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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338298/tidal-airway-closure-in-asthma-and-copd
#1
Claudio Tantucci, Laura Pini
Functional closure of small airways can occur during tidal breathing above functional residual capacity (FRC) both in asthma and COPD patients, especially during exacerbations. Such event has several noxious consequences on gas exchange, airway hyperresponsiveness and mechanical stress and strain within lung tissue and airway wall, mostly due to increase in ventilation heterogeneity. The availability of simple functional tests based on sequential measurements of lung volumes (i.e.: FRC), by plethysmography and dilutional techniques may reveal and monitor easily tidal airway closure that can be and should be treated with the aim of abolishing or at least reducing this dangerous condition...
November 23, 2016: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336132/complete-genome-sequence-of-sequential-pandoraea-apista-isolates-from-the-same-cystic-fibrosis-patient-supports-a-model-of-chronic-colonization-with-in-vivo-strain-evolution-over-time
#2
Alexander L Greninger, Jessica Streithorst, Jeffrey A Golden, Charles Y Chiu, Steve Miller
Pandoraea apista in the family Burkholderiaceae is an emerging opportunistic pathogen in cystic fibrosis patients. Here, we describe a case from which 3 separate isolates of P. apista were recovered over a 1-year period. Using a combination of first-, second-, and third-generation sequencing technologies, we sequenced and de novo assembled the complete genomes of these 3 P. apista isolates. The genome of P. apista TF81F4 sequenced in this study was 5.58 Mb with a GC% of 62.3%, differed in sequence from other Pandoraea species by >20%, and included a number of previously undescribed loci...
January 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335802/use-of-low-dose-computed-tomography-to-assess-pulmonary-tuberculosis-among-healthcare-workers-in-a-tuberculosis-hospital
#3
Wei He, Bu-Dong Chen, Yan Lv, Zhen Zhou, Jin-Ping Xu, Ping-Xin Lv, Xin-Hua Zhou, Feng-Gang Ning, Cheng-Hai Li, Dong-Po Wang, Jie Zheng
BACKGROUND: According to the World Health Organization, China is one of 22 countries with serious tuberculosis (TB) infections and one of the 27 countries with serious multidrug-resistant TB strains. Despite the decline of tuberculosis in the overall population, healthcare workers (HCWs) are still at a high risk of infection. Compared with high-income countries, the TB prevalence among HCWs is higher in low- and middle-income countries. Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is becoming more popular due to its superior sensitivity and lower radiation dose...
March 24, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331080/evaluation-of-the-immune-responses-to-and-cross-protective-efficacy-of-eurasian-h7-avian-influenza-viruses
#4
Hyeok-Il Kwon, Young-Il Kim, Su-Jin Park, Min-Suk Song, Eun-Ha Kim, Se Mi Kim, Young-Jae Si, In-Won Lee, Byung-Min Song, Youn-Jeong Lee, Seok Joong Yun, Wun-Jae Kim, Young Ki Choi
Due to increasing concerns of human infection by various H7 viruses, including recent H7N9 viruses, we evaluated the genetic relationships and the cross-protective efficacies of three different Eurasian H7 avian influenza viruses. Phylogenic and molecular analysis revealed that recent Eurasian H7 viruses can be separated into two different lineages with relatively high amino acid identity within groups (94.8 to 98.8%), and low amino acid identity (90.3 to 92.6 %) between the groups. In vivo immunization with representatives of each group revealed that while group-specific cross-reactivity was induced, cross-reactive HI titers were approximately fourfold lower against heterologous group viruses compared to homologous group viruses...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331043/world-health-organization-treatment-guidelines-for-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-2016-update
#5
Dennis Falzon, Holger J Schünemann, Elizabeth Harausz, Licé González-Angulo, Christian Lienhardt, Ernesto Jaramillo, Karin Weyer
Antimicrobial resistance is a major global concern. Tuberculosis (TB) strains resistant to rifampicin and other TB medicines challenge patient survival and public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has published treatment guidelines for drug-resistant TB since 1997 and last updated them in 2016 based on reviews of aggregated and individual patient data from published and unpublished studies. An international expert panel formulated recommendations following the GRADE approach. The new WHO guidelines recommend a standardised 9-12 months shorter treatment regimen as first choice in patients with multidrug- or rifampicin-resistant TB (MDR/RR-TB) strains not resistant to fluoroquinolones or second-line injectable agents; resistance to these two classes of core second-line medicines is rapidly detectable with molecular diagnostics also approved by WHO in 2016...
