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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152586/genomic-transcriptomic-and-phenotypic-analyses-of-neisseria-meningitidis-isolates-from-disease-patients-and-their-household-contacts
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Xiaoyun Ren, David A Eccles, Gabrielle A Greig, Jane Clapham, Nicole E Wheeler, Stinus Lindgreen, Paul P Gardner, Joanna K MacKichan
Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) can cause meningococcal disease, a rapidly progressing and often fatal disease that can occur in previously healthy children. Meningococci are found in healthy carriers, where they reside in the nasopharynx as commensals. While carriage is relatively common, invasive disease, associated with hypervirulent strains, is a comparatively rare event. The basis of increased virulence in some strains is not well understood. New Zealand suffered a protracted meningococcal disease epidemic, from 1991 to 2008...
November 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149111/-bilateral-bronchopneumonia-due-to-rothia-mucilaginosa
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B De Escalante Yangüela, A Gracia Gutiérrez, B C Gracia Tello, V A Alastrué Del Castaño, E Bueno Juana, S Algárate Cajo
Rothia mucilaginosa (R. mucilaginosa), formerly named Stomatococcus mucilaginosus, is a facultatively anaerobic, encapsulated gram-positive coccus, which forms part of the normal oropharyngeal and is rarely considered to be a pathogen in immunocompetent patients, although it can produce, on rare occasions, serious infections like bacteremia, endocarditis and respiratory infections; such as pneumonia, pleural empyema or superinfection of bronchiectasis. We present the case of a 74-year-old male diagnosed with right basal pneumonia of torpid evolution with a poor initial response to different antibiotics, with clinical and radiological worsening and the appearance of bilateral bronchopneumonia with pseudonodular images...
November 17, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139241/porcine-respiratory-disease-complex-after-the-introduction-of-h1n1-2009-influenza-virus-in-brazil
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R R Rech, D Gava, M C Silva, L T Fernandes, V Haach, J R Ciacci-Zanella, R Schaefer
From 2009 to 2015, 74 lungs from suckling (6.8%), nursing (70.3%), fattening (20.3%) pigs and pregnant sows (2.7%) with respiratory signs from pig farms in Southern Brazil were submitted to a diagnostic laboratory for necropsy and/or histologic examination and screening for respiratory agents by RT-qPCR, immunohistochemistry (IHC), virus isolation (VI) and subtyping for influenza A virus (IAV), IHC and nested PCR for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mhyo), PCR for porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2), RT-qPCR for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and bacterial culture...
November 14, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137182/current-and-prospective-protein-biomarkers-of-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Tatiana N Zamay, Galina S Zamay, Olga S Kolovskaya, Ruslan A Zukov, Marina M Petrova, Ana Gargaun, Maxim V Berezovski, Anna S Kichkailo
Lung cancer is a malignant lung tumor with various histological variants that arise from different cell types, such as bronchial epithelium, bronchioles, alveoli, or bronchial mucous glands. The clinical course and treatment efficacy of lung cancer depends on the histological variant of the tumor. Therefore, accurate identification of the histological type of cancer and respective protein biomarkers is crucial for adequate therapy. Due to the great diversity in the molecular-biological features of lung cancer histological types, detection is impossible without knowledge of the nature and origin of malignant cells, which release certain protein biomarkers into the bloodstream...
November 13, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132433/impaired-ciliogenesis-in-differentiating-human-bronchial-epithelia-exposed-to-non-cytotoxic-doses-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes
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Ryan J Snyder, Salik Hussain, Charles J Tucker, Scott H Randell, Stavros Garantziotis
BACKGROUND: Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are engineered nanomaterials used for a variety of industrial and consumer products. Their high tensile strength, hydrophobicity, and semi-conductive properties have enabled many novel applications, increasing the possibility of accidental nanotube inhalation by either consumers or factory workers. While MWCNT inhalation has been previously shown to cause inflammation and pulmonary fibrosis at high doses, the susceptibility of differentiating bronchial epithelia to MWCNT exposure remains unexplored...
