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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933822/rod-like-virus-based-multiarm-colloidal-molecules
#1
Alexis de la Cotte, Cheng Wu, Marie Trévisan, Andrii Repula, Eric Grelet
We report on the construction of multiarm colloidal molecules by tip-linking filamentous bacteriophages, functionalized either by biological engineering or chemical conjugation. The affinity for streptavidin of a genetically modified vector phage displaying Strep-tags fused to one end of the viral particle, is measured by determining the dissociation constant, Kd. In order to both improve the colloidal stability and the efficiency of the self-assembly process, a biotinylation protocol having a chemical yield higher than 90% is presented to regio-selectively functionalize the cystein residues located at one end of the bacteriophages...
September 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932686/a-positive-rapid-strep-test-in-a-young-adult-with-acute-pharyngitis-be-careful-what-you-wish-for
#2
Burke A Cunha
In young adults with acute pharyngitis, the main differential diagnosis is between GAS pharyngitis, EBV infectious mononucleosis, or other causes of viral pharyngitis. A positive RST does not differentiate GAS colonization from infection as is well illustrated by this case. Laboratory test results must be interpreted in the appropriate clinical context to be diagnostically meaningful. The RST only detects group A streptococci, but does not, of itself, implicate a causative role in the patient's pharyngitis...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928442/genome-wide-association-and-hla-region-fine-mapping-studies-identify-susceptibility-loci-for-multiple-common-infections
#3
Chao Tian, Bethann S Hromatka, Amy K Kiefer, Nicholas Eriksson, Suzanne M Noble, Joyce Y Tung, David A Hinds
Infectious diseases have a profound impact on our health and many studies suggest that host genetics play a major role in the pathogenesis of most of them. We perform 23 genome-wide association studies for common infections and infection-associated procedures, including chickenpox, shingles, cold sores, mononucleosis, mumps, hepatitis B, plantar warts, positive tuberculosis test results, strep throat, scarlet fever, pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, tonsillectomy, childhood ear infections, myringotomy, measles, hepatitis A, rheumatic fever, common colds, rubella and chronic sinus infection, in over 200,000 individuals of European ancestry...
September 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923010/the-role-of-the-two-component-systems-cpx-and-arc-in-protein-alterations-upon-gentamicin-treatment-in-escherichia-coli
#4
Emina Ćudić, Kristin Surmann, Gianna Panasia, Elke Hammer, Sabine Hunke
BACKGROUND: The aminoglycoside antibiotic gentamicin was supposed to induce a crosstalk between the Cpx- and the Arc-two-component systems (TCS). Here, we investigated the physical interaction of the respective TCS components and compared the results with their respective gene expression and protein abundance. The findings were interpreted in relation to the global proteome profile upon gentamicin treatment. RESULTS: We observed specific interaction between CpxA and ArcA upon treatment with the aminoglycoside gentamicin using Membrane-Strep-tagged protein interaction experiments (mSPINE)...
September 18, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918144/short-communication-molecular-epidemiology-of-streptococcus-agalactiae-differs-between-countries
#5
J Reyes, M Chaffer, Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Lecompte, Javier Sánchez, Ruth N Zadoks, Natasha Robinson, Ximena Cardona, N Ramírez, G P Keefe
Group B Streptococcus or Streptococcus agalactiae continue to be challenging for milk quality programs in countries with emerging dairy industries, such as Colombia, where high prevalence has been reported. Molecular typing of isolates is needed to understand the variability and epidemiology of this pathogen and to develop effective control and eradication programs. We characterized the molecular profile of Strep. agalactiae isolated from cows with subclinical mastitis in 21 Colombian dairy herds and measured diversity within and between herds using multilocus sequence typing...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869231/how-a-mild-influenza-b-infection-can-kill-a-case-of-pulmonary-hemorrhage
#6
Nathalie Abi Hatem, Sabrina Campbell, Deepa Kuchelan, Jennifer Bowers, Edmundo Rubio
Viral influenza is a seasonal infection associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Rapidly fatal hemorrhagic pneumonia has been described in previously healthy individuals with β-hemolytic Streptococcus pneumoniae in a small series of patients, but it is not common in patients coinfected with influenza B and β-hemolytic Streptococcus, particularly since influenza B is considered less pathogenic than influenza A. However, despite being uncommon, this coinfection seems to be associated with high morbidity and mortality, particularly in healthy individuals...
