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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735462/effect-of-decreased-bcaa-synthesis-through-disruption-of-ilvc-gene-on-the-virulence-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Gyu-Lee Kim, Seungyeop Lee, Truc Thanh Luong, Cuong Thach Nguyen, Sang-Sang Park, Suhkneung Pyo, Dong-Kwon Rhee
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. It causes a variety of life-threatening infections such as pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis. In bacterial physiology, the metabolic pathway of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) plays an important role in virulence. Nonetheless, the function of IlvC, one of the enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of BCAAs, in S. pneumoniae remains unclear. Here, we demonstrated that downregulation of BCAA biosynthesis by ilvC ablation can diminish BCAA concentration and expression of pneumolysin (Ply) and LytA, and subsequently attenuate virulence...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735461/pneumonia-and-streptococcus-pneumoniae-vaccine
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REVIEW
Gyu-Lee Kim, Seung-Han Seon, Dong-Kwon Rhee
Pneumonia is an inflammatory disease of the lung, responsible for high morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other microorganisms. Streptococcus pneumoniae, a gram-positive bacterium with over 90 serotypes, is the most common causative agent. Moreover, comorbid factors including heart failure, renal disease, and pulmonary disease could increase the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia. Since the advent of the pneumococcal vaccine in the 1980s, the incidence of pneumonia has decreased significantly...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735356/evaluation-of-anthelmintic-antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activity-of-chenopodium-album
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Bashir A Lone, M Z Chishti, Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, Hidayatullah Tak, Suhaib A Bandh, Abida Khan
The objective of this study was to evaluate the anthelmintic, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of Chenopodium album against gastrointestinal nematodes of sheep and some pathogenic microbes. A worm motility inhibition assay was used for in vitro study, and a faecal egg count reduction assay was used for an in vivo study. Various concentrations ranging from 100 to 500 μg/ml of the extract were subjected to antimicrobial screening by disc diffusion method against four selected bacterial (Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas multocida and Escherichia coli) and two fungal (Aspergillus flavus and Candida albicans) strains in order to estimate the medicinal potential of the herb...
July 22, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735318/trends-of-bloodstream-infections-in-a-university-greek-hospital-during-a-three-year-period-incidence-of-multidrug-resistant-bacteria-and-seasonality-in-gram-negative-predominance
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Fevronia Kolonitsiou, Matthaios Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, Anastasia Spiliopoulou, Vasiliki Stamouli, Vasileios Papakostas, Eleni Apostolopoulou, Christos Panagiotopoulos, Markos Marangos, Evangelos D Anastassiou, Myrto Christofidou, Iris Spiliopoulou
The aim of the study was to assess the epidemiology, the incidence of multidrug-resistant bacteria and bloodstream infections' (BSIs) seasonality in a university hospital. This retrospective study was carried out in the University General Hospital of Patras, Greece, during 2011-13 y. Blood cultures from patients with clinical presentation suggestive of bloodstream infection were performed by the BacT/ALERT System. Isolates were identified by Vitek 2 Advanced Expert System. Antibiotic susceptibility testing was performed by the disk diffusion method and E-test...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735313/early-kpc-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-bacteremia-among-intensive-care-unit-patients-non-colonized-upon-admission
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Matthaios Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, Fotini Fligou, Iris Spiliopoulou, Christina Bartzavali, Vasiliki Dodou, Sophia Vamvakopoulou, Kyriaki Koutsileou, Anastasia Zotou, Evangelos D Anastassiou, Myrto Christofidou, Markos Marangos
Among 140 patients colonized by KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-Kp) between fourth and seventh day of Intensive Care Unit stay, 24 developed bacteraemia immediately after colonization. Colistin-resistance of the colonizing isolate was the factor significantly associated with early KPC-Kp bacteraemia (P < 0.001; OR 6.6, 95% CI 2.4-18.4), a worrisome finding since infections by colistin-resistant isolates is associated with increased mortality due to limited remaining therapeutic options.
