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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352174/mechanical-phenotyping-of-k562-cells-by-the-micropipette-aspiration-technique-allows-identifying-mechanical-changes-induced-by-drugs
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Alessandro Di Cerbo, Valentina Rubino, Francesca Morelli, Giuseppina Ruggiero, Rosaria Landi, Gianandrea Guidetti, Sergio Canello, Giuseppe Terrazzano, Andrea Alessandrini
Mechanical properties of living cells can be used as reliable markers of their state, such as the presence of a pathological state or their differentiation phase. The mechanical behavior of cells depends on the organization of their cytoskeletal network and the main contribution typically comes from the actomyosin contractile system, in both suspended and adherent cells. In the present study, we investigated the effect of a pharmaceutical formulation (OTC - Ossitetraciclina liquida 20%) used as antibiotic, on the mechanical properties of K562 cells by using the Micropipette Aspiration Technique (MAT)...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351318/invasive-bacterial-disease-trends-and-characterization-of-group-b-streptococcal-isolates-among-young-infants-in-southern-mozambique-2001-2015
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Betuel Sigaúque, Miwako Kobayashi, Delfino Vubil, Ariel Nhacolo, Alberto Chaúque, Benild Moaine, Sérgio Massora, Inácio Mandomando, Tacilta Nhampossa, Quique Bassat, Fabiana Pimenta, Clara Menéndez, Maria da Gloria Carvalho, Eusebio Macete, Stephanie J Schrag
BACKGROUND: Maternal group B streptococcal (GBS) vaccines under development hold promise to prevent GBS disease in young infants. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest estimated disease burden, although data on incidence and circulating strains are limited. We described invasive bacterial disease (IBD) trends among infants <90 days in rural Mozambique during 2001-2015, with a focus on GBS epidemiology and strain characteristics. METHODS: Community-level birth and mortality data were obtained from Manhiça's demographic surveillance system...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351274/dna-polymerase-iv-primarily-operates-outside-of-dna-replication-forks-in-escherichia-coli
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Sarah S Henrikus, Elizabeth A Wood, John P McDonald, Michael M Cox, Roger Woodgate, Myron F Goodman, Antoine M van Oijen, Andrew Robinson
In Escherichia coli, damage to the chromosomal DNA induces the SOS response, setting in motion a series of different DNA repair and damage tolerance pathways. DNA polymerase IV (pol IV) is one of three specialised DNA polymerases called into action during the SOS response to help cells tolerate certain types of DNA damage. The canonical view in the field is that pol IV primarily acts at replisomes that have stalled on the damaged DNA template. However, the results of several studies indicate that pol IV also acts on other substrates, including single-stranded DNA gaps left behind replisomes that re-initiate replication downstream of a lesion, stalled transcription complexes and recombination intermediates...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351187/high-proportions-of-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-spp-isolates-in-a-district-in-western-india-a-four-year-antibiotic-susceptibility-study-of-clinical-isolates
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Ingvild Odsbu, Smita Khedkar, Uday Khedkar, Sandeep S Nerkar, Ashok J Tamhankar, Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg
The purpose of the study was to determine the proportions of multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter spp. isolates from the district of Nashik in Western India during the period from 2011-2014. Antibacterial susceptibility testing of isolates from inpatients and outpatients was performed using Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method to determine inhibitory zone diameters. Proportions of non-susceptible isolates were calculated from the antibacterial susceptibility data. MDR was defined as an isolate being non-susceptible to at least one antibacterial agent in at least three antibacterial categories...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350524/development-of-a-multiplexed-microsphere-pcr-for-rapid-culture-free-detection-and-gram-typing-of-bacteria-in-human-blood-samples
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Fang Liang, Daniel J Browne, Megan J Gray, Kate H Gartlan, David D Smith, Ross Barnard, Geoff R Hill, Simon Robert Corrie, Kate Markey
Blood stream infection is a significant clinical problem, particularly in vulnerable patient groups such as those undergoing chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation. Clinical diagnostics for suspected blood stream infection remain centered around blood culture (highly variable timing, hours to days), and empiric use of broad-spectrum antibiotics is often employed for patients presenting with febrile neutropenia. Gram-typing provides the first opportunity to target therapy (e.g. combinations containing vancomycin or teicoplanin for Gram-positives; piperacillin-tazobactam or a carbapenem for Gram-negatives), however current approaches require blood culture...
