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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087322/cutaneous-exposure-to-vesicant-phosgene-oxime-acute-effects-on-the-skin-and-systemic-toxicity
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Neera Tewari-Singh, Dinesh G Goswami, Rama Kant, Claire R Croutch, Robert P Casillas, David J Orlicky, Rajesh Agarwal
Phosgene Oxime (CX), an urticant or nettle agent categorized as a vesicant, is a potential chemical warfare and terrorist weapon. Its exposure can result in widespread and devastating effects including high mortality due to its fast penetration and ability to cause immediate severe cutaneous injury. It is one of the least studied chemical warfare agents with no effective therapy available. Thus, our goal was to examine the acute effects of CX following its cutaneous exposure in SKH-1 hairless mice to help establish a relevant injury model...
January 10, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067237/environmental-stresses-induce-transgenerationally-inheritable-survival-advantages-via-germline-to-soma-communication-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#2
Saya Kishimoto, Masaharu Uno, Emiko Okabe, Masanori Nono, Eisuke Nishida
Hormesis is a biological phenomenon, whereby exposure to low levels of toxic agents or conditions increases organismal viability. It thus represents a beneficial aspect of adaptive responses to harmful environmental stimuli. Here we show that hormesis effects induced in the parental generation can be passed on to the descendants in Caenorhabditis elegans. Animals subjected to various stressors during developmental stages exhibit increased resistance to oxidative stress and proteotoxicity. The increased resistance is transmitted to the subsequent generations grown under unstressed conditions through epigenetic alterations...
January 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065855/tyrosine-kinase-phosphatase-inhibitors-decrease-dengue-virus-production-in-hepg2-cells
#3
Thawornchai Limjindaporn, Jutatip Panaampon, Shilu Malakar, Sansanee Noisakran, Pathai Yenchitsomanus
Dengue virus is the causative agent of dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever, and dengue shock syndrome. High rates of dengue virus replication and virion production are related to disease severity. To identify anti-DENV compounds, we performed cell-based ELISA testing to detect the level of DENV E protein expression. Among a total of 83 inhibitors, eight were identified as inhibitors with antiviral activity. Epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor II (EGFR/ErbB-2/ErbB-4 inhibitor II) and protein tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor IV (PTP inhibitor IV) significantly inhibited dengue virus production and demonstrated low toxicity in hepatocyte cell lines...
January 5, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064415/alleviation-mechanisms-of-selenium-on-cadmium-spiked-neutrophil-injury-to-chicken
#4
Siran Tan, Qianru Chi, Tianqi Liu, Zhepeng Sun, Yahong Min, Ziwei Zhang, Shu Li
To determine the negative effects of cadmium (Cd) exposure and the protective role of selenium (Se) on Cd-spiked neutrophils of chicken, forty-eight 28-day-old Isa Brown male chickens were divided randomly into four groups. Group I (control group) was fed with the basic diet containing 0.2 mg/kg Se. Group II (Se-treated group) was fed with the basic diet supplemented with Na2SeO3, and the total Se content was 2 mg/kg. Group III (Se/Cd-treated group) was fed with the basic diet supplemented with Na2SeO3; the total Se content was 2 mg/kg and supplemented with 150 mg/kg CdCl2...
January 7, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064214/hsp90-promotes-burkitt-lymphoma-cell-survival-by-maintaining-tonic-b-cell-receptor-signaling
#5
Roland Walter, Kuan-Ting Pan, Carmen Doebele, Federico Comoglio, Katarzyna Tomska, Hanibal Bohnenberger, Ryan M Young, Laura Jacobs, Ulrich Keller, Halvard Bönig, Michael Engelke, Andreas Rosenwald, Henning Urlaub, Louis M Staudt, Hubert Serve, Thorsten Zenz, Thomas Oellerich
Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is an aggressive B cell neoplasm that is currently treated by intensive chemotherapy in combination with anti-CD20 antibodies. Due to their toxicity, current treatment regimens are often not suitable for elderly patients or for patients in developing countries where BL is endemic. Targeted therapies for BL are therefore needed. In this study, we performed a compound screen in 17 BL cell lines to identify small molecule inhibitors affecting cell survival. We found that inhibitors of heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) induced apoptosis in BL cells in vitro at concentrations that did not affect normal B cells...