November 13, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127410/ultrafiltration-combined-with-size-exclusion-chromatography-efficiently-isolates-extracellular-vesicles-from-cell-culture-media-for-compositional-and-functional-studies
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Birke J Benedikter, Freek G Bouwman, Tanja Vajen, Alexandra C A Heinzmann, Gert Grauls, Edwin C Mariman, Emiel F M Wouters, Paul H Savelkoul, Carmen Lopez-Iglesias, Rory R Koenen, Gernot G U Rohde, Frank R M Stassen
Appropriate isolation methods are essential for unravelling the relative contribution of extracellular vesicles (EVs) and the EV-free secretome to homeostasis and disease. We hypothesized that ultrafiltration followed by size exclusion chromatography (UF-SEC) provides well-matched concentrates of EVs and free secreted molecules for proteomic and functional studies. Conditioned media of BEAS-2B bronchial epithelial cells were concentrated on 10 kDa centrifuge filters, followed by separation of EVs and free protein using sepharose CL-4B SEC...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117205/hypoxia-preconditioned-mesenchymal-stem-cells-ameliorate-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-lung-injury
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Yung-Yang Liu, Chi-Huei Chiang, Shih-Chieh Hung, Chih-Feng Chian, Chen-Liang Tsai, Wei-Chih Chen, Haibo Zhang
BACKGROUND: Hypoxia preconditioning has been proven to be an effective method to enhance the therapeutic action of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). However, the beneficial effects of hypoxic MSCs in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) lung injury have yet to be investigated. In this study, we hypothesized that the administration of hypoxic MSCs would have a positive therapeutic impact on I/R lung injury at molecular, cellular, and functional levels. METHODS: I/R lung injury was induced in isolated and perfused rat lungs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106997/interferon-response-to-rsv-by-bronchial-epithelium-from-children-with-asthma-is-inversely-correlated-with-pulmonary-function
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M C Altman, S R Reeves, A R Parker, E Whalen, K M S Misura, K A Barrow, R G James, T S Hallstrand, S F Ziegler, J S Debley
BACKGROUND: Respiratory viral infection in early childhood, including that from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), has been previously associated with the development of asthma. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine whether ex vivo RSV infection of bronchial epithelial cells (BECs) from children with asthma would induce specific gene expression patterns, and whether such patterns associate with lung function among BEC donors. METHODS: Primary BECs from carefully characterized children with asthma (n=18) and matched healthy children without asthma (n=8) were differentiated at an air-liquid interface (ALI) for 21 days...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106522/spontaneous-isolated-dissection-of-the-right-mediastinal-bronchial-artery-with-posterior-mediastinal-haematoma
#9
Guoqing Yang, Quanshui Fu, Na Hu, Haining Zhou
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103681/phenotypic-characterization-of-a-highly-pathogenic-italian-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-prrsv-type-1-subtype-1-isolate-in-experimentally-infected-pigs
#10
Elena Canelli, Alessia Catella, Paolo Borghetti, Luca Ferrari, Giulia Ogno, Elena De Angelis, Attilio Corradi, Benedetta Passeri, Valeria Bertani, Giampietro Sandri, Paolo Bonilauri, Frederick C Leung, Stefano Guazzetti, Paolo Martelli
Highly pathogenic (HP) isolates of the PRRS virus started emerging in North America and Asia in the late 1990s. More recently, they have emerged in Europe. These isolates are characterized by high viral loads, severe general clinical signs and high mortality, in sows, weaners and growers. Their genome shows a discontinuous aminoacids deletion in the non-structural protein 2 (NSP2). The present study was aimed at characterizing the clinical, pathological and immunological features of a highly pathogenetic, Italian PRRSV-1 subtype 1 isolate (PRRSV1_PR40/2014), following experimental infection in conventional 4-weeks-old pigs...
