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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938025/the-kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-kshv-non-structural-membrane-protein-k15-is-required-for-viral-lytic-replication-and-may-represent-a-therapeutic-target
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Bizunesh Abere, Tamrat M Mamo, Silke Hartmann, Naira Samarina, Elias Hage, Jessica Rückert, Sven-Kevin Hotop, Guntram Büsche, Thomas F Schulz
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is the infectious cause of the highly vascularized tumor Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), which is characterized by proliferating spindle cells of endothelial origin, extensive neo-angiogenesis and inflammatory infiltrates. The KSHV K15 protein contributes to the angiogenic and invasive properties of KSHV-infected endothelial cells. Here, we asked whether K15 could also play a role in KSHV lytic replication. Deletion of the K15 gene from the viral genome or its depletion by siRNA lead to reduced virus reactivation, as evidenced by the decreased expression levels of KSHV lytic proteins RTA, K-bZIP, ORF 45 and K8...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936426/comparison-of-diabetic-and-non-diabetic-human-leukocytic-responses-to-different-capsule-types-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-responsible-for-causing-pyogenic-liver-abscess
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I Russel Lee, Ethel Sng, Kok-Onn Lee, James S Molton, Monica Chan, Shirin Kalimuddin, Ezlyn Izharuddin, David C Lye, Sophia Archuleta, Yunn-Hwen Gan
The major risk factor for Klebsiella liver abscess (KLA) is type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), but the immunological mechanisms involved in the increased susceptibility are poorly defined. We investigated the responses of neutrophils and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) to hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae (hvKP), the causative agent of KLA. DNA and myeloperoxidase levels were elevated in the plasma of KLA patients compared to uninfected individuals indicating neutrophil activation, but diabetic status had no effect on these neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) biomarkers in both subject groups...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934658/changes-in-activation-energy-and-kinetics-of-heat-activated-persulfate-oxidation-of-phenol-in-response-to-changes-in-ph-and-temperature
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Jie Ma, Haiyan Li, Liping Chi, Hongkun Chen, Changzhao Chen
Persulfate (peroxydisulfate, S2O8(2-)) is the newest oxidant used for the in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) remediation of soil and groundwater. The present study investigated impacts of solution pH, temperature, and persulfate concentration on the reaction rate constant (k1), activation energy (Ea), and reaction order of the heat-activated persulfate process. Phenol was chosen as the model organic contaminant. As temperature increased from 30 °C to 70 °C, k1 exhibited a significant increase from 0.003 h(-1)∼0...
September 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928080/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-driving-aberrant-keratin-expression-pattern-contributes-to-the-pathogenesis-of-psoriasis
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Man Jiang, Bing Li, Jieyu Zhang, Lei Hu, Erle Dang, Gang Wang
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease severely affecting patients' physical and psychological well-being. Aberrant keratin expression in psoriasis plays a crucial role in keratinocyte dysfunction and disease development. Little is yet known about the mechanism of this keratin dysregulation. VEGF (Vascular endothelial growth factor) is significantly elevated in psoriatic patients and VEGFRs are detected on keratinocytes, leading to our hypothesis that this keratin dysregulation may be regulated by VEGF...
September 16, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923325/amino-acid-mixture-acts-as-a-potent-vegf-lowering-agent-in-cho-k1-cells-exposed-to-high-glucose
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Radhakrishnan Selvi, Renganathan Bhuvanasundar, Narayanasamy Angayarkanni
BACKGROUND: Though the role of amino acids in Diabetes Mellitus is controversial, the beneficial effect of amino acids in Diabetes Mellitus has been reported based on its anti-glycating property and insulin potentiating effects. In the current study, we evaluated the ROS generation and VEGF expression in CHO-K1 cells induced by high glucose concentration. The effect of amino acids treatment was studied under this condition to evaluate the VEGF lowering effect. METHOD: CHO-K1 cells were treated various concentration of glucose (7 mmol, 17 mmol and 27 mmol) with and without free amino acids (5 mmol) or the amino acids mixture (AAM)...
