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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515901/experimental-identification-and-computational-characterization-of-a-novel-extracellular-metalloproteinase-produced-by-clostridium-sordellii
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Michael J Aldape, Aoxiang Tao, Dustin D Heeney, Eric R McIndoo, John M French, Dong Xu
Clostridium sordellii is a lethal pathogen for both animals and humans. Severe capillary leakage, toxic shock syndrome, and an extreme leukemoid reaction (LR), are hallmark features of C. sordellii infections and contribute to its high mortality rate. Here we report the discovery of a previously unknown and uncharacterized metalloproteinase of C. sordellii (referred as Mcs1) that cleaves human vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1 in vitro, an adhesion molecule critical to hematopoietic precursor retention and leukocyte diapedesis...
March 2, 2017: RSC Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503840/a-critical-note-on-treatment-of-a-severe-diltiazem-intoxication-high-dose-calcium-and-glucagon-infusions
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N M Van Veggel, G J Van der Veen, T C Jansen, E M Westerman
The morbidity and mortality of a severe calcium channel blocker intoxication is high due to serious toxic cardiac effects. Its treatment is supported by low-quality evidence from heterogeneous literature. We describe a case of a severe diltiazem intoxication and critically appraise the efficacy and role of high-dose calcium and glucagon infusions. A 53-year-old woman was admitted to the emergency department with a cardiogenic shock with complete AV block, not responding to atropine, isoprenaline and an external pacemaker...
May 15, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500894/mercury-induced-oxidative-stress-dna-damage-and-activation-of-antioxidative-system-and-hsp70-induction-in-duckweed-lemna-minor
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Tingting Zhang, Qianqian Lu, Chunlei Su, Yaru Yang, Dan Hu, Qinsong Xu
Mercury uptake and its effects on physiology, biochemistry and genomic stability were investigated in Lemna minor after 2 and 6d of exposure to 0-30μM Hg. The accumulation of Hg increased in a concentration- and duration-dependent manner, and was positively correlated with the leaf damage. Oxidative stress after Hg exposure was evidenced in L. minor by a significant decrease in photosynthetic pigments, an increase in malondialdehyde and lipoxygenase activities (total enzyme activity and isoenzymes activity)...
May 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497259/safety-and-tolerability-of-intravenous-valproic-acid-in-healthy-subjects-a-phase-i-dose-escalation-trial
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Patrick E Georgoff, Vahagn C Nikolian, Tess Bonham, Manjunath P Pai, Celia Tafatia, Ihab Halaweish, Kathleen To, Kuanwong Watcharotone, Aishwarya Parameswaran, Ruijuan Luo, Duxin Sun, Hasan B Alam
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, has beneficial effects in the setting of cancer, neurologic diseases, and traumatic injuries. In animal models of traumatic injury, a single dose of valproic acid has been shown to reduce mortality. The purpose of this trial was to determine the maximum tolerated single dose of intravenous valproic acid in healthy humans. METHODS: A double-blinded, placebo-controlled, dose-escalation trial design was used to identify dose-limiting toxicities in healthy subjects who received a single dose of intravenous valproic acid...
May 11, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497030/fda-approved-immunosuppressants-targeting-staphylococcal-superantigens-mechanisms-and-insights
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REVIEW
Teresa Krakauer
Immunostimulating staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) and related superantigenic toxins cause diseases in human beings and laboratory animals by hyperactivating cells of the immune system. These protein toxins bind to the major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC II) molecules and specific Vβ regions of T-cell receptors (TCRs), resulting in the stimulation of both monocytes/macrophages and T lymphocytes. The bridging of TCR with MHC II molecules by superantigens triggers intracellular signaling cascades, resulting in excessive release of proinflammatory mediators and massive polyclonal T-cell proliferation...
