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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077636/klebsiella-phage-%C3%AE-k64-1-encodes-multiple-depolymerases-for-multiple-host-capsular-types
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Yi-Jiun Pan, Tzu-Lung Lin, Ching-Ching Chen, Yun-Ting Tsai, Yi-Hsiang Cheng, Yi-Yin Chen, Pei-Fang Hsieh, Yi-Tsung Lin, Jin-Town Wang
: The genome of the multi-host bacteriophage ΦK64-1, capable of infecting Klebsiella capsular types K1, K11, K21, K25, K30, K35, K64, and K69, as well as new capsular types KN4 and KN5 was analyzed and revealed that 11 genes (S1-1, S1-2, S1-3, S2-1, S2-2, S2-3, S2-4, S2-5, S2-6, S2-7, and S2-8) encode proteins with amino acid sequence similarity to tail fibers/spikes or lyases. S2-5 previously was shown to encode a K64 capsule depolymerase (K64dep). Specific capsule-degrading activities of an additional 8 putative capsule depolymerases (S2-4 against K1; S1-1 against K11; S1-3 against K21; S2-2 against K25; S2-6 against K30/K69; S2-3 against K35; S1-2 against KN4; S2-1 against KN5) was demonstrated by expression and purification of the recombinant proteins...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075568/reaction-pathways-and-kinetics-of-a-cyanobacterial-neurotoxin-%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa-during-chlorination
#2
Yiting Chen, Wan-Ru Chen, Zhiquan Liu, Tsair-Fuh Lin
β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA), a probable cause of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/parkinsonism-dementia complex (ALS/PDC), or Alzheimer's disease, has been identified in more than 20 cyanobacterial genera. However, its removal and fate in drinking water has never been reported before. In this study, the reaction of BMAA with chlorine, a common drinking-water oxidant/disinfectant, was investigated. A liquid chromatograph coupled with a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer was employed to quantify BMAA and its intermediates...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070536/establishment-a-cho-cell-line-expressing-human-cd52-molecule
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Tati Kadijeh, Yazdanpanah-Samani Mahsa, Ramezani Amin, Mahmoudi Maymand Elham, Ghaderi Abbas
BACKGROUND: CD52 is a small glycoprotein with a GPI anchor at its C-terminus. CD52 is expressed by Normal and malignant T and B lymphocytes and monocytes. There are detectable amounts of soluble CD52 in plasma of patients with CLL and could be used as a tumor marker. Although the biological function of CD52 is unknown but it seems that CD52 may be involved in migration and activation of T-cells .The aim of this study was to clone and express human CD52 gene in CHO cell line and studying its function in more details...
October 2016: Reports of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068663/collectin-kidney-1-plays-an-important-role-in-innate-immunity-against-streptococcus-pneumoniae-infection
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Insu Hwang, Kenichiro Mori, Katsuki Ohtani, Yasuyuki Matsuda, Nitai Roy, YounUck Kim, Yasuhiko Suzuki, Nobutaka Wakamiya
Collectins are C-type lectins that are involved in innate immunity as pattern recognition molecules. Recently, collectin kidney 1 (CL-K1) has been discovered, and in vitro studies have shown that CL-K1 binds to microbes and activates the lectin complement pathway. However, in vivo functions of CL-K1 against microbes have not been elucidated. To investigate the biological functions of CL-K1, we generated CL-K1 knockout (CL-K1-/-) mice and then performed a Streptococcus pneumoniae infection analysis. First, we found that recombinant human CL-K1 bound to S...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062596/prediction-of-the-clinical-standardized-uptake-value-ratio-in-amyloid-pet-imaging-using-a-biomathematical-modeling-approach-towards-the-efficient-development-of-a-radioligand
