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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207869/impact-of-wall-shear-stress-on-initial-bacterial-adhesion-in-rotating-annular-reactor
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Thibaut Saur, Emilie Morin, Frédéric Habouzit, Nicolas Bernet, Renaud Escudié
The objective of this study was to investigate the bacterial adhesion under different wall shear stresses in turbulent flow and using a diverse bacterial consortium. A better understanding of the mechanisms governing microbial adhesion can be useful in diverse domains such as industrial processes, medical fields or environmental biotechnologies. The impact of wall shear stress-four values ranging from 0.09 to 7.3 Pa on polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-was carried out in rotating annular reactors to evaluate the adhesion in terms of morphological and microbiological structures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207180/assembly-of-the-outermost-spore-layer-pieces-of-the-puzzle-are-coming-together
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George C Stewart
Certain endospore-forming soil dwelling bacteria are important human, animal, or insect pathogens. These organisms produce spores containing an outer layer, the exosporium. The exosporium is the site of interactions between the spore and the soil environment and between the spore and the infected host during the initial stages of infection. The composition and assembly process of the exosporium are poorly understood. This is partly due to the extreme stability of the exosporium that has proven to be refractive to existing methods to deconstruct the intact structure into its component parts...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205635/deciphering-the-distance-to-antibiotic-resistance-for-the-pneumococcus-using-genome-sequencing-data
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Fredrick M Mobegi, Amelieke J H Cremers, Marien I de Jonge, Stephen D Bentley, Sacha A F T van Hijum, Aldert Zomer
Advances in genome sequencing technologies and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have provided unprecedented insights into the molecular basis of microbial phenotypes and enabled the identification of the underlying genetic variants in real populations. However, utilization of genome sequencing in clinical phenotyping of bacteria is challenging due to the lack of reliable and accurate approaches. Here, we report a method for predicting microbial resistance patterns using genome sequencing data. We analyzed whole genome sequences of 1,680 Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from four independent populations using GWAS and identified probable hotspots of genetic variation which correlate with phenotypes of resistance to essential classes of antibiotics...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190506/regulatory-strategies-to-facilitate-surgical-innovation
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Phoebe Mounts
Phoebe Mounts, PhD, Esq, is a partner in the Food and Drug Administration Practice Group in the Washington, DC, office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. She counsels clients on regulatory issues for medical devices, drugs, and biologics. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, she was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in the Department of Molecular Microbiology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases. Although she is a partner in the FDA Practice Group at Morgan Lewis, the views expressed in this article are hers and should not be attributed to the Firm...
March 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188552/enhanced-biodegradation-of-low-and-high-density-polyethylene-by-novel-bacterial-consortia-formulated-from-plastic-contaminated-cow-dung-under-thermophilic-conditions
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Sinosh Skariyachan, Anagha Shamsundar Setlur, Sujay Yashwant Naik, Ashwini Amaresh Naik, Makam Usharani, Kiran S Vasist
The current study aimed to devise eco-friendly, safe, and cost-effective strategies for enhanced degradation of low- and high-density polyethylene (LDPE and HDPE) using newly formulated thermophilic microbial consortia from cow dung and to assess the biodegradation end products. The plastic-degrading bacteria from cow dung samples gathered from highly plastic-acclimated environments were enriched by standard protocols. The degradation ability was comprehended by zone of clearance method, and the percentage of degradation was monitored by weight reduction process...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188440/pathology-of-infectious-diseases-what-does-the-future-hold
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Paul Hofman, Sebastian Lucas, Grégory Jouvion, Arnault Tauziède-Espariat, Fabrice Chrétien, Gieri Cathomas
The demand for expertise in pathology for the diagnosis of infectious diseases (ID) is continually growing, due to an increase in ID in immunocompromised patients and in the (re)-emergence of common and uncommon diseases, including tropical infections and infections with newly identified microbes. The microbiology laboratory plays a crucial role in diagnosing infections, identifying the responsible infectious agents and establishing sensitivity of pathogens to drug therapy. Pathology, however, is the only way to correlate the presence of an infectious agent with the reaction it evokes at cell and tissue level...