April 2017: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921524/karyotype-variation-of-cho-host-cell-lines-over-time-in-culture-characterized-by-chromosome-counting-and-chromosome-painting
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Sabine Vcelar, Vaibhav Jadhav, Michael Melcher, Norbert Auer, Astrid Hrdina, Rebecca Sagmeister, Kelley Heffner, Anja Puklowski, Michael Betenbaugh, Till Wenger, Friedrich Leisch, Martina Baumann, Nicole Borth
Genomic rearrangements are a common phenomenon in rapidly growing cell lines such as Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, a feature that in the context of production of biologics may lead to cell line and product instability. Few methods exist to assess such genome wide instability. Here we use the population distribution of chromosome numbers per cell as well as chromosome painting to quantify the karyotypic variation in several CHO host cell lines. CHO-S, CHO-K1 8mM glutamine and CHO-K1 cells adapted to grow in media containing no glutamine were analyzed over up to 6 months in culture...
September 16, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919761/effects-of-bromadiolone-poisoning-on-the-central-nervous-system
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Meiling Wang, Yanfeng Yang, Yiwei Hou, Wenbin Ma, Rui Jia, Jinbo Chen
Cases of rodenticide poisoning (second-generation long-acting dicoumarin rodenticide, superwarfarin) have occasionally been reported. The main symptoms of bromadiolone poisoning are skin mucosa hemorrhage, digestive tract hemorrhage, and hematuresis. However, the symptoms of central nervous system toxicity have rarely been reported. Our case reports on a 41-year-old male who had no contact with bromadiolone. His main symptoms were dizziness, unsteady gait, and abnormal behavior. Laboratory test results revealed the presence of bromadiolone in his blood and urine, a longer prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, and a high international normalized ratio...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919583/polyclonal-antibody-against-different-extracellular-subdomains-of-her2-induces-tumor-growth-inhibition-in-vitro
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Reza Hosseini Ghatar, Tahereh Soltantoyeh, Motahareh Bahadori, Jalal Khoshnoodi, Forough Golsaz Shirazi, Mahmood Jeddi Tehrani, Mohammad Mehdi Amiri, Fazel Shokri
BACKGROUND: Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) has a crucial role in several malignancies. The extracellular domain of HER2 (HER2-ECD) has been extensively employed as an important target in passive and active immunotherapy. Isolated recombinant prokaryotic HER2-ECD subdomains were previously found to be ineffective in inducing anti-tumor antibody response. OBJECTIVE: To employ recombinant eukaryotic HER2-ECD subdomains to raise anti-HER2 antibodies and determine their anti-tumor activity in vitro...
September 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917849/understanding-the-microstructure-and-absorption-rate-of-starch-based-superabsorbent-polymers-prepared-under-high-starch-concentration
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Dongling Qiao, Long Yu, Xianyang Bao, Binjia Zhang, Fatang Jiang
From a microstructural view, the focus of this work was on the water absorption rate of starch-based superabsorbent polymers (starch-SAPs) prepared under high starch concentration (0.27:1w/w starch:water). The effects of starch amylose/amylopectin ratio were disclosed. The increase in amylopectin reduced the amount (CPAM) of polyacrylamide (PAM) in starch-SAPs but increased the ratio of starch carbons grafted with PAM, which eventually decreased the average length (LPAM) of PAM chains. The shorter PAM chains could reduce starch-SAP chain flexibility, thus inducing larger mass fractal gels in swollen starch-SAPs...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917412/efficacy-of-different-accelerated-corneal%C3%A2-crosslinking-protocols-for%C3%A2-progressive-keratoconus
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Ebru Toker, Eren Çerman, Deniz Özarslan Özcan, Özge Begüm Seferoğlu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of different accelerated corneal crosslinking (CXL) treatment protocols in patients with progressive keratoconus. SETTING: Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Patients with progressive keratoconus had 9 mW accelerated CXL (10 minutes; 9 mW/cm(2)), 30 mW continuous-light accelerated CXL (4 minutes; 30 mW/cm(2)), or 30 mW pulsed-light accelerated CXL (8 minutes [1 second on/1 second off]; 30 mW/cm(2))...
