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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777359/regulatory-mechanisms-of-thiol-based-redox-sensors-lessons-learned-from-structural-studies-on-prokaryotic-redox-sensors
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REVIEW
Sang Jae Lee, Dong-Gyun Kim, Kyu-Yeon Lee, Ji Sung Koo, Bong-Jin Lee
Oxidative stresses, such as reactive oxygen species, reactive electrophilic species, reactive nitrogen species, and reactive chlorine species, can damage cellular components, leading to cellular malfunction and death. In response to oxidative stress, bacteria have evolved redox-responsive sensors that enable them to simultaneously monitor and eradicate potential oxidative stress. Specifically, redox-sensing transcription regulators react to oxidative stress by means of modifying the thiol groups of cysteine residues, functioning as part of an efficient survival mechanism for many bacteria...
May 17, 2018: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777191/eradication-of-hepatitis-c-virus-is-associated-with-the-attenuation-of-steatosis-as-evaluated-using-a-controlled-attenuation-parameter
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Kohei Shimizu, Yoko Soroida, Masaya Sato, Hiromi Hikita, Tamaki Kobayashi, Momoe Endo, Mamiko Sato, Hiroaki Gotoh, Tomomi Iwai, Ryosuke Tateishi, Kazuhiko Koike, Yutaka Yatomi, Hitoshi Ikeda
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was shown to cause hepatic steatosis or suppression of serum lipid levels. However, little is known about the changes in hepatic steatosis following HCV eradication. We aimed to evaluate this issue using the controlled attenuation parameter (CAP), which was recently shown to provide a standardized non-invasive measure of hepatic steatosis. We enrolled 70 patients with chronic HCV infections and steatosis (CAP of over 248 dB/m) who had achieved a sustained viral response at 12 weeks after discontinuation of antiviral treatment using direct-acting antivirals (DAA)...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776752/reintroducing-opv-in-israel-on-the-journey-to-global-polio-eradication-estimation-at-a-low-rate-of-contraindicated-population
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Chen Rosenberg Danziger, Emilia Anis, Ethel-Sherry Gordon, Itamar Grotto, Yehuda L Danon
INTRODUCTION: The 2013 reemergence of wild poliovirus in Israel led to the reinstatement of a routine OPV vaccination. Fearing VAPP in immunocompromised, the MOH regulated contraindications for vaccination candidates and household contacts. In this study we estimate the size of the contraindicated population to OPV vaccination. METHOD: We studied vaccination candidates aged 2-9 and 14-23 months and probable household contacts. Using the rate of contraindications extracted for each study group from a medical records database, a statistical model was built to estimate the probability of contraindications in candidates...
May 15, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775686/the-comparative-efficacy-of-antiseptics-against-candida-auris-biofilms
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Ryan Kean, Emily McKloud, Eleanor M Townsend, Leighann Sherry, Christopher Delaney, Brian L Jones, Craig Williams, Gordon Ramage
Candida auris has emerged as a significant clinical entity due to its ability to cause outbreaks within the healthcare setting. A key feature of its nosocomial lifestyle is its ability to transfer between patients, yet little is known about the mechanisms behind this. A panel of C. auris clinical isolates was screened for their planktonic and sessile susceptibilities to skin disinfection challenge using povidone iodine, chlorhexidine and hydrogen peroxide. C. auris biofilms displayed increased tolerance to these strategies compared to planktonic cells...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775486/peroxidasin-contributes-to-lung-host-defense-by-direct-binding-and-killing-of-gram-negative-bacteria
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Ruizheng Shi, Zehong Cao, Hong Li, Jochen Graw, Guogang Zhang, Victor J Thannickal, Guangjie Cheng
Innate immune recognition is classically mediated by the interaction of host pattern-recognition receptors and pathogen-associated molecular patterns; this triggers a series of downstream signaling events that facilitate killing and elimination of invading pathogens. In this report, we provide the first evidence that PXDN (also known as vascular peroxidase-1) directly binds to gram-negative bacteria and mediates bactericidal activity, thus, contributing to lung host defense. PXDN contains five leucine-rich repeats and four immunoglobulin domains, which allows for its interaction with lipopolysaccharide, a membrane component of gram-negative bacteria...
