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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335466/a-specific-mixture-of-nutrients-suppresses-ovarian-cancer-a-2780-tumor-incidence-growth-and-metastasis-to-lungs
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Mohd Waheed Roomi, Tatiana Kalinovsky, Matthias Rath, Aleksandra Niedzwiecki
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecological malignancy in women, and fifth leading cause of death. Despite advances made in chemotherapy and surgery, the average time of clinical remission is approximately 2 years and the 5-year survival rate is 45%. Thus, there is an urgent need for the development of a novel therapeutic approach to ovarian cancer treatment. We investigated the effect of a specific nutrient mixture (EPQ) containing ascorbic acid, lysine, proline, green tea extract, and quercetin on human ovarian cancer cell A-2780 in vivo and in vitro...
March 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333335/saccharomyces-boulardii-cncm-i-745-restores-intestinal-barrier-integrity-by-regulation-of-e-cadherin-recycling
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Chloé Terciolo, Aurélie Dobric, Mehdi Ouaissi, Carole Siret, Gilles Breuzard, Françoise Silvy, Bastien Marchiori, Sébastien Germain, Renaté Bonier, Adel Hama, Roisin Owens, Dominique Lombardo, Véronique Rigot, Frédéric André
Background and Aims: Alteration in intestinal permeability is the main factor underlying the pathogenesis of many diseases affecting the gut, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Characterization of molecules targeting the restoration of intestinal barrier integrity is therefore vital for the development of alternative therapies. The yeast Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 (Sb), used to prevent and treat antibiotic-associated infectious and functional diarrhea, may have a beneficial effect in the treatment of IBD...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333193/increased-activity-of-colistin-in-combination-with-amikacin-against-escherichia-coli-co-producing-ndm-5-and-mcr-1
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Yu-Feng Zhou, Meng-Ting Tao, Youjun Feng, Run-Shi Yang, Xiao-Ping Liao, Ya-Hong Liu, Jian Sun
Objectives: Colistin and carbapenem are two lines of last-resort antibiotics against lethal infections caused by MDR Gram-negative pathogens. The emergence of carbapenemase-positive Escherichia coli with colistin resistance poses a serious threat to public health worldwide. Here we report, for the first time (to the best of our knowledge), a novel combination therapy used for the treatment of E. coli co-producing MCR-1 and NDM-5. Methods: The MICs of colistin were determined alone and with 1-4 mg/L amikacin...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333189/fully-automated-disc-diffusion-for-rapid-antibiotic-susceptibility-test-results-a-proof-of-principle-study
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Michael Hombach, Marion Jetter, Nicolas Blöchliger, Natalia Kolesnik-Goldmann, Erik C Böttger
Background: Antibiotic resistance poses a significant threat to patients suffering from infectious diseases. Early readings of antibiotic susceptibility test (AST) results could be of critical importance to ensure adequate treatment. Disc diffusion is a well-standardized, established and cost-efficient AST procedure; however, its use in the clinical laboratory is hampered by the many manual steps involved, and an incubation time of 16-18 h, which is required to achieve reliable test results...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328652/delayed-second-dose-antibiotics-for-patients-admitted-from-the-emergency-department-with-sepsis-prevalence-risk-factors-and-outcomes
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Daniel Leisman, Victor Huang, Qiuping Zhou, Jeanie Gribben, Andrea Bianculli, Michelle Bernshteyn, Mary Frances Ward, Sandra M Schneider
OBJECTIVE: 1) Determine frequency and magnitude of delays in second antibiotic administration among patients admitted with sepsis; 2) Identify risk factors for these delays; and 3) Exploratory: determine association between delays and patient-centered outcomes (mortality and mechanical ventilation after second dose). DESIGN: Retrospective, consecutive sample sepsis cohort over 10 months. SETTING: Single, tertiary, academic medical center. PATIENTS: All patients admitted from the emergency department with sepsis or septic shock (defined: infection, ≥ 2 systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria, hypoperfusion/organ dysfunction) identified by a prospective quality initiative...
