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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449081/the-coxiella-burnetii-type-ivb-secretion-system-t4bss-component-dota-is-released-secreted-during-infection-of-host-cells-and-during-in-vitro-growth-in-a-t4bss-dependent-manner
#1
Brandon E Luedtke, Saugata Mahapatra, Erika I Lutter, Edward I Shaw
Coxiella burnetii is a Gram-negative intracellular pathogen and is the causative agent of the zoonotic disease Q-fever. To cause disease, C. burnetii requires a functional type IVB secretion system (T4BSS) to transfer effector proteins required for the establishment and maintenance of a membrane bound parasitophorous vacuole (PV) and further modulation of host cell process. However, it is not clear how the T4BSS interacts with the PV membrane since neither a secretion pilus nor an extracellular pore forming apparatus has not been described...
April 25, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448884/antiproliferative-hydroxy-fatty-acids-from-the-fodder-legume-stylosanthes-guianensis
#2
Marco Clericuzio, Bruno Burlando, Barbara Borghesi, Annalisa Salis, Gianluca Damonte, Stefania Ribulla, Laura Cornara
Stylosanthes guianensis is a fodder legume native from South America and widely grown worldwide. Dried plant material was purchased on the web and taxonomically identified by light and SEM microscopy, and morphological analysis of plants germinated from seeds. The plant was extracted with dichloromethane:2-propanol (9:1). Bioguided fractionation using calcein-AM cytotoxicity assay on HeLa and A431 tumor cells allowed to isolate a lipophilic fraction, endowed with strong cytotoxicity. By means of 1- and 2-D NMR, HPLC-MS, and HR-ESIMS it could be seen that the fraction was an inseparable mixture of complex lipids, mainly consisting of esterified 3-hydroxy fatty acids...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448766/cross-linguistic-adaptations-of-the-comprehensive-aphasia-test-challenges-and-solutions
#3
Valantis Fyndanis, Marianne Lind, Spyridoula Varlokosta, Maria Kambanaros, Efstathia Soroli, Klaudia Ceder, Kleanthes K Grohmann, Adrià Rofes, Hanne Gram Simonsen, Jovana Bjekić, Anna Gavarró, Jelena Kuvač Kraljević, Silvia Martínez-Ferreiro, Amaia Munarriz, Marie Pourquie, Jasmina Vuksanović, Lilla Zakariás, David Howard
Comparative research on aphasia and aphasia rehabilitation is challenged by the lack of comparable assessment tools across different languages. In English, a large array of tools is available, while in most other languages, the selection is more limited. Importantly, assessment tools are often simple translations and do not take into consideration specific linguistic and psycholinguistic parameters of the target languages. As a first step in meeting the needs for comparable assessment tools, the Comprehensive Aphasia Test is currently being adapted into a number of languages spoken in Europe...
April 27, 2017: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448559/hexa-is-a-versatile-regulator-involved-in-the-control-of-phenotypic-heterogeneity-of-photorhabdus-luminescens
#4
Angela Langer, Adriana Moldovan, Christian Harmath, Susan A Joyce, David J Clarke, Ralf Heermann
Phenotypic heterogeneity in microbial communities enables genetically identical organisms to behave differently even under the same environmental conditions. Photorhabdus luminescens, a bioluminescent Gram-negative bacterium, contains a complex life cycle, which involves a symbiotic interaction with nematodes as well as a pathogenic association with insect larvae. P. luminescens exists in two distinct phenotypic cell types, designated as the primary (1°) and secondary (2°) cells. The 1° cells are bioluminescent, pigmented and can support nematode growth and development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448540/bruchid-egg-induced-transcript-dynamics-in-developing-seeds-of-black-gram-vigna-mungo
#5
Indrani K Baruah, Debashis Panda, Jagadale M V, Deba Jit Das, Sumita Acharjee, Priyabrata Sen, Bidyut Kumar Sarmah
Black gram (Vigna mungo) seeds are a rich source of digestible proteins, however, during storage these seeds are severely damaged by bruchids (Callosobruchus spp.), reducing seed quality and yield losses. Most of the cultivated genotypes of black gram are susceptible to bruchids, however, few tolerant genotypes have also been identified but the mechanism of tolerance is poorly understood. We employed Suppression Subtractive Hybridization (SSH) to identify specifically, but rarely expressed bruchid egg induced genes in black gram...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448389/long-term-results-after-oncoplastic-surgery-for-breast-cancer-a-10-year-follow-up
#6
Krishna B Clough, Raquel F D van la Parra, Helene H Thygesen, Eric Levy, Elisabeth Russ, Najeeb M Halabi, Isabelle Sarfati, Claude Nos
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term oncologic outcome after oncoplastic surgery (OPS). BACKGROUND: OPS combines wide tumor excision with reduction mammoplasty techniques thus extending breast conserving surgery to large tumors that might else be proposed a mastectomy. Little data are available about the oncologic results for breast conserving surgery of these larger tumors. METHODS: From January 2004 until March 2016, a total of 350 oncoplastic breast reductions were prospectively entered into a database...
