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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609211/bioprospecting-of-functional-cellulases-from-metagenome-for-second-generation-biofuel-production-a-review
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Rameshwar Tiwari, Lata Nain, Nikolaos E Labrou, Pratyoosh Shukla
Second generation biofuel production has been appeared as a sustainable and alternative energy option. The ultimate aim is the development of an industrially feasible and economic conversion process of lignocellulosic biomass into biofuel molecules. Since, cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer and also represented as the photosynthetically fixed form of carbon, the efficient hydrolysis of cellulose is the most important step towards the development of a sustainable biofuel production process. The enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose by suites of hydrolytic enzymes underlines the importance of cellulase enzyme system in whole hydrolysis process...
June 13, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609183/farnesol-signalling-in-candida-albicans-more-than-just-communication
#2
Melanie Polke, Ines Leonhardt, Oliver Kurzai, Ilse D Jacobsen
Candida albicans is a successful colonizer of the human host, which can, under certain circumstances cause a range of clinically diverse infections. Important virulence-associated traits of the fungus, such as the dimorphic switch and biofilm formation, are controlled by the quorum sensing molecule farnesol. Given the potential of farnesol as a novel antifungal drug, there has been increasing research into the mechanism underlying farnesol sensing and action in C. albicans. However, despite the identification of various factors involved in farnesol signalling, its exact mode of action remains largely unclear...
June 13, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604247/brucella-central-carbon-metabolism-an-update
#3
T Barbier, A Zúñiga-Ripa, S Moussa, H Plovier, J F Sternon, L Lázaro-Antón, R Conde-Álvarez, X De Bolle, M Iriarte, I Moriyón, J J Letesson
The brucellae are facultative intracellular pathogens causing brucellosis, an important zoonosis. Here, we review the nutritional, genetic, proteomic and transcriptomic studies on Brucella carbon uptake and central metabolism, information that is needed for a better understanding of Brucella virulence. There is no uniform picture across species but the studies suggest primary and/or secondary transporters for unknown carbohydrates, lactate, glycerol phosphate, erythritol, xylose, ribose, glucose and glucose/galactose, and routes for their incorporation to central metabolism, including an erythritol pathway feeding the pentose phosphate cycle...
June 12, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578640/inorganic-and-metal-nanoparticles-and-their-antimicrobial-activity-in-food-packaging-applications
#4
Mahmoud Hoseinnejad, Seid Mahdi Jafari, Iman Katouzian
Nanotechnology has revolutionized almost all the fields of science and technology, particularly the food packaging industry. Accordingly, some nanoparticles can be used in food contact materials to preserve food products for longer periods. To date, many inorganic and metal nanoparticles have been implemented to synthesize active food packaging materials and to extend the shelf-life of foods. Packaging with nanocomposites containing these nanoparticles offers advantages, such as reduction in the usage of preservatives and higher rate of reactions to inhibit the microbial growth...
June 3, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562180/the-multi-omics-promise-in-context-from-sequence-to-microbial-isolate
#5
Johanna Gutleben, Maryam Chaib De Mares, Jan Dirk van Elsas, Hauke Smidt, Jörg Overmann, Detmer Sipkema
The numbers and diversity of microbes in ecosystems within and around us is unmatched, yet most of these microorganisms remain recalcitrant to in vitro cultivation. Various high-throughput molecular techniques, collectively termed multi-omics, provide insights into the genomic structure and metabolic potential as well as activity of complex microbial communities. Nonetheless, pure or defined cultures are needed to (1) decipher microbial physiology and thus test multi-omics-based ecological hypotheses, (2) curate and improve database annotations and (3) realize novel applications in biotechnology...
May 31, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557577/the-next-chapter-for-group-b-meningococcal-vaccines
#6
N Y Wang, A J Pollard
The majority of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in the developed world is caused by capsular group B Neisseria meningitidis, however success with vaccination against organisms bearing this capsule has previously been restricted to control of geographically limited clonal outbreaks. As we enter a new era, with the first routine program underway to control endemic group B meningococcal disease for infants in the UK, it is timely to review the key landmarks in group B vaccine development, and discuss the issues determining whether control of endemic group B disease will be achieved...
May 30, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539074/nontypeable-haemophilus-influenzae-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-review-for-clinicians
#7
Krishna Bajee Sriram, Amanda J Cox, Robert L Clancy, Mary P E Slack, Allan W Cripps
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In the lower airways of COPD patients, bacterial infection is a common phenomenon and Haemophilus influenzae is the most commonly identified bacteria. Haemophilus influenzae is divided into typeable and nontypeable (NTHi) strains based on the presence or absence of a polysaccharide capsule. While NTHi is a common commensal in the human nasopharynx, it is associated with considerable inflammation when it is present in the lower airways of COPD patients, resulting in morbidity due to worsening symptoms and increased frequency of COPD exacerbations...
