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S A Sarker, B Berger, Y Deng, S Kieser, F Foata, D Moine, P Descombes, S Sultana, S Huq, P K Bardhan, V Vuillet, F Praplan, H Brüssow
A T4-like coliphage cocktail was given with different oral doses to healthy Bangladeshi children in a placebo-controlled randomized phase I safety trial. Fecal phage detection was oral dose dependent suggesting passive gut transit of coliphages through the gut. No adverse effects of phage application were seen clinically and by clinical chemistry. Similar results were obtained for a commercial phage preparation (Coliproteus from Microgen/Russia). By 16S rRNA gene sequencing only a low degree of fecal microbiota conservation was seen in healthy children from Bangladesh who were sampled over a time interval of 7 days suggesting a substantial temporal fluctuation of the fecal microbiota composition...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
Adrien Flahault, Marguerite Vignon, Marion Rabant, Aurélie Hummel, Laure-Hélène Noël, Danielle Canioni, Bertrand Knebelmann, Felipe Suarez, Khalil El Karoui
INTRODUCTION: We report the case of a multicentric Castleman disease (MCD) with initial renal involvement. Although the renal involvement in this case was typical of MCD, it constitutes a rare presentation of the disease, and in our case the renal manifestations led to the haematological diagnosis. CLINICAL FINDINGS/PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient was admitted for fever, diarrhea, anasarca, lymphadenopathies and acute renal failure. Despite intravenous rehydration using saline and albumin, renal function worsened and the patient required dialysis...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
J V Pai Dhungat
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June 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Patricia Díaz-Hellín, Victoria Naranjo, Juan Úbeda, Ana Briones
When exposed to mixtures of glucose and fructose, as occurs during the fermentation of grape juice into wine, Saccharomyces cerevisiae uses these sugars at different rates. Moreover, glucose and fructose are transported by the same hexose transporters (HXT), which present a greater affinity for glucose, so that late in fermentation, fructose becomes the predominant sugar. Only a few commercial fermentation activators are available to optimally solve the problems this entails. The aim of this study was to investigate the relation between HXT3 gene expression and fructose/glucose discrepancy in two different media inoculated with a commercial wine strain of S...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Yong-Jiang Zhang, Fulton E Rockwell, Adam C Graham, Teressa Alexander, N Michele Holbrook
We report a novel form of xylem dysfunction in angiosperms: reversible collapse of the xylem conduits of the smallest vein orders that demarcate and intrusively irrigate the areoles of Quercus rubra leaves. Cryo-scanning electron microscopy revealed gradual increases in collapse from ~ -2 MPa down to ~ -3 MPa, saturating thereafter (to -4 MPa). Over this range cavitation remained negligible in these veins. Imaging of rehydration experiments showed spatially variable recovery from collapse within 20 seconds, and complete recovery after two minutes...
October 12, 2016: Plant Physiology
Suchithranga M D C Perera, Udeep Chawla, Michael F Brown
Preparation and storage of functional membrane proteins such as G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are crucial to the processes of drug delivery and discovery. Here we describe a method of preparing powdered GPCRs using rhodopsin as the prototype. We purified rhodopsin in CHAPS detergent with low detergent to protein ratio so the bulk of the sample represented protein (ca. 72% w/w). Our new method for generating powders of membrane proteins followed by rehydration paves the way for conducting functional and biophysical experiments...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Sunil Pazhayanur Venkateswaran, Leviana Ercylina Nathan, Vimi Sunil Mutalik, Noor Hasni Shamsuddin
CONTEXT: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) consists of squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) arising in the upper aerodigestive tract and accounts for 5% of cancers worldwide. In Malaysia, cancers of the nasopharynx, larynx, tongue and oral cavity are among the top twenty most common cancers in men. Argyrophilic nuclear organizer regions (AgNORs) are increased from normal mucosa to premalignant lesions to malignant lesions and have been associated with tumor grade and prognosis of patients...
September 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
Jan Y Verbakel, Marieke B Lemiengre, Tine De Burghgraeve, An De Sutter, Bert Aertgeerts, Bethany Shinkins, Rafael Perera, David Mant, Ann Van den Bruel, Frank Buntinx
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care blood C-reactive protein (CRP) testing has diagnostic value in helping clinicians rule out the possibility of serious infection. We investigated whether it should be offered to all acutely ill children in primary care or restricted to those identified as at risk on clinical assessment. METHODS: Cluster randomised controlled trial involving acutely ill children presenting to 133 general practitioners (GPs) at 78 GP practices in Belgium. Practices were randomised to undertake point-of-care CRP testing in all children (1730 episodes) or restricted to children identified as at clinical risk (1417 episodes)...
