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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150549/psychometric-validation-of-the-needs-assessment-tool-progressive-disease-in-interstitial-lung-disease
#1
Miriam J Johnson, Armita Jamali, Joy Ross, Caroline Fairhurst, Jason Boland, Carla Reigada, Simon Paul Hart, Gunn Grande, David C Currow, Athol U Wells, Sabrina Bajwah, Thanos Papadopoulos, J Martin Bland, Janelle Yorke
The inter-rater/test-retest reliability and construct validity of a palliative care needs assessment tool in interstitial lung disease (NAT:PD-ILD) were tested using NAT:PD-ILD-guided video-recorded consultations, and NAT:PD-ILD-guided consultations, and patient and carer-report outcomes (St George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ)-ILD, Carer Strain Index (CSI)/Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT)). 11/16 items reached at least fair inter-rater agreement; 5 items reached at least moderate test-retest agreement...
November 17, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149302/activity-of-colistin-alone-or-in-combination-with-rifampicin-or-meropenem-in-a-carbapenem-resistant-bioluminescent-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-intraperitoneal-murine-infection-model
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Yun Cai, Deqing Yang, Jin Wang, Rui Wang
Background: Carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA) infections represent a major therapeutic problem and combination therapy may be the chemotherapeutic option. Methods: Bioluminescent CRPA was developed through sequential subcultures in subinhibitory concentrations of meropenem from an engineered strain of bioluminescent PA Xen5. Then CRPA was injected intraperitoneally to establish an intraperitoneal murine infection model. Treatments of colistin alone or combined with rifampicin or meropenem were started 1 h after infection...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149294/pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-of-systemically-administered-polymyxin-b-against-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-mouse-thigh-and-lung-infection-models
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Cornelia B Landersdorfer, Jiping Wang, Veronika Wirth, Ke Chen, Keith S Kaye, Brian T Tsuji, Jian Li, Roger L Nation
Background: The pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) relationship for polymyxin B against Klebsiella pneumoniae infections is not known. Methods: Dose-fractionation studies with subcutaneous polymyxin B were conducted in neutropenic mice in which infection with three strains of K. pneumoniae had been produced in thighs or lungs. Dosing (thigh infection 0.5-120 mg/kg/day; lung infection 5-120 mg/kg/day) commenced 2 h after inoculation, and bacterial burden was measured 24 h later...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146858/whole-genome-shotgun-sequences-of-three-multidrug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strains-isolated-from-morocco
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Lamiaa Lahlou, Nadia El Mrimar, Meriem Laamarti, Tarek Alouane, Mohammed A Bendahou, Fatna Bssaibis, Yassine Ben Lahlou, Adil Zegmout, N El Hafidi, Rachid ElJaoudi, Mohammed Frikh, Abdelhay Lemnouar, Mostafa Elouennass, Azeddine Ibrahimi
Tuberculosis is a contagious disease that usually attacks the lungs but sometimes attacks other parts of the body, such as the kidneys, glands, and bones. It is an endemic and major public health problem in Morocco. Tuberculosis is transmitted through the airways via the inhalation of microdroplets containing Mycobacterium tuberculosis We present here the whole-genome shotgun sequences of three multidrug-resistant M. tuberculosis strains isolated from Morocco.
November 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146488/kinetics-of-parasite-distribution-after-reinfection-with-genetically-distinct-strains-of-toxoplasma-gondii
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Julia Gatti Ladeia Costa, Alice Thomáz Tavares, Daliane Regis Correa Silva, Lorena Velozo Pinto, Ramon Castro Araújo Baraviera, Maria Lourdes Meirelles Noviello, Rosa Maria Esteves Arantes, Ricardo Wagner Almeida Vitor
Recent data shows that prior infection by Toxoplasma gondii does not protect the host from subsequent reinfection even after the development of immunological memory. Although animal models for T. gondii reinfection were proposed after cases of natural human reinfection were described, little is known about the events that occur immediately after challenge. To further understand these events, BALB/c mice were chronically infected with D8 non-virulent strain (genotype ToxoDB#8 BrIII) and challenged with two different virulent strains: EGS (genotype ToxoDB #229) or CH3 strain (genotype ToxoDB #19)...
