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Neeladri Sekhar Roy, Subrata Debnath, Abhijit Chakraborty, Prasenjit Chakraborty, Indrani Bera, Raka Ghosh, Nanda Ghoshal, Saikat Chakrabarti, Siddhartha Roy
Localized separation of strands of duplex DNA is a necessary step in many DNA-dependent processes, including transcription and replication. Little is known about how these strand separations occur. The strand-separated E.coli RNA polymerase-promoter open-complex structure showed four bases of the non-template strand, the master base -11A, -7, -6 and +2, in a flipped state and inserted into protein pockets. To explore whether any property of these bases in the duplex state pre-disposes them to flipping, NMR studies were performed on a wild-type promoter in the duplex state...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Meiji Soe Aung, Nilar San, Win Win Maw, Thida San, Noriko Urushibara, Mitsuyo Kawaguchiya, Ayako Sumi, Nobumichi Kobayashi
The increasing trend of Escherichia coli producing extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) and carbapenemases is a global public health concern. In this study, prevalence and molecular characteristics of E. coli harboring ESBL and carbapenemase genes were investigated for 426 isolates derived from various clinical specimens in a teaching hospital in Yangon, Myanmar, for the 1-year period beginning January 2016. A total of 157 isolates (36.9%) were ESBL producers and harbored CTX-M-1 group genes (146 isolates; blaCTX-M-15 , blaCTX-M55 ) or CTX-M-9 group genes (11 isolates; blaCTX-M-14 , blaCTX-M-27 )...
March 22, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
Jinfeng Sun, Jie Wang, Kangming Tian, Zixing Dong, Xiaoguang Liu, Kugenthiren Permaul, Suren Singh, Bernard A Prior, Zhengxiang Wang
OBJECTIVES: To develop a xylose-nonutilizing Escherichia coli strain for ethanol production and xylose recovery. RESULTS: Xylose-nonutilizing E. coli CICIM B0013-2012 was successfully constructed from E. coli B0013-1030 (pta-ack, ldhA, pflB, xylH) by deletion of frdA, xylA and xylE. It exhibited robust growth on plates containing glucose, arabinose or galactose, but failed to grow on xylose. The ethanol synthesis pathway was then introduced into B0013-2012 to create an ethanologenic strain B0013-2012PA...
March 21, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
Luca Grispoldi, Filippo Bertero, Serena Franceschini, Francesco Mastrosimone, Paola Sechi, Maria Francesca Iulietto, Margherita Ceccarelli, Beniamino Terzo Cenci-Goga
Ten Holstein Friesian calves were divided into two groups of five: one group was given prebiotics in their food, while the other group served as the control group. Every two weeks from birth up to 18 months, samples of feces were taken from the rectal ampulla to determine the concentration of E. coli . At each sampling session, three aliquots per sample were collected. The arithmetic mean was calculated and all values (converted into logs) were analysed with GraphPad InStat for analysis of variance, followed by the Tukey-Kramer test...
October 20, 2017: Italian Journal of Food Safety
Jung Sook Yeom, Chung Mo Koo, Ji Sook Park, Ji-Hyun Seo, Eun Sil Park, Jae-Young Lim, Hyang-Ok Woo, Hee-Shang Youn
We report the case of a 12-year-old girl who had mild encephalopathy with a reversible splenial lesion (MERS) associated with acutepyelonephritis caused by Escherichia coli . The patient was admitted with a high fever, and she was diagnosed with acute pyelonephritis based on pyuria and the results of urine culture, which detected cefotaxime-sensitive E. coli . Although intravenous cefotaxime and tobramycin were administered, her fever persisted and her C-reactive protein level increased to 307 mg/L. On day 3 of admission, she demonstrated abnormal neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as delirium, ataxia, and word salad...
