thrombi is the ventricular endocardial surface that becomes increasingly pro-thrombotic as HF progresses. Anticoagulation comes with bleeding risks so identifying therapeutic agents for improving cardiac endothelial health are of critical clinical importance. Endocardial endothelial cells are closely apposed to cardiac sympathetic nerves. In HF, cardiac sympathetic nerves are dysregulated and promote disease progression...
September 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716444/thiosemicarbazone-derivatives-thiazolyl-hydrazones-effectively-inhibit-leukemic-tumor-cell-growth-down-regulation-of-ribonucleotide-reductase-activity-and-synergism-with-arabinofuranosylcytosine
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Geraldine Graser-Loescher, Agnes Schoenhuber, Caroline Ciglenec, Sabine Eberl, Georg Krupitza, Robert M Mader, Surender S Jadav, Venkatesan Jayaprakash, Monika Fritzer-Szekeres, Thomas Szekeres, Philipp Saiko
Cellular growth inhibition exerted by thiosemicarbazones is mainly attributed to down-regulation of ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) activity, with RNR being responsible for the rate-limiting step of de novo DNA synthesis. In this study, we investigated the antineoplastic effects of three newly synthesized thiosemicarbazone derivatives, thiazolyl hydrazones, in human HL-60 promyelocytic leukemia cells. The cytotoxicity of compounds alone and in combination with arabinofuranosylcytosine (AraC) was determined by growth inhibition assays...
July 14, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711839/variance-reduction-technique-in-a-beta-radiation-beam-using-an-extrapolation-chamber
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Ivón Oramas Polo, William Souza Santos, Patrícia de Lara Antonio, Linda V E Caldas
This paper aims to show how the variance reduction technique "Geometry splitting/Russian roulette" improves the statistical error and reduces uncertainties in the determination of the absorbed dose rate in tissue using an extrapolation chamber for beta radiation. The results show that the use of this technique can increase the number of events in the chamber cavity leading to a closer approximation of simulation result with the physical problem. There was a good agreement among the experimental measurements, the certificate of manufacture and the simulation results of the absorbed dose rate values and uncertainties...
June 20, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711285/anti-il-21-monoclonal-antibody-combined-with-liraglutide-effectively-reverses-established-hyperglycemia-in-mouse-models-of-type-1-diabetes
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Anna K Rydén, Nikole R Perdue, Philippe P Pagni, Claire B Gibson, Sowbarnika S Ratliff, Rikke K Kirk, Travis J Friesen, Claus Haase, Ken Coppieters, Matthias G von Herrath, Tamar E Boursalian
Immunotherapy for type 1 diabetes (T1D) has previously focused on suppressing the autoimmune response against pancreatic beta cells to preserve endogenous insulin production and regulate glucose levels. With increased attention toward combination therapy strategies, studies indicate the multifunctional cytokine interleukin-21 (IL-21) may be a suitable target as an immuno-modulatory arm, while glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists may be appropriate as a beta cell protective arm in combination therapy for T1D...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708816/determination-of-the-minimal-clinically-important-difference-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-dry-eye-management-scale
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Christopher J Hwang, Reeves Ellis, Richard M Davis, Sue Tolleson-Rinehart
PURPOSE: To establish an initial estimation of the MCID of the University of North Carolina Dry Eye Management Scale (UNC DEMS) and assess its association with patient perceptions of symptom change. METHODS: Thirty-three patients (33.3% men, 67.7% women, mean age 60.5 yrs) with previous DEMS scores were recruited from a UNC ophthalmology clinic in spring 2014. We used anchor-based methods, categorizing important symptom change, to compare the change in the DEMS scores across visits to patient assessments of change; linear regression coefficients estimated the MCID...
September 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706411/toxic-shock-syndrome-within-24-h-of-an-office-hysteroscopy
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Nanak Bhagat, Akilandeshwari Karthikeyan, Sanjaya Kalkur
Office hysteroscopy is now a common procedure performed to look at the endometrial cavity and is relatively free of serious complications. A 68-year-old lady, previously fit and well, presented with abdominal pain, rigors, sweats, and vomiting within 24 h of an outpatient hysteroscopy for postmenopausal bleeding. She was diagnosed with streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) due to Group A beta-hemolytic streptococci. She was managed in the Intensive Care Unit, with inotropic and antibiotic support. She recovered eventually and was discharged home with oral antibiotics...
April 2017: Journal of Mid-life Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699429/the-order-of-administration-of-macrolides-and-beta-lactams-may-impact-the-outcomes-of-hospitalized-patients-with-community-acquired-pneumonia-results-from-the-community-acquired-pneumonia-organization
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Paula Peyrani, Timothy L Wiemken, Mark L Metersky, Forest W Arnold, William A Mattingly, Charles Feldman, Rodrigo Cavallazzi, Rafael Fernandez-Botran, Jose Bordon, Julio A Ramirez
BACKGROUND: The beneficial effect of macrolides for the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in combination with beta-lactams may be due to their anti-inflammatory activity. In patients with pneumococcal meningitis, the use of steroids improves outcomes only if they are administered before beta-lactams. The objective of this study was to compare outcomes in hospitalized patients with CAP when macrolides were administered before, simultaneously with, or after beta-lactams. METHODS: Secondary data analysis of the Community-Acquired Pneumonia Organization (CAPO) International Cohort Study database...
July 12, 2017: Infectious Diseases
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