November 13, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142177/perinatal-exposure-to-tetrabromobisphenol-a-tbbpa-a-brominated-flame-retardant-exacerbated-the-pneumonia-in-respiratory-syncytial-virus-rsv-infected-offspring-mice
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Wataru Watanabe, Akihiko Hirose, Tomomi Takeshita, Seiko Hashiguchi, Kentaro Sakata, Katsuhiko Konno, Aki Miyauchi, Toshi Akashi, Hiroki Yoshida, Chihiro Sugita, Masahiko Kurokawa
To investigate the effects of perinatal exposure to tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), a brominated flame retardant, on the immune system, a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection mouse model was utilized. Female mice were exposed to TBBPA mixed with the diet from 10 days after conception to weaning on postnatal day 21. Offspring mice were infected intranasally with A2 strain of RSV. Although no general toxicological sign was observed, the pulmonary viral titers of offspring mice exposed to 0.1% TBBPA were significantly increased compared with the control on day 5 post-infection...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141631/detection-of-rabbit-haemorrhagic-disease-virus-2-during-the-wild-rabbit-oryctolagus-cuniculus-eradication-from-the-berlengas-archipelago-portugal
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F A Abade Dos Santos, C Carvalho, Oliveira Nuno, J J Correia, M Henriques, M C Peleteiro, M Fevereiro, M D Duarte
BACKGROUND: In the regular wildlife monitoring action carried out in the summer of the past few years at the Berlenga Island, wild rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) have been repeatedly found dead. However, the origin of those deaths was never investigated. Our aim was to investigate the cause of death of 11 rabbits collected between April and May 2016. RESULTS: While screening samples from rabbit carcasses for the major viral rabbit pathogens, five tested positive to RHDV2 but all were negative for RHDV and myxoma virus (MYXV)...
November 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135920/environmental-burkholderia-cenocepacia-strain-enhances-fitness-by-serial-passages-during-long-term-chronic-airways-infection-in-mice
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Alessandra Bragonzi, Moira Paroni, Luisa Pirone, Ivan Coladarci, Fiorentina Ascenzioni, Annamaria Bevivino
Burkholderia cenocepacia is an important opportunistic pathogen in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, and has also been isolated from natural environments. In previous work, we explored the virulence and pathogenic potential of environmental B. cenocepacia strains and demonstrated that they do not differ from clinical strains in some pathogenic traits. Here, we investigated the ability of the environmental B. cenocepacia Mex1 strain, isolated from the maize rhizosphere, to persist and increase its virulence after serial passages in a mouse model of chronic infection...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133871/exploration-of-antifungal-and-immunomodulatory-potentials-of-a-furanone-derivative-to-rescue-disseminated-cryptococosis-in-mice
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Sudarshan Singh Rathore, Muthukrishnan Isravel, Sridharan Vellaisamy, David Raj Chellappan, Lalitha Cheepurupalli, Thiagarajan Raman, Jayapradha Ramakrishnan
Cryptococcus neoformans infection is quite complex with both host-pathogen interaction and host immune profile determining disease progress and therapeutic outcome. Hence in the present study, the potential utility of (E)-5-benzylidenedihydrofuran-2(3 H)-one (compound-6) was explored as an effective anticryptococcal compound with immunomodulatory potential. The efficacy of compound-6 in pulmonary cryptococosis model using H99 strain was investigated. The effective dose was found to provide 100% survival, with a significant reduction of yeast burden in lungs and brain...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133401/multiple-legionella-pneumophila-effector-virulence-phenotypes-revealed-through-high-throughput-analysis-of-targeted-mutant-libraries
#10
Stephanie R Shames, Luying Liu, James C Havey, Whitman B Schofield, Andrew L Goodman, Craig R Roy
Legionella pneumophila is the causative agent of a severe pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. A single strain of L. pneumophila encodes a repertoire of over 300 different effector proteins that are delivered into host cells by the Dot/Icm type IV secretion system during infection. The large number of L. pneumophila effectors has been a limiting factor in assessing the importance of individual effectors for virulence. Here, a transposon insertion sequencing technology called INSeq was used to analyze replication of a pool of effector mutants in parallel both in a mouse model of infection and in cultured host cells...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133028/evolution-and-postglacial-colonization-of-seewis-hantavirus-with-sorex-araneus-in-finland
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Jiaxin Ling, Teemu Smura, Daniel Tamarit, Otso Huitu, Liina Voutilainen, Heikki Henttonen, Antti Vaheri, Olli Vapalahti, Tarja Sironen
Hantaviruses have co-existed with their hosts for millions of years. Seewis virus (SWSV), a soricomorph-borne hantavirus, is widespread in Eurasia, ranging from Central Siberia to Western Europe. To gain insight into the phylogeography and evolutionary history of SWSV in Finland, lung tissue samples of 225 common shrews (Sorex araneus) trapped from different parts of Finland were screened for the presence of SWSV RNA. Forty-two of the samples were positive. Partial small (S), medium (M) and large (L) segments of the virus were sequenced, and analyzed together with all SWSV sequences available in Genbank...