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Yuma Arakawa, YingHwey Nai, Miho Shidahara, Shozo Furumoto, Chie Seki, Nobuyuki Okamura, Manabu Tashiro, Yukitsuka Kudo, Kazuhiko Yanai, Kohsuke Gonda, Hiroshi Watabe
OBJECTIVE: Our study aimed to develop a method to mathematically predict the kinetic parameters K1, k2 and BPND of amyloid PET tracers, and finally obtain standardized uptake value ratio (SUVR) values from predicted time-activity curves (TACs) of target and reference regions. METHODS: Ten clinically applied amyloid PET radioligands, (11)C-PIB, (11)C-BF-227, (11)C-AZD2184, (11)C-SB-13, (18)F-FACT, (18)F-Florbetapir, (18)F-Florbetaben, (18)F-Flutemetamol, (18)F-FDDNP and (18)F-AZD4694, were investigated...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059487/%C3%AE-tocopheryl-phosphate-induces-vegf-expression-via-cd36-pi3k%C3%AE-in-thp-1-monocytes
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Jean-Marc Zingg, Angelo Azzi, Mohsen Meydani
The CD36 scavenger receptor binds several ligands and mediates ligand uptake and ligand-dependent signal transduction and gene expression, events that may involve CD36 internalization. Here we show that CD36 internalization in THP-1 monocytes is triggered by α-tocopherol (αT) and more strongly by α-tocopheryl phosphate (αTP) and EPC-K1, a phosphate diester of αTP and L-ascorbic acid. αTP-triggered CD36 internalization is prevented by the specific covalent inhibitor of selective lipid transport by CD36, sulfo-N-succinimidyl oleate (SSO)...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056443/host-guest-interactions-between-cyclodextrins-and-surfactants-with-functional-groups-at-the-end-of-the-hydrophobic-tail
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Victoria Isabel Martín, Francisco José Ostos, Manuel Angulo, Antonio M Márquez, Pilar López-Cornejo, Manuel López-López, Ana Teresa Carmona, María Luisa Moyá
The aim of this work was to investigate the influence of the incorporation of substituents at the end of the hydrophobic tail on the binding of cationic surfactants to α-, β-, and γ-cyclodextrins. The equilibrium binding constants of the 1:1 inclusion complexes formed follow the trend K1(α-CD)>K1(β-CD)≫K1(γ-CD), which can be explained by considering the influence of the CD cavity volume on the host-guest interactions. From the comparison of the K1 values obtained for dodecyltriethylammonium bromide, DTEAB, to those estimated for the surfactants with the substituents, it was found that the incorporation of a phenoxy group at the end of the hydrocarbon tail does not affect K1, and the inclusion of a naphthoxy group has some influence on the association process, slightly diminishing K1...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050321/comparison-of-anterior-segment-measurements-obtained-by-aladdin-optical-biometer-and-sirius-corneal-topography
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Onur Polat, Zeki Baysal, Serkan Özcan, Sibel İnan, Ümit Übeyt İnan
OBJECTIVES: To assess the agreement of anterior segment parameter measurements derived from Aladdin optical biometer using optical low coherence interferometer and Sirius corneal topography using combined Scheimpflug-Placido disk. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data obtained using the Aladdin and Sirius systems from 110 eyes of 59 subjects who had no health problems other than refractive errors were retrospectively evaluated. Anterior chamber depth (ACD), flat (K1) and steep (K2) keratometry readings, and white-to-white distance (WTW) measurements taken with both devices were noted...
