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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926942/the-semi-synthetic-peptide-lin-sb056-1-in-combination-with-edta-exerts-strong-antimicrobial-and-antibiofilm-activity-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-conditions-mimicking-cystic-fibrosis-sputum
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Giuseppantonio Maisetta, Lucia Grassi, Semih Esin, Ilaria Serra, Mariano A Scorciapino, Andrea C Rinaldi, Giovanna Batoni
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a major cause of chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The ability of the bacterium to form biofilms and the presence of a thick and stagnant mucus in the airways of CF patients largely contribute to antibiotic therapy failure and demand for new antimicrobial agents able to act in the CF environment. The present study investigated the anti-P. aeruginosa activity of lin-SB056-1, a recently described semi-synthetic antimicrobial peptide, used alone and in combination with the cation chelator ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925946/development-and-biocompatibility-evaluation-of-photocatalytic-tio%C3%A2-reduced-graphene-oxide-based-nanoparticles-designed-for-self-cleaning-purposes
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Ionela Cristina Nica, Miruna S Stan, Marcela Popa, Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, Veronica Lazar, Iuliana Dumitrescu, Lucian Diamandescu, Marcel Feder, Mihaela Baibarac, Marin Cernea, Valentin Adrian Maraloiu, Traian Popescu, Anca Dinischiotu
Graphene is widely used in nanotechnologies to amplify the photocatalytic activity of TiO₂, but the development of TiO₂/graphene composites imposes the assessment of their risk to human and environmental health. Therefore, reduced graphene oxide was decorated with two types of TiO₂ particles co-doped with 1% iron and nitrogen, one of them being obtained by a simultaneous precipitation of Ti(3+) and Fe(3+) ions to achieve their uniform distribution, and the other one after a sequential precipitation of these two cations for a higher concentration of iron on the surface...
September 19, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920463/evaluation-of-genotoxicity-and-subchronic-toxicity-of-standardized-rose-hip-extract
#3
A Nagatomo, M Oguri, N Nishida, M Ogawa, A Ichikawa, Y Tanaka-Azuma
Rose hip is the fruit of the rose plant, which is widely used in food, cosmetics and as a traditional medicine. Therefore, rose hip is considered safe and has a sufficient history of consumption as food. However, few studies have reported on the safety of rose hip extracts in toxicological analyses. Thus, to evaluate the safety of rosehip polyphenol MJ (RHPMJ), an aqueous ethanol extract standardized with the trans-tiliroside content, we performed genotoxicity and 90-day repeated oral dose toxicity studies in compliance with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development-Good Laboratory Practice...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917675/regional-variation-in-technetium-pyrophosphate-uptake-in-transthyretin-cardiac-amyloidosis-and-impact-on%C3%A2-mortality
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Brett W Sperry, Michael N Vranian, Albree Tower-Rader, Rory Hachamovitch, Mazen Hanna, Richard Brunken, Dermot Phelan, Manuel D Cerqueira, Wael A Jaber
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate the regional uptake of technetium 99m-pyrophosphate (TcPYP) in transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis (ATTR) and its association with mortality. BACKGROUND: TcPYP nuclear scintigraphy is a diagnostic and prognostic tool in ATTR. Echocardiography has identified a pattern of regional variation in longitudinal strain (LS) with a gradient of improved strain from base to apex in ATTR. METHODS: Consecutive patients with ATTR were evaluated who underwent TcPYP nuclear scintigraphy with planar and attenuation corrected single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915364/nosocomial-multidrug-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-strains-isolated-from-mexico-city-produce-robust-biofilms-on-abiotic-surfaces-but-not-on-human-lung-cells
#5
Martha Lorena Ostria-Hernandez, Karla Cecilia Juárez-de la Rosa, Patricia Arzate-Barbosa, Antonino Lara-Hernández, Fuminori Sakai, J Antonio Ibarra, Graciela Castro-Escarpulli, Jorge E Vidal
BACKGROUND: Klebsiella pneumoniae (Kpn) strains are a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, including ventilator-associated pneumonia. Resistance to antibiotics, biofilm formation, and the production of certain fimbriae play an important role in the pathogenesis. AIM: We investigated the genetic relatedness, antibiotic resistance, virulence potential, and ability to form biofilms of Kpn strains isolated from hospital-acquired infections (n = 76). Strains were isolated at three major hospitals serving the largest metropolitan urban area in Mexico City, Mexico...