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735123/surgery-for-cerebellar-hemorrhage-a-nsqip-database-analysis-of-patient-outcomes-and-factors-associated-with-30-day-mortality-and-prolonged-ventilation
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Gregory D Arnone, Darian R Esfahani, Matt Wonais, Prateek Kumar, Justin K Scheer, Ali Alaraj, Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, Fady T Charbel, Ankit I Mehta
OBJECTIVE: Primary cerebellar hemorrhage accounts for 10% of all intracranial hemorrhages. Given the confined space of the posterior fossa, cerebellar hemorrhage management sometimes necessitates suboccipital decompression and hematoma evacuation. In this study, we examine outcomes following surgery for primary cerebellar hemorrhage, and identify risk factors associated with adverse outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective review of the 2005-2014 ACS-NSQIP database was performed, with CPT Code 61315 (suboccipital craniectomy or craniotomy for evacuation of cerebellar hemorrhage) queried between 2005 and 2014...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735054/linezolid-activity-against-clinical-gram-positive-cocci-with-advanced-antimicrobial-drug-resistance-in-iran
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Hamidreza Houri, Hossein Kazemian, Hadi Sedigh Ebrahim-Saraie, Asieh Taji, Zahra Tayebi, Hamid Heidari
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate the linezolid activity against clinical Gram-positive cocci with advanced antimicrobial drug resistance. METHODS: A collection of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE), penicillin non-susceptible Streptococcus pneumoniae (PNSP), and group B streptococci (GBS) were isolated from various clinical samples. Antimicrobial susceptibility tests were done using standard methods Subsequently, we investigated linezolid antibacterial activities, the first approved oxazolidinone against isolates by the standard broth microdilution method...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735050/antimicrobial-resistance-profiles-and-genotypes-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-and-ampc-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-isolated-from-dogs-in-beijing-china
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Yanhan Liu, Yonghui Yang, Yanyun Chen, Zhaofei Xia
OBJECTIVES: Klebsiella pneumoniae, which exists in the intestinal and respiratory tracts of humans and animals, is an important conditional pathogen in many animals. The aim of the current study was to investigate the antimicrobial resistance profiles and genotypes of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) - and AmpC β-lactamase-producing K. pneumoniae isolated from dogs. METHODS: A total of 285 isolates, collected from fecal and urine samples of diseased dogs in a Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Beijing, were characterized by antimicrobial susceptibility testing and screened for ESBL and AmpC β-lactamase phenotypes...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734675/safety-and-effectiveness-of-tocilizumab-in-treating-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-three-year-study-in-taiwan
#9
Ching-Tsai Lin, Wen-Nan Huang, Chia-Wei Hsieh, Yi-Ming Chen, Der-Yuan Chen, Tsu-Yi Hsieh, Yi-Hsing Chen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term safety and effectiveness of tocilizumab (TCZ) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a real-world clinical setting in Taiwan. METHOD: All refractory RA patients who initiated intravenous TCZ between August 2012 and March 2015 were enrolled. Data on patient characteristics, drug safety and effectiveness were collected. RESULTS: A total of 114 RA patients were recruited. Despite the majority of them (93%) had previous biologic failure, 43...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734523/laparoscopic-choledochoduodenostomy
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Adolfo Cuendis-Velázquez, Mario E Trejo-Ávila, Enrique Rosales-Castañeda, Eduardo Cárdenas-Lailson, Martin E Rojano-Rodríguez, Sujey Romero-Loera, Carlos A Sanjuan-Martínez, Mucio Moreno-Portillo
INTRODUCTION: Today's options for biliary bypass procedures, for difficult choledocholithiasis, range from open surgery to laparo-endoscopic hybrid procedures. The aim of this study was to analyze the outcomes of patients with difficult choledocholithiasis treated with laparoscopic choledochoduodenostomy. METHODS: We performed a prospective observational study from March 2011 to June 2016. We included patients with difficult common bile duct stones (recurrent or unresolved by ERCP) in which a biliary bypass procedure was required...
