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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/28731758/noncontact-cohesive-swimming-of-bacteria-in-two-dimensional-liquid-films
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Ye Li, He Zhai, Sandra Sanchez, Daniel B Kearns, Yilin Wu
Bacterial swimming in confined two-dimensional environments is ubiquitous in nature and in clinical settings. Characterizing individual interactions between swimming bacteria in 2D confinement will help to understand diverse microbial processes, such as bacterial swarming and biofilm formation. Here we report a novel motion pattern displayed by flagellated bacteria in 2D confinement: When two nearby cells align their moving directions, they tend to engage in cohesive swimming without direct cell body contact, as a result of hydrodynamic interaction but not flagellar intertwining...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730700/relating-switching-rates-between-normal-and-persister-cells-to-substrate-and-antibiotic-concentrations-a-mathematical-modelling-approach-supported-by-experiments
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Gabriel Carvalho, Cyril Guilhen, Damien Balestrino, Christiane Forestier, Jean-Denis Mathias
We developed and compared two mathematical models of variable phenotypic switching rates between normal and persister cells that depend on substrate concentration and antibiotic presence. They could be used to simulate the formation of persisters in environments with concentration gradients such as biofilms. Our models are extensions of a previous model of the dynamics of normal and persistent cell populations developed by Balaban et al. (2004, Science 305: 1622). We calibrated the models' parameters with experimental killing curves obtained after ciprofloxacin treatment of samples regularly harvested from planktonic batch cultures of Klebsiella pneumoniae...
July 21, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710559/aloe-emodin-inhibits-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilms-and-extracellular-protein-production-at-the-initial-adhesion-stage-of-biofilm-development
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Hua Xiang, Fengjiao Cao, Di Ming, Yanyang Zheng, Xiaoyun Dong, Xiaobo Zhong, Dan Mu, Bangbang Li, Ling Zhong, Junjie Cao, Lin Wang, Hongxia Ma, Tiedong Wang, Dacheng Wang
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) biofilms are clinically serious and play a critical role in the persistence of chronic infections due to their ability to resist antibiotics. The inhibition of biofilm formation is viewed as a new strategy for the prevention of S. aureus infections. Here, we demonstrated that minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of aloe-emodin exhibited no bactericidal activity against S. aureus but affected S. aureus biofilm development in a dose-dependent manner. Further studies indicated that aloe-emodin specifically inhibits the initial adhesion and proliferation stages of S...
July 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710521/efflux-drug-transporters-at-the-forefront-of-antimicrobial-resistance
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Tahmina Rahman, Benjamin Yarnall, Declan A Doyle
Bacterial antibiotic resistance is rapidly becoming a major world health consideration. To combat antibiotics, microorganisms employ their pre-existing defence mechanisms that existed long before man's discovery of antibiotics. Bacteria utilise levels of protection that range from gene upregulation, mutations, adaptive resistance, and production of resistant phenotypes (persisters) to communal behaviour, as in swarming and the ultimate defence of a biofilm. A major part of all of these responses involves the use of antibiotic efflux transporters...
July 14, 2017: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705175/serotype-specific-role-of-antigen-i-ii-in-the-initial-steps-of-the-pathogenesis-of-the-infection-caused-by-streptococcus-suis
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Sarah Chuzeville, Jean-Philippe Auger, Audrey Dumesnil, David Roy, Sonia Lacouture, Nahuel Fittipaldi, Daniel Grenier, Marcelo Gottschalk
Streptococcus suis is one of the most important post-weaning porcine bacterial pathogens worldwide. The serotypes 2 and 9 are often considered the most virulent and prevalent serotypes involved in swine infections, especially in Europe. However, knowledge of the bacterial factors involved in the first steps of the pathogenesis of the infection remains scarce. In several pathogenic streptococci, expression of multimodal adhesion proteins known as antigen I/II (AgI/II) have been linked with persistence in the upper respiratory tract and the oral cavity, as well as with bacterial dissemination...
July 14, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704490/the-synthetic-killer-peptide-kp-impairs-candida-albicans-biofilm-in-vitro
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Simona Paulone, Andrea Ardizzoni, Arianna Tavanti, Serena Piccinelli, Cosmeri Rizzato, Antonella Lupetti, Bruna Colombari, Eva Pericolini, Luciano Polonelli, Walter Magliani, Stefania Conti, Brunella Posteraro, Claudio Cermelli, Elisabetta Blasi, Samuele Peppoloni
Candida albicans is a commensal organism, commonly inhabiting mucosal surfaces of healthy individuals, as a part of the resident microbiota. However, in susceptible hosts, especially hospitalized and/or immunocompromised patients, it may cause a wide range of infections. The presence of abiotic substrates, such as central venous or urinary catheters, provides an additional niche for Candida attachment and persistence, particularly via biofilm development. Furthermore, Candida biofilm is poorly susceptible to most antifungals, including azoles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696066/strategies-for-combating-persister-cell-and-biofilm-infections
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Thomas K Wood
Bacterial cells are constantly exposed to environmental stress; for example, almost all cells must endure starvation, and antimicrobials, of course, are administered to kill bacteria. These stressed cells enter a resting state known as persistence in which they become tolerant to nearly all antibiotics without undergoing genetic change. These dormant cells survive courses of antibiotics, as antibiotics are most effective against actively metabolizing cells, and reconstitute infections. In humans, most of these bacterial infections occur in biofilms in which bacteria attach to one another via secreted proteins, polysaccharides and even DNA...