January 19, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349980/-clinical-analysis-on-arthroscopic-debridement-for-the-treatment-of-early-infection-after-total-knee-replacement
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Hai-Bo Song, Jie Chen, Liu Hong Liux, Zhao-Hui Zhou, Jian-Feng Wang, Hao-Jie Gu
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical effects of arthroscopic debridement versus open debridement on controlling and treatment of infection after total knee replacement. METHODS: From October 2009 to September 2016 in three hospitals, 11 patients with 11 joints which were infected after total knee replacement were randomly divided into two groups:5 cases in arthroscopy group and 6 cases in routine group. Patients in arthroscopy group were treated with arthroscopic debridement to remove the necrotic tissues, then closed-type irrigation with sensitive antibiotics by using two sebific ducts were performed continuously for 2 or 3 weeks until the flushing fluid became clear for 3 or 5 days;other 6 patients in routine group were treated with open surgical debridement and the following procedures in keeping with those in the arthroscopy group...
April 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349969/-early-application-of-the-antibiotic-laden-bone-cement-albc-combined-with-the-external-fixation-support-in-treating-the-open-fractures-of-lower-limbs-complicated-with-bone-defect
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Jian Xiao, Zhao-Guang Mao, Hui-Hua Zhu, Liang Guo
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the curative effect of the early application of the antibiotic-laden bone cement (ALBC) combined with the external fixation support in treating the open fractures of lower limbs complicated with bone defect. METHODS: From December 2013 to January 2015, 36 cases of lower limb open comminuted fractures complicated with bone defects were treated by the vancomycin ALBC combined with the external fixation support, including 26 males and 10 females with an average age of 38...
March 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348810/structure-based-virtual-screening-for-the-discovery-of-novel-inhibitors-of-new-delhi-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-1
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Francesca Spyrakis, Giuseppe Celenza, Francesca Marcoccia, Matteo Santucci, Simon Cross, Pierangelo Bellio, Laura Cendron, Mariagrazia Perilli, Donatella Tondi
Bacterial resistance has become a worldwide concern after the emergence of metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs). They represent one of the major mechanisms of bacterial resistance against beta-lactam antibiotics. Among MBLs, New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1 NDM-1, the most prevalent type, is extremely efficient in inactivating nearly all-available antibiotics including last resort carbapenems. No inhibitors for NDM-1 are currently available in therapy, making the spread of NDM-1 producing bacterial strains a serious menace...
January 11, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348711/efficacy-of-empirical-therapy-with-combined-ciprofloxacin-versus-topical-drops-alone-in-patients-with-tubotympanic-chronic-suppurative-otitis-media-a-randomized-double-blind-controlled-trial
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Maisam Abbas Onali, Syeda Beenish Bareeqa, Sadaf Zia, Syed Ijlal Ahmed, Asneha Owais, Ahmad Nawaz Ahmad
Background: One of the prevailing otologic infections in our country is chronic suppurative otitis media, especially the tubotympanic type for which various treatment protocols are followed. Usually, oral and topical antibiotics (mainly quinolones) are given alone or in combination. There is a lack of consensus as to whether topical drops alone are effective or a combined oral and systemic therapy should be prescribed. In our study, we have attempted to observe the efficacy of empirical therapy with combined ciprofloxacin versus topical drops only in patients with tubotympanic chronic suppurative otitis media for control of infection...
