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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156865/antibacterial-resistance-patterns-and-incidence-of-hospital-acquired-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-in-a-tertiary-care-educational-hospital-in-turkey-a-perspective-from-2001-to-2013
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Oğuz Reşat Sipahi, Serhat Uysal, Sabire Şöhret Aydemir, Hüsnü Pullukçu, Meltem Taşbakan, Alper Tünger, Fatma Feriha Çilli, Tansu Yamazhan, Bilgin Arda, Hilal Sipahi, Sercan Ulusoy
Background/aim: Staphylococcus aureus is an important nosocomial pathogen and a successful antimicrobial-resistance developer. In this study we retrospectively evaluated the resistance patterns and incidence of microbiologically confirmed nosocomial bacteremia (MCNB) related S. aureus strains between 2001 and 2013. Materials and methods: Any patient in whom S. aureus was isolated in at least one set of blood cultures (sent to the bacteriology laboratory 72 h after hospital admission) was considered to have MCNB...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156632/neurotropism-in-vitro-and-mouse-models-of-severe-and-mild-infection-with-clinical-strains-of-enterovirus-71
#2
Pin Yu, Linlin Bao, Lili Xu, Fengdi Li, Qi Lv, Wei Deng, Yanfeng Xu, Chuan Qin
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a common etiological agent of hand, foot, and mouth disease and fatal neurological diseases in children. The neuropathogenicity of severe EV71 infection has been documented, but studies comparing mouse models of severe and mild EV71 infection are lacking. The aim of the study was to investigate the neurovirulence of EV71 strains and the differences in serum cytokine and chemokine levels in mouse models of severe and mild EV71 infection. Nine EV71 isolates belonging to the C4 subgenogroup (proposed as genotype D) displayed infectivity in human neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells; moreover, ultrastructural observation confirmed viral particle replication...
November 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156512/the-possible-mechanisms-involved-in-citrinin-elimination-by-cryptococcus-podzolicus-y3-and-the-effects-of-extrinsic-factors-on-the-degradation-of-citrinin
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Xiaoyun Zhang, Zhen Lin, Maurice Tibiru Apaliya, Xiangyu Gu, Xiangfeng Zheng, Lina Zhao, Mandour Haydar Abdelhai, Hongyin Zhang, Weicheng Hu
Citrinin (CIT) is a toxic secondary metabolite produced by fungi belonging to the Penicillium, Aspergillus and Monascus spp. This toxin has been detected in many agricultural products. In this study, a strain Y3 with the ability to eliminate CIT was screened and identified as Cryptococcus podzolicus based on the sequence analysis of internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region. Neither uptake of CIT by cells nor adsorption by cell wall was involved in CIT elimination by Cryptococcus podzolicus Y-3. The extracellular metabolites of Cryptococcus podzolicus Y-3 stimulated by CIT or not showed no degradation for CIT...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156423/under-pressure-evolutionary-engineering-of-yeast-strains-for-improved-performance-in-fuels-and-chemicals-production
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Robert Mans, Jean-Marc G Daran, Jack T Pronk
Evolutionary engineering, which uses laboratory evolution to select for industrially relevant traits, is a popular strategy in the development of high-performing yeast strains for industrial production of fuels and chemicals. By integrating whole-genome sequencing, bioinformatics, classical genetics and genome-editing techniques, evolutionary engineering has also become a powerful approach for identification and reverse engineering of molecular mechanisms that underlie industrially relevant traits. New techniques enable acceleration of in vivo mutation rates, both across yeast genomes and at specific loci...
November 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155955/changes-in-sleep-difficulties-during-the-transition-to-statutory-retirement
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Saana Myllyntausta, Paula Salo, Erkki Kronholm, Jaana Pentti, Mika Kivimäki, Jussi Vahtera, Sari Stenholm
Objectives: This study examined changes in sleep during the transition from full-time work to statutory retirement. Both the prevalence of any sleep difficulty and the prevalence of specific sleep difficulties, such as difficulties falling asleep, difficulties maintaining sleep, waking up too early in the morning and nonrestorative sleep, were examined. Methods: Data from the Finnish Public Sector study were used. The study population consisted of 5,807 Finnish public sector employees who retired on statutory basis between 2000-2011...
