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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089718/cathelicidin-antimicrobial-peptide-from-alligator-mississippiensis-has-antibacterial-activity-against-multi-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumanii-and-klebsiella-pneumoniae
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Stephanie M Barksdale, Evelyn J Hrifko, Monique L van Hoek
Alligator mississippiensis (American alligator), a member of order Crocodilia, lives in bacteria-laden environments but is not often known to succumb to bacterial infections. Their serum has been shown to have antibacterial activity beyond that of human serum, and it is believed that this activity is partially due to cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs). CAMPs are produced by many organisms as part of the innate immune system. CAMPs are attractive possible therapies against multi-drug resistant bacteria, such as those found in biofilm-infected war wounds, because they seldom cause genetic resistance in bacteria and are effective against antibiotic resistant bacteria...
January 12, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088585/nocardiosis-in-south-of-france-during-the-last-ten-years
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Delphine Haussaire, Pierre-Edouard Fournier, Karamoko Djiguiba, Valerie Moal, Tristan Legris, Rajsingh Purgus, Jeremy Bismuth, Xavier Elharrar, Martine Reynaud-Gaubert, Henri Vacher-Coponat
BACKGROUND: Nocardiosis is a rare disease with polymorphic presentations. Epidemiology and clinical presentation could change with the increasing number of immunocompromised patients. METHODS: Medical records and microbiologic data for patients affected by nocardiosis and treated in the university hospital of Marseille between 2004 and 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: We analyzed 34 patients infected by Nocardia spp during this period...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079882/stability-of-the-cancer-target-ddias-is-regulated-by-the-chip-hsp70-pathway-in-lung-cancer-cells
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Kyoung-Jae Won, Joo-Young Im, Bo-Kyung Kim, Hyun Seung Ban, Young-Jin Jung, Kyeong Eun Jung, Misun Won
DNA damage-induced apoptosis suppressor (DDIAS) rescues lung cancer cells from apoptosis in response to DNA damage. DDIAS is transcriptionally activated by NFATc1 and EGF-mediated ERK5/MEF2B, leading to cisplatin resistance and cell invasion. Therefore, DDIAS is suggested as a therapeutic target for lung cancer. Here, we report that DDIAS stability is regulated by E3 U-box ubiquitin ligase carboxyl terminus of HSP70-interacting protein (CHIP)-mediated proteasomal degradation. We first isolated CHIP as an interacting partner of DDIAS by yeast two-hybrid screening...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077809/cytotoxic-steroids-from-the-vietnamese-soft-coral-sinularia-conferta
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Ninh Thi Ngoc, Pham Thi Mai Huong, Nguyen Van Thanh, Nguyen Thi Phuong Chi, Nguyen Hai Dang, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Nguyen Hoai Nam, Do Cong Thung, Phan Van Kiem, Chau Van Minh
Twelve steroids, including five new compounds 1-5, were isolated and structurally elucidated from a methanol extract of the Vietnamese soft coral Sinularia conferta. Their cytotoxic effects against three human cancer cell lines, lung carcinoma (A-549), cervical adenocarcinoma (Hela), and pancreatic epithelioid carcinoma (PANC-1), were evaluated using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazolyl-2)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assays. Among isolated compounds, 10 exhibited potent cytotoxic effects on all three tested cell lines with IC50 values of 3...
