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Shuhong Zhang, Guangzhu Yang, Qinghua Ye, Qingping Wu, Jumei Zhang, Yuanbin Huang
Klebsiella pneumoniae is not only a major hospital-acquired pathogen but also an important food-borne pathogen that can cause septicaemia, liver abscesses, and diarrhea in humans. The phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of K. pneumoniae in retail foods have not been thoroughly investigated in China. The objective of this study was to characterize K. pneumoniae isolates through biotyping, serotyping, determination of virulence factors, antibiotic resistance testing, enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus-polymerase chain reaction (ERIC-PCR), and (GTG)5 -PCR molecular typing...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Ingo de Vries, Sarah Schreiber, Daniel Boßmann, Zawadi Hellmann, Jens Kopatz, Harald Neumann, Sascha Beutel
Polysialic acid (polySia) is a promising molecule for various medical applications (e.g., treatment of inflammatory neurodegenerative diseases). In this study a complete production process for human-identical α-(2,8)-linked polySia was developed using a disposable bioreactor for cultivation of Escherichia coli K1 and single-use membrane adsorbers for downstream processing (DSP). The cultivation process was optimized to minimize complex media components and a maturation process after cultivation was established...
March 2018: Biotechnology Reports
Sawsan Jaghsi, Taghrid Hammoud, Shaden Haddad
Background: In the past two decades, Vitamin K has been receiving more attention due to its role in bone health and metabolism. The bone mineral density does not remain steady with age, particularly declining after menopause. Objective: This study is aimed to investigate the relationship between bone mineral density and serum vitamin K1 levels in post-menopausal women, and to evaluate serum vitamin K1 levels as a potential biomarker for postmenopausal osteoporosis...
2018: Open Rheumatology Journal
Xinfeng Zhang, Lei Wang, Renpeng Li, Peiqiang Hou, Yuanqing Zhang, Ming Fang, Bin Hu
The objective of this study was to investigate the presence and characterization of Klebsiella pneumoniae (KP) from the intestinal tract. 43 KP strains were isolated from 551 stool specimens from diarrhea patients from 2013 to 2016,with a carriage rate of 7.80%. All isolates were hypervirulent KP (hvKp) strains with hypermucoviscosity (HM) phenotype. The virulence factors and antibiotic resistance exhibited diverse distribution. 2.33% (1/43), 2.33% (1/43), 6.98% (3/43), 6.98% (3/43), 4.65% (2/43), 11.63% (5/43) and 18...
March 14, 2018: Letters in Applied Microbiology
Cecilia Augustsson, Anders Svensson, Birgitte Kjaer, Tzu-Yuan Chao, Xia Wenjuan, Berit Olsen Krogh, Jens Breinholt, Jes Thorn Clausen, Ida Hilden, Helle Heibroch Petersen, Lars Christian Petersen
BACKGROUND: Initiation of coagulation is induced by binding of activated factor VII (FVIIa) to tissue factor (TF) and activation of factor X (FX) in a process regulated by tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI). TFPI contains three Kunitz-type protease inhibitor domains (K1-K3) of which K1 and K2 block the active sites of FVIIa and FXa respectively. OBJECTIVE: To produce a monoclonal antibody (mAb) directed towards K1, to characterize the binding epitope, and to study its effect on TFPI inhibition...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Taro Mukaibo, Takashi Munemasa, Alvin T George, Duy T Tran, Xin Gao, Jesse Herche, Chihiro Masaki, Gary E Shull, Manoocher Soleimani, James E Melvin
The solute carrier family 26 (SLC26) gene family encodes at least 10 different anion exchangers. SLC26 member 6 (SLC26A6 or CFEX/PAT-1) and cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) co-localize to the apical membrane of pancreatic duct cells where they act in concert to drive HCO3- and fluid secretion. By contrast, in the small intestine, SLC26A6 serves as the major pathway for oxalate secretion. However, little is known about the function of Slc26a6 in murine salivary glands. Here, RNA-Seq-based transcriptional profiling and Western blots revealed that Slc26a6 is highly expressed in mouse submandibular and sublingual salivary glands...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Gergő Dargó, Krisztina Boros, László Péter, Milo Malanga, Tamás Sohajda, Lajos Szente, György T Balogh
The present study was aimed to develop a medium-throughput screening technique for investigation of cyclodextrin (CD) - active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) complexes. Dual-phase potentiometric lipophilicity measurement, as gold standard technique, was combined with the partition coefficient method (plotting the reciprocal of partition coefficients of APIs as a function of CD concentration). A general equation was derived for determination of stability constants of 1:1 CD-API complexes (K1:1,CD ) based on solely the changes of partition coefficients (logPo/w N - logPapp N ), without measurement of the actual API concentrations...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Iwona Zwolak, Dorota Gołębiowska
With increasing human exposure to vanadium-containing compounds and growing concern over their impact on human health, identification of safe methods for efficient treatment of vanadium poisoning may be of value. In this study, using Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) cells, we show that the toxicity of vanadyl sulphate (VOSO4 ) is mitigated in the presence of sodium pyruvate. The exposure of CHO-K1 cells to 100 μM VOSO4 for 48 h induced significant cytotoxicity (measured with a resazurin assay) and elevation of the contents of malondialdehyde (MDA), a lipid peroxidation product, in the examined cells...
