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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426384/a-2-year-old-boy-with-circulatory-failure-owing-to-streptococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome-case-report
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Werner Keenswijk, Johan Vande Walle
A 2-year-old boy presented with severe hypotension and acute kidney injury after a prodrome of non-bloody diarrhoea and fever in the preceding 3 days. He had a mild Ebstein cardiac anomaly but otherwise a normal past history and growth. On examination, he looked ill, his temperature was 37.5 °C, circulation was poor, and there were several purpuric lesions on the face, hands and scrotum. Haemoglobin was 7.8 g/dL (11-14), total white cell count 27 × 10(9)/L, platelets 62 × 10(9)/L, blood urea nitrogen 20...
April 20, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424960/selenium-for-the-mitigation-of-toxicity-induced-by-lead-in-chicken-testes-through-regulating-mrna-expressions-of-hsps-and-selenoproteins
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He Huang, Yan Wang, Yang An, Yaguang Tian, Shu Li, Xiaohua Teng
Lead (Pb) is a toxic element and environmental pollutant. Pb toxicity and antagonistic effect of selenium (Se) on Pb have been deeply studied in mammals. The testis is one of the target organs of Pb in birds. The aim of this study was to investigate the mitigating effect of Se on Pb toxicity in chicken testes by determining messenger RNA (mRNA) expressions of 5 heat shock proteins (HSPs) and 25 selenoproteins. Sixty male chickens (7-day-old) were randomly divided into the control group, the Se group, the Pb group, and the Pb + Se group, and were fed for 90 days...
April 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420299/surface-chemistry-of-gold-nanoparticles-determines-the-biocorona-composition-impacting-cellular-uptake-toxicity-and-gene-expression-profiles-in-human-endothelial-cells
#3
Parwathy Chandran, Jim E Riviere, Nancy A Monteiro-Riviere
This study investigated the role of nanoparticle size and surface chemistry on biocorona composition and its effect on uptake, toxicity and cellular responses in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), employing 40 and 80 nm gold nanoparticles (AuNP) with branched polyethyleneimine (BPEI), lipoic acid (LA) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) coatings. Proteomic analysis identified 59 hard corona proteins among the various AuNP, revealing largely surface chemistry-dependent signature adsorbomes exhibiting human serum albumin (HSA) abundance...
April 19, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419378/arsenic-induced-testicular-toxicity-in-gallus-gallus-expressions-of-inflammatory-cytokines-and-heat-shock-proteins
#4
Xiao Sun, Siwen Li, Ying He, Hongjing Zhao, Yu Wang, Xiangwei Zeng, Mingwei Xing
The aim of the study is to investigate the effects of sub-chronic poisoning with arsenic on the testes of chickens treated. Seventy-two 1-day-old chickens were randomly divided into 4 groups and provided food with different doses arsenic. The histological changes were examined. The mRNA levels of inflammatory factors, including transcription factor nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), prostaglandin E synthase (PTGEs), and heat shock proteins (Hsps), including Hsp70, Hsp90, Hsp60, Hsp40, and Hsp27 were assessed by quantitative real-time PCR in the testes of chickens...
April 17, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415709/a-peptide-derived-from-apoptin-inhibits-glioma-growth
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Liqiu Zhang, Hengyu Zhao, Zhongqi Cui, Yueshan Lv, Wenjia Zhang, Xiaoyu Ma, Jianan Zhang, Banghao Sun, Danyang Zhou, Lijie Yuan
Glioblastoma (GBM) is associated with poor prognosis due to its resistance to surgery, irradiation, and conventional chemotherapy. Thus, efficient therapeutic approaches for the treatment of GBM are urgently needed. HSP70 is an antiapoptotic protein that participates in the inhibition of both mitochondrial and membrane receptor apoptosis pathways and is highly expressed in glioma tissues. Here, we investigated a derivative of apoptin; specifically, a chicken anemia viral protein with selective toxicity toward cancer cells that can inhibit hyperactive molecules, including HSP70...