May 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539069/real-world-challenges-for-hepatitis-c-virus-medications-a-critical-overview
#8
Imran Shahid, Waleed Hassan AlMalki, Sajida Hassan, Muhammad Hassan Hafeez
From 2010, the landscape of hepatitis C therapeutics has been changed rapidly, and today we are standing at a cusp of a pharmacological revolution where highly effective and interferon (IFN)-free direct acting antivirals (DAAs) are already on the market. Such treatment paradigms attain 90-95% sustained virologic response (SVR; undetectable viral load at week 12 or 24 at the end of therapy) rates in treated individuals compared to 50-70% with treatment completion of dual-therapy-pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV)...
May 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537817/the-action-of-probiotic-microorganisms-on-chemical-contaminants-in-milk
#9
Katia Francine Wochner, Tânia Aparecida Becker-Algeri, Eliane Colla, Eliana Badiale-Furlong, Deisy Alessandra Drunkler
Consumption of milk and its derivatives is an important food habit in the diet of all age groups. However, there has been increasing concern about physical, biological (pathogenic or spoilage microorganisms) and chemical (metals, pesticides and mycotoxins) contaminants in milk and dairy products. Considering the high levels of consumption, it is important that milk and dairy products are free from toxic compounds. Microbial degradation as a strategy for chemical decontamination is an emerging biotechnological approach that is considered a safe and inexpensive practice...
May 24, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485690/-it-s-a-gut-feeling-escherichia-coli-biofilm-formation-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract-environment
#10
Elio Rossi, Annika Cimdins, Petra Lüthje, Annelie Brauner, Åsa Sjöling, Paolo Landini, Ute Römling
Escherichia coli can commonly be found, either as a commensal, probiotic or a pathogen, in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Biofilm formation and its regulation is surprisingly variable, although distinct regulatory pattern of red, dry and rough (rdar) biofilm formation arise in certain pathovars and even clones. In the GI tract, environmental conditions, signals from the host and from commensal bacteria contribute to shape E. coli biofilm formation within the multi-faceted multicellular communities in a complex and integrated fashion...
May 9, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440096/strategies-in-ebola-virus-disease-evd-diagnostics-at-the-point-of-care
#11
Chad T Coarsey, Nwadiuto Esiobu, Ramswamy Narayanan, Mirjana Pavlovic, Hadi Shafiee, Waseem Asghar
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a devastating, highly infectious illness with a high mortality rate. The disease is endemic to regions of Central and West Africa, where there is limited laboratory infrastructure and trained staff. The recent 2014 West African EVD outbreak has been unprecedented in case numbers and fatalities, and has proven that such regional outbreaks can become a potential threat to global public health, as it became the source for the subsequent transmission events in Spain and the USA. The urgent need for rapid and affordable means of detecting Ebola is crucial to control the spread of EVD and prevent devastating fatalities...
April 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440091/microbial-exopolysaccharide-mediated-synthesis-and-stabilization-of-metal-nanoparticles
#12
Ganesan Sathiyanarayanan, Krishnamoorthy Dineshkumar, Yung-Hun Yang
Exopolysaccharides (EPSs) are structurally and functionally valuable biopolymer secreted by different prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms in response to biotic/abiotic stresses and to survive in extreme environments. Microbial EPSs are fascinating in various industrial sectors due to their excellent material properties and less toxic, highly biodegradable, and biocompatible nature. Recently, microbial EPSs have been used as a potential template for the rapid synthesis of metallic nanoparticles and EPS-mediated metal reduction processes are emerging as simple, harmless, and environmentally benign green chemistry approaches...
April 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423970/recent-advances-on-topical-antimicrobials-for-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-and-their-safety-concerns
#13
P L Lam, K K H Lee, R S M Wong, G Y M Cheng, Z X Bian, C H Chui, R Gambari
Antimicrobial resistance of disease-related microorganisms is considered a worldwide prevalent and serious issue which increases the failure of treatment outcomes and leads to high mortality. Considering that the increased resistance to systemic antimicrobial therapy often needs of the use of more toxic agents, topical antimicrobial therapy emerges as an attractive route for the treatment of infectious diseases. The topical antimicrobial therapy is based on the absorption of high drug doses in a readily accessible skin surface, resulting in a reduction of microbial proliferation at infected skin sites...
April 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421881/factors-pivotal-for-designing-of-nanoantimicrobials-an-exposition
#14
Bushra Jamil, Muhammad Imran
Understanding the interplay between bacterial pathogens and antimicrobials is a key to realize the control over infections causing morbidity and mortality. An important current issue of contemporary medicine and microbiology is the search for new strategies for adequate therapy of infectious diseases associated with rapidly emerging multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogens. Recently, a great deal of progress has been made in the field of nanobiotechnology towards the development of various nanoantimicrobials (NAMs) as novel therapeutic solution...
