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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541460/seminal-plasma-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-interferon-%C3%AE-ifng-and-c-x-c-motif-chemokine-ligand-8-cxcl8-fluctuate-over-time-within-men
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David J Sharkey, Kelton P Tremellen, Nancy E Briggs, Gustaaf A Dekker, Sarah A Robertson
STUDY QUESTION: Do seminal plasma pro-inflammatory cytokines interferon-γ (IFNG) and C-X-C motif chemokine ligand 8 (CXCL8) vary within individual men over time? SUMMARY ANSWER: IFNG exhibits substantial variation that is independent of duration of abstinence but correlates with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) content, while CXCL8 varies moderately in association with duration of abstinence. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Pro-inflammatory cytokines IFNG and CXCL8 in seminal fluid can adversely impact male and female fertility...
May 25, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540556/the-use-of-bacterial-bioremediation-of-metals-in-aquatic-environments-in-the-twenty-first-century-a-systematic-review
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Feliphe Lacerda Souza de Alencar, Julio Alejandro Navoni, Viviane Souza do Amaral
Metal pollution is a current environmental issue as a consequence of unregulated anthropic activiy. A wide range of bioremediation strategies have been successfully implemented to recover contaminated areas. Among them, bacterial bioremediation stands out as a promising tool to confront these types of concerns. This study aimed to compare and discuss worldwide scientific evolution of bacterial potential for metal bioremediation in aquatic ecosystems. The study consisted of a systematic review, elaborated through a conceptual hypothesis model, during the period from 2000 to 2016, using PubMed, MEDLINE, and SciELO databases as data resources...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539920/technological-microbiology-development-and-applications
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REVIEW
Luciana C Vitorino, Layara A Bessa
Over thousands of years, modernization could be predicted for the use of microorganisms in the production of foods and beverages. However, the current accelerated pace of new food production is due to the rapid incorporation of biotechnological techniques that allow the rapid identification of new molecules and microorganisms or even the genetic improvement of known species. At no other time in history have microorganisms been so present in areas such as agriculture and medicine, except as recognized villains...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527286/-possible-oral-transmission-of-chagas-disease-among-hydrocarbons-sector-workers-in-casanare-colombia-2014
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Liliana Patricia Zuleta-Dueñas, Ángela Johana López-Quiroga, Fernando Torres-Torres, Oneida Castañeda-Porras
INTRODUCTION: Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent for Chagas disease, can be transmitted by oral intake of contaminated food or drinks. During epidemiological week 14 of 2014, two cases of acute Chagas disease were notified among hydrocarbons sector workers in Paz de Ariporo, Casanare. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the affected population, to establish control and prevention measures and to confirm the outbreak. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted an outbreak investigation that included the following components: a) Search for symptomatic people compatible with Chagas disease according to the case definition for their referral to medical services; b) entomological survey (192/197 houses); c) sanitary inspection and microbiological analysis of food samples; and d) study of reservoirs...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525941/environmental-contamination-with-staphylococcus-aureus-at-a-large-midwestern-university-campus
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Dipendra Thapaliya, Mohammed Taha, Mark R Dalman, Jhalka Kadariya, Tara C Smith
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus can cause minor to severe life-threatening infections. The changing epidemiology of S. aureus is of public health concern due to the emergence of multi-drug resistant (MDR) strains. Environmental surfaces play a crucial role in the transmission of S. aureus. The objective of this study was to examine environmental contamination and molecular characteristics of S. aureus in health professional-associated (HPA) and non-health professional-associated (NHPA) buildings at a large university...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516821/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-outbreak-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-attributed-to-hospital-tap-water
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Cara Bicking Kinsey, Samir Koirala, Benjamin Solomon, Jon Rosenberg, Byron F Robinson, Antonio Neri, Alison Laufer Halpin, Matthew J Arduino, Heather Moulton-Meissner, Judith Noble-Wang, Nora Chea, Carolyn V Gould
OBJECTIVE To investigate an outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections and colonization in a neonatal intensive care unit. DESIGN Infection control assessment, environmental evaluation, and case-control study. SETTING Newly built community-based hospital, 28-bed neonatal intensive care unit. PATIENTS Neonatal intensive care unit patients receiving care between June 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014. METHODS Case finding was performed through microbiology record review. Infection control observations, interviews, and environmental assessment were performed...