January 1, 2018: Toxicology and Industrial Health
Jin-Xin Zheng, Zhi-Wei Lin, Chen Chen, Zhong Chen, Fo-Jun Lin, Yang Wu, Si-Yu Yang, Xiang Sun, Wei-Ming Yao, Duo-Yun Li, Zhi-Jian Yu, Jia-Lin Jin, Di Qu, Qi-Wen Deng
Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteremia biofilm traits and distribution characteristics have not been clarified. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and characteristics of K. pneumoniae bacteremia biofilm formation (BF) and to explore the virulence factors associated with K. pneumoniae BF. A total of 250 K. pneumoniae bacteremia isolates were collected from patients in Shenzhen and Shanghai, China. Virulence genes in their genomes were detected by PCR. The isolates were subjected to multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and clonal complex (CC) classification based on housekeeping genes...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Ariela Gordon-Shaag, David P Piñero, Cyril Kahloun, David Markov, Tzadok Parnes, Liat Gantz, Einat Shneor
BACKGROUND: The VX120 (Visionix Luneau, France) is a novel multi-diagnostic platform that combines Hartmann-Shack based autorefraction, Placido-disk based corneal-topography and anterior segment measurements made with a stationary-Scheimpflug camera. We investigate the agreement between different parameters measured by the VX120 with accepted or gold-standard techniques to test if they are interchangeable, as well as to evaluate the repeatability and reproducibility. METHODS: The right-eyes of healthy subjects were included in the study...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Optometry
Mi Tian, Weijun Jian, Ling Sun, Yang Shen, Xiaoyu Zhang, Xingtao Zhou
BACKGROUND: Keratoconus typically presents in the teenage years and is more advanced in younger patients when compared with adults. In the present study, we aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of accelerated transepithelial corneal collagen cross-linking (ATE-CXL) in children with progressive keratoconus. METHODS: In this retrospective consecutive study, 18 eyes were enrolled from 17 pediatric patients (15 boys and 2 girls) with a mean age of 14.44 ± 1...
March 9, 2018: BMC Ophthalmology
Tian-Yun Jin, Shao-Qiang Li, Cui-Rong Jin, Hao Shan, Rui-Min Wang, Ming-Xing Zhou, Ai-Ling Li, Ling-Yu Li, Shui-Yao Hu, Tao Shen, Lan Xiang
Isoquinoline alkaloids possess a wide range of structural features and pharmaceutical activities and are promising drug candidates. Ten water-soluble catecholic isoquinolines were isolated from the medicinal plant Portulaca oleracea, including three new (1-3) and seven known compounds (4-10), along with the known catecholamines 11 and 12 and four other known compounds (13-16). A method of polyamide column chromatography using EtOAc-MeOH as the mobile phase was developed for the isolation of catecholic isoquinolines...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
Wei Sun, Xiabin Lan, Hao Zhang, Zhihong Wang, Wenwu Dong, Liang He, Ting Zhang, Ping Zhang, Jinhao Liu, Yuan Qin
Nuclear paraspeckle assembly transcript 1 (NEAT1), a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), is a core structural component of paraspeckles and is essential for paraspeckle formation. NEAT1 comprises two different isoforms: NEAT1_1 (3.7 kb) and NEAT1_2 (23 kb). Recently, NEAT1 has been shown to have oncogenic roles and to facilitate tumorigenesis in various human cancers. However, the function of NEAT1 in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is not well understood. The relative expression levels of NEAT1_2, ATPase family AAA domain-containing protein 2 (ATAD2), and microRNA-106b-5p (miR-106b-5p) were assessed via quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
March 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Raquel Bello-Morales, Beatriz Praena, Carmen de la Nuez, María Teresa Rejas, Milagros Guerra, Marcos Galán, Manuel Izquierdo, Víctor Calvo, Claude Krummenacher, José Antonio López-Guerrero
Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is a neurotropic pathogen that can infect many types of cells and establishes latent infections in neurons of sensory ganglia. In some cases, the virus spreads into the CNS causing encephalitis or meningitis. Cells infected with several different types of viruses may secrete microvesicles containing viral proteins and RNAs. In some instances, extracellular microvesicles harboring infectious virus have been found. Here we describe the features of shedding microvesicles released by the human oligodendroglial HOG cell line infected with HSV-1 and their participation in the viral cycle...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Virology
