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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454428/the-regulation-of-proteins-associated-with-the-cytoskeleton-by-hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-during-hepatocarcinogenesis
#1
Fanyun Kong, Hongjuan You, Renxian Tang, Kuiyang Zheng
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a major malignant disease worldwide, and chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is one of the primary causes for this type of cancer. Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) is a non-structural protein encoded by the viral genome that has significant effects on the pathogenesis of HCC. With the development of high-throughput assays and technologies, the abnormal HBx-induced expression of certain cellular proteins with assorted biological functions has been investigated. These target proteins identified by various methods include specific proteins associated with the cellular cytoskeleton, which contribute to HBx-induced hepatocarcinogenesis...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454275/variations-in-the-multimerization-region-of-the-helicobacter-pylori-cytotoxin-caga-affect-virulence
#2
Daiva Ahire, Tricia Alston, Robert Raffaniello
Helicobacter pylori colonizes the human stomach by infecting gastric epithelial cells. It is the primary cause of peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer (GC). Cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA) is a virulence factor produced by H. pylori. Strains positive for the CagA protein are associated with more severe gastric diseases. The 3' region of the cagA gene exhibits heterogeneity with respect to tyrosine phosphorylation motifs (EPIYA) and CagA multimerization motifs (CM). CagA proteins are categorized as either Western or Eastern based on EPIYA sequences...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454254/oculomotor-nerve-palsy-as-a-preceding-symptom-of-adult-sporadic-burkitt-lymphoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#3
Yun Liang, Luyin Ding, Xian Li, Weiqin Wang, Xiaohong Zhang
Adult sporadic Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a rare aggressive neoplasm and represents ~1-5% of all lymphomas diagnosed in adults. The disease exhibits an aggressive clinical manifestation, which frequently involves the central nervous system (CNS) in the early stages, and is usually accompanied by abnormalities in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examinations and/or neuroradiography. The current study describes the rare case of a 29-year-old man who presented with oculomotor nerve palsy without palpated masses, B symptoms, peripheral blood anomaly and abnormalities of the nervous system...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454116/neuroprotection-by-ifn-%C3%AE-via-astrocyte-secreted-il-6-in-acute-neuroinflammation
#4
Lijie Sun, Yan Li, Xiuzhi Jia, Qi Wang, Yue Li, Minghui Hu, Linlu Tian, Jinfeng Yang, Wenjing Xing, Weihua Zhang, Jingtao Wang, Hongwei Xu, Lihua Wang, Dekai Zhang, Huan Ren
Inflammation eliminates pathogenic infections while also threatening the integrity of the central nervous system. In this study, using in vivo and in vitro models of acute neuroinflammation, we investigated the mechanisms by which inflammation and astrocytes affect neuronal apoptosis. The in vitro model mimicked acute neuroinflammation by incubation in IFN-γ-containing media with primary cultured cerebellar granule neurons, with or without cultured astrocytes. This quickly induced neuronal apoptosis characterized by cleaved caspase-3 expression, Hoechst 33342 staining, and intercellular Ca2+ influx, whereas the presence of astrocytes significantly protected neurons from these effects...
April 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454049/response-surface-method-optimization-of-a-novel-hypericin-formulation-in-p123-micelles-for-colorectal-cancer-and-antimicrobial-photodynamic-therapy
#5
Maiara Camotti Montanha, Larissa Lachi Silva, Fernanda Belincanta Borghi Pangoni, Gabriel Batista Cesar, Renato Sonchini Gonçalves, Wilker Caetano, Noboru Hioka, Tania Toyomi Tominaga, Márcia Edilaine Lopes Consolaro, Andréa Diniz, Elza Kimura
The photodynamic properties of Hypericin (Hyp) may be used as an alternative treatment for malignancies of the lower gastrointestinal tract and for the prevention of surgical-site infection; however, its use in photodynamic therapy has been limited because of its poor hydrosolubility. Therefore, in order to improve its water solubility and its photodynamic effect, Hyp was encapsulated in Pluronic P123 (P123) and the photodynamic effects against intestinal and epidermal bacteria and against two lineages of intestinal colon carcinoma cells were investigated...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453906/oral-treponeme-major-surface-protein-sequence-diversity-and-distributions-within-periodontal-niches
#6
Meng You, Yuki Chan, Donnabella C Lacap-Bugler, Yong-Biao Huo, Wenling Gao, W Keung Leung, Rory M Watt
Treponema denticola and other species (phylotypes) of oral spirochetes are widely-considered to play important etiological roles in periodontitis and other oral infections. The major surface protein (Msp) of T. denticola is directly implicated in several pathological mechanisms. Here, we have analyzed msp sequence diversity across 68 strains of oral phylogroup 1 and 2 treponemes; including reference strains of T. denticola, Treponema putidum, Treponema medium, 'Treponema vincentii', and 'Treponema sinensis'...
