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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813694/bacteria-from-the-rhizosphere-and-tissues-of-as-hyperaccumulator-pteris-vittata-and-their-role-in-arsenic-transformation
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Yong-He Han, Meng-Ru Jia, Xue Liu, Ying Zhu, Yue Cao, Deng-Long Chen, Yanshan Chen, Lena Q Ma
Arsenic (As)-resistant bacteria are abundant in the rhizosphere and tissues of As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata. However, little is known about their roles in As transformation and As uptake in P. vittata. In this study, the impacts of P. vittata tissue extracts with or without surface sterilization on As transformation in solutions containing 100 μg L(-1) AsIII or AsV were investigated. After 48 h incubation, the sterilized and unsterilized root extracts resulted in 45% and 73% oxidation of AsIII, indicating a role of both rhizobacteria and endobacteria...
August 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813557/facial-erosive-pustular-dermatosis-after-cosmetic-resurfacing
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Julie E Mervak, Stephanie D Gan, Emily H Smith, Frank Wang
Importance: Erosive pustular dermatosis (EPD) is a rare condition that typically affects actinically damaged skin of the scalp. Characterized by sterile pustules, erosions, and crusts, EPD is difficult to treat and heals slowly. The exact cause of EPD is unknown, although trauma is an inciting factor. Objective: To describe 3 women who presented with prolonged facial erosions after cosmetic resurfacing procedures, specifically fully ablative carbon dioxide laser or medium-depth chemical peel...
August 16, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813002/application-of-surfactant-micelle-entrapped-eugenol-for-prevention-of-growth-of-the-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-in-ground-beef
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Tamra N Tolen, Songsirin Ruengvisesh, Thomas M Taylor
Beef safety may be compromised by O157 and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) contamination. The capacity of surfactant micelles loaded with the plant-derived antimicrobial eugenol to reduce STEC on beef trimmings that were later ground and refrigerated for five days at 5 ± 1 °C was tested to determine their utility for beef safety protection. STEC-inoculated trimmings were treated with free eugenol, micelle-encapsulated eugenol, 2% lactic acid (55 °C), sterile distilled water (25 °C), or left untreated (control)...
August 16, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812152/native-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-symbiosis-alters-foliar-bacterial-community-composition
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Anbu Poosakkannu, Riitta Nissinen, Minna-Maarit Kytöviita
The effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi on plant-associated microbes are poorly known. We tested the hypothesis that colonization by an AM fungus affects microbial species richness and microbial community composition of host plant tissues. We grew the grass, Deschampsia flexuosa in a greenhouse with or without the native AM fungus, Claroideoglomus etunicatum. We divided clonally produced tillers into two parts: one inoculated with AM fungus spores and one without AM fungus inoculation (non-mycorrhizal, NM)...
August 15, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811799/diversity-physiochemical-and-phylogenetic-analyses-of-bacteria-isolated-from-various-drinking-water-sources
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Neveen H Eid, Huda A Al Doghaither, Taha A Kumosani, Munazza Gull
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the indigenous bacterial strains of drinking water from the most commercial water types including bottled and filtered water that are currently used in Saudi Arabia. METHODS: Thirty randomly selected commercial brands of bottled water were purchased from Saudi local markets. Moreover, samples from tap water and filtered water were collected in sterilized glass bottles and stored at 4°C. Biochemical analyses including pH, temperature, lactose fermentation test (LAC), indole test (IND), methyl red test (MR), Voges-Proskauer test (VP), urease test (URE), catalase test (CAT), aerobic and anaerobic test (Ae/An) were measured...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811556/evolutionary-mechanisms-of-runaway-chromosome-number-change-in-agrodiaetus-butterflies
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Alisa O Vershinina, Vladimir A Lukhtanov
Despite predictions of the classic, hybrid-sterility model of chromosomal speciation, some organisms demonstrate high rate of karyotype evolution. This rate is especially impressive in Agrodiaetus butterflies that rapidly evolved the greatest chromosome number diversity known in animal kingdom within a single subgenus. Here we analyzed karyotype evolution in Agrodiaetus using phylogenetic comparative methods. We found that chromosome numbers possess a strong phylogenetic signal. This disproves the chromosome megaevolution model that proposes multiple chromosome rearrangements to accumulate independently in each of closely related species...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811141/the-pharmacokinetic-profile-of-synthetic-cathinones-in-a-pregnancy-model
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Lauren G Strange, Kerri Kochelek, Robert Keasling, Stacy D Brown, Brooks B Pond
In recent years, the abuse of synthetic cathinones or 'bath salts' has become a major public health concern. Although these compounds were initially sold legally and labeled "not for human consumption", the 'bath salts' are psychostimulants, with similar structures and pharmacologic mechanisms to cocaine, the amphetamines, and 3,4 methylendioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Molly, or Ecstasy). The reported use of these substances by women of child-bearing age highlights the necessity of studies seeking to delineate risks of prenatal exposure...
