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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648918/acoustic-and-elastic-properties-of-glycerol-in-oil-based-gel-phantoms
#1
Luciana C Cabrelli, Felipe W Grillo, Diego R T Sampaio, Antonio A O Carneiro, Theo Z Pavan
Phantoms are important tools for image quality control and medical training. Many phantom materials have been proposed for ultrasound; most of them use water as the solvent, but these materials have disadvantages such as dehydration and low temporal stability if not properly stored. To overcome these difficulties, copolymer-in-oil gel was proposed as an inert and stable material; however, speed of sound for these materials is still lower than what is described for most biological tissues. Here, we propose the glycerol dispersion in oil-based gels to modify the acoustic and elastic properties of copolymer-in-oil phantoms...
June 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632753/mait-cells-launch-a-rapid-robust-and-distinct-hyperinflammatory-response-to-bacterial-superantigens-and-quickly-acquire-an-anergic-phenotype-that-impedes-their-cognate-antimicrobial-function-defining-a-novel-mechanism-of-superantigen-induced-immunopathology
#2
Christopher R Shaler, Joshua Choi, Patrick T Rudak, Arash Memarnejadian, Peter A Szabo, Mauro E Tun-Abraham, Jamie Rossjohn, Alexandra J Corbett, James McCluskey, John K McCormick, Olivier Lantz, Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, S M Mansour Haeryfar
Superantigens (SAgs) are potent exotoxins secreted by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. They target a large fraction of T cell pools to set in motion a "cytokine storm" with severe and sometimes life-threatening consequences typically encountered in toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Given the rapidity with which TSS develops, designing timely and truly targeted therapies for this syndrome requires identification of key mediators of the cytokine storm's initial wave. Equally important, early host responses to SAgs can be accompanied or followed by a state of immunosuppression, which in turn jeopardizes the host's ability to combat and clear infections...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593698/associations-between-expressive-and-receptive-language-and-internalizing-and-externalizing-behaviours-in-a-community-based-prospective-study-of-slow-to-talk-toddlers
#3
Laura J Conway, Penny A Levickis, Fiona Mensah, Cristina McKean, Kylie Smith, Sheena Reilly
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that language and social, emotional and behavioural (SEB) difficulties are associated in children and adolescents. When these associations emerge and whether they differ by language or SEB difficulty profile is unclear. This knowledge is crucial to guide prevention and intervention programmes for children with language and SEB difficulties. AIMS: To determine whether receptive and expressive language skills are associated with internalizing and externalizing behaviours in slow-to-talk toddlers...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573424/vitamin-d-inhibits-the-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-b-induced-expression-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-in-microglial-cells
#4
Jinggui He, Xiyun Guo, Zhi-Qiang Liu, Ping-Chang Yang, Shaobo Yang
Microglial cells play a crucial role in inflammatory responses in neural tissue. Vitamin D (VitD3) deficiency is associated with the pathogenesis of inflammation. Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) is a superantigen and can initiate inflammation. This study tests a hypothesis that VitD3 deficiency upregulates the expression of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) in microglial cells. Microglial cells were isolated from the mouse brain. The microglial cells were cultured in the presence or absence of VitD3 or/and SEB...