April 28, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453853/single-molecule-sequencing-revealing-the-presence-of-distinct-jc-polyomavirus-populations-in-patients-with-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy
#7
Hanna Seppälä, Elina Virtanen, Mika Saarela, Pia Laine, Lars Paulín, Laura Mannonen, Petri Auvinen, Eeva Auvinen
Background.: Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a fatal disease caused by reactivation of JC polyomavirus (JCPyV) in immunosuppressed individuals and lytic infection by neurotropic JCPyV in glial cells. The exact content of neurotropic mutations within individual JCPyV strains has not been studied to our knowledge. Methods.: We exploited the capacity of single-molecule real-time sequencing technology to determine the sequence of complete JCPyV genomes in single reads...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453850/a-novel-ligand-of-toll-like-receptor-4-from-the-sheath-of-wuchereria-bancrofti-microfilaria-induces-proinflammatory-response-in-macrophages
#8
Suprabhat Mukherjee, Sandip Mukherjee, Tushar K Maiti, Samir Bhattacharya, Santi P Sinha Babu
Background.: Lymphatic filariasis, frequently caused from Wuchereria bancrofti infection, is endemic in several parts of the globe and responsible for human health problems and socioeconomic loss to a large extent. Inflammatory consequences originating from host-parasite interaction play a major role in the disease pathology and allied complications. The identity of the key mediator of this process is yet unknown in filarial research. Methods.: Microfilarial protein (MfP) was isolated from the sheath of W...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453837/borrelia-burgdorferi-bbi39-paralogs-targets-of-protective-immunity-reduce-pathogen-persistence-either-in-hosts-or-in-the-vector
#9
Preeti Singh, Deepshikha Verma, Brian T Backstedt, Simarjot Kaur, Manish Kumar, Alexis A Smith, Kavita Sharma, Xiuli Yang, José F Azevedo, Maria Gomes-Solecki, Ozlem Buyuktanir, Utpal Pal
Borrelia burgdorferi genome harbors several paralogous gene families (pgf) that can encode immunogenic proteins of unknown function. Protein-protein interaction assays using a transmission-blocking vaccine candidate, BBA52, as bait identified an interacting partner in spirochetes-a member of pgf 54, annotated as BBI39. We show that BBI39 is a surface-exposed membrane antigen that is immunogenic during spirochete infection, despite the gene being primarily transcribed in the vector with a transient expression in the host only at tick-bite sites...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453572/assessment-of-coronary-artery-calcium-by-chest-ct-compared-with-ekg-gated-cardiac-ct-in-the-multicenter-aids-cohort-study
#10
Divay Chandra, Aman Gupta, Joseph K Leader, Meghan Fitzpatrick, Lawrence A Kingsley, Eric Kleerup, Sabina A Haberlen, Matthew J Budoff, Mallory Witt, Wendy S Post, Frank C Sciurba, Alison Morris
RATIONALE: Individuals with HIV are at increased risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). Early detection of subclinical CAD by assessment of coronary artery calcium (CAC) may help risk stratify and prevent CAD events in these individuals. However, the current standard to quantify CAC i.e. Agatston scoring requires EKG-gated cardiac CT imaging. OBJECTIVE: To determine if the assessment of CAC using non-EKG-gated chest CT and the Weston scoring system is a useful surrogate for Agatston scores in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453551/associations-between-cytokine-gene-polymorphisms-and-susceptibility-to-helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-helicobacter-pylori-related-gastric-cancer-peptic-ulcer-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Jingjing Ma, Dandan Wu, Xue Hu, Jiao Li, Mingwei Cao, Weiguo Dong
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to clarify the associations between IL-1B31C/T, IL-1B-511C/T, IL-8-251T/A gene polymorphisms and the risk of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection together with H. pylori-related gastric cancer (GC), peptic ulcer disease (PUD). METHODS: All eligible literature published up to July 2016 were identified by searching Pubmed, Embase, Web of Science and CNKI. Pooled odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (95% CI) were calculated using a fixed or random effects model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453531/structural-diversity-of-burkholderia-pseudomallei-lipopolysaccharides-affects-innate-immune-signaling
#12
Michael H Norris, Herbert P Schweizer, Apichai Tuanyok
Burkholderia pseudomallei (Bp) causes the disease melioidosis. The main cause of mortality in this disease is septic shock triggered by the host responding to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) components of the Gram-negative outer membrane. Bp LPS is thought to be a weak inducer of the host immune system. LPS from several strains of Bp were purified and their ability to induce the inflammatory mediators TNF-α and iNOS in murine macrophages at low concentrations was investigated. Innate and adaptive immunity qPCR arrays were used to profile expression patterns of 84 gene targets in response to the different LPS types...
