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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039505/characterization-of-acid%C3%A2-tolerance%C3%A2-associated-small-rnas-in-clinical-isolates-of-streptococcus-mutans-potential-biomarkers-for-caries-prevention
#1
Wenhui Zhu, Shanshan Liu, Peilin Zhuang, Jia Liu, Yan Wang, Huancai Lin
Streptococcus mutans is a cariogenic bacterium that contributes to dental caries due to its ability to produce lactic acid, which acidifies the local environment. The potential of S. mutans to respond to environmental stress and tolerate low pH is essential for its survival and predominance in caries lesions. Small noncoding RNAs (sRNAs) have been reported to be involved in bacterial stress and virulence. Few studies have investigated the sRNAs of S. mutans and the function of these sRNAs remains to be elucidated...
October 10, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038258/a-single-cell-view-of-the-btssr-ypdab-pyruvate-sensing-network-in-escherichia-coli-and-its-biological-relevance
#2
Cláudia Vilhena, Eugen Kaganovitch, Jae Yen Shin, Alexander Grünberger, Stefan Behr, Ivica Kristoficova, Sophie Brameyer, Dietrich Kohlheyer, Kirsten Jung
Fluctuating environments and individual physiological diversity force bacteria to constantly adapt and optimize the uptake of substrates. Here we focus on two very similar two-component systems (TCSs) of Escherichia coli belonging to the LytS/LytTR family, BtsS/BtsR (formerly YehU/YehT) and YpdA/YpdB. Both TCSs respond to extracellular pyruvate, albeit with different affinity, typically during post-exponential growth, and each system regulates expression of a single transporter gene, yjiY and yhjX, respectively...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994408/conformational-dynamics-of-the-essential-sensor-histidine-kinase-walk
#3
Yongfei Cai, Mingyang Su, Ashfaq Ahmad, Xiaojie Hu, Jiayan Sang, Lingyuan Kong, Xingqiang Chen, Chen Wang, Jianwei Shuai, Aidong Han
Two-component systems (TCSs) are key elements in bacterial signal transduction in response to environmental stresses. TCSs generally consist of sensor histidine kinases (SKs) and their cognate response regulators (RRs). Many SKs exhibit autokinase, phosphoryltransferase and phosphatase activities, which regulate RR activity through a phosphorylation and dephosphorylation cycle. However, how SKs perform different enzymatic activities is poorly understood. Here, several crystal structures of the minimal catalytic region of WalK, an essential SK from Lactobacillus plantarum that shares 60% sequence identity with its homologue VicK from Streptococcus mutans, are presented...
October 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882470/an-observational-study-of-vitamin-b12-levels-and-peripheral-neuropathy-profile-in-patients-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-metformin-therapy
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Kamesh Gupta, Anand Jain, Anurag Rohatgi
METHODS: A descriptive, observational study was completed in a tertiary care hospital between November 2014 and March 2016. Fifty consecutive patients of Type 2-Diabetes Mellitus who had been on metformin therapy for at least three months were included in our study. Several Parameters were compared with vitamin B12 levels and severity of peripheral neuropathy (using Toronto Clinical Scoring System (TCSS) and Nerve Conduction Velocity). These included the duration of diabetes, duration of metformin usage, dietary history, and HbA1c levels...
August 25, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868633/a-5-year-randomized-trial-on-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-pimecrolimus-in-atopic-dermatitis-a-critical-appraisal
#5
S Weidinger, H Baurecht, J Schmitt
AIM: The PETITE study (Sigurgeirsson et al.) aimed to compare safety and efficacy of pimecrolimus 1% cream (PIM) and low-to-medium-potency topical corticosteroids (TCS) in children with mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis (AD). SETTING AND DESIGN: Participants of this 5-year drug-company sponsored multicentre, open-label, parallel-group trial were recruited between April 2004 and October 2005. No details are reported regarding the study sites. STUDY EXPOSURE: Infants aged ≥ 3 to < 12 months with mild-to-moderate AD were randomly assigned in a 1 : 1 ratio to receive either PIM or a low- or medium-potency TCS cream/ointment for 5 years...
