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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447887/cyclopiazonic-acid-is-a-pathogenicity-factor-for-aspergillus-flavus-and-a-promising-target-for-screening-germplasm-for-ear-rot-resistance
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Subbaiah C Chalivendra, Catherine DeRobertis, Perng-Kuang Chang, Kenneth E Damann
Aspergillus flavus, an opportunistic pathogen, contaminates maize and other key crops with carcinogenic aflatoxins (AFs). Besides AFs, A. flavus makes many more secondary metabolites (SMs) whose toxicity in insects or vertebrates has been studied. However, the role of SMs in the invasion of plant hosts by A. flavus remains to be investigated. Cyclopiazonic acid (CPA), a neurotoxic SM made by A. flavus, is a nanomolar inhibitor of endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPases (ECAs) and a potent inducer of cell death in plants...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447326/ct-colonography-role-in-fobt-based-screening-programs-for-colorectal-cancer
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REVIEW
Lapo Sali, Grazia Grazzini, Mario Mascalchi
Computed tomographic colonography (CTC) is a minimally invasive imaging examination for the colon, and is safe, well tolerated and accurate for the detection of colorectal cancer (CRC) and advanced adenoma. While the role of CTC as a primary test for population screening of CRC is under investigation, the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) has been recommended for population screening of CRC in Europe. Subjects with positive FOBT are invited to undergo total colonoscopy, which has some critical issues, such as suboptimal compliance, contraindications and the possibility of an incomplete exploration of the colon...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446575/evaluation-of-strepb-select-chromagar-and-the-fast-track-diagnostics-group-b-streptococcus-gbs-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-compared-to-routine-culture-for-detection-of-gbs-during-antepartum-screening
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Deirdre L Church, Heather Baxter, Tracie Lloyd, Oscar Larios, Daniel B Gregson
Life-threatening infection in neonates due to Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is preventable by screening near-term pregnant women and treatment at delivery. 295 vaginal-rectal swabs were collected from women attending antepartum clinics in Calgary. GBS colonization was detected by the standard culture method (Strep B Carrot broth subbed to blood agar with a neomycin disk), and compared to recovery using Strep Group B Broth (Dalynn Biologicals) subbed to StrepB Select chromagar (CA) (Bio-Rad Laboratories), and the Fast Track Diagnostics GBS real-time PCR (qPCR) assay (Phoenix Airmid Biomedical Corp...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445947/characteristics-and-comparison-of-colorectal-cancer-incidence-in-beijing-with-other-regions-in-the-world
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Zhongmin Li, Lei Yang, Changzheng Du, Xuedong Fang, Ning Wang, Jin Gu
BACKGROUND: Population-based epidemiologic studies about colorectal cancer are lacking in China. This study aims to provide a basis for colorectal cancer screening and prevention, through analysis and comparisons the characteristics of the trends in colorectal cancer incidence in Beijing and selected representative regions. RESULTS: The annual incidence rate in Beijing region increased significantly, from 9.40/100,000 in 1998 to 18.61/100,000 in 2012. The stratified rate showed that the incidence of distal colon adenocarcinoma increased substantially in men, especially in those aged > 75 years and residing in urban areas...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442306/evaluation-of-a-real-time-pcr-assay-for-rectal-screening-of-oxa-48-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-a-general-intensive-care-unit-of-an-endemic-hospital
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J Fernández, S A Cunningham, A Fernández-Verdugo, L Viña-Soria, L Martín, M R Rodicio, D Escudero, F Vazquez, J N Mandrekar, R Patel
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae are increasing worldwide. Rectal screening for these bacteria can inform the management of infected and colonized patients, especially those admitted to intensive care units (ICUs). A laboratory developed, qualitative duplex real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for rapid detection of OXA-48-like and VIM producing Enterobacteriaceae, performed on rectal swabs, was designed and evaluated in an intensive care unit with endemic presence of OXA-48. During analytical assay validation, no cross-reactivity was observed and 100% sensitivity and specificity were obtained for both blaOXA-48-like and blaVIM in all spiked clinical samples...
