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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647881/alterations-in-soil-microbial-communities-caused-by-treatments-with-penicillin-or-neomycin
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Qichun Zhang, Ouyang Kang, Salma Jabeen, Warren A Dick
Antibiotic residues in soils can lead to serious health risk and ecological hazards. In this study, the effects of penicillin and neomycin, two antibiotics widely used in animal production, were investigated on soil bacterial communities. Changes in the community structure were monitored using three 16S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) polymerase chain reaction-based approaches, including denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE), amplified rDNA restriction analysis (ARDRA), and terminal-restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) analysis...
June 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646898/prevalence-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-mycoplasma-genitalium-and-ureaplasma-urealyticum-infections-using-a-novel-isothermal-simultaneous-rna-amplification-testing-method-in-infertile-males
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Ling Qing, Qi-Xiang Song, Jian-Li Feng, Hai-Yan Li, Guiming Liu, Hai-Hong Jiang
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma genitalium and Ureaplasma urealyticum infections in infertile men that consulted our outpatient departments using a novel simultaneous amplification testing (SAT) that is RNA-detection based. The possible impact of C. trachomatis, N. gonorrhoeae, M. genitalium and U. urealyticum infections on semen parameters was also noted in the present study. METHODS: A total of 2607 males that were diagnosed with infertility were included in this study...
June 24, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646156/mahanine-exerts-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antileishmanial-activity-by-modulation-of-redox-homeostasis
#3
Saptarshi Roy, Devawati Dutta, Eswara M Satyavarapu, Pawan K Yadav, Chhabinath Mandal, Susanta Kar, Chitra Mandal
Earlier we have established a carbazole alkaloid (mahanine) isolated from an Indian edible medicinal plant as an anticancer agent with minimal effect on normal cells. Here we report for the first time that mahanine-treated drug resistant and sensitive virulent Leishmania donovani promastigotes underwent apoptosis through phosphatidylserine externalization, DNA fragmentation and cell cycle arrest. An early induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) suggests that the mahanine-induced apoptosis was mediated by oxidative stress...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645784/the-effect-of-antimicrobial-photodynamic-therapy-on-the-expression-of-novel-methicillin-resistance-markers-determined-using-cdna-aflp-approach-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#4
Mohammad Neshvan Hoorijani, Hosein Rostami, Maryam Pourhajibagher, Nasim Chiniforush, Mansour Heidari, Babak Pourakbari, Hossein Kazemian, Kambiz Davari, Vahid Amini, Reza Raoofian, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: Widespread methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and absence of effective antimicrobial agents has led to limited therapeutic options for treating MRSA infection. We aimed to evaluate the effect of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) on the expression of novel identified methicillin resistance markers (NIMRMs) in S. aureus using complementary DNA-Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (cDNA-AFLP) approaches to address the therapeutic alternatives for MRSA infections...
June 20, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645691/maternal-exposure-to-a-mixture-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-pops-affects-testis-histology-epididymal-sperm-count-and-induces-sperm-dna-fragmentation-in-mice
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Abdolrahman Khezri, Birgitte Lindeman, Anette K Krogenæs, Hanne F Berntsen, Karin E Zimmer, Erik Ropstad
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are widespread throughout the environment and some are suspected to induce reproductive toxicity. As animals and humans are exposed to complex mixtures of POPs, it is reasonable to assess how such mixtures could interact with the reproductive system. Our aim is to investigate how maternal exposure to a mixture of 29 different persistent organic pollutants, formulated to mimic the relative POP levels in the food basket of the Scandinavian population, could alter reproductive endpoints...
