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Campana Raffaella, Luca Casettari, Laura Fagioli, Marco Cespi, Giulia Bonacucina, Wally Baffone
Food safety is a fundamental concern for both consumers and the food industry, especially as the numbers of reported cases of food-associated infections continue to increase. Industrial surfaces can provide a suitable substrate for the development and persistence of bacterial organized in biofilms that represent a potential source of food contamination. The negative consumer perception of chemical disinfectants has shifted the attention to natural substances, such as plant extracts. The aim of this study was to investigate the possibility of using the essential oils (EOs) in the fight against S...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Xiaxia Meng, Dengwu Li, Dan Zhou, Dongmei Wang, Qiaoxiao Liu, Sufang Fan
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Juniperus rigida is used as Tibetan and Mongolian medicine in China for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, nephritis, brucellosis and other various inflammatory diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate antibacterial potential of essential oils from J. rigida leaves against Klebsiella pneumoniae and to examine its possible related mechanisms. The study was undertaken in order to scientifically validate the traditional use of J. rigida...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Faezeh Alihosseini, Shirzad Azarmi, Solmaz Ghaffari, Setareh Haghighat, Seyed Mahdi Rezayat Sorkhabadi
Purpose: This study was designed to investigate benefit of using nanotechnology on increasing of synergic antibacterial effect of natural and chemical antibacterial agents. Methods: At first the MIC and MBC of Curcumin and Ampicillin as selected antibacterial agents was determined, after that Solid Lipid Nanoparticles (SLNs) of each active ingredients as well as Curcumin-Ampicillin loaded SLNs were prepared using high pressure homogenization technique. Characterization of prepared SLNs was done, then MIC, MBC and contact killing time were investigated for Curcumin-Ampicillin loaded SLNs in comparison with free Curcumin and Ampicillin solutions as well as Ampicillin and Curcumin SLNs...
September 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Piera Rizzolo, Anna Sara Navazio, Valentina Silvestri, Virginia Valentini, Veronica Zelli, Ines Zanna, Giovanna Masala, Simonetta Bianchi, Marco Scarnò, Stefania Tommasi, Domenico Palli, Laura Ottini
Male breast cancer (MBC) is a rare disease. Due to its rarity, MBC research and clinical approach are mostly based upon data derived from its largely known female counterpart. We aimed at investigating whether MBC cases harbor somatic alterations of genes known as prognostic biomarkers and molecular therapeutic targets in female breast cancer.We examined 103 MBC cases, all characterized for germ-line BRCA1/2 mutations, for somatic alterations in PIK3CA, EGFR, ESR1 and CCND1 genes.Pathogenic mutations of PIK3CA were detected in 2% of MBCs...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Nick Beije, Wendy Onstenk, Jaco Kraan, Anieta M Sieuwerts, Paul Hamberg, Luc Y Dirix, Anja Brouwer, Felix E de Jongh, Agnes Jager, Caroline M Seynaeve, Ngoc M Van, John A Foekens, John W M Martens, Stefan Sleijfer
BACKGROUND: Preclinical and clinical studies have reported that human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) overexpression yields resistance to endocrine therapies. Here the prevalence and prognostic impact of HER2-positive circulating tumor cells (CTCs) were investigated retrospectively in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients with a HER2-negative primary tumor receiving endocrine therapy. Additionally, the prevalence and prognostic significance of HER2-positive CTCs were explored in a chemotherapy cohort, as well as the prognostic impact of the estrogen receptor (ER) CTC status in both cohorts...
October 17, 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Tianpei Huang, Xiaojuan Zhang, Jieru Pan, Xiaoyu Su, Xin Jin, Xiong Guan
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), one of the most successful biopesticides, may expand its potential by producing bacteriocins (thuricins). The aim of this study was to investigate the antimicrobial potential of a novel Bt bacteriocin, thuricin BtCspB, produced by Bt BRC-ZYR2. The results showed that this bacteriocin has a high similarity with cold-shock protein B (CspB). BtCspB lost its activity after proteinase K treatment; however it was active at 60 °C for 30 min and was stable in the pH range 5-7. The partial loss of activity after the treatments of lipase II and catalase were likely due to the change in BtCspB structure and the partial degradation of BtCspB, respectively...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zaleha Shafiei, Zubaidah Haji Abdul Rahim, Koshy Philip, Nalina Thurairajah
BACKGROUND: Plant extracts mixture (PEM) and its individual constituent plant extracts(Psidium sp., Mangifera sp., Mentha sp.) are known to have an anti-adhering effect towards oral bacteria in the single-species biofilm. To date, the adhering ability of the early and late plaque colonisers (Streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus mutans) to PEM-treated experimental pellicle have not been investigated in dual-species biofilms. METHODS: Fresh leaves of these plants were used in the preparation of the respective aqueous extract decoctions...