November 10, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130175/imaging-n-acyl-homoserine-lactone-quorum-sensing-in-vivo
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Louise Dahl Hultqvist, Maria Alhede, Tim Holm Jakobsen, Michael Givskov, Thomas Bjarnsholt
In order to study N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHL)-based quorum sensing in vivo, we present a protocol using an Escherichia coli strain equipped with a luxR-based monitor system, which in the presence of exogenous AHL molecules expresses a green fluorescent protein (GFP). Lungs from mice challenged intratracheally with alginate beads containing both a Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain together with the E. coli monitor strain can be investigated at different time points postinfection. Epifluorescent or confocal scanning laser microscopy (CSLM) is used to detect the GFP-expressing E...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128757/lethal-murine-infection-model-for-human-respiratory-disease-associated-pteropine-orthoreovirus
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Yuta Kanai, Takahiro Kawagishi, Minoru Okamoto, Yusuke Sakai, Yoshiharu Matsuura, Takeshi Kobayashi
Pteropine orthoreovirus (PRV) is an emerging bat-borne human pathogen causing severe respiratory illness. To date, however, the evaluation of PRV virulence has largely depended on the limited numbers of clinical cases owing to the lack of animal models. To develop an in vivo model of PRV infection, an inbred C3H mouse strain was infected intranasally with pathogenic PRV strain Miyazaki-Bali/2007. C3H mice suffered severe lung infection with significant body weight reduction and died within 7 days after intranasal infection...
November 9, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126807/post-exposure-immunization-by-capsid-modified-adc7-vector-expressing-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-oprf-clears-p-aeruginosa-respiratory-infection
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Rika Gomi, Anurag Sharma, Wenzhu Wu, Biin Sung, Stefan Worgall
Respiratory infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa are major health problems, particularly in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). No vaccine against P. aeruginosa is yet available. A vaccine that controls colonization of the respiratory tract with P. aeruginosa could be useful to prevent chronic infection and exacerbations. Replication-deficient adenoviral (Ad) vectors based on non-human serotypes are attractive vaccine platforms as they can circumvent the problem of pre-existing anti-Ad immunity in humans...
November 7, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126660/evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-a-posaconazole-and-anidulafungin-combination-in-a-murine-model-of-pulmonary-aspergillosis-due-to-infection-with-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Laura Bedin Denardi, Francielli Pantella Kunz de Jesus, Jéssica Tairine Keller, Carla Weiblen, Maria Isabel de Azevedo, Vanessa Oliveira, Janio Morais Santurio, Sydney Hartz Alves
Posaconazole (PSC) in combination with anidulafungin (AFG) was evaluated in a murine model of pulmonary aspergillosis. Immunosuppressed animals were infected via the nasal cavity with 2 different A. fumigatus strains. The animals received PSC (oral, 20mg/kg per day) and/or AFG (i.p., 10mg/kg per day) for 7days. On Day 8, the mice were euthanized and fungal burdens were determined from the lungs. Survival curves were constructed for mortality analysis. Compared to untreated groups, groups singly treated with PSC or AFG showed a reduced fungal burden in the lungs (P=0...
