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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432599/the-beneficial-effect-of-repaglinide-on-in-vitro-maturation-and-development-ability-of-immature-mouse-oocytes
#1
Eshrat Kalehoei, Mehri Azadbakht
Repaglinide is a hypoglycemic drug, causing depolarization of the cell membrane, opening the voltage-gated calcium channels, and then increasing intracellular calcium in the pancreatic B cells by inhibition of the K-ATP-sensitive channels. Oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM) is influenced by different factors such as calcium signaling. In this study, we examined the effects of repaglinide on in vitro maturation and fertilization ability of mouse oocyte. Immature oocytes were isolated from female Naval Medical Research Institute mice which are 6-8 wk old mechanically and then cultured in 30 μl droplets of T6 medium with different concentrations of repaglinide...
April 21, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431478/successful-treatment-of-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-meningitis-with-ampicillin-sulbactam-in-primary-hospital
#2
Leitao Sun, Xiaohong Wang, Zefu Li
INTRODUCTION: Acinetobacter baumannii nosocomial infections, especially those due to multi-drug resistant strains, are increasingly detected. We want to find the effective treatment measures about multi-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections through this research. METHODOLOGY: The clinical features and the outcomes of twelve cases of nosocomial Acinetobacter baumannii meningitis treated with ampicillin sulbactam and intrathecal use of amikacin are reported in primary hospital...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430807/diagnosis-of-smear-negative-tuberculosis-is-greatly-improved-by-xpert-mtb-rif
#3
Giulia Lombardi, Valentina Di Gregori, Nicolò Girometti, Marina Tadolini, Francesco Bisognin, Paola Dal Monte
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of pulmonary (PTB) and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) in smear-negative patients can be difficult. We assessed retrospectively the performance of Xpert MTB/RIF system (Xpert, Cepheid) in diagnosing smear-negative tuberculosis (TB), which represents the most common form of TB in a low incidence setting. METHODS: Performance of Xpert was compared to acid-fast microscopic examination using Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) stain in patients with culture-confirmed TB...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430645/midkine-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-metastasis-by-elevating-anoikis-resistance-of-circulating-tumor-cells
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Bin Sun, Congli Hu, Zhibin Yang, Xiaofeng Zhang, Linlin Zhao, Junye Xiong, Junyong Ma, Lei Chen, Haihua Qian, Xiangji Luo, Lehua Shi, Jun Li, Xianshuo Cheng, Zhengfeng Yin
Midkine is overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and plays a role in tumor progression, but less is known about its role in resistance of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) to anoikis which leading to recurrence and metastasis. The aim of the present study was to analyze whether midkine was associated with HCC progression with anoikis resistance. We found that cultured HCC cells were more resistant to anoikis, which paralleled midkine expression, and midkine treatment significantly inhibited anoikis in a dose-dependent manner...
March 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430101/synthetic-temperature-inducible-lethal-gene-circuits-in-escherichia-coli
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Stephanie C Pearce, Ralph L McWhinnie, Francis E Nano
Temperature sensitivity is often used as a way to attenuate micro-organisms to convert them into live vaccines. In this work, we explore the use of temperature-sensitive (TS) genetic circuits that express lethal genes as a widely applicable approach to TS attenuation. We tested different combinations of TS repressors and cognate promoters controlling the expression of genes encoding restriction endonucleases inserted at four different non-essential sites in the Escherichia coli chromosome. We found that the presence of the restriction endonuclease genes did not affect the viability of the host strains at the permissive temperature, but that expression of the genes at elevated temperatures killed the strains to varying extents...
April 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429532/neu1-sialidase-interacts-with-perilipin-1-on-lipid-droplets-and-inhibits-lipolysis-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
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Yujin Natori, Miwako Nasui, Fumiko Kihara-Negishi
Fatty acids are stored within adipocytes in lipid droplets (LDs) as triacylglycerol (TG), which is converted to free fatty acid (FFA) and glycerol via lipolysis. Increased plasma FFA levels in obesity are associated with several clinical conditions. We previously found that Neu1 activity is aberrant in the epididymal fat and liver of obese and diabetic mice. Here, we examined involvement of Neu1 in lipolysis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Small interfering RNA against Neu1 was introduced into adipocytes, and glycerol concentrations were measured in the culture medium...