November 16, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155280/molecular-analysis-of-tick-borne-protozoan-and-rickettsial-pathogens-in-small-ruminants-from-two-south-african-provinces
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Aaron Edmond Ringo, Paul Franck Adjou Moumouni, Moeti Taioe, Charoonluk Jirapattharasate, Mingming Liu, Guanbo Wang, Yang Gao, Huanping Guo, Seung-Hun Lee, Weiqing Zheng, Artemis Efstratiou, Jixu Li, Noboru Inoue, Hiroshi Suzuki, Oriel Thekisoe, Xuenan Xuan
Tick-borne protozoan and rickettsial diseases are a major threat to livestock in tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa. In this study we investigated the presence and distribution of Theileria spp., Babesia ovis, Anaplasma ovis, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Ehrlichia ruminantium and SFG Rickettsia in sheep and goats from Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. A total of 91 blood samples were screened in this study, 61 from goats and 30 from sheep. PCR assay was conducted using primers based on Theileria spp...
November 15, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155272/oral-immunization-with-recombinant-lactobacillus-casei-expressing-ompai-confers-protection-against-aeromonas-veronii-challenge-in-common-carp-cyprinus-carpio
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Dong-Xing Zhang, Yuan-Huan Kang, Long Chen, Shahrood Ahmed Siddiqui, Chun-Feng Wang, Ai-Dong Qian, Xiao-Feng Shan
Aeromonas veronii is a gram-negative pathogen capable of infecting both fish and mammals, including humans, and natural infection in fish results in irreparable damage to the aquaculture industry. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have a number of properties that make them attractive candidates as delivery vehicles for presentation to the mucosa sites of compounds with pharmaceutical interest, in particular vaccines. In this study, we generated two recombinant Lactobacillus casei (surface-displayed or secretory) expressing the OmpAI of A...
November 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155241/multilocus-sequence-typing-based-analysis-of-moraxella-catarrhalis-population-structure-reveals-clonal-spreading-of-drug-resistant-strains-isolated-from-childhood-pneumonia
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Yinju Du, Haijian Zhou, Fei Wang, Shengnan Liang, Lihong Cheng, Xiaofei Du, Feng Pang, Jinjing Tian, Jinxing Zhao, Biao Kan, Jianguo Xu, Juan Li, Furong Zhang
This work revealed the drug resistance and population structure of Moraxella catarrhalis strains isolated from children less than three years old with pneumonia. Forty-four independent M. catarrhalis strains were analyzed using broth dilution antimicrobial susceptibility testing and multilocus sequence typing (MLST). The highest non-susceptibility rate was observed for amoxicillin (AMX), which reached 95.5%, followed by clindamycin (CLI) (n=33; 75.0%), azithromycin (AZM) (61.4%), cefaclor (CEC) (25.0%), trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (SXT) (15...
November 15, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154907/an-integrated-mathematical-epithelial-cell-model-for-airway-surface-liquid-regulation-by-mechanical-forces
#9
Dan Wu, Richard C Boucher, Brian Button, Timothy Elston, Ching-Long Lin
A robust method based on reverse engineering was utilized to construct the ion-channel conductance functions for airway epithelial sodium channels (ENaC), the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), and calcium-activated chloride channels (CaCC). The ion-channel conductance models for both normal (NL) and cystic fibrosis (CF) airway epithelia were developed and then coupled to an adenosine triphosphate (ATP) metabolism model and a fluid transport model (collectively called the integrated cell model) to investigate airway surface liquid (ASL) volume regulation and hence mucus concentration, by mechanical forces in NL and CF human airways...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154903/in-vitro-mesenchymal-epithelial-transition-in-nih3t3-fibroblasts-results-in-onset-of-low-dose-radiation-hypersensitivity-coupled-with-attenuated-connexin-43-response
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Ankit Mathur, Ashish Kumar, Bincy Babu, Sudhir Chandna
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition (MET) is associated with altered cell adhesion patterns. Independent studies showed that cellular adhesion regulates low-dose hyper-radiosensitivity (HRS), a phenomenon reported widely in tumour cells. Therefore, present study aimed to investigate whether MET and associated cellular adhesion alterations affect cellular radiosensitivity. METHODS: We established multiple stages of MET by in vitro transformation of NIH3T3 mouse embryonic fibroblasts...