July 11, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691660/endoribonuclease-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-systems-functional-or-selfish
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Bhaskar Chandra Mohan Ramisetty, Ramachandran Sarojini Santhosh
Most bacterial genomes have multiple type II toxin-antitoxin systems (TAs) that encode two proteins which are referred to as a toxin and an antitoxin. Toxins inhibit a cellular process, while the interaction of the antitoxin with the toxin attenuates the toxin's activity. Endoribonuclease-encoding TAs cleave RNA in a sequence-dependent fashion, resulting in translational inhibition. To account for their prevalence and retention by bacterial genomes, TAs are credited with clinically significant phenomena, such as bacterial programmed cell death, persistence, biofilms and anti-addiction to plasmids...
July 8, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690609/diversity-prevalence-and-longitudinal-occurrence-of-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-systems-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infecting-cystic-fibrosis-lungs
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Sandra B Andersen, Melanie Ghoul, Ashleigh S Griffin, Bent Petersen, Helle K Johansen, Søren Molin
Type II toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are most commonly composed of two genes encoding a stable toxin, which harms the cell, and an unstable antitoxin that can inactivate it. TA systems were initially characterized as selfish elements, but have recently gained attention for regulating general stress responses responsible for pathogen virulence, formation of drug-tolerant persister cells and biofilms-all implicated in causing recalcitrant chronic infections. We use a bioinformatics approach to explore the distribution and evolution of type II TA loci of the opportunistic pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, across longitudinally sampled isolates from cystic fibrosis lungs...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685097/restructuring-of-enterococcus-faecalis-biofilm-architecture-in-response-to-antibiotic-induced-stress
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Jennifer L Dale, Jennifer L Nilson, Aaron M T Barnes, Gary M Dunny
Bacterial biofilms are intrinsically resistant to antimicrobial treatment, which contributes to microbial persistence in clinical infections. Enterococcus faecalis is an opportunistic pathogen that readily forms biofilms and is the most prevalent enterococcal species identified in healthcare-associated infections. Since intrinsic resistance to multiple antibiotics is common for enterococci, and antibiotic resistance is elevated in biofilm populations, it is imperative to understand the mechanisms involved. Previously, we identified two glycosyltransferase genes whose disruption resulted in impaired nascent biofilm formation in the presence of antibiotic concentrations subinhibitory for parent growth and biofilm formation...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678862/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-cells-attached-to-a-surface-display-a-typical-proteome-early-as-20-minutes-of-incubation
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Marc Crouzet, Stéphane Claverol, Anne-Marie Lomenech, Caroline Le Sénéchal, Patricia Costaglioli, Christophe Barthe, Bertrand Garbay, Marc Bonneu, Sébastien Vilain
Biofilms are present in all environments and often result in negative effects due to properties of the biofilm lifestyle and especially antibiotics resistance. Biofilms are associated with chronic infections. Controlling bacterial attachment, the first step of biofilm formation, is crucial for fighting against biofilm and subsequently preventing the persistence of infection. Thus deciphering the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in attachment could allow discovering molecular targets from it would be possible to develop inhibitors against bacterial colonization and potentiate antibiotherapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667108/cleaning-and-disinfection-of-biofilms-composed-of-listeria-monocytogenes-and-background-microbiota-from-meat-processing-surfaces
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Annette Fagerlund, Trond Møretrø, Even Heir, Romain Briandet, Solveig Langsrud
Surfaces of food processing premises are exposed to regular cleaning and disinfection (C&D) regimes, using biocides that are highly effective against bacteria growing as planktonic cells. However, bacteria growing in surface associated communities (biofilms) are typically more tolerant towards C&D than their individual free cells counterparts, and survival of pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes may be affected by interspecies interactions within biofilms. In this study, Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter were the most frequently isolated genera surviving on conveyor belts subjected to C&D in meat processing plants...
