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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353420/properties-of-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-isolated-from-onsite-wastewater-treatment-plant-in-relation-to-biofilm-formation
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Łukasz Jałowiecki, Joanna Żur, Joanna Chojniak, Helene Ejhed, Grażyna Płaza
The aim of the present study was to determine some properties of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains isolated from onsite wastewater technology in relation to biofilm formation, e.g., autoaggregation and motility. Additionally, biosurfactant production by the isolates was also evaluated. The ability of selected strains to develop a biofilm was assessed by using the crystal violet method, which allows to indirectly quantify the attached bacterial biomass (live, dead cells, and polysaccharides as well). Obtained results showed that 19 of the analyzed strains were able to produce biofilm after 72 h of incubation...
January 20, 2018: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353401/temporal-analysis-of-factors-associated-with-eat-10-in-outpatients-with-oropharyngeal-dysphagia-from-a-tertiary-care-clinic
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R S Bartlett, J E Moore, S L Thibeault
Self-perception of disease is increasingly recognized as a determinant of health. The Eating Assessment Tool-10 (EAT-10) is a functional health status questionnaire that measures the symptomatic severity of dysphagia from the patient's perspective. The objective of this work was to identify factors (demographics, clinical variables, swallowing physiology, health-related quality of life) associated with longitudinal change in EAT-10 scores in outpatients with oropharyngeal dysphagia at a multi-disciplinary, tertiary care clinic...
January 20, 2018: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353349/daclatasvir-a-review-of-preclinical-and-clinical-pharmacokinetics
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REVIEW
Yash Gandhi, Timothy Eley, Aberra Fura, Wenying Li, Richard J Bertz, Tushar Garimella
Daclatasvir is a first-in-class, highly selective, hepatitis C virus, non-structural protein 5a polymerase replication complex inhibitor with picomolar potency and broad genotypic coverage in vitro. Daclatasvir undergoes rapid absorption, with a time to reach maximum plasma concentration of 1-2 h and an elimination half-life of ~ 10 to 14 h observed in single-ascending dose studies. Steady state was achieved by day 4 in multiple-ascending dose studies. Daclatasvir can be administered without regard to food or pH modifiers...
January 20, 2018: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353237/beyond-motor-neurons-expanding-the-clinical-spectrum-in-kennedy-s-disease
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REVIEW
Raquel Manzano, Gianni Sorarú, Christopher Grunseich, Pietro Fratta, Emanuela Zuccaro, Maria Pennuto, Carlo Rinaldi
Kennedy's disease, or spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), is an X-linked neuromuscular condition clinically characterised by weakness, atrophy and fasciculations of the limb and bulbar muscles, as a result of lower motor neuron degeneration. The disease is caused by an abnormally expanded triplet repeat expansions in the ubiquitously expressed androgen receptor gene, through mechanisms which are not entirely elucidated. Over the years studies from both humans and animal models have highlighted the involvement of cell populations other than motor neurons in SBMA, widening the disease phenotype...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353171/microcystin-lr-nanobody-screening-from-an-alpaca-phage-display-nanobody-library-and-its-expression-and-application
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Chongxin Xu, Ying Yang, Liwen Liu, Jianhong Li, Xiaoqin Liu, Xiao Zhang, Yuan Liu, Cunzheng Zhang, Xianjin Liu
Microcystin-LR (MC-LR) is a type of biotoxin that pollutes the ecological environment and food. The study aimed to obtain new nanobodies from phage nanobody library for determination of MC-LR. The toxin was conjugated to keyhole limpet haemocyanin (KLH) and bovine serum albumin (BSA), respectively, then the conjugates were used as coated antigens for enrichment (coated MC-LR-KLH) and screening (coated MC-LR-BSA) of MC-LR phage nanobodies from an alpaca phage display nanobody library. The antigen-specific phage particles were enriched effectively with four rounds of biopanning...