February 2018: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
Nambram S Singh, Neelja Singhal, Jugsharan S Virdi
The presence of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) including those expressing ESBLs and AmpC-β-lactamases in Escherichia coli inhabiting the aquatic environments is a serious health problem. The situation is further complicated by the fact that ARGs can be easily transferred among bacterial species with the help of mobile genetic elements - plasmids, integrons, insertion sequences (IS), and transposons. Therefore, the analysis of genetic environment and mobile genetic elements associated with ARGs is important as these provide useful information about the epidemiology of these genes...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Luigi Principe, Aurora Piazza, Carola Mauri, Adriano Anesi, Silvia Bracco, Gioconda Brigante, Erminia Casari, Carlo Agrappi, Mariasofia Caltagirone, Federica Novazzi, Roberta Migliavacca, Laura Pagani, Francesco Luzzaro
Background: The emergence of the plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mechanism in Escherichia coli has raised concern among public health experts as colistin is a last-line antimicrobial resort. The primary aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence of this resistance trait in E. coli isolates circulating in the Lombardy region, Northern Italy. The presence of mcr -type genes and their genetic relationship were also studied. Materials and methods: A prospective study was performed during a 4-month period (May to August, 2016) in six acute care Hospitals...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
Kuili Fang, Xing Jin, Seok Hoon Hong
Many chronic infections involve bacterial biofilms, which are difficult to eliminate using conventional antibiotic treatments. Biofilm formation is a result of dynamic intra- or inter-species interactions. However, the nature of molecular interactions between bacteria in multi-species biofilms are not well understood compared to those in single-species biofilms. This study investigated the ability of probiotic Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 (EcN) to outcompete the biofilm formation of pathogens including enterohemorrhagic E...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alexandro Rodríguez-Rojas, Javier Moreno-Morales, A James Mason, Jens Rolff
Cationic antimicrobial peptides are ubiquitous immune effectors of multicellular organisms. We previously reported, that in contrast to most of the classic antibiotics, cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) do not increase mutation rates in E. coli Here, we provide new evidence showing that AMPs do not stimulate or enhance bacterial DNA recombination in the surviving fractions. Recombination accelerates evolution of antibiotic resistance. Our findings have implications for our understanding of host-microbe interactions, the evolution of innate immune defences, and shed new light on the dynamic of antimicrobial-resistance evolution...
March 2018: Biology Letters
Michael K Watters, Victor Manzanilla, Holly Howell, Alexander Mehreteab, Erik Rose, Nicole Walters, Nicholas Seitz, Jacob Nava, Sienna Kekelik, Laura Knuth, Brianna Scivinsky
When subjected to rapid drops of temperature (cold shock), Neurospora responds with a temporary shift in its morphology. This report is the first to examine this response genetically. We report here the results of a screen of selected mutants from the Neurospora knockout library for alterations in their morphological response to cold shock. Three groups of knockouts were selected to be subject to this screen: genes previously suspected to be involved in hyphal development as well as knockouts resulting in morphological changes; transcription factors; and genes homologous to E...
March 21, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Yuanzhi He, Feixue Chen, Meijing Sun, Huifang Gao, Zewang Guo, Hui Lin, Jiebo Chen, Wensong Jin, Yunlong Yang, Liaoyuan Zhang, Jun Yuan
(3 S )-Acetoin and (2 S ,3 S )-2,3-butanediol are important platform chemicals widely applied in the asymmetric synthesis of valuable chiral chemicals. However, their production by fermentative methods is difficult to perform. This study aimed to develop a whole-cell biocatalysis strategy for the production of (3 S )-acetoin and (2 S ,3 S )-2,3-butanediol from meso -2,3-butanediol. First, E. coli co-expressing (2 R ,3 R )-2,3-butanediol dehydrogenase, NADH oxidase and Vitreoscilla hemoglobin was developed for (3 S )-acetoin production from meso -2,3-butanediol...
March 19, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
George H Jones
Polynucleotide phosphorylase (PNPase) is a 3'-5'-exoribnuclease that is found in most bacteria and in some eukaryotic organelles. The enzyme plays a key role in RNA decay in these systems. PNPase structure and function have been studied extensively in Escherichia coli , but there are several important aspects of PNPase function in Streptomyces that differ from what is observed in E. coli and other bacterial genera. This review highlights several of those differences: (1) the organization and expression of the PNPase gene in Streptomyces ; (2) the possible function of PNPase as an RNA 3'-polyribonucleotide polymerase in Streptomyces ; (3) the function of PNPase as both an exoribonuclease and as an RNA 3'-polyribonucleotide polymerase in Streptomyces ; (4) the function of (p)ppGpp as a PNPase effector in Streptomyces ...