2017: ImmunoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494178/suicide-attempt-with-self-made-taxus-baccata-leaf-capsules-survival-following-the-application-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-ventricular-arrythmia-and-refractory-cardiogenic-shock
#6
Fanny Vardon Bounes, Elsa Tardif, Stéphanie Ruiz, Jean-Christophe Gallart, Jean-Marie Conil, Clément Delmas
CONTEXT: Yew intoxication has been known for many years; high dose ingestion of Taxus baccata leads to cardiac toxicity mediated by calcium and sodium channel blocking properties. We present a case report of a patient who attempted suicide after T. baccata ingestion, causing refractory cardiogenic shock requiring temporary circulatory assistance by veno-arterial extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO). CASE DETAILS: A 28-year-old man was admitted to the critical care unit of a university hospital for arrhythmia after ingestion of self-made T...
May 11, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491813/toxic-shock-syndrome-due-to-community-acquired-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-infection-two-case-reports-and-a-literature-review-in-japan
#7
Ryuichi Sada, Saori Fukuda, Hiroyasu Ishimaru
Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has been spreading worldwide, including in Japan. However, few cases of toxic shock syndrome caused by Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus have been reported in Japan. We report 2 cases, in middle-aged women, of toxic shock syndrome due to Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus via a vaginal portal of entry. The first patient had used a tampon and the second patient had vaginitis due to a cleft narrowing associated with vulvar lichen sclerosus...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487776/reversible-myocardial-injury-and-intraventricular-thrombus-associated-with-aluminium-phosphide-poisoning
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Abdelkader Jalil El Hangouche, Hala Fennich, Oumaima Alaika, Taoufiq Dakka, Zaineb Raissouni, Latifa Oukerraj, Nawal Doghmi, Mohamed Cherti
Aluminium phosphide (ALP) is widely used as a fumigant pesticide. In case of ALP poisoning, it is responsible for myocardial dysfunction, related to toxic myocarditis, and hemodynamic disorders. We report a case of a 28-year-old female who had intentionally ingested ALP and was admitted with cardiogenic shock. The transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) at the time of admission showed severe global myocardial hypokinesia with the presence of a giant left ventricular thrombus. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) revealed extensive toxic myocarditis with a left ventricular systolic dysfunction...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483238/inverse-relationship-between-toxic-shock-syndrome-toxin-1-antibodies-and-interferon-%C3%AE-and-interleukin-6-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-from-patients-with-pediatric-tonsillitis-caused-by-staphylococcus-aureus
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Yinshuang Chen, Yanmei Huang, Bingshao Liang, Hui Dong, Shuwen Yao, Yongqiang Xie, Yan Long, Huamin Zhong, Yiyu Yang, Bing Zhu, Sitang Gong, Zhenwen Zhou
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric tonsillitis is frequently caused by Staphylococcus aureus, which is the most common pathogen that causes serious pyogenic infections in humans and endangers human health. S. aureus produces numerous potent virulence factors that play a critical role in the pathogenesis of the infection caused by this bacterium, and one of the most important toxins produced by S. aureus is toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1). The aim of this study is to investigate the first time the levels of IFN-γ and interleukin IL-6 in TSST-1-stimulated PBMCs from pediatric tonsillitis patients and the correlation of these cytokine levels with TSST-1-specific IgG in serum...
June 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473775/the-role-of-the-cephalopod-digestive-gland-in-the-storage-and-detoxification-of-marine-pollutants
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REVIEW
Ana P Rodrigo, Pedro M Costa
The relevance of cephalopods for fisheries and even aquaculture, is raising concerns on the relationship between these molluscs and environmental stressors, from climate change to pollution. However, how these organisms cope with environmental toxicants is far less understood than for other molluscs, especially bivalves, which are frontline models in aquatic toxicology. Although, sharing the same basic body plan, cephalopods hold distinct adaptations, often unique, as they are active predators with high growth and metabolic rates...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473520/examining-the-safety-of-menstrual-cups-among-rural-primary-school-girls-in-western-kenya-observational-studies-nested-in-a-randomised-controlled-feasibility-study
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Jane Juma, Elizabeth Nyothach, Kayla F Laserson, Clifford Oduor, Lilian Arita, Caroline Ouma, Kelvin Oruko, Jackton Omoto, Linda Mason, Kelly T Alexander, Barry Fields, Clayton Onyango, Penelope A Phillips-Howard
OBJECTIVE: Examine the safety of menstrual cups against sanitary pads and usual practice in Kenyan schoolgirls. DESIGN: Observational studies nested in a cluster randomised controlled feasibility study. SETTING: 30 primary schools in a health and demographic surveillance system in rural western Kenya. PARTICIPANTS: Menstruating primary schoolgirls aged 14-16 years participating in a menstrual feasibility study. INTERVENTIONS: Insertable menstrual cup, monthly sanitary pads or 'usual practice' (controls)...
