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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732931/ultrasound-assisted-synthesis-of-ph-responsive-nanovector-based-on-peg-chitosan-coated-magnetite-nanoparticles-for-5-fu-delivery
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Sepideh Khoee, Ali Saadatinia, Reza Bafkary
pH-responsive magnetic carriers at the nanoscale are one of the most important agents for the targeted treatment of cancer. In this study, Fe3O4 nanoparticles were prepared by co-precipitation method and functionalized with three types of PEG using ultrasound waves. PEGlated particles were modified with chitosan shell through ultrasound-assisted double emulsion method. The prepared material which was used as a pH responsive carrier for pinpointed 5-FU delivery. The chemico-physical properties of prepared nanoparticles have been investigated...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720201/exposure-to-buffer-solution-alters-tendon-hydration-and-mechanics
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Babak N Safa, Kyle D Meadows, Spencer E Szczesny, Dawn M Elliott
A buffer solution is often used to maintain tissue hydration during mechanical testing. The most commonly used buffer solution is a physiological concentration of phosphate buffered saline (PBS); however, PBS increases the tissue's water content and decreases its tensile stiffness. In addition, solutes from the buffer can diffuse into the tissue and interact with its structure and mechanics. These bathing solution effects can confound the outcome and interpretation of mechanical tests. Potential bathing solution artifacts, including solute diffusion, and their effect on mechanical properties, are not well understood...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719668/epidemiology-and-distribution-of-10-superantigens-among-invasive-streptococcus-pyogenes-disease-in-germany-from-2009-to-2014
#3
Matthias Imöhl, Christina Fitzner, Stephanie Perniciaro, Mark van der Linden
A nationwide laboratory-based surveillance study of invasive S. pyogenes infections was conducted in Germany. Invasive isolates (n = 719) were obtained between 2009 and 2014. Most isolates were obtained from blood (92.1%). The proportions of isolates from cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, synovial fluid and peritoneal fluid were 3.9%, 1.8%, 1.7% and 0.6%, respectively. The most common emm types were emm 1 (31.8%), emm 28 (15.4%) and emm 89 (14.5%). The most common superantigen genes (speA, speC, speG, speH, speI, speJ, speK, speL, speM, ssa) identified from S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680421/an-emm5-group-a-streptococcal-outbreak-among-workers-in-a-factory-manufacturing-telephone-accessories
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Mingliang Chen, Wenqing Wang, Lihong Tu, Yaxu Zheng, Hao Pan, Gangyi Wang, Yanxin Chen, Xi Zhang, Linying Zhu, Jian Chen, Min Chen
Ranked among the top10 infectious causes of death worldwide, group A Streptococcus (GAS) causes small- and large-scale outbreaks, depending on the trigger as transmission of a GAS strain or expansion of predominant clones. In China, GAS infections other than scarlet fever are not notifiable. In Shanghai, an epidemiological investigation was initiated after two successive severe pneumonia cases with one death in a digital factory, from where outbreaks are less widely reported. The investigation was performed using emm typing, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) typing, superantigen profiling, and genome analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628457/clonal-clusters-and-virulence-factors-of-group-c-and-g-streptococcus-causing-severe-infections-manitoba-canada-2012-2014
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Sylvain A Lother, Walter Demczuk, Irene Martin, Michael Mulvey, Brenden Dufault, Philippe Lagacé-Wiens, Yoav Keynan
The incidence of group C and G Streptococcus (GCGS) bacteremia, which is associated with severe disease and death, is increasing. We characterized clinical features, outcomes, and genetic determinants of GCGS bacteremia for 89 patients in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who had GCGS bacteremia during 2012-2014. Of the 89 patients, 51% had bacteremia from skin and soft tissue, 70% had severe disease features, and 20% died. Whole-genome sequencing analysis was performed on isolates derived from 89 blood samples and 33 respiratory sample controls: 5 closely related genetic lineages were identified as being more likely to cause invasive disease than non-clade isolates (83% vs...
