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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635681/antimicrobial-activity-of-nitric-oxide-releasing-ti-6al-4v-metal-oxide
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Nina A Reger, Wilson S Meng, Ellen S Gawalt
Titanium and titanium alloy materials are commonly used in joint replacements, due to the high strength of the materials. Pathogenic microorganisms can easily adhere to the surface of the metal implant, leading to an increased potential for implant failure. The surface of a titanium-aluminum-vanadium (Ti-6Al-4V) metal oxide implant material was functionalized to deliver an small antibacterial molecule, nitric oxide. S-nitroso-penicillamine, a S-nitrosothiol nitric oxide donor, was covalently immobilized on the metal oxide surface using self-assembled monolayers...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631826/effects-of-dietary-supplementation-of-red-pepper-schinus-terebinthifolius-raddi-essential-oil-on-performance-small-intestinal-morphology-and-microbial-counts-of-weanling-pigs
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Pedro Leon Gomes Cairo, Franz Dias Gois, Maicon Sbardella, Hebert Silveira, Roberto Maciel de Oliveira, Ivan Bezerra Allaman, Vinicius Souza Cantarelli, Leandro Batista Costa
BACKGROUND: Many strategies have been developed to improve intestinal health and performance of newly weaned piglets as the antibiotic growth promoters. Natural products such as essential oils have been scientifically recognized as growth enhancer feed additives for weanling pigs, replacing the antibiotics. Therefore, it has been hypothesized that Brazilian red pepper could replace performance-enhancing antibiotics also in weanling pig diets. However, one experiment was conducted to determine the effects of dietary Brazilian red pepper essential oil or antimicrobial growth promoter on intestinal health and growth performance of weanling pigs...
June 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630418/replacing-a-century-old-technique-modern-spectroscopy-can-supplant-gram-staining
#3
Shirly Berezin, Yaron Aviv, Hagit Aviv, Elad Goldberg, Yaakov R Tischler
Rapid and accurate Gram differentiation is paramount as the first step of pathogen identification and antibiotics administration. However, the current method requires additional reagents, is time-consuming, and is operator dependent. Here we show the principle of tip enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) can differentiate between Gram negative and positive species, by detecting the changes in tip-enhancement in the Raman scattering from the bacteria's lipid-bilayer membrane, which specifically enhances Gram negative bacteria...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629015/poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-poly-l-lactic-acid-co-%C3%A9-caprolactone-fibers-loaded-with-ciprofloxacin-as-wound-dressing-materials
#4
Heyu Li, Gareth R Williams, Junzi Wu, Haijun Wang, Xiaozhu Sun, Li-Min Zhu
In this work, we aimed to develop new materials to reduce the secondary injuries which can be imparted when replacing wound dressings. Electrospun fibers based on the thermoresponsive polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm), poly(l-lactic acid-co-ɛ-caprolactone) (PLCL), and the antibiotic ciprofloxacin (CIF) were prepared. The water contact angle of fibers made from a blend of PNIPAAm and PLCL changed dramatically when the temperature was increased above 32°C. Sustained release of CIF from the formulations was observed over >200h...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623367/bovine-antibodies-targeting-primary-and-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-disease-are-a-potent-antibiotic-alternative
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Melanie L Hutton, Bliss A Cunningham, Kate E Mackin, Shelley A Lyon, Meagan L James, Julian I Rood, Dena Lyras
The increased incidence of antibiotic resistant 'superbugs' has amplified the use of broad spectrum antibiotics worldwide. An unintended consequence of antimicrobial treatment is disruption of the gastrointestinal microbiota, resulting in susceptibility to opportunistic pathogens, such as Clostridium difficile. Paradoxically, treatment of C. difficile infections (CDI) also involves antibiotic use, leaving patients susceptible to re-infection. This serious health threat has led to an urgent call for the development of new therapeutics to reduce or replace the use of antibiotics to treat bacterial infections...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616299/rupture-of-right-sinus-of-valsalva-aneurysm-protruding-into-the-pulmonary-artery-with-aortic-and-pulmonary-valve-endocarditis
#6
Tae-Eun Jung, Jong-Hyun Baek, Dong-Hyup Lee
Rupture of right sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (SVA) protruding into the pulmonary artery with aortic and pulmonary valve endocarditis is rare. A 42-year-old man was admitted with fever and dyspnea. He was diagnosed with right sinus of Valsalva rupture with ventricular septal defect (VSD) and vegetation on both aortic and pulmonary valves. Dual exposure technique was performed. The base of the aneurysm sac was closed off, and, together with the VSD, was covered by a Gore-Tex patch. Aortic and pulmonary valves were replaced with mechanical valves...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611348/early-detection-of-subclinical-aortic-valve-endocarditis-with-the-cardiomems-heart-failure-system
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Sinan Sarsam, Georgy Kaspar, Shukri David, Marcel Zughaib
BACKGROUND The CardioMEMS Heart Failure System is a well validated tool to optimize management of systolic and diastolic heart failure and has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by 37%. We are reporting a unique case of acute aortic valve insufficiency as a first sign of endocarditis, detected early in a patient with the CardioMEMS device. CASE REPORT A 79-year-old man with dual bioprosthetic mitral and aortic valve replacement and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy had a CardioMEMS Heart Failure System implanted 2 months following valve replacement surgery...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610654/periprosthetic-infection-in-joint-replacement
#8
Christina Otto-Lambertz, Ayla Yagdiran, Franziska Wallscheid, Peer Eysel, Norma Jung
BACKGROUND: The volume of joint replacement surgery has risen steadily in recent years, because the population is aging and increasingly wishes to reserve a high functional status onward into old age. Infection is among the more common complications of joint replacement surgery, arising in 0.2% to 2% of patients, or as many as 9% in special situations such as the implantation of megaprostheses. The associated morbidity and mortality are high. It is thus very important to minimize risk factors for infection and to optimize the relevant diagnostic and therapeutic strategies...
