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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088841/intracellular-fate-of-ureaplasma-parvum-entrapped-by-host-cellular-autophagy
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Fumiko Nishiumi, Michinaga Ogawa, Yukiko Nakura, Yusuke Hamada, Masahiro Nakayama, Jiro Mitobe, Atsushi Hiraide, Norio Sakai, Makoto Takeuchi, Tamotsu Yoshimori, Itaru Yanagihara
Genital mycoplasmas, including Ureaplasma spp., are among the smallest human pathogenic bacteria and are associated with preterm birth. Electron microscopic observation of U. parvum showed that these prokaryotes have a regular, spherical shape with a mean diameter of 146 nm. U. parvum was internalized into HeLa cells by clathrin-mediated endocytosis and survived for at least 14 days around the perinuclear region. Intracellular U. parvum reached endosomes in HeLa cells labeled with EEA1, Rab7, and LAMP-1 within 1 to 3 hr...
January 15, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081295/connected-component-masking-accurately-identifies-the-ratio-of-phagocytosed-and-cell-bound-particles-in-individual-cells-by-imaging-flow-cytometry
#2
Chenjie Fei, Dustin M E Lillico, Brian Hall, Aja M Rieger, James L Stafford
Innate immune cell-mediated recognition, capture, and engulfment of large particulate targets such as bacteria is known as phagocytosis. This highly dynamic cellular process involves a series of steps including receptor-mediated target binding, phagocytic cup formation, pseudopod extension, and phagosome closure, which depend on distinct actin polymerization events. Using flow cytometry, precise determination of target locations relative to cell membranes (i.e., surface-bound vs. fully engulfed/internalized) during the phagocytic process is difficult to quantify...
January 12, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075415/inhibitory-effects-of-probiotic-lactobacillus-on-the-growth-of-human-colonic-carcinoma-cell-line-ht-29
#3
Zhung-Yuan Chen, You-Miin Hsieh, Chun-Chih Huang, Cheng-Chih Tsai
This study was conducted to investigate the inhibitory effect of Lactobacillus cells and supernatants on the growth of the human colon cancer cell line HT-29. Our study results indicated that the PM153 strain exhibits the best adhesion ability and the highest survival in the gastrointestinal tract simulation experiment. Furthermore, after an 8-h co-culture of PM153 and HT-29 cells, the PM153 strain can induce the secretion of nitric oxide from the HT-29 cells. In addition, after the co-culture of the BCRC17010 strain (10⁸ cfu/mL) and HT-29 cells, the Bax/Bcl-2 ratio in the HT-29 cells was 1...
January 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074430/the-monomeric-gtpase-raba2-is-required-for-progression-and-maintenance-of-membrane-integrity-of-infection-threads-during-root-nodule-symbiosis
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Virginia Dalla Via, Soledad Traubenik, Claudio Rivero, O Mario Aguilar, María Eugenia Zanetti, Flavio Antonio Blanco
Progression of the infection canal that conducts rhizobia to the nodule primordium requires a functional Rab GTPase located in Golgi/trans-Golgi that also participate in root hair polar growth. Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) symbiotically associates with its partner Rhizobium etli, resulting in the formation of root nitrogen-fixing nodules. Compatible bacteria can reach cortical cells in a tightly regulated infection process, in which the specific recognition of signal molecules is a key step to select the symbiotic partner...
January 10, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074222/regulation-of-membrane-fixation-and-energy-production-conversion-for-adaptation-and-recovery-of-zno-nanoparticle-impacted-nitrosomonas-europaea
#5
Junkang Wu, Huijie Lu, Guangcan Zhu, Lianghui Chen, Yan Chang, Ran Yu
The ZnO nanoparticle (NP) effects on typical ammonia-oxidizing bacteria, Nitrosomonas europaea in a chemostat bioreactor, and the cells' toxicity adaptation and recovery potentials were explored. Hardly any inhibition was observed when the NP concentration was high up to 10 mg/L. The cells exposed to 50 mg/L ZnO NPs displayed time-dependent impairment and recovery potentials in terms of cell density, membrane integrity, nitrite production rate, and ammonia monooxygenase activity. The 6-h NP stress impaired cells were nearly completely restored during a 12-h recovery incubation, while the longer exposure time would cause irretrievable cell damage...