May 4, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471343/influence-of-static-magnetic-fields-in-phototaxis-and-osmotic-stress-in-gymnodinium-catenatum-dinophyceae
#12
Paulo Vale
Phototaxis response of the toxic microalgae Gymnodinium catenatum was studied in vitro. The percentage of cells remaining at mid-depth 20 min after stirring increased with solar radio, X-ray and solar flares output. It also increased with geomagnetic activity and temperature, and was dependent on culture time. Increase in the local static magnetic field with a permanent magnet did not influence the positive phototaxis response. However, survival and growth to a provoked hypo-osmotic shock in an altered static magnetic field was dependent on culture time and geomagnetic activity at a threshold below 22 nT...
May 4, 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468249/unconventional-secretion-of-heat-shock-proteins-in-cancer
#13
REVIEW
Tiago Góss Santos, Vilma Regina Martins, Glaucia Noeli Maroso Hajj
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are abundant cellular proteins involved with protein homeostasis. They have both constitutive and inducible isoforms, whose expression levels are further increased by stress conditions, such as temperature elevation, reduced oxygen levels, infection, inflammation and exposure to toxic substances. In these situations, HSPs exert a pivotal role in offering protection, preventing cell death and promoting cell recovery. Although the majority of HSPs functions are exerted in the cytoplasm and organelles, several lines of evidence reveal that HSPs are able to induce cell responses in the extracellular milieu...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463666/characterisation-of-clinically-isolated-streptococcus-pyogenes-from-balanoposthitis-patients-with-special-emphasis-on-emm89-isolates
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Tadao Hasegawa, Nanako Hata, Hideyuki Matsui, Masanori Isaka, Ichiro Tatsuno
PURPOSE: Streptococcus pyogenes causes a variety of diseases, such as pharyngitis and toxic shock syndrome. In addition, this bacterium is a causative agent of balanoposthitis. To reveal the bacteriological characteristics of the isolates from balanoposthitis patients, we analysed 47 isolates. In addition, novel clade genotype emm89 S. pyogenes isolates have been reported to be spreading worldwide recently. Hence, we further analysed eight emm89 isolates. METHODOLOGY: A drug susceptibility experiment was performed and emm types were determined...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460030/subcutaneous-cardioverter-defibrillator-has-longer-time-to-therapy-but-is-less-cardiotoxic-than-transvenous-cardioverter-defibrillator-study-carried-out-in-a-preclinical-porcine-model
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Rodrigue Garcia, Sofiane Inal, Frederic Favreau, Christophe Jayle, Thierry Hauet, Patrick Bruneval, Thomas Kerforne, Jamil Hajj-Chahine, Bruno Degand
Aims: Totally subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) delivers higher shock energy and can have longer time to therapy compared to transvenous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (T-ICD). Aim of the study was to compare time to therapy and to investigate cardiac, cerebral and systemic injuries of S-ICD and T-ICD shocks delivered after ventricular fibrillation (VF) induction. Methods and results: Fourteen pigs were randomly implanted with a S-ICD (n = 7) or a T-ICD (n = 7)...