April 6, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442219/virulence-potential-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-buruli-ulcer-patients
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Nana Ama Amissah, Monika A Chlebowicz, Anthony Ablordey, Caitlin S Tetteh, Isaac Prah, Tjip S van der Werf, Alex W Friedrich, Jan Maarten van Dijl, Ymkje Stienstra, John W Rossen
Buruli ulcer (BU) is a necrotizing infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. BU wounds may also be colonized with other microorganisms including Staphylococcus aureus. This study aimed to characterize the virulence factors of S. aureus isolated from BU patients. Previously sequenced genomes of 21 S. aureus isolates from BU patients were screened for the presence of virulence genes. The results show that all S. aureus isolates harbored on their core genomes genes for known virulence factors like α-hemolysin, and the α- and β-phenol soluble modulins...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439871/application-of-chemical-genomics-to-plant-bacteria-communication-a-high-throughput-system-to-identify-novel-molecules-modulating-the-induction-of-bacterial-virulence-genes-by-plant-signals
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Elodie Vandelle, Maria Rita Puttilli, Andrea Chini, Giulia Devescovi, Vittorio Venturi, Annalisa Polverari
The life cycle of bacterial phytopathogens consists of a benign epiphytic phase, during which the bacteria grow in the soil or on the plant surface, and a virulent endophytic phase involving the penetration of host defenses and the colonization of plant tissues. Innovative strategies are urgently required to integrate copper treatments that control the epiphytic phase with complementary tools that control the virulent endophytic phase, thus reducing the quantity of chemicals applied to economically and ecologically acceptable levels...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438617/tumor-budding-as-a-risk-factor-for-nodal-metastasis-in-pt1-colorectal-cancers-a-meta-analysis
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Rocco Cappellesso, Claudio Luchini, Nicola Veronese, Marcello Lo Mele, Erik Rosa-Rizzotto, Ennio Guido, Franca De Lazzari, Pierluigi Pilati, Fabio Farinati, Stefano Realdon, Marco Solmi, Matteo Fassan, Massimo Rugge
Worldwide, colorectal cancer (CRC) screening programs have significantly increased the detection of sub-mucosal (pT1) adenocarcinoma. Completion surgery may be indicated after endoscopic excision of these potentially metastasizing early cancers. However, the post-surgical prevalence of nodal implants does not exceed 15%, leading to questions concerning the clinical appropriateness of any post-endoscopy surgery. Eastern scientific societies (Japanese Society for Cancer of the Colon-Rectum, in particular) include tumor budding (TB), defined as the presence of isolated single cancer cells or clusters of fewer than five cancer cells at the tumor invasive front, among the variables that must be included in histological reports...
April 21, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436563/an-in-vitro-system-for-measuring-genotoxicity-mediated-by-human-cyp3a4-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Michael Fasullo, Julian Freedland, Nicholas St John, Cinzia Cera, Patricia Egner, Matthew Hartog, Xinxin Ding
P450 activity is required to metabolically activate many chemical carcinogens, rendering them highly genotoxic. CYP3A4 is the most abundantly expressed P450 enzyme in the liver, accounting for most drug metabolism and constituting 50% of all hepatic P450 activity. CYP3A4 is also expressed in extrahepatic tissues, including the intestine. However, the role of CYP3A4 in activating chemical carcinogens into potent genotoxins is unclear. To facilitate efforts to determine whether CYP3A4, per se, can activate carcinogens into potent genotoxins, we expressed human CYP3A4 in the DNA-repair mutant (rad4 rad51) strain of budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and tested the novel, recombinant yeast strain for ability to report CYP3A4-mediated genotoxicity of a well-known genotoxin, aflatoxin B1 (AFB1 )...
