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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778048/pathogens-constancy-harbinger-of-nosocomial-infection-cum-identification-of-resistant-genes-and-drug-designing
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Sana Farooq Ahmad, Ibrar Khan, Abdul Wadood, Sadiq Azam, Noor Rehman, Muhammad Waqas, Kashif Bashir, Asaf Ali Khan
Hospitals are the most prominent places for the growth and spread of bacteria which are resistant to the available antibiotics. This antibiotic resistance is due to the over and misuse of antibiotic dosages of a high-density of patient population which are in frequent interaction with inanimate items of the hospitals and the consequent risk of cross infection. Out of 1010 samples of the current study, 510 (50.49%) were culture positive of which 329 (64.5%) were Gram-positive while 181 (35.49%) Gram negative...
April 22, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778013/using-google-trends-and-ambient-temperature-to-predict-seasonal-influenza-outbreaks
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Yuzhou Zhang, Hilary Bambrick, Kerrie Mengersen, Shilu Tong, Wenbiao Hu
BACKGROUND: The discovery of the dynamics of seasonal and non-seasonal influenza outbreaks remains a great challenge. Previous internet-based surveillance studies built purely on internet or climate data do have potential error. METHODS: We collected influenza notifications, temperature and Google Trends (GT) data between January 1st, 2011 and December 31st, 2016. We performed time-series cross correlation analysis and temporal risk analysis to discover the characteristics of influenza epidemics in the period...
May 16, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778008/plasma-metabolic-changes-in-chinese-hiv-infected-patients-receiving-lopinavir-ritonavir-based-treatment-implications-for-hiv-precision-therapy
#3
Xiaolin Li, Tong Wu, Yongjun Jiang, Zining Zhang, Xiaoxu Han, Wenqing Geng, Haibo Ding, Jing Kang, Qi Wang, Hong Shang
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study is to profile the metabolic changes in the plasma of HIV patients receiving lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r)-based highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) relative to their treatment-naïve phase, aimed to identify precision therapy for HIV for improving prognosis and predicting dyslipidemia caused by LPV/r. METHODS: 38 longitudinal plasma samples were collected from 19 HIV-infected patients both before and after antiretroviral therapy, and 18 samples from healthy individuals were used as controls...
May 16, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777985/liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-the-quantification-of-moxifloxacin-ciprofloxacin-daptomycin-caspofungin-and-isavuconazole-in-human-plasma
#4
Julian Hösl, André Gessner, Nahed El-Najjar
A simple and precise ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous analysis of five anti-infective agents used to treat severe infections [three antibiotics (daptomycin, moxifloxacin, ciprofloxacin) and two antifungals (isavuconazole, caspofungin)] in human plasma. Sample preparation was based on protein precipitation with ice cold methanol. All five agents were analyzed with the corresponding isotopically labeled internal standards. All analytes were detected in multiple reactions monitoring (MRM) using API 4000 triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer with electrospray (ESI) source operating in positive mode...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777962/field-evaluation-of-anticoccidial-efficacy-a-novel-approach-demonstrates-reduced-efficacy-of-toltrazuril-against-ovine-eimeria-spp-in-norway
#5
Ane Odden, Matthew J Denwood, Snorre Stuen, Lucy J Robertson, Antonio Ruiz, Inger Sofie Hamnes, Lisbeth Hektoen, Heidi L Enemark
Ovine Eimeria spp. infections cause reduced welfare, increased mortality, and substantial economic losses, and anticoccidials are crucial for their control. Recent reports of toltrazuril resistance in pigs, and anecdotal reports of reduced anticoccidial efficacy in lambs, necessitate evaluation of anticoccidial efficacy. Due to the substantial lifecycle differences between nematodes and coccidia, current WAAVP methods for assessing anthelmintic efficacy are not suitable for such evaluations. Faecal samples were collected from 8 pairs of twin lambs from 36 Norwegian sheep farms 6-8 days after turnout...