March 18, 2018: Antibiotics
Karen E Bowker, Alan R Noel, Sharon Tomaselli, Marie Attwood, Alasdair P MacGowan
Background: The pharmacodynamics of inhaled antimicrobials are poorly studied. Amikacin is being developed for inhalational therapy as BAY 41-6551. Objectives: We employed an in vitro pharmacokinetic model to study the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of amikacin. Methods: A dose-ranging design was used to establish fAUC/MIC and fCmax/MIC targets for static, -1 log drop and -2 log drop effects for strains of Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
A Leiva, F Granados-Chinchilla, M Redondo-Solano, M Arrieta-González, E Pineda-Salazar, A Molina
Animal by-product rendering establishments are still relevant industries worldwide. Animal by-product meal safety is paramount to protect feed, animals, and the rest of the food chain from unwanted contamination. As microbiological contamination may arise from inadequate processing of slaughterhouse waste and deficiencies in good manufacturing practices within the rendering facilities, we conducted an overall establishment's inspection, including the product in several parts of the process.An evaluation of the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) was carried out, which included the location and access (i...
March 19, 2018: Poultry Science
Paulo Roberto Lerias de Almeida, Gabriel Stefani Leão, Charlles David Gonçalves Gonçalves, Rafael Veiga Picon, Cristiane Valle Tovo
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis is a serious complication in cirrhotic patients, and changes in the microbiological characteristics reported in the last years are impacting the choice of antibiotic used for treatment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the changes in the epidemiology and bacterial resistance of the germs causing spontaneous bacterial peritonitis over three different periods over 17 years. METHODS: All cirrhotic patients with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and positive culture of ascites fluid were retrospectively studied in a reference Hospital in Southern Brazil...
January 2018: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
Svetlana Ferreira Lima, Marcela Lucas de Souza Bicalho, Rodrigo Carvalho Bicalho
Amplicon sequencing technique has been increasingly applied to the clinical setting as a sensitive diagnostic tool. Therefore, it is of great importance to develop a DNA extraction method that accurate isolates DNA from complex host-associated microbiota. Given the multifactorial etiology of clinical mastitis and the diversified lifestyle of bacterial species harboring in milk, here four distinct milk sample fractions: raw whole milk, milk fat, casein-pellet, and casein-pellet + fat from healthy cows and cows with clinical mastitis, were subjected to bead-beating DNA extraction, followed by high-throughput sequencing...
2018: PloS One
Peter F M Teunis, Eric G Evers, Paul D Hengeveld, Cindy M Dierikx, Cornelia C C H Wielders, Engeline van Duijkeren
A subset of the study population from a cross-sectional study of carriership of ESBL/pAmpC-producing E. coli (ESBL-E) in the general population was followed up by five successive samples over an approximate half year period, leading to six samples in 333 persons. Fecal samples were cultured and analyzed for the presence of E. coli types as characterized by MLST, and ESBL/pAmpC genes were analysed by PCR and sequencing. The study included 255 persons who had a negative first sample, to allow observations of acquiring carriership of ESBL-E...
2018: PloS One
Lucas C Klemm, Evan Czerwonka, Mary L Hall, Philip G Williams, Alejandro M S Mayer
Cosmopolitan Gram-negative cyanobacteria may affect human and animal health by contaminating terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments with toxins, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The cyanobacterial genus Scytonema ( S ) produces several toxins, but to our knowledge the bioactivity of genus Scytonema LPS has not been investigated. We recently reported that cyanobacterium Oscillatoria sp. LPS elicited classical and alternative activation of rat microglia in vitro. Thus, we hypothesized that treatment of brain microglia in vitro with either cyanobacteria S...
March 21, 2018: Toxins
Widodo, Nadya Veronica Margarecaesha Anyndita, Nurul Dluha, Muhaimin Rifa'i, Karimatul Himmah, Mulya Dwi Wahyuningsih
Background: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) can cause cancer in people from around the world. There is no EBV vaccine available for use on a global scale. However, emerging evidence suggests that the epitope on the gp350/220 capsid protein may be developed into an EBV vaccine. Nevertheless, the production of small, single epitope is challenging of stability issues and possible alteration of peptide structure. In this study, a tandem epitope was developed consisting of three single epitopes, aimed to improve stability, antigenicity and preserve epitope structure...
March 2018: Heliyon
Marcin Krupka, William Margolin
To generate two cells from one, bacteria such as Escherichia coli use a complex of membrane-embedded proteins called the divisome that synthesize the division septum. The initial stage of cytokinesis requires a tubulin homolog, FtsZ, which forms polymers that treadmill around the cell circumference. The attachment of these polymers to the cytoplasmic membrane requires an actin homolog, FtsA, which also forms dynamic polymers that directly bind to FtsZ. Recent evidence indicates that FtsA and FtsZ regulate each other's oligomeric state in E...
2018: F1000Research
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