Yuri Bedjanian
The kinetics and products of the reaction of F + C2H4  products (1) have been studied in a discharge flow reactor combined with an electron impact ionization mass spectrometer at nearly 2 Torr total pressure of helium in the temperature range 298 - 950 K. The total rate constant of the reaction, k1 = (1.78 ± 0.30)×10-10 cm3molecule-1s-1, determined under pseudo-first order conditions, monitoring the kinetics of F-atom consumption in excess of C2H4, was found to be temperature independent in the temperature range used...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
P Vavra, L Karnik, M Skrobankova, J Jurcikova, P Ihnat, P Zonca, M Peteja, A El-Gendi, S Czudek
Liver resection is the standard treatment for any liver lesion. Laparoscopic liver resection is associated with lower intra-operative blood loss and fewer complications than open resection. Access to the posterior part of the right liver lobe is very uncomfortable and difficult for surgeons due the anatomic position, especially when employing laparoscopic surgery. Based on these experiences, a new laparoscopic device was developed that is capable of bending its long axis and allowing the application of radiofrequency energy in areas that were not technically accessible...
March 1, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Saumya S Srivastava, Hunain Alam, Sonam J Patil, Rashmi Shrinivasan, Sweta Raikundalia, Pratik Rajeev Chaudhari, Milind M Vaidya
Keratins 5/14 (K5/14) are intermediate filament proteins expressed in the basal layer of stratified epithelial cells and are known targets of p63. Previous research in our laboratory showed that upon K5/14 downregulation in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC)‑derived cells, there was an increase in intracellular Notch‑1 levels and differentiation markers such as involucrin, keratin 1 and a decrease in tumorigenic potential in vivo. However, the molecules involved in the K14 regulated cell differentiation and transformation are not known to date...
March 6, 2018: Oncology Reports
Tian Liao, Yuan-Jin Wang, Jia-Qian Hu, Yu Wang, Li-Tao Han, Ben Ma, Rong-Liang Shi, Ning Qu, Wen-Jun Wei, Qing Guan, Jun Xiang, Jia-Ying Chen, Guo-Hua Sun, Duan-Shu Li, Xiang-Ming Mu, Qing-Hai Ji
KMT5A (known as PR-Set7/9, SETD8 and SET8), a member of the SET domain containing methyltransferase family specifically targeting H4K20 for methylation, has been implicated in multiple biological processes. In the present study, we identified that KMT5A was elevated in 50 pairs of papillary thyroid cancer tissue samples and in cell lines K1 and TPC-1 by qRT-PCR and western blotting, as well as by immunohistochemical staining. CCK-8 assay and flow cytometric analysis revealed that inhibition of KMT5A attenuated proliferation and induced apoptosis...
March 5, 2018: Oncology Reports
Pooja Agarwal, A R Anvikar, C R Pillai, Kumkum Srivastava
Background & objectives: : The in vitro assays for susceptibility of Plasmodium falciparum to antimalarial drugs are important tools for monitoring drug resistance. During the present study, efforts were made to establish long-term continuous in vitro culture of Indian field isolates of P. falciparum and to determine their sensitivity to standard antimalarial drugs and antibiotics. Methods: Four (MZR-I, -II, -III and -IV) P. falciparum isolates were obtained from four patients who showed artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) from Mizoram, a north-eastern State of India, and characterized for their in vitro susceptibility to chloroquine diphosphate (CQ), quinine hydrochloride dehydrate, mefloquine, piperaquine, artemether, arteether, dihydro-artemisinin (DHA), lumefantrine and atovaquone and antibiotics, azithromycin and doxycycline...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
Thanh-Vy Phung, Véronique Houfflin-Debarge, Nassima Ramdane, Louise Ghesquière, Anne Delsalle, Capucine Coulon, Damien Subtil, Pascal Vaast, Charles Garabedian
BACKGROUND: The antibody primarily responsible for fetal anemia may influence treatment and prognosis. The primary objective was to compare ante- and postnatal management and the outcomes of maternal red blood cell (RBC) alloimmunizations according to the antibody involved. The secondary objective was to compare anti-D alloimmunizations according to associated number of antibodies. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A single-center study from 1999 to 2015 including maternal RBC alloimmunizations requiring intrauterine transfusion (IUT) was conducted...
March 6, 2018: Transfusion
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