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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343357/gut-microbiome-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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R G Armani, A Ramezani, A Yasir, S Sharama, M E F Canziani, D S Raj
With over 100 trillion microbial cells, the gut microbiome plays important roles in both the maintenance of health and the pathogenesis of disease. Gut microbiome dysbiosis, resulted from alteration of composition and function of the gut microbiome and disruption of gut barrier function, is commonly seen in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The dysbiotic gut microbiome generates excessive amounts of uremic toxins, and the impaired intestinal barrier permits translocation of these toxins into the systemic circulation...
April 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343354/unusual-severe-case-of-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-due-to-shiga-toxin-2d-producing-e-coli-o80-h2
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Kioa L Wijnsma, Anne M Schijvens, John W A Rossen, A M D Mirjam Kooistra-Smid, Michiel F Schreuder, Nicole C A J van de Kar
BACKGROUND: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is one of the most common causes of acute renal failure in children, with the majority of cases caused by an infection with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). Whereas O157 is still the predominant STEC serotype, non-O157 serotypes are increasingly associated with STEC-HUS. However, little is known about this emerging and highly diverse group of non-O157 serotypes. With supportive therapy, STEC-HUS is often self-limiting, with occurrence of chronic sequelae in just a small proportion of patients...
March 25, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342673/therapeutic-use-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-in-the-treatment-of-psoroptic-mange-in-naturally-infested-new-zealand-rabbits
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Emmanuel Dunstand-Guzmán, Claudia Hallal-Calleros, Jorge Morales-Montor, Víctor Manuel Hernández-Velázquez, Juan José Zárate-Ramos, Kurt L Hoffman, Guadalupe Peña-Chora, Fernando Iván Flores-Pérez
Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacteria known for its bioinsecticidal toxins and it has been proposed as an alternative in the treatment of several parasites that infect domestic animals (helminths, ticks, mites). In this work, we evaluated the clinical efficiency of the Bacillus thuringiensis GP532 strain in the treatment of six rabbits naturally infested with the P. cuniculi mite. GP532 extract (10mg/ml) was applied by aspersion in both pinna, with a second application after seven days, and the therapeutic effect was measured in both qualitative and quantitative manner...
March 9, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342664/a-novel-live-attenuated-anthrax-spore-vaccine-based-on-an-acapsular-bacillus-anthracis-sterne-strain-with-mutations-in-the-htra-lef-and-cya-genes
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Theodor Chitlaru, Ma'ayan Israeli, Shahar Rotem, Uri Elia, Erez Bar-Haim, Sharon Ehrlich, Ofer Cohen, Avigdor Shafferman
We recently reported the development of a novel, next-generation, live attenuated anthrax spore vaccine based on disruption of the htrA (High Temperature Requirement A) gene in the Bacillus anthracis Sterne veterinary vaccine strain. This vaccine exhibited a highly significant decrease in virulence in murine, guinea pig and rabbit animal models yet preserved the protective value of the parental Sterne strain. Here, we report the evaluation of additional mutations in the lef and cya genes, encoding for the toxin components lethal factor (LF) and edema factor (EF), to further attenuate the SterneΔhtrA strain and improve its compatibility for human use...
March 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342371/contrast-enhancement-with-uranyl-acetate-allows-quantitative-analysis-of-the-articular-cartilage-by-microct-application-to-mandibular-condyles-in-the-btx-rat-model-of-disuse
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Jean-Daniel Kün-Darbois, Florence Manero, Louis Rony, Daniel Chappard
Microcomputed tomography (microCT) is well adapted to quantitative analysis of calcified tissues but soft tissues (such as cartilage) are radiolucent and need a contrast enhancement procedure for microCT. We developed a "staining" method allowing microCT imaging of articular cartilage using uranyl acetate (UA). The method was used to see whether adult rats with a botulinum toxin (BTX) injection in masticatory muscles present a change at the condylar cartilage of the mandible in association with a localized trabecular bone loss...