2016: PeerJ
Uhi Toh, Shuko Saku, Mina Okabe, Nobutaka Iwakuma, Yuko Kimitsuki, Momoko Akashi, Etsuyo Ogo, Akira Yamada, Shigeki Shichijo, Kyogo Itoh, Yoshito Akagi
Our previous phase II clinical trial showed that therapeutically selected personalized peptide vaccines(PPVs)were effective at boosting anticancer immunity; the immune response after PPV was associated with a clinical outcome as a prognostic factor for metastatic breast cancer(mBC). We conducted an early phase II study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new regimen using multiple peptide vaccines(KRM-19)for patients with metastatictriple -negative breast cancer. KRM-19 consisted of 19 mixed peptides chosen from the previously reported 31 PPVs according to their anti-tumor immunologiceffec ts and safety profiles for patients with mBC...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
H Y Shi, Q D Li, X Y Wan
Objective: To investigate the destructive effects of erythromycin on biofilm of MRSA and find the effect of erythromycin on QS related factors. Methods: Tested the MBC of erythromycin on MRSA.Established the model of biofilm.Erythromycin was added into the medium when bacteria were inoculated for 24 h. Tested the biofilm and collected the supernatant or serum of rat at 6, 12, 24, 48, 72 h and 7 d after adding erythromycin to detect the concentration of autoinducing peptides (AIP). Results: The MBC of the erythromycin on standard strains of MRSA was 256 g/L...
October 11, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Jianfei Fu, Lunpo Wu, Mengjie Jiang, Dan Li, Ting Jiang, Zhongwu Hong, Fan Wang, Shuguang Li
BACKGROUND: The features related to the prognosis of patients with mucinous breast cancer (MBC) remain controversial. We aimed to explore the prognostic factors of MBC and develop a nomogram for predicting survival outcomes. METHODS: The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database was searched to identify 139611 women with resectable breast cancer from 1990 to 2007. Survival curves were generated using Kaplan-Meier methods. The 5-year and 10-year cancer-specific survival (CSS) rates were calculated using the Life-Table method...
2016: PloS One
Saverio Cinieri, Arlene Chan, Kadri Altundag, An Vandebroek, Nicole Tubiana-Mathieu, Agusti Barnadas, Patricia Dodyk, Silvia Lazzarelli, Michiel Botha, Daniel Rauch, Gustavo Villanova, Ugur Coskun
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of 3 first-line chemotherapy combination regimens for HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer (mBC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this open-label, 3-arm, randomized phase II trial, patients were randomized to all-oral NORCAP (vinorelbine/capecitabine), GEMPAC (gemcitabine/paclitaxel), or GEMDOC (gemcitabine/docetaxel) as first-line chemotherapy for HER2-negative mBC. Stratification factors were center, previous (neo)adjuvant anthracycline, and age...
June 25, 2016: Clinical Breast Cancer
Anna Mularski, Jonathan Wilksch, Eric Hanssen, Jian Li, Takehiro Tomita, Sacha James Pidot, Tim Stinear, Frances Separovic, Dick Strugnell
Atomic force microscopy measurements of capsule thickness revealed that that the wild-type Klebsiella pneumoniae AJ218 capsular polysaccharides were rearranged by exposure to colistin. The increase in capsule thickness measured near minimum inhibitory/bactericidal concentration (MIC/MBC) is consistent with the idea that colistin displaces the divalent cations that cross-bridge adjacent lipopolysaccharide (LPS) molecules through the capsule network. Cryo-electron microscopy demonstrated that the measured capsule thickness at near MIC/MBC of 1...
October 17, 2016: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
Angela Volpe, Michele Pagano, Giuseppe Mascolo, Paola Grenni, Simona Rossetti
The degradation of two of the most frequently used UV-filters was investigated through microcosm studies. Marine sediments sampled from two sites in Italy (La Spezia harbour and Sarno river estuary, S1 and S2 respectively) were used to set up aerobic and anaerobic sets of reactors. The sediments were spiked with a methanol solution of 3-(4-methylbenzylidene)camphor (4-MBC) and 2-ethylhexyl 4-(dimethylamino)benzoate (EH-DPAB), at concentrations of either 25 or 50mgkg(-1) each. Methanol (6.3g/L) also served as an organic amendment and growth substrate for improving microbial activity...
October 14, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Kunal Zaveri, Kiranmayi Patnala
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of multi-drug resistance S. aureus is one most challenging task for treatment of nosocomial infections. Proteins and enzymes of peptidoglycan biosynthesis pathway are one among the well-studied targets, but many of the enzymes are unexplored as targets. MurE is one such enzyme featured to be a promising target. As MurE plays an important role in ligating the L-lys to stem peptide at third position that is crucial for peptidoglycan synthesis. OBJECTIVE: To screen the potential MurE inhibitor...