May 26, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608662/prosthetic-valve-endocarditis-caused-by-hacek-organisms-a-case-reports-and-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#9
Ha Na Choi, Ki Ho Park, Soyoung Park, Jae Min Kim, Hyun Joon Kang, Jae Hun Park, Mi Suk Lee
HACEK is a rare cause of prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE). We describe 42-year-old male patient who presented with Aggregatibacter aphrophilus PVE and cerebral infarct. A. aphrophilus was isolated from his blood cultures as the sole pathogen, which was confirmed by subsequent 16S rRNA sequencing. He was treated with valve replacement surgery and an 8 week course of pathogen-directed antibiotic therapy and followed for 20 months without recurrence.
May 26, 2017: Infection & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607765/paediatric-bone-and-joint-infection
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REVIEW
Alexios D Iliadis, Manoj Ramachandran
Despite advances in understanding and management, paediatric osteoarticular infections continue to pose diagnostic difficulties for clinicians. Delays in diagnosis can lead to potentially devastating morbidity.No single investigation, including joint aspiration, is sufficiently reliable to diagnose conclusively paediatric bone and joint infection. Diagnosis should be based on a combination of clinical signs, imaging and laboratory investigations. Algorithms should supplement, and not replace, clinical decision making in all cases...
January 2017: EFORT open reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606538/antibacterial-activity-and-mechanisms-of-depolymerized-fucoidans-isolated-from-laminaria-japonica
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Ming Liu, Yixiang Liu, Min-Jie Cao, Guang-Ming Liu, Qingchou Chen, Lechang Sun, Haixiu Chen
Fucoidans, sulfated polysaccharides in brown algae, were depolymerized though high-pressure hydrolysis, and their antibacterial activity, structural properties, and antibacterial mechanisms were investigated in this work. The fucoidans from Laminaria japonica show no antibacterial activity before depolymerization; however, their depolymerized products can effectively (p<0.05) inhibit the proliferation of Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). The structure-activity study demonstrated that lower molecular weight and stronger polyanionic property can promote the antibacterial activity...
September 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587835/effect-of-physicochemical-properties-of-peptides-from-soy-protein-on-their-antimicrobial-activity
#12
Ning Xiang, Yuan Lyu, Xiao Zhu, Arun K Bhunia, Ganesan Narsimhan
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) kill microbial cells through insertion and damage/permeabilization of the cytoplasmic cell membranes and has applications in food safety and antibiotic replacement. Soy protein is an attractive, abundant natural source for commercial production of AMPs. In this research, explicit solvent molecular dynamics (MD) simulation was employed to investigate the effects of (i) number of total and net charges, (ii) hydrophobicity (iii) hydrophobic moment and (iv) helicity of peptides from soy protein on their ability to bind to lipid bilayer and their transmembrane aggregates to form pores...
June 3, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587320/distribution-characteristics-of-staphylococcus-spp-in-different-phases-of-periprosthetic-joint-infection-a-review
#13
Geyong Guo, Jiaxing Wang, Yanan You, Jiaqi Tan, Hao Shen
Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a devastating condition and Staphylococcus spp. are the predominant pathogens responsible, particularly coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) and Staphylococcus aureus. The aim of the present systematic review was to evaluate the distribution characteristics of specific Staphylococcus spp. in different PJI phases, reveal the effect of pathogens' feature on their distribution and suggest recommendations for antibiotic treatment of Staphylococcal PJI. The present systematic review was performed using PubMed and EMBASE databases with the aim to identify existing literature that presented the spectrum of Staphylococcus spp...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584461/infective-endocarditis-due-to-abiotrophia-defectiva-and-its-feared-complications-in-an-immunocompetent-person-rare-but-real
#14
Mohan Rudrappa, Laxmi Kokatnur
Abiotrophia defectiva is nutritional deficient streptococci that cannot be cultured on routine culture medias. Even though fastidious in growth requirement, it is a virulent bacterium preferentially affecting endovascular structures and is implicated in many culture-negative endocarditis cases. Unlike other organisms, it is known for heart valve destruction leading to heart failure and excessive embolization rates. It's inherent resistance to routinely used antibiotics also contributed to increased mortality and morbidity in affected individuals and warrants timely diagnosis and prompt treatment...