June 1, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561911/biofilm-formation-and-virulence-factor-analysis-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-collected-from-ovine-mastitis
#5
Elisa Azara, Carla Longheu, Giovanna Sanna, Sebastiana Tola
AIMS: To perform a phenotypic and genotypic characterization of 258 S. aureus isolates from clinical ovine mastitis and used for the preparation of inactivated autogenous vaccines. METHODS AND RESULTS: The potential for biofilm production was determined by phenotypic test of Congo Red Agar (CRA) and by PCR for the detection of icaA/D genes. Isolates were also screened by PCR for the presence of enterotoxins (sea, seb, sec, sed and see), toxic shock syndrome toxin (tsst), leukotoxins (lukD-E, lukM and lukPV83), haemolysins (hly-β and hly-γ), autolysin (atlA) genes and encoding microbial surface components recognized adhesive matrix molecules (MSCRAMMs: clfA, clfB, fnbA, fnbB, bbp, cna, eno, fib, epbs, sdrC, sdrD and SdrE)...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555177/changes-in-frequency-and-activation-status-of-major-cd4-t-cell-subsets-after-initiation-of-immunosuppressive-therapy-in-a-patient-with-new-diagnosis-childhood-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#6
Saimun Singla, Scott E Wenderfer, Eyal Muscal, Anna Carmela P Sagcal-Gironella, Jordan S Orange, George Makedonas
BACKGROUND: Several studies suggest that defects of regulatory T-cells (Tregs) and impaired cellular immunity are secondary to an imbalance between auto-aggressive T-cells and Tregs in lupus patients. Discrepancies in Tregs and effector T-cells (Teff) in active lupus patients are shown to be restored in patients upon receiving immunosuppressive therapy. Therefore, our main aim was to observe frequencies of these CD4(+) T-cell subsets and Tregs/Teff ratio in a new diagnosis of childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematous (cSLE) before and after initiation of therapy...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535395/a-zinc-chloride-doped-adhesive-facilitates-sealing-at-the-dentin-interface-a-confocal-laser-microscopy-study
#7
Manuel Toledano, Raquel Osorio, Estrella Osorio, Inmaculada Cabello, Manuel Toledano-Osorio, Fátima S Aguilera
The aim of this study was to ascertain the effect of Zn-doping of dental adhesives and mechanical load cycling on the micromorphology of the resin-dentin interdiffusion zone (of sound and caries affected dentin). The investigation considered two different Zn-doped adhesive approaches and evaluated the interface using a doubled dye fluorescent technique and a calcium chelator fluorophore under a confocal laser scanning microscopy. Sound and carious dentin-resin interfaces of unloaded specimens were deficiently resin-hybridized, in general...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525337/molecular-characterization-and-detection-of-enterotoxins-methicillin-resistance-genes-and-antimicrobial-resistance-of-staphylococcus-aureus-from-fish-and-ground-beef
#8
S Arslan, F Özdemir
A total of 120 samples including 40 freshwaterfish(Oncorhynchus mykiss), 40 seawater fish (Sparus aurata) and 40 ground beef samples were examined for the presence of Staphylococcus aureus. The isolates were identified using biochemical tests and a PCR for the species-specific fragment (Sa442) and thermonuclease gene (nucA). The presence of staphylococcal enterotoxin genes (sea, seb, sec, sed and see), toxin genes (eta, etb, tsst), methicillin resistance gene (mecA) and some phenotypic virulence factors was also tested...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506885/high-proportions-of-staphylococcus-epidermidis-in-dental-caries-harbor-multiple-classes-of-antibiotics-resistance-significantly-increase-inflammatory-interleukins-in-dental-pulps
#9
Darshan Devang Divakar, Muzaheed, Sultan Salem Aldeyab, Sara A Alfawaz, Abdulaziz Abdullah AlKheraif, Aftab Ahmed Khan
Staphylococcus epidermidis is one of most prevalent in dental caries or dental pulp which has the capability of horizontal genetic transfer between different bacterial species in the oropharynx, suggesting that it may evolve with the dissemination of resistant determinants, This study was performed to molecularly characterize and differentiate S. epidermidis isolated from dental caries and healthy individual. Also, two important cytokines in inflammation were assayed caused due to S. epidermidis of health and dental caries sources...
