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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545041/effect-of-early-measles-vaccine-on-pneumococcal-colonization-a-randomized-trial-from-guinea-bissau
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Nadja Skadkær Hansen, Stine Byberg, Lars Hervig Jacobsen, Morten Bjerregaard-Andersen, Aksel Karl Georg Jensen, Cesario Martins, Peter Aaby, Jørgen Skov Jensen, Christine Stabell Benn, Hilton Whittle
BACKGROUND: Measles vaccine (MV) may have non-specific beneficial effects for child health and particularly seems to prevent respiratory infections. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the leading cause of bacterial pneumonia among children worldwide, and nasopharyngeal colonization precedes infection. OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether providing early MV at 18 weeks of age reduced pneumococcal colonization and/or density up to 9 months of age. METHOD: The study was conducted in 2013-2014 in Guinea-Bissau...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544844/image-of-the-month-concomitant-tricuspid-and-mitral-native-valve-infective-endocarditis
#2
Su-Jin Jeong, Sang-Hoon Seol, Pil Sang Song
A 33-year-old immunocompetent man was admitted to the authors' hospital with a one-month duration of fevers, chills, and non-productive coughs, and suddenonset weakness and ischemic pain of both lower extremities. Physical examination revealed crepitating rales heard over bilateral lung fields. On auscultation, a grade 2~3/6 systolic murmur was heard over the leftlower sternal border and apical area. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a mobile mass on the tricuspid valve compatible with vegetation, in addition to concomitant mitral valve vegetation (Video 1)...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544646/evaluating-the-accuracy-and-economic-value-of-a-new-test-in-the-absence-of-a-perfect-reference-test
#3
Xuanqian Xie, Alison Sinclair, Nandini Dendukuri
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP) pneumonia is often treated empirically as diagnosis is challenging because of the lack of a perfect test. Using BinaxNOW-SP, a urinary antigen test, as an add-on to standard cultures may not only increase diagnostic yield but also increase costs. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the sensitivity and specificity of BinaxNOW-SP and subsequently estimate the cost-effectiveness of adding BinaxNOW-SP to the diagnostic work-up. DESIGN: We fit a Bayesian latent-class meta-analysis model to obtain estimates of BinaxNOW-SP accuracy that adjust for the imperfect accuracy of culture...
May 23, 2017: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543778/oral-flora-in-acute-stroke-patients-a-prospective-exploratory-observational-study
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Elizabeth Boaden, Mary Lyons, Sim K Singhrao, Hazel Dickinson, Michael Leathley, Catherine E Lightbody, Alison McLoughlin, Zarine Khan, Stjohn Crean, Craig Smith, Susan Higham, Caroline Watkins
OBJECTIVE: To describe the bacterial profile of the oral flora during the first 2 weeks following a stroke, examining changes in the condition of the oral cavity and infections. BACKGROUND: Dysphagia is common after a stroke and can lead to aspiration pneumonia. Oral flora changes associated with stroke have been implicated as a possible source of bacteria that can cause systemic infections. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-seven participants were recruited over a period of 9 months...
May 22, 2017: Gerodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542863/mechanisms-of-silver-diamine-fluoride-on-arresting-caries-a-literature-review
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Irene Shuping Zhao, Sherry Shiqian Gao, Noriko Hiraishi, Michael Francis Burrow, Duangporn Duangthip, May Lei Mei, Edward Chin-Man Lo, Chun-Hung Chu
OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence regarding the mechanisms of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) for arresting caries. METHODS: A literature search was conducted using the keywords silver diamine fluoride, and its alternative names, in seven databases: PubMed, Embase and Scopus (English); China National Knowledge Infrastructure (Chinese); Bilioteca Virtual em Saude (Portuguese); Biblioteca Virtual en Salud Espana (Spanish); and Ichushi-Web (Japanese). The titles and abstracts were screened...
