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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444395/effects-of-n-acetyl-l-cysteine-on-the-membrane-vesicle-release-and-growth-of-respiratory-pathogens
#1
Charlotte Volgers, Birke J Benedikter, Gert E Grauls, Pauline H M Hellebrand, Paul H M Savelkoul, Frank R M Stassen
Bacterial infections contribute to the disease progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by stimulating mucus production in the airways. This increased mucus production and other symptoms are often alleviated when patients are treated with mucolytics such as N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC). Moreover, NAC has been suggested to inhibit bacterial growth. Bacteria can release membrane vesicles in response to stress and recent studies report a role for these pro-inflammatory membrane vesicles (MVs) in the pathogenesis of airways disease...
April 21, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444379/killing-the-killer-predation-between-protists-and-predatory-bacteria
#2
Julia Johnke, Jens Boenigk, Hauke Harms, Antonis Chatzinotas
Predation by microbes is one of the main drivers of bacterial mortality in the environment. In most ecosystems multiple micro-predators compete at least partially for the same bacterial resource. Predatory interactions between these micro-predators might lead to shifts within microbial communities. Integrating these interactions is therefore crucial for the understanding of ecosystem functioning. In this study we investigated the predation between two groups of micro-predators, i.e. phagotrophic protists and Bdellovibrio and like organisms (BALOs)...
April 21, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444305/dissemination-of-gastroenteric-viruses-in-the-production-of-lettuce-in-developing-countries-a-public-health-concern
#3
Lucia M C Werneck, Carmen B Vieira, Tulio M Fumian, Thalles Borges Caetano, Jarbas Emílio Dos Santos, Fernando César Ferreira, Marcia Maria Pimenta, Marize P Miagostovich
Investigation of major viruses responsible for acute viral gastroenteritis, such as norovirus (NoV), rotavirus species A (RVA) and human adenovirus (HAdV), was conducted in the mountainous region of the state of Rio de Janeiro in a lettuce-producing area. Irrigation water and lettuce samples were collected at different production stages. Viruses were concentrated using an adsorption-elution method and detected by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). We detected HAdV in all collection points, although no virus infectivity was shown...
April 21, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444242/virulence-and-antimicrobial-resistance-of-salmonella-spp-and-escherichia-coli-in-the-beef-jerky-production-line
#4
Fernanda Pereira Fernandes, Flávia Liége Schütz Voloski, Tassiana Ramires, Louise Haubert, Giulia Giugliani Reta, Rafael Gianella Mondadori, Wladimir Padilha da Silva, Rita de Cássia, Santos da Conceição, Eduarda Hallal Duval
Intense manipulation during beef jerky production increases the possibility of contamination with pathogenic microorganisms. This study evaluated the contamination by thermotolerant coliforms, Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. on processing surfaces and raw materials during beef jerky production, as well as in the final product. Thermotolerant coliforms were found on all surfaces tested and in the raw material. Escherichia coli was identified in 6.7% of the surface samples, while Salmonella spp. was found in 3...
April 21, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431088/stationary-phase-genes-upregulated-by-polyamines-are-responsible-for-the-formation-of-escherichia-coli-persister-cells-tolerant-to-netilmicin
#5
Alexander G Tkachenko, Natalya M Kashevarova, Elena A Tyuleneva, Mikhail S Shumkov
Persisters are rare phenotypic variants of regular bacterial cells that survive lethal antibiotics or stresses owing to slowing down of their metabolism. Recently, we have shown that polyamine putrescine can upregulate persister cell formation in Escherichia coli via the stimulation of rpoS expression, encoding a master regulator of general stress response. We hypothesized that rmf and yqjD, the stationary-phase genes responsible for ribosome inactivation, might be good candidates for the similar role owing to their involvement in translational arrest and the ability to be affected by polyamines...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430959/expression-immunogenicity-and-variation-of-iron-regulated-surface-protein-a-from-bovine-isolates-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#6
N Misra, T F Wines, C L Knopp, M A McGuire, J K Tinker
Staphylococcus aureus iron-regulated surface protein A (IsdA) is a fibrinogen and fibronectin adhesin that also contributes to iron sequestration and resistance to innate immunity. IsdA is conserved in human isolates and has been investigated as a human vaccine candidate. Here we report the expression of isdA, the efficacy of anti-IsdA responses, and the existence of IsdA sequence variants from bovine Staphylococcus. Clinical staphylococci were obtained from U.S. dairy farms and assayed by PCR for the presence and expression of isdA...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430950/effects-of-dissolved-oxygen-concentration-and-iron-addition-on-immediate-early-gene-expression-of-magnetospirillum-gryphiswaldense-msr-1