January 10, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070584/changes-in-protein-expression-profiles-in-bovine-endometrial-epithelial-cells-exposed-to-e-coli-lps-challenge
#6
Cristian Piras, Yongzhi Guo, Alessio Soggiu, Metasu Chanrot, Viviana Greco, Andrea Urbani, Gilles Charpigny, Luigi Bonizzi, Paola Roncada, Patrice Humblot
E. coli is one of the most frequently involved bacteria in uterine diseases. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is a component of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria involved in pathogenic processes leading to post-partum metritis and endometritis in cattle. It also causes inflammation of the endometrium. The increase of cell proliferation by LPS is part of the inflammatory process. The aim of this study was to investigate possible changes in protein expression in relation to the proliferative response of bEECs after challenge with E...
January 10, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068666/mitigation-of-membrane-biofouling-in-mbr-using-a-cellulolytic-bacterium-undibacterium-sp-dm-1-isolated-from-activated-sludge
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Chang Hyun Nahm, Seonki Lee, Sang Hyun Lee, Kibaek Lee, Jaewoo Lee, Hyeokpil Kwon, Kwang-Ho Choo, Jung-Kee Lee, Jae Young Jang, Chung-Hak Lee, Pyung-Kyu Park
Biofilm formation on membrane surface results in the loss of permeability in membrane bioreactors (MBRs) for wastewater treatment. Studies have revealed that cellulose is not only produced by a number of bacterial species but also plays a key role during formation of their biofilm. Hence, in this study, cellulase was introduced to MBR as a cellulose-induced biofilm control strategy. For practical application of cellulase to MBR, a cellulolytic (i.e., cellulase-producing) bacterium, Undibacterium sp. DM-1, was isolated from a lab-scale MBR for wastewater treatment...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068534/potential-effects-of-loading-nano-zero-valent-iron-discharged-on-membrane-fouling-in-an-anoxic-oxic-membrane-bioreactor
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Lijie Zhou, Weiqin Zhuang, Xin Wang, Ke Yu, Shufang Yang, Siqing Xia
A laboratory-scale submerged anoxic-oxic membrane bioreactor for municipal wastewater was operated to investigate the potential effects of loading suspended nano zero valent iron (nZVI, 25 and 50 mg/L) discharged on the membrane fouling. nZVI transformed rapidly into Fe(n+), generated reactive oxygen species (ROS) and caused oxidative stress. This result rapidly led to the cell lysis and bacteria death, and further resulted in the decrease of biomass and extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). nZVI also thinned the membrane fouling layer...
January 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068479/secretable-small-rnas-via-outer-membrane-vesicles-in-periodontal-pathogens
#9
J-W Choi, S-C Kim, S-H Hong, H-J Lee
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to be major regulators of eukaryotic gene expression. However, bacterial RNAs comparable in size to eukaryotic miRNAs (18-22 nucleotides) have received little attention. Recently, a novel class of small RNAs similar in size to miRNAs (miRNA-size, small RNAs or msRNAs) have also been found in several bacteria. Like miRNAs, msRNAs are approximately 15 to 25 nucleotides in length, and their precursors are predicted to form a hairpin loop secondary structure. Here, we identified msRNAs in the periodontal pathogens Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and Treponema denticola...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068062/sequence-defined-backbone-modifications-regulate-antibacterial-activity-of-oligoteas
#10
Mintu Porel, Dana N Thornlow, Christine M Artim, Christopher A Alabi
In response to the urgent need for new antibiotic development strategies, antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and other synthetic polymers are being actively investigated as promising alternatives to traditional antibiotics. Although most AMPs display lytic activity against several types of bacteria, they have poor toxicology profiles and are susceptible to proteolysis in vivo. While many synthetic variants have been created to mimic AMPs by tuning the hydrophobic to cationic ratio of the side-chain groups, few have decoupled the effects of charge from hydrophobicity in discrete systems, and none have investigated the effect of backbone hydrophobicity...