April 24, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436477/identification-of-risk-factors-in-epidemiologic-study-based-on-roc-curve-and-network
#10
Jiao Jin, Shixin Zhou, Qiujin Xu, Jinbing An
This article proposes a new non-parametric approach for identification of risk factors and their correlations in epidemiologic study, in which investigation data may have high variations because of individual differences or correlated risk factors. First, based on classification information of high or low disease incidence, we estimate Receptor Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve of each risk factor. Then, through the difference between ROC curve of each factor and diagonal, we evaluate and screen for the important risk factors...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436468/higher-risk-of-colorectal-cancer-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-diabetes-mellitus-before-the-age-of-colorectal-cancer-screening-initiation
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Sander de Kort, Ad A M Masclee, Silvia Sanduleanu, Matty P Weijenberg, Myrthe P P van Herk-Sukel, Nico J J Oldenhof, Joop P W van den Bergh, Harm R Haak, Maryska L Janssen-Heijnen
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with greater risk for colorectal cancer (CRC). The age of onset of T2DM is decreasing worldwide. An increased CRC risk in young T2DM patients could be relevant for the age at which to initiate CRC screening. We report on CRC risk in T2DM patients with attention to age of diagnosis. We used pharmacy data (from 1998 to 2010) from the PHARMO Database Network linked to the Eindhoven Cancer Registry. Multivariable time-dependent Cox regression analyses were conducted to calculate hazard ratios (HR) for developing CRC comparing T2DM with non-T2DM...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435395/prevention-of-pancreatic-cancer
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REVIEW
Stefan Kuroczycki-Saniutycz, Agnieszka Grzeszczuk, Zbigniew Wojciech Zwierz, Paweł Kołodziejczyk, Jakub Szczesiul, Beata Zalewska-Szajda, Krystyna Ościłowicz, Napoleon Waszkiewicz, Krzysztof Zwierz, Sławomir Dariusz Szajda
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) accounts for 95% of all pancreatic cancers. About 230,000 PDA cases are diagnosed worldwide each year. PDA has the lowest five-year survival rate as compared to others cancers. PDA in Poland is the fifth leading cause of death after lung, stomach, colon and breast cancer. In our paper we have analysed the newest epidemiological research, some of it controversial, to establish the best practical solution for pancreatic cancer prevention in the healthy population as well as treatment for patients already diagnosed with pancreatic cancer...
2017: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431846/implementation-of-daily-chlorhexidine-bathing-to-reduce-colonization-by-multidrug-resistant-organisms-in-a-critical-care-unit
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Jackson S Musuuza, Ajay K Sethi, Tonya J Roberts, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND: Colonized patients are a reservoir for transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). Not many studies have examined the effectiveness of daily chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing under routine care conditions. We present a descriptive analysis of the trends of MDRO colonization following implementation of daily CHG bathing under routine clinical conditions in an intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: From May 2010-January 2011, we screened patients admitted to a 24-bed ICU for and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and fluoroquinolone-resistant gram-negative bacilli (FQRGNB)...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431450/-livestock-associated-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-epidemiological-data-from-an-orthopaedic-department-in-north-west-germany
#14
Gerrit Steffen Maier, Fritz Thorey, Kristina Kolbow, Djordje Lazovic, Markus Lühmann, Jörg Ohnsorge, Uwe Maus
Background MRSA represents a considerable health threat to orthopaedic patients. Throughout the last decade, livestock-associated MRSA emerged increasingly in livestock all over Europe. LA-MRSA broke the species barrier, colonizing and causing infections in humans. Nevertheless, to date there are no studies concerning livestock-associated MRSA and orthopaedic patients. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the prevalence of LA-MRSA in a regional orthopaedic department localized in an area with high-density livestock...