October 6, 2016: BMC Medicine
Kenichi Komura, Yukiko Horibe, Hiroaki Yajima, Norihito Hiyoshi, Takuji Ikeda
A highly crystalline new precursor of CHA-type zeolite AlPO4-34 was obtained by using an aluminophosphate gel with a chiral diamine [(S)-(+)-1-(2-pyrrolidinylmethyl)pyrrolidine; C9H18N2] as an organic structure directing agent under hydrothermal synthesis conditions. This precursor (called GAM-1) was changed into the zeolite AlPO4-34 which had a high porosity (the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area is approximately 700 m(3) g(-1)) using calcination. The GAM-1 obtained was characterized by various measurements, e...
September 27, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Mary Caitlin Stevenson Wilcoxson, Samantha Louise Johnson, Veronika Pribyslavska, James Mathew Green, Eric Kyle O'Neal
Runners are unlikely to consume fluid during training bouts increasing the importance of recovery rehydration efforts. This study assessed urine specific gravity (USG) responses following runs in the heat with different recovery fluid intake volumes. Thirteen male runners completed 3 evening running sessions resulting in approximately 2,200±300 mL of sweat loss (3.1±0.4% body mass) followed by a standardized dinner and breakfast. Beverage fluid intake (pre/post-breakfast) equaled 1,565/2,093 mL (low; L), 2,065/2,593 mL (moderate; M) and 2,565/3,356 mL (high; H)...
October 6, 2016: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
Mohamed Taha Khoufi, Ali Mrabet, Abderraouf Ben Mansour, Khaled Lamine, Mustapha Ferjani, Mondher Yedeas
Exertional heat stroke is defined as hyperthermia associated with neurological signs related to intense physical activity performed in a hot environment. This is a medical emergency and life-threatening. In this study, we investigated four cases of exertional heat stroke hospitalized at the military hospital in Tunis (Tunisia) to describe the clinical, therapeutic and preventive characteristics and factors favoring this disease. Four young soldiers, 23 to 44 years older, have developed Exertional heat stroke after Intense and prolonged exercise...
April 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
Peder Digre, Evan Simpson, Shannon Cali, Belinda Lartey, Melissa Moodley, Ndack Diop
BACKGROUND: More than 500 000 young children die from dehydration caused by severe diarrhea each year, globally. Although routine use of oral rehydration solution (ORS) could prevent almost all of these deaths, ORS utilization remains low in many low-income countries. Previous research has suggested that misperceptions among caregivers may be an obstacle to wider use of ORS. METHODS: To better understand the extent of ORS utilization and the reasons for use or non-use in low-resource settings, the project team conducted a semi-structured, quantitative survey of 400 caregivers in Burkina Faso in 2014...
December 2016: Journal of Global Health
F C Fraser, R Corstanje, L K Deeks, J A Harris, M Pawlett, L C Todman, A P Whitmore, K Ritz
When dry soils are rewetted a pulse of CO2 is invariably released, and whilst this phenomenon has been studied for decades, the precise origins of this CO2 remain obscure. We postulate that it could be of chemical (i.e. via abiotic pathways), biochemical (via free enzymes) or biological (via intact cells) origin. To elucidate the relative contributions of the pathways, dry soils were either sterilised (double autoclaving) or treated with solutions of inhibitors (15% trichloroacetic acid or 1% silver nitrate) targeting the different modes...
October 2016: Soil Biology & Biochemistry
Kevin L Schauer, Christophe M R LeMoine, Adrian Pelin, Nicolas Corradi, Wesley C Warren, Martin Grosell
Marine teleost fish produce CaCO3 in their intestine as part of their osmoregulatory strategy. This precipitation is critical for rehydration and survival of the largest vertebrate group on earth, yet the molecular mechanisms that regulate this reaction are unknown. Here, we isolate and characterize an organic matrix associated with the intestinal precipitates produced by Gulf toadfish (Opsanus beta). Toadfish precipitates were purified using two different methods, and the associated organic matrix was extracted...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
Thomas G Simnadis, Linda C Tapsell, Eleanor J Beck
CONTEXT: Sorghum, an ancient grain originating in Africa, may have health-protective properties that could encourage its consumption among those who do not traditionally consume it. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the health effects associated with the consumption of sorghum among humans. DATA SOURCES: Academic databases were searched for relevant studies published between 1985 and November 2015. STUDY SELECTION: Nineteen studies -13 interventional and 6 observational - were identified for inclusion...