July 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624463/insights-from-genotype-phenotype-correlations-by-novel-speg-mutations-causing-centronuclear-myopathy
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Haicui Wang, Claudia Castiglioni, Ayşe Kaçar Bayram, Fabiana Fattori, Serdar Pekuz, Diego Araneda, Hüseyin Per, Ricardo Erazo, Hakan Gümüş, Suzan Zorludemir, Kerstin Becker, Ximena Ortega, Jorge Alfredo Bevilacqua, Enrico Bertini, Sebahattin Cirak
Centronuclear myopathies (CNM) are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of congenital myopathies, defined histologically by increased number of fibres with centrally located nuclei, and type I fibre predominance in muscle biopsy. Myotubular myopathy, the X-linked form of CNM caused by mutations in the phosphoinositide phosphatase MTM1, is histologically characteristic since muscle fibres resemble myotubes. Here we present two unrelated patients with CNM and typical myotubular fibres in the muscle biopsy caused by mutations in striated muscle preferentially expressed protein kinase (SPEG)...
September 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542873/a-map-of-the-phosphoproteomic-alterations-that-occur-after-a-bout-of-maximal-intensity-contractions
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Gregory K Potts, Rachel M McNally, Rocky Blanco, Jae-Sung You, Alexander S Hebert, Michael S Westphall, Joshua J Coon, Troy A Hornberger
KEY POINTS: Mechanical signals play a critical role in the regulation of muscle mass, but the molecules that sense mechanical signals and convert this stimulus into the biochemical events that regulate muscle mass remain ill-defined. Here we report a mass spectrometry-based workflow to study the changes in protein phosphorylation that occur in mouse skeletal muscle 1 h after a bout of electrically evoked maximal-intensity contractions (MICs). Our dataset provides the first comprehensive map of the MIC-regulated phosphoproteome...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463694/tumor-associated-macrophage-targeted-microrna-delivery-with-dual-responsive-polypeptide-nanovectors-for-anti-cancer-therapy
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Lanlan Liu, Huqiang Yi, Huamei He, Hong Pan, Lintao Cai, Yifan Ma
Repolarizing Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) to anti-tumor M1 macrophages with microRNA (miR) is a plausible approach for cancer treatment. However, how to achieve TAM-targeted miR delivery remains a challenge. The present study generated redox/pH dual-responsive hybrid polypeptide nanovectors, which consisted of self-crosslinked redox-responsive nanoparticles based on galactose-functionalized n-butylamine-poly(l-lysine)-b-poly(l-cysteine) polypeptides (GLC) coated with DCA-grafted sheddable PEG-PLL (sPEG) copolymers...
April 25, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401320/the-virulence-factors-of-group-a-streptococcus-strains-isolated-from-invasive-and-non-invasive-infections-in-polish-and-german-centres-2009-2011
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M Strus, P B Heczko, E Golińska, A Tomusiak, A Chmielarczyk, M Dorycka, M van der Linden, A Samet, A Piórkowska
Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS) is one of the major human pathogenic bacteria that cause a wide range of diseases. Currently, increased incidence of streptococcal invasive infections is observed worldwide. In this study, we focused on the prevalence of genes encoding superantigens and type M proteins in the population of GAS strains from invasive versus non-invasive infections. We tested 253 GAS strains: 48 strains from patients with invasive infections (18 from wound/deep skin localization, 30 from women in labour) and 205 strains from non-invasive forms (147 from common infections of the upper respiratory, 49 from the vagina of females with genital tract infections and 9 from non-invasive wound and superficial skin infections)...
April 11, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374682/biofabricated-soft-network-composites-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
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Onur Bas, Elena De-Juan-Pardo, Christoph Meinert, Davide D'Angella, Jeremy Baldwin, Laura Bray, R Wellard, Stefan Kollmannsberger, Ernst Rank, Carsten Werner, Travis Klein, Isabelle Catelas, Dietmar Werner Hutmacher
Articular cartilage from a material science point of view is a soft network composite that plays a critical role in load-bearing joints during dynamic loading. Its composite structure, consisting of a collagen fiber network and a hydrated proteoglycan matrix, gives rise to the complex mechanical properties of the tissue including viscoelasticity and stress relaxation. Melt Electrospinning Writing (MEW) allows the design and fabrication of medical grade polycaprolactone (mPCL) fibrous networks for the reinforcement of soft hydrogel matrices for cartilage tissue engineering...