August 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917116/thermal-and-photo-induced-degradation-of-perfluorinated-carboxylic-acids-kinetics-and-mechanism
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Jiaoqin Liu, Ruijuan Qu, Zunyao Wang, Itza Mendoza-Sanchez, Virender K Sharma
Perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCAs) of different carbon chain lengths are chemicals of concern to human health and their removal, using conventional remediation technologies, is challenging. The present paper pursuits thermal and photo-induced degradation of PFCAs (F(CF2)nCOOH, n = 1-9) under various concentrations of four different acids (HNO3, H2SO4, HCl, and H3PO4) covering a range of strong acidic to basic pH. For thermal-induced experiments, the temperature was set at 40 °C, 60 °C, and 80 °C at acid strengths of 0...
September 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917093/molecular-cloning-and-functional-expression-of-the-k-channel-kv7-1-and-the-regulatory-subunit-kcne1-from-equine-myocardium
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Philip J Pedersen, Kirsten B Thomsen, Jon B Flak, Maria A Tejada, Frank Hauser, Dagmar Trachsel, Rikke Buhl, Theodore Kalbfleisch, Michael Scott DePriest, James N MacLeod, Kirstine Calloe, Dan A Klaerke
BACKGROUND: The voltage-gated K(+)-channel KV7.1 and the subunit KCNE1, encoded by the KCNQ1 and KCNE1 genes, respectively, are responsible for termination of the cardiac action potential. In humans, mutations in these genes can predispose patients to arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death (SCD). AIM: To characterize equine KV7.1/KCNE1 currents and compare them to human KV7.1/KCNE1 currents to determine whether KV7.1/KCNE1 plays a similar role in equine and human hearts...
September 11, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915830/biological-effects-of-combined-resveratrol-and-vitamin-d3-on-ovarian-tissue
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Francesca Uberti, Vera Morsanuto, Silvio Aprile, Sabrina Ghirlanda, Ian Stoppa, Andrea Cochis, Giorgio Grosa, Lia Rimondini, Claudio Molinari
BACKGROUND: Resveratrol (3,5,4'-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) is a natural antioxidant polyphenol able to exert a wide range of biological effect on several tissues. Despite its important beneficial properties, it has a low water solubility, which limits its therapeutic applications in humans. Resveratrol also acts as a phytoestrogen that modulates estrogen receptor (ER)-mediated transcription. In addition, it has been shown that ovarian tissues benefit greatly from vitamin D3, which exerts its beneficial effects through VDR receptors...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913509/effects-of-single-segment-intacs-implantation-on-visual-acuity-and-corneal-topographic-indices-of-keratoconus
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Kazem Amanzadeh, Roghiyeh Elham, Ebrahim Jafarzadepur
PURPOSE: To assess the changes in visual acuity and topographic indices after implantation of single-segment Intacs. METHODS: Forty-two keratoconic eyes received Femtosecond-assisted single-segment Intacs. Uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) and best spectacle corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), refractive error, keratometry (K1, K2, Km, and KMax.), and seven Pentacam measured topographical indices; index of surface variance (ISV), index of vertical asymmetry (IVA), keratoconus index (KI), central keratoconus index (CKI), index of height asymmetry (IHA), index of height decentration (IHD), and minimum radius of curvature (R Min) were assessed 4 months after surgery...
September 2017: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913153/quantitative-analysis-of-18-f-naf-dynamic-pet-ct-cannot-differentiate-malignant-from-benign-lesions-in-multiple-myeloma
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Christos Sachpekidis, Jens Hillengass, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Hoda Anwar, Uwe Haberkorn, Antonia Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss
A renewed interest has been recently developed for the highly sensitive bone-seeking radiopharmaceutical (18)F-NaF. Aim of the present study is to evaluate the potential utility of quantitative analysis of (18)F-NaF dynamic PET/CT data in differentiating malignant from benign degenerative lesions in multiple myeloma (MM). 80 MM patients underwent whole-body PET/CT and dynamic PET/CT scanning of the pelvis with (18)F-NaF. PET/CT data evaluation was based on visual (qualitative) assessment, semi-quantitative (SUV) calculations, and absolute quantitative estimations after application of a 2-tissue compartment model and a non-compartmental approach leading to the extraction of fractal dimension (FD)...
