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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313866/extensively-drug-resistant-arma-producing-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-an-italian-intensive-care-unit
#1
Carla Caio, Gaetano Maugeri, Tiziana Zingali, Floriana Gona, Stefania Stefani, Maria Lina Mezzatesta
We describe the spread of 12 carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii isolates in hospitalized patients. All strains showed an extensively drug-resistant phenotype and high-level of aminoglycoside resistance, harboring the ArmA gene and blaoxa-23 downstream of ISAba1 (transposon Tn2008 arrangement) where both were located on the chromosome. These strains carry a class 1 integrone containing the gene cassette aacA4-catB8-aadA1. Molecular analysis revealed that all isolates belonged to the same sequence type (ST) 2 clone...
January 9, 2018: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311067/molecular-epidemiology-of-emerging-blaoxa-23-like-and-blaoxa-24-like-carrying-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-taiwan
#2
Shu-Chen Kuo, Wei-Cheng Huang, Tzu-Wen Huang, Hui-Ying Wang, Jui-Fen Lai, Te-Li Chen, Tsai-Ling Lauderdale
Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) has increased significantly in recent decade in Taiwan. This study investigated the molecular epidemiology of CRAB with focus on the mechanisms of resistance and spread in isolates with blaOXA-23-like or blaOXA-24-like All 555 CRAB isolates in our 2002-2010 multi-centered collection were tested for the presence of class A, B and D carbapenemase genes. All isolates with blaOXA-23-like or blaOXA-24-like were subjected to PFGE and 82 isolates (60 blaOXA-23-like and 22 blaOXA-24-like) were selected for MLST to determine sequence type (ST) and clonal group (CG), and detection of additional β-lactamase and aminoglycoside genes...
January 8, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259319/plant-plant-competition-outcomes-are-modulated-by-plant-effects-on-the-soil-bacterial-community
#3
S Hortal, Y M Lozano, F Bastida, C Armas, J L Moreno, C Garcia, F I Pugnaire
Competition is a key process that determines plant community structure and dynamics, often mediated by nutrients and water availability. However, the role of soil microorganisms on plant competition, and the links between above- and belowground processes, are not well understood. Here we show that the effects of interspecific plant competition on plant performance are mediated by feedbacks between plants and soil bacterial communities. Each plant species selects a singular community of soil microorganisms in its rhizosphere with a specific species composition, abundance and activity...
December 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244991/cancer-trends-in-mexico-essential-data-for-the-creation-and-follow-up-of-public-policies
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Alejandro Mohar-Betancourt, Nancy Reynoso-Noverón, Daniel Armas-Texta, Cristina Gutiérrez-Delgado, Juan A Torres-Domínguez
Purpose Cancer in a country like Mexico is a challenge for the current health system and for public health. However, the statistics about cancer in Mexico are scarce, so epidemiologic surveillance needs to be improved. The objectives of this article were to describe the extent of cancer and to estimate the national burden of cancer through 2020. Materials and Methods To meet this objective, an analysis of secondary official sources was performed. The cancer cases through 2020 were estimated on the basis of trends in mortality and the projection of incident cases reported by GLOBOCAN...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236733/evolutionary-design-optimization-of-traffic-signals-applied-to-quito-city
#5
Rolando Armas, Hernán Aguirre, Fabio Daolio, Kiyoshi Tanaka
This work applies evolutionary computation and machine learning methods to study the transportation system of Quito from a design optimization perspective. It couples an evolutionary algorithm with a microscopic transport simulator and uses the outcome of the optimization process to deepen our understanding of the problem and gain knowledge about the system. The work focuses on the optimization of a large number of traffic lights deployed on a wide area of the city and studies their impact on travel time, emissions and fuel consumption...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234497/insertional-inactivation-of-oprd-in-carbapenem-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-strains-isolated-from-burn-patients-in-tehran-iran
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A Shariati, T Azimi, A Ardebili, A S Chirani, A Bahramian, A Pormohammad, M Sadredinamin, S Erfanimanesh, N Bostanghadiri, S Shams, A Hashemi
In this study, we report the insertion sequence ISPpu21 in the oprD porin gene of carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from burn patients in Tehran, Iran. Antibiotic susceptibility tests for P. aeruginosa isolates were determined. Production of metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs) and carbapenemase was evaluated and the β-lactamase-encoding and aminoglycoside-modifying enzyme genes were investigated by PCR and sequencing methods. The mRNA transcription level of oprD and mex efflux pump genes were evaluated by real-time PCR...
