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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102784/model-systems-for-the-study-of-enterococcal-colonization-and-infection
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H M Sharon Goh, M H Adeline Yong, Kelvin Kian Long Chong, Kimberly A Kline
Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium are common inhabitants of the human gastrointestinal tract, as well as frequent opportunistic pathogens. Enterococci cause a range of infections including, most frequently, infections of the urinary tract, catheterized urinary tract, bloodstream, wounds and surgical sites, and heart valves in endocarditis. Enterococcal infections are often biofilm-associated, polymicrobial in nature, and resistant to antibiotics of last resort. Understanding Enterococcal mechanisms of colonization and pathogenesis are important for identifying new ways to manage and intervene with these infections...
January 19, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102702/immunomodulating-peptides-for-food-allergy-prevention-and-treatment
#2
Daniel Lozano-Ojalvo, Rosina López-Fandiño
Among the most promising strategies currently assayed against IgE-mediated allergic diseases stands the possibility of using immunomodulating peptides to induce oral tolerance towards offending food allergens or even to prevent allergic sensitization. This review focuses on the beneficial effects of food derived immunomodulating peptides on food allergy, which can be directly exerted in the intestinal tract or once being absorbed through the intestinal epithelial barrier to interact with immune cells. Food peptides influence intestinal homeostasis by maintaining and reinforcing barrier function or affecting intestinal cell-signalling to nearby immune cells and mucus secretion...
January 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102674/2d-ir-spectroscopy-shows-that-optimised-dna-minor-groove-binding-of-hoechst33258-follows-an-induced-fit-model
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Lennart A I Ramakers, Gordon Hithell, John J May, Gregory M Greetham, Paul M Donaldson, Michael Towrie, Anthony W Parker, Glenn A Burley, Neil T Hunt
The induced fit binding model describes a conformational change occurring when a small molecule binds to its biomacromolecular target. The result is enhanced non-covalent interactions between ligand and biomolecule. Induced fit is well-established for small molecule-protein interactions, but its relevance to small molecule-DNA binding is less clear. We investigate the molecular determinants of Hoechst33258 binding to its preferred A-tract sequence relative to a sub-optimal alternating A-T sequence. Results from 2-dimensional infrared spectroscopy, which is sensitive to H-bonding and molecular structure changes, show that Hoechst33258 binding results in loss of minor groove spine of hydration in both sequences, but an additional perturbation of the base propeller twists occurs in the A-tract binding region...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102554/what-are-the-predicting-factors-for-the-therapeutic-effects-of-dutasteride-in-male-patients-with-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-investigation-using-a-urodynamic-study
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Yoshihisa Matsukawa, Masashi Kato, Yasuhito Funahashi, Tsuyoshi Majima, Tokunori Yamamoto, Momokazu Gotoh
AIMS: We investigated predicting factors for the therapeutic effects of dutasteride in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) based on a urodynamic study (UDS). METHODS: This was a single-center, prospective study involving 120 male outpatients with LUTS. They received 0.5 mg of dutasteride per day for 12 months. IPSS, OABSS, IPSS-QOL, and UDS were used for assessing subjective and objective symptoms prior to and 12 months after administration...
January 19, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102436/-urethral-stricture-rate-after-prostate-cancer-radiotherapy-five-year-data-of-a-certified-prostate-cancer-center
#5
J Kranz, G Maurer, U Maurer, O Deserno, S Schulte, J Steffens
BACKGROUND: A urethral stricture is a scar of the urethral epithelium which can cause obstructive voiding dysfunction with consequential damage of the upper urinary tract. Almost 45% of all strictures are iatrogenic; they develop in 2-9% of patients after radical prostatectomy, but can also occur after prostate cancer radiotherapy. This study provides 5‑year data of a certified prostate cancer center (PKZ) in terms of urethral strictures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 01/2008 and 12/2012 a total of 519 men were irradiated for prostate cancer (LDR and HDR brachytherapy as well as external beam radiation)...
