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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230790/influence-of-chitosan-swelling-behaviour-on-controlled-release-of-tenofovir-from-mucoadhesive-vaginal-systems-for-prevention-of-sexual-transmission-of-hiv
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Fernando Notario-Pérez, Araceli Martín-Illana, Raúl Cazorla-Luna, Roberto Ruiz-Caro, Luis-Miguel Bedoya, Aitana Tamayo, Juan Rubio, María-Dolores Veiga
The main challenges facing efforts to prevent the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are the lack of access to sexual education services and sexual violence against young women and girls. Vaginal formulations for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections are currently gaining importance in drug development. Vaginal mucoadhesive tablets can be developed by including natural polymers that have good binding capacity with mucosal tissues, such as chitosan or guar gum, semisynthetic polymers such as hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, or synthetic polymers such as Eudragit(®) RS...
February 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230522/multinational-outbreak-of-travel-related-salmonella-chester-infections-in-europe-summers-2014-and-2015
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Laure Fonteneau, Nathalie Jourdan Da Silva, Laetitia Fabre, Philip Ashton, Mia Torpdahl, Luise Müller, Brahim Bouchrif, Abdellah El Boulani, Eleni Valkanou, Wesley Mattheus, Ingrid Friesema, Silvia Herrera Leon, Carmen Varela Martínez, Joël Mossong, Ettore Severi, Kathie Grant, François-Xavier Weill, Céline M Gossner, Sophie Bertrand, Tim Dallman, Simon Le Hello
Between 2014 and 2015, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control was informed of an increase in numbers of Salmonella enterica serotype Chester cases with travel to Morocco occurring in six European countries. Epidemiological and microbiological investigations were conducted. In addition to gathering information on the characteristics of cases from the different countries in 2014, the epidemiological investigation comprised a matched case-case study involving French patients with salmonellosis who travelled to Morocco that year...
February 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229839/-the-impact-of-electronic-monitoring-on-healthcare-associated-infections-the-role-of-the-hvital-platform
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Rita Fontes Oliveira, Lídia Castro, José Pedro Almeida, Carlos Alves, António Ferreira
INTRODUCTION: In Portugal, 9.8% of patients admitted were inflicted with healthcare associated infections, corresponding to a prevalence of 11.7%. The Hospital de São João has developed a business intelligence platform able to supervise (the patients), monitor (the clinical condition) and notify (the healthcare personnel): HViTAL. This study aims to assess the impact of electronic monitoring on healthcare associated infections since the year of HViTAL implementation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We evaluated data since January 2008 (moment from which computerized records exist) until December 2011, comparing them with subsequent data, those corresponding to January 2012 (implementation date of HViTAL) until 19 October 2015...
November 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229276/effects-of-chlorella-vulgaris-on-tumor-growth-in-mammary-tumor-bearing-balb-c-mice-discussing-association-of-an-immune-suppressed-protumor-microenvironment-with-serum-ifn%C3%AE-and-igg-decrease-and-spleen-igg-potentiation
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Ahad Khalilnezhad, Elham Mahmoudian, Nariman Mosaffa, Ali Anissian, Mohsen Rashidi, Davar Amani
PURPOSE: Chlorella vulgaris (CV) has exhibited immune-enhancing and protective activities against cancer and infections. However, there is an increasing concern about the use of Chlorella species in human, regarding its various molecules with antigenic features found in infectious microorganisms. Our goal was to investigate the impact of higher concentrations of CV on tumor growth in spontaneous mouse mammary tumor (SMMT) models. METHODS: Balb/c mice were daily given CV powder at doses of 0, 200, or 300 mg/kg for 42 days (CONTROL, CV200, and CV300 groups, respectively; n = 6/group)...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229048/anaplasma-phagocytophilum-infection-subverts-carbohydrate-metabolic-pathways-in-the-tick-vector-ixodes-scapularis
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Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Pilar Alberdi, James J Valdés, Margarita Villar, José de la Fuente
