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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938491/inhibition-of-fgfr-signaling-partially-rescues-hypophosphatemic-rickets-in-hmwfgf2-tg-male-mice
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Liping Xiao, Erxia Du, Collin Homer-Bouthiette, Marja M Hurley
Transgenic mice harboring high molecular weight FGF2 isoforms (HMWTg) in osteoblast lineage cells phenocopy human X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets (XLH) and Hyp murine model of XLH demonstrating increased FGF23/FGF receptor signaling and hypophosphatemic rickets. Since HMWFGF2 was upregulated in bones of Hyp mice and abnormal FGF receptor (FGFR) signaling is important in XLH, HMWTg mice were used to examine the effect of the FGFR inhibitor NVP-BGJ398, now in clinical trials for cancer therapy, on hypophosphatemic rickets...
August 14, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938396/transgenic-expression-of-the-vitamin-d-receptor-restricted-to-the-ileum-cecum-and-colon-of-vitamin-d-receptor-knockout-mice-rescues-vitamin-d-receptor-dependent-rickets
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Puneet Dhawan, Vaishali Veldurthy, Ghassan Yehia, Connie Hsaio, Angela Porta, Ki-In Kim, Nishant Patel, Liesbet Lieben, Lieve Verlinden, Geert Carmeliet, Sylvia Christakos
Although the intestine plays the major role in 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) action on calcium homeostasis, the mechanisms involved remain incompletely understood. The established model of 1,25(OH)2D3 regulated intestinal calcium absorption postulates a critical role for the duodenum. However it is the distal intestine where 70 -80% of the ingested calcium is absorbed. In order to test directly the role of 1,25(OH)2D3 and the vitamin D receptor (VDR) in the distal intestine, 3 independent knockout (KO) /transgenic (TG) lines expressing VDR exclusively in the ileum, cecum and colon were generated by breeding VDR KO mice with TG mice expressing human (h)VDR under the control of the 9...
September 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936156/an-unusual-case-of-neural-palatal-swelling
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Preethi A Poonja, Atul P Sattur, Krishna N Burde, Kaveri Hallikeri, Venkatesh S Anehosur
Neural tumors in the oral cavity occur both in the soft tissues and in the jaw bones. They occur as painless, smooth surface swelling in the soft tissues of the mouth, exhibiting a slow rate of growth and mild expansion of the cortical plates. Here, we report a rare case of a cellular variant of schwannoma in a young Indian female patient who presented with an asymptomatic nodule in the mid-palatine raphe region of the hard palate, mimicking a fibroma, thus creating a dilemma in the diagnosis.
July 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931893/netrin-1-derived-from-the-ventricular-zone-but-not-the-floor-plate-directs-hindbrain-commissural-axons-to-the-ventral-midline
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Kenta Yamauchi, Maya Yamazaki, Manabu Abe, Kenji Sakimura, Heiko Lickert, Takahiko Kawasaki, Fujio Murakami, Tatsumi Hirata
Netrin-1 (Ntn1) emanating from the ventral midline has been thought to act as a long-range diffusible chemoattractant for commissural axons (CAs). However, CAs still grow towards the midline in the absence of the floor plate (FP), a glial structure occupying the midline. Here, using genetically loss-of-function approaches in mice, we show that Ntn1 derived from the ventricular zone (VZ), but not the FP, is crucial for CA guidance in the mouse hindbrain. During the period of CA growth, Ntn1 is expressed in the ventral two-thirds of the VZ, in addition to the FP...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930155/identification-of-agents-active-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-usa300-from-a-clinical-compound-library
#5
Hongxia Niu, Rebecca Yee, Peng Cui, Lili Tian, Shuo Zhang, Wanliang Shi, David Sullivan, Bingdong Zhu, Wenhong Zhang, Ying Zhang
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) poses a significant threat for effective treatment of several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. To identify potential new treatment options for MRSA infections, we screened a clinical compound library consisting of 1524 compounds using a growth inhibition assay in 96-well plates. We identified 34 agents which are either bacteriostatic or bactericidal against log-phase clinical MRSA strain USA300. Among them, 9 candidates (thonzonium, cetylpyridinium, trilocarban, benzododecinium, bithionol, brilliant green, chlorquinaldol, methylbenzethonium and green violet) are known antiseptics, 11 candidates are known antibiotics currently recommended for the treatment of MRSA...
