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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212103/simulation-of-healing-threshold-in-strain-induced-inflammation-through-a-discrete-informatics-model
#1
Israr Ibrahim, Sanjay Venkata Oruganti, Ramana Pidaparti
Respiratory diseases such as asthma and acute respiratory distress syndrome as well as acute lung injury involve inflammation at the cellular level. The inflammation process is very complex and is characterized by the emergence of cytokines along with other changes in cellular processes. Due to the complexity of the various constituents that makes up the inflammation dynamics, it is necessary to develop models that can complement experiments to fully understand inflammatory diseases. In this study, we developed a discrete informatics model based on cellular automata (CA) approach to investigate the influence of elastic field (stretch/strain) on the dynamics of inflammation and account for probabilistic adaptation based on statistical interpretation of existing experimental data...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209834/complete-genome-sequence-of-staphylococcus-pseudintermedius-type-strain-lmg-22219
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Mohamed A Abouelkhair, Matthew C Riley, David A Bemis, Stephen A Kania
We report the first complete genome sequence of LMG 22219 (=ON 86(T) = CCUG 49543(T)), the Staphylococcus pseudintermedius type strain isolated from feline lung tissue. This sequence information will facilitate phylogenetic comparisons of staphylococcal species and other bacteria at the genome level.
February 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209468/characteristics-of-nontyphoidal-salmonella-gastroenteritis-in-taiwanese-children-a-9-year-period-retrospective-medical-record-review
#3
Yeh-Ting Hung, Chorng-Jang Lay, Chun-Lung Wang, Malcolm Koo
Nontyphoidal Salmonella is among the most common causes of acute pediatric gastroenteritis in Taiwan. It is important to study antibiotic resistance patterns in nontyphoidal Salmonella isolated from children. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of serogroups and susceptibility to antimicrobial nontyphoidal Salmonella isolated from Taiwanese children with gastroenteritis. A retrospective review of the medical records of patients aged under 18 years with a diagnosis of acute gastroenteritis at a regional hospital located in southern Taiwan from August 2000 to August 2009 was conducted...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207789/carbapenem-resistance-and-pathogenicity-of-bovine-acinetobacter-indicus-like-isolates
#4
Peter Klotz, Stephan Göttig, Ursula Leidner, Torsten Semmler, Sandra Scheufen, Christa Ewers
The objective of this study was to characterize blaOXA-23 harbouring Acinetobacter indicus-like strains from cattle including genomic and phylogenetic analyses, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and evaluation of pathogenicity in vitro and in vivo. Nasal and rectal swabs (n = 45) from cattle in Germany were screened for carbapenem-non-susceptible Acinetobacter spp. Thereby, two carbapenem resistant Acinetobacter spp. from the nasal cavities of two calves could be isolated. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and 16S rDNA sequencing identified these isolates as A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205025/the-multistate-tuberculosis-pharmacometric-model-a-semi-mechanistic-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-model-for-studying-drug-effects-in-an-acute-tuberculosis-mouse-model
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Chunli Chen, Fatima Ortega, Joaquin Rullas, Laura Alameda, Iñigo Angulo-Barturen, Santiago Ferrer, Ulrika Sh Simonsson
The Multistate Tuberculosis Pharmacometric (MTP) model, a pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic disease model, has been used to describe the effects of rifampicin on Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) in vitro. The aim of this work was to investigate if the MTP model could be used to describe the rifampicin treatment response in an acute tuberculosis mouse model. Sixty C57BL/6 mice were intratracheally infected with M. tuberculosis H37Rv strain on Day 0. Fifteen mice received no treatment and were sacrificed on Days 1, 9 and 18 (5 each day)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202116/-pathogens-of-infections-in-the-induction-period-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-and-drug-resistance-of-isolated-strains
#6
Zai-Sheng Chen, Ling Zheng, Yi-Qiao Chen, Jing-Hui Yang, Jian Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the infections occurring in the induction period of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the pathogens of the infections, and drug resistance of isolated strains. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for the clinical data of 130 children with newly-diagnosed childhood ALL. Infections occurring during the induction chemotherapy, pathogenic strains, and drug-resistance spectrum were analyzed. RESULTS: The incidence rate of clinical infection and/or microbial infection reached 76...