May 16, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777926/epidemiology-of-acute-febrile-illness-in-latin-america
#6
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José Moreira, Clarisse S Bressan, Patricia Brasil, Andre M Siqueira
BACKGROUND: The causes of acute febrile illness (AFI) in Latin America (LA) are diverse and its complexity increase as the proportion of fever due to malaria decreases as control and new pathogens emerge in the region. In this context, it is important to shed light over the gaps on the epidemiological characteristics and the geographic range for many AFI aetiologies. AIMS: To review studies on community-acquired fever etiology other than malaria in LA, and to highlight knowledge gaps and challenges needing further investigation...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777925/epidemiology-of-respiratory-pathogen-carriage-in-the-homeless-population-within-2-shelters-in-marseille-france-2015-2017-cross-sectional-one-day-surveys
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Tran Duc Anh Ly, Sophie Edouard, Sekene Badiaga, Herve Tissot-Dupont, Van Thuan Hoang, Vincent Pommier de Santi, Philippe Brouqui, Didier Raoult, Philippe Gautret
OBJECTIVES: To assess risk factors for respiratory tract infection symptoms and signs in sheltered homeless people in Marseille during the winter season, including pathogen carriage. METHODS: Data on 479 male participants within 2 shelters who completed questionnaires and a total of 950 nasal and pharyngeal samples were collected during the winters of 2015-2017. Respiratory pathogen carriage including 7 viruses and 4 bacteria was assessed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777923/diagnosis-and-management-of-pulmonary-infection-due-to-rhodococcus-equi
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REVIEW
Weijie V Lin, Robert L Kruse, Katharine Yang, Daniel M Musher
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi is a recognized cause of disease in humans, especially in patients who are immunocompromised. Because diphtheroids are regarded as part of normal respiratory flora, the importance of R. equi as a pulmonary pathogen may not be fully appreciated and its prevalence underestimated. Most treatment recommendations for R. equi infection were established before antiretroviral drugs became available for HIV/AIDS therapy, and therapeutic strategies may need to be updated...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777921/comparison-of-heavy-metals-parasites-and-histopathology-in-sculpins-myoxocephalus-spp-from-two-sites-at-a-lead-zinc-mine-in-north-east-greenland
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Rasmus Dyrmose Nørregaard, Mai Dang, Lis Bach, Ole Geertz-Hansen, Kim Gustavson, Peter Aastrup, Pall S Leifsson, Jens Søndergaard, Barbara Nowak, Christian Sonne
The former lead-zinc mine at Mestersvig, Greenland, continues to contaminate the surrounding environment despite its operations ceasing over 50 years ago. Elevated concentrations of heavy metals are found in water, sediment and biota in the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. To shed light on the present contamination and its potential effects on local fish we investigated gill and liver histology of sculpins (Myoxocephalus spp.) around the former mining area. Two species of sculpins were caught; shorthorn sculpins (M...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777914/the-full-length-microrna-cluster-in-the-intron-of-large-latency-transcript-is-associated-with-the-virulence-of-pseudorabies-virus
#10
Xin Wang, Mei-Mei Zhang, Kai Yan, Qi Tang, Yi-Quan Wu, Wen-Bo He, Huan-Chun Chen, Zheng-Fei Liu
Pseudorabies virus (PRV), the etiological pathogen of Aujeszky's disease, belongs to the Alphaherpesvirus subfamily. Large latency transcript (LLT), the most abundant PRV transcript, harbors a ~ 4.6 kb microRNA (miRNA) cluster-encoding intron. To investigate the function of the LLT miRNA cluster during the life cycle of PRV, we generated a miRNA cluster mutation virus (PRV-∆miR cluster) and revertant virus. Analysis of the growth kinetics of PRV-ΔmiR cluster-infected cells revealed significantly smaller plaques and lower titers than the wild-type and revertant viruses...