April 4, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348171/the-identification-of-macrophage-enriched-glycoproteins-using-glycoproteomics
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Jelani C Zarif, Weiming Yang, James R Hernandez, Hui Zhang, Kenneth J Pienta
Prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths of men in the United States. Whereas the localized disease is highly treatable by surgical resection and radiation, cancer that has metastasized remains incurable. Immune cells that primarily scavenge debris and promote prostate cancer angiogenesis and wound repair are M2 macrophages. They are phenotypically similar to M2 tumor-associated macrophages (M2-TAMs) and have been reported to associate with solid tumors and aide in proliferation, metastasis, and resistance to therapy...
June 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100051/basement-membrane-mimics-of-biofunctionalized-nanofibers-for-a-bipolar-cultured-human-primary-alveolar-capillary-barrier-model
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Akihiro Nishiguchi, Smriti Singh, Matthias Wessling, Charles J Kirkpatrick, Martin Möller
In vitro reconstruction of an alveolar barrier for modeling normal lung functions and pathological events serve as reproducible, high-throughput pharmaceutical platforms for drug discovery, diagnosis, and regenerative medicine. Despite much effort, the reconstruction of organ-level alveolar barrier functions has failed due to the lack of structural similarity to the natural basement membrane, functionalization with specific ligands for alveolar cell function, the use of primary cells and biodegradability. Here we report a bipolar cultured alveolar-capillary barrier model of human primary cells supported by a basement membrane mimics of fully synthetic bifunctional nanofibers...
March 13, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920155/sos2-and-acp1-loci-identified-through-large-scale-exome-chip-analysis-regulate-kidney-development-and-function
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Man Li, Yong Li, Olivia Weeks, Vladan Mijatovic, Alexander Teumer, Jennifer E Huffman, Gerard Tromp, Christian Fuchsberger, Mathias Gorski, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Teresa Nutile, Sanaz Sedaghat, Rossella Sorice, Adrienne Tin, Qiong Yang, Tarunveer S Ahluwalia, Dan E Arking, Nathan A Bihlmeyer, Carsten A Böger, Robert J Carroll, Daniel I Chasman, Marilyn C Cornelis, Abbas Dehghan, Jessica D Faul, Mary F Feitosa, Giovanni Gambaro, Paolo Gasparini, Franco Giulianini, Iris Heid, Jinyan Huang, Medea Imboden, Anne U Jackson, Janina Jeff, Min A Jhun, Ronit Katz, Annette Kifley, Tuomas O Kilpeläinen, Ashish Kumar, Markku Laakso, Ruifang Li-Gao, Kurt Lohman, Yingchang Lu, Reedik Mägi, Giovanni Malerba, Evelin Mihailov, Karen L Mohlke, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Antonietta Robino, Douglas Ruderfer, Erika Salvi, Ursula M Schick, Christina-Alexandra Schulz, Albert V Smith, Jennifer A Smith, Michela Traglia, Laura M Yerges-Armstrong, Wei Zhao, Mark O Goodarzi, Aldi T Kraja, Chunyu Liu, Jennifer Wessel, Eric Boerwinkle, Ingrid B Borecki, Jette Bork-Jensen, Erwin P Bottinger, Daniele Braga, Ivan Brandslund, Jennifer A Brody, Archie Campbell, David J Carey, Cramer Christensen, Josef Coresh, Errol Crook, Gary C Curhan, Daniele Cusi, Ian H de Boer, Aiko P J de Vries, Joshua C Denny, Olivier Devuyst, Albert W Dreisbach, Karlhans Endlich, Tõnu Esko, Oscar H Franco, Tibor Fulop, Glenn S Gerhard, Charlotte Glümer, Omri Gottesman, Niels Grarup, Vilmundur Gudnason, Torben Hansen, Tamara B Harris, Caroline Hayward, Lynne Hocking, Albert Hofman, Frank B Hu, Lise Lotte N Husemoen, Rebecca D Jackson, Torben