February 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199899/role-of-outer-membrane-protein-t-in-pathogenicity-of-avian-pathogenic-escherichia-coli
#7
Hassan M A Hejair, Jiale Ma, Yingchu Zhu, Min Sun, Wenyang Dong, Yue Zhang, Zihao Pan, Wei Zhang, Huochun Yao
An outer membrane protein T (OmpT) could play a vital role in the pathogenesis of the neonatal meningitis Escherichia coli (NMEC) in human and animals. However, whether ompT plays a role in avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC) infection remains unclear. In this study we evaluated the potential of ompT in APEC pathogenesis. An ompT gene was deleted from APEC mutant strain (TW-XM) was constructed and characterized. The inactivation of ompT reduced significantly the adherence and invasion capabilities of APEC to mouse brain microvascular endothelial cell (BMEC) bEnd...
January 27, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198110/emergence-of-a-novel-highly-pathogenic-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-in-china
#8
J-K Liu, X Zhou, J-Q Zhai, B Li, C-H Wei, A-L Dai, X-Y Yang, M-L Luo
From 2014 to 2015, four novel highly pathogenic PRRS virus (HP-PRRSV) strains named 14LY01-FJ, 14LY02-FJ 15LY01-FJ, and 15LY02-FJ were isolated from high morbidity (100%) and mortality (40%-80%) in piglets and sows in Fujian Province. To further our knowledge about these novel virus strains, we characterized their complete genomes and determined their pathogenicity in piglets. Full-length genome sequencing analysis showed that these four isolates were closely related to type 2 (North American type, NA-type) isolates, with 88...
February 14, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193909/rv2299c-a-novel-dendritic-cell-activating-antigen-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-fused-esat-6-subunit-vaccine-confers-improved-and-durable-protection-against-the-hypervirulent-strain-hn878-in-mice
#9
Han-Gyu Choi, Seunga Choi, Yong Woo Back, Seungwha Paik, Hye-Soo Park, Woo Sik Kim, Hongmin Kim, Seung Bin Cha, Chul Hee Choi, Sung Jae Shin, Hwa-Jung Kim
Understanding functional interactions between DCs and antigens is necessary for achieving an optimal and desired immune response during vaccine development. Here, we identified and characterized protein Rv2299c (heat-shock protein 90 family), which effectively induced DC maturation. The Rv2299c-maturated DCs showed increased expression of surface molecules and production of proinflammatory cytokines. Rv2299c induced these effects by binding to TLR4 and stimulating the downstream MyD88-, MAPK- and NF-κB-dependent signaling pathways...
February 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187951/omp16-based-vaccine-encapsulated-by-alginate-chitosan-microspheres-provides-significant-protection-against-haemophilus-parasuis-in-mice
#10
Xintian Zheng, Xiaoyan Yang, Xiaohua Li, Guo-Hua Qiu, Ailing Dai, Qichun Huang, Cuiqin Huang, Xiaofeng Guo
Haemophilus parasuis (H. parasuis) is the etiological agent of swine Glässer's disease, which leads to significant economic loss in swine industry over the world. Subunit vaccine based on outer membrane protein is one of the promising choices to protect pigs against H. parasuis infection despite low immunity efficiency. In this paper, outer membrane protein 16 (Omp16) of H. parasuis encapsulated by alginate-chitosan microspheres as antigen carriers was explored for the first time in a mouse model. Our results showed that the microspheres with Omp16 induced significant higher H...
February 7, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187782/sputum-dna-sequencing-in-cystic-fibrosis-non-invasive-access-to-the-lung-microbiome-and-to-pathogen-details
#11
Rounak Feigelman, Christian R Kahlert, Florent Baty, Frank Rassouli, Rebekka L Kleiner, Philipp Kohler, Martin H Brutsche, Christian von Mering
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disorder, characterized by chronic microbial lung infections due to abnormally viscous mucus secretions within airways. The clinical management of CF typically involves regular respiratory-tract cultures in order to identify pathogens and to guide treatment. However, culture-based methods can miss atypical or slow-growing microbes. Furthermore, the isolated microbes are often not classified at the strain level due to limited taxonomic resolution...