May 16, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777913/the-tp53-induced-glycolysis-and-apoptosis-regulator-mediates-cooperation-between-htlv-1-p30-ii-and-the-retroviral-oncoproteins-tax-and-hbz-and-is-highly-expressed-in-an-in-vivo-xenograft-model-of-htlv-1-induced-lymphoma
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Tetiana Hutchison, Aditi Malu, Laçin Yapindi, Rachel Bergeson, Kendra Peck, Megan Romeo, Carolyn Harrod, Jordan Pope, Louisa Smitherman, Wesleigh Gwinn, Lee Ratner, Courtney Yates, Robert Harrod
The human T-cell leukemia virus type-1 (HTLV-1) is an oncoretrovirus that infects and transforms CD4+ T-cells and causes adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) -an aggressive lymphoproliferative disease that is highly refractive to most anticancer therapies. The HTLV-1 proviral genome encodes several regulatory products within a conserved 3' nucleotide sequence, known as pX; however, it remains unclear how these factors might cooperate or dynamically interact in virus-infected cells. Here we demonstrate that the HTLV-1 latency-maintenance factor p30II induces the TP53-induced glycolysis and apoptosis regulator (TIGAR) and counters the oxidative stress, mitochondrial damage, and cytotoxicity caused by the viral oncoproteins Tax and HBZ...
May 16, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777875/switching-cell-penetrating-and-cxcr4-binding-activities-of-nanoscale-organized-arginine-rich-peptides
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Marianna Teixeira de Pinho Favaro, Naroa Serna, Laura Sánchez-García, Rafael Cubarsi, Mónica Roldán, Alejandro Sánchez-Chardi, Ugutz Unzueta, Ramón Mangues, Neus Ferrer-Miralles, Adriano Rodrigues Azzoni, Esther Vázquez, Antonio Villaverde
Arginine-rich protein motifs have been described as potent cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) but also as rather specific ligands of the cell surface chemokine receptor CXCR4, involved in the infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Polyarginines are commonly used to functionalize nanoscale vehicles for gene therapy and drug delivery, aimed to enhance cell penetrability of the therapeutic cargo. However, under which conditions these peptides do act as either unspecific or specific ligands is unknown...
May 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777870/profiling-modifications-for-glioblastoma-proteome-using-ultra-tolerant-database-search-are-the-peptide-mass-shifts-biologically-relevant-or-chemically-induced
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Irina A Tarasova, Peter M Chumakov, Sergei A Moshkovskii, Mikhail V Gorshkov
Peptide mass shifts were profiled using ultra-tolerant database search strategy for shotgun proteomics data sets of human glioblastoma cell lines demonstrating strong response to the type I interferon (IFNα-2b) treatment. The main objective of this profiling was revealing the cell response to IFN treatment at the level of protein modifications. To achieve this objective, statistically significant changes in peptide mass shift profiles between IFN treated and untreated glioblastoma samples were analyzed. Detailed analysis of MS/MS spectra allowed further interpretation of the observed mass shifts and differentiation between post-translational and artifact modifications...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777868/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-of-different-antiviral-agents-for-cytomegalovirus-prophylaxis-in-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#14
Nico Gagelmann, Per Ljungman, Jan Styczynski, Nicolaus Kröger
Over the past 25 years, several randomized controlled trials have investigated the efficacy of different antiviral agents for cytomegalovirus (CMV) prophylaxis in allogeneic hematopoietic-cell transplantation. We performed a systematic literature review, conventional meta-analysis and network meta-analysis using a random-effects model and risk ratios (RR) with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CI) as effect estimates. Fifteen randomized controlled trials were identified, including seven different antiviral agents: acyclovir, ganciclovir, maribavir, brincidofovir, letermovir, valacyclovir, and vaccine...
May 16, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777867/antibiotic-exposure-prior-to-respiratory-viral-infection-is-associated-with-progression-to-lower-respiratory-tract-disease-in-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplant-recipients
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Chikara Ogimi, Elizabeth M Krantz, Jonathan L Golob, Alpana Waghmare, Catherine Liu, Wendy M Leisenring, Christopher R Woodard, Sara Marquis, Jane M Kuypers, Keith R Jerome, Steven A Pergam, David N Fredricks, Mohamed L Sorror, Janet A Englund, Michael Boeckh
INTRODUCTION: Recent publications note an association between antibiotic exposure and respiratory viral infections (RVIs). Antibiotics affect microbiota and impair immune response against RVIs in mice, and low microbiome diversity is associated with pulmonary complications including viral lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD) in hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) recipients. In this study, we examined whether antibiotic exposure was associated with increased risk of disease progression in RVIs post-transplantation...