December 2016: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050045/liver-abscess-and-metastatic-endophthalmitis-secondary-to-klebsiella-pneumoniae-k1
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Kao-Lang Liu, Hsin-Yuan Sun, Chi-Tai Fang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047381/su-f-j-213-feasibility-study-of-using-a-dual-energy-cone-beam-ct-decbct-in-proton-therapy-treatment-planning
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H Peng, T Kanehira, S Takao, T Matsuura, K Umegaki, H Shirato, L Xing
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of using a dual-energy CBCT (DECBCT) in proton therapy treatment planning to allow for accurate electron density estimation. METHODS: For direct comparison, two scenarios were selected: a dual-energy fan-beam CT (high: 140 kVp, low: 80 kVp) and a DECBCT (high: 125 kVp, low: 80 kVp). A Gammex 467 tissue characterization phantom was used, including the rods of air, water, bone (B2-30% mineral), cortical bone (SB3), lung (LN-300), brain, liver and adipose...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047001/mo-ab-bra-06-dynamic-flt-pet-for-investigating-potential-synergistic-therapeutic-targets-during-anti-angiogenic-treatment
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M Scarpelli, U Simoncic, S Perlman, G Liu, R Jeraj
PURPOSE: Novel treatment strategies for metastatic cancer patients involve synergistically combining treatments with the hope of improving outcomes. This study investigated changes in tumor proliferative and vascular characteristics derived from dynamic [F-18]FLT PET during antiangiogenic treatment with the goal of identifying synergistic treatment opportunities. METHODS: Patients with various solid cancers underwent continuous three-week cycles of anti-angiogenic treatment with intermittent dosing (two-weeks-on/one-week-off)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046431/we-ab-202-11-radiobiological-modeling-of-tumor-response-during-radiotherapy-based-on-pre-treatment-dynamic-pet-imaging-data
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M Crispin-Ortuzar, M Grkovski, B Beattie, N Lee, N Riaz, J Humm, J Jeong, A Fontanella, J Deasy
PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of a multiscale radiobiological model of tumor response to predict mid-treatment hypoxia images, based on pretreatment imaging of perfusion and hypoxia with [18-F]FMISO dynamic PET and glucose metabolism with [18-F]FDG PET. METHODS: A mechanistic tumor control probability (TCP) radiobiological model describing the interplay between tumor cell proliferation and hypoxia (Jeong et al., PMB 2013) was extended to account for intra-tumor nutrient heterogeneity, dynamic cell migration due to nutrient gradients, and stromal cells...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046048/transformation-and-tumorigenicity-testing-of-simian-cell-lines-and-evaluation-of-poliovirus-replication
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Silvia Dotti, Tina Lombardo, Riccardo Villa, Andrea Cacciamali, Cinzia Zanotti, Nadia Andrea Andreani, Stefano Cinotti, Maura Ferrari
The key role of cell cultures in different scientific fields is worldwide recognized, both as in vitro research models alternative to laboratory animals and substrates for biological production. However, many safety concerns rise from the use of animal/human cell lines that may be tumorigenic, leading to potential adverse contaminations in cell-derived biologicals. In order to evaluate the suitability of 13 different cell lines for Poliovirus vaccine production, safety and quality, in vitro/in vivo tumorigenicity and Poliovirus propagation properties were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045455/the-pseudomonas-putida-t6ss-is-a-plant-warden-against-phytopathogens
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Patricia Bernal, Luke P Allsopp, Alain Filloux, María A Llamas
Bacterial type VI secretion systems (T6SSs) are molecular weapons designed to deliver toxic effectors into prey cells. These nanomachines have an important role in inter-bacterial competition and provide advantages to T6SS active strains in polymicrobial environments. Here we analyze the genome of the biocontrol agent Pseudomonas putida KT2440 and identify three T6SS gene clusters (K1-, K2- and K3-T6SS). Besides, 10 T6SS effector-immunity pairs were found, including putative nucleases and pore-forming colicins...
January 3, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042884/pharmacokinetics-of-the-antimicrobial-drug-sulfanilamide-is-altered-in-a-preclinical-model-of-vascular-calcification
#15
Anabel Brandoni, Adriana Mónica Torres
In vascular smooth muscle, calcium overload is linked to advancing age. The pharmacokinetics of sulfanilamide (SA), a compound with antibacterial properties, was evaluated in a preclinical model of vascular calcification. SA was used since it is useful to study possible modifications in the renal and hepatic management of drugs. Vascular calcification was induced by administration of a single high dose of vitamin D3 to rats (treated group) 10 days before the experiments. A parallel control group was processed...