May 18, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515629/microbial-competition-in-environmental-nosocomial-reservoirs-and-diffusion-capacity-of-oxa48-klebsiella-pneumoniae-potential-impact-on-patients-and-possible-control-methods
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REVIEW
R Herruzo, G Ruiz, M J Vizcaino, L Rivas, V Pérez-Blanco, M Sanchez
BACKGROUND: We have found clusters of Klebsiella pneumoniae with OXA48-carbepenemase cases in some hospital rooms, and decided to investigate whether bathroom siphons could be a reservoir for OXA48 bacteria, as occurs with K. oxytoca with other types of carbepenemases. METHODS: We evaluated the microbial competition between strains with OXA48 and VIM carbepenemases, in diluted nutrient-broth, on a slime germ-carrier. We compared the number of colonies at 5 and 10 days on the contaminated carriers with one or two strains...
March 2017: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514700/a-comparative-in-situ-decomposition-study-using-still-born-piglets-and-leaf-litter-from-a-deciduous-forest
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Ayodeji O Olakanye, Andrew Nelson, T Komang Ralebitso-Senior
A cadaver and dead plant organic matter, or litter, are rich energy sources that undergo a complex decomposition process, which impact the surrounding environmental microbiota. Advances in molecular microbiology techniques, with study of the 16S RNA genes, in particular, have highlighted the application of forensic ecogenomics in addressing key knowledge gaps. To investigate subsurface microbiome shifts as a novel tool to establish "postmortem microbial clock" and augment postmortem interval (PMI) and time-since-burial estimations, an in situ study with triplicate underground burials of piglets as human taphonomic proxies and Quercus robur leaf litter was monitored for 270 days...
May 6, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513150/production-of-caproic-acid-from-mixed-organic-waste-an-environmental-life-cycle-perspective
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Wei-Shan Chen, David P B T B Strik, Cees J N Buisman, Carolien Kroeze
Caproic acid is an emerging platform chemical with diverse applications. Recently, a novel biorefinery process, that is, chain elongation, was developed to convert mixed organic waste and ethanol into renewable caproic acids. In the coming years, this process may become commercialized, and continuing to improve on the basis of numerous ongoing technological and microbiological studies. This study aims to analyze the environmental performance of caproic acid production from mixed organic waste via chain elongation at this current, early stage of technological development...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512715/management-of-rainwater-harvesting-and-its-impact-on-the-health-of-people-in-the-middle-east-case-study-from-yatta-town-palestine
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Ilke Celik, Lina M A Tamimi, Issam A Al-Khatib, Defne S Apul
Water-related diseases are a primary problem in Palestine where many residents revert to harvested rainwater as their primary water source due to water shortages within the area. From an environmental engineering perspective, it is already well known that certain situations (e.g., cross contamination) reduce drinking water quality and ultimately cause diseases in a population. In this study, we investigated the social practices and situations that may lead to lower disease occurrence. Towards this goal, we surveyed 382 residents in Yatta to collect data on the water-related diseases that they experienced and the specific situations that might affect the disease occurrences such as the residents' practices (i) for maintaining a high quality of cistern water, (ii) for maintaining the environment around the cistern, and (iii) for managing the wastewater...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512003/towards-a-sustainable-biobased-industry-highlighting-the-impact-of-extremophiles
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REVIEW
Anna Krüger, Christian Schäfers, Carola Schröder, Garabed Antranikian
The transition of the oil-based economy towards a sustainable economy completely relying on biomass as renewable feedstock requires the concerted action of academia, industry, politics and civil society. An interdisciplinary approach of various fields such as microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics, chemical engineering and agriculture in addition to cross-sectional technologies such as economy, logistics and digitalization is necessary to meet the future global challenges. The genomic era has contributed significantly to the exploitation of naturés biodiversity also from extreme habitats...
May 13, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509357/characterization-of-microbial-mixtures-by-mass-spectrometry
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REVIEW
Todd R Sandrin, Plamen A Demirev
MS applications in microbiology have increased significantly in the past 10 years, due in part to the proliferation of regulator-approved commercial MALDI MS platforms for rapid identification of clinical infections. In parallel, with the expansion of MS technologies in the "omics" fields, novel MS-based research efforts to characterize organismal as well as environmental microbiomes have emerged. Successful characterization of microorganisms found in complex mixtures of other organisms remains a major challenge for researchers and clinicians alike...
May 16, 2017: Mass Spectrometry Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504899/metabolic-diversity-and-novelties-in-the-oomycetes
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Howard S Judelson
The eukaryotic microbes called oomycetes include many important saprophytes and pathogens, with the latter exhibiting necrotrophy, biotrophy, or obligate biotrophy. Understanding oomycete metabolism is fundamental to understanding these lifestyles. Genome mining and biochemical studies have shown that oomycetes, which belong to the kingdom Stramenopila, secrete suites of carbohydrate- and protein-degrading enzymes adapted to their environmental niches and produce unusual lipids and energy storage compounds...
