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Patrizia Serratore, Emanuele Zavatta, Eleonora Fiocchi, Emanuele Serafini, Andrea Serraino, Federica Giacometti, Giorgia Bignami
V. vulnificus is a Gram-negative bacterium, commonly found in estuarine and coastal habitats, that can infect humans through seafood consumption or wound exposure. This study represents the first attempt to correlate the genotype of Vibrio vulnificus strains isolated in the north-western Adriatic Sea coastal area, with their antimicrobial susceptibility patterns. On the whole, 40 V. vulnificus strains, isolated from shellfish (n=20), different coastal water bodies (n=19), and the blood of a Carretta carretta turtle (n=1), were utilized...
October 20, 2017: Italian Journal of Food Safety
Reza Ranjbar, Hedieh Rahmati, Leili Shokoohizadeh
Aim: The aims of this study were to investigate antibiotic resistance pattern and molecular characterization of Salmonella Infantis strains, isolated from human sources in Tehran hospitals from 2008 to 2010. Background: Infection caused by Salmonella is one of the major public health problems. Despite the clinical importance of Salmonella enteric subsp. enteric serovar Infantis in humans, there is no information available about the common clones of Salmonella Infantis in clinical isolates in Iran...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Ekaterini Hadjisolomou, Konstantinos Stefanidis, George Papatheodorou, Evanthia Papastergiadou
During the last decades, Mediterranean freshwater ecosystems, especially lakes, have been under severe pressure due to increasing eutrophication and water quality deterioration. In this article, we compared the effectiveness of different data analysis methods by assessing the contribution of environmental parameters to eutrophication processes. For this purpose, principal components analysis (PCA), cluster analysis, and a self-organizing map (SOM) were applied, using water quality data from two transboundary lakes of North Greece...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Bahare Salehi, Hossein Goudarzi, Bahram Nikmanesh, Hamidreza Houri, Mostafa Alavi-Moghaddam, Zohreh Ghalavand
RATIONALE: Acinetobacter baumannii is one of the antibiotic-resistant superbugs that threatens hospitalized patients. Emergence and spread of the multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) clones cause erratic outbreaks following environmental contamination of hospital settings. OBJECTIVE: The present study intended to characterize the antimicrobial resistant profiles and the genotypes of clinical and environmental isolates of A. baumannii as a result of dissemination of resistant strains...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Laurent Dortet, Sandrine Bernabeu, Camille Gonzalez, Thierry Naas
The objective of this study was to assess the performance of the Carbapenemase Detection Set™ (CDS; Mast Diagnostics) in association with i) the EUCAST meropenem screening cut-off and ii) the faropenem-temocillin algorithm (FTa) for the screening of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE). A total of 200 well-characterized enterobacterial isolates with reduced susceptibility to at least one carbapenem including 63 non-CPEs and 137 CPEs belonging to different Ambler classes were initially screened for CPEs using i) the EUCAST meropenem cut-off (diameter <25 mm) and ii) the FTa...
February 17, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Shengtao Zhang, Conglin Ye, Qi Lai, Xiaolong Yu, Xuqiang Liu, Tao Nie, Haibo Zhan, Min Dai, Bin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Lumbar spondylolysis and isthmic spondylolisthesis are common conditions. However, double-level lumbar spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis are rare. We report 24 cases of it along with a review of literature and a briefly description of the clinical and radiological features and integrated management of patients with this condition. METHODS: Of 1700 inpatients diagnosed with lumbar spondylolisthesis at our hospital between January 2008 and September 2015, we selected those with a diagnosis of double-level spondylolisthesis who underwent surgery...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Daniel Stopper, Alice L Thorneywork, Roel P A Dullens, Roland Roth
