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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637305/left-atrial-structure-and-function-in-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Kotaro Nochioka, Candida Cristina Quarta, Brian Claggett, Gabriela Querejeta Roca, Claudio Rapezzi, Rodney H Falk, Scott D Solomon
Aims: Although cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is characterized by significant left atrial (LA) dilatation, the characteristics of LA function remain to be fully investigated. Methods and results: We assessed LA function by speckle-tracking echocardiography in 124 patients with CA and sinus rhythm: 68 with light chain (AL), 29 with mutant (ATTRm), 27 with wild-type (ATTRwt) transthyretin amyloidosis. Conventional and strain-derived parameters, including LA peak longitudinal strain (LS) and strain rate (peak LSR: reservoir function; early LSR: conduit function; late LSR: active function), were assessed compared between CA patients and 20 healthy controls of similar age and gender...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636855/efficacy-of-recombinant-influenza-vaccine-in-adults-50-years-of-age-or-older
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Lisa M Dunkle, Ruvim Izikson, Peter Patriarca, Karen L Goldenthal, Derek Muse, Janice Callahan, Manon M J Cox
Background Improved influenza vaccines are needed to control seasonal epidemics. This trial compared the protective efficacy in older adults of a quadrivalent, recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV4) with a standard-dose, egg-grown, quadrivalent, inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV4) during the A/H3N2-predominant 2014-2015 influenza season, when antigenic mismatch between circulating and vaccine influenza strains resulted in the reduced effectiveness of many licensed vaccines. Methods We conducted a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial of RIV4 (45 μg of recombinant hemagglutinin [HA] per strain, 180 μg of protein per dose) versus standard-dose IIV4 (15 μg of HA per strain, 60 μg of protein per dose) to compare the relative vaccine efficacy against reverse-transcriptase polymerase-chain-reaction (RT-PCR)-confirmed, protocol-defined, influenza-like illness caused by any influenza strain starting 14 days or more after vaccination in adults who were 50 years of age or older...
June 22, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636819/superelastic-pseudocapacitors-from-freestanding-mno2-decorated-graphene-coated-carbon-nanotube-aerogels
#3
Yepin Zhao, Maxwell Patrick Li, Siyuan Liu, Mohammad F Islam
In recent years, the demand for emerging electronic devices has driven efforts to develop electrochemical capacitors with high power and energy densities that can preserve capacitance under and after recovery from mechanical deformation. We have developed superelastic pseudocapacitors using ≈ 1.5 mm thick graphene-coated single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) aerogels decorated with manganese oxide (MnO2) as freestanding electrodes that retain high volumetric capacitance and electrochemical stability before, under, and after recovery from 50% compression...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636653/the-ebola-virus-vp35-protein-binds-viral-immunostimulatory-and-host-rnas-identified-through-deep-sequencing
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Kari A Dilley, Alexander A Voorhies, Priya Luthra, Vinita Puri, Timothy B Stockwell, Hernan Lorenzi, Christopher F Basler, Reed S Shabman
Ebola virus and Marburg virus are members of the Filovirdae family and causative agents of hemorrhagic fever with high fatality rates in humans. Filovirus virulence is partially attributed to the VP35 protein, a well-characterized inhibitor of the RIG-I-like receptor pathway that triggers the antiviral interferon (IFN) response. Prior work demonstrates the ability of VP35 to block potent RIG-I activators, such as Sendai virus (SeV), and this IFN-antagonist activity is directly correlated with its ability to bind RNA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635675/co-infection-with-marek-s-disease-virus-and-reticuloendotheliosis-virus-increases-illness-severity-and-reduces-marek-s-disease-vaccine-efficacy
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Guo-Rong Sun, Yan-Ping Zhang, Lin-Yi Zhou, Hong-Chao Lv, Feng Zhang, Kai Li, Yu-Long Gao, Xiao-Le Qi, Hong-Yu Cui, Yong-Qiang Wang, Li Gao, Qing Pan, Xiao-Mei Wang, Chang-Jun Liu
Marek's disease virus (MDV) and reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV) cause Marek's disease (MD) and reticuloendotheliosis (RE), respectively. Co-infection with MDV and REV is common in chickens, causing serious losses to the poultry industry. However, experimental studies of such co-infection are lacking. In this study, Chinese field strains of MDV (ZW/15) and REV (JLR1501) were used as challenge viruses to evaluate the pathogenicity of co-infection and the influence of MD vaccination in chickens. Compared to the MDV-challenged group, the mortality and tumor rates increased significantly by 20...
