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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650450/endothelial-damage-is-aggravated-in-acute-gvhd-and-could-predict-its-development
#1
E Mir, M Palomo, M Rovira, A Pereira, G Escolar, O Penack, E Holler, E Carreras, M Diaz-Ricart
The aim of the present study was to explore whether there is enhanced endothelial dysfunction in patients developing acute GvHD (aGvHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) and to identify biomarkers with predictive and/or diagnostic value. In in vitro experiments, endothelial cells (ECs) were exposed to serum from patients with (aGvHD, n=31) and without (NoGvHD, n=13) aGvHD, to evaluate changes in surface adhesion receptors, the reactivity of the extracellular matrix by measuring the presence of Von Willebrand factor (VWF) and platelet adhesion, and the activation of intracellular signaling proteins...
June 26, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649460/pulmonary-diseases-induced-by-ambient-ultrafine-and-engineered-nanoparticles-in-twenty-first-century
#2
Tian Xia, Yifang Zhu, Lina Mu, Zuo-Feng Zhang, Sijin Liu
Air pollution is a severe threat to public health globally, affecting everyone in developed and developing countries alike. Among different air pollutants, particulate matter (PM), particularly combustion-produced fine PM (PM2.5) has been shown to play a major role in inducing various adverse health effects. Strong associations have been demonstrated by epidemiological and toxicological studies between increases in PM2.5 concentrations and premature mortality, cardiopulmonary diseases, asthma and allergic sensitization, and lung cancer...
December 2016: National Science Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649240/decoding-the-role-of-glycans-in-malaria
#3
REVIEW
Pollyanna S Gomes, Daniel F Feijó, Alexandre Morrot, Celio G Freire-de-Lima
Complications arising from malaria are a concern for public health authorities worldwide, since the annual caseload in humans usually exceeds millions. Of more than 160 species of Plasmodium, only 4 infect humans, with the most severe cases ascribed to Plasmodium falciparum and the most prevalent to Plasmodium vivax. Over the past 70 years, since World War II, when the first antimalarial drugs were widely used, many efforts have been made to combat this disease, including vectorial control, new drug discoveries and genetic and molecular approaches...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648293/light-based-technologies-for-microbial-inactivation-of-liquids-bead-surfaces-and-powdered-infant-formula
#4
Cristina Arroyo, Anna Dorozko, Edurne Gaston, Michael O'Sullivan, Paul Whyte, James G Lyng
This study evaluates the potential of continuous wave Ultraviolet C light (UV-C) and broad-spectrum intense pulsed light (in this study referred to as High Intensity Light Pulses, HILP) for the inactivation of pathogens of public concern in powdered infant formula (PIF) producers. To achieve this goal a sequential set of experiments were performed, firstly in clear liquid media, secondly on the surface of spherical beads under agitation and, finally in PIF. L. innocua was the most sensitive microorganism to both technologies under all conditions studied with reductions exceeding 4 log10 cycles in PIF...
October 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645424/occurrence-of-selected-trace-metals-and-their-oral-bioaccessibility-in-urban-soils-of-kindergartens-and-parks-in-bratislava-slovak-republic-as-evaluated-by-simple-in-vitro-digestion-procedure
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Edgar Hiller, Martin Mihaljevič, Lenka Filová, Lucia Lachká, Ľubomír Jurkovič, Tatsiana Kulikova, Katarína Fajčíková, Mária Šimurková, Veronika Tatarková
A total of eighty surface soil samples were collected from public kindergartens and urban parks in the city of Bratislava, and the <150µm soil fraction was evaluated for total concentrations of five metals, Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn, their oral bioaccessibilities, non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic health risks to children, and lead isotopic composition. The mean metal concentrations in urban soils (0.29, 36.1, 0.13, 30.9 and 113mg/kg for Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn, respectively) were about two times higher compared with background soil concentrations...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644444/energy-and-carbon-metabolisms-in-a-deep-terrestrial-subsurface-fluid-microbial-community
#6
Lily Momper, Sean P Jungbluth, Michael D Lee, Jan P Amend
The terrestrial deep subsurface is a huge repository of microbial biomass, but in relation to its size and physical heterogeneity, few sites have been investigated in detail. Here, we applied a culture-independent metagenomic approach to characterize the microbial community composition in deep (1500 meters below surface) terrestrial fluids. Samples were collected from a former gold mine in Lead, South Dakota, USA, now Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). We reconstructed 74 genomes from metagenomes (MAGs), enabling the identification of common metabolic pathways...
