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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727741/antimicrobial-resistance-rates-in-gram-positive-bacteria-do-not-drive-glycopeptides-use
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Beryl Primrose Gladstone, Andrea Cona, Parichehr Shamsrizi, Tuba Vilken, Winfred V Kern, Nisar Malek, Evelina Tacconelli
Surveillance data are considered essential to appropriate empiric antibiotic therapy and stewardship. The objective of this study was to determine if a change in the rates of antibiotic resistance impacts antibiotic use in European hospitals. Glycopeptides use was selected to study the correlation between resistance rates and antibiotic use because of the restricted spectrum against resistant gram positive bacteria. PubMed, ECDC databases and national/regional surveillance systems were searched to identify glycopeptides´ consumption in defined daily dose per 1000 inhabitant-days (DID) and rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), methicillin-resistant coagulase negative staphylococci (MRCoNS), and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in bloodstream infections (BSIs) in European countries between 1997 and 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727723/analytical-sensitivity-and-specificity-of-a-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-kit-prototype-for-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-dna-in-human-blood-samples
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Susana A Besuschio, Mónica Llano Murcia, Alejandro F Benatar, Severine Monnerat, Israel Cruz Mata, Albert Picado de Puig, María de Los Ángeles Curto, Yutaka Kubota, Diana P Wehrendt, Paula Pavia, Yasuyoshi Mori, Concepción Puerta, Joseph M Ndung'u, Alejandro G Schijman
This study aimed to assess analytical parameters of a prototype LAMP kit that was designed for detection of Trypanosoma cruzi DNA in human blood. The prototype is based on the amplification of the highly repetitive satellite sequence of T.cruzi in microtubes containing dried reagents on the inside of the caps. The reaction is carried out at 65°C during 40 minutes. Calcein allows direct detection of amplified products with the naked eye. Inclusivity and selectivity were tested in purified DNA from Trypanosoma cruzi stocks belonging to the six discrete typing units (DTUs), in DNA from other protozoan parasites and in human DNA...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727496/modulation-of-vegf-induced-migration-and-network-formation-by-lymphatic-endothelial-cells-roles-of-platelets-and-podoplanin
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Stacey A Langan, Leyre Navarro-Núñez, Steve P Watson, Gerard B Nash
Lymphatic endothelial cells (LEC) express the transmembrane receptor podoplanin whose only known endogenous ligand CLEC-2 is found on platelets. Both podoplanin and CLEC-2 are required for normal lymphangiogenesis as mice lacking either protein develop a blood-lymphatic mixing phenotype. We investigated the roles of podoplanin and its interaction with platelets in migration and tube formation by LEC. Addition of platelets or antibody-mediated crosslinking of podoplanin inhibited LEC migration induced by vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF-A or VEGF-C), but did not modify basal migration or the response to basic fibroblast growth factor or epidermal growth factor...
July 20, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726959/association-of-cultured-myotubes-and-fasting-plasma-metabolite-profiles-with-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-type-2-diabetes-subjects
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Mohamad Hafizi Abu Bakar, Mohamad Roji Sarmidi
Accumulating evidence implicates mitochondrial dysfunction-induced insulin resistance in skeletal muscle as the root cause for the greatest hallmarks of type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, the identification of specific metabolite-based markers linked to mitochondrial dysfunction in T2D has not been adequately addressed. Therefore, we sought to identify the markers-based metabolomics for mitochondrial dysfunction associated with T2D. First, a cellular disease model was established using human myotubes treated with antimycin A, an oxidative phosphorylation inhibitor...
July 20, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726849/o2-controllable-hydrogels-for-studying-cellular-responses-to-hypoxic-gradients-in-three-dimensions-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#5
Daniel M Lewis, Michael R Blatchley, Kyung Min Park, Sharon Gerecht
Oxygen (O2) acts as a potent upstream regulator of cell function. In both physiological and pathophysiological microenvironments, the O2 concentration is not uniformly distributed but instead follows a gradient that depends on distance from oxygen-carrying blood vessels. Such gradients have a particularly important role in development, tissue regeneration, and tumor growth. In this protocol, we describe how to use our previously reported gelatin-based O2-controllable hydrogels that can provide hypoxic microenvironments in vitro...
