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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934611/enhanced-biodegradation-of-atrazine-by-bacteria-encapsulated-in-organically-modified-silica-gels
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Joey J Benson, Jonathan K Sakkos, Adi Radian, Lawrence P Wackett, Alptekin Aksan
Biodegradation by cells encapsulated in silica gel is an economical and environmentally friendly method for the removal of toxic chemicals from the environment. In this work, recombinant E. coli expressing atrazine chlorohydrolase (AtzA) were encapsulated in organically modified silica (ORMOSIL) gels composed of TEOS, silica nanoparticles (SNPs), and either phenyltriethoxysilane (PTES) or methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). ORMOSIL gels adsorbed much higher amounts of atrazine than the hydrophilic TEOS gels. The highest amount of atrazine adsorbed by ORMOSIL gels was 48...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934348/antimicrobial-resistance-in-clinical-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-poultry-and-livestock-china
#2
Afrah Kamal Yassin, Jiansen Gong, Patrick Kelly, Guangwu Lu, Luca Guardabassi, Lanjing Wei, Xiangan Han, Haixiang Qiu, Stuart Price, Darong Cheng, Chengming Wang
Poultry and livestock are the most important reservoirs for pathogenic Escherichia coli and use of antimicrobials in animal farming is considered the most important factor promoting the emergence, selection and dissemination of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms. The aim of our study was to investigate antimicrobial resistance in E. coli isolated from food animals in Jiangsu, China. The disc diffusion method was used to determine susceptibility to 18 antimicrobial agents in 862 clinical isolates collected from chickens, ducks, pigs, and cows between 2004 and 2012...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934346/antibacterial-effects-of-carbon-dots-in-combination-with-other-antimicrobial-reagents
#3
Xiuli Dong, Mohamad Al Awak, Nicholas Tomlinson, Yongan Tang, Ya-Ping Sun, Liju Yang
This study was designed to investigate the antimicrobial effects of CDots in combination with other antimicrobial reagents, including H2O2, Na2CO3, and AcOH (acetic acid). CDots were synthesized and passivated with 2,2'-(ethylenedioxy)bis(ethylamine) (EDA). The minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of CDots was 64 μg/mL on both Gram negative bacteria E.coli cells and Gram positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis cells. When CDots were combined with H2O2, antibacterial synergistic effects were observed based on the fractional inhibitory concentration (FIC) index, and further confirmed by an isobologram analysis and viable cell number counting methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933815/magnetotactic-bacteria-powered-biohybrids-target-e-coli-biofilms
#4
Morgan M Stanton, Byung-Wook Park, Diana Vilela, Klaas Bente, Damien Faivre, Metin Sitti, Samuel Sanchez
Biofilm colonies are typically resistant to general antibiotic treatment and require targeted methods for their removal. One of these methods include the use of nanoparticles as carriers for antibiotic delivery, where they randomly circulate in fluid until they make contact with the infected areas. However, the required proximity of the particles to the biofilm results in only moderate efficacy. We demonstrate here that the non-pathogenic magnetotactic bacteria, Magnetosopirrillum gryphiswalense (MSR-1), can be integrated with drug-loaded mesoporous silica microtubes (MSMs) to build controllable microswimmers (biohybrids) capable of antibiotic delivery to target an infectious biofilm...
September 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933689/galk-based-suicide-vector-mediated-allelic-exchange-in-mycobacterium-abscessus
#5
Stacy A Gregoire, Joel Byam, Martin S Pavelka
Mycobacterium abscessus is a fast-growing environmental organism and an important emerging pathogen. It is highly resistant to many antibiotics and undergoes a smooth to rough colony morphology change that appears to be important for pathogenesis. Smooth environmental strains have a glycopeptidolipid (GPL) on the surface, while certain types of clinical strains are often rough and lack this GPL, due to mutations in biosynthetic genes or the mmpL4b transporter gene. We report here the development and evaluation of an allelic exchange system for unmarked alleles in M...
September 21, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933357/risk-of-asymptomatic-bacteriuria-among-people-with-sickle-cell-disease-in-accra-ghana
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Eric S Donkor, Jonathan A Osei, Isaac Anim-Baidoo, Samuel Darkwah
Asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) is benign except in certain medical conditions such as pregnancy and immunosuppression. In Ghana, there are hardly any studies on urinary infections among sickle cell disease (SCD) patients, and the few studies carried out in Africa focused on pediatric SCD populations. The current study aimed to investigate the risk of ASB among SCD patients at a tertiary hospital in Ghana. This was a cross-sectional study involving 110 SCD patients and 110 age and sex matched healthy controls...