November 15, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057904/a-serine-threonine-phosphatase-1-of-streptococcus-suis-type-2-is-an-important-virulence-factor
#6
Lihua Fang, Pengcheng Fan, Yunkai Yang, Jingjing Zhou, Hongxia Shen, Weihuan Fang
Streptococcus suis is regarded as one of the major pathogens of pigs while S. suis type 2 (SS2) is considered to be a zoonotic bacterium for its ability to cause meningitis and streptococcal toxic shock-like syndrome in humans. Many bacterial species contain genes encoding serine/threonine protein phosphatases (STP) responsible for dephosphorylation of their substrates in a single reaction step. This study was aimed to investigate the role of stp1 in pathogenesis of SS2. An isogenic stp1 mutant (Δstp1) was constructed from the SS2 strain ZJ081101...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045701/unexpected-heat-shock-element-binding-ability-and-tumor-killing-activity-of-the-combinatorial-function-domain-of-apoptin
#7
Liqiu Zhang, Jia Yang, Lu Liu, Wei Tian, Ming Gao, Weiwei Song, Hong Ling, Xingli Dong
Apoptin, derived from the chicken anemia virus, has been found to exert tumor-preferential apoptotic activity. It is a potential anticancer agent with direct clinical applications. However, if this viral protein were to be used as a new drug, it might also induce a strong immune response, causing toxic side effects. In a previous study, our group showed that TAT-apoptin downregulates the stress expression of heat shock protein 70 by competing with heat shock factor protein 1 in binding to the heat shock element (HSE) of the promoter region of heat shock protein 70, thus inducing specific apoptosis in HepG2 cells...
December 29, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043331/avermectin-induced-global-dna-hypomethylation-and-over-expression-of-heat-shock-proteins-in-cardiac-tissues-of-pigeon
#8
Ci Liu, Ye Cao, Shuo Zhou, Pervez Ahmed Khoso, Shu Li
Despite increasing evidences pointing to residues of avermectin (AVM) pose toxic effects on non-target organisms in environment, but the data in pigeon is insufficient. The alteration of global DNA methylation and response of heat shock proteins (Hsps) are important for assessing the AVM toxicity in cardiac tissues of pigeon (Columba livia). To investigate the effects of AVM exposure in cardiac tissues of pigeon, we detected the expression levels of DNA methyltransferases (Dnmts), methylated DNA-binding domain protein 2 (MBD2), and Hsp 60, 70 and 90...
January 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040425/safety-and-efficacy-of-folfirinox-in-elderly-patients-with-metastatic-or-locally-advanced-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-a-retrospective-analysis
#9
C Baldini, A Escande, O Bouché, F El Hajbi, J Volet, V Bourgeois, T Renaut Vantroys, A Ploquin, C Desauw, M Hebbar
BACKGROUND: FOLFIRINOX is a polychemotherapy regimen currently used to treat inoperable pancreatic cancer in patients with a good performance status (PS). FOLFIRINOX lengthens overall survival time (OS), but no specific data are available in elderly patients. METHODS: All cases of inoperable pancreatic adenocarcinoma in patients over 70 years old treated with FOLFIRINOX were retrospectively reviewed between 2008 and 2015 in five institutions in France. The primary objective was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of FOLFIRINOX in the elderly...