April 2017: Journal of Global Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584444/quantitative-structure-activity-relationship-study-of-the-anti-hepatitis-peptides-employing-random-forests-and-extra-trees-regressors
#15
Gunjan Mishra, Deepak Sehgal, Jayaraman K Valadi
Antimicrobial peptides are host defense peptides being viewed as replacement to broad-spectrum antibiotics due to varied advantages. Hepatitis is the commonest infectious disease of liver, affecting 500 million globally with reported adverse side effects in treatment therapy. Antimicrobial peptides active against hepatitis are called as anti-hepatitis peptides (AHP). In current work, we present Extratrees and Random Forests based Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) regression modeling using extracted sequence based descriptors for prediction of the anti-hepatitis activity...
2017: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579717/thoracic-ectopia-cordis-in-an-ethiopian-neonate
#16
Henok Tadele, Abeje Chanie
BACKGROUND: Ectopia Cordis is defined as complete or partial displacement of the heart outside the thoracic cavity. It is a rare congenital defect with failure of fusion of the sternum with extra thoracic location of the heart. The estimated prevalence of this case is 5.5 to 7.9 per million live births. CASE PRESENTATION: We had a case of a 16-hour-old male neonate weighing 2.9kg with externally visible, beating heart over the chest wall. Initial treatment included covering the heart with sterile-saline soaked dressing, starting systemic antibiotics and supportive care...
March 2017: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559466/inhaled-drug-therapy-2016-the-year-in-review
#17
Rajiv Dhand
Some recent salient publications related to inhaled drug therapy are discussed. Unexpectedly, a 2.5-μg once-daily dose of tiotropium (Respimat) had greater efficacy than the 5.0-μg daily dose. Occurrence of a reverse dose response serves to caution us that administering more drug is not always beneficial. Small-airway inflammation contributes to pathogenesis of asthma, especially severe asthma. However, there is no conclusive evidence that the use of small-particle aerosols to target small airways improves clinical outcomes in controlled clinical trials...
May 30, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554937/untargeted-antifungal-therapy-in-adult-patients-with-complicated-intra-abdominal-infection-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
#18
Marie Warrer Petersen, Anders Perner, Fredrik Sjövall, Morten Hylander Møller
INTRODUCTION: Intra-abdominal infections are the second most frequent cause of sepsis. In a recent cohort, fungal specimens were found in 51.9% of all patients with sepsis and peritonitis. Current systematic reviews comparing untargeted antifungal treatment with placebo or no treatment in patients who are critically ill have provided conflicting results, and clinical equipoise exists. Accordingly, we aim to assess patient-important benefits and harms of untargeted antifungal therapy versus placebo or no treatment in adult patients with complicated intra-abdominal infection...
May 29, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550063/an-environment-friendly-engineered-azotobacter-can-replace-substantial-amount-of-urea-fertilizer-and-yet-sustain-same-wheat-yield
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Umesh K Bageshwar, Madhulika Srivastava, Pedisetty Pardha-Saradhi, Sangeeta Paul, Sellamuthu Gothandapani, Ranjeet S Jaat, Prabha Shankar, Rajbir Yadav, Dipak R Biswas, Polumetla A Kumar, Jasdeep C Padaria, Pranab K Mandal, Kannepalli Annapurna, Hirendra K Das
In our endeavor to improve upon nitrogen fixation efficiency of a soil diazotroph that would be unaffected by synthetic nitrogenous fertilizers, we have deleted a part of the negative regulatory gene nifL and constitutively expressed the positive regulatory gene nifA in the chromosome of Azotobacter chroococcum CBD15, a strain isolated from the local field soil. No antibiotic resistance gene or other foreign gene was there in the chromosome of the engineered strain. Wheat seeds inoculated with this engineered strain, which we have named Azotobacter chroococcum HKD15, were tested for three years in pots and one year in the field...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547390/mono-substitution-effects-on-antimicrobial-activity-of-stapled-heptapeptides
#20
Huy X Luong, Do-Hee Kim, Ngoan T Mai, Bong-Jin Lee, Young-Woo Kim
We previously reported a de novo design of antimicrobial heptapeptide helices using Verdine's all-hydrocarbon peptide stapling system. One of the important structure-activity relationships we found from these previous studies was that extending of the hydrophobic face by replacing of alanine with leucine in positon 5 increases antimicrobial activity. In this study, to further improve the activity profile of this peptide series, we investigated the substitution effects of position 5 on conformational and proteolytic stability as well as antimicrobial and hemolytic activity...
May 25, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
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