March 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330503/caffeine-modulates-glucocorticoid-induced-expression-of-ctgf-in-lung-epithelial-cells-and-fibroblasts
#6
Markus Fehrholz, Kirsten Glaser, Christian P Speer, Silvia Seidenspinner, Barbara Ottensmeier, Steffen Kunzmann
BACKGROUND: Although caffeine and glucocorticoids are frequently used to treat chronic lung disease in preterm neonates, potential interactions are largely unknown. While anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids are well defined, their impact on airway remodeling is less characterized. Caffeine has been ascribed to positive effects on airway inflammation as well as remodeling. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF, CCN2) plays a key role in airway remodeling and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of chronic lung diseases such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in preterm infants...
March 23, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328576/chronic-pain-patients-perspectives-of-medical-cannabis
#7
Brian J Piper, Monica L Beals, Alexander T Abess, Stephanie D Nichols, Maurice Martin, Catherine M Cobb, Rebecca M DeKeuster
Medical cannabis (MC) is employed for a variety of conditions including chronic pain. The goal of this report was to provide an in-depth qualitative exploration of patient perspectives on the strengths and limitations of MC. Members of MC dispensaries (N = 984) in New England including two-thirds with a history of chronic pain completed an online survey. In response to "How effective is medical cannabis in treating your symptoms or conditions?", with options of 0% "no relief" to 100% "complete relief", the average was 74...
March 21, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325850/phenotypic-diversity-and-genotypic-flexibility-of-burkholderia-cenocepacia-during-long-term-chronic-infection-of-cystic-fibrosis-lungs
#8
Amy Huei-Yi Lee, Stephane Flibotte, Sunita Sinha, Adrianna Paiero, Rachel L Ehrlich, Sergey Balashov, Garth D Ehrlich, James E A Zlosnik, Joshua Chang Mell, Corey Nislow
Chronic bacterial infections of the lung are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis patients. Tracking bacterial evolution during chronic infections can provide insights into how host selection pressures-including immune responses and therapeutic interventions-shape bacterial genomes. We carried out genomic and phenotypic analyses of 215 serially collected Burkholderia cenocepacia isolates from 16 cystic fibrosis patients, spanning a period of 2-20 yr and a broad range of epidemic lineages...
March 21, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325763/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-alginate-overproduction-promotes-coexistence-with-staphylococcus-aureus-in-a-model-of-cystic-fibrosis-respiratory-infection
#9
Dominique H Limoli, Gregory B Whitfield, Tomoe Kitao, Melissa L Ivey, Michael R Davis, Nora Grahl, Deborah A Hogan, Laurence G Rahme, P Lynne Howell, George A O'Toole, Joanna B Goldberg
While complex intra- and interspecies microbial community dynamics are apparent during chronic infections and likely alter patient health outcomes, our understanding of these interactions is currently limited. For example, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus are often found to coinfect the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), yet these organisms compete under laboratory conditions. Recent observations that coinfection correlates with decreased health outcomes necessitate we develop a greater understanding of these interbacterial interactions...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325757/loss-of-cd73-prevents-accumulation-of-alternatively-activated-macrophages-and-the-formation-of-prefibrotic-macrophage-clusters-in-irradiated-lungs
#10
Simone de Leve, Florian Wirsdörfer, Federica Cappuccini, Alexandra Schütze, Alina V Meyer, Katharina Röck, Linda F Thompson, Jens W Fischer, Martin Stuschke, Verena Jendrossek
While radiotherapy is a mainstay for cancer therapy, pneumonitis and fibrosis constitute dose-limiting side effects of thorax and whole body irradiation. So far, the contribution of immune cells to disease progression is largely unknown. Here we studied the role of ecto-5'-nucelotidase (CD73)/adenosine-induced changes in the myeloid compartment in radiation-induced lung fibrosis. C57BL/6 wild-type or CD73(-/-) mice received a single dose of whole thorax irradiation (WTI, 15 Gy). Myeloid cells were characterized in flow cytometric, histologic, and immunohistochemical analyses as well as RNA analyses...