September 20, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929958/-screening-of-corynebacterium-diphtheriae-corynebacterium-ulcerans-and-corynebacterium-pseudotuberculosis-in-throat-swab-specimens-of-children-with-upper-respiratory-tract-infections
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Zeynep Gökçe Gayretli Aydın, Gönül Tanır, Selin Nar Ötgün, Meral Turan, Türkan Aydın Teke, Ayşe Kaman, Selçuk Kılıç
Although a significant decrease has been reported in the incidence of diphteria in many regions of the world following the routine diphtheria immunization programs, the emergence of new cases indicated that toxigenic strains are still circulating in the community. Diphtheria vaccine does not provide protection against asymptomatic carriage and colonization of non-toxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae. It is a known fact that invasive infections may arise from non-toxigenic C.diphtheriae strains that the non-toxigenic strains can become toxigenic strains leading to diphteria...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929007/the-postcranial-skeleton-of-boreogomphodon-cynodontia-traversodontidae-from-the-upper-triassic-of-north-carolina-usa-and-the-comparison-with-other-traversodontids
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Jun Liu, Vincent P Schneider, Paul E Olsen
Postcranial remains of Boreogomphodon from the Upper Triassic of North Carolina are described and compared to those of other known traversodontid cynodonts. The postcranial skeleton of Boreogomphodon is characterized by four sacral ribs, simple ribs lacking costal plates, the extension of the scapular neck below the acromion process, a short scapular facet on the procoracoid, a concave anterior margin of the procoracoid, humerus entepicondyle with smooth corner, and the presence of a fifth distal carpal. Four types of ribs are identified among traversodontids: 'normal' form, tubercular rib, costal plate, and Y-shaped rib...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926471/role-of-fat-soluble-vitamins-in-osteoarthritis-management
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Xiao-Yan Zheng, Jun Liang, Yu-Sheng Li, Min Tu
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative joint disease, in which metabolic imbalance in bone is observed. The pathological mechanism of metabolic imbalance is not clear yet, but the nutritional factors, particularly the vitamins, might be intrinsic to the development and progression of OA. In this review article, we have explored databases such as PubMed, Scopus, and Google Scholar articles until the beginning of 2017 and reviewed the role of fat-soluble vitamins in pathological and therapeutic aspects of OA...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924002/variations-in-infant-and-childhood-vitamin-d-supplementation-programs-across-europe-and-factors-influencing-adherence
#9
Suma Uday, Ardita Kongjonaj, Magda Aguiar, Ted Tulchinsky, Wolfgang Hoegler
BACKGROUND: Nutritional rickets is a growing global public health concern despite existing prevention programs and health policies. We aimed to compare infant and childhood vitamin D supplementation policies, implementation strategies and practices across Europe and explore factors influencing adherence. METHODS: European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Bone and Growth Plate Working Group members and other specialists completed a questionnaire on country-specific vitamin D supplementation policy and child healthcare programs, socioeconomic factors, policy implementation strategies, and adherence...
September 18, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923874/agar-based-screening-for-azole-resistance-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-using-vipcheck%C3%A2-a-single-centre-evaluation
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J B Buil, H A L van der Lee, A J M M Rijs, J Zoll, J A M F Hovestadt, W J G Melchers, P E Verweij
Introduction Antifungal susceptibility testing is an essential tool for guiding therapy, although EUCAST and CLSI reference methods are often only available in specialized centres. We studied the performance of an agar-based screening method for the detection of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus cultures.Methods The VIPcheck™ consists of four wells containing voriconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole or a growth control. Ninety-six A. fumigatus isolates were used. Thirty-three isolates harboured a known resistance mechanism: TR34/L98H (11 isolates); TR46/Y121F/T289A (6 isolates); TR53 (2 isolates) and fourteen isolates with other cyp51A-gene point mutations...