October 12, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124471/clinical-outcome-and-functional-characteristics-of-patients-with-asymptomatic-low-flow-low-gradient-severe-aortic-stenosis-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-are-closer-to-high-gradient-severe-than-to-moderate-aortic-stenosis
#16
Mohammad Kavianipour, Amir Farkhooy, Frank A Flachskampf
Asymptomatic "paradoxic" severe low-flow low-gradient aortic stenosis with preserved ejection fraction (PAS) constitutes a challenging condition where the optimal management and follow-up remain elusive. We evaluated the clinical outcome in patients with PAS as compared to asymptomatic patients with moderate (MAS) or classical severe aortic stenosis (CAS). Consecutive asymptomatic moderate or severe aortic stenosis patients without concomitant other heart or lung disease (n = 121) were invited. Participants (n = 74) were assigned to three subgroups with regard to degree of aortic stenosis: MAS (n = 25), CAS (n = 22) and PAS (n = 27)...
November 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121080/respiratory-syncytial-virus-elicits-enriched-cd8-t-lymphocyte-responses-in-lung-compared-with-blood-in-african-green-monkeys
#17
Hualin Li, Cheryl Callahan, Michael Citron, Zhiyun Wen, Sinoeun Touch, Morgan A Monslow, Kara S Cox, Daniel J DiStefano, Kalpit A Vora, Andrew Bett, Amy Espeseth
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a leading cause of serious lower respiratory tract disease in young children and older adults throughout the world. Prevention of severe RSV disease through active immunization is optimal but no RSV vaccine has been licensed so far. Immune mechanisms of protection against RSV infection in humans have not been fully established, thus a comprehensive characterization of virus-specific immune responses in a relevant animal model will be beneficial in defining correlates of protection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116014/quantitative-assessment-of-radiation-dose-and-fractionation-effects-on-normal-tissue-by-utilizing-a-novel-lung-fibrosis-index-model
#18
Cheng Zhou, Bleddyn Jones, Mahmoud Moustafa, Christian Schwager, Julia Bauer, Bing Yang, Liji Cao, Min Jia, Andrea Mairani, Ming Chen, Longhua Chen, Juergen Debus, Amir Abdollahi
BACKGROUND: Normal lung tissue tolerance constitutes a limiting factor in delivering the required dose of radiotherapy to cure thoracic and chest wall malignancies. Radiation-induced lung fibrosis (RILF) is considered a critical determinant for late normal tissue complications. While RILF mouse models are frequently approached e.g., as a single high dose thoracic irradiation to investigate lung fibrosis and candidate modulators, a systematic radiobiological characterization of RILF mouse model is urgently needed to compare relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of particle irradiation with protons, helium-, carbon and oxygen ions now available at HIT...
November 7, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114148/the-enzymes-and-electrolytes-profiles-in-hydatid-cyst-fluid-of-naturally-infected-iranian-domestic-ruminants
#19
Mohammad Yakhchali, Siamak Asri-Rezaie, Saeid Samimirad, Hadi Rezaie
Cystic echinoccoccosis is a zoonotic and prevalent disease which causes health problems and economic looses worldwide. The biochemical components of hydatid cyst fluid (HCF) have important role in metabolism and growth of unilocular hydatid cyst. The aim of the current study was to determine HCF level of enzymes and electrolytes profiles in naturally infected Iranian domestic ruminants. The livers and lungs infected with hydatid cysts were collected and HCF was aspirated from a total of 100 cysts obtained from livers (50 cysts) and lungs (50 cysts) of slaughtered domestic ruminants...
December 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112952/natural-killer-cell-intrinsic-type-i-ifn-signaling-controls-klebsiella-pneumoniae-growth-during-lung-infection
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Masa Ivin, Amy Dumigan, Filipe N de Vasconcelos, Florian Ebner, Martina Borroni, Anoop Kavirayani, Kornelia N Przybyszewska, Rebecca J Ingram, Stefan Lienenklaus, Ulrich Kalinke, Dagmar Stoiber, Jose A Bengoechea, Pavel Kovarik
Klebsiella pneumoniae is a significant cause of nosocomial pneumonia and an alarming pathogen owing to the recent isolation of multidrug resistant strains. Understanding of immune responses orchestrating K. pneumoniae clearance by the host is of utmost importance. Here we show that type I interferon (IFN) signaling protects against lung infection with K. pneumoniae by launching bacterial growth-controlling interactions between alveolar macrophages and natural killer (NK) cells. Type I IFNs are important but disparate and incompletely understood regulators of defense against bacterial infections...
November 2017: PLoS Pathogens
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