September 15, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914348/immunogenicity-and-antimicrobial-effectiveness-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-specific-bacteriophage-in-a-human-lung-in-vitro-model
#6
Joseph R Shiley, Kristen K Comfort, Jayne B Robinson
The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria is posing a serious threat to human health. For example, resistant strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa have resulted in untreatable and potentially lethal infections in both cystic fibrosis and immunocompromised patients. Due to the growing need for alternative treatment options, bacteriophage, or phage, therapy is gaining considerable attention. While previous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of phage in combating persistent bacterial infections, there is currently a lack of knowledge regarding the host immunological response following phage exposure...
September 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913656/new-insights-into-cardiac-involvement-in-juvenile-scleroderma-a-three-dimensional-echocardiographic-assessment-unveils-subclinical-ventricle-dysfunction
#7
Reyhan Dedeoglu, Amra Adroviç, Funda Oztunç, Sezgin Sahin, Kenan Barut, Ozgur Kasapcopur
Cardiac manifestations in juvenile scleroderma or systemic sclerosis (JSSc) have poor prognosis, begin in early stages of the disease, and remain clinically asymptomatic. New echocardiography modalities, such as 2D/3D speckle tracking (STE, strain analysis for regional and global ventricular functions), can detect cardiac involvement in early stages. We assessed 21 JSSc patients and 19 controls using 2D/3D STE. The left ventricular end diastolic volume, end systolic volume, and ejection fraction of the patient and control groups were significantly different (99...
September 14, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912510/the-th1-th17-balance-dictates-the-fibrosis-response-in-murine-radiation-induced-lung-disease
#8
Alexandra Paun, Marie-Eve Bergeron, Christina K Haston
Radiotherapy can result in lung diseases pneumonitis or fibrosis dependent on patient susceptibility. Herein we used inbred and genetically altered mice to investigate whether the tissue adaptive immune response to radiation injury influences the development of radiation-induced lung disease. Six inbred mouse strains were exposed to 18 Gy whole thorax irradiation and upon respiratory distress strains prone to pneumonitis with fibrosis presented an increased pulmonary frequency of Thelper (Th)17 cells which was not evident in strains prone solely to pneumonitis...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904482/mathematics-of-ventilator-induced-lung-injury
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Ubaidur Rahaman
Ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) results from mechanical disruption of blood-gas barrier and consequent edema and releases of inflammatory mediators. A transpulmonary pressure (PL) of 17 cmH2O increases baby lung volume to its anatomical limit, predisposing to VILI. Viscoelastic property of lung makes pulmonary mechanics time dependent so that stress (PL) increases with respiratory rate. Alveolar inhomogeneity in acute respiratory distress syndrome acts as a stress riser, multiplying global stress at regional level experienced by baby lung...
August 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903972/lactobacillus-the-not-so-friendly-bacteria
#10
Abirami Pararajasingam, Juliet Uwagwu
We present a 65-year-old diabetic patient with a complex liver abscess and bacteraemia from Lactobacillus paracasei The abscess resulted in a prolonged hospital stay due to ongoing sepsis despite ultrasound-guided drainage and broad-spectrum antibiotics. Furthermore, the patient developed several secondary complications including a right-sided pleural effusion, an inferior vena cava thrombus and septic lung emboli. The abscess was eventually managed successfully with a prolonged course of antibiotics and multiple ultrasound-guided drainage procedures...