February 10, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185887/fatal-disseminated-rasamsonia-infection-in-cystic-fibrosis-post-lung-transplantation
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Gina Hong, Marissa White, Noah Lechtzin, Natalie E West, Robin Avery, Heather Miller, Richard Lee, Robert J Lovari, Christian Massire, Lawrence B Blyn, Xinglun Liang, Deanna A Sutton, Jianmin Fu, Brian L Wickes, Nathan P Wiederhold, Sean X Zhang
BACKGROUND: Disseminated fungal infections are a known serious complication in individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) following orthotopic lung transplantation. Aspergillus fumigatus and Scedosporium species are among the more common causes of invasive fungal infection in this population. However, it is also important for clinicians to be aware of other emerging fungal species which may require markedly different antifungal therapies. CASE SUMMARY: We describe the first laboratory-documented case of a fatal disseminated fungal infection caused by Rasamsonia aegroticola in a 21-year-old female CF patient status post-bilateral lung transplantation, which was only identified post-mortem...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184354/gallium-protoporphyrin-ix-inhibits-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-growth-by-targeting-cytochromes
#13
Sarah Hijazi, Paolo Visca, Emanuela Frangipani
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a challenging pathogen due to both innate and acquired resistance to antibiotics. It is capable of causing a variety of infections, including chronic lung infection in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Given the importance of iron in bacterial physiology and pathogenicity, iron-uptake and metabolism have become attractive targets for the development of new antibacterial compounds. P. aeruginosa can acquire iron from a variety of sources to fulfill its nutritional requirements both in the environment and in the infected host...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183814/comparative-proteomics-of-purified-pathogen-vacuoles-correlates-intracellular-replication-of-legionella-pneumophila-with-the-small-gtpase-rap1
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Johanna Schm Oumllders, Christian Manske, Andreas Otto, Christine Hoffmann, Bernhard Steiner, Amanda Welin, D Oumlrte Becher, Hubert Hilbi
Legionella pneumophila is an opportunistic bacterial pathogen that causes a severe lung infection termed Legionnaires disease. The pathogen replicates in environmental protozoa as well as in macrophages within a unique membrane-bound compartment, the Legionella-containing-vacuole (LCV). LCV formation requires the bacterial Icm/Dot type IV secretion system, which translocates ca. 300 effector proteins into host cells, where they target distinct host factors. The L. pneumophila pentuple mutant (Δpentuple) lacks 5 gene clusters (31% of the effector proteins) and replicates in macrophages but not in Dictyostelium discoideum amoeba...
February 9, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182785/virulence-and-immunogenicity-of-genetically-defined-human-and-porcine-isolates-of-m-avium-subsp-hominissuis-in-an-experimental-mouse-infection
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Nicolas Bruffaerts, Christelle Vluggen, Virginie Roupie, Lucille Duytschaever, Christophe Van den Poel, Joseph Denoël, Ruddy Wattiez, Jean-Jacques Letesson, David Fretin, Leen Rigouts, Ophélie Chapeira, Vanessa Mathys, Claude Saegerman, Kris Huygen
Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (Mah) represents a health concern for humans and to a lesser extent for pigs, but its zoonotic potential remains elusive. Using multispacer sequence typing (MST) we previously identified 49 different genotypes of Mah among Belgian clinical and porcine isolates, with 5 MSTs shared by both hosts. Using experimental intranasal infection of BALB/c mice, we compared the virulence and immunogenicity of porcine and clinical human isolates with shared genotype or with a genotype only found in humans or pigs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181563/the-antimicrobial-molecule-trappin-2-elafin-has-anti-parasitic-properties-and-is-protective-in-vivo-in-a-murine-model-of-cerebral-malaria
#16
Christian Roussilhon, Gilles Bang, Fabien Bastaert, Brigitte Solhonne, Ignacio Garcia-Verdugo, Roger Peronet, Pierre Druilhe, Anavaj Sakuntabhai, Salaheddine Mecheri, Jean-Michel Sallenave
