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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914069/protein-based-strategies-to-identify-and-isolate-bacterial-virulence-factors
#1
Rolf Lood, Inga-Maria Frick
Protein-protein interactions play important roles in bacterial pathogenesis. Surface-bound or secreted bacterial proteins are key in mediating bacterial virulence. Thus, these factors are of high importance to study in order to elucidate the molecular mechanisms behind bacterial pathogenesis. Here, we present a protein-based strategy that can be used to identify and isolate bacterial proteins of importance for bacterial virulence, and allow for identification of both unknown host and bacterial factors. The methods described have among others successfully been used to identify and characterize several IgG-binding proteins, including protein G, protein H, and protein L...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909195/morbidity-scoring-after-abdominal-surgery
#2
Rolf Graf, Paolo Cinelli, Margarete Arras
Postoperative monitoring of pain and distress in small rodents is not standardized, and widely accepted score sheets are not available. Here we describe a score sheet used in abdominal surgery of rodents, with particular reference to procedures involving the liver.
December 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908997/genome-sequence-of-the-acetogenic-bacterium-butyribacterium-methylotrophicum-dsm-3468t
#3
Frank R Bengelsdorf, Anja Poehlein, Bettina Schiel-Bengelsdorf, Rolf Daniel, Peter Dürre
Butyribacterium methylotrophicum DSM 3468(T) is an acetogenic methylotrophic, anaerobic, carbon monoxide-oxidizing bacterium that produces acetate, butyrate, and butanol. The genome consists of a single chromosome (4.3 Mb) and harbors 3,989 predicted protein-encoding genes.
December 1, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908843/treatment-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-by-telemedically-supported-paramedics-compared-with-physician-based-treatment-a-prospective-interventional-multicenter-trial
#4
Jörg C Brokmann, Clemens Conrad, Rolf Rossaint, Sebastian Bergrath, Stefan K Beckers, Miriam Tamm, Michael Czaplik, Frederik Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Prehospital treatment of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in German emergency medical services (EMSs) is reserved for EMS physicians due to legal issues. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this prospective, interventional, multicenter trial was to evaluate the quality of telemedically-delegated therapy and the possible complications in patients with ACS. METHODS: After approval by the ethics committee and trial registration, a one-year study phase was started in August 2012 with 5 ambulances, telemedically equipped and staffed with paramedics, in 4 German EMS districts...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908594/rucaparib-in-relapsed-platinum-sensitive-high-grade-ovarian-carcinoma-ariel2-part-1-an-international-multicentre-open-label-phase-2-trial
#5
Elizabeth M Swisher, Kevin K Lin, Amit M Oza, Clare L Scott, Heidi Giordano, James Sun, Gottfried E Konecny, Robert L Coleman, Anna V Tinker, David M O'Malley, Rebecca S Kristeleit, Ling Ma, Katherine M Bell-McGuinn, James D Brenton, Janiel M Cragun, Ana Oaknin, Isabelle Ray-Coquard, Maria I Harrell, Elaina Mann, Scott H Kaufmann, Anne Floquet, Alexandra Leary, Thomas C Harding, Sandra Goble, Lara Maloney, Jeff Isaacson, Andrew R Allen, Lindsey Rolfe, Roman Yelensky, Mitch Raponi, Iain A McNeish
BACKGROUND: Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors have activity in ovarian carcinomas with homologous recombination deficiency. Along with BRCA1 and BRCA2 (BRCA) mutations genomic loss of heterozygosity (LOH) might also represent homologous recombination deficiency. In ARIEL2, we assessed the ability of tumour genomic LOH, quantified with a next-generation sequencing assay, to predict response to rucaparib, an oral PARP inhibitor. METHODS: ARIEL2 is an international, multicentre, two-part, phase 2, open-label study done at 49 hospitals and cancer centres in Australia, Canada, France, Spain, the UK, and the USA...