March 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323065/the-impact-of-fecal-sample-processing-on-prevalence-estimates-for-antibiotic-resistant-escherichia-coli
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Sylvia Omulo, Eric T Lofgren, Maina Mugoh, Moshe Alando, Joshua Obiya, Korir Kipyegon, Gilbert Kikwai, Wilson Gumbi, Samuel Kariuki, Douglas R Call
Investigators often rely on studies of Escherichia coli to characterize the burden of antibiotic resistance in a clinical or community setting. To determine if prevalence estimates for antibiotic resistance are sensitive to sample handling and interpretive criteria, we collected presumptive E. coli isolates (24 or 95 per stool sample) from a community in an urban informal settlement in Kenya. Isolates were tested for susceptibility to nine antibiotics using agar breakpoint assays and results were analyzed using generalized linear mixed models...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320722/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antibacterial-activities-of-patchouli-alcohol-a-natural-occurring-tricyclic-sesquiterpene-against-helicobacter-pylori-infection
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Y F Xu, D W Lian, Y Q Chen, Y F Cai, Y F Zheng, P L Fan, W K Ren, L J Fu, Y C Li, J H Xie, H Y Cao, B Tan, Z R Su, P Huang
This study further evaluated the in vitro and in vivo anti-Helicobacter pylori activity and potential underlying mechanism of patchouli alcohol (PA), a tricyclic sesquiterpene. In in vitro assay, the capacities of PA to inhibit and kill H. pylori were tested on three standard strains at different pH values and 12 clinical isolates. The effects of PA on H. pylori adhesion (and its alpA, alpB and babA genes), motility (and its flaA and flaB genes), ultrastructure and flagellation were investigated. Moreover, the H...
March 20, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317899/minocycline-treatment-suppresses-juvenile-development-and-growth-by-attenuating-insulin-tor-signaling-in-drosophila-animal-model
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Hyun Myoung Yun, Sujin Noh, Seogang Hyun
Minocycline is a broad spectrum, semi-synthetic tetracycline analog that is used to treat bacterial infection. Recently, this drug has been receiving increasing attention for its non-antibiotic properties, including anti-inflammatory, tumor suppressive, and neuroprotective effects. Drosophila is a useful model organism for studying human metabolism and disease. In this study, we investigated the effects of minocycline on juvenile development and growth in Drosophila. Feeding minocycline to Drosophila larvae suppresses larval body growth and delays the timing of pupation in a dose-dependent manner...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316844/aspergillus-pericarditis-with-tamponade-in-a-renal-transplant-patient
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Sylvia Biso, Rapeepat Lekkham, Antoinette Climaco
Aspergillus pericarditis is a rare and life-threatening infection in immunosuppressed patients. It has nonspecific clinical manifestations that often mimic other disease entities especially in patients who have extensive comorbidities. Diagnosis is oftentimes delayed and rarely done antemortem. A high degree of suspicion in immunocompromised patients is necessary for evaluation and timely diagnosis. This is a case of Aspergillus pericarditis with cardiac tamponade in a renal transplant patient with liver cirrhosis...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302461/data-quality-in-institutional-arthroplasty-registries-description-of-a-model-of-validation-and-report-of-preliminary-results
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Maria P Bautista, Guillermo A Bonilla, Klaus W Mieth, Adolfo M Llinás, Fernanda Rodríguez, Laura L Cárdenas
BACKGROUND: Arthroplasty registries are a relevant source of information for research and quality improvement in patient care and its value depends on the quality of the recorded data. The purpose of this study is to describe a model of validation and present the findings of validation of an Institutional Arthroplasty Registry (IAR). METHODS: Information from 209 primary arthroplasties and revision surgeries of the hip, knee, and shoulder recorded in the IAR between March and September 2015 were analyzed in the following domains...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274836/a-novel-gingival-overgrowth-mouse-model-induced-by-the-combination-of-csa-and-ligature-induced-inflammation