May 18, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775454/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-studies-of-cry5b-and-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-agonist-anthelmintics-reveal-a-powerful-and-unique-combination-therapy-against-intestinal-nematode-parasites
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Yan Hu, Melanie Miller, Bo Zhang, Thanh-Thanh Nguyen, Martin K Nielsen, Raffi V Aroian
BACKGROUND: The soil-transmitted nematodes (STNs) or helminths (hookworms, whipworms, large roundworms) infect the intestines of ~1.5 billion of the poorest peoples and are leading causes of morbidity worldwide. Only one class of anthelmintic or anti-nematode drugs, the benzimidazoles, is currently used in mass drug administrations, which is a dangerous situation. New anti-nematode drugs are urgently needed. Bacillus thuringiensis crystal protein Cry5B is a powerful, promising new candidate...
May 18, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775296/incorporation-of-a-theranostic-two-tone-luminescent-silver-complex-into-biocompatible-agar-hydrogel-composite-for-the-eradication-of-eskape-pathogens-in-a-skin-and-soft-tissue-infection-model
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Miguel N Pinto, Jorge Martinez-Gonzalez, Indranil Chakraborty, Pradip K Mascharak
Microbial invasion and colonization of the skin and underlying soft tissues are among the most common types of infections, becoming increasingly prevalent in hospital settings. Systemic antibiotic chemotherapies are now extremely limited due to emergence of drug-resistant Gram-positive and multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial strains. Topical administration of antimicrobials provides an effective route for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs). Therefore, the development of new and effective materials for the delivery of these agents is of paramount importance...
May 18, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775283/magnetic-glycol-chitin-based-hydrogel-nanocomposite-for-combined-thermal-and-d-amino-acid-assisted-biofilm-disruption
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Eric C Abenojar, Sameera Wickramasinghe, Minseon Ju, Sarika Uppaluri, Alison Klika, Jaiben George, Wael Barsoum, Salvatore J Frangiamore, Carlos A Higuera-Rueda, Anna Cristina S Samia
Bacterial biofilms are highly antibiotic resistant microbial cell associations that lead to chronic infections. Unlike free-floating planktonic bacterial cells, the biofilms are encapsulated in a hardly penetrable extracellular polymeric matrix and, thus, demand innovative approaches for treatment. Recent advancements on the development of gel-nanocomposite systems with tailored therapeutic properties provide promising routes to develop novel antimicrobial agents that can be designed to disrupt and completely eradicate preformed biofilms...
May 18, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775211/proanthocyanidins-will-they-effectively-restrain-conspicuous-bacterial-strains-devolving-on-urinary-tract-infection
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REVIEW
Venkataseshan Jagannathan, Pragasam Viswanathan
Struvite or infection stones are one of the major clinical burdens among urinary tract infection, which occur due to the interaction between microbes and urine mineral components. Numerous urinary tract infection (UTI) causing microbes regulate through biofilm formation for survival from host defense, it is often found difficult in its eradication with simple anti-microbial agents and also the chance of recurrence and resistance development is significantly high. Cranberry consumption and maintenance of urinary tract health have been supported by clinical, epidemiological, and mechanistic studies...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775173/healthcare-barriers-and-supports-for-american-indian-women-with-cancer
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Jessica L Liddell, Catherine E Burnette, Soonhee Roh, Yeon-Shim Lee
Although American Indian (AI) women continue to experience cancer at higher rates and have not seen the same decline in cancer prevalence as the general U.S. population, little research examines how interactions with health care providers may influence and exacerbate these health disparities. The purpose of the study was to understand the experiences of AI women who receive cancer treatment, which is integral for eradication of AI cancer disparities among women. A qualitative descriptive methodology was used with a sample of 43 AI women with breast, cervical, colon, and other types of cancer from the Northern Plains region of South Dakota...
May 18, 2018: Social Work in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774943/-progress-in-prophylatic-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-for-advanced-gastric-carcinoma
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Xinhua Chen, Jun Luo, Hao Liu, Yuehong Chen, Yanfeng Hu, Tuanjie Li, Tian Lin, Yu Zhu, Mingli Zhao, Hao Chen, Guoxin Li, Jiang Yu
Advanced gastric cancer (AGC) has a high recurrence rate (especially peritoneal relapse) and a poor prognosis. Systematic chemotherapy or targeted therapy have not been able to significantly reduce the major cause of an unfavorable prognosis, namely the high peritoneal AGC recurrence rate post-surgery. Further studies concerning the application of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) post curative surgery for AGC patients, namely the prophylactic HIPEC (P-HIPEC), have involved a prophylactic approach to prevent peritoneal relapse following curative gastrectomy in high-risk patients...
