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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533535/tail-tubular-protein-a-a-dual-function-tail-protein-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-bacteriophage-kp32
#1
Anna Pyra, Ewa Brzozowska, Krzysztof Pawlik, Andrzej Gamian, Miroslawa Dauter, Zbigniew Dauter
Tail tubular protein A (TTPA) is a structural tail protein of Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteriophage KP32, and is responsible for adhering the bacteriophage to host cells. For the first time, we found that TTPA also exhibits lytic activity towards capsular exopolysaccharide (EPS) of the multiresistant clinical strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae, PCM2713, and thus should be regarded as a dual-function macromolecule that exhibits both structural and enzymatic actions. Here, we present our crystallographic and enzymatic studies of TTPA...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522999/fermentation-ph-modulates-the-size-distributions-and-functional-properties-of-gluconobacter-albidus-tmw-2-1191-levan
#2
Tharalinee Ua-Arak, Frank Jakob, Rudi F Vogel
Bacterial levan has gained an increasing interest over the last decades due to its unique characteristics and multiple possible applications. Levan and other exopolysaccharides (EPSs) production are usually optimized to obtain the highest concentration or yield while a possible change of the molecular size and mass during the production process is mostly neglected. In this study, the molar mass and radius of levan samples were monitored during fermentations with the food-grade, levan-producing acetic acid bacterium Gluconobacter (G...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522003/lactobacillus-plantarum-cidca-8327-an-%C3%AE-glucan-producing-strain-isolated-from-kefir-grains
#3
M V Gangoiti, A I Puertas, M F Hamet, P J Peruzzo, M G Llamas, M Medrano, A Prieto, M T Dueñas, A G Abraham
Lactobacillus plantarum CIDCA 8327 is an exopolysaccharide (EPS)-producer strain isolated from kefir with promising properties for the development of functional foods. The aim of the present study was to characterize the structure of the EPS synthesized by this strain grown in skim milk or semidefined medium (SDM). Additionally, genes involved in EPS synthesis were detected by PCR. L. plantarum produces an EPS with a molecular weight of 10(4)Da in both media. When grown in SDM produce an heteropolysaccharide composed mainly of glucose, glucosamine and rhamnose meanwhile the EPS produced in milk was composed exclusively of glucose indicating the influence of the sugar source...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520517/nanoantibiotics-a-new-paradigm-for-the-treatment-of-surgical-infection
#4
Joseph S Fernandez-Moure, Michael Evangelopoulos, Kayla Colvill, Jeffrey L Van Eps, Ennio Tasciotti
Infections following orthopedic device implantations often impose a substantial health burden and result in high medical costs. Currently, preventative methods are often employed following an orthopedic implant to reduce risk of infection; however, contamination of the surgical site can still occur. Although antibiotics have demonstrated a substantial reduction in bacterial growth and maintenance, biofilm formation around the implant can often minimize efficacy of the antibiotic. Recently, nanotechnology has garnered significant interest, resulting in the development of several antibiotic delivery strategies that exhibit extended release and increased efficacy...
May 18, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520474/survival-of-deinococcus-geothermalis-in-biofilms-under-desiccation-and-simulated-space-and-martian-conditions
#5
Jan Frösler, Corinna Panitz, Jost Wingender, Hans-Curt Flemming, Petra Rettberg
Biofilm formation represents a successful survival strategy for bacteria. In biofilms, cells are embedded in a matrix of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). As they are often more stress-tolerant than single cells, biofilm cells might survive the conditions present in space and on Mars. To investigate this topic, the bacterium Deinococcus geothermalis was chosen as a model organism due to its tolerance toward desiccation and radiation. Biofilms cultivated on membranes and, for comparison, planktonically grown cells deposited on membranes were air-dried and exposed to individual stressors that included prolonged desiccation, extreme temperatures, vacuum, simulated martian atmosphere, and UV irradiation, and they were exposed to combinations of stressors that simulate space (desiccation + vacuum + UV) or martian (desiccation + Mars atmosphere + UV) conditions...