September 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902663/aldosterone-induces-left-ventricular-subclinical-systolic-dysfunction-a-strain-imaging-study
#11
Zheng-Wei Chen, Kuan-Chih Huang, Jen-Kuang Lee, Lung-Chun Lin, Ching-Way Chen, Yi-Yao Chang, Che-Wei Liao, Vin-Cent Wu, Chi-Shen Hung, Yen-Hung Lin
BACKGROUND: Primary aldosteronism is associated with a higher incidence of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction than essential hypertension. However, systolic function via endocardial measurements is similar between patients with primary aldosteronism and essential hypertension. Speckle-tracking echocardiography is a sensitive tool which can detect subclinical impairments in systolic function. The aim of this study was to investigate aldosterone-induced subclinical impairments in systolic function...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899494/intranasal-co-administration-of-1-8-cineole-with-influenza-vaccine-provide-cross-protection-against-influenza-virus-infection
#12
Yun Li, Yu-Ling Xu, Yan-Ni Lai, Shang-Hui Liao, Ni Liu, Pei-Ping Xu
BACKGROUND: Vaccination is the most efficient means for protection against influenza. However, the various vaccines have low efficacy to protect against pandemic strains because of antigenic drift and recombination of influenza virus. Adjuvant therapy is one of the attempts to improve influenza vaccine effective cross-protection against influenza virus infection. Our previous study confirmed that 1,8-cineole inhibits the NF-κB, reduces pro-inflammatory cytokines, and relieves the pathological changes of viral pneumonia in mice infected with influenza virus...
October 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894437/evolution-of-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-in-cystic-fibrosis-lung-over-chronic-infection-a-genomic-and-phenotypic-population-study
#13
Alfonso Esposito, Arianna Pompilio, Clotilde Bettua, Valentina Crocetta, Elisabetta Giacobazzi, Ersilia Fiscarelli, Olivier Jousson, Giovanni Di Bonaventura
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia has been recognized as an emerging multi-drug resistant opportunistic pathogen in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. We report a comparative genomic and phenotypic analysis of 91 S. maltophilia strains from 10 CF patients over a 12-year period. Draft genome analyses included in silico Multi-Locus Sequence Typing (MLST), Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), and pangenome characterization. Growth rate, biofilm formation, motility, mutation frequency, in vivo virulence, and in vitro antibiotic susceptibility were determined and compared with population structure over time...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893917/phenol-soluble-modulin-peptides-contribute-to-influenza-associated-staphylococcus-aureus-pneumonia
#14
Dominik Alexander Bloes, Emanuel Haasbach, Carmen Hartmayer, Tobias Hertlein, Karin Klingel, Dorothee Kretschmer, Oliver Planz, Andreas Peschel
Influenza A virus (IAV) infections are often followed by secondary bacterial lung infection, which is a major reason for severe, often fatal pneumonia. Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) strains such as USA300 cause particularly severe and difficult-to-treat cases of IAV-associated pneumonia. CA-MRSA are known to produce extraordinarily high amounts of phenol-soluble modulin (PSM) peptides, important cytotoxins and proinflammatory molecules contributing to several types of S...
September 11, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893914/stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-serine-protease-stmpr1-induces-matrilysis-anoikis-and-protease-activated-receptor-2-activation-in-human-lung-epithelial-cells
#15
Ashley L DuMont, Nicholas P Cianciotto
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is an emerging, opportunistic nosocomial pathogen that can cause severe disease in immunocompromised individuals. We recently identified the StmPr1 and StmPr2 serine proteases as substrates of the Xps type II secretion system in S. maltophilia strain K279a. Here, we report that a third serine protease, StmPr3, is also secreted in an Xps-dependent manner. By constructing a panel of protease mutants in strain K279s, we were able to determine that StmPr3 contributes to the previously described Xps-mediated rounding and detachment of the A549 human lung epithelial cell line as well as Xps-mediated degradation of fibronectin, fibrinogen, and the cytokine interleukin-8...