#7
Shiwen Zhuang, Diana Chinyere Anyaogu, Takeshi Kasama, Mhairi Workman, Uffe Hasbro Mortensen, Timothy John Hobley
We report effects of dissolved oxygen (DO) concentration and iron addition on gene expression of Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1 cells during fermentations, focusing on 0.25-24 h after iron addition. The DO was strictly controlled at 0.5% or 5% O2, and compared with aerobic condition. Uptake of iron (and formation of magnetosomes) was only observed in the 0.5% O2 condition where there was little difference in cell growth and carbon consumption compared to the 5% O2 condition. Quantitative reverse transcription PCR analysis showed a rapid (within 0...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430948/functional-relevance-of-water-and-glycerol-channels-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#8
Farzana Sabir, Maria C Loureiro-Dias, Graça Soveral, Catarina Prista
Our understanding of the functional relevance of orthodox aquaporins and aquaglyceroporins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is essentially based on phenotypic variations obtained by expression/overexpression/deletion of these MIPs in selected strains. These water/glycerol channels are considered crucial during various life-cycle phases, such as sporulation and mating and in some life-processes like rapid freeze-thaw tolerance, osmoregulation and phenomena associated with cell surface. Despite their putative functional roles not only as channels but also as sensors, their underlying mechanisms and their regulation are still poorly understood...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430938/characterization-of-yjjj-toxin-of-escherichia-coli
#9
Yuki Maeda, Chun-Yi Lin, Yojiro Ishida, Masayori Inouye, Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Sangita Phadtare
Reminiscent of eukaryotic apoptotic programmed cell death, bacteria also contain a large number of suicide genes, which are in general co-expressed with their cognate antitoxic genes. These systems called the toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are associated with cellular dormancy, and play major roles in biofilm formation and persistent multi-drug resistance of many human pathogens. In recent years, the study on TA system toxins has become a hot topic due to the health implications of these toxins by virtue of their role in bacterial pathogenicity...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431102/an-escherichia-coli-expression-model-reveals-the-species-specific-function-of-ftsa-from-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-in-cell-division
#10
Yinan Zou, Yan Li, Sanjaya B Ekanayake, Jo-Anne R Dillon
Escherichia coli (Ec) has been used to study the function of cell division proteins from different microorganisms, especially when genetic tools are limited for studying these proteins in their native hosts. The expression of ftsA from N. gonorrhoeae (Ng) disrupted cell division in E. coli resulting in a significant increase in cell length. In some cells, FtsANg localized to the division site and the poles of E. coli cells, but the majority of cells showed no specifical localization. FtsANg did not complement an E...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430942/short-term-responses-and-resistance-of-soil-microbial-community-structure-to-elevated-co2-and-n-addition-in-grassland-mesocosms
#11
Marie Simonin, Naoise Nunan, Juliette M G Bloor, Valérie Pouteau, Audrey Niboyet
Nitrogen (N) addition is known to affect soil microbial communities, but the interactive effects of N addition with other drivers of global change remain unclear. The impacts of multiple global changes on the structure of microbial communities may be mediated by specific microbial groups with different life-history strategies. Here, we investigated the combined effects of elevated CO2 and N addition on soil microbial communities using PLFA profiling in a short-term grassland mesocosm experiment. We also examined the linkages between the relative abundance of r- and K-strategist microorganisms and resistance of the microbial community structure to experimental treatments...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407102/the-perform-project-using-performing-arts-to-increase-engagement-and-understanding-of-science
#12
Jon James
This commentary describes some of the current challenges for science education in the UK and how an EU educational project (PERFORM) is seeking to use performing arts to engage young people with science, its values, and the processes of research.
April 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407086/toward-solar-biodiesel-production-from-co2-using-engineered-cyanobacteria
#13
Han Min Woo, Hyun Jeong Lee
Metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria has received attention as a sustainable strategy to convert carbon dioxide to various biochemicals including fatty acid-derived biodiesel. Recently, Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942, a model cyanobacterium, has been engineered to convert CO2 to fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) as biodiesel. Modular pathway has been constructed for FAEE production. Several metabolic engineering strategies were discussed to improve the production levels of FAEEs, including host engineering by improving CO2 fixation rate and photosynthetic efficiency...