February 15, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933083/-codon-usage-bias-of-catharanthus-roseus
#7
Ying Li, Xue-Jun Kuang, Xiao-Xuan Zhu, Ying-Jie Zhu, Chao Sun
This study aimed to provide guidance for the heterogenous gene expression, gene prediction and species evolution by analyzing codon usage bias of Catharanthus roseus.The codon composition and usage bias of 30 437 high-confidence coding sequences from C.roseus were analyzed and the proportion of rare codons of Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae in 25 genes involved in the biosynthesis of terpenoid indole alkaloids (TIAs) in C.roseus were calculated.The results showed that the average GC content of the genes was 42...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932297/flow-cytometry-in-detecting-resistant-e-coli-strains
#8
Lyudmila Akhmaltdinova, Alyona Lavrinenko, Ilya Belyayev
Antibacterial drugs are the most consumed group of drugs in the modern hospitals. Standard methods of antibiotic sensitivity are labour and time-consuming, taking up to 24 hours after the pure culture is isolated (the analysis typically lasts up to 72 hours). Working out express diagnostic methods is of importance, and studies are made in various directions. Flow cytometry in detecting resistant E. coli strains was used. Flow cytometry fluorescent dyes were used to stain viable and dead cells. For method validation, relative accuracy, relative susceptibility, relative specificity and Cohen's kappa test were determined compared to the delusion test...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932209/the-mobilome-a-major-contributor-to-escherichia-coli-stx2-positive-o26-h11-strains-intra-serotype-diversity
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Sabine Delannoy, Patricia Mariani-Kurkdjian, Hattie E Webb, Stephane Bonacorsi, Patrick Fach
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli of serotype O26:H11/H- constitute a diverse group of strains and several clones with distinct genetic characteristics have been identified and characterized. Whole genome sequencing was performed using Illumina and PacBio technologies on eight stx2-positive O26:H11 strains circulating in France. Comparative analyses of the whole genome of the stx2-positive O26:H11 strains indicate that several clones of EHEC O26:H11 are co-circulating in France. Phylogenetic analysis of the French strains together with stx2-positive and stx-negative E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931629/selinene-volatiles-are-essential-precursors-for-maize-defense-promoting-fungal-pathogen-resistance
#10
Yezhang Ding, Alisa Huffaker, Tobias G Köllner, Philipp Weckwerth, Christelle A M Robert, Joseph L Spencer, Alexander E Lipka, Eric A Schmelz
To ensure food security, maize (Zea mays) is a model crop for understanding useful traits underlying stress resistance. In contrast to foliar biochemicals, root defenses limiting the spread of disease remain poorly described. To better understand below-ground defenses in the field, we performed root metabolomic profiling and uncovered unexpectedly high levels of the sesquiterpene volatile β-selinene and the corresponding non-volatile antibiotic derivative, β-costic acid. The application of metabolite-based quantitative trait loci (mQTL) mapping using bi-parental populations, genome wide association studies, and near-isogenic lines (NILs) enabled the identification of terpene synthase 21 (ZmTps21) on chromosome 9 as a β-costic acid pathway candidate gene...
September 20, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931467/clinical-features-and-molecular-epidemiology-of-diarrheagenic-escherichia-coli-pathotypes-identified-by-fecal-gastrointestinal-multiplex-nucleic-acid-amplification-in-patients-with-cancer-and-diarrhea
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Andrew W Chao, Micah Bhatti, Herbert L DuPont, James P Nataro, Lily G Carlin, Pablo C Okhuysen
Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli (DEC) pathotypes with differing epidemiology and clinical features, are known causes of disease with worldwide occurrence. At a major cancer center in the U.S., we studied patients with cancer and diarrhea for whom a GI Biofire FilmArray multiplex GI panel (BFM) was performed. An enteropathogen was identified in 382 of 2017 (19%) samples distributed across 311 patients. Of these, 60/311(19%) were positive for DEC. Patients receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) 29/60 (48%) or with a hematologic malignancy 17/60 (28%) accounted for the majority of DEC cases...
August 12, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931397/pseudomonas-stutzeri-as-an-alternative-host-for-membrane-proteins
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Manuel Sommer, Hao Xie, Hartmut Michel
BACKGROUND: Studies on membrane proteins are often hampered by insufficient yields of the protein of interest. Several prokaryotic hosts have been tested for their applicability as production platform but still Escherichia coli by far is the one most commonly used. Nevertheless, it has been demonstrated that in some cases hosts other than E. coli are more appropriate for certain target proteins. RESULTS: Here we have developed an expression system for the heterologous production of membrane proteins using a single plasmid-based approach...
September 20, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931050/saxs-and-stability-studies-of-iron-induced-oligomers-of-bacterial-frataxin-cyay
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Mostafa Fekry, Wessen Alshokry, Przemysław Grela, Marek Tchórzewski, Eva-Christina Ahlgren, Christopher A Söderberg, Oleksandr Gakh, Grazia Isaya, Salam Al-Karadaghi
Frataxin is a highly conserved protein found in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. It is involved in several central functions in cells, which include iron delivery to biochemical processes, such as heme synthesis, assembly of iron-sulfur clusters (ISC), storage of surplus iron in conditions of iron overload, and repair of ISC in aconitase. Frataxin from different organisms has been shown to undergo iron-dependent oligomerization. At least two different classes of oligomers, with different modes of oligomer packing and stabilization, have been identified...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931012/cbta-toxin-of-escherichia-coli-inhibits-cell-division-and-cell-elongation-via-direct-and-independent-interactions-with-ftsz-and-mreb
#14
Danielle M Heller, Mrinalini Tavag, Ann Hochschild
The toxin components of toxin-antitoxin modules, found in bacterial plasmids, phages, and chromosomes, typically target a single macromolecule to interfere with an essential cellular process. An apparent exception is the chromosomally encoded toxin component of the E. coli CbtA/CbeA toxin-antitoxin module, which can inhibit both cell division and cell elongation. A small protein of only 124 amino acids, CbtA, was previously proposed to interact with both FtsZ, a tubulin homolog that is essential for cell division, and MreB, an actin homolog that is essential for cell elongation...