September 30, 2016: Nutrition Reviews
A C Moore, D L Burris
OBJECTIVE: During exercise, cartilage recovers interstitial fluid lost during inactivity, which explains how tissue thickness and joint space are maintained over time. This recovery phenomenon is currently explained by a combination of osmotic swelling during intermittent bath exposure and sub-ambient pressurization during unloading. This paper tests an alternate hypothesis that cartilage can retain and recover interstitial fluid in the absence of bath exposure and unloading when physiological hydrodynamics are present...
September 30, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Angelo Rellama Agduma, Maribel Dionisio Sese
The biochemical changes in two Selaginella species namely, S. tamariscina (Beauv.) Spring and S. plana (Desv. ex Poir.) Heiron., as induced by desiccation and subsequent rehydration were explored. Plants were allowed to dehydrate naturally by withholding irrigation until shoot's relative water content (RWC) reached <10%. After which, dehydrated plants were watered until fully rehydrated states were obtained which was about 90% RWC or more. Desiccation-tolerance characteristics were observed in S. tamariscina while desiccation-sensitivity features were seen in S...
August 2016: Tropical Life Sciences Research
Benjamin D Grant, Chelsey A Smith, Philip E Castle, Michael E Scheurer, Rebecca Richards-Kortum
OBJECTIVE: To develop and evaluate a paper-based point-of-care HPV serology test to determine if an individual has received two or more HPV immunizations. METHODS: The paper-based immunoassay was constructed using a nitrocellulose lateral flow strip with adsorbed HPV16 virus-like particles serving as the capturing moiety. Three capture zones containing virus-like particles were placed in series to allow for visual discrimination between high and low HPV16 plasma antibody concentrations...
September 22, 2016: Vaccine
Paul-Georges Reuter, Thibaut Desmettre, Sabine Guinemer, Olivier Ducros, Stéphane Begey, Agnès Ricard-Hibon, Laurianne Billier, Océane Grignon, Isabelle Megy-Michoux, Jean-Noël Latouff, Adeline Sourbes, Julien Latier, Isabelle Durand-Zaleski, Frédéric Lapostolle, Eric Vicaut, Frédéric Adnet
BACKGROUND: Telephone consultations in general practice are on the increase. However, data on their efficiency in terms of out-of-hours general practitioner (GP) workload, visits to hospital emergency departments (ED), cost, patient safety and satisfaction are relatively scant. The aim of this trial is to assess the effectiveness of telephone consultations provided by French emergency call centres in patients presenting with isolated fever or symptoms of gastroenteritis, mainly encountered diseases...
2016: Trials
Takuma Hashimoto, Daiki D Horikawa, Yuki Saito, Hirokazu Kuwahara, Hiroko Kozuka-Hata, Tadasu Shin-I, Yohei Minakuchi, Kazuko Ohishi, Ayuko Motoyama, Tomoyuki Aizu, Atsushi Enomoto, Koyuki Kondo, Sae Tanaka, Yuichiro Hara, Shigeyuki Koshikawa, Hiroshi Sagara, Toru Miura, Shin-Ichi Yokobori, Kiyoshi Miyagawa, Yutaka Suzuki, Takeo Kubo, Masaaki Oyama, Yuji Kohara, Asao Fujiyama, Kazuharu Arakawa, Toshiaki Katayama, Atsushi Toyoda, Takekazu Kunieda
Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are small aquatic animals. Some tardigrade species tolerate almost complete dehydration and exhibit extraordinary tolerance to various physical extremes in the dehydrated state. Here we determine a high-quality genome sequence of Ramazzottius varieornatus, one of the most stress-tolerant tardigrade species. Precise gene repertoire analyses reveal the presence of a small proportion (1.2% or less) of putative foreign genes, loss of gene pathways that promote stress damage, expansion of gene families related to ameliorating damage, and evolution and high expression of novel tardigrade-unique proteins...
September 20, 2016: Nature Communications
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