June 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634695/assessment-of-early-diastolic-intraventricular-pressure-gradient-in-the-left-ventricle-among-patients-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Maki Kobayashi, Ken Takahashi, Mariko Yamada, Kana Yazaki, Kotoko Matsui, Noboru Tanaka, Sachie Shigemitsu, Katsumi Akimoto, Masahiko Kishiro, Keisuke Nakanishi, Shiori Kawasaki, Masaki Nii, Keiichi Itatani, Toshiaki Shimizu
Assessment of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction is vital in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (rTOF). The early diastolic intraventricular pressure gradient (IVPG) in the LV plays an important role in diastolic function. IVPG is calculated as the intraventricular pressure difference divided by the LV length, which allows to account for differences in LV size and therefore calculate IVPG in children. We aimed to investigate the mechanisms of LV diastolic dysfunction by measuring mid-to-apical IVPG as an indicator of the active suction force sucking blood from the left atrium into the LV...
June 20, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634689/survival-intestinal-mucosa-adhesion-and-immunomodulatory-potential-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-strains
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Valentini Santarmaki, Yiannis Kourkoutas, Georgia Zoumpopoulou, Eleni Mavrogonatou, Mikis Kiourtzidis, Nikos Chorianopoulos, Chrysoula Tassou, Effie Tsakalidou, Constantinos Simopoulos, Petros Ypsilantis
Survival during transit through the gastrointestinal track, intestinal mucosa adhesion, and a potential immunomodulatory effect of Lactobacillus plantarum strains 2035 and ACA-DC 2640 were investigated in a rat model. According to microbiological and multiplex PCR analysis, both strains were detected in feces 24 h after either single-dose or daily administration for 7 days. Intestinal mucosa adhesion of L. plantarum 2035 was noted in the large intestine at 24 h after single-dose administration, while it was not detected at 48 h...
June 21, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634151/speech-and-swallowing-abnormalities-in-adults-with-polg-associated-ataxia-polg-a
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Adam P Vogel, Natalie Rommel, Andreas Oettinger, Marius Horger, Patrick Krumm, Eva-Maria Kraus, Ludger Schöls, Matthis Synofzik
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the nuclear-encoded mitochondrial DNA polymerase gamma (POLG) can result in a wide spectrum of neurological deficits. A common presentation is progressive ataxia (POLG-A) which includes impaired speech and swallowing. The nature, severity and impact of these deficits in POLG-A is not known. A comprehensive quantitative and qualitative characterization of dysarthria and dysphagia in this recurrent ataxia disorder will assist in diagnostics, provide insights into the underlying pathology, and establish the foundation for future therapy trials...
June 17, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634020/accumulated-evidence-on-helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-the-risk-of-asthma-a-meta-analysis
#9
Cheng Chen, Pengcheng Xun, Cari Tsinovoi, Ka He
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection has been suggested to be related to a decreased risk of asthma, but findings in the literature are inconsistent. OBJECTIVE: To quantitatively summarize the existing evidence on the association between H pylori infection and asthma risk. METHODS: The PubMed database was searched for observational studies of H pylori infection in relation to the risk of asthma published in English through May 2017...