January 19, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102432/synthesis-of-human-parainfluenza-virus-4-nucleocapsid-like-particles-in-yeast-and-their-use-for-detection-of-virus-specific-antibodies-in-human-serum
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Aistė Bulavaitė, Rita Lasickienė, Paulius Lukas Tamošiūnas, Martynas Simanavičius, Kęstutis Sasnauskas, Aurelija Žvirblienė
The aim of this study was to produce human parainfluenza virus type 4 (HPIV4) nucleocapsid (N) protein in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae expression system, to explore its structural and antigenic properties and to evaluate its applicability in serology. The use of an optimized gene encoding HPIV4 N protein amino acid (aa) sequence GenBank AGU90031.1 allowed high yield of recombinant N protein forming nucleocapsid-like particles (NLPs) in yeast. A substitution L332D disrupted self-assembly of NLPs, confirming the role of this position in the N proteins of Paramyxovirinae...
January 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102426/improved-anticoagulant-effect-of-fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate-orally-administered-as-gastro-resistant-tablets
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Roberto J C Fonseca, Isabela D Sucupira, Stephan Nicollas M C G Oliveira, Gustavo R Santos, Paulo A S Mourão
Fucosylated chondroitin sulfate (FucCS) is a potent anticoagulant polysaccharide extracted from sea cucumber. Its anticoagulant activity is attributed to the presence of unique branches of sulfated fucose. Although this glycosaminoglycan exerts an antithrombotic effect following oral administration, high doses are necessary to achieve the maximum effect. The diminished activity of FucCS following oral administration is likely due to its degradation in the gastrointestinal tract and its limited ability to cross the intestinal cell membranes...
January 19, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102030/impact-of-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitors-on-nonglycemic-outcomes-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Jennifer M Trujillo, Wesley A Nuffer
The efficacy of the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, and empagliflozin in reducing hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes is well documented. In addition, positive effects have been observed with these agents on nonglycemic variables, such as reductions in body weight and blood pressure, which may confer additional health benefits. SGLT2 inhibitors are also associated with evidence of renal-protecting benefits. Furthermore, during the landmark Empagliflozin, Cardiovascular Outcomes, and Mortality in Type 2 Diabetes (EMPA-REG OUTCOME) trial, a substantial reduction in major adverse cardiovascular outcomes was demonstrated with empagliflozin therapy...
January 19, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102009/detection-of-equine-herpesvirus-ehv-1-2-4-and-5-in-ethiopian-equids-with-and-without-respiratory-problems-and-genetic-characterization-of-ehv-2-and-ehv-5-strains
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H Negussie, D Gizaw, L Tesfaw, Y Li, K Oguma, H Sentsui, T S Tessema, H J Nauwynck
Infections with equine herpesviruses (EHVs) are widespread in equine populations worldwide. Whereas both EHV-1 and EHV-4 produce well-documented respiratory syndromes in equids, the contribution of EHV-2 and EHV-5 to disease of the respiratory tract is still enigmatic. This study describes the detection and genetic characterization of EHVs from equids with and without clinical respiratory disease. Virus-specific PCRs were used to detect EHV-1, -2, -4 and -5. From the total of 160 equids with respiratory disease, EHV-5 was detected at the highest prevalence (23...
