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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161284/lung-and-heart-lung-transplantation-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Manuel López-Meseguer, Carlos A Quezada, Maria A Ramon, María Lázaro, Laura Dos, Antonio Lara, Raquel López, Isabel Blanco, Pilar Escribano, Antonio Roman
BACKGROUND: Real use of lung (LT) and heart-lung (HLT) transplantation in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is unknown. The objectives were to describe the indication of these procedures on PAH treatment in a national cohort of PAH patients, and to analyze the potential improvement of its indication in severe patients. METHODS: Eligibility for LT/HLT was assessed for each deceased patient. Incident patients from REHAP diagnosed between January 2007 and March 2015 and considered eligible for LT/HLT were grouped as follows: those who finally underwent transplantation (LTP) and those who died (D-Non-LT)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161016/selective-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-peptide-toxins-from-animal-venom-pharmacological-probes-and-analgesic-drug-development
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Ying Wu, Hui Ma, Fan Zhang, Chun-Lei Zhang, Xiaohan Zou, Zhengyu Cao
Voltage-gated sodium channels (Navs) play critical roles in action potential generation and propagation. Nav channelopathy as well as pathological sensitization contribute to allodynia and hyperalgesia. Recent evidence has demonstrated the significant roles of Nav subtypes (Nav1.3, 1.7, 1.8 and 1.9) in nociceptive transduction and therefore these Navs may represent attractive targets for analgesic drug discovery. Animal toxins are structurally diverse peptides that are highly potent yet selective on ion channel subtypes and therefore representing valuable probes to elucidate the structures, gating properties and cellular functions of ion channels...
November 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160856/correction-s-vogelgsang-et-al-fusarium-mycotoxins-in-swiss-wheat-a-survey-of-growers-samples-between-2007-and-2014-shows-strong-year-and-minor-geographic-effects-toxins-2017-9-246
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Susanne Vogelgsang, Tomke Musa, Irene Bänziger, Andreas Kägi, Thomas D Bucheli, Felix E Wettstein, Matias Pasquali, Hans-Rudolf Forrer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160704/nanobiotechnology-for-environment-innovative-solutions-for-the-management-of-harmful-algal-blooms
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Matthew Robert Gellert, Beum Jun Kim, Samuel Evan Reffsin, Sebastian Eureko Jusuf, Nicole Denise Wagner, Stephen Winans, Mingming Wu
Nanobiotechnology has played important roles in solving contemporary health problems including cancer and diabetes, but has not yet been widely exploited for problems in food security and environmental protection. Water scarcity is an emerging worldwide problem due to climate change and population increase. Current methods of managing water resources are not efficient or sustainable. In this perspective, we focus on harmful algal blooms to demonstrate how nanobiotechnology can be explored to understand microbe-environment interaction and allow for toxin/pollutant detection with significantly improved sensitivity...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160548/botulinum-toxin-for-treating-unilateral-apraxia-of-eyelid-opening-in-a-patient-with-congenital-myotonia
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Estrella Fernández, Marta Latasiewicz, Laura Pelegrin, Manuel Romera, Silvana Schellini, Alicia Galindo-Ferreiro
A 37-year-old female presented with severe apraxia of lid opening (ALO) affecting the right upper lid associated with Becker congenital myotonia (MC). The patient had a history of right upper lid ptosis for 25 years that was exacerbated over the previous month with severe incapacity to open her right eye. No other associated neurological or ophthalmic symptoms were observed. The patient was treated with botulinum toxin (BoNT-A) injection into the pretarsal and lateral canthus region of the orbicularis oculi of the affected eyelid...