September 4, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826769/prevention-of-oprd-regulated-antibiotic-resistance-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilm
#6
Raavi, Swechha Mishra, Sangeeta Singh
In P.aeruginosa biofilms, the issue of antibiotic resistance is of particular importance due to increasing number of infections being reported in medical implants. The current study is focused on CzcR and CopR proteins which are part of two-component signal transduction systems (TCSs) - CzcR-CzcS and CopR-CopS respectively in P.aeruginosa. They both negatively regulate OprD porin expression which affects the intake of antibiotics like carbapenems. These two proteins can be treated as targets to combat antibiotic resistance in P...
August 19, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802899/a-species-dependent-response-to-the-pro-epileptic-drug-pentylentetrazole-in-birds
#7
Faiq Amin, Asim H Dar, Khan Osama, Faezah Khan, Rida Mitha, Arsal Tharwani, Ghulam Haider, Prem Chand, Fazal M Arain
Epilepsy is common disorder that affects over 50 million people worldwide. Birds remain a promising yet largely under-explored model of epilepsy. This study reports the comparison of the response of two species of birds, Australian Parrots (APs) and Sparrows (SPs), to a pro-epileptic drug, Pentylenetetrazole (PTZ). PTZ injections caused myoclonic jerks (MCJs) and tonic clonic seizures (TCSs) in both species. The frequency of MCJs in APs was greater at the dose of 75mg/kg compared to both 50mg/kg and 25mg/kg while it was not significantly different in SPs...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794569/cortisol-homeostasis-in-the-epidermis-is-influenced-by-topical-corticosteroids-in-patients-with-atopic-dermatitis
#8
Mototsugu Fukaya
BACKGROUND: The skin produces cortisol by itself and regulates its own proliferation and differentiation. There is a possibility that topical corticosteroids (TCSs) influence the cortisol homeostasis in the skin. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The author described the density and distribution of cortisol and its parties in the epidermis after application of topical steroids immunohistologically. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The forearm skin was biopsied before and after 2 weeks' application of clobetasol propionate 0...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789855/a-new-method-for-stabilizing-the-columellar-strut-used-in-rhinoplasty-the-trans-septal-columellar-stabilizing-suture
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Jae Yong Jeong, Hyeokjae Kwon, Yibo Piao, Sang-Ha Oh
PURPOSE: Minimal deformity or instability after columellar strut graft (CSG) placement can be solved by placing a suture between the columella strut and the caudal septum, such as a medial crura anchor suture or a projection control suture. However, this is very tedious. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A trans-septal columellar stabilizing suture (TCSS) was developed for the management of final tip projection and location and increasing stability after CSG placement. RESULTS: Tip projection and rotation could be carefully controlled by changing the position of the TCSS...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743208/bacterial-signal-transduction-networks-via-connectors-and-development-of-the-inhibitors-as-alternative-antibiotics
#10
REVIEW
Ryutaro Utsumi
Bacterial cells possess a signal transduction system that differs from those described in higher organisms, including human cells. These so-called two-component signal transduction systems (TCSs) consist of a sensor (histidine kinase, HK) and a response regulator, and are involved in cellular functions, such as virulence, drug resistance, biofilm formation, cell wall synthesis, cell division. They are conserved in bacteria across all species. Although TCSs are often studied and characterized individually, they are assumed to interact with each other and form signal transduction networks within the cell...