January 12, 2017: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077517/two-phase-hospital-associated-outbreak-of-mycobacterium-abscessus-investigation-and-mitigation
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Arthur W Baker, Sarah S Lewis, Barbara D Alexander, Luke F Chen, Richard J Wallace, Barbara A Brown-Elliott, Pamela J Isaacs, Lisa C Pickett, Chetan B Patel, Peter K Smith, John M Reynolds, Jill Engel, Cameron R Wolfe, Carmelo A Milano, Jacob N Schroder, Robert D Davis, Matthew G Hartwig, Jason E Stout, Nancy Strittholt, Eileen K Maziarz, Jennifer Horan Saullo, Kevin C Hazen, Richard J Walczak, Ravikiran Vasireddy, Sruthi Vasireddy, Celeste M McKnight, Deverick J Anderson, Daniel J Sexton
BACKGROUND: Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) commonly colonize municipal water and cause healthcare-associated outbreaks. We investigated a biphasic outbreak of Mycobacterium abscessus at a tertiary care hospital. METHODS: Case patients had recent hospital exposure and laboratory-confirmed colonization or infection with M. abscessus from January 2013 through December 2015. We conducted a multidisciplinary epidemiologic, field, and laboratory investigation. RESULTS: The incidence rate of M...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074712/high-throughput-whole-genome-sequencing-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-from-cell-culture-materials-and-clinical-specimens-using-next-generation-sequencing-technology
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Jianqiang Zhang, Ying Zheng, Xiao-Qin Xia, Qi Chen, Sarah A Bade, Kyoung-Jin Yoon, Karen M Harmon, Phillip C Gauger, Rodger G Main, Ganwu Li
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies have increasingly played crucial roles in biological and medical research, but are not yet in routine use in veterinary diagnostic laboratories. We developed and applied a procedure for high-throughput RNA sequencing of Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) from cell culture-derived isolates and clinical specimens. Ten PRRSV isolates with known sequence information, 2 mixtures each with 2 different PRRSV isolates, and 51 clinical specimens (19 sera, 16 lungs, and 16 oral fluids) with various PCR threshold cycle (Ct) values were subjected to nucleic acid extraction, cDNA library preparation (24-plexed), and sequencing...
January 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073835/mechanosensitive-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4-regulates-dermatophagoides-farinae-induced-airway-remodeling-via-2-distinct-pathways-modulating-matrix-synthesis-and-degradation
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Farai Gombedza, Vinay Kondeti, Nosayba Al-Azzam, Stephanie Koppes, Ernest Duah, Prachi Patil, Madison Hexter, Daniel Phillips, Charles K Thodeti, Sailaja Paruchuri
Contributions of mechanical signals to airway remodeling during asthma are poorly understood. Transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4), a mechanosensitive ion channel, has been implicated in cardiac and pulmonary fibrosis; however, its role in asthma remains elusive. Employing a Dermatophagoides farinae-induced asthma model, we report here that TRPV4 knockout mice were protected from D. farinae-induced airway remodeling. Furthermore, lung fibroblasts that were isolated from TRPV4 knockout mice showed diminished differentiation potential compared with wild-type mice...
January 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073359/whole-transcriptome-analysis-of-pre-invasive-and-invasive-early-squamous-lung-carcinoma-in-archival-laser-microdissected-samples
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Andre Koper, Leo A H Zeef, Leena Joseph, Keith Kerr, John Gosney, Mark A Lindsay, Richard Booton
BACKGROUND: Preinvasive squamous cell cancer (PSCC) are local transformations of bronchial epithelia that are frequently observed in current or former smokers. Their different grades and sizes suggest a continuum of dysplastic change with increasing severity, which may culminate in invasive squamous cell carcinoma (ISCC). As a consequence of the difficulty in isolating cancerous cells from biopsies, the molecular pathology that underlies their histological variability remains largely unknown...
January 10, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071703/mammary-extracellular-matrix-directs-differentiation-of-testicular-and-embryonic-stem-cells-to-form-functional-mammary-glands-in-vivo
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Robert D Bruno, Jodie M Fleming, Andrea L George, Corinne A Boulanger, Pepper Schedin, Gilbert H Smith
Previously, we demonstrated the ability of the normal mammary microenvironment (niche) to direct non-mammary cells including testicular and embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to adopt a mammary epithelial cell (MEC) fate. These studies relied upon the interaction of transplanted normal MECs with non-mammary cells within the mammary fat-pads of recipient mice that had their endogenous epithelium removed. Here, we tested whether acellular mammary extracellular matrix (mECM) preparations are sufficient to direct differentiation of testicular-derived cells and ESCs to form functional mammary epithelial trees in vivo...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068637/assembling-of-multifunctional-latex-based-hybrid-nanocarriers-from-calotropis-gigantea-for-sustained-doxorubicin-dox-releases
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Periyakaruppan Pradeepkumar, Dharman Govindaraj, Murugaraj Jeyaraj, Murugan A Munusamy, Mariappan Rajan
Natural rubber Latex (Lax) is a colloidal dispersion of polymer particles in liquid and shows good biodegradable, biocompatibility, and non-toxicity. Natural polymers are the most important materials used in food packaging, micro/nano-drug delivery, tissue engineering, agriculture, and coating. In the present study, natural compounds extracted from plant Lax were designed to function as drug carriers using various surfactants via emulation and solvent evaporation method. Calotropis gigantea belongs to the family Apocynaceae and has received considerable attention in modern medicine, ayurvedeic, siddha, and traditional medicine...
