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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733288/bacillomycin-d-produced-by-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-is-involved-in-the-antagonistic-interaction-with-the-plant-pathogenic-fungus-fusarium-graminearum
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Qin Gu, Yang Yang, Qiming Yuan, Guangming Shi, Liming Wu, Zhiying Lou, Rong Huo, Huijun Wu, Rainer Borriss, Xuewen Gao
Fusarium graminearum (teleomorph: Ascomycota, Hypocreales, Gibberella, Gibberella zeae) is a destructive fungal pathogen that threatens the production and quality of wheat and barley worldwide. Controlling this toxin-producing pathogen is a significant challenge. In the present study, the commercially available strain Bacillus amyloliquefaciens (Bacteria, Firmicutes, Bacillales, Bacillus) FZB42 showed strong activity against F. graminearum The lipopeptide, bacillomycin D, produced by FZB42, was proven to contribute to the antifungal activity...
July 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732925/analysis-of-staphylococcus-aureus-cell-viability-sublethal-injury-and-death-induced-by-synergistic-combination-of-ultrasound-and-mild-heat
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Jiao Li, Yuanjie Suo, Xinyu Liao, Juhee Ahn, Donghong Liu, Shiguo Chen, Xingqian Ye, Tian Ding
This study was designed to investigate the combined effects of ultrasound and mild heat on the viability of S. aureus in association with the cell membrane integrity and intracellular enzyme activity. Cells were treated by ultrasound under 55°C for 3, 5, 7, 10, and 15min. The dynamic changes of S. aureus cell viability, sublethal injury and death were evaluated using flow cytometric assay. Microscopies were applied to identify the morphological appearance, ultrastructure and topography of S. aureus. The results showed the membrane damage was synchronous with esterase inhibition during the exposure to sonication, leading to the immediate lethal effect...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731688/the-%C3%AF-configuration-of-the-www-motif-of-a-short-trp-rich-peptide-is-critical-for-targeting-bacterial-membranes-disrupting-preformed-biofilms-and-killing-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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D Zarena, Biswajit Mishra, Tamara Lushnikova, Fangyu Wang, Guangshun Wang
Tryptophan-rich peptides, being short and suitable for large-scale chemical synthesis, are attractive candidates for developing a new generation of antimicrobials to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria (superbugs). Although there are numerous pictures for membrane-bound structure of a single tryptophan (W), how multiple Trp amino acids assemble themselves and interact with bacterial membranes are poorly understood. This communication presents the three-dimensional structure for an eight-residue Trp-rich peptide (WWWLRKIW-NH2 with 50% W) determined by the improved 2D NMR method, which includes the measurements of 13C and 15N chemical shifts at natural abundance...
July 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730976/salmonella-intracellular-lifestyles-and-their-impact-on-host-to-host-transmission
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M Graciela Pucciarelli, Francisco García-Del Portillo
More than a century ago, infections by Salmonella were already associated with foodborne enteric diseases with high morbidity in humans and cattle. Intestinal inflammation and diarrhea are hallmarks of infections caused by nontyphoidal Salmonella serovars, and these pathologies facilitate pathogen transmission to the environment. In those early times, physicians and microbiologists also realized that typhoid and paratyphoid fever caused by some Salmonella serovars could be transmitted by "carriers," individuals outwardly healthy or at most suffering from some minor chronic complaint...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728309/escherichia-coli-outer-membrane-protein-f-ompf-an-immunogenic-protein-induces-cross-reactive-antibodies-against-escherichia-coli-and-shigella
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Xiao Wang, Da Teng, Qingfeng Guan, Ruoyu Mao, Ya Hao, Xiumin Wang, Junhu Yao, Jianhua Wang
Diarrhea caused by pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli) is one of the most serious infectious diseases in humans and animals. Due to antibiotics resistance and the lack of efficient vaccine, more attention should be paid to find potential versatile vaccine candidates to prevent diseases. In this study, the sequence homology analysis indicated that OmpF from E. coli CVCC 1515 shares a high identity (90-100%) with about half of the E. coli (46.7%) and Shigella (52.8%) strains. Then the recombinant OmpF was supposed to be developed as a versatile vaccine to prevent E...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727999/drug-ion-co-delivery-multi-functional-nanocarrier-to-regenerate-infected-tissue-defect