November 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154715/virulence-and-antibiotic-resistance-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-isolates-from-seafood-from-three-developing-countries-and-of-worldwide-environmental-seafood-and-clinical-isolates-from-2000-to-2017
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Mohammad M Obaidat, Alaa E Bani Salman, Amira A Roess
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a leading cause of seafood-associated illness. This study investigated the prevalence, virulence, and antibiotic resistance of V. parahaemolyticus in three low- and middle-income countries. Freshly caught fish samples (n = 330) imported to Jordan from Yemen, India, and Egypt were tested. The overall prevalence of V. parahaemolyticus was 15% (95% confidence interval: 11 to 19%). Three isolates (6%) were positive for the thermostable direct hemolysin-related (trh) gene, and all isolates was negative for the thermostable direct hemolysin (tdh) gene...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154431/association-between-electrocardiographic-and-echocardiographic-markers-of-stage-b-heart-failure-and-cardiovascular-outcome
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Hong Yang, Thomas H Marwick, Ying Wang, Mark Nolan, Kazuaki Negishi, Faisal Khan, Peter M Okin
AIMS: The detection of non-ischaemic (mainly hypertension, diabetes, and obesity) stage B heart failure (SBHF) may facilitate the recognition of those at risk of progression to overt HF and HF prevention. We sought the relationship of specific electrocardiographic (ECG) markers of SBHF to echocardiographic features of SBHF and their prognostic value for development of HF. The ECG markers were Cornell product (Cornell-P), P-wave terminal force in lead V1 (PTFV1), ST depression in lead V5 V6 (minSTmV5V6), and increased heart rate...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153571/association-of-abnormal-left-ventricular-functional-reserve-with-outcome-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Wojciech Kosmala, Monika Przewlocka-Kosmala, Aleksandra Rojek, Andrzej Mysiak, Andrzej Dabrowski, Thomas H Marwick
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the prognostic value of abnormal diastolic and systolic responses to exercise (on the basis of exertional E/e' and global longitudinal strain rate [GSR]) in a well-characterized population of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). BACKGROUND: Impaired cardiovascular functional reserve is believed to contribute to adverse outcomes in HFpEF. However, the exact characteristics of pathophysiological profiles associated with increased clinical risk are still poorly defined...
November 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153567/potential-usefulness-and-clinical-relevance-of-adding-left-atrial-strain-to-left-atrial-volume-index-in-the-detection-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction
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Daniel A Morris, Evgeny Belyavskiy, Radhakrishnan Aravind-Kumar, Martin Kropf, Athanasios Frydas, Kerstin Braunauer, Esteban Marquez, Maximilian Krisper, Ruhdja Lindhorst, Engin Osmanoglou, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Florian Blaschke, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Carsten Tschöpe, Frank Edelmann, Burkert Pieske, Elisabeth Pieske-Kraigher
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to analyze the potential usefulness and clinical relevance of adding left atrial (LA) strain to left atrial volume index (LAVI) in the detection of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) in patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested that LA strain could be of use in the evaluation of LVDD. However, the potential utility and clinical significance of adding LA strain to LAVI in the detection of LVDD remains uncertain...
November 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153067/-detection-of-influenza-virus-infections-by-molecular-and-immunofluorescence-methods
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Deniz Yıldırım, Deniz Özdoğru Sağdıç, Buket Şeflek, Mehmet Çimentepe, İbrahim Bayram, Fügen Yarkın
Influenza virus infections are extremely important for human health due to the occurence of seasonal epidemics and pandemics worldwide. Influenza is associated with high morbidity and may result in serious complications such as life threatening viral or bacterial pneumonia. Especially, young children, older adults, patients with chronic diseases such as heart, lung, kidney, and diabetes and immunosuppressed people are at higher risk for complications and death from influenza virus infections. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of influenza type A and B virus infections and influenza A virus subtypes in hospitalized patients with respiratory tract infections by real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR, Sacace, Italy), conventional RT-PCR and direct immunofluorescence antibody (DFA, Argene SA, France) tests...