June 17, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633888/burden-of-acute-gastroenteritis-caused-by-norovirus-in-china-a-systematic-review
#10
Hong-Lu Zhou, Shan-Shan Zhen, Jin-Xia Wang, Can-Jing Zhang, Chao Qiu, Song-Mei Wang, Xi Jiang, Xuan-Yi Wang
BACKGROUND: To understand the epidemiology and disease burden of norovirus (NoVs) gastroenteritis in China, a systematic review was conducted. METHODS: Studies on acute gastroenteritis (AGE) caused by NoVs from mainland China, published before 2017 were searched. All retrieved articles were screened and reviewed by a standardized algorithm. NoVs detection rates as well as strain variations by ages, seasonal variations and geographic locations were analyzed using random-effects model...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632790/diversity-structure-of-culturable-bacteria-isolated-from-the-fildes-peninsula-king-george-island-antarctica-a-phylogenetic-analysis-perspective
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Gerardo González-Rocha, Gabriel Muñoz-Cartes, Cristian B Canales-Aguirre, Celia A Lima, Mariana Domínguez-Yévenes, Helia Bello-Toledo, Cristián E Hernández
It has been proposed that Antarctic environments select microorganisms with unique biochemical adaptations, based on the tenet 'Everything is everywhere, but, the environment selects' by Baas-Becking. However, this is a hypothesis that has not been extensively evaluated. This study evaluated the fundamental prediction contained in this hypothesis-in the sense that species are structured in the landscape according to their local habitats-, using as study model the phylogenetic diversity of the culturable bacteria of Fildes Peninsula (King George Island, Antarctica)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632416/survival-of-escherichia-coli-on-lettuce-under-field-conditions-encountered-in-the-northeastern-united-states
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Daniel L Weller, Jasna Kovac, Sherry Roof, David J Kent, Jeffrey I Tokman, Barbara Kowalcyk, David Oryang, Renata Ivanek, Anna Aceituno, Christopher Sroka, Martin Wiedmann
Although wildlife intrusion and untreated manure have been associated with microbial contamination of produce, relatively few studies have examined the survival of Escherichia coli on produce under field conditions following contamination (e.g., via splash from wildlife feces). This experimental study was performed to estimate the die-off rate of E. coli on preharvest lettuce following contamination with a fecal slurry. During August 2015, field-grown lettuce was inoculated via pipette with a fecal slurry that was spiked with a three-strain cocktail of rifampin-resistant nonpathogenic E...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632414/changing-us-population-demographics-what-does-this-mean-for-listeriosis-incidence-and-exposure
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Aurelie M Pohl, Régis Pouillot, Jane M Van Doren
Listeria monocytogenes is an important cause of foodborne illness hospitalization, fetal loss, and death in the United States. Listeriosis incidence rate varies significantly among population subgroups with pregnant women, older persons, and the Hispanic population having increased relative risks compared with the other subpopulations. Using estimated rates of listeriosis per subpopulation based on FoodNet data from 2004 to 2009, we evaluate the expected number of cases and incidence rates of listeriosis in the US population and the pregnant women subpopulation as the demographic composition changes over time with respect to ethnicity, pregnancy status, and age distribution...
June 20, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632198/community-response-to-multiple-sound-sources-integrating-acoustic-and-contextual-approaches-in-the-analysis
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Peter Lercher, Bert De Coensel, Luc Dekonink, Dick Botteldooren
Sufficient data refer to the relevant prevalence of sound exposure by mixed traffic sources in many nations. Furthermore, consideration of the potential effects of combined sound exposure is required in legal procedures such as environmental health impact assessments. Nevertheless, current practice still uses single exposure response functions. It is silently assumed that those standard exposure-response curves accommodate also for mixed exposures-although some evidence from experimental and field studies casts doubt on this practice...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631909/-characterization-of-microbial-flora-in-patients-suspected-of-having-urogenital-tuberculosis
#15
A G Cherednichenko, E V Kulchavenya
INTRODUCTION: In the structure of tuberculosis morbidity, urogenital tuberculosis (UGT) ranks second or third only to pulmonary tuberculosis. Every fourth patient has the stage of cavern formation at first presentation. Seventy five percent of nephrotuberculosis cases co-occur with nonspecific pyelonephritis, which excludes "sterile pyuria". We aimed to determine the microbial spectrum of urine and gonadal appendages in patients with suspected UGT and to investigate the susceptibility of the isolated microorganisms to the main antibacterial drugs...
June 2017: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631250/lactobacillus-salivarius-nk02-a-potent-probiotic-for-clinical-application-in-mouthwash
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Neda Sajedinejad, Mojgan Paknejad, Behzad Houshmand, Hakimeh Sharafi, Reza Jelodar, Hossein Shahbani Zahiri, Kambiz Akbari Noghabi
A specific strain of naturally occurring oral lactobacilli was isolated and identified based on morphological, biochemical, and 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The phylogenetic affiliation of the isolate confirmed that the NK02 strain had close association with the Lactobacillus salivarius. An effective mouthwash was developed for treatment of periodontitis and suppression of the indicator bacterium Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans which is an obvious pathogen of periodontal disease. The mouthwash containing L...