May 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511037/role-of-ph-and-ionic-strength-in-the-aggregation-of-tio2-nanoparticles-in-the-presence-of-extracellular-polymeric-substances-from-bacillus-subtilis
#6
Di Lin, S Drew Story, Sharon L Walker, Qiaoyun Huang, Wei Liang, Peng Cai
Increased use of commercial titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) in consumer products most likely leads to their additional environmental release. Aggregation and disaggregation processes are expected to play an important role in the fate and transport of TiO2 NPs in natural aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, in this work, we have studied the colloidal stability of TiO2 NPs in the presence of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) from Bacillus subtilis and the adsorption behavior of EPS on TiO2 NPs in aqueous solutions at different pH values and ionic strengths (IS)...
May 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509876/optimization-of-eps-production-and-characterization-by-a-halophilic-bacterium-kocuria-rosea-zjuqh-from-chaka-salt-lake-with-response-surface-methodology
#7
Di Gu, Yingchun Jiao, Jianan Wu, Zhengjie Liu, Qihe Chen
With the rising awareness of microbial exopolysaccharides (EPSs) application in various fields, halophilic microorganisms which produce EPSs have received broad attention. A newly identified Kocuria rosea ZJUQH CCTCC M2016754 was determined to be a moderate halobacterium on account of its successful adaption to the environment containing 10% NaCl. The optimal combination of fermentation medium compositions on EPS production was studied. In this work, a fractional factorial design was adopted to investigate the significant factors that affected EPS production...
May 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509355/lon-protease-modulates-virulence-traits-in-erwinia-amylovora-by-directly-monitoring-major-regulators-and-indirectly-through-the-rcs-and-gac-csr-regulatory-systems
#8
Jae Hoon Lee, Veronica Ancona, Youfu Zhao
Lon, an ATP-dependent protease in bacteria, influences diverse cellular processes by degrading damaged, misfolded and short-lived regulatory proteins. In this study, we characterized the effects of lon mutation and determined the molecular mechanisms underlying Lon-mediated virulence regulation in Erwinia amylovora, an enterobacterial pathogen of apple. E. amylovora depends on the type III secretion system (T3SS) and the exopolysaccharide (EPS) amylovoran to cause disease. Our results showed that mutation of the lon gene led to overproduction of amylovoran, increased T3SS gene expression and non-motile phenotype...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508711/surface-sensing-and-stress-signalling-in-ulva-and-fouling-diatoms-potential-targets-for-antifouling-a-review
#9
Stephanie E M Thompson, Juliet C Coates
Understanding the underlying signalling pathways that enable fouling algae to sense and respond to surfaces is essential in the design of environmentally friendly coatings. Both the green alga Ulva and diverse diatoms are important ecologically and economically as they are persistent biofoulers. Ulva spores exhibit rapid secretion, allowing them to adhere quickly and permanently to a ship, whilst diatoms secrete an abundance of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), which are highly adaptable to different environmental conditions...
May 2017: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507540/microbial-population-dynamics-and-ecosystem-functions-of-anoxic-aerobic-granular-sludge-in-sequencing-batch-reactors-operated-at-different-organic-loading-rates
#10
Enikö Szabó, Raquel Liébana, Malte Hermansson, Oskar Modin, Frank Persson, Britt-Marie Wilén
The granular sludge process is an effective, low-footprint alternative to conventional activated sludge wastewater treatment. The architecture of the microbial granules allows the co-existence of different functional groups, e.g., nitrifying and denitrifying communities, which permits compact reactor design. However, little is known about the factors influencing community assembly in granular sludge, such as the effects of reactor operation strategies and influent wastewater composition. Here, we analyze the development of the microbiomes in parallel laboratory-scale anoxic/aerobic granular sludge reactors operated at low (0...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505508/phosphatase-activities-of-a-microepiphytic-community-during-a-bloom-of-ostreopsis-cf-ovata-in-the-northern-adriatic-sea
#11
Stefano Accoroni, Cecilia Totti, Emanuela Razza, Roberta Congestri, Alessandra Campanelli, Mauro Marini, Neil Thomas William Ellwood
It is becoming more apparent that increased organic nutrient loads deriving from anthropogenic activities and natural processes frequently cause the eutrophication of coastal waters. Concurrently, an increasing number of phototrophs have been shown to make use of organic nutrients, mainly through indirect studies of surface enzyme activities or through direct studies of growth in media containing organic-only nutrients. The potential utilization of dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) by microepiphytic-mats associated with frequently problematic, toxic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf...
