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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446917/shoot-the-message-not-the-messenger-combating-pathogenic-virulence-in-plants-by-inhibiting-quorum-sensing-mediated-signaling-molecules
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Ganesh Alagarasan, Kumar S Aswathy
Immunity, virulence, biofilm formation, and survival in the host environment are regulated by the versatile nature of density dependent microbial cell signaling, also called quorum sensing (QS). The QS molecules can associate with host plant tissues and, at times, cause a change in its gene expression at the downstream level through inter-kingdom cross talking. Progress in controlling QS through fungicide/bactericide in pathogenic microscopic organisms has lead to a rise of antibiotic resistance pathogens. Here, we review the application of selective quorum quenching (QQ) endophytes to control phytopathogens that are shared by most, if not all, terrestrial plant species as well as aquatic plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443279/analogs-of-the-frog-skin-antimicrobial-peptide-temporin-1tb-exhibit-a-wider-spectrum-of-activity-and-a-stronger-antibiofilm-potential-as-compared-to-the-parental-peptide
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Lucia Grassi, Giuseppantonio Maisetta, Giuseppe Maccari, Semih Esin, Giovanna Batoni
The frog skin-derived peptide Temporin 1Tb (TB) has gained increasing attention as novel antimicrobial agent for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant and/or biofilm-mediated infections. Nevertheless, such a peptide possesses a preferential spectrum of action against Gram-positive bacteria. In order to improve the therapeutic potential of TB, the present study evaluated the antibacterial and antibiofilm activities of two TB analogs against medically relevant bacterial species. Of the two analogs, TB_KKG6A has been previously described in the literature, while TB_L1FK is a new analog designed by us through statistical-based computational strategies...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443084/gene-expression-profiling-of-transcription-factors-of-helicobacter-pylori-under-different-environmental-conditions
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Miguel A De la Cruz, Miguel A Ares, Kristine von Bargen, Leonardo G Panunzi, Jessica Martínez-Cruz, Hilda A Valdez-Salazar, César Jiménez-Galicia, Javier Torres
Helicobacter pylori is a Gram-negative bacterium that colonizes the human gastric mucosa and causes peptic ulcers and gastric carcinoma. H. pylori strain 26695 has a small genome (1.67 Mb), which codes for few known transcriptional regulators that control bacterial metabolism and virulence. We analyzed by qRT-PCR the expression of 16 transcriptional regulators in H. pylori 26695, including the three sigma factors under different environmental conditions. When bacteria were exposed to acidic pH, urea, nickel, or iron, the sigma factors were differentially expressed with a particularly strong induction of fliA...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438927/the-role-of-psl-genes-in-antibiotic-tolerance-of-adherent-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Keiji Murakami, Tsuneko Ono, Darija Viducic, Yoko Somiya, Reiko Kariyama, Kenji Hori, Takashi Amoh, Katsuhiko Hirota, Hiromi Kumon, Matthew R Parsek, Yoichiro Miyake
Bacteria attached to a surface are generally more tolerant to antibiotics than their planktonic counterparts, even without the formation of a biofilm. The mechanism of antibiotic tolerance in biofilm communities is multifactorial, and the genetic backgound underlying this antibiotic tolerance has not yet been fully elucidated. Using transposon mutagenesis, we isolated a mutant with reduced tolerance to biapenem (relative to the wild-type) from adherent cells. Sequencing analysis revealed a mutation in the pslL gene, which is a part of the polysaccharide biosynthesis operon...
April 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438636/identification-of-chemotaxis-operon-cheyza-and-chea-gene-expression-under-stressful-conditions-in-piscirickettsia-salmonis
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Romina Albornoz, Karla Valenzuela, Juan P Pontigo, Patricio Sánchez, Pamela Ruiz, Ruben Avendaño-Herrera, Alex Romero, Cristian Oliver, Alejandro Yáñez
Piscirickettsia salmonis is the etiological agent of piscirickettsiosis, which, as the main systemic disease in the Chilean salmon industry, causes significant economic losses. This bacterium can produce biofilm as a persistence and survival strategy in adverse conditions. In other bacteria, cheA is a key gene for modulating the onset of bacterial chemotaxis, as well as having a secondary role in biofilm production. Notwithstanding this association, the potential relationships between biofilm formation and genes involved in P...