April 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407078/inulin-with-different-degrees-of-polymerization-modulates-composition-of-intestinal-microbiota-in-mice
#14
Limeng Zhu, Song Qin, Shixiang Zhai, Yonglin Gao, Lili Li
The study aimed to analyse the global influences of dietary inulin with different degrees of polymerization (DP) on intestinal microbial communities. 6-week-old male C57BL/6J mice were treated with fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and inulin for 6 weeks. Fecal samples were obtained at time point 0 and 6th week. 16S rRNA sequence analysis was used to measure intestinal microbiota performed on Illumina MiSeq platform. Influences of dietary inulin on intestinal microbiota were more complex effects than bifidogenic effects, relative abundance of butyrate-producing bacteria increased after interventions...
April 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402525/antifungal-mechanism-of-ruiii-nh3-4catechol-complex-on-fluconazole-resistant-candida-tropicalis
#15
Rafael Araújo Gomes-Junior, Roberto Santana da Silva, Renata Galvão de Lima, Marcos A Vannier-Santos
Candidiasis, a major opportunistic mycosis caused by Candida sp. may comprise life-threatening systemic infections. The incidence of non-albicans species is rising, particularly in South America and they are frequently drug resistant, causing unresponsive cases. Thus, novel antimycotic agents are required. Here we tested the antifungal activity of [RuIII(NH3)4catechol]+ complex (RuCat), approaching possible action mechanisms on fluconazole-resistant Candida tropicalis. RuCat significantly (p<0.05) inhibited the growth and viability of C...
April 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402509/identification-of-is1r-and-is10r-elements-inserted-into-ompk36-porin-gene-of-two-multidrug-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-hospital-strains
#16
Anastasia I Lev, Evgeny I Astashkin, Rima Z Shaikhutdinova, Mikhail E Platonov, Nikolay N Kartsev, Nikolay V Volozhantsev, Olga N Ershova, Edward A Svetoch, Nadezhda K Fursova
Hospital Klebsiella pneumoniae strains (n = 196) were collected in 2012-16 from the patients of Moscow neurosurgical intensive care unit. K. pneumoniae strains were multi drug resistant (MDR) and carried beta-lactamase genes blaSHV (97.4% strains), blaCTX-M (84.7%), blaTEM (56.1%), blaOXA-48-like (49.0%), and blaNDM-1 (one strain), class 1 integrons (43.4% strains) and porin protein ompK36 gene (100% strains). The ompK36 porin protein gene disruption by IS-elements and OmpK36 production loss in two strains were detected in this study...
April 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402463/dynamics-of-insertion-sequence-element-is629-inactivation-of-verotoxin-2-genes-in-escherichia-coli-o157-h7
#17
Heiður Loftsdóttir, Robert Söderlund, Tomas Jinnerot, Erik Eriksson, Erik Bongcam-Rudloff, Anna Aspán
There are several anecdotal reports of insertion sequence (IS)-element inactivation of verotoxin genes among enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli of the serotype O157:H7, a pathogen causing severe gastrointestinal disease in infected humans. These insertions can be expected to drastically reduce the virulence of the bacteria. IS-element inactivation has been shown to be reversible in model systems, suggesting the possibility of spontaneous restoration of virulence. In the present study, traditional and high-throughput sequencing was used to characterize three patterns of IS629 inactivation of verotoxin 2 genes in EHEC O157:H7, caused by insertion or insertion followed by partial deletion...
April 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379429/why-isn-t-haloferax-mediterranei-more-weed-like-commentary-on-microbial-weeds-in-hypersaline-habitats-the-enigma-of-the-weed-like-haloferax-mediterranei-by-aharon-oren-and-john-e-hallsworth-fems-microbiol-lett-359-134-142-2014
#18
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379428/adhesion-to-hydrocarbons-and-microbial-hydrophobicity-do-the-math
#19
Mel Rosenberg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 4, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379419/the-importance-of-being-in-or-out
#20
Douglas A Drevets
Phagocytosis is an essential function of host defenses against invading microbes and the study of phagocytosis relies on knowing if a target object is bound to the outer surface of a cell, or has been internalized by it. In the inaugural year of FEMS Microbiology Letters, Dr. Jan Hed published a novel technique for discriminating between intracellular and extracellularly bound bacteria and yeasts. The original method used crystal violet to quench the fluorescence emission of extracellular fluorescein-labeled bacteria and yeasts while leaving intracellular particles largely unaffected...
April 4, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
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