August 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810692/resveratrol-protects-from-lipopolysaccharide-induced-inflammation-in-the-uterus-and-prevents-experimental-preterm-birth
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María Victoria Bariani, Fernando Correa, Emma Leishman, Ana Paula Domínguez Rubio, Andreína Arias, Aníbal Stern, Heather B Bradshaw, Ana María Franchi
STUDY QUESTION: Is resveratrol able to prevent the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced preterm labor in 15-day pregnant BALB/c mice? SUMMARY ANSWER: Resveratrol prevented the LPS-induced onset of preterm labor in 64% of the cases and showed anti-inflammatory and tocolytic effects by downregulating COX-2 and iNOS expression and NOS activity, and by changing the uterine prostaglandin and endocannabinoid profiling. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Genital tract infections by Gram-negative bacteria are a common complication in human pregnancy and have been shown to increase risk of preterm delivery...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809441/design-and-fabrication-of-temperature-sensitive-nanogels-with-controlled-drug-release-properties-for-enhanced-photothermal-sterilization
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Luoyuan Li, Limin Fu, Jing Zhou, Xicheng Ai, Jianping Zhang
Excessive free radicals can cause normal protein metamorphic, and further damage healthy cells, while the damaged cells are more prone to infection with pathogenic bacteria. For better removing excessive free radicals and deleterious bacteria from human body, it is urgently needed to develop synergistic antioxidant and antibacterial agents. Herein, we designed novel temperature-sensitive, curcumin (Cur)-loaded nanogels to scavenge reactive oxygen species and kill pathogenic bacteria. Photothermal sterilization, different from traditional antibiotics, is a promising and effective treatment for inactivation of pathogenic bacteria...
August 15, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807833/following-trends-in-steam-sterilizer-performance-by-quantitative-monitoring-of-non-condensable-gases
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R A C van Wezel, A van Gastel, A de Ranitz, J P C M van Doornmalen
BACKGROUND: Standards require a daily steam penetration test before starting production with a steam steriliser. In many cases the results of steam penetration tests are not used for improvements or optimization of processes. AIM: To detect if trend analysis with an objective and quantifying steam penetration test has added value for the end-user. METHOD: The databases of an objective quantifying steam penetration test, from the hospital and the manufacturer are coupled and analysed...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805603/modern-human-sperm-freezing-effect-on-dna-chromatin-and-acrosome-integrity
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Tahereh Rahiminia, Akram Hosseini, Morteza Anvari, Saeed Ghasemi-Esmailabad, Ali Reza Talebi
OBJECTIVE: Presence of vitrification method in sperm freezing and the introduction of solid surface vitrification beside rapid freezing in vapour, opens an easy and safe way to help infertility centres. While the effects of cryopreservation on motility, morphology and viability of sperm are documented, the question of the probable alteration of sperm DNA, chromatin and acrosome integrity after freezing and thawing procedures in different methods is still controversial. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Normal sample were collected according to WHO strict criteria...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805257/three-representative-inter-and-intra-subspecific-crosses-reveal-the-genetic-architecture-of-reproductive-isolation-in-rice
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Guangwei Li, Xiaoting Li, Yuan Wang, Jiaming Mi, Feng Xing, Dahan Zhang, Qiyan Dong, Xianghua Li, Jinghua Xiao, Qifa Zhang, Yidan Ouyang
Systematic characterization of genetic and molecular mechanisms in formation of hybrid sterility is of fundamental importance in understanding reproductive isolation and speciation. Using ultra-high-density genetic maps, 43 single-locus QTLs and 223 digenic interactions for embryo-sac, pollen, and spikelet fertility are depicted from three crosses between representative varieties of japonica and two varietal groups of indica, which provide an extensive archive for investigating the genetic basis of reproductive isolation in rice...
August 14, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803607/effects-of-scutellaria-baicalensis-on-activity-and-biofilm-formation-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae
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Wei Chen, Bei Li, Shuai Li, Yi-Wen Ou, Qin Ou
Objective To explore the effects of Scutellaria baicalensis on activity and biofilm formation of Klebsiella pneumonia (Kp).Methods The broth and agar dilution Methods were carried out to determine minimum inhibitory concentration and minimum bactericidal concentration of Scutellaria baicalensis for TW518. VITEK-32 system was used to assay TW518 susceptibility to antibiotics. Kp biofilms were formed in vitro and stained with BacLight Live/Dead stain. The class integron geneⅠ1 mRNA expression was analyzed with RT-PCR...
September 20, 2016: Chinese Medical Sciences Journal, Chung-kuo i Hsüeh K'o Hsüeh Tsa Chih
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803582/recovery-of-surgical-equipment-sterile-processing-during-a-floodwater-boil-advisory
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Stephen Shelton, Jay Hamm, Bankole Olatosi, R Ory Johnson
Excessive rainfall and dam failures resulted in floodwater contaminating our public water supply. The endotoxin risk in the contaminated water created challenges in recovery of sterile processing for our surgical equipment. Recovery plans should include a potable water source and a method to connect it to the required location. We share our solution of plumbing our sterile processing equipment to tanker-transported potable water sources. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2017;page 1 of 4).