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Jung-Hwan Lee, Ahmed El-Fiqi, Nandin Mandakhbayar, Hae-Hyoung Lee, Hae-Won Kim
Regeneration of infected tissues is a globally challenging issue in medicine and dentistry. Common clinical therapies involving a complete removal of infected areas together with a treatment of antimicrobial drugs are often suboptimal. Biomaterials with anti-bacterial and pro-regenerative potential can offer a solution to this. Here we design a novel nanocarrier based on a mesoporous silicate-calcium glass by doping with Ag ions and simultaneously loading antimicrobial drugs onto mesopores. The nanocarriers could controllably release multiple ions (silver, calcium, and silicate) and drugs (tetracycline or chlorohexidine) to levels therapeutically relevant, and effectively internalize to human dental stem cells (∼90%) with excellent viability, ultimately stimulating odontogenic differentiation...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724349/16s-rrna-gene-based-association-study-identified-microbial-taxa-associated-with-pork-intramuscular-fat-content-in-feces-and-cecum-lumen
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Shaoming Fang, Xingwei Xiong, Ying Su, Lusheng Huang, Congying Chen
BACKGROUND: Intramuscular fat (IMF) that deposits among muscle fibers or within muscle cells is an important meat quality trait in pigs. Previous studies observed the effects of dietary nutrients and additives on improving the pork IMF. Gut microbiome plays an important role in host metabolism and energy harvest. Whether gut microbiota exerts effect on IMF remains unknown. RESULTS: In this study, we investigated the microbial community structure of 500 samples from porcine cecum and feces using high-throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing...
July 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723556/peroxisome-mediated-metabolism-is-required-for-immune-response-to-microbial-infection
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Francesca Di Cara, Avinash Sheshachalam, Nancy E Braverman, Richard A Rachubinski, Andrew J Simmonds
The innate immune response is critical for animal homeostasis and is conserved from invertebrates to vertebrates. This response depends on specialized cells that recognize, internalize, and destroy microbial invaders through phagocytosis. This is coupled to autonomous or non-autonomous cellular signaling via reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cytokine production. Lipids are known signaling factors in this process, as the acute phase response of macrophages is accompanied by systemic lipid changes that help resolve inflammation...
July 18, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721045/synthesis-construction-and-evaluation-of-self-assembled-nano-bacitracin-a-as-an-efficient-antibacterial-agent-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Wei Hong, Xiang Gao, Peng Qiu, Jie Yang, Mingxi Qiao, Hong Shi, Dexian Zhang, Chunlian Tian, Shengli Niu, Mingchun Liu
Bacitracin A (BA) is an excellent polypeptide antibiotic that is active against gram-positive bacteria without triggering multidrug resistance. However, BA is inactive against gram-negative bacteria because of its inability to cross the outer membrane of these cells, and it has strong nephrotoxicity, thus limiting its clinical applications. Nanoantibiotics can effectively localize antibiotics to the periplasmic space of bacteria while decreasing the adverse effects of antibiotics. In this study, biodegradable hydrophobic copolymers of poly (d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) were attached to the N-termini of BA to design a novel class of self-assembled nano-bacitracin A (nano-BAs), and their potential as antibacterial agents was evaluated in vitro and in vivo...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720964/antimicrobial-effect-of-black-pepper-petroleum-ether-extract-for-the-morphology-of-listeria-monocytogenes-and-salmonella-typhimurium
#10
Hui Tang, Wenxue Chen, Zu-Man Dou, Ronghao Chen, Yueying Hu, Weijun Chen, Haiming Chen
This study aimed to evaluate the effects of black pepper petroleum extract (BPPE) on pathogenic bacteria. The extraction from black pepper showed intense antimicrobial activity against the Gram-positive Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 19115 and the Gram-negative bacteria Salmonella typhimurium ATCC 14028. The minimum inhibitory concentrations of BPPE against L. monocytogenes and S. typhimurium were 0.625 and 1.25 mg/ml, respectively. Detection of Alkaline phosphatase outside the cell revealed that BPPE treatment destroyed the cell wall integrity...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720734/lack-of-acrb-efflux-function-confers-loss-of-virulence-on-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium
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Xuan Wang-Kan, Jessica M A Blair, Barbara Chirullo, Jonathan Betts, Roberto M La Ragione, Alasdair Ivens, Vito Ricci, Timothy J Opperman, Laura J V Piddock
AcrAB-TolC is the paradigm resistance-nodulation-division (RND) multidrug resistance efflux system in Gram-negative bacteria, with AcrB being the pump protein in this complex. We constructed a nonfunctional AcrB mutant by replacing D408, a highly conserved residue essential for proton translocation. Western blotting confirmed that the AcrB D408A mutant had the same native level of expression of AcrB as the parental strain. The mutant had no growth deficiencies in rich or minimal medium. However, compared with wild-type SL1344, the mutant had increased accumulation of Hoechst 33342 dye and decreased efflux of ethidium bromide and was multidrug hypersusceptible...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718982/design-and-solution-phase-synthesis-of-membrane-targeting-lipopeptides-with-selective-antibacterial-activity
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Mohini Mohan Konai, Utsarga Adhikary, Jayanta Haldar
Designing selective antibacterial molecules remains an unmet goal in the field of membrane targeting agents. To this aim, herein we report the rational design and synthesis of a new class of lipopeptides which possess highly selective bacterial killing over mammalian cells. The selective interaction with bacterial over mammalian membranes was established through various spectroscopic as well as microscopic experiments including biophysical studies with the model membranes. A detailed antibacterial structure-activity relationship was delineated after preparing a series of molecules consisting of the peptide moieties with varied sequence of amino acids such as D-phenylalanine, D-leucine and D-lysine...
July 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717042/modeling-the-kinetics-of-the-permeation-of-antibacterial-agents-into-growing-bacteria-and-its-interplay-with-efflux
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Wright W Nichols
A mathematical model of the passive permeation of a novel solute into bacteria is developed that explicitly accounts for intracellular dilution through growth. A bacterial cell envelope permeability coefficient of >10(-8) cm(2)s(-1) approx., is predicted to ensure passive permeation into rapidly replicating bacterial cells. The relative importance of the permeability coefficients of the cytoplasmic and outer membranes of Gram-negative bacteria in determining the overall envelope permeability coefficient is analyzed quantitatively...
July 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715739/antimicrobial-and-antibiofilm-efficacy-of-self-cleaning-surfaces-functionalized-by-tio2-photocatalytic-nanoparticles-against-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-putida
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Blanca Jalvo, Marisol Faraldos, Ana Bahamonde, Roberto Rosal
A photocatalytic sol of TiO2 nanoparticles has been used for creating self-cleaning antimicrobial flat and porous glass surfaces. The substrates were irradiated to study their photocatalytic properties and behavior in the presence of biofilm-forming bacteria. Smooth glass surfaces and glass microfiber filters were covered with 1.98×10(-3)±1.5×10(-4)gcm(-2) and 8.55×10(-3)±3.0×10(-4)gcm(-2) densities, respectively. Self-cleaning properties were analyzed using the methylene blue 365nm UV-A photodegradation test...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714993/a-two-helix-motif-positions-the-lysophosphatidic-acid-acyltransferase-active-site-for-catalysis-within-the-membrane-bilayer
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Rosanna M Robertson, Jiangwei Yao, Stefan Gajewski, Gyanendra Kumar, Erik W Martin, Charles O Rock, Stephen W White
Phosphatidic acid (PA), the central intermediate in membrane phospholipid synthesis, is generated by two acyltransferases in a pathway conserved in all life forms. The second step in this pathway is catalyzed by 1-acyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase, called PlsC in bacteria. Here we present the crystal structure of PlsC from Thermotoga maritima, revealing an unusual hydrophobic/aromatic N-terminal two-helix motif linked to an acyltransferase αβ-domain that contains the catalytic HX4D motif. PlsC dictates the acyl chain composition of the 2-position of phospholipids, and the acyl chain selectivity 'ruler' is an appropriately placed and closed hydrophobic tunnel...