January 18, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101885/what-is-the-true-in%C3%A2-vitro-potency-of-oxytetracycline-for-the-pig-pneumonia-pathogens-actinobacillus-pleuropneumoniae-and-pasteurella-multocida
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L Dorey, S Hobson, P Lees
The pharmacodynamics of oxytetracycline was determined for pig respiratory tract pathogens, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae and Pasteurella multocida. Indices of potency were determined for the following: (i) two matrices, broth and pig serum; (ii) five overlapping sets of twofold dilutions; and (iii) a high strength starting culture. For A. pleuropneumoniae, minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was similar for the two matrices, but for P. multocida, differences were marked and significantly different. MIC and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) serum: broth ratios for A...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101804/white-matter-hyperintensities-correlate-to-cognition-and-fiber-tract-integrity-in-older-adults-with-hiv
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Christa Watson, Edgar Busovaca, Jessica M Foley, I Elaine Allen, Christopher G Schwarz, Neda Jahanshad, Talia M Nir, Pardis Esmaeili-Firidouni, Benedetta Milanini, Howard Rosen, Owen T Carmichael, Paul M Thompson, Victor G Valcour
Our aim was to examine the clinical relevance of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) in HIV. We used an automated approach to quantify WMH volume in HIV seropositive (HIV+; n = 65) and HIV seronegative (HIV-; n = 29) adults over age 60. We compared WMH volumes between HIV+ and HIV- groups in cross-sectional and multiple time-point analyses. We also assessed correlations between WMH volumes and cardiovascular, HIV severity, cognitive scores, and diffusion tensor imaging variables. Serostatus groups did not differ in WMH volume, but HIV+ participants had less cerebral white matter (mean: 470...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101770/factors-controlling-fetal-echocardiography-determine-the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-isolated-ventricular-septal-defect
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Jiao Chen, Liang Xie, Han-Min Liu
BACKGROUND: Fetal echocardiography (FECG) is a key screening tool for prenatal cardiac abnormalities. Herein, we examined the ultrasonic factors determining prenatal ultrasonic diagnosis of isolated ventricular septal defect (IVSD). METHODS: The diagnostic role of ultrasonic factors was investigated in patients in middle or late pregnancy, diagnosed with IVSD by FECG and confirmed using postnatal echocardiography. RESULTS: One hundred and six patients with IVSD were enrolled; the majority had perimembranous VSD...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101682/synthesis-spectral-and-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-studies-of-transition-metal-tetraaza-macrocyclic-complexes
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Dinesh Kumar, Nutan Sharma, Manjula Nair
Urinary tract infections commonly occur in humans due to microbial pathogens invading the urinary tract, which can bring about a range of clinical symptoms and potentially fatal sequelae. The present study is aimed at addressing the development of a new antimicrobial agent against extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL) producing E. coli bacteria. We have synthesised some biologically potent (NNNN) donor macrocycles (L 1  = dibenzo[f,n]dipyrido[3,4-b:4',3'-j][1,4,9,12]tetraazacyclohexadecine-6,11,18,23(5H,12H, 7H, 24H)-tetraone, and L 2  = 6,12,19,25-tetraoxo-4,6,11,12,16,18,23,24-octahydrotetrabenzo [b,g,k,p][1,5,10,14]tetra azacyclooctadecine-2,13-dicarboxylic acid) and their Ti and Zr metal complexes in alcoholic media using microwave protocol...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101501/classical-presentation-of-acute-pyelonephritis-in-a-case-of-brucellosis
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Wadha Alfouzan, Sara Al-Sahali, Hawra'a Sultan, Rita Dhar
Although Brucella species is known to affect almost all organs in humans, renal involvement presenting as acute pyelonephritis remains a rare entity in brucellosis. We report the case of a female patient who presented with symptoms of fever with chills, right loin pain and dysuria in the emergency room. Blood cultures drawn at the time of admission grew Brucella spp., but no organisms were isolated from urine culture although urinalysis data was indicative of urinary tract infection. Empiric therapy with piperacillin/tazobactam plus gentamicin relieved her symptoms...
May 2016: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101445/comparison-of-percutaneous-vertebroplasty-with-and-without-interventional-tumor-removal-for-spinal-metastatic-tumor-without-epidural-involvement
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Yan Su, Zhong-Zhen Sun, Long-Xiang Shen, Jian Ding, Zheng-Yu Xu, Yi-Min Chai, Wen-Qi Song, Dong Chen, Chun-Gen Wu
AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) combined with interventional tumor removal (ITR) in providing pain relief, reducing disability, and improving functional performance in patients with malignant vertebral compression fractures without epidural involvement. METHODS: Patients with malignant vertebral compression fractures (n=58) were treated with either PVP+ITR (n=31, group A) or PVP alone (n=27, group B). A 14 G needle was inserted into the vertebral body, and the tract was sequentially dilated with working cannulae...