May 21, 2017: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542565/promiscuous-signaling-by-a-regulatory-system-unique-to-the-pandemic-pmen1-pneumococcal-lineage
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Anagha Kadam, Rory A Eutsey, Jason Rosch, Xinyu Miao, Mark Longwell, Wenjie Xu, Carol A Woolford, Todd Hillman, Anfal Shakir Motib, Hasan Yesilkaya, Aaron P Mitchell, N Luisa Hiller
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a leading cause of death and disease in children and elderly. Genetic variability among isolates from this species is high. These differences, often the product of gene loss or gene acquisition via horizontal gene transfer, can endow strains with new molecular pathways, diverse phenotypes, and ecological advantages. PMEN1 is a widespread and multidrug-resistant pneumococcal lineage. Using comparative genomics we have determined that a regulator-peptide signal transduction system, TprA2/PhrA2, was acquired by a PMEN1 ancestor and is encoded by the vast majority of strains in this lineage...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542458/a-pilot-study-using-metagenomic-sequencing-of-the-sputum-microbiome-suggests-potential-bacterial-biomarkers-for-lung-cancer
#7
Simon J S Cameron, Keir E Lewis, Sharon A Huws, Matthew J Hegarty, Paul D Lewis, Justin A Pachebat, Luis A J Mur
Lung cancer (LC) is the most prevalent cancer worldwide, and responsible for over 1.3 million deaths each year. Currently, LC has a low five year survival rates relative to other cancers, and thus, novel methods to screen for and diagnose malignancies are necessary to improve patient outcomes. Here, we report on a pilot-sized study to evaluate the potential of the sputum microbiome as a source of non-invasive bacterial biomarkers for lung cancer status and stage. Spontaneous sputum samples were collected from ten patients referred with possible LC, of which four were eventually diagnosed with LC (LC+), and six had no LC after one year (LC-)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541746/the-evolving-cystic-fibrosis-microbiome-a-comparative-cohort-study-spanning-sixteen-years
#8
Nicole Acosta, Fiona J Whelan, Ranjani Somayaji, Ali Poonja, Michael G Surette, Harvey R Rabin, Michael D Parkins
RATIONALE: The cystic fibrosis (CF) airways are infected with a diverse polymicrobial community. OBJECTIVES: Understanding how changes in the CF microbiome have occurred over time, similar to the observed changes in the prevalence of cultured pathogens, is key in understanding the microbiome's role in disease. METHODS: Drawing from a prospectively collected and maintained sputum biobank, we identified 45 patients with sputum samples collected between the ages of 18-21 years in three successive cohorts of adults transitioning to our CF clinic: A(1997-2000), B(2004-2007), and C(2010-2013)...
May 25, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541147/pharmacokinetics-of-cefazolin-for-prophylactic-administration-to-dogs
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Omar J Gonzalez, Walter C Renberg, James K Roush, Butch KuKanich, Matt Warner
OBJECTIVE To evaluate pharmacokinetics of cefazolin after IV injection of cefazolin (22 mg/kg) and after simultaneous IV and IM injections of cefazolin (total dose, 44 mg/kg) to dogs. ANIMALS 12 adult Beagles. PROCEDURES Dogs (6/group) were assigned to receive a single injection of cefazolin (IV group; 22 mg/kg, IV) or simultaneous injections (IV + IM group; 22 mg/kg, IV, and 22 mg/kg, IM). Interstitial fluid was collected over a 5-hour period by use of ultrafiltration probes for pharmacokinetic analysis. RESULTS Mean cefazolin concentration in the interstitial fluid at 1, 1...
June 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540860/validation-of-the-identification-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-and-oral-streptococci-by-maldi-tof-microflex-lt
#10
Erwan Trochu, Emilie Cardot, Pierre Cahen, Damien Mathonnet, Nathalie Donato, Marc Vasse, Eric Farfour
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June 1, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540858/streptococcus-pneumoniae-urinary-tract-infection-in-pedeatrics
#11
Richard Pougnet, Jeanne Sapin, Loïc De Parscau, Laurence Pougnet
Streptococcus pneumoniae infections in children are most often lung infections or meningitis. Urinary tract infections are much rarer. We present the case of a urinary tract infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae. The clinical picture was classical. The urine culture showed the presence of Streptococcus pneumoniae in urine (10(4) UFC/mL; with 2 × 10(4) leucocytes/mL). The literature mentions a few cases of such infections. In some studies, the prevalence of Streptococcus pneumoniae in urine of children is less than 1%...