July 17, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713344/outer-membrane-proteome-of-veillonella-parvula-a-diderm-firmicute-of-the-human-microbiome
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Daniel I Poppleton, Magalie Duchateau, Véronique Hourdel, Mariette Matondo, Jennifer Flechsler, Andreas Klingl, Christophe Beloin, Simonetta Gribaldo
Veillonella parvula is a biofilm-forming commensal found in the lungs, vagina, mouth, and gastro-intestinal tract of humans, yet it may develop into an opportunistic pathogen. Furthermore, the presence of Veillonella has been associated with the development of a healthy immune system in infants. Veillonella belongs to the Negativicutes, a diverse clade of bacteria that represent an evolutionary enigma: they phylogenetically belong to Gram-positive (monoderm) Firmicutes yet maintain an outer membrane (OM) with lipopolysaccharide similar to classic Gram-negative (diderm) bacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713154/legionella-and-coxiella-effectors-strength-in-diversity-and-activity
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Jiazhang Qiu, Zhao-Qing Luo
Legionella pneumophila and Coxiella burnetii are two evolutionarily related intracellular pathogens that use the Dot/Icm type IV secretion system to translocate effectors into host cells. These effectors are essential for the establishment of membrane-bound compartments known as replication vacuoles, which enable the survival and replication of bacteria inside host cells. The effectors interfere with diverse signalling pathways to co-opt host processes, such as vesicle trafficking, ubiquitylation, gene expression and lipid metabolism, to promote pathogen survival...
July 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712711/specificity-and-putative-mode-of-action-of-a-mosquito-larvicidal-toxin-from-the-bacterium-xenorhabdus-innexi
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Il-Hwan Kim, Jerald Ensign, Do-Young Kim, Hoe-Yune Jung, Na-Ri Kim, Bo-Hwa Choi, Sun-Min Park, Que Lan, Walter G Goodman
Reduction of mosquito-borne diseases relies, in part, on the use of synthetic pesticides to control pest mosquitoes. This reliance has led to genetic resistance, environmental contamination and the nondiscriminatory elimination of both pest and non-pest species. To expand our options for control, we screened entomopathogenic bacteria for potential larvicidal activity. A lipopeptide from the bacterium, Xenorhabdus innexi, was discovered that displayed potent larvicidal activity. The LC50s of the lipopeptide towards Aedes aegypti, Culex pipiens and Anopheles gambiae larvae were 1...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711523/plant-hak-kup-kt-k-transporters-function-and-regulation
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REVIEW
Weihong Li, Guohua Xu, Alli Abdel, Ling Yu
The HAK/KUP/KT family of potassium (K(+)) transporters belongs to the amino acid-polyamine-organocation (APC) superfamily of carriers for secondary active transport and have been widely associated with K(+) transport across membranes in bacteria, fungi, and plants. The plant genome contains large number of HAK/KUP/KT transporters, and they show the diverse roles in K(+) uptake and translocation, salt tolerance and osmotic potential regulation, as well as in controlling root morphology and shoot phenotyping...
July 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710268/physiological-evidence-for-isopotential-tunneling-in-the-electron-transport-chain-of-methane-producing-archaea
#20
Nikolas Duszenko, Nicole R Buan
Many, but not all, organisms use quinones to conserve energy in their electron transport chains. Fermentative bacteria and methane-producing archaea (methanogens) do not produce quinones but have devised other ways to generate ATP. Methanophenazine (MPh) is a unique membrane electron carrier found in Methanosarcina species that plays the same role as quinones in the electron transport chain. To extend the analogy between quinones and MPh, we compared the MPh pool sizes between two well-studied Methanosarcina species, Methanosarcina acetivorans C2A and Methanosarcina barkeri Fusaro to the quinone pools sizes in the bacterium, Escherichia coli We found the quantity of MPh per cell increases as cultures transition from exponential growth to stationary phase, and absolute quantities of MPh were 3-fold higher in M...
July 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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