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Ai Okanobu, Shinji Matsuda, Mikihito Kajiya, Tsuyoshi Fujita, Mizuho Kittaka, Hideki Shiba, Hidemi Kurihara
Drug-induced gingival overgrowth (DIGO) is a side effect of the enlargement of gingival tissue by phenytoin, nifedipine, and cyclosporine A (CsA). Gingival inflammation has been identified as a key factor that initiates DIGO. However, a sufficient animal model for clarifying the role of inflammation in DIGO has not yet been generated. We herein describe a novel CsA-induced gingival overgrowth mouse model to evaluate the role of inflammation. A ligature was placed around the second molar in maxillae for 7days to induce gingival inflammation, and CsA (50mg/kg/day) was administered to mice during each experimental period...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274771/factors-associated-with-time-to-clinical-stability-in-complicated-skin-and-skin-structure-infections
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Iiro H Jääskeläinen, Lars Hagberg, Erik Forsblom, Asko Järvinen
OBJECTIVES: Factors associated with the time to clinical stability in patients with complicated skin and skin structure infection (cSSSI) were analysed in a retrospective population-based study. METHODS: All hospitalized patients (n=402) with cSSSI in two Nordic cities during a 4 year period were included. Patient, disease and treatment related factors were analysed in relation to early (0-3 days) or late (≥ 4 days) clinical stability. Clinical stability was assessed as improvement of infection related local and systemic signs...
March 5, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272303/effects-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-multiple-drug-resistant-strains-of-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-from-mastitis-infected-goats-an-alternative-approach-for-antimicrobial-therapy
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Yu-Guo Yuan, Qiu-Ling Peng, Sangiliyandi Gurunathan
Recently, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been widely used in various applications as antimicrobial agents, anticancer, diagnostics, biomarkers, cell labels, and drug delivery systems for the treatment of various diseases. Microorganisms generally acquire resistance to antibiotics through the course of antibacterial therapy. Multi-drug resistance (MDR) has become a growing problem in the treatment of infectious diseases, and the widespread use of broad-spectrum antibiotics has resulted in the development of antibiotic resistance by numerous human and animal bacterial pathogens...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258237/computational-modelling-of-efflux-pumps-and-their-inhibitors
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Venkata Krishnan Ramaswamy, Pierpaolo Cacciotto, Giuliano Malloci, Attilio V Vargiu, Paolo Ruggerone
Antimicrobial resistance is based on the multifarious strategies that bacteria adopt to face antibiotic therapies, making it a key public health concern of our era. Among these strategies, efflux pumps (EPs) contribute significantly to increase the levels and profiles of resistance by expelling a broad range of unrelated compounds - buying time for the organisms to develop specific resistance. In Gram-negative bacteria, many of these chromosomally encoded transporters form multicomponent 'pumps' that span both inner and outer membranes and are driven energetically by a primary or secondary transporter component...
February 28, 2017: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256234/vancomycin-reduces-cell-wall-stiffness-and-slows-swim-speed-of-the-lyme-disease-bacterium
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Michael W Harman, Alex E Hamby, Ross Boltyanskiy, Alexia A Belperron, Linda K Bockenstedt, Holger Kress, Eric R Dufresne, Charles W Wolgemuth
Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme disease, is a tick-transmitted pathogen that requires motility to invade and colonize mammalian and tick hosts. These bacteria use a unique undulating flat-wave shape to penetrate and propel themselves through host tissues. Previous mathematical modeling has suggested that the morphology and motility of these spirochetes depends crucially on the flagellar/cell wall stiffness ratio. Here, we test this prediction using the antibiotic vancomycin to weaken the cell wall...