August 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725568/a-compound-heterozygote-case-of-isolated-sulfite-oxidase-deficiency
#6
Daniel Brumaru, Eric Guerin, Anne-Claire Voegeli, Didier Eyer, Michel Maitre
We report an isolated sulfite oxidase deficiency in the first child boy of a non-consanguineous Caucasian family. He's a compound heterozygote for the sulfite oxidase gene, presenting low cystine, undetectable homocysteine and normal uric acid blood concentrations and undetectable sulfite oxidase activity in his cultured fibroblasts. Both mutations are not reported yet. The clinical presentation was typical and severe, with generalized status epilepticus and premature death.
September 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725439/characterization-of-pontibacter-altruii-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-human-blood-culture
#7
M Roiko, M May, R F Relich
The genus Pontibacter is a recent addition to the family Cytophagaceae, phylum Bacteroidetes. Previous reports of its cultivation and molecular detection are from a variety of environmental sources, including marine and desert habitats. We report the first description of a Pontibacter sp., which was initially identified as Elizabethkingia meningoseptica, isolated from a human clinical specimen. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence, unique mass spectral profile and phenotypic characterization, this isolate represents a novel species within the genus Pontibacter that has been named Pontibacter altruii, sp...
September 2017: New Microbes and New Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724962/novel-transcriptional-signatures-for-sputum-independent-diagnostics-of-tuberculosis-in-children
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John Espen Gjøen, Synne Jenum, Dhanasekaran Sivakumaran, Aparna Mukherjee, Ragini Macaden, Sushil K Kabra, Rakesh Lodha, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Marielle C Haks, Timothy Mark Doherty, Christian Ritz, Harleen M S Grewal
Pediatric tuberculosis (TB) is challenging to diagnose, confirmed by growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis at best in 40% of cases. The WHO has assigned high priority to the development of non-sputum diagnostic tools. We therefore sought to identify transcriptional signatures in whole blood of Indian children, capable of discriminating intra-thoracic TB disease from other symptomatic illnesses. We investigated the expression of 198 genes in a training set, comprising 47 TB cases (19 definite/28 probable) and 36 asymptomatic household controls, and identified a 7- and a 10-transcript signature, both including NOD2, GBP5, IFITM1/3, KIF1B and TNIP1...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724597/multifocal-septic-arthritis-gluteal-abscess-and-spondylodiscitis-by-streptococcus-dysgalactiae-subspecies-equisimilis-after-an-intramuscular-injection
#9
Rita Marques Pocinho, Liliana Antunes, Pedro Pires, Isabel Baptista
We present the case of a 63-year-old man, admitted for hand cellulitis and acute kidney injury. A Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp equisimilis (SDSE) was isolated in blood cultures and despite directed intravenous antibiotherapy, the patient evolved unfavourably, with dorsolumbar spondylodiscitis, multifocal septic arthritis and abscesses. CT also showed densification of the gluteal muscles, multiple air bubbles in the psoas, paraspinal muscles and spinal canal that were associated with an intramuscular injection administered 1 week earlier for a backache...
July 19, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724402/a-dual-colour-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-fish-assay-for-identifying-the-zoonotic-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-knowlesi-with-a-potential-application-for-the-specific-diagnosis-of-knowlesi-malaria-in-peripheral-level-laboratories-of-southeast-asia
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Jyotsna Shah, Akhila Poruri, Olivia Mark, Urmila Khadilka, Franziska Mohring, Robert W Moon, Ranjan Ramasamy
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium knowlesi is primarily responsible for zoonotic malaria in several Southeast Asian countries. Precise identification of the parasite in the blood of patients presently relies on an expensive and elaborate PCR procedure because microscopic examination of blood and other available field identification techniques lack adequate specificity. Therefore, the use of a simple and inexpensive dual-colour fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay, analogous to FISH assays recently described for Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, was investigated as a potential tool for identifying P...