April 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457548/molecular-characterization-and-antibiotic-resistance-of-staphylococcus-spp-isolated-from-cheese-processing-plants
#16
Marjory Xavier Rodrigues, Nathália Cristina Cirone Silva, Júlia Hellmeister Trevilin, Melina Mary Bravo Cruzado, Tsai Siu Mui, Fábio Rodrigo Sanches Duarte, Carmen J Contreras Castillo, Solange Guidolin Canniatti-Brazaca, Ernani Porto
The aim of this research paper was to characterize coagulase-positive and coagulase-negative staphylococci from raw milk, Minas cheese, and production lines of Minas cheese processing. One hundred isolates from 3 different cheese producers were characterized using molecular approaches, such as PCR, molecular typing, and DNA sequencing. Staphylococcus aureus (88% of the isolates) was the most abundant followed by Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus hyicus, and Staphylococcus warneri. Among the 22 enterotoxin genes tested, the most frequent was seh (62% of the isolates), followed by selx and ser...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453558/tumor-targeted-sn38-inhibits-growth-of-early-stage-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-in-a-kras-p53-transgenic-mouse-model
#17
Alexander Y Deneka, Leora Haber, Meghan C Kopp, Anna V Gaponova, Anna S Nikonova, Erica A Golemis
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide, with a 5-year survival of only ~16%. Potential strategies to address NSCLC mortality include improvements in early detection and prevention, and development of new therapies suitable for use in patients with early and late stage diagnoses. Controlling the growth of early stage tumors could yield significant clinical benefits for patients with comorbidities that make them poor candidates for surgery: however, many drugs that limit cancer growth are not useful in the setting of long-term use or in comorbid patients, because of associated toxicities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451878/differential-expression-of-myocardial-heat-shock-proteins-in-rats-acutely-exposed-to-fluoride
#18
Lakshmikanthan Panneerselvam, Azhwar Raghunath, Ekambaram Perumal
Acute fluoride (F(-)) toxicity is known to cause severe cardiac complications and leads to sudden heart failure. Previously, we reported that increased myocardial oxidative damage, apoptosis, altered cytoskeleton and AMPK signaling proteins associated with energy deprivation in acute F(-) induced cardiac dysfunction. The present study was aimed to decipher the status of myocardial heat shock proteins (Hsps-Hsp27, Hsp32, Hsp40, Hsp60, Hsp70, Hsp90) and heat shock transcription factor 1 (Hsf1) in acute F(-)-intoxicated rats...
April 27, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444544/methylglyoxal-detoxification-by-a-dj-1-family-protein-provides-dual-abiotic-and-biotic-stress-tolerance-in-transgenic-plants
#19
Prasad Melvin, Kondalarao Bankapalli, Patrick D'Silva, P V Shivaprasad
Methylglyoxal (MG) is a key signaling molecule resulting from glycolysis and other metabolic pathways. During abiotic stress, MG levels accumulate to toxic levels in affected cells. However, MG is routinely detoxified through the action of DJ1/PARK7/Hsp31 proteins that are highly conserved across kingdoms and mutations in such genes are associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we report for the first time that, similar to abiotic stresses, MG levels increase during biotic stresses in plants, likely contributing to enhanced susceptibility to a wide range of stresses...
April 25, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443462/biib021-a-novel-inhibitor-to-heat-shock-protein-90-addicted-oncology
#20
Liang Yan, Weiming Zhang, Beibei Zhang, Chao Xuan, Daogang Wang
Heat shock protein 90 is induced in response to the cell stress. Its overexpression has been reported in many cancers with poor prognosis. It acts as a chaperone to the client proteins, especially the activated oncoproteins in malignancies to protect them from degradation. Heat shock protein 90 inhibition represented anti-cancer effects in many studies. Previous natural product-based compounds are limited by their association with target toxicities. BIIB021 is an orally available, fully synthetic novel small-molecule heat shock protein 90 inhibitor that has shown strong antitumor activities in a large number of preclinical models and is now under clinical investigation...
April 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
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