September 2017: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859019/age-specific-antibiotic-prescribing-and-adherence-to-guidelines-in-pediatric-patients-in-primary-care
#7
Verica Ivanovska, Karin Hek, Aukje K Mantel-Teeuwisse, Hubert G M Leufkens, Liset van Dijk
BACKGROUND: Most antibiotics in children are used to treat viral and self-limiting conditions. This study aims to compare physicians' adherence to guidelines on antibiotic prescribing in fever and in ear and respiratory infections to children in different age groups in the Netherlands. METHODS: Data were used from the NIVEL Primary Care Database. For all pediatric episodes of fever, acute otitis media (AOM), streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat), sinusitis, acute tonsillitis, acute bronchitis/bronchiolitis and pneumonia in 2012, we determined whether national guidelines were followed in regard to whether an antibiotic was prescribed, and the type of antibiotic...
August 28, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851900/cell-permeable-capsids-as-universal-antigen-carrier-for-the-induction-of-an-antigen-specific-cd8-t-cell-response
#8
Sami Akhras, Masako Toda, Klaus Boller, Kiyoshi Himmelsbach, Fabian Elgner, Marlene Biehl, Stephan Scheurer, Meike Gratz, Stefan Vieths, Eberhard Hildt
Vaccine platforms that can be flexibly loaded with antigens can contribute to decrease response time to emerging infections. For many pathogens and chronic infections, induction of a robust cytotoxic T lymphocytes-mediated response is desirable to control infection. Antigen delivery into the cytoplasm of antigen presenting cells favors induction of cytotoxic T cells. By fusion of the cell-permeable translocation motif (TLM)-peptide to the capsid-forming core protein of hepatitis B virus, and by insertion of the strep-tag in the spike tip (a domain that protrudes from the surface of the capsid), cell-permeable carrier capsids were generated that can be flexibly loaded with various antigens...
August 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845474/the-susceptibility-of-bacterial-endophthalmitis-isolates-to-vancomycin-ceftazidime-and-amikacin-a-23-year-review
#9
Shilpa Kodati, Andrew W Eller, Regis P Kowalski
PURPOSE: To investigate the in vitro susceptibility of Gram-positive and Gram-negative endophthalmitis bacterial isolates to vancomycin, amikacin, and ceftazidime over a 23-year period. DESIGN: Retrospective non-comparative laboratory case series. SUBJECTS: Endophthalmitis patients that were culture positive for bacteria. METHODS: Laboratory records of bacteria isolated from endophthalmitis specimens collected from January 1(st) 1993 to December 31(st) 2015 were reviewed for incidence and standard susceptibility testing...
May 2017: Ophthalmology retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843557/development-and-validation-of-an-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatographic-high-resolution-q-orbitrap-mass-spectrometric-method-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-steroidal-endocrine-disrupting-compounds-in-aquatic-matrices
#10
Steve Huysman, Lieven Van Meulebroek, Francis Vanryckeghem, Herman Van Langenhove, Kristof Demeestere, Lynn Vanhaecke
The lack of adequate strategies for monitoring endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in the aquatic environment is emphasized in the European Water Framework Directive. In this context, a new UHPLC-HR-Q-Orbirtrap-MS multi-residue method was developed for the simultaneous measurement of 70 steroidal EDCs in two aquatic matrices, i.e. sea and fresh water. First, an instrumental APCI-UHPLC-HR-Q-Orbitrap-MS was devised for separating and detecting the EDC isomers and mass analogues, within 12.5 min per run. Next, an appropriate extraction was statistically optimised using a three-strep workflow (95% confidence interval, p > 0...