April 21, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431495/iron-regulated-small-rna-expression-as-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-fa-1090-transitions-into-stationary-phase-growth
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Lydgia A Jackson, Michael Day, Jennie Allen, Edgar Scott, David W Dyer
BACKGROUND: For most pathogens, iron (Fe) homeostasis is crucial for maintenance within the host and the ability to cause disease. The primary transcriptional regulator that controls intracellular Fe levels is the Fur (ferric uptake regulator) protein, which exerts its action on transcription by binding to a promoter-proximal sequence termed the Fur box. Fur-regulated transcriptional responses are often fine-tuned at the post-transcriptional level through the action of small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs)...
April 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419759/regulation-of-burkholderia%C3%A2-cenocepacia-biofilm-formation-by-rpon-and-the-c-di-gmp-effector-berb
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Mustafa Fazli, Morten Rybtke, Elisabeth Steiner, Elisabeth Weidel, Jens Berthelsen, Julie Groizeleau, Wu Bin, Boo Zhao Zhi, Zhang Yaming, Volkhard Kaever, Michael Givskov, Rolf W Hartmann, Leo Eberl, Tim Tolker-Nielsen
Knowledge about the molecular mechanisms that are involved in the regulation of biofilm formation is essential for the development of biofilm-control measures. It is well established that the nucleotide second messenger cyclic diguanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) is a positive regulator of biofilm formation in many bacteria, but more knowledge about c-di-GMP effectors is needed. We provide evidence that c-di-GMP, the alternative sigma factor RpoN (σ54), and the enhancer-binding protein BerB play a role in biofilm formation of Burkholderia cenocepacia by regulating the production of a biofilm-stabilizing exopolysaccharide...
April 16, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419693/ag-loaded-mgsrfe-layered-double-hydroxide-chitosan-composite-scaffold-with-enhanced-osteogenic-and-antibacterial-property-for-bone-engineering-tissue
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Dandan Cao, Zhengliang Xu, Yixuan Chen, Qinfei Ke, Changqing Zhang, Yaping Guo
Bone tissue engineering scaffolds for the reconstruction of large bone defects should simultaneously promote osteogenic differentiation and avoid postoperative infection. Herein, we develop, for the first time, Ag-loaded MgSrFe-layered double hydroxide/chitosan (Ag-MgSrFe/CS) composite scaffold. This scaffold exhibits three-dimensional interconnected macroporous structure with a pore size of 100-300 μm. The layered double hydroxide nanoplates in the Ag-MgSrFe/CS show lateral sizes of 200-400 nm and thicknesses of ∼50 nm, and the Ag nanoparticles with particle sizes of ∼20 nm are uniformly dispersed on the scaffold surfaces...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416278/ai-2-quorum-sensing-negatively-regulates-rbf-expression-and-biofilm-formation-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Ronghua Ma, Shuwan Qiu, Qiu Jiang, Haipeng Sun, Ting Xue, Gang Cai, Baolin Sun
Staphylococcus aureus is an important pathogen that is capable of forming biofilms on biomaterial surfaces to cause biofilm-associated infections. Autoinducer 2 (AI-2), a universal language for interspecies communication, is involved in a variety of physiological activities, although its exact role in Gram-positive bacteria, especially in S. aureus, is not yet thoroughly characterized. Herein we demonstrate that inactivation of luxS, which encodes AI-2 synthase, resulted in increased biofilm formation and higher polysaccharide intercellular adhesion (PIA) production compared with the wild-type strain in S...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415384/preparation-and-characterization-of-expanded-graphite-metal-oxides-for-antimicrobial-application
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Wei-Che Hung, Kuo-Hui Wu, Dong-Yi Lyu, Ken-Fa Cheng, Wen-Chien Huang
Composite materials based on expanded graphite (EG) and metal oxide (MO) particles was prepared by an explosive combustion and blending method. The objective of the study was to develop EG impregnated with metal oxide particulates (Ag2O, CuO and ZnO) and evaluate the level of protection the materials conferred against biological agents. The physical properties of the EG/MO composites were examined using SEM, EDX and XRD spectroscopy, and the results indicated that the MO particles were incorporated into the EG matrix after impregnation...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414038/modulation-of-staphylococcus-epidermidis-rp62a-extracellular-polymeric-layer-by-marine-cyclic-dipeptide-cyclo-l-leucyl-l-prolyl-thwarts-biofilm-formation
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Shanmugaraj Gowrishankar, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian
Staphylococcus epidermidis is the most frequent cause of biofilm mediated implant-associated infections. Extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) is a key component of most biofilms and in pathogens it specifically protects the entrenched-bacterial cells from antibiotics and hosts immune response, and thereby makes the infection ineradicable. Recently, the prominence of cyclic dipeptides in interfering with biofilms and the associated virulence factors of pathogens has offered an alternative to eliminate difficult-to-treat infections...