January 17, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353134/knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-of-pregnant-women-in-martinique-in-the-immediate-aftermath-of-the-zika-virus-outbreak
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J Delet, A Cabié, S Merle, J-L Voluménie, A Monthieux
INTRODUCTION: The WHO and the HCSP recognize the Zika virus as a public health problem of international concern primarily because of the foetal risks. During the epidemic in Martinique, several modifications to the normal obstetrical follow-up were set up and information had to be delivered to pregnant women about these modifications, the attitudes to prevent infection and the signs motivating additional visits. The objective of our work was to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes and practices of pregnant women in Martinique about the risks associated with Zika infection during pregnancy in the immediate aftermath of the epidemic...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353079/expression-and-functional-characterization-of-transferrin-in-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus-in-response-to-bacterial-infection
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Xiaoxue Yin, Liangliang Mu, Xia Bian, Liting Wu, Bingxi Li, Jing Liu, Zheng Guo, Jianmin Ye
Transferrin (TF), an iron-binding glycoprotein, plays an important role in host defense against pathogenic infection, which inhibits the growth and proliferation of pathogens, deprives iron from invading pathogens, and activates anti-microbial responses in macrophages. In this study, a TF homologue (OnTF) was identified from Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and characterized at expression pattern against bacterial infection and capability binding bacterial pathogens. The open reading frame of OnTF is 2118 bp of nucleotide sequence encoding polypeptides of 705 amino acids...
January 15, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353039/cetylpyridinium-chloride-as-a-novel-inhibitor-of-hepatitis-b-viral-capsid-assembly
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Hyun Wook Seo, Joon Pyung Seo, Yoon Jun Kim, Guhung Jung
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major risk factor for chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) worldwide. While multiple hepatitis B drugs have been developed, development of drug resistance during treatment or weak efficacies observed in some cases have limited their application. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop better pharmacological agents for HBV-infected individuals. Here, we identified cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) as a novel inhibitor of HBV. Using computational analysis of CPC-nucleocapsid proteins, microscale thermophoresis analysis of CPC binding to viral nucleocapsids, and in vitro nucleocapsid formation assays, we found that CPC interacts with dimeric viral nucleocapsid protein (known as core protein or HBcAg)...
January 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352933/photopolymerized-maleilated-chitosan-thiol-terminated-poly-vinyl-alcohol-hydrogels-as-potential-tissue-engineering-scaffolds
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Yingshan Zhou, Shuyan Zhao, Can Zhang, Kaili Liang, Jun Li, Hongjun Yang, Shaojin Gu, Zikui Bai, Dezhan Ye, Weilin Xu
Photocrosslinkable hydrogels composed of natural materials exhibit great application potential in tissue engineering scaffolds. However, weak formation and poor mechanical property can usually be a limitation. Herein, the photo-clickable thiol-ene hydrogels based chitosan were synthesized using photopolymerization of maleic chitosan (MCS) and thiol-terminated poly (vinyl alcohol) (TPVA) in the presence of a biocompatible photoinitiator. Rheological property and absorbing behavior of the MCS/TPVA hydrogels could be tailored by varying the amount of TPVA in the feed...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352809/a-novel-plec-nonsense-homozygous-mutation-c-7159g%C3%A2-%C3%A2-t-p-glu2387-causes-epidermolysis-bullosa-simplex-with-muscular-dystrophy-and-diffuse-alopecia-a-case-report
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Zoe Argyropoulou, Lu Liu, Linda Ozoemena, Claudia C Branco, Raquel Senra, Ângela Reis-Rego, Luisa Mota-Vieira
BACKGROUND: Epidermolysis bullosa simplex with muscular dystrophy (EBS-MD; OMIM #226670) is an autosomal recessive disease, characterized mainly by skin blistering at birth or shortly thereafter, progressive muscle weakness, and rarely by alopecia. EBS-MD is caused by mutations in the PLEC gene (OMIM *601282), which encodes plectin, a structural protein expressed in several tissues, including epithelia and muscle. We describe a patient affected with EBS-MD and diffuse alopecia in which we identified a novel pathogenic mutation by PCR amplification of all coding exons and exon-intron boundaries of PLEC gene, followed by bidirectional Sanger sequencing...