2018: Clinical Medicine Insights. Ear, Nose and Throat
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348102/phytochemical-screening-and-antibacterial-activity-of-cyclamen-persicum-mill-tuber-extracts
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Raed Alkowni, Shehdeh Jodeh, Fatima Hussein, Nidal Jaradat
The emerging drug resistance bacteria increased the demand on the discovery of antibiotics from natural sources. This research was aimed to study the antibacterial reactivity; as well as the phytochemicals, of the wild type of Cyclamen persicum, using nine different extraction methods where four solvents (Methanol, Ethanol, Hexane; and Water) were involved with varied extraction periods ranged from 2 up to 10 hours. The antibacterial activity of crude methanol extract (CME) was found as the best method of extraction, with particular emphasis on the method with prolonged extraction time of (10 hrs)...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346643/genetic-characterization-of-a-vang-type-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecium-clinical-isolate
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Mohamed Sassi, François Guérin, Léonie Lesec, Christophe Isnard, Marguerite Fines-Guyon, Vincent Cattoir, Jean-Christophe Giard
Objectives: To characterize, phenotypically and genotypically, the first Enterococcus faecium clinical isolate harbouring a vanG operon. Methods: The antibiotic resistance profile of E. faecium 16-346 was determined and its whole genome sequenced using PacBio technology. Attempts to transfer vancomycin resistance by filter mating were performed and the inducibility of expression of the vanG operon was studied by reverse-transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) in the presence or absence of subinhibitory concentrations of vancomycin...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346603/homologous-stress-adaptation-antibiotic-resistance-and-biofilm-forming-ability-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-heidelberg-atcc8326-on-different-food-contact-surfaces-following-exposure-to-sublethal-chlorine-concentrations
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Tomi Obe, Rama Nannapaneni, Chander Shekhar Sharma, Aaron Kiess
Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg (American Type Culture Collection; ATCC 8326) was examined for the ability to adapt to the homologous stress of chlorine through exposure to increasing chlorine concentrations (25 ppm daily increments) in tryptic soy broth (TSB). The tested strain exhibited an acquired tolerance to chlorine in TSB with the tolerant cells growing in concentrations up to 400 ppm. In addition, the chlorine stressed cells displayed rugose morphology on tryptic soy agar (TSA) plates at 37°C...
January 13, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346541/practical-implications-of-erythromycin-resistance-gene-diversity-on-surveillance-and-monitoring-of-resistance
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Jinlyung Choi, Elizabeth L Rieke, Thomas B Moorman, Michelle L Soupir, Heather K Allen, Schuyler D Smith, Adina Howe
Use of antibiotics in human and animal medicine has applied selective pressure for the global dissemination of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Therefore, it is of interest to develop strategies to mitigate the continued amplification and transmission of resistance genes in environmental reservoirs such as farms, hospitals, and watersheds. However, the efficacy of mitigation strategies is difficult to evaluate because it is unclear which resistance genes are important to monitor, and which primers to use to detect those genes...
January 15, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344766/patient-reported-symptoms-before-palliative-radiotherapy-predict-survival-differences
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Carsten Nieder, Thomas A Kämpe, Adam Pawinski, Astrid Dalhaug
BACKGROUND: Widely used prognostic scores, e. g., for brain or bone metastases, are based on disease- and patient-related factors such as extent of metastases, age and performance status, which were available in the databases used to develop the scores. Few groups were able to include patient-reported symptoms. In our department, all patients were assessed with the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS, a one-sheet questionnaire addressing 11 major symptoms and wellbeing on a numeric scale of 0-10) at the time of treatment planning since 2012...
January 17, 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344701/the-fate-of-immunocompromised-patients-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-periprosthetic-joint-infection-a-single-centre-experience
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Baochao Ji, Xiaogang Zhang, Boyong Xu, Jiangdong Ren, Wentao Guo, Wenbo Mu, Li Cao
PURPOSE: Immunocompromised patients with periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) are rare and currently there are no reliable guidelines according to which these infections can be successfully managed. The purpose of this study was to report the clinical course of different strategies for treatment of PJI in frail patients. METHODS: A retrospective analysis between 2004 and 2015 included 29 immunocompromised patients (13 hips and 16 knees) with chronic PJI who underwent one-stage revision or debridement, antibiotics and implant retention (DAIR)...