The obligate intracellular pathogen, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, is the causative agent of human, equine, and canine granulocytic anaplasmosis and tick-borne fever (TBF) in ruminants. A. phagocytophilum has become an emerging tick-borne pathogen in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia, with increasing numbers of infected people and animals every year. It has been recognized that intracellular pathogens manipulate host cell metabolic pathways to increase infection and transmission in both vertebrate and invertebrate hosts...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228595/hepatitis-c-virus-specific-t-cell-receptor-mrna-engineered-human-t-cells-impact-of-antigen-specificity-on-functional-properties
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Anangi Balasiddaiah, Haleh Davanian, Soo Aleman, Anna Pasetto, Lars Frelin, Matti Sällberg, Volker Lohmann, Sarene Koh, Antonio Bertoletti, Margaret Chen
Therapy with genetically modified autologous T cells has shown great promise in cancer therapy. For an efficient control of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, cytotoxic T cells (CTL) are pivotal but persistence of activated T cells may lead to liver toxicity. Here, anti-HCV T cell receptors (TCRs) recognising the HCV non-structural (NS) NS3 or NS5 viral peptide target were examined by mRNA transfection of human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) derived from healthy donors as well as chronically infected HCV patients...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228588/investigation-of-the-role-of-protein-kinase-d-in-human-rhinovirus-replication
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Anabel Guedán, Dawid Swieboda, Mark Charles, Marie Toussaint, Sebastian L Johnston, Amin Asfor, Anusha Panjwani, Tobias J Tuthill, Henry Danahay, Tony Raynham, Aurelie Mousnier, Roberto Solari
Picornavirus replication is known to cause extensive remodelling of Golgi and endoplasmic reticulum membranes and a number of the host proteins involved in the viral replication complex have been identified, including oxysterol binding protein (OSBP) and phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase III beta (PI4KB). Since both OSBP and PI4KB are substrates for protein kinase D (PKD) and PKD is known to be involved in the control of Golgi vesicular and lipid transport, we hypothesised that PKD played a role in viral replication...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228493/hepatitis-e-virus-detection-and-quantification-by-an-rt-qpcr-assay-calibrated-to-the-world-health-organization-standard-for-hev-rna
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Jeffrey J Germer, Irina Ankoudinova, Yevgeniy S Belousov, Walt Mahoney, Chen Dong, Jihong Meng, Jayawant N Mandrekar, Joseph D Yao
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) has emerged as a cause of chronic hepatitis among immunocompromised patients. Molecular assays have become important tools for the diagnosis and management of these chronically-infected patients. A reverse transcription, real-time PCR (RT-qPCR) assay utilizing Pleiades probe chemistry and an RNA internal control for simultaneous detection and quantification of HEV RNA in human serum was developed based on adaptation of a previously described and broadly reactive primer set targeting the overlapping open reading frame (ORF) 2/3 nucleotide sequence of HEV...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228200/complex-ventral-hernia-repair-with-acellular-dermal-matrices-clinical-and-quality-of-life-outcomes
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John Scott Roth, Amanda Zachem, Margaret A Plymale, Daniel L Davenport
Acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) are used in conjunction with complex hernia repair, but their efficacy is often debated. This study assesses clinical and quality of life (QOL) outcomes in multiply comorbid patients undergoing complex ventral hernia repair using ADMs. After obtaining institutional review board approval, a prospective study was conducted evaluating patients undergoing complex ventral incisional hernia repair with abdominal wall reconstruction (AWR) using either human (Flex HD) or porcine ADM (Strattice)...
February 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228179/serological-evidence-of-lyssavirus-infection-among-bats-in-nagaland-a-north-eastern-state-in-india
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R S Mani, D P Dovih, M A Ashwini, B Chattopadhyay, P K Harsha, K M Garg, S Sudarshan, R Puttaswamaiah, U Ramakrishnan, S N Madhusudana
Bats are known to be reservoirs of several medically important viruses including lyssaviruses. However, no systematic surveillance for bat rabies has been carried out in India, a canine rabies endemic country with a high burden of human rabies. Surveillance for rabies virus (RABV) infection in bats was therefore carried out in Nagaland, a north-eastern state in India at sites with intense human-bat interfaces during traditional bat harvests. Brain tissues and sera from bats were tested for evidence of infection due to RABV...