June 1, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540581/streptococcus-mutans-adherence-and-biofilm-formation-on-experimental-composites-containing-dicalcium-phosphate-dihydrate-nanoparticles
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Andrei C Ionescu, Sebastian Hahnel, Gloria Cazzaniga, Marco Ottobelli, Roberto Ruggiero Braga, Marcela Charantola Rodrigues, Eugenio Brambilla
This study aimed at evaluating bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation on resin-based composites (RBC) including dicalcium phosphate dihydrate nanoparticles (nDCPD). METHODS: Specimens were prepared from experimental RBCs with BisGMA/TEGDMA resin matrix including 20 vol% of either nDCPD (nDCPD-RBC), TEGDMA-functionalized nDPCD (F-nDCPD-RBC) or silanized silica (SiO2-RBC). Neat resin blend (control-Resin), conventional nanohybrid RBC (control-RBC) and human enamel were used for reference...
July 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538501/invasive-pneumococcal-disease-in-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease
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Pournima Navalkele, Bülent Özgönenel, Eric McGrath, Paul Lephart, Sharada Sarnaik
BACKGROUND: Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at risk of fatal sepsis with encapsulated bacteria, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, because of the inherent autosplenectomy that occurs in SCD. This risk is thwarted with oral penicillin prophylaxis during the first 5 years of life, and with stringent vaccination against S. pneumoniae alongside routine childhood immunization. But compared with the general African American pediatric population, the rate of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in patients with SCD still remains high, resulting in hospitalization and fatality...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538097/biochemical-characterization-of-the-functional-roles-of-residues-in-the-active-site-of-the-%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-bacillus-circulans-atcc-31382
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Huifang Yin, Tjaard Pijning, Xiangfeng Meng, Lubbert Dijkhuizen, Sander Sebastiaan van Leeuwen
The β-galactosidase enzyme from Bacillus circulans ATCC 31382 BgaD is widely used in the food industry to produce prebiotic galactooligosaccharides (GOS). Recently, the crystal structure of a C-terminally truncated version of the enzyme (BgaD-D) has been elucidated. The roles of active site amino acid residues in β-galactosidase enzyme reaction and product specificity have remained unknown. Based on a structural alignment of the β-galactosidase enzymes BgaD-D from Bacillus circulans and BgaA from Streptococcus pneumoniae, and the complex of BgaA with LacNAc, we identified 8 active site amino acid residues (Arg185, Asp481, Lys487, Tyr511, Trp570, Trp593, Glu601, and Phe616) in BgaD-D...
May 24, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537550/household-transmission-of-invasive-group-a-streptococcus-infections-in-england-a-population-based-study-2009-2011-to-2013
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Rachel Mearkle, Maria Saavedra-Campos, Theresa Lamagni, Martine Usdin, Juliana Coelho, Vicki Chalker, Shiranee Sriskandan, Rebecca Cordery, Chas Rawlings, Sooria Balasegaram
Invasive group A streptococcal infection has a 15% case fatality rate and a risk of secondary transmission. This retrospective study used two national data sources from England; enhanced surveillance (2009) and a case management system (2011-2013) to identify clusters of severe group A streptococcal disease. Twenty-four household pairs were identified. The median onset interval between cases was 2 days (range 0-28) with simultaneous onset in eight pairs. The attack rate during the 30 days after first exposure to a primary case was 4,520 per 100,000 person-years at risk (95% confidence interval (CI): 2,900-6,730) a 1,940 (95% CI: 1,240-2,880) fold elevation over the background incidence...
May 11, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536926/structural-changes-of-gut-microbiota-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-its-correlation-with-clinical-features
#16
Wei Li, Xiaoli Wu, Xu Hu, Tao Wang, Shan Liang, Yunfeng Duan, Feng Jin, Bin Qin
The aim of this study was to compare the structure of gut microbiota in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and healthy controls; and to explore correlations between gut microbiota and PD clinical features. We analyzed fecal bacterial composition of 24 PD patients and 14 healthy volunteers by using 16S rRNA sequencing. There were significant differences between PD and healthy controls, as well as among different PD stages. The putative cellulose degrading bacteria from the genera Blautia (P=0.018), Faecalibacterium (P=0...