September 11, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891433/innate-lymphoid-cells-mediate-pulmonary-eosinophilic-inflammation-airway-mucous-cell-metaplasia-and-type-2-immunity-in-mice-exposed-to-ozone
#16
Kazuyoshi Kumagai, Ryan P Lewandowski, Daven N Jackson-Humbles, Nicholas Buglak, Ning Li, Kaylin White, Steven J Van Dyken, James G Wagner, Jack R Harkema
Exposure to elevated levels of ambient ozone in photochemical smog is associated with eosinophilic airway inflammation and nonatopic asthma in children. In the present study, we determined the role of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) in the pathogenesis of ozone-induced nonatopic asthma by using lymphoid cell-sufficient C57BL/6 mice, ILC-sufficient Rag2(-/-) mice (devoid of T and B cells), and ILC-deficient Rag2(-/-)Il2rg(-/-) mice (depleted of all lymphoid cells including ILCs). Mice were exposed to 0 or 0.8 parts per million ozone for 1 day or 9 consecutive weekdays (4 hr/day)...
January 1, 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890220/production-of-highly-stable-spray-dried-phage-formulations-for-treatment-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-lung-infection
#17
Rachel Y Chang, Jennifer Wong, Ash Mathai, Sandra Morales, Elizabeth Kutter, Warwick Britton, Jian Li, Hak-Kim Chan
The potential of bacteriophage therapy for the treatment of pulmonary infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been well recognised. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of excipients on stabilisation and aerosolisation of spray dried powders of morphologically different phages - PEV podovirus and PEV myovirus. Seven anti-pseudomonal phages were screened against 90 clinical strains of bacterial hosts and three of the phages were selected for formulation study based on the host range...
September 7, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889969/andrographolide-inhibits-influenza-a-virus-induced-inflammation-in-a-murine-model-through-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jak-stat-signaling-pathway
#18
Yi Ding, Lizhu Chen, Wenjiao Wu, Jie Yang, Zifeng Yang, Shuwen Liu
Influenza viruses, the main cause of respiratory tract diseases, cause high morbidity and mortality in humans. Excessive inflammation in the lungs is proposed to be a hallmark for the severe influenza virus infection, especially influenza A virus infection. Strategies against inflammation induced by influenza A virus infection could be a potential anti-influenza therapy. Here, lethal dose of mouse-adapted H1N1 strain PR8A/PR/8/34 was inoculated C57BL/6 mice to detect the anti-influenza activity of andrographolide, the active component of traditional Chinese medicinal herb Andrographis paniculata, with or without influenza virus entry inhibitor CL-385319...
September 7, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888883/host-responses-and-bacterial-colonization-following-inoculation-of-pasteurella-multocida-p52-strain-into-unvaccinated-and-aluminum-hydroxide-gel-hemorrhagic-septicemia-vaccinated-mice
#19
Mamta Singh, Rishendra Verma, Ramane Sangram Pandit, Najeeb Ul Tarfain
Hemorrhagic septicemia is a highly infectious and contagious disease caused by Pasteurella multocida serogroup B:2 in tropical Asian and African countries. The acute inflammatory responses induced by Pasteurella multocida are the main cause of death in hemorrhagic septicemia. Therefore, present study was undertaken to examine the blood cytokine expression profiles (TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6), bacterial colonization and histopathological changes of intraperitoneally and subcutaneously challenged vaccinated and unvaccinated mice with 10(2) CFU of P...
September 6, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888630/a-novel-recombinant-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-with-significant-variation-in-cell-adaption-and-pathogenicity
#20
Qiaoya Zhang, Juan Bai, Hefei Hou, Zhongbao Song, Yongxiang Zhao, Ping Jiang
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is an important pathogen that causes huge economic losses to the swine industry worldwide. In this study, a type 2 PRRSV strain was isolated from primary porcine alveolar macrophage cells and designated as GD1404. Interestingly, this strain was unable to grow in MARC-145 cells. Analysis of the full-length genome sequence revealed that strain GD1404 was an inter-subgenotype recombinant of strains QYYZ and JXA1. The C-terminus of the GP2 protein of strain GD1404 had an amino acid deletion...
September 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
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