February 23, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228149/fasciolopsis-buski-digenea-fasciolidae-from-china-and-india-may-represent-distinct-taxa-based-on-mitochondrial-and-nuclear-ribosomal-dna-sequences
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Jun Ma, Miao-Miao Sun, Jun-Jun He, Guo-Hua Liu, Lin Ai, Mu-Xin Chen, Xing-Quan Zhu
BACKGROUND: Fasciolopsis buski is a zoonotic intestinal fluke infecting humans and pigs, but it has been seriously neglected. It is yet to know whether there is any genetic diversity among F. buski from different geographical locations, particularly in sequences of nuclear ribosomal DNA (rDNA) and mitochondrial (mt) DNA. Therefore, we determined the sequences of partial 18S, the complete internal transcribed spacer (ITS) rDNA and the complete mt genome of F. buski from China, compared the rDNA and mtDNA sequences with those of isolates from India and Vietnam, and assessed the phylogenetic relationships of this fluke and related fasciolid trematodes based on the mtDNA dataset...
February 22, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226554/effects-of-a-non-thermal-plasma-needle-device-on-hpv-16-positive-cervical-cancer-cell-viability-in-vitro
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Hollie A Ryan, Johanna Neuber, Shutong Song, Stephen J Beebe, Chunqi Jiang, Hollie A Ryan, Johanna Neuber, Shutong Song, Stephen J Beebe, Chunqi Jiang, Shutong Song, Johanna Neuber, Chunqi Jiang, Stephen J Beebe, Hollie A Ryan
Non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma has been demonstrated to inactivate a wide range of surface-dwelling pathogenic microorganisms including airborne viral particles, vegetative bacteria and bacterial spores. This shows the promise of plasma-based decontamination procedures for broad-spectrum sterilization and disinfection and promotes the in-depth and systematic study of how plasma treatment conditions relate to pathogen inactivation efficiency. A wide knowledge gap nonetheless exists regarding whether certain plasma parameters and exposure conditions can alter the resistance of virus-linked cancer cells to treatment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225820/analysis-of-spatial-mobility-in-subjects-from-a-dengue-endemic-urban-locality-in-morelos-state-mexico
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Jorge Abelardo Falcón-Lezama, René Santos-Luna, Susana Román-Pérez, Ruth Aralí Martínez-Vega, Marco Arieli Herrera-Valdez, Ángel Fernando Kuri-Morales, Ben Adams, Pablo Antonio Kuri-Morales, Malaquías López-Cervantes, José Ramos-Castañeda
INTRODUCTION: Mathematical models and field data suggest that human mobility is an important driver for Dengue virus transmission. Nonetheless little is known on this matter due the lack of instruments for precise mobility quantification and study design difficulties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We carried out a cohort-nested, case-control study with 126 individuals (42 cases, 42 intradomestic controls and 42 population controls) with the goal of describing human mobility patterns of recently Dengue virus-infected subjects, and comparing them with those of non-infected subjects living in an urban endemic locality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225480/nmda-receptor-subunit-and-camkii-changes-in-rat-hippocampus-by-congenital-hcmv-infection-a-mechanism-for-learning-and-memory-impairment
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De Wu, Li Yang, Xiaosong Bu, Jiulai Tang, Xiaocheng Fan
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of congenital human cytomegalovirus infection on the expression levels of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NRs) and Ca/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) in the hippocampal neurons of neonatal Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. Pregnant SD rats were divided into an experimental group and a control group (n=10 in each group). Spatial learning and memory of the offspring of SD rats were evaluated using the Morris water-maze test. Pathological studies of hippocampus sections were carried out...