Jørgensen, Marit E Jørgensen, Mika Kähönen, Sharon L R Kardia, Wolfgang König, Charles Kooperberg, Jennifer Kriebel, Lenore J Launer, Torsten Lauritzen, Terho Lehtimäki, Daniel Levy, Pamela Linksted, Allan Linneberg, Yongmei Liu, Ruth J F Loos, Antonio Lupo, Christine Meisinger, Olle Melander, Andres Metspalu, Paul Mitchell, Matthias Nauck, Peter Nürnberg, Marju Orho-Melander, Afshin Parsa, Oluf Pedersen, Annette Peters, Ulrike Peters, Ozren Polasek, David Porteous, Nicole M Probst-Hensch, Bruce M Psaty, Lu Qi, Olli T Raitakari, Alex P Reiner, Rainer Rettig, Paul M Ridker, Fernando Rivadeneira, Jacques E Rossouw, Frank Schmidt, David Siscovick, Nicole Soranzo, Konstantin Strauch, Daniela Toniolo, Stephen T Turner, André G Uitterlinden, Sheila Ulivi, Dinesh Velayutham, Uwe Völker, Henry Völzke, Melanie Waldenberger, Jie Jin Wang, David R Weir, Daniel Witte, Helena Kuivaniemi, Caroline S Fox, Nora Franceschini, Wolfram Goessling, Anna Köttgen, Audrey Y Chu
Genome-wide association studies have identified >50 common variants associated with kidney function, but these variants do not fully explain the variation in eGFR. We performed a two-stage meta-analysis of associations between genotypes from the Illumina exome array and eGFR on the basis of serum creatinine (eGFRcrea) among participants of European ancestry from the CKDGen Consortium (nStage1: 111,666; nStage2: 48,343). In single-variant analyses, we identified single nucleotide polymorphisms at seven new loci associated with eGFRcrea (PPM1J, EDEM3, ACP1, SPEG, EYA4, CYP1A1, and ATXN2L; PStage1<3...
March 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869532/molecular-characterization-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-from-outpatients-in-northern-japan-increasing-tendency-of-st5-st764-mrsa-iia-with-arginine-catabolic-mobile-element
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Meiji Soe Aung, Mitsuyo Kawaguchiya, Noriko Urushibara, Ayako Sumi, Masahiko Ito, Kenji Kudo, Shigeo Morimoto, Shino Hosoya, Nobumichi Kobayashi
Arginine catabolic mobile element (ACME) is a genomic island of staphylococcus and is considered to confer enhanced ability to survive and growth on host bacterial cells. ACME has been typically identified in Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL)-positive ST8 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with SCCmec type IVa (USA300 clone), and it is also found in other lineages at low frequency. Prevalence and molecular characteristics of PVL(+)and/or ACME(+) MRSA were investigated for 624 clinical isolates collected from outpatients in northern Japan from 2013 to 2014...
July 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813145/feeding-habits-of-marmosets-a-case-study-of-bark-anatomy-and-chemical-composition-of-anadenanthera-peregrina-gum
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Talitha Mayumi Francisco, Karina Lucas Barbosa Lopes-Mattos, Edgard Augusto de Toledo Picoli, Dayvid Rodrigues Couto, Juraci Alves Oliveira, José Cola Zanuncio, José Eduardo Serrão, Ita de Oliveira Silva, Vanner Boere
Primates of the genus Callithrix often obtain exudates from plants of the family Fabaceae. This study characterizes the chemical composition of exudates, and the anatomy and hystochemistry of the secretory ducts in the bark of Anadenanthera peregrina (L.) Speg. var. peregrina (Fabaceae). Exudates from this tree species represent an important component of the diet of hybrid marmosets, Callithrix spp. (Primates: Cebidae). A. peregrina was selected as the focal study tree because it is the only gum tree species exploited by Callithrix groups present within five urban forest fragments in the municipality of Viçosa, Minas Gerais State, Brazil...