May 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503802/electrospun-polyethersolfone-nanofibrous-membrane-as-novel-platform-for-protein-immobilization-in-microfluidic-systems
#10
Matin Mahmoudifard, Manouchehr Vossoughi, Sara Soudi, Masoud Soleimani
In the present study, the feasibility of electrospun polyethersolfone (PES) nanofibrous membrane as the solid substrate for microfluidic based immunoassays to enhance the density of immobilized antibody on the surface of membrane was assessed. Conversely, the efficacy of antibody immobilization was compared by two different strategies as 1-Ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDC)/N-Hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) coupling chemistry and hydrophobic interaction. Compared to conventional immunoassays carried out in plates or gels, microfluidic based immunoassays grant a lot of advantages such as a consumption of little samples and reagents, shorter analysis time, and higher efficiency...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497030/fda-approved-immunosuppressants-targeting-staphylococcal-superantigens-mechanisms-and-insights
#11
REVIEW
Teresa Krakauer
Immunostimulating staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) and related superantigenic toxins cause diseases in human beings and laboratory animals by hyperactivating cells of the immune system. These protein toxins bind to the major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC II) molecules and specific Vβ regions of T-cell receptors (TCRs), resulting in the stimulation of both monocytes/macrophages and T lymphocytes. The bridging of TCR with MHC II molecules by superantigens triggers intracellular signaling cascades, resulting in excessive release of proinflammatory mediators and massive polyclonal T-cell proliferation...
2017: ImmunoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482183/community-acquired-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-carrying-sccmec-type-iv-and-v-isolated-from-healthy-children-attending-public-daycares-in-northeastern-brazil
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Suzi P de Carvalho, Jéssica B de Almeida, Yasmin M F S Andrade, Lucas S C da Silva, Arianne C de Oliveira, Flávia S Nascimento, Guilherme B Campos, Márcio V Oliveira, Jorge Timenetsky, Lucas M Marques
Nasal colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have increasingly been reported in healthy communities. This study aimed to assess the rate of S. aureus in general and MRSA in particular from nasal secretion of children in daycare centers in Vitória da Conquista, Brazil. The isolates were identified based on morphology, biochemical tests and by PCR. Detection of virulence genes, biofilm production, and susceptibility test by disk diffusion agar were performed. MRSA isolates were characterized by spa, SCCmec, and multilocus sequence typing (MLST)...
May 5, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476559/infection-with-enterotoxigenic-staphylococcus-aureus-as-a-concern-in-patients-with-gastroenteritis
#13
Masoumeh Azimirad, Anahita Dezfulian, Masoud Alebouyeh, Rasoul Bahreiny Esfehani, Shabnam Shahrokh, Mohammad Reza Zali
OBJECTIVES: Intestinal overgrowth of Staphylococcus aureus may promote unpleasant disorders in the human intestinal tract. This study assessed the prevalence of enterotoxigenic multidrug-resistant S. aureus (MDR-SA) in patients with gastroenteritis. METHODS: Microbiological analysis of 345 faecal samples from patients with gastroenteritis was performed to detect infection with S. aureus in the absence of common enteric pathogens. Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) was characterised by the cefoxitin disk diffusion method...
June 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476071/parental-reports-of-early-socioemotional-and-behavioral-problems-does-the-father-s-view-make-a-difference
#14
Jaana Alakortes, Jenni Fyrstén, Risto Bloigu, Alice S Carter, Irma K Moilanen, Hanna E Ebeling
Although both mothers and fathers are essential sources of information to address early socioemotional/behavioral (SEB) problems, there continues to be a dearth of studies considering both parental views. A sample of 208 toddlers (Mage = 19.3 months) was recruited through public child health centers. Both parents of 172 toddlers (76 boys, 96 girls) completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) 1-5 (T.M. Achenbach & L.A. Rescorla, 2000; Finnish translation by F. Almqvist, ). Correspondence (intraclass correlation coefficients; ICCs) between the maternal and paternal CBCL ratings was good (...
May 2017: Infant Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444877/identification-and-measurement-of-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-m-from-staphylococcus-aureus-isolate-associated-with-staphylococcal-food-poisoning
#15
Y Zhao, A Zhu, J Tang, C Tang, J Chen
Staphylococcus aureus produces a wide variety of staphylococcal enterotoxins (SEs, SEA to SEX), which are responsible for staphylococcal food poisoning. This study is aimed to establish a system to detect staphylococcal enterotoxin M (SEM) protein in food matrixes. In the present study, sem gene was characterized in a S. aureus isolate H4 associated with food poisoning. The amino acid sequence of the deduced SEM protein was same as that of previously identified SEM from S. aureus 04-02981. Subsequently, mature SEM protein was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) cells and purified with a Ni-NTA spin column...