March 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409124/hospital-dissemination-of-tst-1-positive-clonal-complex-5-cc5-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#6
Min Wang, Yi Zheng, Jose R Mediavilla, Liang Chen, Barry N Kreiswirth, Yajun Song, Ruifu Yang, Hong Du
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is one of the most prevalent clinical pathogens isolated from hospital settings, and has increasingly identified in community settings. In China, the SCCmecIII-ST239 strains are disseminated in different geographic regions, accounting for >75% of all MRSA isolates in some national studies. Here we characterized 150 non-duplicate MRSA isolates collected from February 2012 to May 2013 in a tertiary hospital in Suzhou, Eastern China, to explore the molecular epidemiology...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407590/exposure-to-lethal-levels-of-benzo-a-pyrene-or-cadmium-trigger-distinct-protein-expression-patterns-in-earthworms-eisenia-fetida
#7
Lihao Zhang, Xiaochen Duan, Nannan He, Xu Chen, Jinli Shi, Weiming Li, Li Xu, Huixin Li
Different pollutants induce distinct toxic responses in earthworms (Eisenia fetida). Here, we used proteomics techniques to compare the responses of E. fetida to exposure to the 10% lethal concentration (14d-LC10) of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) or cadmium (Cd) in natural red soil (China). BaP exposure markedly induced the expression of oxidation-reduction proteins, whereas Cd exposure mainly induced the expression of proteins involved in transcription- and translation-related processes. Furthermore, calmodulin-binding proteins were differentially expressed upon exposure to different pollutants...
April 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400021/east-and-west-african-milk-products-are-reservoirs-for-human-and-livestock-associated-staphylococcus-aureus
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Christoph Jans, Axel Merz, Sophia Johler, Mario Younan, Sabine A Tanner, Dasel Wambua Mulwa Kaindi, John Wangoh, Bassirou Bonfoh, Leo Meile, Taurai Tasara
Staphylococcus aureus frequently isolated from milk products in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is a major pathogen responsible for food intoxication, human and animal diseases. SSA hospital-derived strains are well studied but data on the population structure of foodborne S. aureus required to identify possible staphylococcal food poisoning sources is lacking. Therefore, the aim was to assess the population genetic structure, virulence and antibiotic resistance genes associated with milk-derived S. aureus isolates from Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya and Somalia through spa-typing, MLST, and DNA microarray analysis...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399865/toxicity-of-nano-and-ionic-silver-to-embryonic-stem-cells-a-comparative-toxicogenomic-study
#9
Xiugong Gao, Vanessa D Topping, Zachary Keltner, Robert L Sprando, Jeffrey J Yourick
BACKGROUND: The widespread application of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and silver-containing products has raised public safety concerns about their adverse effects on human health and the environment. To date, in vitro toxic effects of AgNPs and ionic silver (Ag(+)) on many somatic cell types are well established. However, no studies have been conducted hitherto to evaluate their effect on cellular transcriptome in embryonic stem cells (ESCs). RESULTS: The present study characterized transcriptomic changes induced by 5...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397697/nab-paclitaxel-plus-either-gemcitabine-or-simplified-leucovorin-and-fluorouracil-as-first-line-therapy-for-metastatic-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-afugem-gercor-a-non-comparative-multicentre-open-label-randomised-phase-2-trial
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Jean-Baptiste Bachet, Pascal Hammel, Jérôme Desramé, Aurélia Meurisse, Benoist Chibaudel, Thierry André, Philippe Debourdeau, Jérome Dauba, Thierry Lecomte, Jean-François Seitz, Christophe Tournigand, Thomas Aparicio, Véronique Guerin Meyer, Julien Taieb, Julien Volet, Amandine Monier, Franck Bonnetain, Christophe Louvet
BACKGROUND: Nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine has become a standard treatment regimen in patients with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma; however, retrospective data suggest that gemcitabine might be inefficient in 50-60% of patients and thus not an optimum regimen in combination with nab-paclitaxel. We did a phase 2 trial to assess the activity and safety of a new regimen of nab-paclitaxel plus simplified leucovorin and fluorouracil. METHODS: We did a non-comparative, multicentre, open-label, randomised phase 2 trial in 15 hospitals and institutions in France...
