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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644912/biofilm-formation-and-disinfectant-resistance-of-salmonella-spp-in-mono-and-dual-species-with-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#1
Xinyi Pang, Yishan Yang, Hyun-Gyun Yuk
AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate the biofilm formation and disinfectant resistance of Salmonella cells in mono- and dual-species biofilms with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and to investigate the role of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) in protection of biofilms against disinfection treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: The populations of Salmonella in mono- or dual-species biofilms with P. aeruginosa on stainless steel (SS) coupons were determined before and after exposure to commercial disinfectant, 50 μg ml(-1) chlorine or 200 μg ml(-1) Ecolab(®) Whisper(™) V (a blend of four effective quaternary ammonium compounds)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644529/reciprocal-cooperation-of-phytochemicals-and-micronutrients-against-typical-and-atypical-forms-of-borrelia-spp
#2
Anna Goc, Alexandra Niedzwiecki, Matthias Rath
AIMS: Borrelia spp., a causative pathogenic factor of Lyme disease, has become a major public health threat. Current treatments based on antibiotics often lead to relapse after their withdrawal. Naturally derived substances that could work synergistically to display higher efficacy compared to the individual components may serve as a resource for the development of novel approaches to combat both active and latent forms of Borrelia spp. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using checkerboard assay, we investigated the anti-borreliae reciprocal cooperation of phytochemicals and micronutrients against two species of Borrelia selected as prevalent causes of Lyme disease in the US and Europe...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637087/deleting-pck-improves-growth-and-suppresses-by-product-formation-during-1-3-propanediol-fermentation-by-klebsiella-pneumoniae
#3
Yongqiang Zhang, Zongxiao Ji, Jie Lin, Danfeng Xu, Shuilin Fu, Heng Gong
AIMS: To investigate the role of phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) carboxylation in cell metabolism in Klebsiella pneumoniae. METHODS AND RESULTS: The effects of deleting pck, which encodes PEP carboxykinase (PCK), and/or ppc, which encodes PEP carboxylase (PPC), on growth, enzyme activity, and metabolite formation of K. pneumoniae were investigated. A self-regulatory mechanism of PEP carboxylation was found in ppc- or pck-deficient mutants, which resulted in almost no change of succinate formation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637081/molecular-characterization-of-gluten-hydrolyzing-bacillus-spp-and-their-efficacy-and-biotherapeutic-potential-as-probiotics-using-caco-2-cell-line
#4
B S Rashmi, Gayathri Devaraja
AIM: To isolate and characterize indigenous gluten hydrolyzing bacteria from wheat sourdough and curd samples and further evaluation of their probiotic potentiality. METHODS AND RESULTS: Indigenous gluten hydrolyzing isolates GS 33, GS 143, GS 181 and GS 188 were identified as Bacillus spp. by molecular-typing methods and studied extensively for their functional and probiotic attributes. All the tested isolates could survive at pH 2 and toxicity of 0.3% bile and also exhibited cell-surface hydrophobicity and autoaggregation phenotype...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635170/alginate-oligosaccharides-modify-hyphal-infiltration-of-candida-albicans-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-invasive-human-candidosis
#5
Manon F Pritchard, Alison Jack, Lydia C Powell, Hina Sadh, Philip D Rye, Katja E Hill, David W Thomas
AIMS: A novel alginate oligomer (OligoG CF-5/20) has been shown to potentiate antifungal therapy against a range of fungal pathogens. The current study assessed the effect of this oligomer on in vitro virulence factor expression and epithelial invasion by Candida species. METHODS AND RESULTS: Plate substrate assays and epithelial models were used to assess Candida albicans (CCUG 39343 and ATCC 90028) invasion, in conjunction with confocal laser-scanning microscopy and histochemistry...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632956/anti-inflammatory-potential-of-a-heat-killed-lactobacillus-strain-isolated-from-kimchi-on-house-dust-mite-induced-atopic-dermatitis-in-nc-nga-mice