March 2017: Journal of Bone Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101406/design-and-characterization-of-a-combined-oct-and-wide-field-imaging-falloposcope-for-ovarian-cancer-detection
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Molly Keenan, Tyler H Tate, Khanh Kieu, John F Black, Urs Utzinger, Jennifer K Barton
Early detection of ovarian cancer is only achieved in around 20% of women due to lack of effective screening. We propose a method for surveillance of high risk women based on a microendoscope introduced transvaginally to image the fallopian tubes and ovaries. This requires extreme miniaturization of the optics and catheter sheath. We describe the design of a falloposcope that combines optical coherence tomography (OCT) and wide field imaging into a sub-1 mm diameter package. We characterize the systems and show that they provide contrast on ex-vivo samples of ovary and fallopian tube...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101365/comments-to-role-of-upper-airway-ultrasound-in-airway-management
#17
Wan-Ching Lien
Tracheal ultrasound can be an alternative diagnostic tool in airway management, besides traditional confirmatory methods such as capnography and auscultation. The standard image is a hyperechoic air-mucosa (A-M) interface with a reverberation artifact posteriorly (comet-tail artifact). If the second A-M interface appears, which we call a "double-tract sign," esophageal intubation is considered.
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101354/histological-complete-response-in-a-patient-with-advanced-biliary-tract-cancer-treated-by-gemcitabine-cisplatin-s-1-combination-chemotherapy-a-case-report
#18
Tokuhiro Matsubara, Tsutomu Nishida, Yoshito Tomimaru, Masashi Yamamoto, Shiro Hayashi, Sachiko Nakajima, Koji Fukui, Keizo Dono, Shiro Adachi, Tatsuya Ioka, Masashi Kanai, Masami Inada
A 68-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with increased levels of biliary enzymes. On imaging, the patient was diagnosed with unresectable intrahepatic biliary tract cancer (BTC) with invasion of the portal vein and para-aortic lymph node metastasis (cT3N1M1, cStage IVb) and underwent endoscopic biliary drainage for the biliary stricture prior to therapy. The patient was subsequently enrolled in a phase III randomized trial (UMIN000014371/NCT02182778) and randomly assigned to receive gemcitabine/cisplatin/S-1 (GCS) combination therapy intravenously at doses of 1,000 or 25 mg/m(2) on day 1 and orally twice daily at a dose of 80 mg/m(2) on days 1-7 every 2 weeks...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101241/potential-role-of-melastatin-related-transient-receptor-potential-cation-channel-subfamily-m-gene-expression-in-the-pathogenesis-of-urinary-bladder-cancer
#19
Gülay Güleç Ceylan, Ebru Etem Önalan, Tuncay Kuloğlu, Gülten Aydoğ, İbrahim Keleş, Şenol Tonyali, Cavit Ceylan
Urinary bladder cancer is one of the most common malignancies of the urinary tract. Ion channels and calcium homeostasis are involved in almost all basic cellular mechanisms. The transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily M (TRPM) takes its name from the melastatin protein, which is classified as potential tumor suppressor. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no previous studies in the literature investigating the role of these ion channels in bladder cancer. The present study aimed to determine whether bladder cancer is associated with mRNA expression levels of TRPM ion channel genes, and whether there is the potential to conduct further studies to establish novel treatment modalities...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101210/ube2t-silencing-suppresses-proliferation-and-induces-cell-cycle-arrest-and-apoptosis-in-bladder-cancer-cells
#20
Yan Qing Gong, Ding Peng, Xiang Hui Ning, Xin Yu Yang, Xue Song Li, Li Qun Zhou, Ying Lu Guo
Ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme E2T (UBE2T), a member of the ubiquitin-conjugating E2 family in the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway, has been reported to be overexpressed in certain tumor types and to have an important role in the Fanconi anemia pathway. In the present study, the expression of UBE2T and its association with bladder cancer were investigated; to the best of our knowledge, this has not been reported previously. Immunohistochemistry and western blot analysis demonstrated that UBE2T was significantly upregulated in bladder cancer tissues and cell lines compared with adjacent normal bladder tissues and a normal human urinary tract epithelial cell line, respectively...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
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