March 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323169/isolation-and-characterization-of-human-capg-expressed-and-post-translationally-modified-in-pichia-pastoris
#11
Agnes Papala, Marc Sylvester, Nadine Dyballa-Rukes, Sabine Metzger, Jochen D'Haese
CapG is an actin-binding protein, which is overexpressed in a variety of tumors, i.e. breast, ovarian, pancreatic and lung carcinoma. We successfully expressed human CapG in the wild type strain X-33 of the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris (P. pastoris), which does not express endogenous CapG, in order to characterize this protein in more detail. After mechanical cell lysis, debris was centrifuged and the soluble protein was precipitated with ammonium sulfate. This protein pellet was dialyzed and used for CapG purification...
March 18, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315387/functional-role-of-ompf-and-ompc-porins-in-pathogenesis-of-avian-pathogenic-escherichia-coli
#12
Hassan M A Hejair, Yingchu Zhu, Jiale Ma, Yue Zhang, Zihao Pan, Wei Zhang, Huochun Yao
Avian pathogenic Escherichia coli is an important pathogen causes systemic infections in avian species and large economic losses in poultry industry worldwide. The functional role of porins during the infection and their mechanisms of interaction with host tissues for adhesion to and invasion are poorly understood. However, whether porins play a role in infection remains unclear. In this study we evaluated the potential of ompF and ompC outer membrane porins in the pathogenesis of avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC) strain TW-XM...
March 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314215/a-metabolomic-approach-shows-sphingosine-1-phosphate-and-lysophospholipids-as-mediators-of-the-therapeutic-effect-of-liver-growth-factor-in-emphysema
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A Navarrete, F J Rupérez, T O Mendes, S Pérez-Rial, A Girón-Martínez, R Terrón-Expósito, J J Díaz-Gil, G Peces-Barba, C Barbas, A García
Tobacco smoke exposure is the principal cause of lung tissue destruction, which in turn results in emphysema that leads into shortness of breath. Liver growth factor (LGF, a cell and tissue regenerating factor with therapeutic activity in several organs) has antifibrotic and antioxidant properties that could be useful to promote lung tissue regenerating capacity in damaged lungs. The current study has examined differences in metabolite profiles (fingerprints) of plasma from mice (strain C57BL/6J, susceptible to develop emphysema) exposed to tobacco smoke during six months...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306733/hypervirulent-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strain-triggers-necrotic-lung-pathology-associated-with-enhanced-recruitment-of-neutrophils-in-resistant-c57bl-6-mice
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Fabrício M Almeida, Thatiana L B Ventura, Eduardo P Amaral, Simone C M Ribeiro, Sanderson D Calixto, Marcelle R Manhães, Andreza L Rezende, Giliane S Souzal, Igor S de Carvalho, Elisangela C Silva, Juliana Azevedo da Silva, Eulógio C Q Carvalho, Afranio L Kritski, Elena B Lasunskaia
Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) that in most cases induces irreversible necrosis of lung tissue as a result of excessive inflammatory reactions. The murine model of TB in resistant C57BL/6 mice infected with reference Mtb strains is widely used in TB studies; however, these mice do not show a necrotic pathology, which restricts their use in studies of irreversible tissue damage. Recently, we demonstrated that necrotic lung lesions could be induced in the C57BL/6 mice by highly virulent Mtb strains belonging to the modern Beijing sublineage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306327/fifty-years-of-research-in-ards-respiratory-mechanics-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
#15
William R Henderson, Lu Chen, Marcelo B P Amato, Laurent J Brochard
Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a multifactorial lung injury that continues to be associated with high levels of morbidity and mortality. Mechanical ventilation, while lifesaving, is associated with new iatrogenic injury. Current best practice involves the use of small tidal volumes, low plateau and driving pressures, and high levels of positive end expiratory pressure. Collectively, these interventions are termed "lung protective ventilation". Recent investigations suggest that individualized measurements of pulmonary mechanical variables rather than population based ventilation prescriptions may be used to set the ventilator with the potential to improve outcomes beyond those achieved with standard lung protective ventilation...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301284/immunogenicity-and-protective-efficacy-of-recombinant-bacille-calmette-guerin-strains-expressing-mycobacterium-antigens-ag85a-cfp10-esat-6-gm-csf-and-il-12p70