September 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736523/sub-minimum-inhibitory-concentrations-of-rhubarb-water-extracts-inhibit-streptococcus-suis-biofilm-formation
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Wen-Ya Ding, Yan-Hua Li, He Lian, Xiao-Yu Ai, Yu-Lin Zhao, Yan-Bei Yang, Qiang Han, Xin Liu, Xue-Ying Chen, Zhonggui He
Streptococcus suis is one of the most important swine pathogens, which can cause persistent infection by forming biofilms. In this study, sub-minimum inhibitory concentration (sub-MIC) of rhubarb water extracts were found to inhibit biofilm formation. Two-component signal transduction systems (TCSs), transcriptional regulators, and DNA binding proteins were compared under two conditions: (1) cells treated with sub-MIC rhubarb water extracts and (2) untreated cells. Using an isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) strategy, we found that TCSs constituent proteins of histidine kinase and response regulator were significantly down-regulated...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726051/serum-methylmalonic-acid-correlates-with-neuropathic-pain-in-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease
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Jin-Sung Park, Donghwi Park, Pan-Woo Ko, Kyunghun Kang, Ho-Won Lee
Recent studies have shown a relatively higher prevalence of peripheral neuropathy in idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD). The hypothesis is that prolonged levodopa exposure causes vitamin B12 deficiency, which leads to peripheral neuropathy. The aim of our study was to find the relationship between vitamin B12 and its precursor methylmalonic acid (MMA) in IPD patients with neuropathic pain. We performed a cross-sectional study by enrolling consecutive 43 patients who were clinically tested positive for F-18 FP-CIT PET and 15 patients were diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy according to the Toronto clinical scoring system (TCSS)...
July 19, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725299/role-of-streptococcus-mutans-two-component-systems-in-antimicrobial-peptide-resistance-in-the-oral-cavity
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REVIEW
Miki Kawada-Matsuo, Hitoshi Komatsuzawa
Approximately 100 trillion microorganisms exist in the oral cavity. For the commensal bacteria of the oral cavity, it is important to adapt to environmental stimuli, including human- or bacteria-derived antimicrobial agents. Recently, bacterial-specific signal transduction regulatory systems, called two-component systems (TCSs), which appear to be focused on sensing and adapting to the environment, were discovered. Streptococcus mutans is an oral commensal bacteria and is also known as a cariogenic bacteria...
August 2017: Japanese Dental Science Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724128/topical-corticosteroid-phobia-in-atopic-dermatitis-a-systematic-review
#14
Alvin W Li, Emily S Yin, Richard J Antaya
Importance: Topical corticosteroid (TCS) phobia refers to the negative feelings and beliefs related to TCSs experienced by patients and patients' caregivers. This phenomenon may be a major contributing factor in treatment failure in patients with atopic dermatitis, yet it has been sparsely described in the literature. Objective: To systematically assess the nomenclature, prevalence, origins, and effect on treatment adherence of TCS phobia in atopic dermatitis. Evidence Review: A literature search was conducted using specific eligibility criteria across electronic databases, including Ovid (MEDLINE, EMBASE), PubMed, and Web of Science, for articles published from January 1, 1946, to October 31, 2016...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677390/quantitative-proteomics-reveals-potential-crosstalk-between-a-small-rna-coar-and-a-two-component-regulator-slr1037-in-synechocystis-sp-pcc6803
#15
Tao Sun, Lei Chen, Weiwen Zhang
Bacterial small RNAs (sRNAs) and two-component systems (TCSs) were two vital regulatory mechanisms employed by microorganisms to respond to environmental changes and stresses. As a promising "autotrophic cell factory", photosynthetic cyanobacteria have attracted a lot of attention these years. Although most studies focused on studying the roles of sRNAs or TCS regulators in stress response in photosynthetic cyanobacteria, limited work has elucidated their potential crosstalk. Our previous work has identified a negative sRNA regulator CoaR and a positive response regulator Slr1037 both related to 1-butanol stress regulation in Synechocystis sp...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674072/counterbalancing-regulation-in-response-memory-of-a-positively-autoregulated-two-component-system