September 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811943/reviewing-the-emergence-of-lactococcus-garvieae-a-case-of-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infection-caused-by-lactococcus-garvieae-and-escherichia-coli-coinfection
#11
Tatvam T Choksi, Farhan Dadani
Lactococcus garvieae is considered a low virulence organism which is rarely associated with human infections. Most of the reported cases have been associated with bacteremia with or without endocarditis. We report a rare case of catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) caused by Lactococcus garvieae and Escherichia coli coinfection without any bacteremia in a patient with indwelling urinary catheter placed for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The patient also had a history of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with long standing famotidine treatment...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761057/development-of-series-of-affinity-tags-in-streptomyces
#12
Xu-Ming Mao, Ning Sun, Yang Zheng, Yong-Quan Li
Streptomyces are of great biological and industrial significance due to their complex morphological development and ability to produce numerous secondary metabolites. However, the intrinsic biochemical mechanisms underlying morphogenesis and secondary metabolism are rarely revealed, partially because of the limited availability of the biochemical tools in Streptomyces. Here we provided series of integrative vectors with various affinity tags, including single tags 3×FLAG, 3×HA, 3×Strep-tag II, 18×His, 13×Myc, and dual tags, all of which were driven from a strong constitutive promoter ermEp*...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740504/2-4-thiazolidinedione-treatment-improves-the-innate-immune-response-in-dairy-goats-with-induced-subclinical-mastitis
#13
Fernanda Rosa, Johan S Osorio, Erminio Trevisi, Francisco Yanqui-Rivera, Charles T Estill, Massimo Bionaz
Mastitis is a major disease in dairy cows resulting in significant economic losses. In vitro works suggest that ruminants peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) can aid in improving the response to mastitis and can control milk fat synthesis. The objectives of the present experiment were to test if treatment with the putative PPARγ agonist 2,4-thiazolidinedione (TZD) improves (1) the response to subclinical mastitis and (2) milk fat production. Lactating goats received daily injections of 8 mg/kg BW of TZD or saline for 3 weeks...
2017: PPAR Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740426/efficacy-of-flurbiprofen-8-75-mg-delivered-as-a-spray-or-lozenge-in-patients-with-sore-throat-due-to-upper-respiratory-tract-infection-a-randomized-non-inferiority-trial-in-the-russian-federation
#14
Eugenia Radkova, Natalia Burova, Valeria Bychkova, Robert DeVito
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of flurbiprofen 8.75 mg delivered as a spray or lozenge in patients with sore throat due to upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This multicenter, double-blind, double-dummy, non-inferiority study randomized 440 adults with recent-onset, moderate-to-severe sore throat due to URTI to a single dose of either flurbiprofen 8.75 mg spray (n=218) or flurbiprofen 8.75 mg lozenge (n=222). The presence or absence of beta-hemolytic streptococci (A or C) was confirmed by culture tests (throat swab)...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710280/the-assembly-of-the-plant-urease-activation-complex-and-the-essential-role-of-the-urease-accessory-protein-g-ureg-in-delivery-of-nickel-to-urease
#15
Till Myrach, Anting Zhu, Claus-Peter Witte
Urease is a ubiquitous nickel metalloenzyme. In plants, its activation requires three urease accessory proteins (UAPs), UreD, UreF, and UreG. In bacteria, the UAPs interact with urease and facilitate activation, which involves the channeling of two nickel ions into the active site. So far this process has not been investigated in eukaryotes. Using affinity pulldowns of Strep-tagged UAPs from Arabidopsis and rice transiently expressed in planta, we demonstrate that a urease-UreD-UreF-UreG complex exists in plants and show its stepwise assembly...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632114/enterococcus-crotali-sp-nov-isolated-from-faecal-material-of-a-timber-rattlesnake
#16
Richard W McLaughlin, Patricia Lynn Shewmaker, Anne M Whitney, Ben W Humrighouse, Ana C Lauer, Vladimir N Loparev, Christopher A Gulvik, P A Cochran, Scot E Dowd
A facultatively anaerobic, Gram-stain-positive bacterium, designated ETRF1T, was found in faecal material of a timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). Based on a comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, the isolate was assigned to the genus Enterococcus. The 16S rRNA gene sequence of strain ETRF1T showed >97 % similarity to that of the type strains of Enterococcus rotai, E. caccae, E. silesiacus, E haemoperoxidus, E. ureasiticus, E. moraviensis, E. plantarum, E. quebecensis, E. ureilyticus, E. termitis, E...