June 20, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645369/sequencing-dna-for-the-oxidatively-modified-base-8-oxo-7-8-dihydroguanine
#6
Aaron M Fleming, Yun Ding, Cynthia J Burrows
The DNA base guanine (G) can be oxidatively modified to 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (OG). Extraction of genomic DNA followed by nuclease digestion and mass spectrometry analysis has found OG is present at background levels of ~1 out of 10(6) Gs; however, this approach cannot determine the locations for the OGs in the genome. Thus, in this methods report, we outline three different methods (A, B, and C) for sequencing OG in DNA. Method A sequences OG by utilizing the base excision repair pathway to delete the OG nucleotide from the DNA that is then detected by Sanger sequencing as a deletion signature...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644690/advances-in-the-development-of-human-protein-microarrays
#7
Jessica Duarte, Jonathan M Blackburn
High-content protein microarrays in principle enable the functional interrogation of the human proteome in a broad range of applications, including biomarker discovery, profiling of immune responses, identification of enzyme substrates, and quantifying protein-small molecule, protein-protein and protein-DNA/RNA interactions. As with other microarrays, the underlying proteomic platforms are under active technological development and a range of different protein microarrays are now commercially available. However, deciphering the differences between these platforms to identify the most suitable protein microarray for the specific research question is not always straightforward...
June 23, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644573/characteristics-of-integrons-and-associated-gene-cassettes-in-antibiotic-resistant-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-free-ranging-food-animals-in-china
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Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Hui Zhang, Shucheng Huang, Muhammad Kashif Iqbal, Khalid Mehmood, Houqiang Luo, Jiakui Li
We investigated the occurrence of integrons in antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli strains isolated from free-ranging food animals, including yaks, piglets, and chickens, in China, and characterized the gene cassettes harbored within the integrons. We examined 432 E. coli strains that exhibited resistance to at least one class of antibiotics. Integrase genes and associated gene cassettes were characterized by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis, restriction fragment-length polymorphism, DNA sequencing, conjugation experiments, and plasmid analysis...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643448/post-conditioning-with-metformin-attenuates-apoptotic-events-in-cardiomyoblasts-associated-with-ischemic-reperfusion-injury
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Rajesh Ramachandran, Mini S
Ischemic post-conditioning is considered as a potent method to combat ischemic reperfusion injury than pre-conditioning since the latter is non predictive and risky. Rapid initiation of reperfusion with potent anti oxidant compound can be one of the most effective treatments to reduce the infract size and behavioural deficits as a result of ischemic insult. Apoptosis/Necrotic events undisputedly hold significant role in determining the fate of cardiomyocytes post ischemic injury but current studies are speculative regrading the role of post-conditioning in maintaining cellular homeostasis...
June 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643198/urokinase-plasminogen-activator-protects-cardiac-myocytes-from-oxidative-damage-and-apoptosis-via-hogg1-induction
#10
Philipp J Hohensinner, Nikol Takacs, Christoph Kaun, Barbara Thaler, Konstantin A Krychtiuk, Stefan Pfaffenberger, Arezu Aliabadi, Andreas Zuckermann, Kurt Huber, Johann Wojta
The role of uPA in tissue remodeling and cell migration is already well established. In addition, uPA was reported to stabilize p53, a key cell cycle control, DNA repair and apoptosis initiation protein. We aimed to determine the role of uPA-uPAR signaling towards cell survival or apoptosis in human adult cardiac myocytes (HACM). HACM were stimulated with uPA and DNA damage was inflicted by incubating cells with 200 µM H2O2. To analyze for apoptotic cells we applied TUNEL staining. Oxidative damage foci were analyzed by staining for 8-oxoguanine base pairs...
June 22, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641947/effectiveness-of-human-spermatozoa-biomarkers-as-indicators-of-structural-damage-during-cryopreservation
#11
María José Gómez-Torres, Llanos Medrano, Alejandro Romero, Pedro José Fernández-Colom, Jon Aizpurúa
Human spermatozoa cryopreservation techniques are used to maintain and protect male fertility in cases such as infertility and malignancy treatments. However, during cryopreservation, the spermatozoa's metabolic rate is reduced and they undergo dramatic functional and structural changes owing to exposure to cryoprotectants and freezing-thawing procedures. While the effects of cryopreservation on cells are documented, to date the induced cryodamage on structural and/or functional sperm biomarkers is not well established at multivariate scale...