January 20, 2018: BMC Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352622/anaesthesia-for-caesarean-section-in-a-patient-with-parkinson-s-disease
#11
V D Ward
Parkinson's disease is prevalent worldwide but mainly affects the elderly and is rarely seen in women of child-bearing age. The clinical signs and symptoms, the physiological changes of pregnancy, and drug interactions, pose unique challenges for the anaesthetic management of patients with Parkinson's disease who present for delivery. A 36-year-old primigravid woman at 36 weeks' gestation, with Parkinson's disease, presented for pre-anaesthesia assessment prior to elective caesarean section. Her Parkinson's disease had been diagnosed four years previously and was treated with Sinemet (levodopa/carbidopa) and pramipexole...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352566/in-hospital-cerebrovascular-outcomes-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-cancer-from-the-national-inpatient-sample-database
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Ayman Elbadawi, Islam Y Elgendy, Le Dung Ha, Basarat Baig, Marwan Saad, Hussain Adly, Gbolahan O Ogunbayo, Odunayo Olorunfemi, Matthew S Mckillop, Scott A Maffett
Limited data are available regarding the impact of cancer on cerebrovascular accidents in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). We queried the Nationwide Inpatient Survey Database to identify patients who have diagnostic code for AF. We performed a 1:1 propensity matching based on the CHA2DS2VASc score and other risk factors between patients with AF who had lung, breast, colon, and esophageal cancer, and those who did not (control). The final cohort included a total of 31,604 patients. The primary outcome of in-hospital cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) was lower in the cancer group than in the control group (4% vs 7%, p < 0...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352556/what-causes-psychosis-an-umbrella-review-of-risk-and-protective-factors
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Joaquim Radua, Valentina Ramella-Cravaro, John P A Ioannidis, Abraham Reichenberg, Nacharin Phiphopthatsanee, Taha Amir, Hyi Yenn Thoo, Dominic Oliver, Cathy Davies, Craig Morgan, Philip McGuire, Robin M Murray, Paolo Fusar-Poli
Psychosis is a heterogeneous psychiatric condition for which a multitude of risk and protective factors have been suggested. This umbrella review aimed to classify the strength of evidence for the associations between each factor and psychotic disorders whilst controlling for several biases. The Web of Knowledge database was searched to identify systematic reviews and meta-analyses of observational studies which examined associations between socio-demographic, parental, perinatal, later factors or antecedents and psychotic disorders, and which included a comparison group of healthy controls, published from 1965 to January 31, 2017...
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352526/ectrims-ean-guideline-on-the-pharmacological-treatment-of-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
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X Montalban, R Gold, A J Thompson, S Otero-Romero, M P Amato, D Chandraratna, M Clanet, G Comi, T Derfuss, F Fazekas, H P Hartung, E Havrdova, B Hemmer, L Kappos, R Liblau, C Lubetzki, E Marcus, D H Miller, T Olsson, S Pilling, K Selmaj, A Siva, P S Sorensen, M P Sormani, C Thalheim, H Wiendl, F Zipp
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease of the central nervous system. As new drugs are becoming available, knowledge on diagnosis and treatment must continuously evolve. There is therefore a need for a reference tool compiling current data on benefit and safety, to aid professionals in treatment decisions and use of resources across Europe. The European Committee of Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) and the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) have joined forces to meet this need...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352480/temporal-heterogeneity-increases-with-spatial-heterogeneity-in-ecological-communities
#15
Scott L Collins, Meghan L Avolio, Corinna Gries, Lauren M Hallett, Sally E Koerner, Kimberly J La Pierre, Andrew L Rypel, Eric R Sokol, Samuel B Fey, Dan F B Flynn, Sydney K Jones, Laura M Ladwig, Julie Ripplinger, Matt B Jones
Heterogeneity is increasingly recognized as a foundational characteristic of ecological systems. Under global change, understanding temporal community heterogeneity is necessary for predicting the stability of ecosystem functions and services. Indeed, spatial heterogeneity is commonly used in alternative stable state theory as a predictor of temporal heterogeneity and therefore an early indicator of regime shifts. To evaluate whether spatial heterogeneity in species composition is predictive of temporal heterogeneity in ecological communities, we analyzed 68 community datasets spanning freshwater and terrestrial systems where measures of species abundance were replicated over space and time...