September 18, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923047/prepubertal-onset-of-slipped-capital-femoral-epiphysis-associated-with-hypothyroidism-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Saori Kadowaki, Tomohiro Hori, Hideki Matsumoto, Kaori Kanda, Michio Ozeki, Yu Shirakami, Norio Kawamoto, Hidenori Ohnishi, Toshiyuki Fukao
BACKGROUND: Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is a common hip disorder characterized by displacement of the capital femoral epiphysis from the metaphysic through the femoral epiphyseal plate. SCFE usually occurs during puberty, with obesity a common risk factor. We experienced a rare case of SCFE associated with hypothyroidism in a prepubescent patient who was not obese. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient was an 8-year-old boy suffering from bilateral SCFE with hypothyroidism...
September 18, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920921/increased-intracellular-proteolysis-reduces-disease-severity-in-an-er-stress-associated-dwarfism
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Lorna A Mullan, Ewa J Mularczyk, Louise H Kung, Mitra Forouhan, Jordan Ma Wragg, Royston Goodacre, John F Bateman, Eileithyia Swanton, Michael D Briggs, Raymond P Boot-Handford
The short-limbed dwarfism metaphyseal chondrodysplasia type Schmid (MCDS) is linked to mutations in type X collagen, which increase ER stress by inducing misfolding of the mutant protein and subsequently disrupting hypertrophic chondrocyte differentiation. Here, we show that carbamazepine (CBZ), an autophagy-stimulating drug that is clinically approved for the treatment of seizures and bipolar disease, reduced the ER stress induced by 4 different MCDS-causing mutant forms of collagen X in human cell culture...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920845/modified-use-of-real-time-pcr-detection-of-group-b-streptococcus-in-pregnancy
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Ali A Rabaan, Justin V Saunar, Ali M Bazzi, Joan L Soriano
The CDC recommends antenatal screening of vaginal/rectal samples for Streptococcus agalactiae at 35-37 weeks' gestation, with intra-partum antibiotic prophylaxis for positive cases. We tested a modified use of the Cepheid Xpert GBS real-time PCR kit on enrichment cultures from 554 vaginal/rectal swabs compared to the current subculturing gold standard method. Swabs were inoculated on polymyxin nalidixic acid agar plates, and Todd-Hewitt enrichment broth cultures were examined daily for growth. Todd-Hewitt broth culture was also used for Xpert GBS...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920535/evaluation-of-incubation-time-for-microsporum-canis-dermatophyte-cultures
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Rebecca Stuntebeck, Karen A Moriello, Maria Verbrugge
Objectives The goal of this study was to determine how frequently Microsporum canis was isolated after 1, 2 and 3 weeks of incubation on dermatophyte culture medium either from untreated cats or cats during treatment. Methods This was an observational retrospective study. Toothbrush fungal culture results were examined from two data pools: untreated cats with suspect skin lesions and weekly fungal cultures from cats being treated for dermatophytosis. Results Results from 13,772 fungal cultures were reviewed and 2876 (20...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919447/multi-year-longitudinal-profiles-of-cortisol-and-corticosterone-recovered-from-baleen-of-north-atlantic-right-whales-eubalaena-glacialis
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Kathleen E Hunt, Nadine S Lysiak, Michael Moore, Rosalind M Rolland
Research into stress physiology of mysticete whales has been hampered by difficulty in obtaining repeated physiological samples from individuals over time. We investigated whether multi-year longitudinal records of glucocorticoids can be reconstructed from serial sampling along full-length baleen plates (representing ∼10 years of baleen growth), using baleen recovered from two female North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) of known reproductive history. Cortisol and corticosterone were quantified with immunoassay of subsamples taken every 4 cm (representing ∼60 d time intervals) along a full-length baleen plate from each female...