Using dynamical density functional theory (DDFT), we theoretically study Brownian self-diffusion and structural relaxation of hard disks and compare to experimental results on quasi two-dimensional colloidal hard spheres. To this end, we calculate the self-van Hove correlation function and distinct van Hove correlation function by extending a recently proposed DDFT-approach for three-dimensional systems to two dimensions. We find that the theoretical results for both self-part and distinct part of the van Hove function are in very good quantitative agreement with the experiments up to relatively high fluid packing fractions of roughly 0...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Tom Dietrich, Martin Rumpel, Frieder Beirow, Cherry May Mateo, Christof Pruss, Wolfgang Osten, Marwan Abdou Ahmed, Thomas Graf
We report on the generation of kW-class, continuous-wave, radially polarized laser radiation in an Yb:LuAG thin-disk laser (TDL). Output powers of up to 980 W were achieved with optical efficiency of 50.5% with respect to the incident pump power of the TDL. The degree of radial polarization was measured to be 95.5% at maximum output power. This was achieved by the integration of a new generation of broadband, large-area grating-waveguide mirror with unprecedented high polarization discrimination as the end-mirror in the TDL resonator...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Yan Liu, Ling Zhang, Li-Na Niu, Tao Yu, Hockin H K Xu, Michael D Weir, Thomas W Oates, Franklin R Tay, Ji-Hua Chen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the bonding performance, antibacterial activity, and remineralization effect on enamel of the orthodontic adhesive containing MAE-DB and NACP. METHODS: Eighty non-carious human premolars were divided into 3 groups: Transbond XT (TB), PEHB + 5% MAE-DB (PD), and PEHB + 40% NACP + 5% MAE-DB (PND). Premolars were bonded with orthodontic brackets, the first subgroup (n = 10) and the second subgroup (n = 10) were subjected to shear bond strength testing after immersed in water for 1 day and in demineralization solution for 28 days respectively and then tested surface roughness, while the third subgroup (n = 6) was used for microhardness evaluation after aged in demineralization solution for 28 days...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Dentistry
Francisco Pelaez, Navid Manuchehrabadi, Priyatanu Roy, Harishankar Natesan, Yiru Wang, Emilian Racila, Heather Fong, Kevin Zeng, Abby M Silbaugh, John C Bischof, Samira M Azarin
Currently, there are very few therapeutic options for treatment of metastatic disease, as it often remains undetected until the burden of disease is too high. Microporous poly(ε-caprolactone) biomaterials have been shown to attract metastasizing breast cancer cells in vivo early in tumor progression. In order to enhance the therapeutic potential of these scaffolds, they were modified such that infiltrating cells could be eliminated with non-invasive focal hyperthermia. Metal disks were incorporated into poly(ε-caprolactone) scaffolds to generate heat through electromagnetic induction by an oscillating magnetic field within a radiofrequency coil...
February 28, 2018: Biomaterials
Omnia A Shaker, Howayda E Gomaa, Shereen A ElMasry, Rania M Abdel Halim, Amany H Abdelrahman, Jackline S Kamal
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of MDI and temocillin disk (30 μg) for detection of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in comparison to real-time PCR. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty specimens submitted to the Microbiology Laboratory of Ain Shams University Hospitals and showed resistance to carbapenem drugs through routine culture and susceptibility testing, were assessed by both temocillin disk (30 μg) and MDI set to detect carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae ...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Mounika Kodali, Sergio Herrera, Sadia Kabir, Alexey Serov, Carlo Santoro, Ioannis Ieropoulos, Plamen Atanassov
Iron aminoantipyrine (Fe-AAPyr), graphene nanosheets (GNSs) derived catalysts and their physical mixture Fe-AAPyr-GNS were synthesized and investigated as cathode catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with the activated carbon (AC) as a baseline. Fe-AAPyr catalyst was prepared by Sacrificial Support Method (SSM) with silica as a template and aminoantipyrine (AAPyr) as the organic precursor. 3D-GNS was prepared using modified Hummers method technique. The Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR) activity of these catalysts at different loadings was investigated by using rotating ring disk (RRDE) electrode setup in the neutral electrolyte...