February 20, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225338/potential-biomarkers-associated-with-discrimination-between-latent-and-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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R Kamakia, S Kiazyk, J Waruk, A Meyers, J Ochanda, T B Ball, J Oyugi
SETTING: A third of the world's population has latent tuberculous infection (LTBI). Current TB diagnostics used in developing countries are ineffective and are unable to distinguish LTBI from active TB. Identifying biomarkers that could aid in the early detection of TB and in distinguishing TB states could be a major breakthrough in global TB control. OBJECTIVE: To identify potential immune biomarkers to distinguish active TB from LTBI. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 19 active TB patients, 8 TB-negative individuals (controls) and 16 LTBI non-human immunodeficiency virus infected individuals in Nairobi, Kenya...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224433/association-of-hla-alleles-a-b-drb1-and-hiv-1-infection-in-the-han-population-of-hubei-china
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Wang-Xia Li, Jia-An Xia, Xia Zhou, Yan Ma, Gang Shen, Feng-Wu Qiu
The HIV susceptibility and resistance alleles in the HLA genes were determined by investigating the distribution characteristics of the HLA alleles (A, B, and DRB1) in HIV-infected individuals of the Han population in Hubei, and by comparing these alleles with HIV-negative individuals from the same area. A cohort of 424 HIV-1 infected individuals were chosen as study subjects, and 836 HIV-negative healthy subjects from the same area served as the control population. HLA-A, B, and DRB1 allele typing was performed using polymerase chain reaction-sequence-specific oligonucleotide probes (PCR-SSOP) and polymerase chain reaction-sequencing based typing (PCR-SBT) techniques...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224117/perc-manipulates-metabolism-and-surface-antigens-in-enteropathogenic-escherichia-coli
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Jay L Mellies, Amy Platenkamp, Jossef Osborn, Lily Ben-Avi
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli is an important cause of profuse, watery diarrhea in infants living in developing regions of the world. Typical strains of EPEC (tEPEC) possess a virulence plasmid, while related clinical isolates that lack the pEAF plasmid are termed atypical EPEC (aEPEC). tEPEC and aEPEC tend to cause acute vs. more chronic type infections, respectively. The pEAF plasmid encodes an attachment factor as well as a regulatory operon, perABC. PerC, a poorly understood regulator, was previously shown to regulate expression of the type III secretion system through Ler...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223826/arhgap1-overexpression-inhibits-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-of-c-33a-and-siha-cell-lines
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Jun-Ping Li, Yang Liu, Yi-Hua Yin
ARHGAP1, also known as RhoGAP, RhoGAP1, CDC42GAP and p50rhoGAP, is officially named Ras homology (Rho) GTPase-activating protein 1, which is one of the key members of RhoGAPs. Growing evidences demonstrate that several RhoGAPs are suppressed or downregulated in cancers. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore the effects of ARHGAP1 on cervical carcinoma cells. The human cervical carcinoma cells C-33A and SiHa were transduced with lentivirus targeting ARHGAP1 (lenti-ARHGAP1). Cellular proliferation, migration and invasion assays, as well as quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and Western blot assays, were performed in the control, negative control (infected with lentivirus) and ARHGAP1+-infected groups...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223498/attenuated-pfspz-vaccine-induces-strain-transcending-t-cells-and-durable-protection-against-heterologous-controlled-human-malaria-infection
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Kirsten E Lyke, Andrew S Ishizuka, Andrea A Berry, Sumana Chakravarty, Adam DeZure, Mary E Enama, Eric R James, Peter F Billingsley, Anusha Gunasekera, Anita Manoj, Minglin Li, Adam J Ruben, Tao Li, Abraham G Eappen, Richard E Stafford, Natasha Kc, Tooba Murshedkar, Floreliz H Mendoza, Ingelise J Gordon, Kathryn L Zephir, LaSonji A Holman, Sarah H Plummer, Cynthia S Hendel, Laura Novik, Pamela J M Costner, Jamie G Saunders, Nina M Berkowitz, Barbara J Flynn, Martha C Nason, Lindsay S Garver, Matthew B Laurens, Christopher V Plowe, Thomas L Richie, Barney S Graham, Mario Roederer, B Kim Lee Sim, Julie E Ledgerwood, Stephen L Hoffman, Robert A Seder
A live-attenuated malaria vaccine, Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite vaccine (PfSPZ Vaccine), confers sterile protection against controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) with Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) parasites homologous to the vaccine strain up to 14 mo after final vaccination. No injectable malaria vaccine has demonstrated long-term protection against CHMI using Pf parasites heterologous to the vaccine strain. Here, we conducted an open-label trial with PfSPZ Vaccine at a dose of 9.0 × 10(5) PfSPZ administered i...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223380/vitamin-k3-induces-the-expression-of-the-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-smevwx-multidrug-efflux-pump
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P Blanco, F Corona, M B Sánchez, J L Martínez
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is an opportunistic pathogen, with increasing prevalence, able to cause infections in immunocompromised patients or in those with a previous pathology. The treatment of the infections caused by this bacterium is often complicated due to the several intrinsic antibiotic resistance mechanisms that it presents. Multidrug efflux pumps are among the best studied mechanisms of S. maltophilia antibiotic resistance. Some of these efflux pumps have a basal expression level but, in general, their expression is often low and only reaches high levels when the local regulator is mutated or bacteria are in the presence of an effector...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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