December 24, 2016: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035011/invariant-nkt-cells-are-pathogenic-in-the-hla-dr4-transgenic-humanized-mouse-model-of-toxic-shock-syndrome-and-can-be-targeted-to-reduce-morbidity
#10
Peter A Szabo, Patrick T Rudak, Joshua Choi, Stacey X Xu, Robert Schaub, Bhagirath Singh, John K McCormick, S M Mansour Haeryfar
During toxic shock syndrome (TSS), bacterial superantigens trigger a polyclonal T cell response leading to a potentially catastrophic 'cytokine storm'. Whether innate-like invariant natural killer T(iNKT) cells, with remarkable immunomodulatory properties, participate in TSS is unclear. Using genetic and cell depletion approaches, we generated iNKT cell-deficient, superantigen-sensitive HLA-DR4-transgenic (DR4tg) mice, which were compared with their iNKT-sufficient counterparts for responsiveness to staphylococcal enterotoxin B(SEB)...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034881/impact-of-intravenous-immunoglobulin-on-survival-in-necrotizing-fasciitis-with-vasopressor-dependent-shock-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis-from-130-us-hospitals
#11
Sameer S Kadri, Bruce J Swihart, Stephanie L Bonne, Samuel F Hohmann, Laura V Hennessy, Peter Louras, Heather L Evans, Chanu Rhee, Anthony F Suffredini, David C Hooper, Dean A Follmann, Eileen Bulger, Robert L Danner
BACKGROUND: Shock frequently complicates necrotizing fasciitis (NF) caused by group A streptococcus (GAS) or Staphylococcus aureus (SA). Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is sometimes administered for presumptive toxic shock syndrome (TSS), but its frequency of use and efficacy are unclear. METHODS: Adult patients with NF and vasopressor-dependent shock undergoing surgical debridement from 2010 to 2014 were identified at 130 U.S. hospitals. IVIG cases were propensity-matched and risk-adjusted...
December 29, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025502/role-of-p38alpha-beta-map-kinase-in-cell-susceptibility-to-clostridium-sordellii-lethal-toxin-and-clostridium-difficile-toxin-b
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Ilona Schelle, Janina Bruening, Mareike Buetepage, Harald Genth
Lethal Toxin from Clostridium sordellii (TcsL), which is casually involved in the toxic shock syndrome and in gas gangrene, enters its target cells by receptor-mediated endocytosis. Inside the cell, TcsL mono-O-glucosylates and thereby inactivates Rac/Cdc42 and Ras subtype GTPases, resulting in actin reorganization and an activation of p38 MAP kinase. While a role of p38 MAP kinase in TcsL-induced cell death is well established, data on a role of p38 MAP kinase in TcsL-induced actin reorganization are not available...
December 22, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017539/staphylococcus-aureus-from-the-german-general-population-is-highly-diverse
#13
Karsten Becker, Frieder Schaumburg, Christian Fegeler, Alexander W Friedrich, Robin Köck
OBJECTIVES: This prospective cohort study evaluates colonization dynamics and molecular characteristics of methicillin-susceptible and - resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA/MRSA) in a German general population. METHODS: Nasal swabs of 1878 non-hospitalized adults were screened for S. aureus. Participants were screened thrice in intervals of 6-8 months. Isolates were characterized by spa and agr typing, mecA and mecC possession, respectively, and PCRs targeting virulence factors...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007527/applications-of-higenamine-in-parmacology-and-medicine
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Nana Zhang, Zeqin Lian, Xueying Peng, Zijian Li, Haibo Zhu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Aconitum has been used as local and traditional medicines in many asian regions for the treatment of various diseases such as collapse, syncope, painful joints, oedema, bronchial asthma et al. Higenamine, a plant-based alkaloid, was initially isolated from Aconitum and identified as the active cardiotonic component of Aconitum. It has been tested as a candidate of pharmacologic stress agent in the detection of coronary artery diseases (CADs) and now researchers have just accomplished the phase III clinical studies successfully in China...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006823/effects-of-antifouling-biocides-on-molecular-and-biochemical-defense-system-in-the-gill-of-the-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas
#15
Mi Seon Park, Young Dae Kim, Bo-Mi Kim, Youn-Jung Kim, Jang Kyun Kim, Jae-Sung Rhee
Antifouling biocides such as organotin compounds and their alternatives are potent toxicants in marine ecosystems. In this study, we employed several molecular and biochemical response systems of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas to understand a potential mode of action of antifouling biocides (i.e. tributyltin (TBT), diuron and irgarol) after exposure to different concentrations (0.01, 0.1, and 1 μg L-1) for 96 h. As a result, all the three antifouling biocides strongly induced the antioxidant defense system...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005800/microbiological-and-histopathological-effects-of-nasal-packing-containing-probiotics-on-nasal-mucosa
#16
Ozan Gokdogan, Yusuf Kizil, Ilker Akyildiz, Ozan Ahlat, Ayse Kalkanci, Sabri Uslu, Fikret Ileri
BACKGROUND: Nasal packing is frequently used after surgical interventions to prevent bleeding and synecchia formation and for the treatment of diseases such as epistaxis. One of the most morbid complications of nasal packing applications is the toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Owing to the microbiological structure of nasal mucosa, antibiotics are administered to all patients who are applied nasal packages for prevention of TSS. AIM: The aim of this study is the evaluation of microbiological and histopathological changes taking place in nasal mucosa with nasal packing containing probiotics...