April 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410407/bacterial-amyloid-curli-acts-as-a-carrier-for-dna-to-elicit-an-autoimmune-response-via-tlr2-and-tlr9
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Sarah A Tursi, Ernest Y Lee, Nicole J Medeiros, Michael H Lee, Lauren K Nicastro, Bettina Buttaro, Stefania Gallucci, Ronald Paul Wilson, Gerard C L Wong, Çagla Tükel
Bacterial biofilms are associated with numerous human infections. The predominant protein expressed in enteric biofilms is the amyloid curli, which forms highly immunogenic complexes with DNA. Infection with curli-expressing bacteria or systemic exposure to purified curli-DNA complexes triggers autoimmunity via the generation of type I interferons (IFNs) and anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies. Here, we show that DNA complexed with amyloid curli powerfully stimulates Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) through a two-step mechanism...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407427/microenvironmental-characteristics-and-physiology-of-biofilms-in-chronic-infections-of-cf-patients-are-strongly-affected-by-the-host-immune-response
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REVIEW
Peter Ø Jensen, Mette Kolpen, Kasper N Kragh, Michael Kühl
In vitro studies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other pathogenic bacteria in biofilm aggregates have yielded detailed insight into their potential growth modes and metabolic flexibility under exposure to gradients of substrate and electron acceptor. However, the growth pattern of P. aeruginosa in chronic lung infections of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is very different from what is observed in vitro, for example, in biofilms grown in flow chambers. Dense in vitro biofilms of P. aeruginosa exhibit rapid O2 depletion within <50-100 μm due to their own aerobic metabolism...
April 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407421/central-venous-catheters-and-biofilms-where-do-we-stand-in-2017
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REVIEW
Marie Gominet, Fabrice Compain, Christophe Beloin, David Lebeaux
The use of central venous catheters (CVC) is associated with a risk of microbial colonization and subsequent potentially severe infection. Microbial contamination of the catheter leads to the development of a microbial consortia associated with the CVC surface and embedded in an extracellular matrix, named biofilm. This biofilm provides bacterial cells the ability to survive antimicrobial agents and the host immune system and to disseminate to other sites of the body. The best preventive strategy is to avoid any unnecessary catheterization or to reduce indwelling duration when a CVC is required...
April 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403796/riboswitches-as-potential-targets-for-the-development-of-anti-biofilm-drugs
#15
José A Reyes-Darias, Tino Krell
In nature, bacteria can exist as single motile cells or as sessile cellular community, known as microbial biofilms. Bacteria within biofilms are embedded in a self-produced extracellular matrix that makes them more resistant to antibiotic treatment and responses of the host immune system. Microbial biofilms are very important in medicine since they are associated with several human diseases such as dental caries, periodontitis, otitis media, infective endocarditis, infectious kidney stones, osteomyelitis or prostatitis...