#6
C Y Choi, Y H Kim, S Oh, H J Lee, J H Kim, S H Park, H J Kim, S J Lee, T Chun
AIMS: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an allergic skin disease driven by the Th2-prone immune response. Therefore, a fundamental approach to restoring the Th1/Th2 balance is needed to treat AD. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighteen different Lactobacillus strains isolated from Kimchi were screened to identify those that stimulated immune cells to secret Th1-type or Th2-type cytokines. Lactobacillus brevis NS1401 induced the greatest IFN-γ and IL-12 secretion and the least IL-4 production among the tested Lactobacillus strains...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632907/preferential-aerosolization-of-bacteria-in-bioaerosols-generated-in-vitro
#7
P Perrott, N Turgeon, L Gauthier-Levesque, C Duchaine
AIMS: Little is known about how bacteria are aerosolized in terms of whether some bacteria will be found in the air more readily than others that are present in the source. This report describes in vitro experiments to compare aerosolization rates (also known as preferential aerosolization) of Gram-positive and Gram negative bacteria as well as rod and coccus shaped bacteria, using two nebulization conditions. METHODS AND RESULTS: A consortium of five bacterial species was aerosolized in a homemade chamber...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622460/antifungal-activity-of-tyrosol-and-farnesol-used-in-combination-against-candida-species-in-the-planktonic-state-or-forming-biofilms
#8
Douglas Roberto Monteiro, Laís Salomão Arias, Renan Aparecido Fernandes, Lucas Fernando Deszo da Silva, Manoel Olavo Valentim Fernandes de Castilho, Thaís Oliveira da Rosa, Ana Paula Miranda Vieira, Fabiana Gouveia Straioto, Débora Barros Barbosa, Alberto Carlos Botazzo Delbem
AIM: This study examined the antifungal activity of the combination of tyrosol and farnesol against Candida albicans and Candida glabrata in the planktonic state or forming biofilms. METHODS AND RESULTS: The effect of drug association against Candida planktonic cells was assessed by the fractional inhibitory concentration index. Mono and dual-species biofilms were developed (24 h) and the compounds, applied during 3 days, with 2 daily treatments of 1 minute each...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621039/wbla-a-pleiotropic-regulatory-gene-modulating-morphogenesis-and-daptomycin-production-in-streptomyces-roseosporus
#9
Xingwei Huang, Tingmei Ma, Jun Tian, Lan Shen, Hua Zuo, Changhua Hu, Guojian Liao
AIMS: The wblA gene, encoding a homolog of the WhiB family protein, was identified in the sequenced genome of daptomycin producer S.roseosporus. To explore the function of wblA, we construct wblA disruption strains, complemented strains and overexpression strains to test whether it can affect the production of secondary metabolites and morphogenesis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We constructed disruption strains by homologous recombination in S.roseosporus. The disruption mutant of wblA could block aerial mycelium sporulation and enhance the production of daptomycin by 51%...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609580/metabolic-defense-against-oxidative-stress-the-road-less-travelled-so-far
#10
REVIEW
Joe Lemire, Azhar Alhasawi, Varun P Appanna, Sujeenthar Tharmalingam, Vasu D Appanna
Bacteria have survived, and many have thrived, since antiquity in the presence of the highly-reactive chalcogen - oxygen (O2 ). They are known to evoke intricate strategies to defend themselves from the reactive by-products of oxygen - reactive oxygen species (ROS). Many of these detoxifying mechanisms have been extensively characterized; superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalases, alkyl hydroperoxide reductase and the glutathione (GSH)-cycling system are responsible for neutralizing specific ROS. Meanwhile, a pool of NADPH - the reductive engine of many ROS-combating enzymes - is maintained by metabolic enzymes including, but not exclusively, glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH) and NADP-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase (ICDH-NADP)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609570/on-the-challenges-of-detecting-whole-staphylococcus-aureus-cells-with-biosensors