According to the WHO, and despite reduction in mortality rates, there were an estimated 438 000 malaria deaths in 2015. Therefore new antimalarials capable of limiting organ damage are still required. We show that systemic and lung adenovirus (Ad)-mediated over-expression of trappin-2 (T-2) an antibacterial molecule with anti-inflammatory activity, increased mice survival following infection with the cerebral malaria-inducing Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbANKA) strain. Systemically, T-2 reduced PbANKA sequestration in spleen, lung, liver and brain, associated with a decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines (eg TNF-α in spleen and lung) and an increase in IL-10 production in the lung...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178996/hemodynamic-effects-of-lung-recruitment-maneuvers-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
#17
Anup Das, Mainul Haque, Marc Chikhani, Oana Cole, Wenfei Wang, Jonathan G Hardman, Declan G Bates
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials have, so far, failed to establish clear beneficial outcomes of recruitment maneuvers (RMs) on patient mortality in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and the effects of RMs on the cardiovascular system remain poorly understood. METHODS: A computational model with highly integrated pulmonary and cardiovascular systems was configured to replicate static and dynamic cardio-pulmonary data from clinical trials. Recruitment maneuvers (RMs) were executed in 23 individual in-silico patients with varying levels of ARDS severity and initial cardiac output...
February 8, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174695/the-effect-of-oral-vaccination-with-mycobacterium-bovis-bcg-on-the-development-of-tuberculosis-in-captive-european-badgers-meles-meles
#18
Mark A Chambers, Frank Aldwell, Gareth A Williams, Si Palmer, Sonya Gowtage, Roland Ashford, Deanna J Dalley, Dipesh Davé, Ute Weyer, Francisco J Salguero, Alejandro Nunez, Allan K Nadian, Timothy Crawshaw, Leigh A L Corner, Sandrine Lesellier
The European badger (Meles meles) is a reservoir host of Mycobacterium bovis and responsible for a proportion of the tuberculosis (TB) cases seen in cattle in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. An injectable preparation of the bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine is licensed for use in badgers in the UK and its use forms part of the bovine TB eradication plans of England and Wales. However, there are practical limitations to the widespread application of an injectable vaccine for badgers and a research priority is the development of an oral vaccine deliverable to badgers in bait...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168855/vaccination-of-calves-with-mycobacterium-bovis-bacillus-calmette-guerin-reduces-the-frequency-and-severity-of-lesions-of-bovine-tuberculosis-under-a-natural-transmission-setting-in-ethiopia
#19
G Ameni, K Tafess, A Zewde, T Eguale, M Tilahun, T Hailu, A Sirak, F J Salguero, S Berg, A Aseffa, R G Hewinson, H M Vordermeier
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is highly prevalent in intensive dairy farms of the urban "milk-sheds" in Ethiopia, and vaccination could be a cost-effective disease control strategy. In the present study, the efficacy of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) to protect against bTB was assessed in Holstein-Friesian calves in a natural transmission setting. Twenty-three 2-week-old calves were subcutaneously vaccinated with BCG Danish SSI strain 1331, and matched 26 calves were injected with placebo. Six weeks later, calves were introduced into a herd of M...
February 6, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168563/right-atrial-strain-is-predictive-of-clinical-outcomes-and-invasive-hemodynamic-data-in-group-1-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#20
Nicole M Bhave, Scott H Visovatti, Brian Kulick, Theodore J Kolias, Vallerie V McLaughlin
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is a practical and widely used tool for risk stratification in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). We hypothesized that right atrial (RA) reservoir function, represented by peak RA systolic strain, correlates with invasive hemodynamic measurements and clinical outcomes in PAH. Patients with group 1 PAH who had TTE within 6 months of index PAH clinic visit and right heart catheterization were included in this retrospective study. Peak RA strain in the 2D apical 4-chamber view was measured with speckle-tracking software...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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