February 10, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186463/diagnosis-of-some-genital-tract-infections-part-1-an-historical-perspective
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David Taylor-Robinson, Anna Pallecaros, Patrick Horner
Making a prompt and accurate diagnosis of genital tract infections is the key to instituting appropriate treatment and the linchpin of sexually transmitted infection control. We present a brief history, not covering syphilis, of diagnostic events for each of six bacteria and one protozoan from the time of discovery up to the molecular revolution. The latter is touched upon but its impact will form the substance of a further presentation. Here, hindsight is helpful in understanding the way in which progress was made over 135 years, often when microbiology, not even seen as a distinct discipline, had a difficult time in providing what was required in terms of dependable diagnostic techniques...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182026/prevalence-of-tem-shv-and-ctx-m-beta-lactamase-genes-in-the-urinary-isolates-of-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Trupti Bajpai, M Pandey, M Varma, G S Bhatambare
INTRODUCTION: Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) are the major cause of resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics such as penicillins, cephalosporins, and monobactams. They are derived from the narrow-spectrum beta-lactamases (TEM-1, TEM-2, or SHV-1) by mutations that alter the amino acid configuration around the enzyme active site. AIM: To determine the prevalence of ESBL (blaTEM, blaCTX-M, and blaSHV) genes among the members of Enterobacteriaceae. METHODOLOGY: The present prospective study was carried out from January 2015 to June 2015 in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine of a Teaching Tertiary Care Hospital...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178423/physiological-and-molecular-characterization-of-compost-bacteria-antagonistic-to-soilborne-plant-pathogens
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Rowida Mohamed, Emma Groulx, Stefanie Defilippi, Tamara Erak, James T Tambong, Russell J Tweddell, Apollinaire Tsopmo, Tyler J Avis
Disease suppressive composts have the potential to mitigate the risks associated with chemical pesticides. One of the main characteristics responsible for the suppressive nature of composts is their microbiological populations. In order to gain insight into the determinants responsible for their suppressive effects, composts were assayed (i) to isolate and identify beneficial antagonistic bacteria, (ii) to quantify their antifungal and anti-oomycetal activities, (iii) to extract inhibitory compounds produced by the bacteria, and (iv) to identify antimicrobial lipopeptides produced by these bacteria...
February 8, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177789/prevalence-and-diversity-of-waterborne-i-arcobacter-butzleri-i-in-southwestern-alberta-canada
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Andrew Lawrence Webb, Eduardo N Taboada, L Brent Selinger, Valerie F Boras, G Douglas Inglis
<i>Arcobacter butzleri</i> is a potential enteric pathogen to human beings, but its reservoirs and modes of transmission are largely unverified. Microbiological and molecular detection and subtyping techniques can facilitate surveillance of <i>A. butzleri</i> in hosts and environmental reservoirs. We isolated <i>A. butzleri</i> from 173 surface water samples (25.6%) and 81 treated wastewater samples (77.9%) collected in southwestern Alberta over a 1 year period. <i>Arcobacter butzleri</i> isolates (n=500) were genotyped and compared to determine diversity of <i>A...
January 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167848/amniotic-fluid-infection-in-preterm-pregnancies-with-intact-membranes
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Tarja Myntti, Leena Rahkonen, Irmeli Nupponen, Anu Pätäri-Sampo, Minna Tikkanen, Timo Sorsa, Juuso Juhila, Sture Andersson, Jorma Paavonen, Vedran Stefanovic
Introduction. Intra-amniotic infection (IAI) is a major cause of preterm labor and adverse neonatal outcome. We evaluated amniotic fluid (AF) proteolytic cascade forming biomarkers in relation to microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) and IAI in preterm pregnancies with intact membranes. Material and Methods. Amniocentesis was made to 73 women with singleton pregnancies; 27 with suspected IAI; and 46 controls. AF biomarkers were divided into three cascades: Cascade 1: matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8), MMP-9, myeloperoxidase (MPO), and interleukin-6; Cascade 2: neutrophil elastase (HNE), elafin, and MMP-9; Cascade 3: MMP-2, tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1), MMP-8/TIMP-1 molar ratio, and C-reactive protein (CRP)...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166854/an-outbreak-of-burkholderia-cepacia-complex-infections-associated-with-contaminated-liquid-docusate
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Lucila Marquez, Katie N Jones, Elaine M Whaley, Tjin H Koy, Paula A Revell, Ruston S Taylor, M Brooke Bernhardt, Jeffrey L Wagner, James J Dunn, John J LiPuma, Judith R Campbell
OBJECTIVE To investigate an outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia complex and describe the measures that revealed the source. SETTING A 629-bed, tertiary-care, pediatric hospital in Houston, Texas. PATIENTS Pediatric patients without cystic fibrosis (CF) hospitalized in the pediatric and cardiovascular intensive care units. METHODS We investigated an outbreak of B. cepacia complex from February through July 2016. Isolates were evaluated for molecular relatedness with repetitive extragenic palindromic polymerase chain reaction (rep-PCR); specific species identification and genotyping were performed at an independent laboratory...
February 7, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162845/role-of-microbiological-culture-and-polymerase-chain-reaction-pcr-of-actinomyces-in-medication-related-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaw-mronj
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Sappasith Panya, Riham Fliefel, Florian Probst, Matthias Tröltzsch, Michael Ehrenfeld, Sören Schubert, Sven Otto
We hypothesized that local infection plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ). Recent developments in molecular methods have revolutionized new approaches for the rapid detection of microorganisms including those difficult to culture. The aim of our study is to identify the bacterial profiles in MRONJ by microbiological culture and polymerase chain reactions (PCR). A retrospective analysis was performed on MRONJ patients from 2008 to 2014. The bacterial profile from MRONJ bone samples was determined using microbiological culture and PCR...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160653/monitoring-of-microbial-cell-viability-using-nanostructured-electrodes-modified-with-graphene-alumina-nanocomposite
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Rabeay Y A Hassan, Moataz M Mekawy, Pankaj Ramnani, Ashok Mulchandani
Microbial infections are rapidly increasing; however most of the existing microbiological and molecular detection methods are time consuming and/or cannot differentiate between the viable and dead cells which may overestimate the risk of infections. Therefore, a bioelectrochemical sensing platform with a high potential to the microbial-electrode interactions was designed based on decorated graphene oxide (GO) sheet with alumina (Al2O3) nanocrystals. GO-Al2O3 nanocomposite was synthesized using self-assembly of GO and Al2O3 and characterized using the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman-spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV)...