January 9, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066817/transcriptional-profiling-of-the-oral-pathogen-streptococcus-mutans-in-response-to-competence-signaling-peptide-xip
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Iwona B Wenderska, Andrew Latos, Benjamin Pruitt, Sara Palmer, Grace Spatafora, Dilani B Senadheera, Dennis G Cvitkovitch
In the cariogenic Streptococcus mutans, competence development is regulated by the ComRS signaling system comprised of the ComR regulator and the ComS prepeptide to the competence signaling peptide XIP (ComX-inducing peptide). Aside from competence development, XIP signaling has been demonstrated to regulate cell lysis, and recently, the expression of bacteriocins, small antimicrobial peptides used by bacteria to inhibit closely related species. Our study further explores the effect of XIP signaling on the S...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065316/single-molecule-measurements-to-study-polymerization-dynamics-of-ftsz-ftsa-copolymers
#12
N Baranova, M Loose
Bacterial cytokinesis is commonly initiated by the Z-ring, a dynamic cytoskeletal structure that assembles at the site of division. Its primary component is FtsZ, a tubulin-like GTPase, that like its eukaryotic relative forms protein filaments in the presence of GTP. Since the discovery of the Z-ring 25years ago, various models for the role of FtsZ have been suggested. However, important information about the architecture and dynamics of FtsZ filaments during cytokinesis is still missing. One reason for this lack of knowledge has been the small size of bacteria, which has made it difficult to resolve the orientation and dynamics of individual FtsZ filaments in the Z-ring...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063499/analysis-of-phosphatidic-acid-binding-and-regulation-of-pipki-in-vitro-and-in-intact-cells
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L W R Tay, Z Wang, G Du
Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2] is a lipid second messenger that regulates a wide array of essential cellular events, such as signal transduction, vesicle trafficking, actin cytoskeleton dynamics, adhesion, and motility. To control the spatiotemporal production of PI(4,5)P2, the activity of type 1 phosphotidylinositol-4-phosphate-5-kinases (PIPKIs) is tightly regulated by small GTPases and another signaling lipid, phosphatidic acid (PA). It is of interest that PI(4,5)P2 is also a critical cofactor for the activation of the PA-generating enzyme, phospholipase D (PLD)...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063498/preparation-of-the-full-set-of-recombinant-mouse-and-human-secreted-phospholipases-a2
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F Ghomashchi, V Brglez, C Payré, L Jeammet, S Bezzine, M H Gelb, G Lambeau
A family of 14-20kDa, disulfide-rich, calcium-dependent secreted phospholipases A2 (sPLA2s) that release fatty acids from the sn-2 position of glycerophospholipids can be found in mammals. They have a diverse array of tissue distribution and biological functions. In this chapter we provide detailed protocols for production of nearly all of the mouse and human sPLA2s mainly by expression in bacteria and in vitro refolding or by expression in insect cells. High-resolution mass spectrometry and enzymatic assays were, respectively, used to show that all disulfides are formed and that the enzymes are active, strongly suggesting that each sPLA2 was prepared in the structurally native form...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062292/use-of-carvacrol-thymol-and-eugenol-for-biofilm-eradication-and-resistance-modifying-susceptibility-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-strains-to-nalidixic-acid
#15
Hanene Miladi, Tarek Zmantar, Bochra Kouidhi, Yassine Chaabouni, Kacem Mahdouani, Amina Bakhrouf, Kamel Chaieb
The Aims of the study was to evaluate the antibacterial susceptibility and the biofilm eradication of three natural compounds carvacrol (CAR), thymol (TH) and eugenol (EUG), alone or in combination with nalidixic acid (NA) against twelve Salmonella Typhimurium strains. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and the minimum biofilm eradication concentration (BEC50) of the tested compounds (CAR, TH and EUG) and their combinations with NA were evaluated. In order to assess whether these bacteria had active efflux pumps, ethidium bromide (EtBr) accumulation assays was achieved using spectrophotometric accumulation assays...