March 21, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341345/the-signaling-signature-of-the-neurotensin-type-1-receptor-with-endogenous-ligands
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Élie Besserer-Offroy, Rebecca L Brouillette, Sandrine Lavenus, Ulrike Froehlich, Andrea Brumwell, Alexandre Murza, Jean-Michel Longpré, Éric Marsault, Michel Grandbois, Philippe Sarret, Richard Leduc
The human neurotensin 1 receptor (hNTS1) is a G protein-coupled receptor involved in many physiological functions, including analgesia, hypothermia, and hypotension. To gain a better understanding of which signaling pathways or combination of pathways are linked to NTS1 activation and function, we investigated the ability of activated hNTS1, which was stably expressed by CHO-K1 cells, to directly engage G proteins, activate second messenger cascades and recruit β-arrestins. Using BRET-based biosensors, we found that neurotensin (NT), NT(8-13) and neuromedin N (NN) activated the Gαq-, Gαi1-, GαoA-, and Gα13-protein signaling pathways as well as the recruitment of β-arrestins 1 and 2...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340492/hemolysis-elevated-liver-enzymes-low-platelets-syndrome-superimposed-on-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome
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Inês Martins, Madalena Gomes Conceição, Paulo Pereira Gomes, Nuno Clode
A pregnancy complicated by typical hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets (HELLP) syndrome is reported. At 20 weeks of gestation, a case of HUS was diagnosed, with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli identified. Plasmapheresis allowed continuation of the pregnancy for 5 weeks. Superimposed preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome were diagnosed after the establishment of nephrotic range proteinuria, hypertension and recurrence of hemolysis. This is a singular case, as it demonstrates that HELLP syndrome can superimpose upon HUS, a fact that can impact future research on reproductive immunology...
March 24, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338924/a-nonsynonymous-snp-catalog-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-virulence-genes-and-its-use-for-detecting-new-potentially-virulent-sublineages
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N E Mikheecheva, M V Zaychikova, A V Melerzanov, V N Danilenko
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is divided into several distinct lineages, and various genetic markers such as IS-elements, VNTR, and SNPs are used for lineage identification. We propose an M. tuberculosis classification approach based on functional polymorphisms in virulence genes. An M. tuberculosis virulence genes catalog has been established, including 319 genes from various protein groups, such as proteases, cell wall proteins, fatty acid and lipid metabolism proteins, sigma factors, toxin-antitoxin systems...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338636/survey-on-urinary-levels-of-aflatoxins-in-professionally-exposed-workers
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Fulvio Ferri, Carlo Brera, Barbara De Santis, Giorgio Fedrizzi, Tiziana Bacci, Lorena Bedogni, Sauro Capanni, Giorgia Collini, Enrica Crespi, Francesca Debegnach, Patrizia Ferdenzi, Angelo Gargano, Daniela Gattei, Ferdinando Luberto, Ines Magnani, Massimo Giuseppe Magnani, Pamela Mancuso, Simonetta Menotta, Stefania Mozzanica, Milva Olmi, Giuseppe Ombrini, Orietta Sala, Sabina Soricelli, Massimo Vicentini, Paolo Giorgi Rossi
Feed mill workers may handle or process maize contaminated with aflatoxins (AFs). This condition may lead to an unacceptable intake of toxins deriving from occupational exposure. This study assessed the serological and urinary levels of AFs in workers exposed to potentially contaminated dusts in two mills. From March to April 2014, blood and urine samples were collected, on Monday and Friday morning of the same working week from 29 exposed workers and 30 non-exposed controls. AFs (M₁, G₂, G₁, B₁, B₂) and aflatoxicol (AFOH) A were analyzed...