January 2018: New Microbes and New Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226702/extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-escherichia-coli-in-wastewaters-and-refugee-camp-in-lebanon
#7
Sima Tokajian, Rima Moghnieh, Tamara Salloum, Harout Arabaghian, Sahar Alousi, Jennifer Moussa, Edmond Abboud, Souad Youssef, Rola Husni
AIM: To evaluate the effects of population influx of refugees on the prevalence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli in wastewater networks in Lebanon. MATERIALS & METHODS: Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, multilocus sequence typing and antibiotic resistance genes typing were performed. RESULTS: 53.1% of isolates recovered from Al-Qaa refugee camp were positive for the tested resistant determinants compared with 49...
December 11, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182199/-an-analysis-of-essential-health-research-in-chile
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Rodolfo Armas Merino, Adrián Torres Canales
Essential research studies of health problems affecting the majority of the population, aiming at actions that are feasible to be taken, efficiently and effectively implementing there and seeking solutions to unsolved problems. This is a complex process, which requires long lasting participation and coordinated interaction between different relevant sectors, namely the academic world, health policymakers and health-related industries. An analysis of essential health research in Chile is presented, considering factors such as shared efforts between the academic and health care sectors and the role of the Ministry of Health in research promotion...
July 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180282/antibiotic-resistance-genes-in-phage-particles-isolated-from-human-feces-and-induced-from-clinical-bacterial-isolates
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Maryury Brown-Jaque, William Calero-Cáceres, Paula Espinal, Judith Rodríguez-Navarro, Elisenda Miró, Juan José González-López, Thais Cornejo, Juan Carlos Hurtado, Ferran Navarro, Maite Muniesa
Phage particles have emerged as elements with the potential to mobilize antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in different environments, including the intestinal habitat. The aim of this study was to determine the occurrence of ARGs in phage particles present in fecal matter and induced from strains isolated from feces. Nine ARGs (blaTEM, blaCTX-M-1-group, blaCTX-M-9-group, blaOXA-48, qnrA, qnrS, mecA, sul1 and armA) were quantified by qPCR in the phage DNA fractions of 150 fecal samples obtained from healthy individuals...
November 24, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173960/face-to-face-communication-between-patients-and-family-physicians-in-canada-a-scoping-review
#10
REVIEW
Alana Armas, Samantha B Meyer, Kitty K Corbett, Alex R Pearce
OBJECTIVE: Patient-provider communication is critical in primary care. Canada's unique health system, population distribution, and cultural context suggest there is value in addressing the topic in the Canadian context. We conducted a scoping review to synthesize recent Canadian literature to inform practice in primary care settings and identify research agendas for patient-provider communication in Canada. METHODS: Using Arksey and O'Malley's framework we searched four literature databases: Medline, Web of Science, CINAHL and EMBASE...
November 20, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156226/frequency-of-brain-mri-abnormalities-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-at-presentation-a-cohort-of-latin-american-patients
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Edgar Carnero Contentti, Vanessa Daccach Marques, Ibis Soto de Castillo, Veronica Tkachuk, Amilton Antunes Barreira, Elizabeth Armas, Edson Chiganer, Camila de Aquino Cruz, José Luis Di Pace, Javier Pablo Hryb, Carolina Lavigne Moreira, Carmen Lessa, Omaira Molina, Monica Perassolo, Arnoldo Soto, Alejandro Caride
BACKGROUND: Brain magnetic resonance imaging (BMRI) lesions were classically not reported in neuromyelitis optica (NMO). However, BMRI lesions are not uncommon in NMO spectrum disorder (NMOSD) patients. OBJECTIVE: To report BMRI characteristic abnormalities (location and configuration) in NMOSD patients at presentation. METHODS: Medical records and BMRI characteristics of 79 patients with NMOSD (during the first documented attack) in Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela were reviewed retrospectively...