April 26, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434981/protein-transport-inhibitors-downregulate-the-expression-of-lag-3-on-regulatory-t-cells
#16
Sara Anvari, Andrea Grimbergen, Carla M Davis, George Makedonas
Modern immunologic studies demand increasing complexity because of a need to improve our understanding of the relationship between a cell's phenotype and its function. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) have been defined by a narrow set of phenotypic markers, however their actual functional capacity has not been determined at the single-cell level. Although the lymphocyte activation gene 3 (LAG-3; CD223) is a key marker for the identification of exhausted T cells, it may be useful also in resolving Treg subpopulations by indicating distinct functional breadths...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434738/relationships-among-superantigen-toxin-gene-profiles-genotypes-and-pathogenic-characteristics-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-bovine-mastitis
#17
Dong Wang, Limei Zhang, Changfu Yong, Mingliang Shen, Tariq Ali, Muhammad Shahid, Kun Han, Xuezhang Zhou, Bo Han
Staphylococcus aureus is one of the major etiological agents of bovine mastitis, harboring a wide variety of staphylococcal superantigen (SAg) toxin genes. The SAg toxin genes are reported to be closely associated with the pathogenicity of the Staph. aureus causing the bovine mastitis. This study was conducted to investigate SAg toxin gene profiles and to assess the relationships among SAg toxin genes, genotypes of Staph. aureus, and their pathogenic properties. A total of 327 quarter milk samples were collected from bovine mastitis cases for isolation and identification of pathogens...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402712/investigation-of-a-staphylococcal-food-poisoning-outbreak-from-a-chantilly-cream-dessert-in-umbria-italy
#18
Laura Ercoli, Silvia Gallina, Yacine Nia, Frédéric Auvray, Sara Primavilla, Fabrizia Guidi, Benedetta Pierucci, Catia Graziotti, Lucia Decastelli, Stefania Scuota
On August 28, 2015, a staphylococcal food poisoning outbreak occurred in Umbria, Italy, affecting 24 of the 42 customers who had dinner at a local restaurant. About 3 h after ingesting a variety of foods, the customers manifested gastrointestinal symptoms. Within 24 h of notification from the hospital emergency department, Sanitary Inspectors of the local Public Health Unit performed an epidemiological investigation. A retrospective cohort study was conducted among the customers. Food and environmental samples were collected...
April 12, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400004/effect-of-food-related-stress-conditions-and-loss-of-agr-and-sigb-on-seb-promoter-activity-in-s-%C3%A2-aureus
#19
Henna-Maria Sihto, Roger Stephan, Christoph Engl, John Chen, Sophia Johler
Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) causes staphylococcal food poisoning and is produced in up to ten times higher quantities than other major enterotoxins. While Staphylococcus aureus growth is often repressed by competing flora, the organism exhibits a decisive growth advantage under some stress conditions. So far, data on the influence of food-related stressors and regulatory mutations on seb expression is limited and largely based on laboratory strains, which were later reported to harbor mutations. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the influence of stress and regulatory mutations on seb promoter activity...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399856/factors-associated-with-staphylococcus-aureus-nasal-carriage-and-molecular-characteristics-among-the-general-population-at-a-medical-college-campus-in-guangzhou-south-china
#20
B J Chen, X Y Xie, L J Ni, X L Dai, Y Lu, X Q Wu, H Y Li, Y D Yao, S Y Huang
BACKGROUND: The nasal cavity is the main colonization site of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in human body. Nasal carriage may be a strong risk factor for some serious infection. There was still limited information about the nasal carriage for S. aureus in south China. METHODS: Sought to determine the prevalence and molecular characteristics of S. aureus nasal carriage, 295 volunteers residing on a medicine campus were investigated and sampled the nasal cavity swab...
April 11, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
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