January 6, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066612/elevated-hotair-expression-associated-with-cisplatin-resistance-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
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Ming-Yue Liu, Xi-Qing Li, Tian-Hui Gao, Yao Cui, Ning Ma, Yun Zhou, Guo-Jun Zhang
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the mechanism of drug resistance in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. We specifically studied whether long noncoding RNAs influence drug resistance in NSCLC to discover new therapeutic targets to increase the survival rate of drug-resistant NSCLC patients. METHODS: Tissue samples were collected from NSCLC patients, and total RNA was isolated for assessment of HOTAIR expression and drug resistance status. MTT assays, tumor sphere formation assays, and western blot were performed to cytologically determine the relationship between HOTAIR expression and cisplatin resistance, as well as to elucidate the potential molecular mechanism involved...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063900/smoker-extracellular-vesicles-influence-status-of-human-bronchial-epithelial-cells
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Amélie Héliot, Yann Landkocz, Françoise Roy Saint-Georges, Pierre Gosset, Sylvain Billet, Pirouz Shirali, Dominique Courcot, Perrine J Martin
Cigarette smoking is a habit that has spread all over the world and is a significant risk factor for many diseases including cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and lung cancer. Evaluation and understanding of tobacco health effects are of major interest worldwide and answer to important societal concerns. Identification of new biomarkers of exposure to tobacco smoke potentially implicated in COPD or lung carcinogenesis would allow a better observation of tobacco exposed population, thanks to screening establishment at reversible stages of pathological processes...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063416/nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infection-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-single-center-experience-in-south-korea
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Doo-Ho Lim, Yong-Gil Kim, Tae Sun Shim, Kyung-Wook Jo, Byeongzu Ghang, Soo Min Ahn, Seokchan Hong, Chang-Keun Lee, Bin Yoo
Background/Aims: Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection has been increasing worldwide in both general population and immunocompromised patients, which has also been reported in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. This study aimed to identify the incidence and clinical characteristics of NTM infection in RA patients living in tuberculosis (TB) infection endemic area. Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of NTM infection cases in our RA registry at a tertiary referral center from January 1995 to December 2013...
January 6, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063403/lat-alleviates-th2-treg-imbalance-in-an-ova-induced-allergic-asthma-mouse-model-through-lat-plc-%C3%AE-1-interaction
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Xi Chen, Xiao-Ming Li, Wen Gu, Di Wang, Yi Chen, Xue-Jun Guo
INTRODUCTION: Low expression of linker for activation of T cells (LAT) is observed in asthma. LAT and its downstream regulator, phospholipase C-gamma 1 (PLC-γ1) play important roles in the T cell antigen receptor signaling pathway, and their interaction is associated with CD4(+) cell polarization. Here, we investigated whether LAT can alleviate the imbalance among CD4(+) cell subgroups and the possible mechanism. METHODS: An ovalbumin-induced allergic asthma mouse model was established and LAT plasmid was delivered...