October 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099326/disarming-staphylococcus-aureus-from-destroying-human-cells-by-simultaneously-neutralizing-six-cytotoxins-with-two-human-monoclonal-antibodies
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Harald Rouha, Susanne Weber, Philipp Janesch, Barbara Maierhofer, Karin Gross, Ivana Dolezilkova, Irina Mirkina, Zehra C Visram, Stefan Malafa, Lukas Stulik, Adriana Badarau, Eszter Nagy
Pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus is increasingly recognized to be driven by powerful toxins. Staphylococcus aureus employs up to six pore-forming toxins to subvert the human host defense and to promote bacterial invasion: alpha-hemolysin that disrupts epithelial and endothelial barriers and five leukocidins that lyse phagocytes involved in bacterial clearance. Previously, we described two human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), ASN-1 that neutralizes alpha-hemolysin and four leukocidins (LukSF-PV, LukED, HlgAB, HlgCB), and ASN-2 that inactivates the 5(th) leukocidin, LukGH...
November 3, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099103/detecci%C3%A3-n-molecular-de-especies-de-candida-en-espec%C3%A3-menes-de-pacientes-hospitalizados
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José Luis Camacho-Cardoso, María Ángeles Martínez-Rivera, Patricia Manzano-Gayosso, Luis Javier Méndez-Tovar, Rubén López-Martínez, Francisca Hernández-Hernández
Objective: To identify the most frequent Candida species in specimens from patients hospitalized in different medical centers of Mexico City, with suspected fungal infection. Methods: Specimens were grown on Sabouraud dextrose agar at 28°C for 72 h. In addition, DNA was extracted. Isolates were grown on CHROMagar Candida™, at 37°C for 48 h. The molecular identification was performed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using primers specific for four species. Results: Eighty one specimens were processed and included: bronchial lavage, pleural, cerebrospinal, peritoneal, ascites and bile fluids; blood, sputum, bone marrow, oro-tracheal cannula and ganglion...
2017: Gaceta Médica de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078905/sphingosine-rescues-aged-mice-from-pulmonary-pseudomonas-infection
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Teresa C Rice, Amanda M Pugh, Aaron P Seitz, Erich Gulbins, Vanessa Nomellini, Charles C Caldwell
BACKGROUND: Bacterial lung infection is a leading cause of death for those 65 y or older, often requiring intensive care unit admission and mechanical ventilation, which consumes considerable health care resources. Although administration of antibiotics is the standard of care for bacterial pneumonia, its overuse has led to the emergence of multidrug resistant organisms. Therefore, alternative strategies to help minimize the effects of bacterial pneumonia in the elderly are necessary...
November 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055784/rac1-modulates-g-protein-coupled-receptor-induced-bronchial-smooth-muscle-contraction
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Hiroyasu Sakai, Yuki Kai, Ken Sato, Mitsuo Ikebe, Yohihiko Chiba
Increasing evidence suggests a functional role of RhoA/Rho-kinase signalling as a mechanism for smooth muscle contraction; however, little is known regarding the roles of Rac1 and other members of the Rho protein family. This study aimed to examine whether Rac1 modulates bronchial smooth muscle contraction. Ring preparations of bronchi isolated from rats were suspended in an organ bath, and isometric contraction of circular smooth muscle was measured. Immunoblotting was used to examine myosin light chain phosphorylation in bronchial smooth muscle...
October 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024631/luteoloside-induces-g0-g1-arrest-and-pro-death-autophagy-through-the-ros-mediated-akt-mtor-p70s6k-signalling-pathway-in-human-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cell-lines
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Menglu Zhou, Shuying Shen, Xin Zhao, Xingguo Gong
Autophagy has attracted a great deal of interest in tumour therapy research in recent years. However, the anticancer effect of luteoloside, a naturally occurring flavonoid isolated from the medicinal plant Gentiana macrophylla, on autophagy remains poorly understood in human lung cells. In the present study, we have investigated the anticancer effects of luteoloside on non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells and demonstrated that luteoloside effectively inhibited cancer cell proliferation, inducing G0/G1 phase arrest associated with reduced expression of CyclinE, CyclinD1 and CDK4; we further found that treatment with luteoloside did not strongly result in apoptotic cell death in NSCLC (A549 and H292) cells...