May 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503474/bonding-of-the-silane-containing-multi-mode-universal-adhesive-for-lithium-disilicate-ceramics
#12
Hyun-Young Lee, Geum-Jun Han, Juhea Chang, Ho-Hyun Son
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the influence of a multi-mode universal adhesive (MUA) containing silane (Single Bond Universal, 3M EPSE) on the bonding of resin cement to lithium disilicate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty IPS e.max CAD specimens (Ivoclar Vivadent) were fabricated. The surfaces were treated as follows: Group A, adhesive that did not contain silane (ANS, Porcelain Bonding Resin, Bisco); Group B, silane (S) and ANS; Group C, hydrofluoric acid (HF), S, and ANS; Group D, MUA; Group E, HF and MUA...
May 2017: Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500044/rpon-%C3%AF-54-is-required-for-floc-formation-but-not-for-extracellular-polysaccharide-biosynthesis-in-a-floc-forming-aquincola-tertiaricarbonis-strain
#13
Dianzhen Yu, Ming Xia, Liping Zhang, Yulong Song, You Duan, Tong Yuan, Minjie Yao, Liyou Wu, Chunyuan Tian, Zhenbin Wu, Xiangzhen Li, Jizhong Zhou, Dongru Qiu
Some bacteria are capable of forming flocs in which bacterial cells are self-flocculated by secreted extracellular polysaccharides and other biopolymers. The floc-forming bacteria play a central role in activated sludge, which has been widely utilized for the treatment of municipal sewage and industrial wastewater. Here we use a floc-forming bacterium, Aquincola tertiaricarbonis RN12, as a model to explore the biosynthesis of EPS and the regulation of floc-formation. A large gene cluster for exopolysaccharide biosynthesis and a gene encoding the alternative sigma factor RpoN1, one of the four paralogues, have been identified in the floc-formation-deficient mutants generated by transposon mutagenesis and the gene functions have been further confirmed by genetic complementation analyses...
May 12, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499184/effects-of-graphite-nanoparticles-on-nitrification-in-an-activated-sludge-system
#14
Qian Dong, Yanchen Liu, Hanchang Shi, Xia Huang
Graphite nanoparticles (GNPs) might result in unexpected effects during their transportation and transformation in wastewater treatment systems, including strong thermo-catalytic and catalytic effects and microbial cytotoxicity. In particular, the effects of GNPs on the nitrification process in activated sludge systems should be addressed. This study aimed to estimate the influence of GNPs on the nitrification process in a short-term nitrification reactor with exposure to different light sources. The results indicated that GNPs could only improve the efficiency of photothermal transformation slightly in the activated sludge system because of its photothermal effects under the standard illuminant (imitating 1 × sun)...
May 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498986/sequence-of-inoculation-influences-the-nature-of-exopolymeric-substances-eps-and-biofilm-formation-in-azotobacter-chroococcum-and-trichoderma-viride
#15
Kulandaivelu Velmourougane, Radha Prasanna, Shashi Bala Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Supradip Saha
Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) are important structural components of biofilms. In the present study, the EPS in biofilms developed using two agriculturally beneficial organisms- Azotobacter chroococcum (Az) and Trichoderma viride (Tv) were quantified and characterised. Time course experiments were undertaken to optimize the EPS yield of biofilm samples resulting from coculture and staggered inoculation. The EPS produced during biofilm formation was found to differ quantitatively and qualitatively in individual cultures (Az alone, Tv alone), and in treatments differing in the sequence of inoculation of bacterium and fungus (Az+Tv coculture, staggered inoculation of Az followed by Tv-Az-Tv, or Tv followed by Az-Tv-Az)...