October 10, 2016: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
Chenglin Guo, Jiandong Mei, Chengwu Liu, Senyi Deng, Qiang Pu, Feng Lin, Lunxu Liu
BACKGROUND: Mediastinal bronchogenic cyst (MBC) is the most common primary cystic lesion of the mediastinum. This study aimed to investigate the efficacy and safety of video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) compared with posterolateral thoracotomy (PLT) for the treatment of MBCs in a large series. METHODS: Patients with MBCs who underwent surgical resection between August 2005 and December 2015 were identified from the electronic database of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, West China Hospital...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Emilio Fernández-Varón, Carlos Cárceles-García, Juan Manuel Serrano-Rodríguez, Carlos M Cárceles-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Bacterial pneumonia in goats is usually caused by Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida. Another important infection disease in lactating goats is intramammary infection producing mastitis, usually associated with coagulase-negative Staphylococcus spp. However, treatment of bacterial pneumonia in goats not affected by mastitis problems should be restricted to antimicrobials with scant penetration to milk in order to avoid long withdrawal times. Ceftiofur is a third-generation cephalosporin antimicrobial with activity against various gram-positive and gram-negative, aerobic and anaerobic bacteria encountered by domestic animals...
October 13, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Gerardo Colon-Otero, Scott A Van Wier, Greg J Ahmann, Esteban Braggio, Monica L Albertie, Jennifer A Weis, Sikander Ailawadhi, James R Cerhan, Prakash Vishnu, Matthew S Jorgensen, James M Foran, Colleen S Thomas, Rafael Fonseca
The translocation t(14;18)(q32;q21) (BCL-2/J(H)) is present in over 80 % of all follicular lymphomas and is detectable in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) of healthy individuals. The prevalence of this translocation has not been studied in African Americans (AAs). Given the higher incidence of follicular lymphomas in whites compared to AAs in the United States (USA), we hypothesized that the translocation prevalence in the blood of AAs would be lower. DNA was isolated from PBL from blood samples collected from participants from FL...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Hematology
Igor K Voukeng, Veronique P Beng, Victor Kuete
BACKGROUND: Infectious diseases due to multidrug-resistant bacteria are one of the causes of treatment failures contributing to an increase in mortality and/or morbidity. In this study, we evaluated the antibacterial potential of different parts of six medicinal plants namely Alstonia boonei, Ageratum conyzoides, Croton macrostachys, Cassia obtusifolia, Catharanthus roseus and Paullinia pinnata against a panel of 36 multi-drug resistant (MDR) Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. METHODS: Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) and Minimal Bactericidal Concentration (MBC) of the methanol extracts from different parts of the plants were determined using broth microdilution method; standard phytochemical methods were used for phytochemical screening...
October 10, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Christoph Rochlitz, Martin Bigler, Roger von Moos, Jürg Bernhard, Klazien Matter-Walstra, Andreas Wicki, Khalil Zaman, Sandro Anchisi, Marc Küng, Kyung-Jae Na, Daniela Bärtschi, Markus Borner, Tamara Rordorf, Daniel Rauch, Andreas Müller, Thomas Ruhstaller, Marcus Vetter, Andreas Trojan, Ursula Hasler-Strub, Richard Cathomas, Ralph Winterhalder
BACKGROUND: Adding bevacizumab to chemotherapy improves response rates and progression-free survival (PFS) in metastatic breast cancer (mBC). We aimed to demonstrate decreased toxicity with metronomic chemotherapy/bevacizumab compared with paclitaxel/bevacizumab. METHODS: This multicenter, randomized phase III trial compared bevacizumab with either paclitaxel (arm A) or daily oral capecitabine-cyclophosphamide (arm B) as first-line treatment in patients with HER2-negative advanced breast cancer...
October 10, 2016: BMC Cancer
Jianping Yang, Yongchun Zhao, Siming Ma, Binbin Zhu, Jun Ying Zhang, Chuguang Zheng
Novel magnetic biochars (MBC) were prepared by one step pyrolysis of FeCl3-laden biomass and employed for Hg0 removal in simulated combustion flue gas. The sample characterization indicated that highly dispersed Fe3O4 particles could be deposited on the MBC surface. Both enhanced surface area and excellent magnetization property were obtained. With the activation of FeCl3, more oxygen-rich functional groups were formed on the MBC, especially C=O group. The MBC exhibited far greater Hg0 removal performance compared to the non-magnetic biochar (NMBC) under N2+4%O2 atmosphere at a wide reaction temperature window (120-250 °C)...
October 10, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
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