June 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644439/activation-of-cell-surface-grp78-decreases-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-neuronal-death
#7
Morgane Louessard, Isabelle Bardou, Eloïse Lemarchand, Audrey M Thiebaut, Jérôme Parcq, Jérôme Leprince, Anne Terrisse, Valérie Carraro, Pierre Fafournoux, Alain Bruhat, Cyrille Orset, Denis Vivien, Carine Ali, Benoit D Roussel
The unfolded protein response (UPR) is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) -related stress conserved pathway that aims to protect cells from being overwhelmed. However, when prolonged, UPR activation converts to a death signal, which relies on its PERK-eIF2α branch. Overactivation of the UPR has been implicated in many neurological diseases, including cerebral ischaemia. Here, by using an in vivo thromboembolic model of stroke on transgenic ER stress-reporter mice and neuronal in vitro models of ischaemia, we demonstrate that ischaemic stress leads to the deleterious activation of the PERK branch of the UPR...
June 23, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637753/structural-mimicry-of-the-dengue-virus-envelope-glycoprotein-revealed-by-the-crystallographic-study-of-an-idiotype-anti-idiotype-fab-complex
#8
Yee Hwa Wong, Boon Chong Goh, She Yah Lim, En Wei Teo, Angeline P C Lim, Pete C Dedon, Brendon J Hanson, Paul A MacAry, Julien Lescar
A detailed understanding of the fine specificity of serotype-specific human antibodies is vital for the development and evaluation of new vaccines for pathogenic Flaviviruses such as Dengue virus (DENV) and Zika virus. In this study, we thoroughly characterize the structural footprint of an anti-idiotype antibody (E1) specific for a potent, fully human DENV serotype 1-specific antibody termed HM14c10, derived from a recovered patient. The crystal structure at a resolution of 2.5 Å of a complex between the Fab fragments of E1 and HM14c10 provides the first detailed molecular comparison of an anti-idiotype paratope specific for a human antibody with its analogous epitope- a discontinuous quaternary structure located at the surface of the viral particle that spans adjacent envelope (E) proteins...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637592/personalized-modeling-for-real-time-pressure-ulcer-prevention-in-sitting-posture
#9
Vincent Luboz, Mathieu Bailet, Christelle Boichon Grivot, Michel Rochette, Bruno Diot, Marek Bucki, Yohan Payan
Ischial pressure ulcer is an important risk for every paraplegic person and a major public health issue. Pressure ulcers appear following excessive compression of buttock's soft tissues by bony structures, and particularly in ischial and sacral bones. Current prevention techniques are mainly based on daily skin inspection to spot red patches or injuries. Nevertheless, most pressure ulcers occur internally and are difficult to detect early. Estimating internal strains within soft tissues could help to evaluate the risk of pressure ulcer...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Tissue Viability
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636592/quantifiable-predictive-features-define-epitope-specific-t-cell-receptor-repertoires
#10
Pradyot Dash, Andrew J Fiore-Gartland, Tomer Hertz, George C Wang, Shalini Sharma, Aisha Souquette, Jeremy Chase Crawford, E Bridie Clemens, Thi H O Nguyen, Katherine Kedzierska, Nicole L La Gruta, Philip Bradley, Paul G Thomas
T cells are defined by a heterodimeric surface receptor, the T cell receptor (TCR), that mediates recognition of pathogen-associated epitopes through interactions with peptide and major histocompatibility complexes (pMHCs). TCRs are generated by genomic rearrangement of the germline TCR locus, a process termed V(D)J recombination, that has the potential to generate marked diversity of TCRs (estimated to range from 10(15) (ref. 1) to as high as 10(61) (ref. 2) possible receptors). Despite this potential diversity, TCRs from T cells that recognize the same pMHC epitope often share conserved sequence features, suggesting that it may be possible to predictively model epitope specificity...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634237/the-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-psl-polysaccharide-is-a-social-but-noncheatable-trait-in-biofilms
#11
Yasuhiko Irie, Aled E L Roberts, Kasper N Kragh, Vernita D Gordon, Jaime Hutchison, Rosalind J Allen, Gavin Melaugh, Thomas Bjarnsholt, Stuart A West, Stephen P Diggle