February 28, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247198/development-and-application-of-a-t7-rna-polymerase-dependent-expression-system-for-antibiotic-production-improvement-in-streptomyces
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Junhong Wei, Jinjin Tian, Guoqing Pan, Jie Xie, Jialing Bao, Zeyang Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To develop a reliable and easy to use expression system for antibiotic production improvement of Streptomyces. RESULTS: A two-compound T7 RNA polymerase-dependent gene expression system was developed to fulfill this demand. In this system, the T7 RNA polymerase coding sequence was optimized based on the codon usage of Streptomyces coelicolor. To evaluate the functionality of this system, we constructed an activator gene overexpression strain for enhancement of actinorhodin production...
February 28, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242718/enterococcus-faecalis-uses-a-pts-permease-and-a-host-colonization-related-abc-transporter-for-maltodextrin-uptake
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Nicolas Sauvageot, Abdelhamid Mokhtari, Philippe Joyet, Aurélie Budin-Verneuil, Víctor S Blancato, Guillermo D Repizo, Céline Henry, Andreas Pikis, John Thompson, Christian Magni, Axel Hartke, Josef Deutscher
Maltodextrin is a mixture of maltooligosaccharides, which are produced by the degradation of starch or glycogen. They are mostly composed of α-1,4- and some α-1,6- linked glucose residues. Genes presumed to code for the Enterococcus faecalis maltodextrin transporter were induced during enterococcal infection. We therefore carried out a detailed study of maltodextrin transport in this organism. Depending on their length (3 to 7 glucose residues), E. faecalis takes up maltodextrins either via MalT, a maltose-specific permease of the phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP):carbohydrate phosphotransferase system (PTS), or the ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporter MdxEFG/MsmX...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237766/n-acetylcysteine-inhibits-growth-adhesion-and-biofilm-formation-of-gram-positive-skin-pathogens
#18
Daria Eroshenko, Tatyana Polyudova, Vladimir Korobov
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is a non-antibiotic drug with antimicrobial properties against biofilm phenotypes of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Our aim was to assess the effects of NAC on the growth of Gram-positive human skin and mucous membrane pathogens in the planktonic and biofilm phases. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of NAC against Enterococcus faecalis, Corynebacterium ammoniagenes, Mycobacterium smegmatis, Propionibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus aureus, S. epidermidis, Streptococcus pyogenes, and 14 clinical strains of coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) ranged from 0...
February 22, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236620/influence-of-huang-lian-jie-du-decoction-on-quorum-sensing-system-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#19
Fei Xia, Lihua Ye, Ping Wang, Mingwei Zhang
Context • Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P aeruginosa) is an opportunistic and nosocomial, Gram-negative pathogen that is characteristic of quorum sensing (QS) modulation. QS inhibition (QSI) is considered to be a new approach to antimicrobial treatment that may reduce issues of antibiotic resistance. Traditional Chinese herbs have been recognized as a source of QSI. Objective • This study was intended to investigate whether the Huang Lian Jie Du decoction (HLJJD) possesses the ability to produce anti-QS activity...
February 27, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235416/long-term-treatment-of-clarithromycin-at-a-low-concentration-improves-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-oxidant-antioxidant-imbalance-in-human-small-airway-epithelial-cells-by-increasing-nrf2-mrna-expression
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Kuninori Iwayama, Ayuko Kusakabe, Keisuke Ohtsu, Takahiro Nawano, Ryosuke Tatsunami, Ko-Ichi Ohtaki, Yoshiko Tampo, Nobumasa Hayase
BACKGROUND: Clarithromycin (CAM), a representative macrolide antibiotic, has been used widely at low doses for long-term therapy of chronic inflammatory airway diseases. Anti-inflammatory effects of macrolide antibiotics were first discovered in clinical practice. Although oxidative stress is known as a key pathogenesis factor in chronic airway inflammatory diseases, the mechanism of action of low-dose, long-term CAM therapy remains unclear. We aimed to examine the cytoprotective action of CAM against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cell dysfunction, focusing on CAM dose and treatment duration, and using human small airway epithelial cells (SAECs), the main cells involved in chronic airway inflammatory diseases...
February 25, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
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