April 21, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429357/inhibition-of-pulmonary-carcinoma-proliferation-or-metastasis-of-mir-218-via-down-regulating-cdcp1-expression
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X-J Zeng, Y-H Wu, M Luo, P-G Cong, H Yu
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary carcinoma is one common malignant tumor with a high risk of recurrence and metastasis. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common subtype. As one tumor biomarker, microRNA (miR) has tissue sensitivity and can facilitate oncogene or inhibit tumor suppressor gene. MiR-218 has abnormal expression and can work as one molecular marker for tumors. However, its expression and function mechanism in lung cancer cells have not been fully illustrated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro cultured pulmonary adenoma A549 cells and normal bronchial epithelial cell line 16HBE were tested for miR-218 expression...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429165/the-use-of-rapid-test-quikread-go%C3%A2-strep-a-in-bacterial-pharyngotonsillitis-diagnosing-and-therapeutic-decisions
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E Stefaniuk, K Bosacka, M Wanke-Rytt, W Hryniewicz
Group A Streptococci (GAS) are the main causative agents of bacterial pharyngitis, which require antibiotic therapy. Rapid diagnostic tests detecting GAS combined with Centor/McIsaac score enable accurate differential diagnosis (viral vs. bacterial) and prompt commencement of targeted treatment. The aim of this study was to assess the specificity, sensitivity, PPV and NPV of QuikRead go® Strep A (Orion Diagnostica Oy, Finland) recommended for the detection of GAS in pharyngeal swabs. Quick diagnostic test results were compared with physical examination findings, Centor/McIsaac score and results of reference testing (conventional microbial cultures)...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428778/evidence-for-nitric-oxide-synthase-activity-in-staphylococcus-xylosus-mediating-nitrosoheme-formation
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Geoffrey Ras, Véronique Zuliani, Patrick Derkx, Tim M Seibert, Sabine Leroy, Régine Talon
Staphylococcus xylosus is used as a starter culture in fermented meat products and contributes to color formation by the reduction of nitrate to nitrite. Nitrite is a food additive that is chemically turned to nitric oxide (NO) in meat but its safety has been questioned. The objective of this study was to determine the ability of NO synthase (NOS) of S. xylosus C2a to produce NO. For this purpose, a nos deletion mutant (Δnos) in S. xylosus was constructed and NO production was evaluated in a test based on its ability to form nitrosomyoglobin and nitrosoheme...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428135/the-immunotoxicological-pattern-of-subchronic-and-chronic-benzene-exposure-in-rats
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Alexander V Karaulov, Irina V Mikhaylova, Alexander I Smolyagin, Viktor M Boev, Alexandra Kalogeraki, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Ayse Basak Engin
Exposure to benzene and its inevitable metabolites can result in deleterious effects on human health, including lymphocytopenia, hematotoxicity and cancer. However, the duration of exposure might alter the effects including immune consequences. The aim of this study was to determine whether benzene could modulate lymphocyte proliferation induced by the T cell mitogen concanavalin A, in rats, at different exposure durations. 386 Wistar rats were assigned into control and treatment groups which was subdivided into groups for 45, 90 and 135days for 0,6mL/kg of drinking water mixed benzene treatment...
April 17, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428090/preparation-and-characterization-of-lipid-nanoparticle-pdna-complexes-for-stat3-downregulation-and-overcoming-chemotherapy-resistance-in-lung-cancer-cells
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Mustafa Kotmakçı, Vildan Bozok Çetintaş, A Gülten Kantarcı
Developments in the field of molecular oncology have revealed that resistance to chemotherapeutics is acqured through several mechanisms including overexpression of common oncogenic proteins. Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) is one of these oncogenes that is overexpressed in many cancer types. RNA interference (RNAi) is proven powerful tool for downregulating STAT3, allowing re-sensitization of resistant cancer cells. However, delivery of RNA interference-mediating molecules for STAT3 downregulation in lung cancer cells is limited to a small number of studies most of which employ commercially available transfection kits...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427163/the-application-of-is6110-baced-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-in-the-early-diagnosis-of-tuberculous-meningitis
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Wen-Wen Sun, Qin Sun, Li-Ping Yan, Qing Zhang
Here, we evaluated the potential activity of rapid Mycobacterium tuberculosis detection with loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), for the early diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). Patients with suspected TBM from January 2014 to December 2015 were reviewed retrospectively. The cerebrospinalfluid(CSF) was collected. Acid-fast bacillus (AFB) staining, MGIT 960 culture, real-time fluorescent quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RTFQ PCR) and LAMP were performed. A total of 200 patients were included in the study...
February 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427132/-influences-of-abar-gene-on-biofilm-formation-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
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H N Guo, J Xiang
Objective: To detect drug-resistant phenotype and abaR gene of Acinetobacter baumannii (AB) and investigate influences of abaR gene on biofilm formation of AB. Methods: From February to July 2014, 159 strains AB were collected from Department of Clinical Microbiology of Ruijin Hospital of School of Medicine of Shanghai JiaoTong University and numbered starting from 1 according time when they were collected. (1) The above-mentioned 159 strains of AB were identified by detecting gene sequence of 16S ribosomal DNA...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426977/blue-violet-laser-inactivates-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-by-altering-its-transmembrane-potential
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Gabriel Biener, Daniela S Masson-Meyers, Violet V Bumah, Grant Hussey, Michael R Stoneman, Chukuka S Enwemeka, Valerica Raicu
The resistance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to antibiotics presents serious clinical problems that prompted the need for finding alternative or combination therapies. One such therapy is irradiation with blue light. To determine the alterations in metabolic processes implicated in the observed antimicrobial effects of blue light, we investigated the changes in membrane potential and the presence of free-radical-producing photo-acceptor molecules. Bacterial cultures irradiated with one or two doses of 405nm laser light (each consisting of 121J/cm(2)) were imaged with spectrally resolved laser-scanning microscopes to detect endogenous fluorescent species as well as the voltage sensitive dye 3,3'-Diethyloxacarbocyanine iodide...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426154/transparent-and-gas-permeable-liquid-marbles-for-culturing-and-drug-sensitivity-test-of-tumor-spheroids
#15
Hualin Li, Peng Liu, Guneet Kaur, Xi Yao, Mengsu Yang
Transparent nanoparticle-based liquid marbles with high gas-permeability are prepared to culture tumor spheroids in 3D without the need of supplementary growth factor. The culturing process of spheroids from a population of cancer cells or a single cell in the transparent liquid marbles can be optically recorded continuously. Compared to monolayer cells and spheroids generated in multiwell plate, tumor spheroids cultured in the liquid marbles show enhanced viability under the treatment of chemotherapeutic drugs and small interfering RNA...