July 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724172/favorable-effects-of-myo-inositol-selenomethionine-or-their-combination-on-the-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-oxidative-stress-of-peripheral-mononuclear-cells-from-patients-with-hashimoto-s-thyroiditis-preliminary-in-vitro-studies
#11
S Benvenga, T Vicchio, F Di Bari, R Vita, P Fallahi, S M Ferrari, S Catania, C Costa, A Antonelli
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess whether blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) and control women, were protected from in vitro H2O2-induced oxidative stress after addition of antioxidants. PATIENTS AND METHODS: PBMC, from 8 HT women and 3 healthy women (controls), were cultured in the presence of 200 µM H2O2 alone, with subsequent addition of myo-inositol (Myo) (0.25, 0.5, 1.0 µM), selenomethionine (SelMet) (0.25, 0.5, 1...
June 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724165/cytogenotoxicity-of-inclusion-complexes-of-diazepam-with-2-hydroxypropyl-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin
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Jasmina Hadžiabdić, Nevenka Kopjar, Davor Želježić, Selma Špirtović-Halilović, Davorka Završnik
Background Diazepam, as one of the most frequent prescribed drug from 1,4-benzodiazepine group, has certain limitations in pharmaceutical technology due to its poor solubility in water. By forming inclusion complexes with 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin, diazepam's biopharmaceutical properties can be greatly improved. Aim Aim of this research was to in vitro evaluate genotoxicity of prepared novel complexes of diazepam and their influence on proliferation of human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Methods For identification of possible genotoxicity of diazepam inclusion complexes, cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay has been chosen...
July 19, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723791/arthritis-secondary-to-meningococcal-disease-a-case-series-of-7-patients
#13
Vanina Masson-Behar, Hervé Jacquier, Pascal Richette, Jean-Marc Ziza, Valérie Zeller, Christophe Rioux, Baptiste Coustet, Philippe Dieudé, Sébastien Ottaviani
Arthritis secondary to invasive meningococcemia is rare and has been described as a direct result of bacteremia or as immunoallergic-type arthritis, related to the immune complex. Only a few case series have been reported.This multicenter study aimed to describe the clinical characteristics and therapeutic outcomes of arthritis secondary to meningococcal infection.We performed a 5-year retrospective study. We included all patients with inflammatory joint symptoms and proven meningococcal disease defined by the identification of Neisseria meningitidis in blood, cerebrospinal fluid, or synovial fluid...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722626/capacity-and-utilization-of-blood-culture-in-two-referral-hospitals-in-indonesia-and-thailand
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Nittaya Teerawattanasook, Patricia M Tauran, Prapit Teparrukkul, Vanaporn Wuthiekanun, David A B Dance, Mansyur Arif, Direk Limmathurotsakul
It is generally recommended that sepsis patients should have at least two blood cultures obtained before antimicrobial therapy. From 1995 to 2015, the number of blood cultures taken each year in a 1,100-bed public referral hospital in Ubon Ratchathani northeast Thailand rose from 5,235 to 56,719, whereas the number received in an 840-bed referral public hospital in south Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2015 was 2,779. The proportion of patients sampled for blood cultures out of all inpatients in south Sulawesi in 2015 (9%; 2,779/30,593) was lower than that in Ubon Ratchathani in 2003 (13%; 8,707/66,515), at a time when health expenditure per capita in the two countries was comparable...