October 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987399/review-of-difficult-airway-management-in-thoracic-surgery
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M Granell, M J Parra, M J Jiménez, L Gallart, A Villalonga, O Valencia, M C Unzueta, A Planas, J M Calvo
The management of difficult airway (DA) in thoracic surgery is more difficult due to the need for lung separation or isolation and frequent presence of associated upper and lower airway problems. We performed an article review analysing 818 papers published with clinical evidence indexed in Pubmed that allowed us to develop an algorithm. The best airway management in predicted DA is tracheal intubation and independent bronchial blockers guided by fibroscopy maintaining spontaneous ventilation. For unpredicted DA, the use of videolaryngoscopes is recommended initially, and adequate neuromuscular relaxation (rocuronium/sugammadex), among other maneuvers...
October 4, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984468/tgf-%C3%AE-1-evokes-human-airway-smooth-muscle-cell-shortening-and-hyperresponsiveness-via-smad3
#17
Christie A Ojiaku, Gaoyuan Cao, Wanqu Zhu, Edwin J Yoo, Maya Shumyatcher, Blanca E Himes, Steven S An, Reynold A Panettieri
Transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1), a cytokine whose levels are elevated in the airways of patients with asthma, perpetuates airway inflammation and modulates airway structural cell remodeling. However, the role of TGF-β1 in excessive airway narrowing in asthma, or airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR), remains unclear. In this study, we set out to investigate the direct effects of TGF-β1 on human airway smooth muscle (HASM) cell shortening and hyperresponsiveness. The dynamics of AHR and single-cell excitation-contraction (E-C) coupling were measured in human precision-cut lung slices (hPCLS) and in isolated HASM cells using supravital microscopy and magnetic twisting cytometry (MTC), respectively...
October 6, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942193/identification-of-novel-nrf2-activators-from-cinnamomum-chartophyllum-h-w-li-and-their-potential-application-of-preventing-oxidative-insults-in-human-lung-epithelial-cells
#18
Ming-Xing Zhou, Guo-Hui Li, Bin Sun, You-Wei Xu, Ai-Ling Li, Yan-Ru Li, Dong-Mei Ren, Xiao-Ning Wang, Xue-Sen Wen, Hong-Xiang Lou, Tao Shen
Human lung tissue, directly exposed to the environmental oxidants and toxicants, is apt to be harmed to bring about acute or chronic oxidative insults. The nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) represents a central cellular defense mechanism, and is a target for developing agents against oxidative insult-induced human lung diseases. Our previous study found that the EtOH extract of Cinnamomum chartophyllum protected human bronchial epithelial cells against oxidative insults via Nrf2 activation...
September 14, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931396/il-4-induced-caveolin-1-containing-lipid-rafts-aggregation-contributes-to-muc5ac-synthesis-in-bronchial-epithelial-cells
#19
Yu Xia, Peng-Cheng Cai, Fan Yu, Liang Xiong, Xin-Liang He, Shan-Shan Rao, Feng Chen, Xiang-Ping Yang, Wan-Li Ma, Hong Ye
BACKGROUND: Mucus overproduction is an important feature of asthma. Interleukin (IL)-4 is required for allergen-induced airway inflammation and mucus production. MUC5AC gene expression is regulated by transcript factors NF-κB. The intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) signal is required for activation of NF-κB. The transient receptor potential canonical 1 (TRPC1) channel has been shown to contribute for agonist-stimulated Ca(2+) influx in some types of cells. However, the relationships among IL-4, TRPC1 and mucus overproduction in bronchial epithelial cells (BECs) in asthma are poorly understood...
September 20, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924829/a-comparison-of-drug-transport-in-pulmonary-absorption-models-isolated-perfused-rat-lungs-respiratory-epithelial-cell-lines-and-primary-cell-culture
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Cynthia Bosquillon, Michaela Madlova, Nilesh Patel, Nicola Clear, Ben Forbes
PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of human airway epithelial cell layers and a simple rat isolated perfused lung (IPL) model to predict pulmonary drug absorption in rats in vivo. METHOD: The permeability of seven compounds selected to possess a range of lipophilicity was measured in two airway cell lines (Calu-3 and 16HBE14o-), in normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells and using a simple isolated perfused lungs (IPL) technique. Data from the cell layers and ex vivo lungs were compared to published absorption rates from rat lungs measured in vivo...
September 18, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
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