November 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005689/epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-hospitalized-children-with-necrotizing-soft-tissue-infections
#17
Balagangadhar R Totapally
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the epidemiology and outcome of hospitalized children with a diagnosis of necrotizing soft tissue infections (NSTIs). METHODS: Demographic and outcome data of children 1 month to 18 years of age with a diagnosis of NSTI (ICD-9 diagnosis codes 728.86 and 729.4) were extracted from the Kids' Inpatient Database 2009 and 2012. Univariate and multivariate analyses were done to determine the factors affecting the mortality...
December 21, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005521/characterisation-of-nasal-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolated-from-international-human-and-veterinary-surgeons
#18
Virginia Post, Llinos Harris, Mario Morgenstern, R Geoff Richards, Samuel K Sheppard, Fintan Moriarty
Nasal colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is poorly described for surgeons, despite the increased exposure to nosocomial pathogens and at-risk patients. This study investigated the molecular epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance of 26 MRSA isolates cultured from the nares of an international cross-sectional study of 1,166 human and 60 veterinary surgeons. All isolates were subjected to agr-, spa- and MLST typing and the presence of 22 virulence factors were screened for by PCR...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003198/transcriptomic-responses-in-the-bloom-forming-cyanobacterium-microcystis-induced-during-exposure-to-zooplankton
#19
Matthew J Harke, Jennifer G Jankowiak, Brooke K Morrell, Christopher J Gobler
: The bloom-forming, toxic cyanobacterium, Microcystis, synthesizes multiple secondary metabolites and has been shown to deter zooplankton grazing. However, the biochemical and/or molecular basis by which Microcystis deters zooplankton remains unclear. This global transcriptomic study explored the response of Microcystis to direct and indirect exposure to multiple densities of two cladoceran grazers, Daphnia pulex and D. magna Higher densities of both daphnids significantly reduced Microcystis cell densities and elicited a stronger transcriptional response in Microcystis While many putative grazer deterrence genes (microcystin, aeruginosin, cyanopeptolin, and microviridin) were largely unaffected by zooplankton, heat shock proteins (hsp) increased in transcript abundance...
December 21, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998427/-the-clinical-characteristics-and-surgical-treatment-strategy-of-acute-gangrenous-cholecystitis-after-biliary-tract-stenting
#20
J Ma, S C Lü, J T Kou, X L Li, J Q Zhu, H M Dong, Q He
Objective: To analysis of the possible cause and surgical diagnosis and treatment strategies of acute gangrenous cholecystitis (AGC) after biliary stent drainage. Methods: The clinical data of 273 patients who received biliary stent drainage in Beijing Chaoyang Hospital from January 2015 to March 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. Among them, 22 patients who underwent surgical treatment were divided into two groups: 9 cases of AGC group and 13 cases of non-AGC group. The risk factors of AGC and surgical approach were analyzed...
December 13, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
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