April 7, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400765/role-of-bacillus-licheniformis-vs16-derived-biosurfactant-in-mediating-immune-responses-in-carp-rohu-and-its-application-to-the-food-industry
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Sib Sankar Giri, Shib Sankar Sen, Jin Woo Jun, V Sukumaran, Se Chang Park
Multifarious applications of Bacillus licheniformis VS16-derived biosurfactant were explored. Labeo rohita fingerlings were injected intraperitoneally with 0.1 mL of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) containing purified biosurfactant at 0 (control), 55 (S55), 110 (S110), 220 (S220), or 330 (S330) μg mL(-1) concentrations. Various immunological parameters and the expression of immune-related genes were measured at 7, 14, and 21 days post-administration (dpa). At 21 dpa, fish were challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila and mortality was recorded for 14 days...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398869/the-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-effect-of-carvacrol-in-preventing-campylobacter-infection-colonization-and-in-improving-productivity-of-chicken-broilers
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Carmel Kelly, Ozan Gundogdu, Gratiela Pircalabioru, Ada Cean, Pam Scates, Mark Linton, Laurette Pinkerton, Elizabeth Magowan, Lavinia Stef, Eliza Simiz, Ioan Pet, Sharon Stewart, Richard Stabler, Brendan Wren, Nick Dorrell, Nicolae Corcionivoschi
The current trend in reducing the antibiotic usage in animal production imposes urgency in the identification of novel biocides. The essential oil carvacrol, for example, changes the morphology of the cell and acts against a variety of targets within the bacterial membranes and cytoplasm, and our in vitro results show that it reduces adhesion and invasion of chicken intestinal primary cells and also biofilm formation. A trial was conducted to evaluate the effects of dietary supplementation of carvacrol at four concentrations (0, 120, 200, and 300 mg/kg of diet) on the performance of Lactobacillus spp...
February 27, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396544/synthetic-p-ppgpp-analogue-inhibitor-of-stringent-response-in-mycobacteria
#18
Kirtimaan Syal, Kelly Flentie, Neerupma Bhardwaj, Krishnagopal Maiti, Narayanaswamy Jayaraman, Christina L Stallings, Dipankar Chatterji
Bacteria elicit an adaptive response against hostile conditions such as starvation and other kind of stresses. Their ability to survive such conditions depends on, in part, stringent response pathways. (p)ppGpp, considered to be the master regulator of stringent response, is a novel target for inhibiting the survival of the bacteria. In mycobacteria, the (p)ppGpp synthetase activity of bifunctional Rel is critical for its stress response and persistence inside the host. Our aim was to design an inhibitor of (p)ppGpp synthesis, follow efficiency through enzyme kinetics, and assess its phenotypic effects in mycobacteria...
April 10, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389766/carcinogenic-activities-and-sperm-abnormalities-of-methicillin-resistance-staphylococcus-aureus-and-inhibition-of-their-virulence-potentials-by-ayamycin
#19
Mervat Morsy Abbas Ahmed El-Gendy, Khaled G Abdel-Wahhab, Fathia A Mannaa, Ayman A Farghaly, Ahmed M A El-Bondkly
This investigation aimed to study the in vivo harmful effects of the subcutaneous injection of different methicillin resistance Staphylococcus aureus extracts (MRSA2, MRSA4, MRSA10, MRSA69, MRSA70, MRSA76, and MRSA78). Such strains represented the highest minimum inhibition concentration toward methicillin with various multidrug-resistant patterns. The obtained results revealed that rats injected with the MRSA4 extract died immediately after the last dose indicating the high cytotoxicity of MRSA4 strain (100% mortality)...
April 7, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389538/pumilacidin-like-lipopeptides-derived-from-marine-bacterium-bacillus-sp-suppress-the-motility-of-vibrio-alginolyticus
#20
Pengyuan Xiu, Rui Liu, Dechao Zhang, Chaomin Sun
Bacterial motility is a crucial factor during the invasion and colonization processes of pathogens, which makes it an attractive therapeutic drug target. Here, we isolated a marine bacterium (Vibrio alginolyticus 178) from a seamount in the tropical West Pacific that exhibits vigorous motility on agar plates and severe pathogenicity to zebrafish. We found that V. alginolyticus 178 motility was significantly suppressed by another marine bacterium Bacillus sp. 176 isolated from the same niche. We isolated, purified, and characterized two different cyclic lipopeptides (CLPs) from Bacillus sp...
April 7, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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