July 19, 2017: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734432/outbreak-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-causes-high-fatality-after-cardiac-operations
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Rakan I Nazer
Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) resembles a severe form of community-acquired pneumonia initially reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. The MERS-CoV epidemic poses a big challenge because of its high mortality. In January 2015, a patient who was potentially incubating MERS-CoV arrived from the emergency department of another hospital and was admitted with acute coronary syndrome. This resulted in an outbreak in the cardiac surgery ward that caused the deaths of 5 of 6 patients who had undergone cardiac operations...
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733688/predicting-pneumonia-in-acute-ischaemic-stroke-comparison-of-five-prediction-scoring-models
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Tian Ming Tu, Sheena Sh Phua, Sanchalika Acharyya, Wai May Ng, Daniel Ct Oh
INTRODUCTION: Although pneumonia is a major complication after acute ischaemic stroke (AIS), pneumonia prediction scores have not been extensively validated. This study aimed to compare the discrimination performance of 5 pneumonia prediction scores in AIS patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all consecutive adult AIS patients whom presented to our emergency department within 4.5 hours of symptom-onset between January 2012 and February 2015...
June 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733286/the-regulator-ldhr-and-the-d-lactate-dehydrogenase-ldha-of-burkholderia-multivorans-play-a-role-in-carbon-overflow-and-in-planktonic-cellular-aggregates-formation
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Inês N Silva, Marcelo J Ramires, Lisa A Azevedo, Ana R Guerreiro, Andreia C Tavares, Jörg D Becker, Leonilde M Moreira
LysR-type transcriptional regulators (LTTR) are the most commonly found regulators in Burkholderia cepacia complex, comprising opportunistic pathogens causing chronic respiratory infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Despite LTTRs being global regulators of pathogenicity in several bacteria, few have been characterized in Burkholderia Here, we showed that gene ldhR of B. multivorans encoding a LTTR is co-transcribed with ldhA encoding a d-lactate dehydrogenase, and evaluate their implication in virulence traits like exopolysaccharide (EPS) synthesis and biofilm formation...
July 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733231/tussilagonone-induced-nrf2-pathway-activation-protects-hepg2-cells-from-oxidative-injury
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Kyung-Mi Lee, Tae Yeon Kwon, Unwoo Kang, Eun Kyoung Seo, Ji Ho Yun, Chu Won Nho, Yeong Shik Kim
Tussilagonone is a compound derived from the medicinal plant Tussilago farfara L., which is used as a traditional medicine for respiratory diseases, including asthma and pneumonia. Recent reports suggest that tussilagonone exhibits anti-inflammatory effects; however, the scope of protective functions has not been elucidated yet. In this study, we demonstrate that tussilagonone enhances cellular detoxification by increasing quinone reductase activity in Hepa1c1c7 cells. In addition, tussilagonone decreased tert-butyl hydroperoxide(t-BHP)-induced ROS production and cell death, suggesting that it also acts as a potent antioxidant...
July 18, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733150/seven-new-lignan-glycosides-from-the-branches-of-alangium-kurzii-craib-var-laxifolium
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Jie Ren, Yang-Guo Xie, Ying-Ying Huang, Sheng-Lan Zhu, Shi-Kai Yan, Hui-Zi Jin, Wei-Dong Zhang
Seven new lignan glycosides (1-3, 8-10, and 14) and 17 known compounds were isolated from the branches of Alangium kurzii Craib var. laxifolium. Their structures were established by spectroscopic analysis and circular dichroism (CD) and X-ray analysis. The isolated compounds were evaluated for their antibacterial activities against Staphylococcus aureus CI1011, Streptococcus suis CI1608, Salmonella gallinarum CI0912, Enterococcus faecalis CI1304, Aeromonas hydrophila CI1008, Escherichia coli CI151012, Vibrio parahaemolyticus CI150506, Klebsiella pneumoniae CI131216, Pseudomonas aeruginosa CI1011, Staphylococcus epidermidis CI1110, and Streptococcus agalactiae CI1302...