July 10, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722567/bartonella-infection-in-hematophagous-insectivorous-and-phytophagous-bat-populations-of-central-mexico-and-the-yucatan-peninsula
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Matthew J Stuckey, Bruno B Chomel, Guillermo Galvez-Romero, José Ignacio Olave-Leyva, Cirani Obregón-Morales, Hayde Moreno-Sandoval, Nidia Aréchiga-Ceballos, Mónica Salas-Rojas, Alvaro Aguilar-Setién
Although emerging nonviral pathogens remain relatively understudied in bat populations, there is an increasing focus on identifying bat-associated bartonellae around the world. Many novel Bartonella strains have been described from both bats and their arthropod ectoparasites, including Bartonella mayotimonensis, a zoonotic agent of human endocarditis. This cross-sectional study was designed to describe novel Bartonella strains isolated from bats sampled in Mexico and evaluate factors potentially associated with infection...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722566/molecular-epidemiology-of-staphylococcus-aureus-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic
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Alicia D Yeap, Kate Woods, David A B Dance, Bruno Pichon, Sayaphet Rattanavong, Viengmon Davong, Rattanaphone Phetsouvanh, Paul N Newton, Nandini Shetty, Angela M Kearns
This is the first report of the molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus from skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) in Laos. We selected a random sample of 96 S. aureus SSTI isolates received by the Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, between July 2012 and June 2014, including representation from seven referral hospitals. Isolates underwent susceptibility testing by Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute methods, spa typing and DNA microarray analysis, with whole genome sequencing for rare lineages...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722155/metabolite-availability-as-a-window-to-view-the-early-embryo-microenvironment-in-vivo
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REVIEW
Kailun Hu, Yang Yu
A preimplantation embryo exists independent of blood supply, and relies on energy sources from its in vivo environment (e.g. oviduct and uterine fluid) to sustain its development. The embryos can survive in this aqueous environment because it contains amino acids, proteins, lactate, pyruvate, oxygen, glucose, antioxidants, ions, growth factors, hormones, and phospholipids - albeit the concentration of each component varies by species, stage of the estrous cycle, and anatomical location. The dynamic nature of this environment sustains the early development from the one-cell zygote to blastocyst, and is reciprocally influenced by the embryo at each embryonic stage...
July 19, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721663/influence-of-direct-or-indirect-contact-for-the-cytotoxicity-and-blood-compatibility-of-spider-silk
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J W Kuhbier, V Coger, J Mueller, C Liebsch, F Schlottmann, V Bucan, P M Vogt, S Strauss
Spider silk became one of the most-researched biomaterials in the last years due to its unique mechanical strength and most favourable chemical composition for tissue engineering purposes. However, standardized analysis of cytocompatibility is missing. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate hemolysis, cytotoxicity of native spider silk as well as influences on the cell culture medium. Changes of cell culture medium composition, osmolarity as well as glucose and lactate content were determined via ELISA measurement...
August 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721651/in-vitro-anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-activities-of-3-5-4-trihydroxy-6-7-methylenedioxyflavone-o-glycosides-and-their-aglycone-from-leaves-of-polygonum-tinctorium-lour
#19
Shota Tokuyama-Nakai, Hideto Kimura, Tomoe Ishihara, Mitsuo Jisaka, Kazushige Yokota
Polygonum tinctorium Lour (indigo plant) has been regarded as a useful medicinal plant for traditional herbal medicine. The polyphenolic fraction of indigo leaves exhibited anti-inflammatory activities as determined by the suppressed synthesis of nitric oxide (NO) in cultured RAW264 macrophage cells. The acid hydrolysate of the fraction showed much more potent effect than the unhydrolyzed one. In sharp contrast, those fractions of indigo stems had almost no effect. 3,5,4'-Trihydroxy-6,7-methylenedioxyflavone (TMF)-O-glycosides and tryptanthrin were detected exclusively in the extracts of the leaves...
July 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720606/re-using-blood-products-as-an-alternative-supplement-in-the-optimisation-of-clinical-grade-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cell-culture
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J Phetfong, T Tawonsawatruk, K Seenprachawong, A Srisarin, C Isarankura-Na-Ayudhya, A Supokawej
OBJECTIVES: Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) are a promising strategy for orthopaedic applications, particularly in bone repair. Ex vivo expansion of ADMSCs is required to obtain sufficient cell numbers. Xenogenic supplements should be avoided in order to minimise the risk of infections and immunological reactions. Human platelet lysate and human plasma may be an excellent material source for ADMSC expansion. In the present study, use of blood products after their recommended transfusion date to prepare human platelet lysate (HPL) and human plasma (Hplasma) was evaluated for in vitro culture expansion and osteogenesis of ADMSCs...
July 2017: Bone & Joint Research
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