May 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396132/clostridium-difficile-infection
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REVIEW
Luis Alcalá Hernández, Elena Reigadas Ramírez, Emilio Bouza Santiago
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the main cause of nosocomial diarrhea in industrialized countries and the source of a growing number of cases of diarrhea in the community. The outbreak of the hypervirulent strain belonging to ribotype 027 has increased the incidence and severity of CDI in some countries. Although CDI usually courses as a mild diarrhea it can lead to severe forms such as toxic megacolon or septic shock. One of every 2 episodes of CDI is not diagnosed in Spanish hospitals due to a lack of clinical suspicion or the use of insensitive diagnostic methods...
April 8, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387490/-an-rare-complication-of-scarlet-fever-invasive-group-a-streptococcal-infection-with-streptococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome
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H Warnier, Z Depuis, K Nyamugabo, B Desprechins, M-C Seghaye
Invasive Group A Streptococcus infections and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome are rare complications of common diseases in children such as scarlet fever or impetigo. These invasive diseases are particulary challenging because of their rapid progression and the lack of predisposing factors in most cases. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are mandatory to reduce the mortality associated with these severe diseases. We report the case of an 8- year-old girl who developped an invasive group A streptococcal disease with osteomyelitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome in the course of a classical scarlet fever...
March 2017: Revue Médicale de Liège
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384859/evaluation-of-hiaureus-tm-coagulase-confirmation-kit-in-identification-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Arunagiri Subramanian, Vidushi K Chitalia, Kushminda Bangera, Shashikant P Vaidya, Rajas Warke, Abhay Chowdhary, Ranjana A Deshmukh
INTRODUCTION: Staphylococcus aureus is a facultative anaerobic Gram positive coccal bacterium whose incidence ranges to different infections. It is a cause of various uncomplicated skin infections, abscesses, septicaemia/bacteraemia, gastroenteritis, endocarditis, toxic shock syndrome and food intoxications. Various methods with varied time, sensitivities, specificities and costs are available, but may not be used as a reliable test for the identification and differentiation of S. aureus...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379176/ostreolysin-a-pleurotolysin-b-and-equinatoxins-structure-function-and-pathophysiological-effects-of-these-pore-forming-proteins
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REVIEW
Robert Frangež, Dušan Šuput, Jordi Molgó, Evelyne Benoit
Acidic ostreolysin A/pleurotolysin B (OlyA/PlyB, formerly known as ostreolysin (Oly), and basic 20 kDa equinatoxins (EqTs) are cytolytic proteins isolated from the edible mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus and the sea anemone Actinia equina, respectively. Both toxins, although from different sources, share many similar biological activities: (i) colloid-osmotic shock by forming pores in cellular and artificial membranes enriched in cholesterol and sphingomyelin; (ii) increased vascular endothelial wall permeability in vivo and perivascular oedema; (iii) dose-dependent contraction of coronary vessels; (iv) haemolysis with pronounced hyperkalaemia in vivo; (v) bradycardia, myocardial ischemia and ventricular extrasystoles accompanied by progressive fall of arterial blood pressure and respiratory arrest in rodents...
April 5, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370401/cyclophosphamide-based-stem-cell-mobilization-in-relapsed-multiple-myeloma-patients-a-subgroup-analysis-from-the-phase-iii-trial-relapse
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Marc-Andrea Baertsch, Jana Schlenzka, Katharina Lisenko, Julia Krzykalla, Natalia Becker, Katja Weisel, Richard Noppeney, Hans Martin, Hans W Lindemann, Mathias Haenel, Axel Nogai, Christof Scheid, Hans Salwender, Roland Fenk, Ullrich Graeven, Peter Reimer, Martin Schmidt-Hieber, Martin Goerner, Ingo G H Schmidt-Wolf, Stefan Klein, Anthony D Ho, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Patrick Wuchter
OBJECTIVE: Analysis of the efficiency and toxicity of cyclophosphamide based stem cell mobilization in patients with relapsed mulitple myeloma (RMM). METHODS: Peripheral blood stem cells were mobilized with high dose cyclophosphamide (2 g /m(2) daily on days 1 and 2) and G-CSF plus pre-emptive/rescue plerixafor in RMM patients (1(st) to 3(rd) relapse) treated within the ReLApsE trial of the German-Speaking Myeloma Multicenter Group (GMMG). RESULTS: Mobilization was initiated with high dose cyclophosphamide and G-CSF in 30 patients...