Extracellular polysaccharides are compounds secreted by microorganisms into the surrounding environment, and they are important for surface attachment and maintaining structural integrity within biofilms. The social nature of many extracellular polysaccharides remains unclear, and it has been suggested that they could function as either cooperative public goods or as traits that provide a competitive advantage. Here, we empirically tested the cooperative nature of the PSL polysaccharide, which is crucial for the formation of biofilms in Pseudomonas aeruginosa We show that (i) PSL is not metabolically costly to produce; (ii) PSL provides population-level benefits in biofilms, for both growth and antibiotic tolerance; (iii) the benefits of PSL production are social and are shared with other cells; (iv) the benefits of PSL production appear to be preferentially directed toward cells which produce PSL; (v) cells which do not produce PSL are unable to successfully exploit cells which produce PSL...
June 20, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632895/genome-mining-reveals-high-incidence-of-putative-lipopeptide-biosynthesis-nrps-pks-clusters-containing-fatty-acyl-amp-ligase-genes-in-biofilm-forming-cyanobacteria
#12
Tomáš Galica, Pavel Hrouzek, Jan Mareš
Cyanobacterial lipopeptides exhibit antimicrobial and antifungal bioactivities with potential for use in pharmaceutical research. However, due to their haemolytic activity and cytotoxic effects against human cells, they may pose a health issue if produced in substantial amounts in the environment. In bacteria, lipopeptides can be synthesized via several well-evidenced mechanisms. In one of them, fatty acyl-AMP ligase (FAAL) initiates the biosynthesis by activation of a fatty acyl residue. We have performed a bioinformatic survey of the cyanobacterial genomic information available in the public databases for the presence of FAAL-containing non-ribosomal peptide synthetase/polyketide synthetase (NRPS/PKS) biosynthetic clusters, as a genetic basis for lipopeptide biosynthesis...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632731/cd47-overexpression-is-associated-with-decreased-neutrophil-apoptosis-phagocytosis-and-poor-prognosis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
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Lourdes Barrera, Edgar Montes-Servín, Juan-Manuel Hernandez-Martinez, María de Los Ángeles García-Vicente, Elizabeth Montes-Servín, Marytere Herrera-Martínez, José C Crispín, José Rafael Borbolla-Escoboza, Oscar Arrieta
BACKGROUND: Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients often exhibit neutrophilia, which has been associated with poor clinical outcomes. However, the mechanisms that lead to neutrophilia have not been fully established. CD47 is an antiphagocytic molecule that promotes neutrophil recruitment. METHODS: Blood was collected from 50 treatment-naive patients with advanced NSCLC and from 25 healthy subjects. The frequency of CD66b(+) cells and the expression of CD47 were determined by flow cytometry...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631809/anabolic-steroids-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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REVIEW
Cho Naing, Maxine A Whittaker
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers develop as a result of a localised injury to the skin or underlying tissue, or both. The ulcers usually arise over a bony prominence, and are recognised as a common medical problem affecting people confined to a bed or wheelchair for long periods of time. Anabolic steroids are used as off-label drugs (drugs which are used without regulatory approval) and have been used as adjuvants to usual treatment with dressings, debridement, nutritional supplements, systemic antibiotics and antiseptics, which are considered to be supportive in healing of pressure ulcers...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631499/the-microbial-contamination-and-the-presence-of-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-gram-negative-bacteria-in-the-water-and-on-the-surfaces-of-public-recreation-water-facilities
#15
Karmen Godič Torkar, Mirjana Dražetić