April 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418734/bunyaviridae-rdrps-structure-motifs-and-rna-synthesis-machinery
#15
Abdennour Amroun, Stéphane Priet, Xavier de Lamballerie, Gilles Quérat
Bunyaviridae family is the largest and most diverse family of RNA viruses. It has more than 350 members divided into five genera: Orthobunyavirus, Phlebovirus, Nairovirus, Hantavirus, and Tospovirus. They are present in the five continents, causing recurrent epidemics, epizootics, and considerable agricultural loss. The genome of bunyaviruses is divided into three segments of negative single-stranded RNA according to their relative size: L (Large), M (Medium) and S (Small) segment. Bunyaviridae RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) is encoded by the L segment, and is in charge of the replication and transcription of the viral RNA in the cytoplasm of the infected cell...
April 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418713/defence-factors-of-vaginal-lactobacilli
#16
S Kovachev
Accurate knowledge of the composition and ecology of the vaginal microbial environment in healthy women is necessary for understanding lactobacilli-dominated normal microbiota and the mechanisms by which it reduces disease risk. The vagina and its microbiota form a balanced ecosystem; any movement outside the normal range for this ecosystem of obligate and/or facultative microbes, termed dysbacteriosis, can lead to infection and disease. This review summarizes recent research on the vaginal ecosystem, the Lactobacillus species that dominate it, and the means by which they suppress the growth, development, and/or proliferation of pathogenic microbial species...
April 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407717/the-impact-of-insertion-sequences-on-bacterial-genome-plasticity-and-adaptability
#17
Joachim Vandecraen, Michael Chandler, Abram Aertsen, Rob Van Houdt
Transposable elements (TE), small mobile genetic elements unable to exist independently of the host genome, were initially believed to be exclusively deleterious genomic parasites. However, it is now clear that they play an important role as bacterial mutagenic agents, enabling the host to adapt to new environmental challenges and to colonize new niches. This review focuses on the impact of insertion sequences (IS), arguably the smallest TE, on bacterial genome plasticity and concomitant adaptability of phenotypic traits, including resistance to antibacterial agents, virulence, pathogenicity and catabolism...
April 13, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358596/endophytic-actinobacteria-diversity-secondary-metabolism-and-mechanisms-to-unsilence-biosynthetic-gene-clusters
#18
Raghavan Dinesh, Veeraraghavan Srinivasan, Sheeja T E, Muthuswamy Anandaraj, Hamza Srambikkal
Endophytic actinobacteria, which reside in the inner tissues of host plants, are gaining serious attention due to their capacity to produce a plethora of secondary metabolites (e.g. antibiotics) possessing a wide variety of biological activity with diverse functions. This review encompasses the recent reports on endophytic actinobacterial species diversity, in planta habitats and mechanisms underlying their mode of entry into plants. Besides, their metabolic potential, novel bioactive compounds they produce and mechanisms to unravel their hidden metabolic repertoire by activation of cryptic or silent biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) for eliciting novel secondary metabolite production are discussed...
March 30, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358585/etiology-of-bacterial-vaginosis-and-polymicrobial-biofilm-formation
#19
Hyun-Sul Jung, Marthie M Ehlers, Hennie Lombaard, Mathys J Redelinghuys, Marleen M Kock
Microorganisms in nature rarely exist in a planktonic form, but in the form of biofilms. Biofilms have been identified as the cause of many chronic and persistent infections and have been implicated in the etiology of bacterial vaginosis (BV). Bacterial vaginosis is the most common form of vaginal infection in women of reproductive age. Similar to other biofilm infections, BV biofilms protect the BV-related bacteria against antibiotics and cause recurrent BV. In this review, an overview of BV-related bacteria, conceptual models and the stages involved in the polymicrobial BV biofilm formation will be discussed...
March 30, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581361/the-study-of-h-pylori-putative-candidate-factors-for-single-and-multi-component-vaccine-development
#20
Nasrin Mirzaei, Farkhondeh Poursina, Sharareh Moghim, Niloufar Rashidi, Hajieh Ghasemian Safaei
Helicobacter pylori has grown to colonize inside the stomach of nearly half of the world's population, turning into the most prevalent infections in the universe. Medical care failures noticeably confirm the need for a vaccine to hinder or deal with H. pylori. This review is planned to discuss the most known factors as a vaccine candidate, including single (AhpC, BG, CagA, KatA, Fla, Hsp, HWC, Lpp, LPS, NAP, OMP, OMV, SOD, Tpx, Urease, VacA) and multi-component vaccines. Many promising results in the field of single and multivalent vaccine can be seen, but there is no satisfactory outcome and neither a prophylactic nor a therapeutic vaccine to treat or eradicate the infection in human has been acquired...
September 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
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