May 25, 2018: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774840/widespread-treponema-pallidum-infection-in-nonhuman-primates-tanzania
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Idrissa S Chuma, Emmanuel K Batamuzi, D Anthony Collins, Robert D Fyumagwa, Luisa K Hallmaier-Wacker, Rudovick R Kazwala, Julius D Keyyu, Inyasi A Lejora, Iddi F Lipende, Simone Lüert, Filipa M D Paciência, Alexander Piel, Fiona A Stewart, Dietmar Zinner, Christian Roos, Sascha Knauf
We investigated Treponema pallidum infection in 8 nonhuman primate species (289 animals) in Tanzania during 2015-2017. We used a serologic treponemal test to detect antibodies against the bacterium. Infection was further confirmed from tissue samples of skin-ulcerated animals by 3 independent PCRs (polA, tp47, and TP_0619). Our findings indicate that T. pallidum infection is geographically widespread in Tanzania and occurs in several species (olive baboons, yellow baboons, vervet monkeys, and blue monkeys)...
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774202/loss-of-the-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-1-in-the-context-of-brachyury-mediated-phenotypic-plasticity-drives-tumor-resistance-to-immune-attack
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Duane H Hamilton, Kristen K McCampbell, Claudia Palena
The acquisition of mesenchymal features by carcinoma cells is now recognized as a driver of metastasis and tumor resistance to a range of anticancer therapeutics, including chemotherapy, radiation, and certain small-molecule targeted therapies. With the recent successful implementation of immunotherapies for the treatment of various types of cancer, there is growing interest in understanding whether an immunological approach could be effective at eradicating carcinoma cells bearing mesenchymal features. Recent studies, however, demonstrated that carcinoma cells that have acquired mesenchymal features may also exhibit decreased susceptibility to lysis mediated by immune effector cells, including antigen-specific CD8+ T cells, innate natural killer (NK), and lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774152/acquisition-of-double-mutation-in-gyra-caused-high-resistance-to-sitafloxacin-in-helicobacter-pylori-after-unsuccessful-eradication-with-sitafloxacin-containing-regimens
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Hideki Mori, Hidekazu Suzuki, Juntaro Matsuzaki, Tatsuhiro Masaoka, Takanori Kanai
Background and aim: Although sitafloxacin (STFX)-containing regimens are effective rescue treatments for Helicobacter pylori infection, prevalence of fluoroquinolone resistance in H. pylori has increased rapidly worldwide. The change in resistance levels and gyrA mutations, a major cause of fluoroquinolone resistance, after unsuccessful STFX-containing treatment has not been investigated. Methods: We conducted a retrospective, non-randomized study to compare the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of STFX and the location of gyrA mutations in H...