#11
REVIEW
V Templier, Y Roupioz
Due to the increasing number of nosocomial infections and multidrug resistant (MDR) bacterial strains, Staphylococcus aureus is now a major worldwide concern. Rapid detection and characterization of this bacterium has become an important issue for biomedical applications. Biosensors are increasingly appearing as low-cost, easy-to-operate and fast alternatives for rapid detection. In this review, we will introduce the main characteristics of S. aureus, and will focus on the interest of biosensors for a faster detection of whole S...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609559/strategies-to-optimize-capsid-protein-expression-and-single-stranded-dna-formation-of-adeno-associated-virus-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#12
Alvaro Galli, Veronica Della Latta, Caterina Bologna, Daniela Pucciarelli, Filippo Cipriani, Ana Backovic, Tiziana Cervelli
AIMS: Adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV) is a non-pathogenic parvovirus that is a promising tool for gene therapy. We aim to construct plasmids for optimal expression and assembly of capsid proteins, and evaluate Adenovirus (Ad) protein effect on AAV single stranded DNA (ssDNA) formation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. METHODS AND RESULTS: Yeast expression plasmids have been developed in which the transcription of AAV capsid proteins (VP1,2,3) is driven by the constitutive ADH1 promoter or galactose inducible promoters...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600831/absolute-bacterial-cell-enumeration-using-flow-cytometry
#13
F Ou, C McGoverin, S Swift, F Vanholsbeeck
AIM: To evaluate a flow cytometry protocol that uses reference beads for the enumeration of live and dead bacteria present in a mixture. METHODS AND RESULTS: Mixtures of live and dead Escherichia coli with live:dead concentration ratios varying from 0 to 100% were prepared. These samples were stained using SYTO 9 and propidium iodide and 6 μm beads reference beads were added. Bacteria present in live samples were enumerated by agar plate counting. Bacteria present in dead samples were enumerated by agar plate counting before treatment with isopropanol...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598022/skin-resistance-to-uvb-induced-oxidative-stress-and-hyperpigmentation-by-the-topical-use-of-lactobacillus-helveticus-ns8-fermented-milk-supernatant
#14
Jingjing Rong, Chuang Shan, Shuzhan Liu, Houfeng Zheng, Chen Liu, Ming Liu, Feng Jin, Li Wang
AIMS: Here, we investigated the preventive properties of the supernatant of Lactobacillus helveticus NS8-fermented milk (NS8-FS) against UV light-induced skin oxidative damage and hyperpigmentation. METHODS AND RESULTS: NS8-FS exhibited significant radical scavenging activity in tests with ABST(+) and DPPH scavenging methods, and as well strongly inhibited 3-morpholinosydnonimine (Sin-1) induced ROS generation in HaCat keratinocytes. Unexpectedly, NS8-FS was found to inhibit melanin production in B16F10 melanoma cells, and to exhibit inhibitory effects both to the enzymatic activity of tyrosinase and the expression of proteins required for melanin synthesis...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581636/influence-of-endophytic-root-bacteria-on-the-growth-cadmium-tolerance-and-uptake-of-switchgrass-panicum-virgatum-l
#15
Samreen Afzal, Nahmina Begum, Huihui Zhao, Zhigang Fang, Laiqing Lou, Qingsheng Cai
AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of five cadmium-tolerant endophytic plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) strains on the biomass and cadmium tolerance and accumulation of the bioenergy plant switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) under cadmium (Cd)-contaminated conditions. METHODS AND RESULTS: Five bacterial strains (Bj05, Le14, Ps14, So02, and Bo03) that could tolerate up to 2000 μmol l(-1) CdCl2 with a high Cd-binding capacity were isolated from plants grown in Cd-contaminated soil...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574626/assessment-of-phenotypic-and-genotypic-antibiotic-susceptibility-of-vaginal-lactobacillus-sp