November 8, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143932/forecasting-carbon-dioxide-emissions-based-on-a-hybrid-of-mixed-data-sampling-regression-model-and-back-propagation-neural-network-in-the-usa
#12
Xin Zhao, Meng Han, Lili Ding, Adrian Cantemir Calin
The accurate forecast of carbon dioxide emissions is critical for policy makers to take proper measures to establish a low carbon society. This paper discusses a hybrid of the mixed data sampling (MIDAS) regression model and BP (back propagation) neural network (MIDAS-BP model) to forecast carbon dioxide emissions. Such analysis uses mixed frequency data to study the effects of quarterly economic growth on annual carbon dioxide emissions. The forecasting ability of MIDAS-BP is remarkably better than MIDAS, ordinary least square (OLS), polynomial distributed lags (PDL), autoregressive distributed lags (ADL), and auto-regressive moving average (ARMA) models...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134942/intramammary-infusion-of-a-live-culture-of-lactococcus-lactis-in-ewes-to-treat-staphylococcal-mastitis
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Sebastian Alessandro Mignacca, Simone Dore, Liliana Spuria, Pietro Zanghì, Benedetta Amato, Ilaria Duprè, Federica Armas, Elena Biasibetti, Cristina Camperio, Stefano A Lollai, Maria Teresa Capucchio, Eugenia Agnese Cannas, Vincenzo Di Marco Lo Presti, Cinzia Marianelli
PURPOSE: Alternatives to antibiotic therapy for mastitis in ruminants are needed. We present an evaluation, in two trials, of the efficacy of an intramammary infusion of a live culture of Lactococcus lactis for the treatment of subclinical and clinical mastitis in ewes. METHODOLOGY: In total, 67 animals were enrolled: 19 lactating ewes (study 1), including healthy (N=6) and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS)-infected ewes (N=13); and 48 lactating ewes (study 2) with either CNS mastitis (N=32), or Staphylococcus aureus mastitis (N=16), for a total of 123 mammary glands...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122341/effects-of-prescribed-fire-for-pasture-management-on-soil-organic-matter-and-biological-properties-a-1-year-study-case-in-the-central-pyrenees
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Antonio Girona-García, David Badía-Villas, Clara Martí-Dalmau, Oriol Ortiz-Perpiñá, Juan Luis Mora, Cecilia M Armas-Herrera
Prescribed burning has been readopted in the last decade in the Central Pyrenees to stop the regression of subalpine grasslands in favour of shrublands, dominated among others by Echinospartum horridum (Vahl) Rothm. Nevertheless, the effect of this practice on soil properties is uncertain. The aim of this work was to analyse the effects of these burnings on topsoil organic matter and biological properties. Soil sampling was carried out in an autumnal prescribed fire in Buisán (NE-Spain, November 2015). Topsoil was sampled at 0-1cm, 1-2cm and 2-3cm depth in triplicate just before (U), ~1h (B0), 6months (B6) and 12months (B12) after burning...