May 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498412/emmprin-released-as-a-microvesicle-in-epithelioid-sarcoma-interacts-with-fibroblasts
#16
Mikiko Aoki, Kaori Koga, Makoto Hamasaki, Nagayasu Egawa, Kazuki Nabeshima
Emmprin (extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer, CD147) is a glycosylated transmembrane protein, consisting of two immunoglobulin domains, that stimulates the production of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) by tumor-associated fibroblasts. These effects play important roles in tumor invasion and metastasis. However, the precise mechanisms by which emmprin acts on fibroblasts have not been fully elucidated, especially in sarcoma cells. Previously, we demonstrated that emmprin, expressed in conditioned medium collected from the epithelioid sarcoma cell line (FU-EPS-1), stimulates MMP-2 production via interactions with fibroblasts...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497178/optimization-of-production-of-c-phycocyanin-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances-by-arthrospira-sp
#17
Monchai Dejsungkranont, Yusuf Chisti, Sarote Sirisansaneeyakul
The key factors influencing the production of C-phycocyanin (C-PC) and extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) by photoautotrophic culture of Arthrospira sp. were optimized using Taguchi method. Six factors were varied at either three or two levels as follows: light intensity at three levels; three initial culture pHs; two species of Arthrospira; three concentrations of Zarrouk's medium; three rates of aeration of the culture with air mixed with 2% v/v carbon dioxide; and two incubation temperatures. All cultures ran for 14 days...
May 11, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495632/evaluation-of-dermal-wound-healing-activity-and-in-vitro-antibacterial-and-antioxidant-activities-of-a-new-exopolysaccharide-produced-by-lactobacillus-sp-ca6
#18
Imen Trabelsi, Naourez Ktari, Sirine Ben Slima, Mehdi Triki, Sana Bardaa, Hela Mnif, Riadh Ben Salah
The present study aimed to evaluate the in vitro antibacterial and antioxidant activities and the in vivo wound healing performance of a noval exopolysaccharides (EPS-Ca6) produced by Lactobacillus sp.Ca6 strain. The results showed that EPS-Ca6 had a potential antioxidant activity determined through four different assays: DPPH scavenging activity, reducing power, β-carotene bleaching by linoleic acid assay, and Metal chelating activities. It also exhibited significant antibacterial activity against pathogenic bacteria Salmonella enterica and Micrococcus luteus...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490749/characterization-of-product-and-potential-mechanism-of-cr-vi-reduction-by-anaerobic-activated-sludge-in-a-sequencing-batch-reactor
#19
Ruofei Jin, Yao Liu, Guangfei Liu, Tian Tian, Sen Qiao, Jiti Zhou
Bioremediation of Cr(VI) and nitrate is considered as a promising and cost-effective alternative to chemical and physical methods. However, organo-Cr(III) complexes in effluent generally causes environmental concerns due to second-pollution. Here, Cr(VI) reduction and immobilization efficiencies of anaerobic activated sludge were investigated. Anaerobic activated sludge showed strong reduction ability of Cr(VI) and possessed a great potential of Cr(III) immobilization. Almost 100.0 mg l(-1) Cr(VI) could be completely reduced and immobilized by anaerobic activated sludge in a sequencing batch reactor in 24 h...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486980/task-shifting-of-triage-to-peer-expert-informal-care-providers-at-a-tertiary-referral-hiv-clinic-in-malawi-a-cross-sectional-operational-evaluation
#20
Megan Landes, Courtney Thompson, Edson Mwinjiwa, Edith Thaulo, Chrissie Gondwe, Harriet Akello, Adrienne K Chan
BACKGROUND: HIV treatment models in Africa are labour intensive and require a high number of skilled staff. In this context, task-shifting is considered a feasible alternative for ART service delivery. In 2006, a lay health cadre of expert patients (EPs) at a tertiary referral HIV clinic in Zomba, Malawi was capacitated. There are few evaluations of EP program efficacy in this setting. Triage is the process of prioritizing patients in terms of the severity of their condition and ensures that no harmful delays occur to treatment and care...
May 9, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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