June 30, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651010/macrophages-but-not-neutrophils-are-critical-for-proliferation-of-burkholderia-cenocepacia-and-ensuing-host-damaging-inflammation
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Jennifer Mesureur, Joana R Feliciano, Nelly Wagner, Margarida C Gomes, Lili Zhang, Monica Blanco-Gonzalez, Michiel van der Vaart, David O'Callaghan, Annemarie H Meijer, Annette C Vergunst
Bacteria of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) can cause devastating pulmonary infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, yet the precise mechanisms underlying inflammation, recurrent exacerbations and transition from chronic stages to acute infection and septicemia are not known. Bcc bacteria are generally believed to have a predominant extracellular biofilm life style in infected CF lungs, similar to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, but this has been challenged by clinical observations which show Bcc bacteria predominantly in macrophages...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649406/architecture-component-and-microbiome-of-biofilm-involved-in-the-fouling-of-membrane-bioreactors
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Tomohiro Inaba, Tomoyuki Hori, Hidenobu Aizawa, Atsushi Ogata, Hiroshi Habe
Biofilm formation on the filtration membrane and the subsequent clogging of membrane pores (called biofouling) is one of the most persistent problems in membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment and reclamation. Here, we investigated the structure and microbiome of fouling-related biofilms in the membrane bioreactor using non-destructive confocal reflection microscopy and high-throughput Illumina sequencing of 16S rRNA genes. Direct confocal reflection microscopy indicated that the thin biofilms were formed and maintained regardless of the increasing transmembrane pressure, which is a common indicator of membrane fouling, at low organic-loading rates...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638805/increased-zinc-availability-enhances-initial-aggregation-and-biofilm-formation-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Lindsey R Brown, Rachel C Caulkins, Tyler E Schartel, Jason W Rosch, Erin S Honsa, Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Victoria A Meliopoulos, Sean Cherry, Justin A Thornton
Bacteria growing within biofilms are protected from antibiotics and the immune system. Within these structures, horizontal transfer of genes encoding virulence factors, and promoting antibiotic resistance occurs, making biofilms an extremely important aspect of pneumococcal colonization and persistence. Identifying environmental cues that contribute to the formation of biofilms is critical to understanding pneumococcal colonization and infection. Iron has been shown to be essential for the formation of pneumococcal biofilms; however, the role of other physiologically important metals such as copper, zinc, and manganese has been largely neglected...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607014/np108-an-antimicrobial-polymer-with-activity-against-methicillin-and-mupirocin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#17
Derry K Mercer, Laura K Katvars, Fiona Hewitt, Daniel W Smith, Jennifer Robertson, Deborah A O'Neil
Staphylococcus aureus is a clinically significant human pathogen that causes infectious diseases ranging from skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI), healthcare associated infections (HAI) to potentially fatal bacteraemia and endocarditis. Nasal carriage of S. aureus, especially persistent carriage, is associated with an increased risk of subsequent infection, particularly nosocomial and surgical site infections (SSI), usually via autoinfection. NP108 is a cationic antimicrobial polymer composed of Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) amino acid building blocks...
June 12, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603518/microbial-extracellular-polymeric-substances-epss-in-ocean-systems
#18
REVIEW
Alan W Decho, Tony Gutierrez
Microbial cells (i.e., bacteria, archaea, microeukaryotes) in oceans secrete a diverse array of large molecules, collectively called extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs) or simply exopolymers. These secretions facilitate attachment to surfaces that lead to the formation of structured 'biofilm' communities. In open-water environments, they also lead to formation of organic colloids, and larger aggregations of cells, called 'marine snow.' Secretion of EPS is now recognized as a fundamental microbial adaptation, occurring under many environmental conditions, and one that influences many ocean processes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599174/persistent-listeria-monocytogenes-strains-isolated-from-mussel-production-facilities-form-more-biofilm-but-are-not-linked-to-specific-genetic-markers
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Jessika Nowak, Cristina D Cruz, Marcel Tempelaars, Tjakko Abee, Arnoud H M van Vliet, Graham C Fletcher, Duncan Hedderley, Jon Palmer, Steve Flint
Contamination of mussels with the human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes occurs during processing in the factory, possibly from bacteria persisting in the factory's indoor and outdoor areas. In this study, a selection of persistent (n=8) and sporadic (n=8) L. monocytogenes isolates associated with mussel-processing premises in New Zealand were investigated for their phenotypic and genomic characteristics. To identify traits that favour or contribute to bacterial persistence, biofilm formation, heat resistance, motility and recovery from dry surfaces were compared between persistent and sporadic isolates...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597824/mycobacterial-biofilms-revisiting-tuberculosis-bacilli-in-extracellular-necrotizing-lesions
#20
Randall J Basaraba, Anil K Ojha
Under detergent-free in vitro conditions, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the etiological agent of tuberculosis in humans, spontaneously forms organized multicellular structures called biofilms. Moreover, in vitro biofilms of M. tuberculosis are more persistent against antibiotics than their single-cell planktonic counterparts, thereby raising questions about the occurrence of biofilms in the host tissues and their significance in persistence during chemotherapy of tuberculosis. In this article, we present arguments that extracellular M...
June 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
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