November 28, 2016: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908413/trace-element-and-cytokine-concentrations-in-patients-with-fibrodysplasia-ossificans-progressiva-fop-a-case-control-study
#6
Laura Hildebrand, Timo Gaber, Peter Kühnen, Rolf Morhart, Heinz Unterbörsch, Lutz Schomburg, Petra Seemann
Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a rare inherited disease characterized by progressive heterotopic ossification. Disease onset, severity and symptoms vary between FOP patients, as does the frequency and activity of so-called flare-ups, during which tendons, ligaments, muscle and soft tissue are replaced by bone. Traumata, infections or other stressors are known inducers of flare-ups, and the hormone Activin A may be involved in disease activity; however, reliable biomarkers for FOP activity are missing, and the basal trace element and inflammatory state of patients are unknown...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907986/do-i-need-a-mentor-or-a-coach
#7
Ann Rolfe
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Korean Journal of Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906824/selection-of-patients-for-initial-clinical-trials-of-solid-organ-xenotransplantation
#8
David K C Cooper, Martin Wijkstrom, Sundaram Hariharan, Joshua L Chan, Avneesh Singh, Keith Horvath, Muhammad Mohiuddin, Arielle Cimeno, Rolf N Barth, John C LaMattina, Richard N Pierson
Several groups have reported extended survival of genetically-engineered pig organs in nonhuman primates, varying from almost 10 months for life-supporting kidney grafts and >2 years for nonlife-supporting heart grafts to less than 1 month for life-supporting liver and lung grafts. We have attempted to define groups of patients who may not have an option to wait for an allograft. These include kidney, heart, and lung candidates who are highly-allosensitized. In addition, some kidney candidates (who have previously lost at least 2 allografts from rapid recurrence of native kidney disease) have a high risk of further recurrence and will not be offered a repeat allotransplant...
December 1, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905107/co-operative-suppression-of-inflammatory-responses-in-human-dendritic-cells-by-plant-proanthocyanidins-and-products-from-the-parasitic-nematode-trichuris-suis
#9
Andrew R Williams, Elsenoor J Klaver, Lisa C Laan, Aina Ramsay, Christos Fryganas, Rolf Difborg, Helene Kringel, Jess D Reed, Irene Mueller-Harvey, Søren Skov, Irma van Die, Stig M Thamsborg
Interactions between dendritic cells (DCs) and environmental, dietary and pathogen antigens play a key role in immune homeostasis and regulation of inflammation. Dietary polyphenols such as proanthocyanidins (PAC) may reduce inflammation, and we therefore hypothesized that PAC may suppress lipopolysaccharide (LPS) -induced responses in human DCs and subsequent T helper type 1 (Th1) -type responses in naive T cells. Moreover, we proposed that, because DCs are likely to be exposed to multiple stimuli, the activity of PAC may synergise with other bioactive molecules that have anti-inflammatory activity, e...
November 7, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903800/genetic-variability-of-myxoma-virus-genomes
#10
Christoph Braun, Andrea Thürmer, Rolf Daniel, Anne-Kathrin Schultz, Ingo Bulla, Horst Schirrmeier, Dietmar Mayer, Andreas Neubert, Claus-Peter Czerny
: Myxomatosis is a recurrent problem on rabbit farms throughout Europe despite the success of vaccines. To identify gene variations of field and vaccine strains that may be responsible for changes in virulence, immunomodulation, and immunoprotection, the genomes of 6 Myxoma virus strains (MYXV) were sequenced: German field isolates Munich-1, FLI-H, 2604, 3207, vaccine strain MAV, and challenge strain ZA. The analyzed genomes ranged from 147.6 kb (strain MAV) to 161.8 kb (strain 3207) in size...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903123/drug-priming-enhances-radiosensitivity-of-adamantinomatous-craniopharyngioma-via-downregulation-of-survivin
#11
Christina Stache, Christiane Bils, Rudolf Fahlbusch, Jörg Flitsch, Michael Buchfelder, Harald Stefanits, Thomas Czech, Udo Gaipl, Benjamin Frey, Rolf Buslei, Annett Hölsken
OBJECTIVE In this study, the authors investigated the underlying mechanisms responsible for high tumor recurrence rates of adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma (ACP) after radiotherapy and developed new targeted treatment protocols to minimize recurrence. ACPs are characterized by the activation of the receptor tyrosine kinase epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), known to mediate radioresistance in various tumor entities. The impact of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) gefitinib or CUDC-101 on radiation-induced cell death and associated regulation of survivin gene expression was evaluated...