April 2018: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774132/natural-products-a-hope-for-glioblastoma-patients
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REVIEW
Raghupathy Vengoji, Muzafar A Macha, Surinder K Batra, Nicole A Shonka
Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most aggressive malignant tumors with an overall dismal survival averaging one year despite multimodality therapeutic interventions including surgery, radiotherapy and concomitant and adjuvant chemotherapy. Few drugs are FDA approved for GBM, and the addition of temozolomide (TMZ) to standard therapy increases the median survival by only 2.5 months. Targeted therapy appeared promising in in vitro monolayer cultures, but disappointed in preclinical and clinical trials, partly due to the poor penetration of drugs through the blood brain barrier (BBB)...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774130/targeting-invadopodia-mediated-breast-cancer-metastasis-by-using-abl-kinase-inhibitors
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Tomer Meirson, Alessandro Genna, Nikola Lukic, Tetiana Makhnii, Joel Alter, Ved P Sharma, Yarong Wang, Abraham O Samson, John S Condeelis, Hava Gil-Henn
Metastatic dissemination of cancer cells from the primary tumor and their spread to distant sites in the body is the leading cause of mortality in breast cancer patients. While researchers have identified treatments that shrink or slow metastatic tumors, no treatment that permanently eradicates metastasis exists at present. Here, we show that the ABL kinase inhibitors imatinib, nilotinib, and GNF-5 impede invadopodium precursor formation and cortactin-phosphorylation dependent invadopodium maturation, leading to decreased actin polymerization in invadopodia, reduced extracellular matrix degradation, and impaired matrix proteolysis-dependent invasion...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774111/ceragenin-csa-13-as-free-molecules-and-attached-to-magnetic-nanoparticle-surfaces-induce-caspase-dependent-apoptosis-in-human-breast-cancer-cells-via-disruption-of-cell-oxidative-balance
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Ewelina Piktel, Izabela Prokop, Urszula Wnorowska, Grzegorz Król, Mateusz Cieśluk, Katarzyna Niemirowicz, Paul B Savage, Robert Bucki
Natural antimicrobial peptides and ceragenins, as non-peptide amphipathic mimics, have been proposed as anti-cancer agents. To date, it has been confirmed that cathelicidin LL-37 and ceragenin CSA-13, both in free form and immobilized on the surface of magnetic nanoparticles (MNP@LL-37, MNP@CSA-13) induce apoptosis in colon cancer cells. Nevertheless, the question remains whether ceragenins, as synthetic analogs of LL-37 peptide and mimicking a number of its properties, act as antineoplastic agents in breast cancer cells, where LL-37 peptide stimulates oncogenesis...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774100/differential-proteomic-profile-of-leukemic-cd34-progenitor-cells-from-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-patients
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Maria Rosaria Ricciardi, Valentina Salvestrini, Roberto Licchetta, Simone Mirabilii, Mattia Forcato, Gabriele Gugliotta, Simona Salati, Fausto Castagnetti, Gianantonio Rosti, Massimo Breccia, Giuliana Alimena, Rossella Manfredini, Silvio Bicciato, Roberto Massimo Lemoli, Agostino Tafuri
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) is a stem cell disease sustained by a rare population of quiescent cells which are to some extent resistant to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). BCR-ABL oncogene activates multiple cross-talking signal transduction pathways (STP), such as RAS/MEK/ERK, PI3K/Akt, Wnt and STAT5, contributing to abnormal proliferation of clonal cells. From this perspective, the aim of this study was to analyze the expression and activation profile of STP involved in the mechanisms of cell proliferation/quiescence and survival of the progenitor CD34+ cells from chronic phase (CP) CML...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774087/severity-of-gastric-mucosal-atrophy-affects-the-healing-speed-of-post-endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-ulcers
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Taketo Otsuka, Mitsushige Sugimoto, Hiromitsu Ban, Toshiro Nakata, Masaki Murata, Atsushi Nishida, Osamu Inatomi, Shigeki Bamba, Akira Andoh
AIM: To investigate factors associated with the healing of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)-induced ulcers. METHODS: We enrolled 132 patients with gastric tumors scheduled for ESD. Following ESD, patients were treated with daily lansoprazole 30 mg or vonoprazan 20 mg. Ulcer size was endoscopically measured on the day after ESD and at 4 and 8 wk. The gastric mucosa was endoscopically graded according to the Kyoto gastritis scoring system. We assessed the number of patients with and without a 90% reduction in ulcer area at 4 wk post-ESD and scar formation at 8 wk, and looked for risk factors for slower healing...
May 16, 2018: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773780/moving-closer-to-tuberculosis-elimination-through-institutional-scientific-collaboration-opportunities-for-cuba-and-the-usa
#20
Helena J Chapman, Luisa A Armas-Pérez, Michael Lauzardo, Edilberto R González-Ochoa
Global efforts to eliminate tuberculosis by 2050 continue to challenge health systems. In countries with low reported tuberculosis incidence, such as the USA (3.1/100,000 population) and Cuba (6.9/100,000), differences in classification by income level and health systems' overall organizational structure are evident. However, the two countries' low tuberculosis incidence, geographic proximity, robust research capacity and shared health priority for tuberculosis elimination provide fertile territory to strengthen collaboration for tuberculosis control in clinical, laboratory and community settings...
April 2018: MEDICC Review
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