2017: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912765/biology-and-genomics-of-an-historic-therapeutic-escherichia-coli-bacteriophage-collection
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Abiyad Baig, Joan Colom, Paul Barrow, Catherine Schouler, Arshnee Moodley, Rob Lavigne, Robert Atterbury
We have performed microbiological and genomic characterization of an historic collection of nine bacteriophages, specifically infecting a K1 E. coli O18:K1:H7 ColV(+) strain. These phages were isolated from sewage and tested for their efficacy in vivo for the treatment of systemic E. coli infection in a mouse infection model by Smith and Huggins (1982). The aim of the study was to identify common microbiological and genomic characteristics, which co-relate to the performance of these phages in in vivo study...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912306/complete-nucleotide-sequence-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-bacteriophage-vb_kpnm_kpv477
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Ekaterina V Komisarova, Angelina A Kislichkina, Valentina M Krasilnikova, Alexander G Bogun, Nadezhda K Fursova, Nikolay V Volozhantsev
The double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) bacteriophage vB_KpnM_KpV477, with a broad spectrum of lytic activity against Klebsiella pneumoniae, including strains of capsular serotypes K1, K2, and K57, was isolated from a clinical sample. The phage genome comprises 168,272 bp, with a G+C content of 39.3%, and it contains 275 putative coding sequences (CDSs) and 17 tRNAs.
September 14, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903093/chlorination-chloramination-and-ozonation-of-carbamazepine-enhance-cytotoxicity-and-genotoxicity-multi-endpoint-evaluation-and-identification-of-its-genotoxic-transformation-products
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Yingnan Han, Mei Ma, Na Li, Rui Hou, Chao Huang, Yoshimitsu Oda, Zijian Wang
Investigations have focused on the removal and transformation of pharmaceuticals during drinking water and wastewater treatment. In the present study, we investigated for the first time the changes of the cytotoxicity and genotoxicity based on different modes of action (MoAs) during chlorination, chloramination and ozonation processes of the anti-epileptic drug carbamazepine (CBZ). The results illustrated that ozonation enhanced the cytotoxicity and the chromosome damage effects on CHO-K1 cells detected by cytokinesis-block micronucleus (CBMN) assay based on high-content screening technique, though ozonation showed the highest removal efficiency for CBZ...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898618/-klebsiella-pneumoniae-from-k1-and-hypervirulent-clone-st23-first-documented-case-in-portugal
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Aida Pereira, Tiago Petrucci, Maria João Simões
The hypervirulent K1 serotype Klebsiella pneumoniae is responsible for a new invasive syndrome, typically associated to hepatic abscesses with extra-hepatic complications. Initially described in Taiwan, it has significantly spread to several Asian countries and more recently to Europe and North America, thus constituting an emerging and global problem. The authors describe a case report of a 64-years-old portuguese caucasian woman without any previous diseases or epidemiological risk factors such as trips or contact with Asian products or population, diagnosed with a pyogenic liver abscess with pleural effusion caused by this hyper-virulent strain...
June 30, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894916/structural-and-functional-diversity-of-collectins-and-ficolins-and-their-relationship-to-disease
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Mark Howard, Conrad A Farrar, Steven H Sacks
Pattern recognition molecules are sensors for the innate immune system and trigger a number of pathophysiological functions after interaction with the corresponding ligands on microorganisms or altered mammalian cells. Of those pattern recognition molecules used by the complement system, collagen-like lectins (collectins) are an important subcomponent. Whereas the best known of these collectins, mannose-binding lectin, largely occurs as a circulating protein following production by hepatocytes, the most recently described collectins exhibit strong local biosynthesis...
September 11, 2017: Seminars in Immunopathology
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