May 15, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500038/enrichment-and-physiological-characterization-of-a-cold-adapted-nitrite-oxidizer-nitrotoga-sp-from-eelgrass-sediments
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Kento Ishii, Hirotsugu Fujitani, Kentaro Soh, Tatsunori Nakagawa, Reiji Takahashi, Satoshi Tsuneda
Nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB) are responsible for the second step of nitrification in natural and engineered ecosystems. The recently discovered genus Nitrotoga belongs to the Betaproteobacteria and has potentially high environmental importance. Although environmental clones affiliated with Nitrotoga are widely distributed, the limited number of cultivated Nitrotoga results in poor understanding of their ecophysiological features. In this study, we successfully enriched the non-marine cold-adapted Nitrotoga sp...
May 12, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494842/two-consecutive-large-outbreaks-of-salmonella-muenchen-linked-to-pig-farming-in-germany-2013-to-2014-is-something-missing-in-our-regulatory-framework
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Anika Schielke, Wolfgang Rabsch, Rita Prager, Sandra Simon, Angelika Fruth, Rüdiger Helling, Martin Schnabel, Claudia Siffczyk, Sina Wieczorek, Sabine Schroeder, Beate Ahrens, Hanna Oppermann, Stefan Pfeiffer, Sophie Susann Merbecks, Bettina Rosner, Christina Frank, Armin A Weiser, Petra Luber, Andreas Gilsdorf, Klaus Stark, Dirk Werber
In 2013, raw pork was the suspected vehicle of a large outbreak (n = 203 cases) of Salmonella Muenchen in the German federal state of Saxony. In 2014, we investigated an outbreak (n = 247 cases) caused by the same serovar affecting Saxony and three further federal states in the eastern part of Germany. Evidence from epidemiological, microbiological and trace-back investigations strongly implicated different raw pork products as outbreak vehicles. Trace-back analysis of S. Muenchen-contaminated raw pork sausages narrowed the possible source down to 54 pig farms, and S...
May 4, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492472/molecular-surveillance-of-cronobacter-spp-isolated-from-a-wide-variety-of-foods-from-44-different-countries-by-sequence-typing-of-16s-rrna-rpob-and-o-antigen-genes
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Nancy Miranda, Pratik Banerjee, Steven Simpson, Khalil Kerdahi, Irshad M Sulaiman
Cronobacter spp. are emerging infectious bacteria that can cause acute meningitis and necrotizing enterocolitis in neonatal and immunocompromised individuals. Although this opportunistic human-pathogenic microorganism has been isolated from a wide variety of food and environmental samples, it has been primarily linked to foodborne outbreaks associated with powdered infant formula. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration use the presence of these microbes as one of the criteria to assess food adulteration and to implement regulatory actions...
May 11, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489316/streptomyces-an-annotated-selection-of-world-wide-web-sites-relevant-to-the-topics-in-environmental-microbiology
#17
Lawrence P Wackett
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 10, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480288/culture-proven-thorn-associated-infections-in-arizona-10-year-experience-at-mayo-clinic
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Sierra C Simmons, Adriane I Budavari, Shimon Kusne, Nan Zhang, Holenarasipur R Vikram, Janis E Blair
BACKGROUND: Thorn injuries are common in the desert Southwest; however, the frequency and microbiology of thorn-associated infections have not been systematically described. Most information comes from case reports describing infections from atypical or environmental microorganisms. Our aim was to summarize the spectrum of thorn-associated infections. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of electronic health records for patients presenting to our institution from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2014 for treatment of thorn-associated injuries and then focused on the patients with cultures...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475783/national-survey-of-practices-to-prevent-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-and-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-thailand
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Anucha Apisarnthanarak, David Ratz, Thana Khawcharoenporn, Payal K Patel, David J Weber, Sanjay Saint, M Todd Greene
Background: We evaluated the extent to which hospital characteristics, infection control practices, and compliance with prevention bundles impacted multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) infections in Thai hospitals. Methods: From 1 January 2014 to 30 November 2014, we surveyed all Thai hospitals with an intensive care unit and ≥250 beds. Infection control practices for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR-AB) were assessed...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462680/does-placental-mdsc-mediated-modulation-of-arginine-levels-help-protect-the-foetus-from-auxotrophic-pathogens
#20
Abdul Qader Tahir Ismail
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are immunosuppressive precursors of dendritic cells, macrophages and granulocytes. MDSCs normally quickly differentiate, but have elevated levels in chronic infection and cancer, where they help tumours evade the immune system through induction of T-cell dysfunction. MDSC levels are also raised in pregnancy, and in the neonate. During pregnancy they may help to prevent maternal rejection of the semiallogenic foetus. In the immediate postnatal period they may aid in allowing tolerance of gut microbiological colonisation and non-pathological environmental antigens...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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