April 20, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425948/characterization-of-n-acyl-homoserine-lactones-in-vibrio-tasmaniensis-lgp32-by-a-biosensor-based-uhplc-hrms-ms-method
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Léa Girard, Élodie Blanchet, Laurent Intertaglia, Julia Baudart, Didier Stien, Marcelino Suzuki, Philippe Lebaron, Raphaël Lami
Since the discovery of quorum sensing (QS) in the 1970s, many studies have demonstrated that Vibrio species coordinate activities such as biofilm formation, virulence, pathogenesis, and bioluminescence, through a large group of molecules called N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs). However, despite the extensive knowledge on the involved molecules and the biological processes controlled by QS in a few selected Vibrio strains, less is known about the overall diversity of AHLs produced by a broader range of environmental strains...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425919/cell-behavior-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-response-to-silica-collagen-based-xerogels-and-calcium-deficient-culture-conditions
#17
Alena Wagner, Kristina Glenske, Anja Henß, Benjamin Kruppke, Sina Rößler, Thomas Hanke, Andreas Moritz, Marcus Rohnke, Monika Kressin, Stefan Arnhold, Reinhard Schnettler, Sabine Wenisch
Presently, we aim to elucidate osteogenic effects of two silica-based xerogels with different degrees of bioactivity on human bone-derived mesenchymal stromal cells. By means of scanning electron microscopy and quantitative PCR enhanced osteogenic effects and the formation of an extracellular matrix could be ascribed to the sample with lower bioactivity. Given the high levels of bioactivity, the cells revealed remarkable sensitivity to extremely low calcium levels of the media. Therefore, additional experiments were performed to elucidate cell behavior under calcium deficient conditions...
April 20, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425873/rapid-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-rifampicin-resistance-in-extrapulmonary-tuberculosis-and-sputum-smear-negative-pulmonary-suspects-using-xpert-mtb-rif
#18
Irfan Ullah, Arshad Javaid, Haleema Masud, Mazhar Ali, Anila Basit, Waqas Ahmad, Faisal Younis, Rehana Yasmin, Afsar Khan, Abdul Jabbar, Masroor Husain, Zahid Ahmad Butt
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious public health problem in developing countries such as Pakistan. Rapid diagnosis of TB and detection of drug resistance are very important for timely and appropriate management of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the diagnostic efficacy of the Xpert MTB/RIF assay for rapid diagnosis of TB and detection of rifampicin (RIF) resistance in extrapulmonary and smear-negative pulmonary TB suspects...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425361/assessment-of-real-time-pcr-cycle-threshold-values-in-microsporum-canis-culture-positive-and-culture-negative-cats-in-an-animal-shelter-a-field-study
#19
Linda S Jacobson, Lauren McIntyre, Jenny Mykusz
Objectives Real-time PCR provides quantitative information, recorded as the cycle threshold (Ct) value, about the number of organisms detected in a diagnostic sample. The Ct value correlates with the number of copies of the target organism in an inversely proportional and exponential relationship. The aim of the study was to determine whether Ct values could be used to distinguish between culture-positive and culture-negative samples. Methods This was a retrospective analysis of Ct values from dermatophyte PCR results in cats with suspicious skin lesions or suspected exposure to dermatophytosis...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424786/immunocytochemistry-improving-the-diagnosis-of-trichomonas-vaginalis-infections
#20
Thaisa Helena S Fonseca, Fabrício M Silva Oliveira, Marina Alacoque, Marcella Israel Rocha, Henrique Vitor Leite, Joseph F Guimarães Santos, Haendel G N O Busatti, Marcelo Vidigal Caliari, Maria Aparecida Gomes
The aim of this study was to evaluate the immunocytochemistry (ICC) to diagnose trichomoniasis, particularly asymptomatic infections. By culture serial dilutions, ICC was able to detect 1 trophozoite/mL, while the culture was positive up to 100 trophozoites/mL. The ICC in vivo detection capability was assessed in vaginal secretions of mice experimentally infected and in vaginal swabs from asymptomatic HIV-positive pregnant women compared with culture. All vaginal secretion samples from mice were positive according to both methods...
2017: BioMed Research International
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