January 2, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036290/yes-associated-protein-1-promotes-papillary-thyroid-cancer-cell-proliferation-by-activating-the-erk-mapk-signaling-pathway
#16
Tian Liao, Duo Wen, Ben Ma, Jia-Qian Hu, Ning Qu, Rong-Liang Shi, Liang Liu, Qing Guan, Duan-Shu Li, Qing-Hai Ji
Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP1) stimulates cell proliferation, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, invasion and metastasis in several cancers. Here, we investigated the involvement of YAP1 in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) by assessing YAP1 mRNA and protein levels in PTC tissues and matched normal thyroid epithelial tissues from 50 patients. YAP1 mRNA and protein levels were higher in PTC tumor tissues than in control tissues, and correlated positively with the levels of proliferation-related genes (KI67 and c-MYC)...
December 28, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031151/new-derivatives-of-7-chloroquinolin-4-amine-with-antiprotozoal-activity
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Johanna Faist, Clemens Hinteregger, Werner Seebacher, Robert Saf, Pascal Mäser, Marcel Kaiser, Robert Weis
Novel ω-aminoacyl and -alkyl derivatives of 7-chloroquinolin-4-amine were prepared and their structures confirmed by NMR spectroscopy. Their antiprotozoal activities were examined in vitro against the sensitive NF54 strain as well as against the multiresistant K1 strain of Plasmodium falciparum and against Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense (STIB 900). The results were compared with the activities of clinically used drugs. Their antitrypanosomal activities were only moderate whereas their antiplasmodial activities looked very promising...
December 18, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031071/emergence-of-an-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-serotype-k1-klebsiella-pneumoniae-st23-strain-from-asian-countries
#18
H S Cheong, D R Chung, M Park, S H Kim, K S Ko, Y E Ha, C I Kang, K R Peck, J H Song
Extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) production has been very rare in serotype K1 Klebsiella pneumoniae ST23 strains, which are well-known invasive community strains. Among 92 ESBL-producing strains identified in 218 isolates from nine Asian countries, serotype K1 K. pneumoniae strains were screened. Two ESBL-producing K. pneumoniae isolates from Singapore and Indonesia were determined to be serotype K1 and ST23. Their plasmids, which contain CTX-M-15 genes, are transferable rendering the effective transfer of ESBL resistance plasmids to other organisms...
December 29, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017991/rheological-properties-and-bread-quality-of-frozen-sweet-dough-with-added-xanthan-and-different-freezing-rate
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Mina Akbarian, Arash Koocheki, Mohebbat Mohebbi, Elnaz Milani
In this paper the effects of frozen storage time, xanthan gum and rate of freezing on frozen sweet dough properties and unfermented bread quality was investigated. Results revealed that the water holding capacity, WHC, K1 (stress decay rate) and K2 (residual stress at the end of the stress relaxation experiment) values of frozen dough decreased with increasing frozen storage time and decreasing freezing rate; while the lowest values for these parameters were obtained for samples without xanthan gum. The amount of unfreezable water increased and freezable water decreased with addition of xanthan gum...
October 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012840/synthesis-and-biological-characterisation-of-ester-and-amide-derivatives-of-fusidic-acid-as-antiplasmodial-agents
#20
Marlene Espinoza-Moraga, Kawaljit Singh, Mathew Njoroge, Gurminder Kaur, John Okombo, Carmen De Kock, Peter J Smith, Sergio Wittlin, Kelly Chibale
A series of novel fusidic acid (FA) derivatives was synthesized by replacing the carboxylic acid group with various ester and amide groups and evaluated in vitro for their antiplasmodial activity against the chloroquine-sensitive NF54 and multidrug-resistant K1 strains of the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Most of these derivatives showed a 4-49 and 5-17-fold increase in activity against NF54 and KI strains, respectively, as compared to FA and had a good selectivity index. These derivatives are stable over the incubation period and do not appear to be prodrugs of fusidic acid...
November 25, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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