April 26, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448134/total-mercury-released-to-the-environment-by-human-activities
#7
David G Streets, Hannah M Horowitz, Daniel J Jacob, Zifeng Lu, Leonard Levin, Arnout F H Ter Schure, Elsie M Sunderland
We estimate that a cumulative total of 1,540 (1,060-2,800) Gg (gigagrams, 109 grams or thousand tonnes) of mercury (Hg) have been released by human activities up to 2010, 73% of which was released after 1850. Of this liberated Hg, 470 Gg were emitted directly into the atmosphere, and 74% of the air emissions were elemental Hg. Cumulatively, about 1,070 Gg were released to land and water bodies. Though annual releases of Hg have been relatively stable since 1880 at 8 ± 2 Gg, except for wartime, the distributions of those releases among source types, world regions, and environmental media have changed dramatically...
April 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448019/a-tandem-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-based-approach-for-metabolite-analysis-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#8
David J Samuels, Zhe Wang, Kyu Y Rhee, Shaun R Brinsmade
In an effort to thwart bacterial pathogens, hosts often limit the availability of nutrients at the site of infection. This limitation can alter the abundances of key metabolites to which regulatory factors respond, adjusting cellular metabolism. In recent years, a number of proteins and RNA have emerged as important regulators of virulence gene expression. For example, the CodY protein responds to levels of branched-chain amino acids and GTP and is widely conserved in low G+C Gram-positive bacteria. As a global regulator in Staphylococcus aureus, CodY controls the expression of dozens of virulence and metabolic genes...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447330/seawater-drowning-associated-pneumonia-a-10-year-descriptive-cohort-in-intensive-care-unit
#9
Alexandre Robert, Pierre-Éric Danin, Hervé Quintard, Nicolas Degand, Nihal Martis, Denis Doyen, Céline Pulcini, Raymond Ruimy, Carole Ichai, Gilles Bernardin, Jean Dellamonica
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is one of the major complications of drowning, but the optimal empirical antibiotic treatment is not clearly defined. Multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria and fungi have been identified in a recent series of freshwater drowning-associated pneumonia. However, microbial data in seawater drowning are scarce. The objective of the study is to describe the microorganisms isolated in early respiratory specimens obtained from seawater drowning-associated pneumonia and to provide their antibiotic susceptibility pattern...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446907/regulation-and-molecular-basis-of-environmental-muropeptide-uptake-and-utilization-in-fastidious-oral-anaerobe-tannerella-forsythia
#10
Angela Ruscitto, Kiyonobu Honma, Vamsee M Veeramachineni, Kiyoshi Nishikawa, Graham P Stafford, Ashu Sharma
Tannerella forsythia is a Gram-negative oral anaerobe associated with periodontitis. This bacterium is auxotrophic for the peptidoglycan amino sugar N-acetylmuramic (MurNAc) and likely relies on scavenging peptidoglycan fragments (muropeptides) released by cohabiting bacteria during their cell wall recycling. Many Gram-negative bacteria utilize an inner membrane permease, AmpG, to transport peptidoglycan fragments into their cytoplasm. In the T. forsythia genome, the Tanf_08365 ORF has been identified as a homolog of AmpG permease...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446863/peptides-as-quorum-sensing-molecules-measurement-techniques-and-obtained-levels-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Frederick Verbeke, Severine De Craemer, Nathan Debunne, Yorick Janssens, Evelien Wynendaele, Christophe Van de Wiele, Bart De Spiegeleer
The expression of certain bacterial genes is regulated in a cell-density dependent way, a phenomenon called quorum sensing. Both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria use this type of communication, though the signal molecules (auto-inducers) used by them differ between both groups: Gram-negative bacteria use predominantly N-acyl homoserine lacton (AHL) molecules (autoinducer-1, AI-1) while Gram-positive bacteria use mainly peptides (autoinducer peptides, AIP or quorum sensing peptides). These quorum sensing molecules are not only involved in the inter-microbial communication, but can also possibly cross-talk directly or indirectly with their host...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446737/pleural-mesothelioma-in-doll-manufacture-possible-asbestos-exposure
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Pietro Gino Barbieri, Anna Benedetta Somigliana, Sandra Lombardi, Roberto Festa, Roberto Girelli, Michela Sarnico