September 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160203/molecular-epidemiology-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-clostridium-difficile-isolated-from-hospitals-during-a-4-year-period-in-china
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Yun-Bo Chen, Si-Lan Gu, Ping Shen, Tao Lv, Yun-Hui Fang, Ling-Ling Tang, Lan-Juan Li
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to perform molecular characterization for and determine the antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of Clostridium difficile collected from hospitals during a 4-year period (2009-2013) in China. METHODS: Strains of toxigenic C. difficile were isolated from patients with diarrhoea, and this was followed by typing using multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and testing for susceptibility to 10 antimicrobials by using the E-test. The mechanisms of resistance to moxifloxacin, erythromycin, clindamycin and tetracycline were investigated by PCR...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159196/botulinum-toxin-treatment-for-hypersalivation-in-anti-nmda-receptor-encephalitis
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Jin-Sun Jun, Han Gil Seo, Soon-Tae Lee, Kon Chu, Sang Kun Lee
Hypersalivation is one of the intractable symptoms of anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis. While anticholinergic medications partially improve the hypersalivation, they can aggravate the autonomic dysfunctions associated with anti-NMDAR encephalitis. Thus, we investigated the efficacy and safety of botulinum toxin type A injection on hypersalivation refractory to anticholinergics in six patients with anti-NMDAR encephalitis. Hypersalivation was well-controlled without remarkable adverse reaction over 16 weeks after botulinum toxin type A, although two patients were reinjected at 12 weeks due to reaggravation of hypersalivation...
November 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158985/coral-associated-viral-communities-show-high-levels-of-diversity-and-host-auxiliary-functions
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Karen D Weynberg, Patrick W Laffy, Elisha M Wood-Charlson, Dmitrij Turaev, Thomas Rattei, Nicole S Webster, Madeleine J H van Oppen
Stony corals (Scleractinia) are marine invertebrates that form the foundation and framework upon which tropical reefs are built. The coral animal associates with a diverse microbiome comprised of dinoflagellate algae and other protists, bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses. Using a metagenomics approach, we analysed the DNA and RNA viral assemblages of seven coral species from the central Great Barrier Reef (GBR), demonstrating that tailed bacteriophages of the Caudovirales dominate across all species examined, and ssDNA viruses, notably the Microviridae, are also prevalent...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158906/molecular-characterization-of-panton-valentine-leukocidin-pvl-toxin-encoding-phages-from-south-india
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V Balaji, D B Yamuna, Y I Francis, G Priya Doss
A total of 19 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates were investigated for Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) toxin, PVL gene sequence variation and PVL-encoding phages. Whole genome sequencing was performed for all isolates. Analysis of MRSA isolates (n = 19) confirmed that most MRSA (n = 11) were positive for the PVL gene and were multidrug resistant. ST772-MRSA-V was the predominant PVL-positive MRSA clone, although all of them were found to carry the ΦIND772PVL phage in the genome...
November 2017: New Microbes and New Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158500/use-dependent-potentiation-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-rescues-neurotransmission-in-nerve-terminals-intoxicated-by-botulinum-neurotoxin-serotype-a
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Phillip H Beske, Katie M Hoffman, James B Machamer, Margaret R Eisen, Patrick M McNutt
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are highly potent toxins that cleave neuronal SNARE proteins required for neurotransmission, causing flaccid paralysis and death by asphyxiation. Currently, there are no clinical treatments to delay or reverse BoNT-induced blockade of neuromuscular transmission. While aminopyridines have demonstrated varying efficacy in transiently reducing paralysis following BoNT poisoning, the precise mechanisms by which aminopyridines symptomatically treat botulism are not understood. Here we found that activity-dependent potentiation of presynaptic voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) underlies 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP)-mediated rescue of neurotransmission in central nervous system synapses and mouse diaphragm neuromuscular junctions fully intoxicated by BoNT serotype A...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158482/structural-basis-for-the-unique-ganglioside-and-cell-membrane-recognition-mechanism-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-dc
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Sicai Zhang, Ronnie P-A Berntsson, William H Tepp, Liang Tao, Eric A Johnson, Pål Stenmark, Min Dong
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), the most potent toxins known, are potential bioterrorism agents. It is well established that all seven serotypes of BoNTs (BoNT/A-G) require complex gangliosides as co-receptors. Here, we report that BoNT/DC, a presumed mosaic toxin between BoNT/D and BoNT/C1, binds and enters efficiently into neurons lacking complex gangliosides and shows no reduction in toxicity in mice deficient in complex gangliosides. The co-crystal structure of BoNT/DC with sialyl-Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen (Sialyl-T) suggests that BoNT/DC recognizes only the sialic acid, but not other moieties in gangliosides...