January 17, 2018: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343643/pyridoxal-5-phosphate-as-an-oxygenase-cofactor-discovery-of-a-carboxamide-forming-%C3%AE-amino-acid-monooxygenase-decarboxylase
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Ying Huang, Xiaodong Liu, Zheng Cui, Daniel Wiegmann, Giuliana Niro, Christian Ducho, Yuan Song, Zhaoyong Yang, Steven G Van Lanen
Capuramycins are antimycobacterial antibiotics that consist of a modified nucleoside named uridine-5'-carboxamide (CarU). Previous biochemical studies have revealed that CarU is derived from UMP, which is first converted to uridine-5'-aldehyde in a reaction catalyzed by the dioxygenase CapA and subsequently to 5'-C-glycyluridine (GlyU), an unusual β-hydroxy-α-amino acid, in a reaction catalyzed by the pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent transaldolase CapH. The remaining steps that are necessary to furnish CarU include decarboxylation, O atom insertion, and oxidation...
January 17, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343426/environmental-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-hominissuis-have-a-higher-probability-to-act-as-a-recipient-in-conjugation-than-clinical-strains
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Salma A Shoulah, Anna M Oschmann, Abdelfattah Selim, Torsten Semmler, Carsten Schwarz, Elisabeth Kamal, Faysal Hamouda, Elsayed Galila, Wilbert Bitter, Astrid Lewin
Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (MAH) is a widespread opportunistic pathogen that can be isolated from environment (dust, soil and water) and patients with lung or lymphnode infection. In our previous research we revealed the pronounced genetic diversity in MAH by identifying eight different types of a newly described genomic island. In order to identify mechanisms of such horizontal gene transfer we now analyzed the ability of 47 MAH isolates to inherit the conjugative plasmid pRAW from M. marinum. A higher percentage of environmental isolates (22...
January 14, 2018: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342478/design-and-implementation-of-a-visual-analytics-electronic-antibiogram-within-an-electronic-health-record-system-at-a-tertiary-pediatric-hospital
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Allan F Simpao, Luis M Ahumada, Beatriz Larru Martinez, Ana M Cardenas, Talene A Metjian, Kaede V Sullivan, Jorge A Gálvez, Bimal R Desai, Mohamed A Rehman, Jeffrey S Gerber
BACKGROUND:  Hospitals use antibiograms to guide optimal empiric antibiotic therapy, reduce inappropriate antibiotic usage, and identify areas requiring intervention by antimicrobial stewardship programs. Creating a hospital antibiogram is a time-consuming manual process that is typically performed annually. OBJECTIVE:  We aimed to apply visual analytics software to electronic health record (EHR) data to build an automated, electronic antibiogram ("e-antibiogram") that adheres to national guidelines and contains filters for patient characteristics, thereby providing access to detailed, clinically relevant, and up-to-date antibiotic susceptibility data...
January 2018: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342372/enrichment-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-in-soil-receiving-composts-derived-from-swine-manure-yard-wastes-or-food-wastes-and-evidence-for-multi-year-persistence-of-swine-i-i-clostridium-i-i-spp
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Andrew Scott, Yuan-Ching Tien, Craig F Drury, W Daniel Reynolds, Edward Topp
The impact of amendment with swine manure composts (SMC), yard waste compost (YWC), or food waste compost (FWC) on the abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in soil was evaluated. Following a commercial-scale application of the composts in a field experiment, soils were sampled periodically for a decade, and archived air-dried. Soil DNA was extracted and gene targets quantified by qPCR. Compared to untreated control soil, all three amendment types increased the abundance of gene targets for up to four years post-application...
January 17, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342262/preliminary-study-of-1940-nm-thulium-laser-usage-in-peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-for-achalasia
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J Liu, Y Jiao, Y Niu, L Yu, M Ji, S Zhang
Esophageal achalasia is a type of motility disorder characterized by incomplete relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and absence of esophageal peristalsis. Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a new treatment option for achalasia that is less invasive, more effective, and safe as compared to surgery. High-frequency electrotome is commonly used in POEM, but takes longer time to make the tunnel in the esophagus and causes many complications. The thulium laser decreases the risk of bleeding and perforation in endoscopy but has not been reported in digestive diseases, especially in POEM...
January 9, 2018: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
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