May 20, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536561/differences-in-microbiota-membership-along-the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-piglets-and-their-differential-alterations-following-an-early-life-antibiotic-intervention
#17
Chunlong Mu, Yuxiang Yang, Yong Su, Erwin G Zoetendal, Weiyun Zhu
Early-life antibiotic interventions can change the predisposition to disease by disturbing the gut microbiota. However, the impact of antibiotics on gut microbiota in the gastrointestinal tract is not completely understood, although antibiotic-induced alterations in the distal gut have been reported. Here, employing a piglet model, the microbial composition was analyzed by high-throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing and PICRUSt predictions of metagenome function. The present study showed clear spatial variation of microbial communities in the stomach and intestine, and found that the administration of antibiotics (a mixture of olaquindox, oxytetracycline calcium, kitasamycin) in early life caused markedly differential alterations in the compartmentalized microbiota, with major alterations in their spatial variation in the lumen of the stomach and small intestine...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536430/aetiology-of-acute-meningoencephalitis-in-cambodian-children-2010-2013
#18
Paul F Horwood, Veasna Duong, Denis Laurent, Channa Mey, Heng Sothy, Ky Santy, Beat Richner, Seiha Heng, Sopheak Hem, Justine Cheval, Christopher Gorman, Philippe Dussart, Menno D de Jong, Alexandra Kerleguer, Bertrand Guillard, Bernadette Murgue, Marc Lecuit, Xavier de Lamballerie, Jeremy J Farrar, Arnaud Tarantola, Marc Eloit, Philippe Buchy
Acute meningoencephalitis (AME) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality in children in developing countries. Clinical specimens were collected from children presenting with AME at two Cambodian paediatric hospitals to determine the major aetiologies associated with AME in the country. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood samples were screened by molecular and cell culture methods for a range of pathogens previously associated with AME in the region. CSF and serum (acute and convalescent) were screened for antibodies to arboviruses such as Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), dengue virus (DENV), and chikungunya virus (CHIKV)...
May 24, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536249/bronchial-inflammation-and-bacterial-load-in-stable-copd-is-associated-with-tlr4-overexpression
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Antonino Di Stefano, Fabio L M Ricciardolo, Gaetano Caramori, Ian M Adcock, Kian Fan Chung, Peter J Barnes, Paola Brun, Andrea Leonardi, Filippo Andò, Davide Vallese, Isabella Gnemmi, Luisella Righi, Francesco Cappello, Bruno Balbi
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and nucleotide-binding oligomerisation domain (NOD)-like receptors (NLRs) are two major forms of innate immune sensors but their role in the immunopathology of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is incompletely studied. Our objective here was to investigate TLR and NLR signalling pathways in the bronchial mucosa in stable COPD.Using immunohistochemistry, the expression levels of TLR2, TLR4, TLR9, NOD1, NOD2, CD14, myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88 (MyD88), Toll-interleukin-1 receptor domain-containing adaptor protein (TIRAP), and the interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinases phospho-IRAK1 and IRAK4 were measured in the bronchial mucosa of subjects with stable COPD of different severity (n=34), control smokers (n=12) and nonsmokers (n=12)...
May 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536022/effect-of-microencapsulation-using-extrusion-technique-on-viability-of-bacterial-cells-during-spray-drying-of-sweetened-yoghurt
#20
Dibyakanta Seth, Hari Niwas Mishra, Sankar Chandra Deka
An improved extrusion spraying technique was employed for encapsulation of mixed bacteria culture of Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus using sodium alginate as the coating material for the purpose of better survival during spray drying of sweetened yoghurt. The effects of nozzle air pressure (200, 300, 400 and 500kPa), sodium alginate concentration (1%, 1.5%, 2%, 2.5% and 3% w/v), calcium chloride concentration (0.1, 0.2, 1M) and hardening time (15, 30, 45 and 60min) on the viability of encapsulated bacteria were investigated...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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