January 20, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352452/the-determinants-of-reduced-dietary-intake-in-hospitalised-colorectal-cancer-patients
#16
Anne van der Werf, Katherine Arthey, Michael Hiesmayr, Isabella Sulz, Karin Schindler, Alessandro Laviano, Jacqueline Langius, Marian de van der Schueren
PURPOSE: Patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) often experience malnutrition and weight loss, largely resulting from reduced dietary intake. The aim of this study was to identify determinants of reduced dietary intake in order to facilitate early recognition of malnutrition and optimise nutritional treatment. METHODS: Data from nutritionDay, an international 1-day survey investigating patient, disease and food profiles, were used. To identify determinants of dietary intake, defined as normal vs...
January 19, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352431/analysis-and-comparison-of-the-8th-edition-american-joint-committee-on-cancer-ajcc-nodal-staging-system-in-cutaneous-and-oral-squamous-cell-cancer-of-the-head-and-neck
#17
Nikolaus Moeckelmann, Ardalan Ebrahimi, Richard Dirven, Jessica Liu, Tsu-Hui Hubert Low, Ruta Gupta, Bruce Ashford, Sydney Ch'ng, Carsten E Palme, Jonathan R Clark
BACKGROUND: The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) uses the same nodal staging system for cutaneous and mucosal squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck in its 8th edition (AJCC 8) despite differences in the etiology, risk factors, and clinical behavior of the two diseases. This study aims to evaluate the performance of the AJCC 8 nodal staging system by direct comparison of cutaneous (cSCC) versus oral squamous cell carcinoma (oSCC) patients. METHODS: Patients with metastatic cSCC (N = 382) and oSCC (N = 325) were identified from a prospective database (years 1987-2016)...
January 19, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352283/using-a-model-comparison-approach-to-describe-the-assembly-pathway-for-histone-h1
#18
Carlos Contreras, Minaya Villasana, Michael J Hendzel, Gustavo Carrero
Histones H1 or linker histones are highly dynamic proteins that diffuse throughout the cell nucleus and associate with chromatin (DNA and associated proteins). This binding interaction of histone H1 with the chromatin is thought to regulate chromatin organization and DNA accessibility to transcription factors and has been proven to involve a kinetic process characterized by a population that associates weakly with chromatin and rapidly dissociates and another population that resides at a binding site for up to several minutes before dissociating...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352277/influence-of-early-stress-on-memory-reconsolidation-implications-for-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-treatment
#19
Hélène Villain, Aïcha Benkahoul, Philippe Birmes, Barbara Ferry, Pascal Roullet
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common consequence of exposure to a life-threatening event. Currently, pharmacological treatments are limited by high rates of relapse, and novel treatment approaches are needed. We have recently demonstrated that propranolol, a β-adrenergic antagonist, inhibited aversive memory reconsolidation in animals. Following this, in an open-label study 70% of patients with PTSD treated with propranolol during reactivation of traumatic memory exhibited full remission. However, the reason why 30% of these patients did not respond positively to propranolol treatment is still unclear...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352257/robust-phenotype-prediction-from-gene-expression-data-using-differential-shrinkage-of-co-regulated-genes
#20
Kourosh Zarringhalam, David Degras, Christoph Brockel, Daniel Ziemek
Discovery of robust diagnostic or prognostic biomarkers is a key to optimizing therapeutic benefit for select patient cohorts - an idea commonly referred to as precision medicine. Most discovery studies to derive such markers from high-dimensional transcriptomics datasets are weakly powered with sample sizes in the tens of patients. Therefore, highly regularized statistical approaches are essential to making generalizable predictions. At the same time, prior knowledge-driven approaches have been successfully applied to the manual interpretation of high-dimensional transcriptomics datasets...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
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