November 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158275/a-simplified-derivative-of-human-defensin-5-with-potent-efficiency-against-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Cheng Wang, Gaomei Zhao, Song Wang, Yin Chen, Yali Gong, Shilei Chen, Yang Xu, Mengjia Hu, Xinmiao Wang, Hao Zeng, Aiping Wang, Dengqun Liu, Yongping Su, Tianmin Cheng, Fang Chen, Junping Wang
The increasing incidence of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAb) infections worldwide has necessitated the development of novel antibiotics. Human defensin 5 (HD5) is an endogenous peptide with a complex architecture and antibacterial activity against MDRAb In the present study, we attempted to simplify the structure of HD5 by removing disulfide bonds. We found that the Cys2-4 bond was most indispensable for HD5 to inactivate MDRAb, although the antibacterial activity of the derivative was significantly attenuated...
November 20, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157317/entomopathogenic-bacteria-photorhabdus-luminescens-as-drug-source-against-leishmania-amazonensis
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Ana Maria Antonello, Thaís Sartori, Ana Paula Folmer Correa, Adriano Brandelli, Ralf Heermann, Luiz Carlos Rodrigues Júnior, Alessandra Peres, Pedro Roosevelt Torres Romão, Onilda Santos Da Silva
Leishmaniasis is a widely spread and zoonotic disease with serious problems as low effectiveness of drugs, emergence of parasite resistance and severe adverse reactions. In recent years, considerable attention has been given to secondary metabolites produced by Photorhabdus luminescens, an entomopathogenic bacterium. Here, we assessed the leishmanicidal activity of P. luminescens culture fluids. Initially, promastigotes of Leishmania amazonensis were incubated with cell free conditioned medium of P. luminescens and parasite survival was monitored...
November 21, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157315/botulinum-toxin-type-a-injections-as-monotherapy-for-upper-limb-essential-tremor-using-kinematics
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Olivia Samotus, Niraj Kumar, Philippe Rizek, Mandar Jog
BACKGROUND: There is a significant need for a targeted therapy for essential tremor (ET), as medications have not been developed specifically for ET, and the ones prescribed are often not well-tolerated, so that many patients remain untreated. Recent work has shown that, unlike previous experience, kinematically guided individualized botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) injections provide benefit along with minimal weakness. Ours is the first long-term (96-week) safety and efficacy study of BoNT-A as monotherapy for ET using kinematically driven injection parameters...
November 21, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156596/microvesicle-involvement-in-shiga-toxin-associated-infection
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Annie Villysson, Ashmita Tontanahal, Diana Karpman
Shiga toxin is the main virulence factor of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, a non-invasive pathogen that releases virulence factors in the intestine, causing hemorrhagic colitis and, in severe cases, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS manifests with acute renal failure, hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia. Shiga toxin induces endothelial cell damage leading to platelet deposition in thrombi within the microvasculature and the development of thrombotic microangiopathy, mostly affecting the kidney. Red blood cells are destroyed in the occlusive capillary lesions...