December 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902566/conditioned-pain-modulation-in-non-specific-chronic-back-pain-patients-with-chronic-local-pain-chronic-widespread-pain-and-fibromyalgia
#12
Andreas Gerhardt, Wolfgang Eich, Rolf-Detlef Treede, Jonas Tesarz
Findings considering conditioned pain modulation (CPM) in chronic back pain (CBP) are contradictory. This might be because many CBP patients report pain in further areas of the body and altered CPM might influence spatial extent of pain rather than CBP per se. Therefore, we compared CPM in CBP patients with different pain extent. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients, for whom CPM-impairment is reported most consistently, were measured for comparison.Based on clinical evaluation and pain-drawings patients were categorized into chronic local back pain (CLP; n=53), chronic widespread back pain (CWP; n=32), and FMS (n=92)...
November 28, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902273/racemicystis-persica-sp-nov-a-novel-myxobacterium-from-iranian-soil
#13
Joachim Wink, Azam Moradi, Gholam Hosein Ebrahimipour, Kathrin Mohr, Peter Kämpfer, Stefanie Glaeser, Fabienne Hennessen, Katja Gemperlein, Awal Prasad Ram, Corinna Wolf, Rolf Müller
A novel myxobacterium, strain MSr11462T, was isolated in 2015 from a soil sample collected from Kish Island beach, Persian Gulf, Iran. It displayed general myxobacterial features like Gram negative staining, rod shaped vegetative cells, gliding on solid surfaces, microbial lytic activity, fruiting body like aggregates and myxospore like structures. The strain was mesophilic, aerobic and showed chemoheterotrophic mode of nutrition. It was resistant to many antibiotics like gentamycin, polymyxin, Fusidic acid and trimethopril and the key fatty acids of whole cell hydrolysates were iso-C15:0, C16:0, iso-C17:0, C18:1 , iso-C17:1 2-OH, C18:1 2-OH, iso-C15:0 OAG (O-alkylglycerol), and C16:1 OAG...
November 11, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900794/fast-and-efficient-free-induction-decay-mr-spectroscopic-imaging-of-the-human-brain-at-9-4-tesla
#14
Grzegorz L Chadzynski, Jonas Bause, Gunamony Shajan, Rolf Pohmann, Klaus Scheffler, Philipp Ehses
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to develop a fast and efficient MRSI-FID acquisition scheme and test its performance in vivo. The aim was to find a trade-off between the minimal total acquisition time and signal-to-noise ratio of the acquired spectra. METHODS: Measurements were performed on a 9.4 Tesla system. Sequence optimization included redesign of water suppression, optimization of the sequence gradients, and improvement of the sampling efficiency by minimizing the read-out time...
November 29, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900778/predicting-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-treatment-response-in-refugees-multilevel-analysis
#15
Joris F G Haagen, F Jackie June Ter Heide, Trudy M Mooren, Jeroen W Knipscheer, Rolf J Kleber
OBJECTIVES: Given the recent peak in refugee numbers and refugees' high odds of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), finding ways to alleviate PTSD in refugees is of vital importance. However, there are major differences in PTSD treatment response between refugees, the determinants of which are largely unknown. This study aimed at improving PTSD treatment for adult refugees by identifying PTSD treatment response predictors. DESIGN: A prospective longitudinal multilevel modelling design was used to predict PTSD severity scores over time...