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of malignant mesothelioma is almost always causally associated to asbestos exposure but, considering women occurrences, this association is often difficult to demonstrate and consequently the asbestos exposure is defined as 'unknown'. OBJECTIVES: To describe the working activity and to give occupational asbestos exposure probability estimation related to an uncommon and poorly investigated productive sector: doll manufacture. METHODS: From the Province of Brescia Mesothelioma Registry, established in 1993 on population-based criteria, we have extracted the certified mesothelioma diagnosis cases, related to patients who were employed for some time in doll manufacture...
April 21, 2017: La Medicina del Lavoro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446716/targeted-alpha-therapy-using-a-novel-cd70-targeted-thorium-227-conjugate-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models-of-renal-cell-carcinoma
#13
Urs B Hagemann, Dessislava Mihaylova, Steinar R Uran, Joergen Borrebaek, Derek Grant, Roger M Bjerke, Jenny Karlsson, Alan S Cuthbertson
The cell surface receptor CD70 has been previously reported as a promising target for B-cell lymphomas and several solid cancers including renal cell carcinoma. We describe herein the characterization and efficacy of a novel CD70 targeted thorium-227 conjugate (CD70-TTC) comprising the combination of the three components, a CD70 targeting antibody, a chelator moiety and the short-range, high-energy alpha-emitting radionuclide thorium-227 (227Th). In vitro analysis demonstrated that the CD70-TTC retained binding affinity to its target and displayed potent and specific cytotoxicity compared to an isotype control-TTC...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446572/evaluation-of-the-accelerate-pheno%C3%A2-system-for-fast-identification-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-from-positive-blood-culture-in-gram-negative-bloodstream-infection
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Matthias Marschal, Johanna Bachmaier, Ingo Autenrieth, Philipp Oberhettinger, Matthias Willmann, Silke Peter
Bloodstream infections (BSI) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Increasing rates of antimicrobial resistant pathogens limit treatment options, prompting an empirical use of broad-range antibiotics. Fast and reliable diagnostic tools are needed to provide adequate therapy in a timely manner and to enable a de-escalation of treatment.The Accelerate Pheno™ system (Accelerate Diagnostics, USA) is a fully automated test system that performs both identification (ID) and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) directly from positive blood cultures within approx...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446501/dietary-long-chain-fatty-acids-and-carbohydrate-biomarker-evaluation-in-a-controlled-feeding-study-in-participants-from-the-women-s-health-initiative-cohort
#15
Xiaoling Song, Ying Huang, Marian L Neuhouser, Lesley F Tinker, Mara Z Vitolins, Ross L Prentice, Johanna W Lampe
Background: Biomarkers of macronutrient intake are lacking. Controlled human feeding studies that preserve the normal variation in nutrient and food consumption are necessary for the development and validation of robust nutritional biomarkers.Objective: We aimed to assess the utility of serum phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs) as biomarkers of dietary intakes of fatty acids, total fat, and carbohydrate.Design: We used an individualized controlled feeding study in which 153 postmenopausal women from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) were provided with a 2-wk controlled diet that mimicked each individual's habitual food intake...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446177/the-susceptibility-to-fosfomycin-of-gram-negative-bacteria-isolates-from-urinary-tract-infection-in-the-czech-republic-data-from-a-unicentric-study
#16
Miroslav Fajfr, Miroslav Louda, Pavla Paterová, Lenka Ryšková, Jaroslav Pacovský, Josef Košina, Helena Žemličková, Miloš Broďák
BACKGROUND: Against a background of rapid increase of β-lactamase-producing or multi-resistant pathogenic bacteria and the resulting lack of effective antibiotic treatment, some older antibiotics have been tested for new therapeutic uses. One of these is fosfomycin, to which according to studies these resistant bacteria are very sensitive. Our study was designed because there is no data on the fosfomycin susceptibility rate in the Czech Republic. METHOD: In this study from January 2013 to June 2014 3295 unique isolates of Gram-negative bacteria which had caused urinary tract infections were examined...