June 19, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641501/hematological-characterizations-and-molecular-diagnostic-aspects-of-hb-wiangpapao-%C3%AE-44-ce2-pro%C3%A2-ser-%C3%AE-1-ccg-tcg-hba1-c-133c-t-a-new-%C3%AE-globin-variant-found-in-a-pregnant-thai-woman
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Sitthichai Panyasai, Sakorn Pornprasert
We report the hematological parameters and provide a rapid molecular analysis method for detection of Hb Wiangpapao [α44(CE2)Pro→Ser, CCG>TCG; HBA1: c.133C>T], a new α-globin variant found in a pregnant Thai woman. Her red cell indices were measured by an automated blood counter. The results were: red blood cell (RBC) count 4.03 × 10(12)/L, Hb 13.1 (g/dL), packed cell volume (PCV) 0.39 L/L, mean corpuscular volume (MCV) 97.0 fL, mean corpuscular hemoglobin (Hb) (MCH) 32.5 pg, mean corpuscular Hb concentration (MCHC) 33...
June 23, 2017: Hemoglobin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641368/glomerular-hyperfiltration-in-obese-african-american-hypertensive-patients-is-associated-with-elevated-urinary-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number
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Alfonso Eirin, Ahmed Saad, John R Woollard, Luis A Juncos, David A Calhoun, Hui Tang, Amir Lerman, Stephen C Textor, Lilach O Lerman
BACKGROUND: Glomerular hyperfiltration may contribute to the high incidence of renal disease in Obese African Americans essential hypertensive (ObAAEH) patients, but the precise mechanisms responsible for renal injury have not been elucidated. Mitochondria are important determinants of renal injury in hypertension, and increased levels of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in the urine may indicate renal mitochondrial injury. We hypothesized that urine mtDNA copy numbers would be higher in ObAAEH compared to Caucasian essential hypertensive (CEH) patients...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640891/baculoviral-delivery-of-crispr-cas9-facilitates-efficient-genome-editing-in-human-cells
#14
Sanne Hindriksen, Arne J Bramer, My Anh Truong, Martijn J M Vromans, Jasmin B Post, Ingrid Verlaan-Klink, Hugo J Snippert, Susanne M A Lens, Michael A Hadders
The CRISPR/Cas9 system is a highly effective tool for genome editing. Key to robust genome editing is the efficient delivery of the CRISPR/Cas9 machinery. Viral delivery systems are efficient vehicles for the transduction of foreign genes but commonly used viral vectors suffer from a limited capacity in the genetic information they can carry. Baculovirus however is capable of carrying large exogenous DNA fragments. Here we investigate the use of baculoviral vectors as a delivery vehicle for CRISPR/Cas9 based genome-editing tools...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639054/a-strong-relationship-between-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-dna-repair-genes
#15
Hakan Avci, Arzu Ergen, Elif Sinem Bireller, Baris Ertugrul, Bedia Cakmakoglu
Single nucleotide polymorphisms of DNA repair genes alter protein function and modulate DNA repair efficiency in various cancers. The X-ray repair cross-complementing group (XRCC) is responsible for the repair of DNA base damage and single-strand breaks. The aim of our study was to investigate the association of XRCC1 Arg399Gln and XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphisms with the susceptibility to develop oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) in Turkish subjects. One hundred eleven patients with OSCC and 148 healthy controls were recruited for the study...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637346/an-ion-beam-induced-arabidopsis-mutant-with-marked-chromosomal-rearrangement
#16
Ayako N Sakamoto, Vo Thi Thuong Lan, Satoru Fujimoto, Sachihiro Matsunaga, Atsushi Tanaka
Ion beams have been used as an effective tool in mutation breeding for the creation of crops with novel characteristics. Recent analyses have revealed that ion beams induce large chromosomal alterations, in addition to small mutations comprising base changes or frameshifts. In an effort to understand the potential capability of ion beams, we analyzed an Arabidopsis mutant possessing an abnormal genetic trait. The Arabidopsis mutant uvh3-2 is hypersensitive to UVB radiation when photoreactivation is unavailable...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637089/sperm-dna-damage-measured-by-sperm-chromatin-structure-assay-in-men-with-a-history-of-undescended-testes
#17
J van Brakel, M Dinkelman-Smit, S M P F de Muinck Keizer-Schrama, F W J Hazebroek, G R Dohle
The aim of this study was to compare sperm DNA damage between men with a history of congenital undescended testis (UDT) and men with a history of acquired UDT. A long-term follow-up study of men with previous UDT was performed. Fifty men with congenital UDT who had undergone orchiopexy at childhood age, 49 men with acquired UDT after a 'wait-and-see'-protocol (e.g. awaiting spontaneous descent until puberty and perform an orchiopexy in case of non-decent), and 22 healthy proven fertile men were included. The DNA fragmentation index (DFI) using sperm chromatin structure assay (SCSA) was used to express the level of sperm DNA damage...