October 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153063/-investigation-of-various-virulence-factors-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-strains-isolated-from-nosocomial-infections
#16
Halit Kuş, Uğur Arslan, Hatice Türk Dağı, Duygu Fındık
Klebsiella pneumoniae is an opportunistic pathogen that commonly affects immunosuppressed patients and causes nosocomial infections. K.pneumoniae has a variety of virulence factors, especially capsule polysaccharide, hypermucoviscosity (HV), fimbriae, toxins and determinants for iron acquisition. The aim of this study was to detect the virulence factors in K.pneumoniae strains isolated from nosocomial infections in two years. Fifty three K.pneumoniae strains isolated from the samples of patients with nosocomial infections in the Medical Microbiology Laboratory of Selcuk University Faculty of Medicine Hospital between 2011 and 2013 were included in the study...
October 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152579/streptococcus-pneumoniae-tigr4-phase-locked-opacity-variants-differ-in-virulence-phenotypes
#17
Melissa B Oliver, Ankita Basu Roy, Ranjit Kumar, Elliot J Lefkowitz, W Edward Swords
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a leading human pathogen that can cause serious localized and invasive diseases. Pneumococci can undergo a spontaneous and reversible phase variation that is reflected in colony opacity and which allows the population to adapt to different host environments. Generally, transparent variants are adapted for nasopharyngeal colonization, whereas opaque variants are associated with invasive disease. In recent work, colony phase variation was shown to occur by means of recombination events to generate multiple alleles of the hsdS targeting domain of a DNA methylase complex, which mediates epigenetic changes in gene expression...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152021/forging-property-processing-map-and-mesoscale-microstructural-evolution-modeling-of-a-ti-17-alloy-with-a-lamellar-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-starting-microstructure
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Hiroaki Matsumoto, Daiki Naito, Kento Miyoshi, Kenta Yamanaka, Akihiko Chiba, Yoko Yamabe-Mitarai
This work identifies microstructural conversion mechanisms during hot deformation (at temperatures ranging from 750 °C to 1050 °C and strain rates ranging from 10(-3) s(-1) to 1 s(-1)) of a Ti-5Al-2Sn-2Zr-4Mo-4Cr (Ti-17) alloy with a lamellar starting microstructure and establishes constitutive formulae for predicting the microstructural evolution using finite-element analysis. In the α phase, lamellae kinking is the dominant mode in the higher strain rate region and dynamic globularization frequently occurs at higher temperatures...
2017: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151889/cell-growth-and-lipid-accumulation-of-a-microalgal-mutant-scenedesmus-sp-z-4-by-combining-light-dark-cycle-with-temperature-variation
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Chao Ma, Yan-Bo Zhang, Shih-Hsin Ho, De-Feng Xing, Nan-Qi Ren, Bing-Feng Liu
Background: The light/dark cycle is one of the most important factors affecting the microalgal growth and lipid accumulation. Biomass concentration and lipid productivity could be enhanced by optimization of light/dark cycles, and this is considered an effective control strategy for microalgal cultivation. Currently, most research on effects of light/dark cycles on algae is carried out under autotrophic conditions and little information is about the effects under mixotrophic cultivation...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151863/a-phylogenomic-analysis-of-marek-s-disease-virus-reveals-independent-paths-to-virulence-in-eurasia-and-north-america
#20
Jakob Trimpert, Nicole Groenke, Maria Jenckel, Shulin He, Dusan Kunec, Moriah L Szpara, Stephen J Spatz, Nikolaus Osterrieder, Dino P McMahon
Virulence determines the impact a pathogen has on the fitness of its host, yet current understanding of the evolutionary origins and causes of virulence of many pathogens is surprisingly incomplete. Here, we explore the evolution of Marek's disease virus (MDV), a herpesvirus commonly afflicting chickens and rarely other avian species. The history of MDV in the 20th century represents an important case study in the evolution of virulence. The severity of MDV infection in chickens has been rising steadily since the adoption of intensive farming techniques and vaccination programs in the 1950s and 1970s, respectively...
December 2017: Evolutionary Applications
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