January 3, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060853/a-cationic-amphiphilic-random-copolymer-with-ph-responsive-activity-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Sungyoup Hong, Haruko Takahashi, Enrico T Nadres, Hamid Mortazavian, Gregory A Caputo, John G Younger, Kenichi Kuroda
In this report, we demonstrate the pH-dependent, in vitro antimicrobial activity of a cationic, amphiphilic random copolymer against clinical isolates of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The polymer was developed toward a long-term goal of potential utility in the treatment of skin infections. The proposed mechanism of action of the polymer is through selectively binding to bacterial membranes and subsequent disruption of the membrane structure/integrity, ultimately resulting in bacterial cell death. The polymer showed bactericidal activity against clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant or vancomycin-intermediate S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056743/antimicrobial-peptides-for-the-control-of-biofilm-formation
#17
Mercedes González Moreno, Lisa Lombardi, Mariagrazia Di Luca
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are an abundant and varied group of molecules recognized as the most ancient components of the innate immune system. They are found in a wide group of organisms including bacteria, plants and animals as a defense mechanism against different kinds of infectious pathogens. Over the past two decades, a fast-growing number of AMPs have been identified/designed and their wide-spectrum antimicrobial activity has been deeply investigated. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the use of AMPs as alternative anti-biofilm molecules for the control of biofilm-related infections...
January 5, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054660/antimicrobial-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-three-chensinin-1-peptides-containing-mutation-of-glycine-and-histidine-residues
#18
Weibing Dong, Xiaoman Mao, Yue Guan, Yao Kang, Dejing Shang
The natural peptide chensinin-1 doesnot exhibit its desired biological properties. In this study, the mutant MC1-1 was designed by replacing Gly in the chensinin-1 sequence with Trp. Mutants MC1-2 and MC1-3 were designed based on the MC1-1 sequence to investigate the specific role of His residues. The mutated peptides presented α-helicity in a membrane-mimetic environment and exhibited broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities; in contrast to Trp residues, His residues were dispensable for interacting with the cell membrane...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053572/menadione-vitamin-k-enhances-the-antibiotic-activity-of-drugs-by-cell-membrane-permeabilization-mechanism
#19
Jacqueline C Andrade, Maria Flaviana B Morais Braga, Gláucia Morgana M Guedes, Saulo R Tintino, Maria A Freitas, Lucindo J Quintans, Irwin R A Menezes, Henrique D M Coutinho
Menadione, vitamin K3, belongs to the class of lipid-soluble vitamins and lipophilic substances as menadione cause disturbances in the bacterial membrane, resulting in damage to the fundamental elements for the integrity of the membrane, thus allowing increased permeability. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to evaluate in vitro the antibiotic-modifying activity of menadione in multiresistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli, with a gradual increase in its subinhibitory concentration...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052997/human-three-dimensional-endometrial-epithelial-cell-model-to-study-host-interactions-with-vaginal-bacteria-and-neisseria-gonorrhoeae
#20
Paweł Łaniewski, Adriana Gomez, Geoffrey Hire, Magdalene So, Melissa M Herbst-Kralovetz
Colonization of the endometrium by pathogenic bacteria, ascending from the lower female reproductive tract (FRT), is associated with many gynecologic and obstetric health complications. To study these host-microbe interactions in vitro, we developed a human three-dimensional (3-D) endometrial epithelial cell (EEC) model using the HEC-1A cell line and rotating wall vessel (RWV) bioreactor technology. Our model, composed of 3-D EEC aggregates, recapitulates several functional/structural characteristics of human endometrial epithelial tissue including cell differentiation, junctional complexes/desmosomes, microvilli, membrane-associated mucins and Toll-like receptors (TLRs)...
January 4, 2017: Infection and Immunity
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