March 24, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337716/long-term-variation-of-serum-levels-of-uremic-toxins-in-patients-treated-by-post-dilution-high-volume-on-line-hemodiafiltration-in-comparison-to-standard-low-flux-bicarbonate-dialysis-results-from-the-redert-study
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Vincenzo Panichi, Maria Teresa Rocchetti, Alessia Scatena, Alberto Rosati, Massimiliano Migliori, Francesco Pizzarelli, Loreto Gesualdo
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: Little information have been provided till now regarding the effect of high volume HDF (hv-OL-HDF) in respect to standard bicarbonate dialysis (BHD) in medium-long term protein-bound toxins removal. PROCEDURES: A randomised cross-over multicentre study (REDERT study) was designed to compare the effects of hv-OL-HDF and low-flux BHD on uremic toxins serum levels in 36 chronic dialysis patients followed for 13 months. Group 1 patients were treated with BHD (Treatment A) for 6 months, and afterwards, they were transferred to hv-OL-HDF for a further 6 months (Treatment B)...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337572/genetic-appraisal-of-serological-response-post-vaccination-against-enterotoxaemia-et-in-malpura-and-avikalin-sheep
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G R Gowane, Najif Akram, L L L Prince, Ved Prakash, Arun Kumar
Enterotoxaemia (ET) is a fatal enteric disease of small ruminants attributable to a toxigenic type of Clostridium perfringens. The key strategy for prevention of ET is the management and vaccination. Present study aimed at identifying the sources of variation for ET vaccine response especially against epsilon toxin in 173 sheep that included 83 Avikalin and 90 Malpura lambs raised at the institute flock in the semi-arid region of India. The mean age at vaccination was 90 days. Sera were tested by blocking ELISA...
March 23, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337461/molecular-mechanism-for-the-regulation-of-microcystin-toxicity-to-protein-phosphatase-1-by-glutathione-conjugation-pathway
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Wansong Zong, Xiaoning Wang, Yonggang Du, Shuhan Zhang, Ying Zhang, Yue Teng
Glutathione (GSH) conjugation was an important pathway to regulate the toxicity of microcystins (MCs) targeted to protein phosphatases. To explore the specific molecular mechanism for GSH detoxification, two typical MC-GSHs (derived from MCLR and MCRR) were synthesized, prepared, and purified according to previous research. Then, the reduced inhibition effect for MC-GSHs on protein phosphatase 1 was verified by comparing with their original toxins. To further clarify the molecular mechanism for MC-GSHs detoxification, we evaluated the interactions between MCs/MC-GSHs and PP1 with the assistance of MOE molecule simulation...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337258/neuroprotective-effect-of-win55-212-2-against-3-nitropropionic-acid-induced-toxicity-in-the-rat-brain-involvement-of-cb1-and-nmda-receptors
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Marisol Maya-López, Ana Laura Colín-González, Gabriela Aguilera, María Eduarda de Lima, Ana Colpo-Ceolin, Edgar Rangel-López, Juana Villeda-Hernández, Daniel Rembao-Bojórquez, Isaac Túnez, Armando Luna-López, Roberto Lazzarini-Lechuga, Viridiana Yazmín González-Puertos, Pedro Posadas-Rodríguez, Alejandro Silva-Palacios, Mina Königsberg, Abel Santamaría
The endocannabinoid system (ECS), and agonists acting on cannabinoid receptors (CBr), are known to regulate several physiological events in the brain, including modulatory actions on excitatory events probably through N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAr) activity. Actually, CBr agonists can be neuroprotective. The synthetic CBr agonist WIN55,212-2 acts mainly on CB1 receptor. In turn, the mitochondrial toxin 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NP) produces striatal alterations in rats similar to those observed in the brain of Huntington's disease patients...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337204/phenol-soluble-modulin-%C3%AE-peptide-toxins-from-aggressive-staphylococcus-aureus-induce-rapid-formation-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-through-a-reactive-oxygen-species-independent-pathway
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Halla Björnsdottir, Agnes Dahlstrand Rudin, Felix P Klose, Jonas Elmwall, Amanda Welin, Marios Stylianou, Karin Christenson, Constantin F Urban, Huamei Forsman, Claes Dahlgren, Anna Karlsson, Johan Bylund
Neutrophils have the ability to capture and kill microbes extracellularly through the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). These are DNA and protein structures that neutrophils release extracellularly and are believed to function as a defense mechanism against microbes. The classic NET formation process, triggered by, e.g., bacteria, fungi, or by direct stimulation of protein kinase C through phorbol myristate acetate, is an active process that takes several hours and relies on the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are further modified by myeloperoxidase (MPO)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337193/baicalin-protects-mice-from-lethal-infection-by-enterohemorrhagic-escherichia-coli