January 26, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159067/infection-control-in-the-new-age-of-genomic-epidemiology
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REVIEW
Patrick Tang, Matthew A Croxen, Mohammad R Hasan, William W L Hsiao, Linda M Hoang
With the growing importance of infectious diseases in health care and communicable disease outbreaks garnering increasing attention, new technologies are playing a greater role in helping us prevent health care-associated infections and provide optimal public health. The microbiology laboratory has always played a large role in infection control by providing tools to identify, characterize, and track pathogens. Recently, advances in DNA sequencing technology have ushered in a new era of genomic epidemiology, where traditional molecular diagnostics and genotyping methods are being enhanced and even replaced by genomics-based methods to aid epidemiologic investigations of communicable diseases...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159066/the-new-frontier-of-diagnostics-molecular-assays-and-their-role-in-infection-prevention-and-control
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Sanchita Das, Dena R Shibib, Michael O Vernon
Recent advances in technology over the last decade have propelled the microbiology laboratory into a pivotal role in infection prevention and control. The rapid adaptation of molecular technologies to the field of clinical microbiology now greatly influences infectious disease management and significantly impacts infection control practices. This review discusses recent developments in molecular techniques in the diagnosis of infectious diseases. It describes the basic concepts of molecular assays, discusses their advantages and limitations, and characterizes currently available commercial assays with respect to cost, interpretive requirements, and clinical utility...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158310/retrospective-and-prospective-evaluation-of-the-carbapenem-inactivation-method-for-the-detection-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae
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Lauraine Gauthier, Remy A Bonnin, Laurent Dortet, Thierry Naas
BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need for accurate and rapid diagnostic tests to identify carbapenemase producing enterobacteria (CPE). Here, we have evaluated the Carbapenem Inactivation Method (CIM) test to detect CPEs from cultured colonies. METHODS: A total of 256 enterobacterial isolates were used to evaluate the performance of the CIM in comparison to Carba NP test and molecular detection used a reference method. Ninety three well-characterized isolates (including 29 non-CPE and 63 CPEs of worldwide origin) with decreased susceptibility to at least one carbapenem were used to (i) evaluate the efficacy of CIM test and (ii) to compare it to the Carba NP test...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149175/molecular-characterization-of-the-capsular-antigens-of-pasteurella-multocida-isolates-using-multiplex-pcr
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Khalid S Al-Maary, Turki M Dawoud, Ayman S Mubarak, Ashgan M Hessain, Hussein M Galal, Saleh A Kabli, Moussa I Mohamed
The use of molecular techniques for detection and characterization of the Pasteurella multocida is very important for rapid and specific detection and characterization of the organism. During the period from 15th February, 2014 to 15th April, 2015, 425 nasopharyngeal swabs and 175 lung and spleen samples were collected and examined by conventional methods, 80 strains (18.82%) of P. multocida were isolated from the calves, sheep and goat with respiratory manifestation. Meanwhile, 77 strains (44%) were isolated from emergency slaughtered animals...
February 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142234/plasma-protein-binding-structure-activity-relationships-related-to-the-n-terminus-of-daptomycin
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Elena K Schneider, Johnny X Huang, Vincenzo Carbone, Meiling Han, Yan Zhu, Sue Nang, Keith K Khoo, Johnson Mak, Matthew A Cooper, Jian Li, Tony Velkov
Daptomycin is a lipopeptide antibiotic that is highly bound to plasma proteins. To date, the plasma components and structure-activity relationships responsible for the plasma protein binding profile of daptomycin remain uncharacterized. In the present study we have employed a surface plasmon resonance assay together with molecular docking techniques to investigate the plasma protein binding structure-activity relationships related to the N-terminal fatty acyl of daptomycin. Three compounds were investigated: (1) native daptomycin, which displays an N-terminal n-decanoyl fatty acid side chain, and two analogues with modifications to the N-terminal fatty acyl chain; (2) des-acyl daptomycin; and (3) acetyl-daptomycin...
February 10, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142193/staphylococcus-aureus-biofilm-a-complex-developmental-organism
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REVIEW
Derek E Moormeier, Kenneth W Bayles
Chronic biofilm-associated infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus often lead to significant increases in morbidity and mortality, particularly when associated with indwelling medical devices. This has triggered a great deal of research attempting to understand the molecular mechanisms that control S. aureus biofilm formation and the basis for the recalcitrance of these multicellular structures to antibiotic therapy. The purpose of this review is to summarize our current understanding of S. aureus biofilm development, focusing on the description of a newly-defined, five-stage model of biofilm development and the mechanisms required for each stage...
January 31, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
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