November 30, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900695/function-based-metagenomic-library-screening-and-heterologous-expression-strategy-for-genes-encoding-phosphatase-activity
#16
Genis A Castillo Villamizar, Heiko Nacke, Rolf Daniel
The release of phosphate from inorganic and organic phosphorus compounds can be mediated enzymatically. Phosphate-releasing enzymes, comprising acid and alkaline phosphatases, are recognized as useful biocatalysts in applications such as plant and animal nutrition, bioremediation and diagnostic analysis. Metagenomic approaches provide access to novel phosphatase-encoding genes. Here, we describe a function-based screening approach for rapid identification of genes conferring phosphatase activity from small-insert and large-insert metagenomic libraries derived from various environments...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900680/construction-of-small-insert-and-large-insert-metagenomic-libraries
#17
Carola Simon, Rolf Daniel
The vast majority of the Earth's biological diversity is hidden in uncultured and yet uncharacterized microbial genomes. The construction of metagenomic libraries is a cultivation-independent molecular approach to assess this unexplored genetic reservoir. High numbers of novel biocatalysts have been identified by function-based or sequence-based screening of metagenomic libraries derived from various environments. Here, we describe detailed protocols for the construction of metagenomic small-insert and large-insert libraries in plasmids and fosmids, respectively, from environmental DNA...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899752/patent-foramen-ovale-and-cryptogenic-strokes-in-the-stroke-in-young-fabry-patients-study
#18
Roman Huber, Ulrike Grittner, Frank Weidemann, Vincent Thijs, Christian Tanislav, Christian Enzinger, Franz Fazekas, Markus Wolf, Michael G Hennerici, Dominick J H McCabe, Jukaa Putaala, Turgut Tatlisumak, Christoph Kessler, Bettina von Sarnowski, Peter Martus, Edwin Kolodny, Bo Norrving, Arndt Rolfs
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is disproportionately prevalent in patients with cryptogenic stroke. Without alternative explanations, it is frequently considered to be causative. A detailed stratification of these patients may improve the identification of incidental PFO. METHODS: We investigated the PFO prevalence in 3497 transient ischemic attack and ischemic stroke patients aged 18 to 55 years in the prospective multicenter SIFAP1 study (Stroke in Young Fabry Patients 1) using the ASCO classification...
November 29, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897337/spectroscopic-structural-and-kinetic-investigation-of-the-ultrafast-spin-crossover-in-an-unusual-cobalt-ii-semiquinonate-radical-complex
#19
Fabian Rupp, Katharina Chevalier, Michèle Graf, Markus Schmitz, Harald Kelm, Anneken Grün, Manuel Zimmer, Markus Gerhards, Christoph van Wüllen, Hans-Jörg Krüger, Rolf Diller
A comprehensive spectroscopic and structural investigation of [CoII(L-N4tBu2)(dbsq)][B(p-C6H4Cl)4] (1, L-N4tBu2 = N,N'-di-tert-butyl-2,11-diaza[3.3](2,6)pyridinophane, dbsq1- = 3,5-di-tert-butylsemiquinonate), the first known octahedral complex with a low-spin (ls) CoII semiquinonate ground state, is reported. Above 200 K, solids as well as solutions of 1 exhibit thermally induced spin-crossover (SCO) from the ls to the high-spin (hs) CoII semiquinonate state instead of the frequently observed valence tautomerism from ls CoIII catecholate to hs CoII semiquinonate...
November 29, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896752/parameterized-algorithmics-for-finding-exact-solutions-of-np-hard-biological-problems
#20
Falk Hüffner, Christian Komusiewicz, Rolf Niedermeier, Sebastian Wernicke
Fixed-parameter algorithms are designed to efficiently find optimal solutions to some computationally hard (NP-hard) problems by identifying and exploiting "small" problem-specific parameters. We survey practical techniques to develop such algorithms. Each technique is introduced and supported by case studies of applications to biological problems, with additional pointers to experimental results.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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