April 28, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453511/no-contribution-of-lifestyle-and-environmental-exposures-to-gender-discrepancy-of-liver-disease-severity-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-infection-observations-from-the-haimen-city-cohort
#13
Jing Sun, Lucy Robinson, Nora L Lee, Seth Welles, Alison A Evans
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have noted significant gender difference in the risk of liver cancer among hepatitis B chronic infection patients. Some indicated that it might be due to lifestyle-related differences. This paper tests whether or not such a gender discrepancy among the chronic hepatitis B population is confounded by lifestyle and environment related exposures. METHODS: We retrieved a sample of 1863 participants from a prospective cohort in Haimen City, China in 2003...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453484/can-better-management-of-periodontal-disease-delay-the-onset-and-progression-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#14
Alice Harding, Sarita Robinson, St John Crean, Sim K Singhrao
A risk factor relationship exists between periodontal disease and Alzheimer's disease (AD) via tooth loss, and improved memory following dental intervention. This links the microbial contribution from indigenous oral periodontal pathogens to the manifestation of chronic conditions, such as AD. Here, we use Porphyromonas gingivalis infection to illustrate its effect on mental health. P. gingivalis infection, in its primary sub-gingival niche, can cause polymicrobial synergy and dysbiosis. Dysbiosis describes the residency of select commensals from the oral cavity following co-aggregation around the dominant keystone pathogen, such as P...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453429/anti-microbial-coating-innovations-to-prevent-infectious-diseases-amici-cost-action-ca15114
#15
Colum P Dunne, Minna M Keinänen-Toivola, Anne Kahru, Birgit Teunissen, Hulya Olmez, Isabel Gouveia, Luis Melo, Kazimierz Murzyn, Martina Modic, Merja Ahonen, Pete Askew, Theofilos Papadopoulos, Christian Adlhart, Francy R L Crijns
Worldwide, millions of patients are affected annually by healthcare-associated infection (HCAI), impacting up to 80,000 patients in European Hospitals on any given day. This represents not only public health risk, but also an economic burden. Complementing routine hand hygiene practices, cleaning and disinfection, antimicrobial coatings hold promise based, in essence, on the application of materials and chemicals with persistent bactericidal or -static properties onto surfaces or in textiles used in healthcare environments...
April 28, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453403/high-rate-of-hepatitis-b-virus-surface-antigenemia-among-people-living-with-hiv-aids-in-kakuri-kaduna-state-north-west-nigeria
#16
Cornelius Arome Omatola, Bernard Anyebe Onoja, Temitope Thomas
Globally, increased incidence of liver disease caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV) is responsible for high morbidity and mortality among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals. This is because both viruses share common routes of transmission. We determined prevalence of HBV-HIV coinfection and the influence of some risk factors on concomitant infection among people living with HIV in a treatment center in Kakuri, Kaduna State. Two hundred consenting individuals with HIV infection participated in the study...
April 28, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453386/collateral-damage-during-antibiotic-treatment-of-c-difficile-infection-in-the-aged-host-insights-into-why-recurrent-disease-happens
#17
Jae Hyun Shin, Cirle A Warren
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is one of the most common causes of healthcare-associated infections but an even bigger problem for the aging population. Advanced age leads to higher incidence, higher mortality, and higher recurrences. In our study, recently published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, we investigated the effect of aging on CDI using a mouse model. We were able to demonstrate that aging leads to worse clinical outcomes, as well as lead to changes in microbiota composition and lower antibody production against C...
April 28, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449427/trichuris-trichiura-infection-in-north-korean-defector-resulted-in-chronic-abdominal-pain-and-growth-retardation
#18
Jong Bin Kim, Kwang Il Seo, Won Moon
Trichuris trichiura infection is a common helminth infection, which is transmitted via soil, with worldwide distribution, especially in rural areas of developing countries. Occasionally, sporadic cases occur in non-endemic, developed areas due to the widespread of immigration. We experienced a case of Trichuris dysentery syndrome in a young North Korean defector, who had been suffering from chronic abdominal pain for 10 years. He is relatively short and thin compared with his older brother. Unexpectedly, the diagnosis, made by a colonoscopy, revealed numerous, small, white, and gently moving worms at the cecum and ascending colon...
April 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449424/fecal-microbiota-transplantation-for-refractory-and-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection-a-case-series-of-nine-patients
#19
Byoung Wook Bang, Jin Seok Park, Hyung Kil Kim, Yong Woon Shin, Kye Sook Kwon, Hea Yoon Kwon, Ji Hyeon Baek, Jin Soo Lee
Background/Aims: Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a highly effective therapy for refractory and recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). Despite its excellent efficacy and recent widespread use, FMT has not been widely used in South Korea thus far. We describe our experience with FMT to treat refractory/recurrent CDI. Methods: We conducted a chart review of patients who underwent FMT for refractory/recurrent CDI at Inha University Hospital, between March 2014 and June 2016...
April 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449322/a-bacterium-with-close-genetic-identity-to-pseudomonas-mandelii-associated-with-spring-fish-kills-in-wild-bluegill-lepomis-macrochirus-rafinesque-and-pumpkinseed-sunfish-lepomis-gibbosus-linnaeus
#20
J Lovy, D Dicarlo-Emery, J M Hutcheson
Pseudomonas fluorescens are known bacterial pathogens in fish. The P. fluorescens group contains at least nine different bacterial species, although species from fish have rarely been differentiated. Two isolated fish kills affecting wild bluegills, Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque, and pumpkinseed sunfish, Lepomis gibbosus (Linnaeus), occurred in the spring of 2015 during cool water temperatures (12.5°C-15.5°C). Disease signs included severe bacteraemia with rare gross external signs. Pure bacterial cultures isolated from kidneys of all affected fish were identified as P...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
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