June 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618168/streptococcus-pyogenes-quinolinate-salvage-pathway-structural-and-functional-studies-of-quinolinate-phosphoribosyl-transferase-and-nh3-dependent-nad-synthetase
#17
William T Booth, Trevor L Morris, David P Mysona, Milan J Shah, Linda K Taylor, Taylor W Karlin, Kathryn Clary, Karolina A Majorek, Lesa R Offermann, Maksymilian Chruszcz
Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as Group A Strep (GAS), is an obligate human pathogen that is responsible for millions of infections and numerous deaths per year. Infection manifestations can range from simple, acute pharyngitis to more complex, necrotizing fasciitis. To date, most treatments for GAS infections involve the use of common antibiotics including tetracycline and clindamycin. Unfortunately, new strains have been identified that are resistant to these drugs, therefore, new targets must be identified to treat drug-resistant strains...
August 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602715/microstructure-dependent-binding-of-pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-pedf-to-type-i-collagen-fibrils
#18
Meagan Cauble, Phillip Yang, Ulrich Baumann, Jan M Gebauer, Bradford G Orr, Le T Duong, Mark M Banaszak Holl
Pigment epithelium derived factor (PEDF) is a multifunctional extracellular protein. In addition to its known anti-angiogenic and neurotrophic roles in collagen rich tissues, PEDF is thought to be involved in collagen fibril assembly due to its sequence specific binding to the collagen fibril and high expression in regions of active bone formation. In order to image the presence of the protein on the fibrils, PEDF was recombinantly made with a strep tag (strep-PEDF) and then gold nanoparticles conjugated to streptavidin (AuNP) were used as a secondary tag...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569141/disease-burden-and-antimicrobial-resistance-of-invasive-group-b-streptococcus-among-infants-in-china-a-protocol-for-a-national-prospective-observational-study
#19
Wenjing Ji, Haiying Liu, Zhengjiang Jin, Aimin Wang, Xiaoping Mu, Xiaosong Qin, Weidong Wang, Chunyan Gao, Yuning Zhu, Xiaodan Feng, Jine Lei, Shangyang She, Lan Jiang, Jing Liu, Shuhua Yang, Zeshi Liu, Gang Li, Qiuhong Li, Dawen Guo, Muhammad Majid Aziz, Ali Hassan Gillani, Yu Fang
BACKGROUND: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a cause of neonatal sepsis, pneumonia, and meningitis that can lead to neurological sequelae in infants less than 3 months of age. The GBS disease burden is not known in China, therefore it cannot receive major attention. The main objectives of this study are the evaluation of the incidence of neonatal GBS infection, GBS case-fatality ratio, its serotypes and genotypes, bacterial resistance, clinical treatment and outcomes in China. METHODS: We are conducting a nation-wide, population-based, multi-center, prospective, observational cohort study in China from May 2016 to December 2017...
May 31, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562551/final-diagnoses-and-probability-of-new-reason-for-encounter-at-an-urban-clinic-in-japan-a-4-year-observational-study
#20
Motoharu Fukushi, Yukishige Ishibashi, Naoki Nago
Past clinical data are not currently used to calculate pretest probabilities, as they have not been put into a database in clinical settings. This observational study was designed to determine the initial reasons for utilizing home visits or visits to an outpatient urban clinic in Japan.All family medical clinic outpatients and patients visited by the clinic (total = 11,688) over 1460 days were enrolled.We used a Bayes theorem-based clinical decision support system to analyze codes for initial reason-for-encounter (examination and final diagnosis: pretest probability) and final diagnosis of patients with fever (conditional pretest probability)...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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