March 1, 2018: Electrochimica Acta
Ariela Gordon-Shaag, David P Piñero, Cyril Kahloun, David Markov, Tzadok Parnes, Liat Gantz, Einat Shneor
BACKGROUND: The VX120 (Visionix Luneau, France) is a novel multi-diagnostic platform that combines Hartmann-Shack based autorefraction, Placido-disk based corneal-topography and anterior segment measurements made with a stationary-Scheimpflug camera. We investigate the agreement between different parameters measured by the VX120 with accepted or gold-standard techniques to test if they are interchangeable, as well as to evaluate the repeatability and reproducibility. METHODS: The right-eyes of healthy subjects were included in the study...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Optometry
Marike Rüder, Benedikt M Nagel, Sven Bogdan
The most abundant immune cells in Drosophila are macrophage-like plasmatocytes that fulfill central roles in morphogenesis, immune and tissue damage response. The various genetic tools available in Drosophila together with high-resolution and live-imaging microscopy techniques make Drosophila macrophages an excellent model system that combines many advantages of cultured cells with in vivo genetics. Here, we describe the isolation and staining of macrophages from larvae for ex vivo structured illumination microscopy (SIM), the preparation of white prepupae for in vivo 2D random cell migration analysis, and the preparation of pupae (18 h after puparium formation, APF) for in vivo 3D directed cell migration analysis upon wounding using spinning disk microscopy...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Gaurav Mathur, Narottama Sindhu, Deependra Vikram Singh, Gurpreet Singh Garcha
PURPOSE: To present a unique case of decompression retinochoroidopathy presenting with intraretinal, subretinal and preretinal hemorrhages. METHODS: A 65-year-old hypertensive female presented with diminution of vision in right eye of 1-week duration. She had been a known case of primary open-angle glaucoma and had undergone trabeculectomy with mitomycin C in right eye 1 week back. Her day 1 postoperative intraocular pressure was 6 mmHg. Her left eye had undergone Ahmed glaucoma valve surgery for the same 2 years back...
March 10, 2018: International Ophthalmology
Behnaz Soltani, Hamid Heidari, Hadi Sedigh Ebrahim-Saraie, Nahal Hadi, Jalal Mardaneh, Mohammad Motamedifar
The emergence of multiple drug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii strains has become a global problem. This study aimed to evaluate the occurrence of antibiotic resistance and to investigate the presence of antibiotic resistance determinants among A. baumannii isolates obtained from hospitalized patients in Iran. This cross-sectional study was performed on 92 A. baumannii isolates in the years 2015-2016. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was carried out by the disk diffusion method. The presence of antibiotic resistance determinants was detected by the PCR method...
March 1, 2018: Le Infezioni in Medicina
Aliakbar Rezaei, Hossein Fazeli, Mehdi Moghadampour, Mehrdad Halaji, Jamshid Faghri
Acinetobacter baumannii is one of the most important bacterial species with the ability to produce OXA-type carbapenemases. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of OXA-type carbapenemases among clinical isolates of A. baumannii in three major hospitals of Isfahan. In this cross-sectional descriptive study, 153 non-repeated strains of A. baumannii were isolated from various clinical samples of hospitalized patients in Al-Zahra, Imam Mousa Kazem, and Shariati hospitals from October 2015 to October 2016. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing for imipenem, meropenem, ertapenem, cefepime, ceftazidime, ceftriaxone, piperacillin-tazobactam, gentamicin, amikacin, ciprofloxacin, and tetracycline was performed using the disk diffusion method...
March 1, 2018: Le Infezioni in Medicina
Dawn M Mills, Christopher P Martin, Stephanie M Armas, Percy Calvo-Marzal, Dmitry M Kolpashchikov, Karin Y Chumbimuni-Torres
We report a label-free universal biosensing platform for highly selective detection of long nucleic acid strands. The sensor consists of an electrode-immobilized universal stem-loop (USL) probe and two adaptor strands that form a 4J structure in the presence of a specific DNA/RNA analyte. The sensor was characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) using K3 [Fe(CN)6 ]/K4 [Fe(CN)6 ] redox couple in solution. An increase in charge transfer resistance (RCT ) was observed upon 4J structure formation, the value of which depends on the analyte length...
March 6, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Donglin Yang, Lixia Pan, Zhongzhu Chen, Huihui Du, Bo Luo, Jie Luo, Guoqing Pan
Microsporidia are highly specialized obligate intracellular, spore forming divergent fungi with a wide variety host range that includes most vertebrates and invertebrates. The resistant spores are surrounded by a rigid cell wall which consists of three layers: the electron-lucent chitin and protein inner endospore, the outer-electron-dense and mainly proteinaceous exospore and plasma membrane. Interestingly, microsporidia owns a special invasion organelle, called polar tube, coiled within the interior of the spore wall and attached to anchoring disk at the anterior end of spore...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
Zahra Hashemizadeh, Davood Kalantar-Neyestanaki, Shahla Mansouri
INTRODUCTION: Multidrug-resistant (MDR) Escherichia coli, a species that is a leading cause of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and is a major global public health concern. This study was designed to detect the differences in antibiotic resistance patterns, the production and type of extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), and the clonal relationships among E. coli isolates from UTIs and fecal samples. METHODS: Antibacterial resistance was determined by the disk diffusion method...
January 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
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