March 31, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369628/heat-shock-factor-1-promotes-terra-transcription-and-telomere-protection-upon-heat-stress
#16
Sivan Koskas, Anabelle Decottignies, Solenne Dufour, Mylène Pezet, André Verdel, Claire Vourc'h, Virginie Faure
In response to metabolic or environmental stress, cells activate powerful defense mechanisms to prevent the formation and accumulation of toxic protein aggregates. The main orchestrator of this cellular response is HSF1 (heat shock factor 1), a transcription factor involved in the up-regulation of protein-coding genes with protective roles. It has become very clear that HSF1 has a broader function than initially expected. Indeed, our previous work demonstrated that, upon stress, HSF1 activates the transcription of a non-coding RNA, named Satellite III, at pericentromeric heterochromatin...
March 27, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367302/the-frequency-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolated-from-endocervix-of-infertile-women-in-northwest-iran
#17
Mohammad Taghi Akhi, Aylin Esmailkhani, Javid Sadeghi, Behrooz Niknafs, Laya Farzadi, Aydin Akhi, Elmira Najafi Nasab
BACKGROUND: Infertility is one of the major social issues. Due to the asymptomatic cervical infection associated with Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), the majority of patients remain undiagnosed. The present study intended to assess the frequency of S. aureus isolated from infertile women's endocervix in northwest Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a descriptive cross sectional study, specimens were randomly collected during vagina examination using a sterile speculum and swabbing...
April 2017: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365842/an-rna-seq-transcriptome-analysis-revealing-novel-insights-into-aluminum-tolerance-and-accumulation-in-tea-plant
#18
Yong Li, Jie Huang, Xiaowei Song, Ziwei Zhang, Ye Jiang, Yulu Zhu, Hua Zhao, Dejiang Ni
The tea plant ( Camellia sinensis L. O. Kuntze) is a high aluminum (Al) tolerant and accumulator species. Candidate genes related to Al tolerance in tea plants were assembled based on de novo transcriptome analysis. The homologs implied some common and distinct Al-tolerant mechanism between tea plants and rice, Arabidopsis and buckwheat. In addition to high Al tolerance, the tea plant exhibits good performance exposure to a proper Al level, and accumulates high Al in the leaves without any toxicity symptom...
April 1, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365425/extracellular-polymeric-substances-dependence-of-surface-interactions-of-bacillus-subtilis-with-cd-2-and-pb-2-an-investigation-combined-with-surface-plasmon-resonance-and-infrared-spectra
#19
Peng Zhang, You-Peng Chen, Meng-Wen Peng, Jin-Song Guo, Yu Shen, Peng Yan, Qiu-Hong Zhou, Juan Jiang, Fang Fang
Microbial extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) play an important role in resisting the shock load of toxic contaminants to microbial aggregates. In order to investigate the surface interaction process of bacteria with heavy metals, in this work, the kinetics and affinity of heavy metal (CdCl2 and PbCl2) binding on Bacillus subtilis with EPS and without EPS were determined using in situ surface plasmon resonance. The binding mechanism between bacteria (with EPS and without EPS) and heavy metals was probed using Fourier-transform infrared spectra...
March 24, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365019/photosynthetic-and-transcriptional-responses-of-the-marine-diatom-thalassiosira-pseudonana-to-the-combined-effect-of-temperature-stress-and-copper-exposure
#20
Priscilla T Y Leung, Andy Xianliang Yi, Jack C H Ip, Sarah S T Mak, Kenneth M Y Leung
A 96-h exposure experiment was conducted to elucidate the toxicity responses of the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana upon exposure to different temperatures and copper (Cu) concentrations. Three Cu treatments (seawater control; 200μg/L Cu, EC50 for the yield at 25°C; and 1000μg/L Cu, EC50 for growth inhibition at 25°C) were conducted against four temperatures (10°C, 15°C, 25°C and 30°C). Growth rate and photosynthetic responses showed a significant interacting thermal-chemical effect with strong synergistic responses observed at 30°C treatments...
March 29, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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