November 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156586/in-depth-glyco-peptidomics-approach-reveals-unexpected-diversity-of-glycosylated-peptides-and-atypical-post-translational-modifications-in-dendroaspis-angusticeps-snake-venom
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Michel Degueldre, Julien Echterbille, Nicolas Smargiasso, Christian Damblon, Charlotte Gouin, Gilles Mourier, Nicolas Gilles, Edwin De Pauw, Loïc Quinton
Animal venoms represent a valuable source of bioactive peptides that can be derived into useful pharmacological tools, or even innovative drugs. In this way, the venom of Dendroaspis angusticeps (DA), the Eastern Green Mamba, has been intensively studied during recent years. It mainly contains hundreds of large toxins from 6 to 9 kDa, each displaying several disulfide bridges. These toxins are the main target of venom-based studies due to their valuable activities obtained by selectively targeting membrane receptors, such as ion channels or G-protein coupled receptors...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156545/ultrasonographic-evaluation-of-botulinum-toxin-injection-site-for-the-medial-approach-to-tibialis-posterior-muscle-in-chronic-stroke-patients-with-spastic-equinovarus-foot-an-observational-study
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Alessandro Picelli, Alessio Baricich, Elena Chemello, Nicola Smania, Carlo Cisari, Marialuisa Gandolfi, Nicoletta Cinone, Maurizio Ranieri, Andrea Santamato
The tibialis posterior muscle is a frequent target for injection of botulinum toxin during the management of spastic equinovarus foot in adults with post-stroke spasticity. Although it is deep-seated, the needle insertion into the tibialis posterior muscle is usually performed using anatomical landmarks and safety information obtained from healthy subjects and cadavers. Our aim was to evaluate the botulinum toxin injection site for the medial approach to the tibialis posterior muscle in chronic stroke patients with spastic equinovarus foot...
November 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156512/the-possible-mechanisms-involved-in-citrinin-elimination-by-cryptococcus-podzolicus-y3-and-the-effects-of-extrinsic-factors-on-the-degradation-of-citrinin
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Xiaoyun Zhang, Zhen Lin, Maurice Tibiru Apaliya, Xiangyu Gu, Xiangfeng Zheng, Lina Zhao, Mandour Haydar Abdelhai, Hongyin Zhang, Weicheng Hu
Citrinin (CIT) is a toxic secondary metabolite produced by fungi belonging to the Penicillium, Aspergillus and Monascus spp. This toxin has been detected in many agricultural products. In this study, a strain Y3 with the ability to eliminate CIT was screened and identified as Cryptococcus podzolicus based on the sequence analysis of internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region. Neither uptake of CIT by cells nor adsorption by cell wall was involved in CIT elimination by Cryptococcus podzolicus Y-3. The extracellular metabolites of Cryptococcus podzolicus Y-3 stimulated by CIT or not showed no degradation for CIT...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156374/genetic-profiling-and-surface-proteome-analysis-of-human-atrial-stromal-cells-and-rat-ventricular-epicardium-derived-cells-reveals-novel-insights-into-their-cardiogenic-potential
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Sebastian Temme, Daniela Friebe, Timo Schmidt, Gereon Poschmann, Julia Hesse, Bodo Steckel, Kai Stühler, Meik Kunz, Thomas Dandekar, Zhaoping Ding, Payam Akhyari, Artur Lichtenberg, Jürgen Schrader
Epicardium-derived cells (EPDC) and atrial stromal cells (ASC) display cardio-regenerative potential, but the molecular details are still unexplored. Signals which induce activation, migration and differentiation of these cells are largely unknown. Here we have isolated rat ventricular EPDC and rat/human ASC and performed genetic and proteomic profiling. EPDC and ASC expressed epicardial/mesenchymal markers (WT-1, Tbx18, CD73, CD90, CD44, CD105), cardiac markers (Gata4, Tbx5, troponin T) and also contained phosphocreatine...
November 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156243/isolation-identification-and-selection-of-antagonistic-yeast-against-alternaria-alternata-infection-and-tenuazonic-acid-production-in-wine-grapes-from-argentina
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Luciana P Prendes, María G Merín, Ariel R Fontana, Rubén A Bottini, María L Ramirez, Vilma I Morata de Ambrosini
Epiphytic isolates with yeast characteristics from grapes of the Malbec cultivar were obtained in order to find antagonists against Alternaria alternata. From a total of 111 isolates, 82% corresponded to the yeast-like organism Aureobasidium pullulans and the rest to the non-Saccharomyces yeasts Hanseniaspora uvarum (6.3%), Metschnikowia pulcherrima or spp. (5.4%), Cryptoccocus laurentti II (2.7%), Starmerella bacilaris or Candida zemplinina (2.7%) and Rhodotorula spp. (0.9%). The 22.4% (15 out of 67) of epiphytic yeasts and yeast-like organisms evaluated were able to reduce A...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
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