#16
Rong Gao, Katherine A Godfrey, Mahir A Sufian, Ann M Stock
Fluctuations in nutrient availability often result in recurrent exposures to the same stimulus conditions. The ability to memorize the past event and use the "memory" to make adjustments to current behaviors can lead to a more efficient adaptation to the recurring stimulus. A short-term phenotypic memory can be conferred via carryover of the response proteins to facilitate the recurrent response, but the additional accumulation of response proteins can lead to a deviation from response homeostasis. We used the Escherichia coli PhoB/PhoR two-component system (TCS) as a model system to study how cells cope with the recurrence of environmental phosphate (Pi) starvation conditions...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663824/towards-the-complete-proteinaceous-regulome-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
#17
Leila G Casella, Andy Weiss, Ernesto Pérez-Rueda, J Antonio Ibarra, Lindsey N Shaw
The emergence of Acinetobacter baumannii strains, with broad multidrug-resistance phenotypes and novel virulence factors unique to hypervirulent strains, presents a major threat to human health worldwide. Although a number of studies have described virulence-affecting entities for this organism, very few have identified regulatory elements controlling their expression. Previously, our group has documented the global identification and curation of regulatory RNAs in A. baumannii. As such, in the present study, we detail an extension of this work, the performance of an extensive bioinformatic analysis to identify regulatory proteins in the recently annotated genome of the highly virulent AB5075 strain...
March 2017: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657425/the-regulatory-network-controlling-ethanol-induced-expression-of-alcohol-dehydrogenase-in-the-endophyte-azoarcus-sp-strain-bh72
#18
Andrea Krause, Henrike Julich, Manasee Mankar, Barbara Reinhold-Hurek
The habitat of the nitrogen-fixing endophyte Azoarcus sp. strain BH72 is grass roots grown under waterlogged conditions that produce, under these conditions, ethanol. Strain BH72 is well equipped to metabolize ethanol, with eight alcohol dehydrogenases (ADHs), of which ExaA2 and ExaA3 are the most relevant ones. exaA2 and exaA3 cluster and are surrounded by genes encoding two-component regulatory systems (TCSs) termed ExaS-ExaR and ElmS-GacA. Functional genomic analyses revealed that i) expression of the corresponding genes was induced by ethanol, ii) the genes were also expressed in the rhizoplane or even inside of rice roots, iii) both TCSs were indispensable for growth on ethanol, and iv) they were important for competitiveness during rice root colonization...
July 26, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636983/the-influence-of-marital-status-on-survival-in-patients-with-oral-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#19
Wei Sun, Zeting Qiu, Wulin Tan, Zhongqi Liu, Zhongxing Wang, Wenqi Huang, Minghui Cao
Marital status was found to be an independent prognostic factor for survival in several cancers. However related researches of oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) are still rare. We explored the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program and finally identified 14,194 patients with OTSCC. Kaplan-Meier analysis and multivariate Cox regression models were used to distinguish risk factors for overall survival (OS) and tumor cause-specific survival (TCSS). Widowed patients had the highest percentage of female, highest average ages and more prevalence with localized SEER Stage significantly, while patients in the single group were younger than other groups...
June 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607158/the-two-component-signal-transduction-system-vxrab-positively-regulates-vibrio-cholerae-biofilm-formation
#20
Jennifer K Teschler, Andrew T Cheng, Fitnat H Yildiz
Two-component signal transduction systems (TCSs), typically composed of a sensor histidine kinase (HK) and a response regulator (RR), are the primary mechanism by which pathogenic bacteria sense and respond to extracellular signals. The pathogenic bacterium Vibrio cholerae is no exception and harbors 52 RR genes. Using in-frame deletion mutants of each RR gene, we performed a systematic analysis of their role in V. cholerae biofilm formation. We determined that 7 RRs impacted the expression of an essential biofilm gene and found that the recently characterized RR, VxrB, regulates the expression of key structural and regulatory biofilm genes in V...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
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