September 14, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917710/molecular-identification-of-vermamoeba-vermiformis-from-freshwater-fish-in-lake-taal-philippines
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Giovanni D Milanez, Frederick R Masangkay, Rey C Thomas, Ma Olive Grace O Ordona, Gabriel Q Bernales, Vyanna Camille M Corpuz, Hannah Selina V Fortes, Charezze Margarette S Garcia, Larra Camille Nicolas, Veeranoot Nissapatorn
Free Living Amoebae (FLA) are considered ubiquitous. FLAs may infect various biological organisms which act as reservoir hosts. Infected freshwater fishes can pose a public health concern due to possible human consumption. This study aims to identify possible pathogenic FLAs present in freshwater fishes. Seventy five (75) Oreochromis niloticus were studied for the presence of FLAs. Fish organs were suspended in physiologic saline pelleted and cultured in non-nutrient agar (NNA) lawned with Escherichia coli and were incubated in 33 °C for 14 days...
September 13, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917619/a-chlorhexidine-solution-reduces-aerobic-organism-growth-in-operative-splash-basins-in-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Kevin E Lindgren, Christopher E Pelt, Mike B Anderson, Christopher L Peters, Emily S Spivak, Jeremy M Gililland
BACKGROUND: Despite recommendations against the use of splash basins, due to the potential of bacterial contamination, our observation has been that they continue to be used in operating theaters. In hopes of decontaminating the splash basin, we sought to determine if the addition of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) would eliminate aerobic bacterial growth within the splash basin. METHODS: After Institutional Review Board approval, we began enrollment in a randomized controlled trial comparing 2 splash basin solutions...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915339/a-vapor-phase-assay-for-evaluating-the-antimicrobial-activities-of-essential-oils-against-bovine-respiratory-bacterial-pathogens
#18
S Amat, D Baines, T W Alexander
The objectives of this study were to develop a new assay for the evaluation of the antimicrobial activities of essential oils (EOs) in vapor-phase and to demonstrate the antimicrobial activities of commercial EOs against BRPs. To achieve the first objective, a microtube cap containing 100 μl of EO was embedded in an agar plate. An agar plug (diameter 13 mm) inoculated with a bacterial suspension containing10(8) CFU ml(-1) was then placed over the cap and incubated at 37 °C for 24 h. Subsequently, bacteria were recovered from the agar plug by immersion in 5 ml of broth for 10 min, followed by vortexing for 30 s, and the broths were then plated for enumeration...
September 15, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913431/ultrahigh-current-density-anodes-with-interconnected-li-metal-reservoir-through-overlithiation-of-mesoporous-alf3-framework
#19
Hansen Wang, Dingchang Lin, Yayuan Liu, Yuzhang Li, Yi Cui
Lithium (Li) metal is the ultimate solution for next-generation high-energy density batteries but is plagued from commercialization by infinite relative volume change, low Coulombic efficiency due to side reactions, and safety issues caused by dendrite growth. These hazardous issues are further aggravated under high current densities needed by the increasing demand for fast charging/discharging. We report a one-step fabricated Li/Al4Li9-LiF nanocomposite (LAFN) through an "overlithiation" process of a mesoporous AlF3 framework, which can simultaneously mitigate the abovementioned problems...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911743/effects-of-a-ntg-based-chemical-mutagenesis-on-the-propamocarb-tolerance-of-the-nematophagous-fungus-lecanicillium-attenuatum
#20
Ming Xie, Qian Li, Xin-Ping Hu, Yan-Jun Zhang, De-Liang Peng, Xiao-Lin Zhang
Lecanicillium attenuatum is an important nematophagous fungus with potential as a biopesticide for control of plant-pathogenic nematodes. However, relatively low fungicide-tolerance limits its application in the field. To improve the propamocarb-tolerance of L. attenuatum, a NTG-based mutagenesis system was established. Among different combinations of NTG concentration and treatment time in the first-round NTG treatment, the treatment of 1.0mg/ml NTG for 60min gave a proper conidial lethality rate of 84.6% and the highest positive mutation rate of 7...
September 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
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