August 14, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803492/rifampin-vs-rifapentine-what-is-the-preferred-rifamycin-for-tuberculosis
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Omamah Alfarisi, Wael A Alghamdi, Mohammad H Al-Shaer, Kelly E Dooley, Charles A Peloquin
One-third of the world's population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb.). Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) can progress to tuberculosis disease, the leading cause of death by infection. Rifamycin antibiotics, like rifampin and rifapentine, have unique sterilizing activity against M.tb. What are the advantages of each for LTBI or tuberculosis treatment? Areas covered: We review studies assessing the pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD), drug interaction risk, safety, and efficacy of rifampin and rifapentine and provide basis for comparing them...
August 14, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803442/neutrophils-nets-netosis-old-or-new-factors-in-sepsis-and-septic-shock
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Małgorzata Lipinska-Gediga
Neutrophils are an key part of the innate immune system in the host's defences against pathogens. Circulating neutrophils are recruited at the sites of infection or sterile inflammation in response to pathogen and host-derived inflammatory mediators. In addition to phagocytosis and degranulation, neutrophils display the release of NETs in order to restrain infection. NETs are able to entrap and kill microbes, and display proinflammatory and prothrombotic properties.
2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803103/engineering-halomonas-bluephagenesis-td01-for-non-sterile-production-of-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate
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Xiangbin Chen, Jin Yin, Jianwen Ye, Haoqian Zhang, Xuemei Che, Yiming Ma, Mengyi Li, Lin-Ping Wu, Guo-Qiang Chen
Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate), short as P(3HB-co-4HB), was successfully produced by engineered Halomonas bluephagenesis TD01 grown in glucose and γ-butyrolactone under open non-sterile conditions. Gene orfZ encoding 4HB-CoA transferase of Clostridium kluyveri was integrated into the genome to achieve P(3HB-co-4HB) accumulation comparable to that of strains encoding orfZ on plasmids. Fed-batch cultivations conducted in 1-L and 7-L fermentors, respectively, resulted in over 70g/L cell dry weight (CDW) containing 63% P(3HB-co-12mol% 4HB) after 48h under non-sterile conditions...
July 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803001/continuation-of-comprehensive-quality-control-of-the-itg-68-ge-68-ga-generator-and-production-of-68-ga-dotatoc-and-68-ga-psma-hbed-cc-for-clinical-research-studies
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Alejandro Amor-Coarasa, James M Kelly, Monika Gruca, Anastasia Nikolopoulou, Shankar Vallabhajosula, John W Babich
Performance of a second itG (68)Ge/(68)Ga generator system and production of (68)Ga-DOTATOC and (68)Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC were tested over one year as an accompaniment to a previously published study (J Nucl Med. 2016;57:1402-1405). METHODS: Performance of a 1951MBq (68)Ge/(68)Ga generator was characterized and the eluate used for preparation of (68)Ga-DOTATOC and (68)Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC. Weekly elution profiles of (68)Ga elution yield and (68)Ge breakthrough were determined. RESULTS: (68)Ga elution yields averaged 82% (61...
July 14, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802553/effect-of-cold-argon-plasma-on-eggs-of-the-blow-fly-lucilia-cuprina-diptera-calliphoridae
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Kwankamol Limsopatham, Dheerawan Boonyawan, Chanchai Umongno, Kabkaew L Sukontason, Tarinee Chaiwong, Rattana Leksomboon, Kom Sukontason
Non-thermal plasma has been used in many medical applications, including treatment of living cells, blood coagulation, wound healing, and sterilization. The process uses an environmentally friendly gas (e.g., argon, helium, oxygen, nitrogen, or hydrogen) to destroy bacteria cells with no serious adverse effect on humans or animals. However, information on the effect of argon plasma on blow fly eggs is lacking. In this study, we explored the ability of cold argon plasma to destroy the eggs of the Australian sheep blow fly, Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann, 1830); its larvae are a myiasis-producing agent in both human and animals...
August 9, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802536/incidence-of-glove-perforation-during-hand-surgical-procedures
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Kevin F Lutsky, Christopher Jones, Jack Abboudi, William Kirkpatrick, Fred Liss, Charles Leinberry, Asif Ilyas, Dennis Martin, Pedro K Beredjiklian
PURPOSE: To determine the rate of glove perforation during hand surgery. METHODS: We prospectively examined the rate of glove perforations among 10 fellowship-trained hand surgeons at our institution during a 6 week period. Gloves were tested for perforation using a water-fill technique at the conclusion of each surgical procedure. Surgeons recorded the presence of any glove perforations. RESULTS: Eleven perforations were identified in 10 gloves among 600 surgical procedures during the study period...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
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