June 21, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635610/chemical-components-antioxidant-potential-and-hepatoprotective-effects-of-artemisia-campestris-essential-oil-against-deltamethrin-induced-genotoxicity-and-oxidative-damage-in-rats
#18
Mongi Saoudi, Marwa Ncir, Manel Ben Ali, Malek Grati, Kamel Jamoussi, Noureddine Allouche, Abdelfattah El Feki
In the present study, we evaluated the antioxidant potential of Artemisia campestris essential oil (ACEO) and the possible protective effects against deltamethrin induced hepatic toxic effects. The ACEO showed radical scavenging activity with IC50 = 47.66 ± 2.51 µg/ml, ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) potential (EC50 = 5.36 ± 0.77 µg/ml), superoxide scavenging activity (IC50 = 0.175 ± 0.007 µg/ml) and ˙OH scavenging activity (IC50 = 0.034 ± 0.007 µg/ml). The obtained results of phenolic profile demonstrated that phenolic compounds are the major contributor to the antioxidant activity of ACEO...
July 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634866/differential-chromosomal-organization-between-saguinus-midas-and-saguinus-bicolor-with-accumulation-of-differences-the-repetitive-sequence-dna
#19
Dayane Martins Barbosa Serfaty, Natália Dayane Moura Carvalho, Maria Claudia Gross, Marcelo Gordo, Carlos Henrique Schneider
Saguinus is the largest and most complex genus of the subfamily Callitrichinae, with 23 species distributed from the south of Central America to the north of South America with Saguinus midas having the largest geographical distribution while Saguinus bicolor has a very restricted one, affected by the population expansion in the state of Amazonas. Considering the phylogenetic proximity of the two species along with evidence on the existence of hybrids between them, as well as cytogenetic studies on Saguinus describing a conserved karyotypic macrostructure, we carried out a physical mapping of DNA repeated sequences in the mitotic chromosome of both species, since these sequences are less susceptible to evolutionary pressure and possibly perform an important function in speciation...
June 20, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634855/alpha-linolenic-acid-decreases-apoptosis-and-oxidized-phospholipids-in-cardiomyocytes-during-ischemia-reperfusion
#20
Riya Ganguly, Devin Hasanally, Aleksandra Stamenkovic, Thane G Maddaford, Rakesh Chaudhary, Grant N Pierce, Amir Ravandi
The omega-3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid (ALA) found in plant-derived foods induces significant cardiovascular benefits when ingested. ALA may be cardioprotective during ischemia; however, the mechanism(s) responsible for this effect is unknown. Isolated adult rat cardiomyocytes were exposed to medium containing ALA for 24 h and then exposed to non-ischemic (control), simulated ischemia (ISCH), or simulated ischemia/reperfusion (IR) conditions. Cardiomyocyte phospholipids were extracted and analyzed by an HPLC/electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry system...
June 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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