November 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109730/t-follicular-helper-cells-and-b-cell-dysfunction-in-aging-and-hiv-1-infection
#15
REVIEW
Suresh Pallikkuth, Lesley de Armas, Stefano Rinaldi, Savita Pahwa
T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are a subset of CD4 T cells that provide critical signals to antigen-primed B cells in germinal centers to undergo proliferation, isotype switching, and somatic hypermutation to generate long-lived plasma cells and memory B cells during an immune response. The quantity and quality of Tfh cells therefore must be tightly controlled to prevent immune dysfunction in the form of autoimmunity and, on the other hand, immune deficiency. Both Tfh and B cell perturbations appear during HIV infection resulting in impaired antibody responses to vaccines such as seasonal trivalent influenza vaccine, also seen in biologic aging...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109594/arma-cholesky-factor-models-for-the-covariance-matrix-of-linear-models
#16
Keunbaik Lee, Changryong Baek, Michael J Daniels
In longitudinal studies, serial dependence of repeated outcomes must be taken into account to make correct inferences on covariate effects. As such, care must be taken in modeling the covariance matrix. However, estimation of the covariance matrix is challenging because there are many parameters in the matrix and the estimated covariance matrix should be positive definite. To overcomes these limitations, two Cholesky decomposition approaches have been proposed: modified Cholesky decomposition for autoregressive (AR) structure and moving average Cholesky decomposition for moving average (MA) structure, respectively...
November 2017: Computational Statistics & Data Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104755/combined-approach-for-finding-susceptibility-genes-in-dish-chondrocalcinosis-families-whole-genome-wide-linkage-and-ibs-ibd-studies
#17
Ana Rita Couto, Bruna Parreira, Russell Thomson, Marta Soares, Deborah M Power, Jim Stankovich, Jácome Bruges Armas, Matthew A Brown
Twelve families with exuberant and early-onset calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate chondrocalcinosis (CC) and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), hereafter designated DISH/CC, were identified in Terceira Island, the Azores, Portugal. Ninety-two (92) individuals from these families were selected for whole-genome-wide linkage analysis. An identity-by-descent (IBD) analysis was performed in 10 individuals from 5 of the investigated pedigrees. The chromosome area with the maximal logarithm of the odds score (1...
2017: Human Genome Variation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091224/in-vitro-activity-of-plazomicin-against-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-carbapenem-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-cre
#18
Yunliang Zhang, Ankita Kashikar, Karen Bush
Background: Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) represent an urgent threat because few drugs are available to treat infections caused by these pathogens. Plazomicin is a novel aminoglycoside that recently completed a Phase 3 clinical trial for treatment of infections caused by CRE. Methods: A set of 110 characterized unique CRE patient isolates from central Indiana healthcare centres was tested by microbroth dilution for susceptibility to plazomicin, and to reference aminoglycosides and carbapenems...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066218/emergence-of-arma-a-16s-rrna-methylase-in-highly-aminoglycoside-resistant-clinical-isolates-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-and-klebsiella-oxytoca-in-okinawa-japan
#19
Kohei Uechi, Tatsuya Tada, Kayo Shimada, Isamu Nakasone, Tetsu Sonozaki, Teruo Kirikae, Jiro Fujita
This study describes highly aminoglycoside-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and Klebsiella oxytoca clinical isolates obtained from an inpatient in Okinawa, Japan, with no known record of traveling overseas. The minimum inhibitory concentrations of amikacin and arbekacin against these strains were >1024 μg/ml. Whole-genome sequencing analysis revealed that these isolates harbored armA, which encodes a 16S rRNA methylase, ArmA, that confers pan-aminoglycoside resistance. This is the second report of K. pneumoniae harboring armA and the first report of K...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046481/reevaluation-of-immune-activation-in-the-era-of-cart-and-an-aging-hiv-infected-population
#20
Lesley R de Armas, Suresh Pallikkuth, Varghese George, Stefano Rinaldi, Rajendra Pahwa, Kristopher L Arheart, Savita Pahwa
Biological aging is associated with immune activation (IA) and declining immunity due to systemic inflammation. It is widely accepted that HIV infection causes persistent IA and premature immune senescence despite effective antiretroviral therapy and virologic suppression; however, the effects of combined HIV infection and aging are not well defined. Here, we assessed the relationship between markers of IA and inflammation during biological aging in HIV-infected and -uninfected populations. Antibody response to seasonal influenza vaccination was implemented as a measure of immune competence and relationships between IA, inflammation, and antibody responses were explored using statistical modeling appropriate for integrating high-dimensional data sets...
October 19, 2017: JCI Insight
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