April 26, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445543/comparative-genomic-analysis-between-corynebacterium-pseudotuberculosis-strains-isolated-from-buffalo
#17
Marcus Vinicius Canário Viana, Henrique Figueiredo, Rommel Ramos, Luis Carlos Guimarães, Felipe Luiz Pereira, Fernanda Alves Dorella, Salah Abdel Karim Selim, Mohammad Salaheldean, Artur Silva, Alice R Wattam, Vasco Azevedo
Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis is a Gram-positive, pleomorphic, facultative intracellular pathogen that causes Oedematous Skin Disease (OSD) in buffalo. To better understand the pathogenic mechanisms of OSD, we performed a comparative genomic analysis of 11 strains of C. pseudotuberculosis isolated from different buffalo found to be infected in Egypt during an outbreak that occurred in 2008. Sixteen previously described pathogenicity islands (PiCp) were present in all of the new buffalo strains, but one of them, PiCp12, had an insertion that contained both a corynephage and a diphtheria toxin gene, both of which may play a role in the adaptation of C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445131/therapeutic-benefit-of-salmonella-attributed-to-lps-and-tnf-%C3%AE-is-exhaustible-and-dictated-by-tumor-susceptibility
#18
Dino Kocijancic, Sara Leschner, Sebastian Felgner, Ronja-Melinda Komoll, Michael Frahm, Vinay Pawar, Siegfried Weiss
The potential of bacteria-mediated tumor therapy (BMTT) is highlighted by more than a century of investigation. Attenuated Salmonella has prevailed as promising therapeutic agents. For BMTT - categorized as an immune therapy - the exact contribution of particular immune reactions to the therapeutic effect remains ambiguous. In addition, one could argue for or against the requirement of bacterial viability and tumor targeting. Herein we evaluate the isolated therapeutic efficacy of purified LPS and TNF-α, which together account for a dominant immunogenic pathway of gram negative bacteria like Salmonella...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445079/multiple-antimicrobial-resistance-and-novel-point-mutation-in-fluoroquinolone-resistant-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-mangalore-india
#19
Santhosh Kogaluru Shivakumaraswamy, Deekshit Vijaya Kumar, Venugopal Moleyuru Nagarajappa, Iddya Karunasagar, Indrani Karunasagar
Fluoroquinolone resistance in bacteria is usually associated with mutations in the topoisomerase regions. We report a novel point mutation in fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli strains. E. coli isolated from the environment in and around Mangalore, India, were examined for their antimicrobial resistance profile to 12 antibiotics and for the antibiotic resistance genes by polymerase chain reaction. Of the 67 E. coli isolated, 24 (35.8%) were sensitive to all antibiotics and 43 (64.2%) showed resistance to at least one of the 12 antibiotics used in the study...
April 26, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445009/evaluation-of-six-phenotypic-methods-for-the-detection-of-carbapenemases-in-gram-negative-bacteria-with-characterized-resistance-mechanisms
#20
Kunling Sun, Xiuyu Xu, Jinrong Yan, Liping Zhang
BACKGROUND: We compared the performance of the modified Hodge test (MHT), Triton Hodge test (THT), Carba NP test (CNPt), simplified Carba NP test (CNPt-direct), blue-Carba NP test (BCT), and carbapenem inactivation method (CIM) for rapid and accurate carbapenemase detection. METHODS: The methods were evaluated by using 256 gram-negative isolates, including 197 Enterobacteriaceae (79 Enterobacter spp., 74 Klebsiella spp., 33 Escherichia coli, 10 Citrobacter spp., and 1 Serratia marcescens), 51 Acinetobacter baumannii, and 8 Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains...
July 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
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