#16
Jelena Štšepetova, Heleri Taelma, Imbi Smidt, Pirje Hütt, Eleri Lapp, Evi Aotäht, Reet Mändar
AIM: To assess antibiotic susceptibility of vaginal lactobacilli strains and provide the data required for assessing the potential of antibiotic resistance risk of new strains selected as probiotic. METHODS AND RESULTS: Potential probiotic vaginal lactobacilli used in the study included 31 vaginal strains of Lactobacillus crispatus, (n=27), L. gasseri (n=3) and L. jensenii (n=1) obtained from the collection of Competence Centre on Health Technologies. Two commercial probiotic strains were used as controls (L...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561954/evidence-for-the-presence-of-a-bacterial-endosymbiont-in-the-pecan-scab-pathogen-venturia-effusa-basyonym-fusicladium-effusum
#17
E G Medrano, L J Grauke, R L Stanford, T Thompson
AIMS: To determine whether Venturia effusa the causative fungal agent of pecan scab harbors a bacterial symbiont. METHODS AND RESULTS: Venturia effusa isolates were maintained on potato dextrose agar amended with antibiotics (chloramphenicol 100 μg ml(-1) , and tetracycline 100 μg ml(-1) ). Genomic DNA extracted from mycelia was used to target eubacterial 16S rDNA. A 1(.) 4 kbp PCR amplified product using 16S rDNA degenerate primers was cloned, sequenced and found to have 99% identities with Actinobacteria representatives...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561911/biofilm-formation-and-virulence-factor-analysis-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-collected-from-ovine-mastitis
#18
Elisa Azara, Carla Longheu, Giovanna Sanna, Sebastiana Tola
AIMS: To perform a phenotypic and genotypic characterization of 258 S. aureus isolates from clinical ovine mastitis and used for the preparation of inactivated autogenous vaccines. METHODS AND RESULTS: The potential for biofilm production was determined by phenotypic test of Congo Red Agar (CRA) and by PCR for the detection of icaA/D genes. Isolates were also screened by PCR for the presence of enterotoxins (sea, seb, sec, sed and see), toxic shock syndrome toxin (tsst), leukotoxins (lukD-E, lukM and lukPV83), haemolysins (hly-β and hly-γ), autolysin (atlA) genes and encoding microbial surface components recognized adhesive matrix molecules (MSCRAMMs: clfA, clfB, fnbA, fnbB, bbp, cna, eno, fib, epbs, sdrC, sdrD and SdrE)...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561275/screening-for-biosurfactant-production-by-2-4-6-trinitrotoluene-transforming-bacteria
#19
H Avila-Arias, H Avellaneda, V Garzón, G Rodríguez, Z Arbeli, E Garcia-Bonilla, S Villegas-Plazas, F Roldan
AIMS: Isolate and identify TNT-transforming cultures from explosive-contaminated soils with the ability to produce biosurfactants. METHODS AND RESULTS: Bacteria (pure and mixed cultures) were selected based on their ability to transform TNT in minimum media with TNT as the sole nitrogen source and an additional carbon source. TNT-transforming bacteria were identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. TNT transformation rates were significantly lower when no additional carbon or nitrogen source were added...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557348/the-toxic-mode-of-action-of-cyclic-lipodepsipeptide-fusaricidins-produced-by-paenibacillus-polymyxa-toward-mammalian-cells
#20
Raimo Mikkola, Maria A Andersson, Pavel Grigoriev, Mari Heinonen, Mirja S Salkinoja-Salonen
AIMS: The toxic strains of Paenibacillus polymyxa were isolated from buildings connected to ill health symptoms. Our aim was to identify the toxic compounds of Paenibacillus polymyxa and describe their toxic actions. METHODS AND RESULTS: The toxins of Paenibacillus polymyxa were purified and analysed by HPLC and mass spectrometry. Toxic fusaricidins A and B, and LI-F05a with mass ions at m/z 883.7, 897.6, and 897.6, respectively, were found. Cytotoxicity of purified fusaricidins A and B were measured using boar sperm, porcine tubular kidney epithelial and murine fibroblast cells...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
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