June 19, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630909/dynamic-fracture-of-tantalum-under-extreme-tensile-stress
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Bruno Albertazzi, Norimasa Ozaki, Vasily Zhakhovsky, Anatoly Faenov, Hideaki Habara, Marion Harmand, Nicholas Hartley, Denis Ilnitsky, Nail Inogamov, Yuichi Inubushi, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Tetsuo Katayama, Takahisa Koyama, Michel Koenig, Andrew Krygier, Takeshi Matsuoka, Satoshi Matsuyama, Emma McBride, Kirill Petrovich Migdal, Guillaume Morard, Haruhiko Ohashi, Takuo Okuchi, Tatiana Pikuz, Narangoo Purevjav, Osami Sakata, Yasuhisa Sano, Tomoko Sato, Toshimori Sekine, Yusuke Seto, Kenjiro Takahashi, Kazuo Tanaka, Yoshinori Tange, Tadashi Togashi, Kensuke Tono, Yuhei Umeda, Tommaso Vinci, Makina Yabashi, Toshinori Yabuuchi, Kazuto Yamauchi, Hirokatsu Yumoto, Ryosuke Kodama
The understanding of fracture phenomena of a material at extremely high strain rates is a key issue for a wide variety of scientific research ranging from applied science and technological developments to fundamental science such as laser-matter interaction and geology. Despite its interest, its study relies on a fine multiscale description, in between the atomic scale and macroscopic processes, so far only achievable by large-scale atomic simulations. Direct ultrafast real-time monitoring of dynamic fracture (spallation) at the atomic lattice scale with picosecond time resolution was beyond the reach of experimental techniques...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630861/biophysical-mechanisms-mediating-fibrin-fiber-lysis
#18
REVIEW
Nathan E Hudson
The formation and dissolution of blood clots is both a biochemical and a biomechanical process. While much of the chemistry has been worked out for both processes, the influence of biophysical properties is less well understood. This review considers the impact of several structural and mechanical parameters on lytic rates of fibrin fibers. The influences of fiber and network architecture, fiber strain, FXIIIa cross-linking, and particle transport phenomena will be assessed. The importance of the mechanical aspects of fibrinolysis is emphasized, and future research avenues are discussed...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630471/candidatus-mycoplasma-girerdii-replicates-diversifies-and-co-occurs-with-trichomonas-vaginalis-in-the-oral-cavity-of-a-premature-infant
#19
Elizabeth K Costello, Christine L Sun, Erica M Carlisle, Michael J Morowitz, Jillian F Banfield, David A Relman
Genital mycoplasmas, which can be vertically transmitted, have been implicated in preterm birth, neonatal infections, and chronic lung disease of prematurity. Our prior work uncovered 16S rRNA genes belonging to a novel, as-yet-uncultivated mycoplasma (lineage 'Mnola') in the oral cavity of a premature neonate. Here, we characterize the organism's associated community, growth status, metabolic potential, and population diversity. Sequencing of genomic DNA from the infant's saliva yielded 1.44 Gbp of high-quality, non-human read data, from which we recovered three essentially complete (including 'Mnola') and three partial draft genomes (including Trichomonas vaginalis)...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630201/the-combined-effect-of-the-cfr-methyltransferase-and-ribosomal-protein-l3-mutations-on-resistance-to-ribosome-targeting-antibiotics
#20
Kevin K Pakula, Lykke H Hansen, Birte Vester
Several groups of antibiotics inhibit bacterial growth by binding to bacterial ribosomes. Mutations in the ribosomal protein L3 have been associated with resistance to linezolid and tiamulin, which both bind at the peptidyl transferase center in the ribosome. Resistance to these and other antibiotics also occurs through methylation of 23S ribosomal RNA at position A2503 by the methyltransferase Cfr. The mutations in L3 and the cfr gene have been found together in clinical isolates, raising the question whether they provide a combined effect on antibiotic resistance or growth...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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