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Yong Zhang, Zhimin Qi, Yan Liu, Wenqi He, Cheng Yang, Quan Wang, Jing Dong, Xuming Deng
Shiga-like toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157:H7 poses grave challenges to public health by its ability to cause severe colonic diseases and renal failure in both human and animals. Shiga-like toxins are the major pathogenic factor for some highly virulent E. coli expecially Shiga-like toxin 2. Conventional treatments such as antibiotics can facilitate the release of the toxin thus potentially exacerbate the diseases. Small molecule inhibitors and antibodies capable of neutralizing the toxins are the two major venues for the development of therapeutics against enterohemorrhagic serotype E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337183/are-oligotypes-meaningful-ecological-and-phylogenetic-units-a-case-study-of-microcystis-in-freshwater-lakes
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Michelle A Berry, Jeffrey D White, Timothy W Davis, Sunit Jain, Thomas H Johengen, Gregory J Dick, Orlando Sarnelle, Vincent J Denef
Oligotyping is a computational method used to increase the resolution of marker gene microbiome studies. Although oligotyping can distinguish highly similar sequence variants, the resulting units are not necessarily phylogenetically and ecologically informative due to limitations of the selected marker gene. In this perspective, we examine how oligotyping data is interpreted in recent literature, and we illustrate some of the method's constraints with a case study of the harmful bloom-forming cyanobacterium Microcystis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336571/regulation-of-alcohol-extinction-and-cue-induced-reinstatement-by-specific-projections-between-medial-prefrontal-cortex-nucleus-accumbens-and-basolateral-amygdala
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Colby R Keistler, Emma Hammarlund, Jacqueline M Barker, Colin W Bond, Ralph J DiLeone, Christopher Pittenger, Jane R Taylor
The ability to inhibit drinking is a significant challenge for recovering alcoholics, especially in the presence of alcohol-associated cues. Previous studies have demonstrated that the regulation of cue-guided alcohol seeking is mediated by the basolateral amygdala (BLA), nucleus accumbens (NAc), and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). However, given the high interconnectivity between these structures, it is unclear how mPFC projections to each subcortical structure, as well as projections between BLA and NAc, mediate alcohol-seeking behaviors...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336282/-management-of-upper-eyelid-retraction-associated-with-dysthyroid-orbitopathy-during-the-acute-inflammatory-phase-with-botulinum-toxin-type-a
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A Nava Castañeda, J L Tovilla Canales, L Garnica Hayashi, A Velasco Y Levy
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of transconjunctival botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) in the treatment of upper eyelid retraction in the active inflammatory phase of dysthyroid orbitopathy, establish the ideal dose, and evaluate side effects. METHODS: This is a comparative, prospective study in patients with thyroid orbitopathy, conducted at the Conde Ophthalmology Institute in Valenciana, Mexico. The patients included had dysthyroid orbitopathy in the inflammatory phase, and they were treated with subconjunctival injection of botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) in the upper eyelid...
March 20, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336111/hepatoprotective-effects-of-curcumin-in-rats-after-bile-duct-ligation-via-downregulation-of-rac1-and-nox1
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Zohreh-Al-Sadat Ghoreshi, Razieh Kabirifar, Fatemeh Safari, Alireza Karimollah, Ali Moradi, Ebrahim Eskandari-Nasab
OBJECTIVES: New evidence has proven the hepatoprotective activity of curcumin; however, its underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effect of curcumin on hepatic damage by measuring the antioxidant capacity and expression level of Rho-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate (Rac1), Rac1-Guanosine triphosphate (Rac1-GTP), and NADPH oxidase 1(NOX1) in biliary duct-ligated (BDL)-fibrotic rat model. METHODS: Wistar rats weighing 200 to 250 g were divided into four groups (n = 8 for each): sham group, sham+Cur group (received curcumin 100 mg/kg daily), BDL+Cur group, and BDL group...
April 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335863/zebrafish-in-toxicology-and-environmental-health
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Kathryn Bambino, Jaime Chu
As manufacturing processes and development of new synthetic compounds increase to keep pace with the expanding global demand, environmental health, and the effects of toxicant exposure are emerging as critical public health concerns. Additionally, chemicals that naturally occur in the environment, such as metals, have profound effects on human and animal health. Many of these compounds are in the news: lead, arsenic, and endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A have all been widely publicized as causing disease or damage to humans and wildlife in recent years...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
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