#16
Fu-Ying Dai, Jun-Fang Wang, Xue-Li Gong, Lang Bao
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of recombinant bacille calmette-guerin (rBCG) strains expressing Ag85A (A), CFP10 (C), ESAT6 (E), IL-12p70 (I), and fusion protein GM-CSF (G). METHOD: rBCGs were established by integrating of A, C, E, I, G, AE, CE, IE, GC, GE and GCE into Mycobacterium bovis BCG-1173 and BCG-SH. The macro-effects of rBCGs on mice were evaluated by phenotype and weight. The immunogenicity of rBCGs was analyzed by lgG, lgG1 and lgG2a antibody titers, and IFN-γ and IL-4 contents through Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
February 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300665/grape-seed-extract-ameliorates-bleomycin-induced-mouse-pulmonary-fibrosis
#17
Qi Liu, Jun-Xia Jiang, Ya-Nan Liu, Yan Guan, Wei Zhao, Yong-Liang Jia, Xin-Wei Dong, Yun Sun, Qiang-Min Xie
Pulmonary fibrosis is common in a variety of inflammatory lung diseases, such as interstitial pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and silicosis. There is currently no effective clinical drug treatment. It has been reported that grape seed extracts (GSE) has extensive pharmacological effects with minimal toxicity. Although it has been found that GSE can improve the lung collagen deposition and fibrosis pathology induced by bleomycin in rat, its effects on pulmonary function, inflammation, growth factors, matrix metalloproteinases and epithelial-mesenchymal transition remain to be researched...
March 11, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293547/proinflammatory-response-induced-by-newcastle-disease-virus-in-tumor-and-normal-cells
#18
Teridah Ernala Ginting, Jeremiah Suryatenggara, Salomo Christian, George Mathew
PURPOSE: To investigate the specific role of immune responses induced by lentogenic Newcastle disease virus (NDV) for its antitumor effect. MATERIALS AND METHODS: NDV LaSota strain was used to infect the following human cells: non-small cell lung carcinoma (A549), glioblastoma (U87MG and T98G), mammary gland adenocarcinoma (MCF7 and MDA-MB-453), hepatocellular carcinoma (Huh7), transformed embryonic kidney cells (HEK293), primary monocytes, lung fibroblast (HF19), skin fibroblast (NB1RGB) and rat astroglia (RCR-1) at 0...
2017: Oncolytic Virotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291719/immunization-with-outer-membrane-proteins-oprf-and-opri-and-flagellin-b%C3%A2-protects-mice-from-pulmonary-infection-with-mucoid-and-nonmucoid-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#19
Ramadan Hassan, Wael El-Naggar, Abeer M Abd El-Aziz, Mona Shaaban, Hany I Kenawy, Youssif M Ali
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a Gram-negative opportunistic bacterium, which considered as a common cause of nosocomial infection and life-threatening complications in immunocompromized and cystic fibrosis patients. Here, we evaluate the protective effect of recombinant vaccines composed of outer membrane proteins OprF and OprI alone or in combination with flagellin B against mucoid and nonmucoid pseudomonas infection. METHODS: BALB/C mice were immunized subcutaneous using OprF and OprI with or without flagellin B and antibody titers were determined...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289176/quantitative-proteomic-approach-identifies-vpr-binding-protein-as-novel-host-factor-supporting-influenza-a-virus-infections-in-human-cells
#20
Anne Sadewasser, Katharina Paki, Katrin Eichelbaum, Boris Bogdanow, Sandra Saenger, Matthias Budt, Markus Lesch, Klaus-Peter Hinz, Andreas Herrmann, Thomas F Meyer, Alexander Karlas, Matthias Selbach, Thorsten Wolff
Influenza A virus infections are a major cause for respiratory disease in humans, which affects all age groups and contributes substantially to global morbidity and mortality. IAV have a large natural host reservoir in avian species. However, many avian IAV strains lack adaptation to other hosts and hardly propagate in humans. While seasonal or pandemic influenza A virus (IAV) strains replicate efficiently in permissive human cells, many avian IAV cause abortive non-productive infections in these hosts despite successful cell entry...
March 13, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
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