January 4, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063046/messenger-rna-sequencing-of-rare-cell-populations-in-the-lung-and-lung-draining-lymph-nodes
#15
Alexander Ulges, Edgar Schmitt, Tobias Bopp, Matthias Klein
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques provide unique prospects for in-depth transcriptome analyses. Nevertheless, the emerging and still growing knowledge about the large diversity and heterogeneity of cells that participate in immunological responses in a tissue- and micromilieu-specific manner calls for advanced isolation and sequencing methods for the accurate quantification of gene expression in small cell populations and even individual cells from any organ or tissue. One of the major limitations in performing transcriptome analyses of rare cell populations was and still is quality and quantity of RNA that often limits analyses of complex mixtures of immune cell populations...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063043/subcutaneous-and-sublingual-immunotherapy-in-a-mouse-model-of-allergic-asthma
#16
Laura Hesse, Martijn C Nawijn
Allergic asthma, caused by inhaled allergens such as house dust mite or grass pollen, is characterized by reversible airway obstruction, associated with an eosinophilic inflammation of the airways, as well as airway hyper responsiveness and remodeling. The inhaled allergens trigger a type-2 inflammatory response with involvement of innate lymphoid cells (ILC2) and Th2 cells, resulting in high production of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. Consequently, renewed allergen exposure results in a classic allergic response with a distinct early and late phase, both resulting in bronchoconstriction and shortness of breath...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062487/alcohol-drives-s-nitrosylation-and-redox-activation-of-protein-phosphatase-1-causing-bovine-airway-cilia-dysfunction
#17
Michael Earl Price, Jacqueline A Pavlik, Miao Liu, Shi-Jian Ding, Todd A Wyatt, Joseph H Sisson
Individuals with alcohol (ethanol) use disorders are at increased risk for lung infections in part due to defective mucociliary clearance driven by motile cilia in the airways. We recently reported that isolated demembranated bovine cilia (axonemes) are capable of producing nitric oxide (∙NO) when exposed to biologically relevant concentrations of alcohol. This increased presence of ∙NO can lead to protein S-nitrosylation, a posttranslational modification signaling mechanism involving reversible adduction of nitrosium cations or ⋅NO to thiolate or thiyl groups, respectively, of proteins forming S-nitrosothiols...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062165/daboialectin-a-c-type-lectin-from-russell-s-viper-venom-induces-cytoskeletal-damage-and-apoptosis-in-human-lung-cancer-cells-in%C3%A2-vitro
#18
Jigni Pathan, Sukanta Mondal, Angshuman Sarkar, Dibakar Chakrabarty
'Daboialectin', a low molecular weight C-type lectin (18.5 kDa) isolated from Russell's viper venom showed cytotoxic effects on human broncho-alveolar carcinoma derived (A549) cell lines. Daboialectin induced inhibition of A549 cell growth was time and concentration dependent with severe morphological changes by altering the functions of small GTPases such as Rac, Rho and cdc42. ROS induced DNA damage may result in apoptosis by inducing disruption of membrane integrity, blebbing and nuclear disintegration by activating caspases...
January 3, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062125/propensity-of-pneumococcal-carriage-serotypes-to-infect-the-lower-airways-of-children-with-chronic-endobronchial-infections
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Kim M Hare, Heidi C Smith-Vaughan, Anne B Chang, Susan Pizzutto, Helen L Petsky, Gabrielle B McCallum, Amanda J Leach
BACKGROUND: Chronic endobronchial infections in children are responsible for a high disease burden. Streptococcus pneumoniae is frequently isolated; however, few publications have described serotypes associated with non-invasive lower airway infection. METHODS: Paired nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluids were collected from children undergoing bronchoscopy for chronic cough. NP swabs were also collected from asymptomatic children in otitis media surveillance studies (controls)...
January 3, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061952/anti-mycobacterial-function-of-macrophages-is-impaired-in-a-diet-induced-model-of-type-2-diabetes
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Md Abdul Alim, Suchandan Sikder, Tahnee L Bridson, Catherine M Rush, Brenda L Govan, Natkunam Ketheesan
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is one of the major risk factors for tuberculosis (TB). In this study, a diet induced murine model of T2D (DIMT2D) was developed and characterized in the context of metabolic, biochemical and histopathological features following diet intervention. Mycobacterial susceptibility was investigated using Mycobacterium fortuitum as a surrogate. Phagocytic capability of alveolar macrophages and resident peritoneal macrophages were determined by in vitro assays using mycolic acid coated beads and M...
January 2017: Tuberculosis
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