April 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429794/bone-in-culture-array-as-a-platform-to-model-early-stage-bone-metastases-and-discover-anti-metastasis-therapies
#15
Hai Wang, Lin Tian, Amit Goldstein, Jun Liu, Hin-Ching Lo, Kuanwei Sheng, Thomas Welte, Stephen T C Wong, Zbigniew Gugala, Fabio Stossi, Chenghang Zong, Zonghai Li, Michael A Mancini, Xiang H-F Zhang
The majority of breast cancer models for drug discovery are based on orthotopic or subcutaneous tumours. Therapeutic responses of metastases, especially microscopic metastases, are likely to differ from these tumours due to distinct cancer-microenvironment crosstalk in distant organs. Here, to recapitulate such differences, we established an ex vivo bone metastasis model, termed bone-in-culture array or BICA, by fragmenting mouse bones preloaded with breast cancer cells via intra-iliac artery injection. Cancer cells in BICA maintain features of in vivo bone micrometastases regarding the microenvironmental niche, gene expression profile, metastatic growth kinetics and therapeutic responses...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428902/nonfamilial-juvenile-polyposis-syndrome-with-exon-5-novel-mutation-in-smad-4-gene
#16
Amna Ahmed, Badr Alsaleem
Juvenile polyposis syndrome (JPS) is a rare autosomal dominant hereditary disorder, characterized by multiple juvenile polyps in the gastrointestinal tract and an increased risk of colorectal cancer. JPS is most frequently caused by mutations in the SMAD4 or BMPR1A genes. Herein, we report a child with juvenile polyposis syndrome (JPS) with a novel mutation in the SMAD4 gene. An 8-year-old boy presented with recurrent rectal bleeding and was found to have multiple polyps in the entire colon. The histology of the resected polyps was consistent with juvenile polyps...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427387/serum-microrna-profile-in-patients-with-colon-adenomas-or-cancer
#17
Yajie Zhang, Min Li, Yijiang Ding, Zhimin Fan, Jinchun Zhang, Hongying Zhang, Bin Jiang, Yong Zhu
BACKGROUND: Colon cancer, one of the most common causes of cancer-related deaths, arises from adenomatous polyps. In these years, circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) have attracted increasing attention as novel biomarkers for colon cancers. The dysregulated circulating miRNAs in patients with colon adenomas has not been well-understood. METHODS: Here, we aimed to identify miRNA profile in the serum of patients with colon adenomas or colon cancer by using microarray. Then we validated eight differentially expressed miRNAs (DEMs) by qRT-PCR and predicted their targets...
April 20, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427348/comparative-genomics-and-evolution-of-the-amylase-binding-proteins-of-oral-streptococci
#18
Elaine M Haase, Yurong Kou, Amarpreet Sabharwal, Yu-Chieh Liao, Tianying Lan, Charlotte Lindqvist, Frank A Scannapieco
BACKGROUND: Successful commensal bacteria have evolved to maintain colonization in challenging environments. The oral viridans streptococci are pioneer colonizers of dental plaque biofilm. Some of these bacteria have adapted to life in the oral cavity by binding salivary α-amylase, which hydrolyzes dietary starch, thus providing a source of nutrition. Oral streptococcal species bind α-amylase by expressing a variety of amylase-binding proteins (ABPs). Here we determine the genotypic basis of amylase binding where proteins of diverse size and function share a common phenotype...
April 20, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424727/host-induced-silencing-of-two-pharyngeal-gland-genes-conferred-transcriptional-alteration-of-cell-wall-modifying-enzymes-of-meloidogyne-incognita-vis-%C3%A3-vis-perturbed-nematode-infectivity-in-eggplant
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Tagginahalli N Shivakumara, Sonam Chaudhary, Divya Kamaraju, Tushar K Dutta, Pradeep K Papolu, Prakash Banakar, Rohini Sreevathsa, Bhupinder Singh, K M Manjaiah, Uma Rao
The complex parasitic strategy of Meloidogyne incognita appears to involve simultaneous expression of its pharyngeal gland-specific effector genes in order to colonize the host plants. Research reports related to effector crosstalk in phytonematodes for successful parasitism of the host tissue is yet underexplored. In view of this, we have used in planta effector screening approach to understand the possible interaction of pioneer genes (msp-18 and msp-20, putatively involved in late and early stage of M. incognita parasitism, respectively) with other unrelated effectors such as cell-wall modifying enzymes (CWMEs) in M...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423651/succinate-dehydrogenase-b-deficient-cancer-cells-are-highly-sensitive-to-bromodomain-and-extra-terminal-inhibitors
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Satoshi Kitazawa, Shunsuke Ebara, Ayumi Ando, Yuji Baba, Yoshinori Satomi, Tomoyoshi Soga, Takahito Hara
Mutations in succinate dehydrogenase B (SDHB) gene are frequently observed in several tumors and associated with poor prognosis in these tumors. Therefore, drugs effective for SDHB-deficient tumors could fulfill an unmet medical need. In addition, such drugs would have an advantage in that selection of patients with SDHB-mutant cancer could increase the probability of success in clinical trials. Currently, however, the characteristics of SDHB-deficient cancers are not completely understood. Here, we established SDHB knockout cancer cell lines from human colon cancer HCT116 cells using the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas9 knockout system, and clarified its metabolic characteristics...
March 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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