May 16, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777854/dissolving-polymeric-microneedle-arrays-for-enhanced-site-specific-acyclovir-delivery
#16
Boonnada Pamornpathomkul, Tanasait Ngawhirunpat, Ismaiel A Tekko, Lalitkumar Vora, Helen O McCarthy, Ryan F Donnelly
Acyclovir is widely indicated for the treatment of herpes labialis (cold sores), typically caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). However, topical acyclovir has poor efficacy, due to its low skin permeability. The purpose of this study was, therefore, to evaluate the ability of dissolving polymeric microneedle (MN) arrays to improve the local delivery of acyclovir. Acyclovir-loaded dissolving MN arrays (0.49 cm2 ) were formulated from aqueous blends of Gantrez® S-97 with 361 needles per array (589 ± 9...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777842/nationally-representative-readmission-factors-in-patients-with-claudication-and-critical-limb-ischemia
#17
Rennier A Martinez, Michelle Shnayder, Joshua Parreco, Lukas Gaffney, Marcus Eby, Nicholas Cortolillo, Michael Lopez, Jack Zeltzer
INTRODUCTION: Hospital readmissions are not only associated with increased mortality, morbidity and costs but also, with current healthcare reform, tied to significant financial and administrative penalties. Some studies show that patients undergoing vascular surgery may have higher than average readmission rates. The recently released Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD) is the most comprehensive national source of readmission data, gathering discharge information from 22 geographically dispersed states, accounting for 51...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777840/negative-pressure-wound-therapy-to-promote-fixation-and-remodeling-of-omental-flap-in-patients-with-revascularized-limbs-a-case-series
#18
Nicla Settembre, Mario D'oria, Charbel Saba, Zakariyae Bouziane, Sergueï Malikov
We present our experience with five patients with CLTI treated with distal revascularization and omental flap coverage. We decided to investigate the efficacy and safety of NPWT (negative-pressure wound therapy) in promoting the fixation and remodeling of the omental flap as there is some evidence in the literature about the optimization of results for skin graft and dermal substitutes. Surgical revascularization was always the first procedure attempted; wound coverage was realized 3-5 days after the primary procedure (omental free-flap in three patients and omental flow-through flap in two patients)...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777836/phage-therapy-against-achromobacter-xylosoxidans-lung-infection-in-a-patient-with-cystic-fibrosis-a-case-report
#19
N Hoyle, P Zhvaniya, N Balarjishvili, D Bolkvadze, L Nadareishvili, D Nizharadze, J Wittmann, C Rohde, M Kutateladze
Respiratory infections can lead to serious complications in CF patients, especially when infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria. Alternative treatments for these infections are being sought out to help address this problem. We present a clinical case of a cystic fibrosis (CF) patient, with multi-drug resistant (MDR) Achromobacter xylosoxidans chronic lung infection who was successfully managed with bacteriophage therapy.
May 16, 2018: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777835/combined-bacteriophages-and-antibiotics-as-an-efficient-therapy-against-vre-enterococcus-faecalis-in-a-mouse-model
#20
Daniel Gelman, Shaul Beyth, Vanda Lerrer, Karen Adler, Ronit Poradosu-Cohen, Shunit Coppenhagen-Glazer, Ronen Hazan
Clinical applications of bacteriophage therapy have been recently gathering significant attention worldwide, used mostly as rescue therapy in cases of near-fatal antibiotic failure. Thus, clinically relevant in-vivo models presenting both short- and long-term implications of phage therapy given as rescue treatment for fulminant infections are of highest importance. In this study, a cocktail consisting of two lytic bacteriophages was used to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of phage therapy as a rescue treatment for severe septic peritonitis in a mouse model...
May 16, 2018: Research in Microbiology
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