March 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729468/speg-striated-muscle-preferentially-expressed-protein-kinase-is-essential-for-cardiac-function-by-regulating-junctional-membrane-complex-activity
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Ann P Quick, Qiongling Wang, Leonne E Philippen, Giselle Barreto-Torres, David Y Chiang, David Beavers, Guoliang Wang, Maha Khalid, Julia O Reynolds, Hannah M Campbell, Jordan Showell, Mark D McCauley, Arjen Scholten, Xander H T Wehrens
RATIONALE: Junctional membrane complexes (JMCs) in myocytes are critical microdomains, in which excitation-contraction coupling occurs. Structural and functional disruption of JMCs underlies contractile dysfunction in failing hearts. However, the role of newly identified JMC protein SPEG (striated muscle preferentially expressed protein kinase) remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To determine the role of SPEG in healthy and failing adult hearts. METHODS AND RESULTS: Proteomic analysis of immunoprecipitated JMC proteins ryanodine receptor type 2 and junctophilin-2 (JPH2) followed by mass spectrometry identified the serine-threonine kinase SPEG as the only novel binding partner for both proteins...
January 6, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27452734/platelet-glycoproteins-associated-with-aspirin-treatment-upon-platelet-activation
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Punit Shah, Weiming Yang, Shisheng Sun, Jered Pasay, Nauder Faraday, Hui Zhang
Platelet glycoproteins are known to play central roles in hemostasis and vascular integrity and have pathologic roles in vascular occlusive diseases such as myocardial infarction and stroke. Characterizing glycoproteins within and secreted by platelets can provide insight into the mechanisms that underlie vascular pathologies and the therapeutic benefits or failure of anti-platelet agents. To study the impact of aspirin, which is commonly prescribed for primary and secondary cardiovascular prevention, on the platelet glycoproteome, we evaluated washed platelets from ten donors...
March 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27064787/impacts-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-and-its-speg-gene-on-the-transcriptomes-of-in-vitro-m-cells-and-caco-2-cells
#18
Ke-Chuan Wang, Chih-Hung Huang, Ching-Jou Huang, Shiuh-Bin Fang
Microfold or membranous (M) cells are specialized intestinal epithelial cells responsible for host immunity. The speG mutant of Salmonella Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) is a nonreplicating strain within human cells to be a candidate vaccine vector for interacting with M cells. We conducted this study to identify the genes are differently expressed between in vitro M cells and Caco-2 cells, and to determine whether S. Typhimurium and speG affect the transcriptomes of both cell types. In vitro M cells and Caco-2 cells were infected with wild-type (WT) S...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26925701/molecular-characterization-and-antibiotic-resistance-of-clinical-streptococcus-dysgalactiae-subsp-equisimilis-in-beijing-china
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Binghuai Lu, Yujie Fang, Lei Huang, Baowei Diao, Xiaoli Du, Biao Kan, Yanchao Cui, Fengxia Zhu, Dong Li, Duochun Wang
Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. equisimilis (SDSE) is presently considered as a human pathogen associated with clinical infection. We characterized 56 SDSE isolates collected from two tertiary hospitals in Beijing, China. Sixteen distinct emm types/subtypes were detected, dominated by stG245.0 (32.1%), stG652.0 (10.7%), stG6.1 (10.7%) and stG485.0 (10.7%), and a novel stG840.0 variant type was identified. All isolates possessed virulence genes of sagA and scpA, and most carried slo (98.2%), ska (98.2%) and speG(dys) (35...
June 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26873375/virulence-factors-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-strains-from-women-in-peri-labor-with-invasive-infections
#20
E Golińska, M van der Linden, G Więcek, D Mikołajczyk, A Machul, A Samet, A Piórkowska, M Dorycka, P B Heczko, M Strus
Invasive group A streptococcal (GAS) infections constitute an important epidemiological problem. Many cases occur in women during the postnatal period. The objective of this study was to evaluate the presence of the genes responsible for production of iron-chelating protein (perR) and superantigens (speA, speB, speC, speF, speG, speH, speI, speJ, speK, speL, speM, smeZ, and ssa) in S. pyogenes strains isolated from invasive infections in women after delivery. Furthermore, this study sought to verify whether S...
May 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
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