September 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930971/determination-of-the-optimal-chromosomal-location-s-for-a-dna-element-in-escherichia-coli-using-a-novel-transposon-mediated-approach
#15
Jakob Frimodt-Møller, Godefroid Charbon, Karen A Krogfelt, Anders Løbner-Olesen
The optimal chromosomal position(s) of a given DNA element was/were determined by transposon-mediated random insertion followed by fitness selection. In bacteria, the impact of the genetic context on the function of a genetic element can be difficult to assess. Several mechanisms, including topological effects, transcriptional interference from neighboring genes, and/or replication-associated gene dosage, may affect the function of a given genetic element. Here, we describe a method that permits the random integration of a DNA element into the chromosome of Escherichia coli and select the most favorable locations using a simple growth competition experiment...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930669/a-highly-specific-escherichia-coli-qpcr-and-its-comparison-with-existing-methods-for-environmental-waters
#16
David I Walker, Jonathan McQuillan, Michael Taiwo, Rachel Parks, Craig A Stenton, Hywel Morgan, Matthew C Mowlem, David N Lees
The presence of Escherichia coli in environmental waters is considered as evidence of faecal contamination and is therefore commonly used as an indicator in both water quality and food safety analysis. The long period of time between sample collection and obtaining results from existing culture based methods means that contamination events may already impact public health by the time they are detected. The adoption of molecular based methods for E. coli could significantly reduce the time to detection. A new quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) assay was developed to detect the ybbW gene sequence, which was found to be 100% exclusive and inclusive (specific and sensitive) for E...
August 25, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930254/synthesis-antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activities-of-chalcogen-containing-nitrone-derivatives-from-r-citronellal
#17
Mariana C Ferraz, Renata A Mano, Daniela H Oliveira, Darla S V Maia, Wladimir P Silva, Lucielli Savegnago, Eder J Lenardão, Raquel G Jacob
Background: The main constituents of Cymbopogonnardus (L) Rendle and C. citratus (DC) Stapfessential oils are (R)-citronellal and citral, respectively. Organochalcogen compounds can boost the biological activities of natural products. Methods: Several chalcogen-containing nitrones derived from (R)-citronellal and citral were prepared and evaluated for their antimicrobial and antioxidant activities. The antimicrobial activity was evaluated by the disc diffusion test and the antioxidant properties were evaluated in vitro by DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl), ABTS (2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid), and FRAP (ferric ion reducing antioxidant power) assays...
June 10, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930199/reduced-fluorescent-protein-switching-fatigue-by-binding-induced-emissive-state-stabilization
#18
Thijs Roebroek, Sam Duwé, Wim Vandenberg, Peter Dedecker
Reversibly switchable fluorescent proteins (RSFPs) enable advanced fluorescence imaging, though the performance of this imaging crucially depends on the properties of the labels. We report on the use of an existing small binding peptide, named Enhancer, to modulate the spectroscopic properties of the recently developed rsGreen series of RSFPs. Fusion constructs of Enhancer with rsGreen1 and rsGreenF revealed an increased molecular brightness and pH stability, although expression in living E. coli or HeLa cells resulted in a decrease of the overall emission...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930030/mild-illness-during-outbreak-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o157-infections-associated-with-agricultural-show-australia
#19
Bhakti R Vasant, Russell J Stafford, Amy V Jennison, Sonya M Bennett, Robert J Bell, Christine J Doyle, Jeannette R Young, Susan A Vlack, Paul Titmus, Debra El Saadi, Kari A J Jarvinen, Patricia Coward, Janine Barrett, Megan Staples, Rikki M A Graham, Helen V Smith, Stephen B Lambert
During a large outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli illness associated with an agricultural show in Australia, we used whole-genome sequencing to detect an IS1203v insertion in the Shiga toxin 2c subunit A gene of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. Our study showed that clinical illness was mild, and hemolytic uremic syndrome was not detected.
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930021/blactx-m-27-encoding-escherichia-coli-sequence-type-131-lineage-c1-m27-clone-in-clinical-isolates-germany
#20
Hiren Ghosh, Swapnil Doijad, Linda Falgenhauer, Moritz Fritzenwanker, Can Imirzalioglu, Trinad Chakraborty
We examined extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing isolates from livestock, humans, companion animals, food, and the environment during 2009-2016 in Germany for the presence of CTX-M-27 allele within Escherichia coli sequence type (ST) 131. E. coli ST131 C1-M27 was exclusively present in humans; its incidence increased from 0% in 2009 to 45% in 2016.
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
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