July 18, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732148/trends-of-hospitalization-for-serious-infections-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-the-us-between-1993-and-2013
#16
Sadao Jinno, Na Lu, S Reza Jafarzadeh, Maureen Dubreuil
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Epidemiology of hospitalizations with infection among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is unknown despite an increase in RA treatments that confer infection risk. METHODS: We examined National Inpatient Sample data from 1993-2013. We identified adults RA hospitalizations, defined by having ICD-9-CM codes (714.xx) in any secondary diagnosis field. We evaluated 5 infections as the primary diagnosis: pneumonia, sepsis, urinary tract infection (UTI), skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI), and opportunistic infections (OIs)...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732014/association-of-time-serial-changes-in-ambient-particulate-matters-pms-with-respiratory-emergency-cases-in-taipei-s-wenshan-district
#17
Jer-Hwa Chang, Shih-Chang Hsu, Kuan-Jen Bai, Shau-Ku Huang, Chin-Wang Hsu
Ambient air pollution poses a significant risk for a group of common and often debilitating respiratory diseases, but its direct impact on cause-specific respiratory diseases using emergency room visit (ERV) as an indicator remains to be fully explored. In this study, we conducted a time-series study of ambient PM2.5, NO2, SO2 and their association with ERV for asthma, COPD and pneumonia in a four-year time span. Relative risks for ERV as per log increase in the level of ambient pollutants with time lags of up to 10 days were calculated, using a generalized additive model of Poisson regression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732013/the-kp1_4563-gene-is-regulated-by-the-camp-receptor-protein-and-controls-type-3-fimbrial-function-in-klebsiella-pneumoniae-ntuh-k2044
#18
Mei Luo, Shiya Yang, Xuan Li, Pin Liu, Jian Xue, Xipeng Zhou, Kewen Su, Xuan Xu, Ying Qing, Jingfu Qiu, Yingli Li
Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) is an opportunistic pathogen that can adhere to host cells or extracellular matrix via type 1 and type 3 fimbriae. KP1_4563 is a gene encoding a hypothetical protein in K. pneumoniae NTUH-K2044. KP1_4563 is located between the type 1 and type 3 fimbrial gene clusters and is likely associated with fimbrial function given its putative conserved domains of unknown function (DUF1471). Cyclic AMP receptor protein (CRP) regulates virulence-related gene expression and is a crucial transcriptional regulator in many bacteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731666/pulmonary-complications-of-chemical-pneumonia-a-case-report
#19
Semiha Bahceci Erdem, Hikmet T Nacaroglu, Rana Isgüder, Canan S Unsal Karkiner, Hüdaver Alper, Demet Can
Hydrocarbon aspiration (HA) can cause significant lung disease by inducing an inflammatory response, hemorrhagic exudative alveolitis, and loss of surfactant function. The most serious side effect of HA is aspiration pneumonia. Pneumothorax, pneumatocele, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pulmonary abscess, bronchopleural fistula, bilateral hemorrhagic pleural effusion and pyopneumothorax were previously reported. Hereby we report a patient hospitalized due to aspiration pneumonia who developed pleurisy and pneumothorax after drinking paint thinner...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731410/infectious-and-noninfectious-pulmonary-complications-in-patients-with-primary-immunodeficiency-disorders
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REVIEW
R Yazdani, H Abolhassani, M Asgardoon, M Shaghaghi, M Modaresi, G Azizi, A Aghamohammadi
Primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs) are caused by 1 or more defects of the immune system. Patients are more likely to experience recurrent and/or severe infections and tend to develop a wide range of complications. Respiratory diseases are the main and initial manifestation in most cases and the most common complication. Pulmonary complications cause significant morbidity and mortality in patients with PIDs. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can prevent or at least slow the development of respiratory complications...
2017: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
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