The microbiological quality of bathing water and the surfaces of the surrounding pool platforms of two pools was estimated. ESBL- and MBL-producing Gram-negative bacteria isolated from water and surface samples were also studied. The water samples were satisfactory in 31 (86.1 %) out of 36 cases. Pseudomonas aeruginosa as well as Escherichia coli were identified in only 2 (5.5 %) cases. There were no correlations between the HPC and number of enterobacteria in the pool water and those found in the surface samples...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630803/putative-archaeal-viruses-from-the-mesopelagic-ocean
#16
Dean R Vik, Simon Roux, Jennifer R Brum, Ben Bolduc, Joanne B Emerson, Cory C Padilla, Frank J Stewart, Matthew B Sullivan
Oceanic viruses that infect bacteria, or phages, are known to modulate host diversity, metabolisms, and biogeochemical cycling, while the viruses that infect marine Archaea remain understudied despite the critical ecosystem roles played by their hosts. Here we introduce "MArVD", for Metagenomic Archaeal Virus Detector, an annotation tool designed to identify putative archaeal virus contigs in metagenomic datasets. MArVD is made publicly available through the online iVirus analytical platform. Benchmarking analysis of MArVD showed it to be >99% accurate and 100% sensitive in identifying the 127 known archaeal viruses among the 12,499 viruses in the VirSorter curated dataset...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630325/convergent-immunological-solutions-to-argentine-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-neutralization
#17
Antra Zeltina, Stefanie A Krumm, Mehmet Sahin, Weston B Struwe, Karl Harlos, Jack H Nunberg, Max Crispin, Daniel D Pinschewer, Katie J Doores, Thomas A Bowden
Transmission of hemorrhagic fever New World arenaviruses from their rodent reservoirs to human populations poses substantial public health and economic dangers. These zoonotic events are enabled by the specific interaction between the New World arenaviral attachment glycoprotein, GP1, and cell surface human transferrin receptor (hTfR1). Here, we present the structural basis for how a mouse-derived neutralizing antibody (nAb), OD01, disrupts this interaction by targeting the receptor-binding surface of the GP1 glycoprotein from Junín virus (JUNV), a hemorrhagic fever arenavirus endemic in central Argentina...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628991/bacterial-community-composition-in-rainwater-associated-with-synoptic-weather-in-an-area-downwind-of-the-asian-continent
#18
Wei Hu, Kotaro Murata, Yuka Horikawa, Ayumi Naganuma, Daizhou Zhang
Bacteria are abundant in atmospheric waters and can be disseminated by precipitation to the surface of the Earth, potentially influencing ecosystems, public health and climate. However, data on bacterial communities in rainwater, especially on the association with weather, are very limited. In this study, rainwater was collected at the coastal city Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, in 2015. The bacterial communities in fourteen samples were identified using 16S rRNA sequencing and compared according to the rain types at the synoptic scale, i...
June 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627814/prognostic-role-of-circulating-soluble-upar-in-various-cancers-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
REVIEW
K L Liu, J H Fan, Jing Wu
BACKGROUND: Soluble uPAR (suPAR) is a soluble fraction of uPAR which is an important cell surface receptor. Recent evidence suggests that circulating suPAR levels are elevated in multiple malignancies and associated with prognosis of patients, although the results are not consistent. This study aimed to analyze the effect of suPAR on the prognosis in various carcinomas through a systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS: Eligible studies were searched in PubMed and EMBASE...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627714/migraine-subclassification-via-a-data-driven-automated-approach-using-multimodality-factor-mixture-modeling-of-brain-structure-measurements
#20
Todd J Schwedt, Bing Si, Jing Li, Teresa Wu, Catherine D Chong
BACKGROUND: The current subclassification of migraine is according to headache frequency and aura status. The variability in migraine symptoms, disease course, and response to treatment suggest the presence of additional heterogeneity or subclasses within migraine. OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to subclassify migraine via a data-driven approach, identifying latent factors by jointly exploiting multiple sets of brain structural features obtained via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
June 19, 2017: Headache
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