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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214190/biofilm-formation-by-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-a-dental-clinic-in-konya-turkey
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Emrah Torlak, Emre Korkut, Ali T Uncu, Yağmur Şener
The ability of Staphylococcus aureus to form biofilm is considered to be a major virulence factor influencing its survival and persistence in both the environment and the host. Biofilm formation in S. aureus is most frequently associated with production of polysaccharide intercellular adhesion by ica operon-encoded enzymes. The present work aimed at evaluating the in vitro biofilm production and presence of the icaA and icaD genes in S. aureus isolates from a dental clinic in Konya, Turkey. The surfaces of inanimate objects were sampled over a period of six months...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197135/cloning-and-characterization-of-the-autoinducer-synthase-gene-from-lipid-degrading-bacterium-cedecea-neteri
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Kian-Hin Tan, Kah-Yan How, Jia-Yi Tan, Wai-Fong Yin, Kok-Gan Chan
The process of intercellular communication among bacteria, termed quorum sensing (QS), is mediated by small diffusible molecules known as the autoinducers. QS allows the population to react to the change of cell density in unison, in processes such as biofilm formation, plasmid conjugation, virulence, motility and root nodulation. In Gram-negative proteobacteria, N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) is the common "language" to coordinate gene expression. This signaling molecule is usually synthesized by LuxI-type proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188589/synergistic-activity-of-sub-inhibitory-concentrations-of-curcumin-with-ceftazidime-and-ciprofloxacin-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-quorum-sensing-related-genes-and-virulence-traits
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Shekoufeh Roudashti, Habib Zeighami, Hesam Mirshahabi, Shahin Bahari, Ali Soltani, Fakhri Haghi
Quorum sensing (QS) system in Pseudomonas aeruginosa may be an important target for pharmacological intervention. The present study aimed to investigate the synergetic activity of sub-MIC concentrations of curcumin (C) with ceftazidime (CAZ) and ciprofloxacin (CIP) against P. aeroginusa QS system. We determined the MIC and synergistic activity of C, CAZ and CIP against P. aeroginusa PAO1 using broth microdilution and checkerboard titration methods. The activity of sub-MIC (1/4 and 1/16 MIC) concentrations of C on the QS signal molecules was assessed using a reporter strain assay...
March 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173753/conjugative-type-ivb-pilus-recognizes-lipopolysaccharide-of-recipient-cells-to-initiate-papi-1-pathogenicity-island-transfer-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Toan Phuoc Hong, Michelle Q Carter, Paolo Struffi, Stefano Casonato, Youai Hao, Joseph S Lam, Stephen Lory, Olivier Jousson
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenicity island 1 (PAPI-1) is one of the largest genomic islands of this important opportunistic human pathogen. Previous studies have shown that PAPI-1 encodes several putative virulence factors, including a major regulator of biofilm formation and antibiotic-resistance traits. PAPI-1 is horizontally transferable into recipient strains lacking this island via conjugation mediated by the specialized type IV pilus. The PAPI-1 encodes a cluster of ten genes associated with the synthesis and assembly of the type IV pilus...
February 7, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167518/pleiotropic-regulation-of-virulence-genes-in-streptococcus-mutans-by-a-conserved-small-protein-sprv
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Manoharan Shankar, Mohammad S Hossain, Indranil Biswas
: Streptococcus mutans, an oral pathogen associated with dental caries, colonizes tooth surfaces as polymicrobial biofilms, known as dental plaque. S. mutans expresses several virulence factors that allow the organism to tolerate environmental fluctuations and to compete with other microorganisms. We recently identified that a small hypothetical protein (90 amino acids) was essential for normal growth of the bacterium. Inactivation of the gene SMU.2137 encoding this protein caused a significant growth defect and loss of various virulence-associated functions...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150898/biofilm-formation-invasiveness-and-colicinogeny-in-locus-of-enterocyte-and-effacement-negative-o113-h21-shigatoxigenic-escherichia-coli
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Luís Fernando Dos Santos, Franciele Tafarello Biscola, Evanilde Maria Gonçalves, Beatriz Ernestina Cabílio Guth
AIMS: Although Shiga toxins (Stx) are well established virulence traits of O113:H21 Shigatoxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) strains, a shortage in the knowledge of other virulence properties that may contribute to pathogenesis may exist in this serotype. This study investigated biofilm, invasiveness and colicinogeny capabilities in O113:H21 STEC isolated in Brazil, mostly from animal reservoirs. A search for genes which were reported to participate in the process of biofilm formation was also performed...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140677/furvina-inhibits-the-3-oxo-c12-hsl-based-quorum-sensing-system-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-qs-dependent-phenotypes
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Anabela Borges, Pedro Sousa, Alexandra Gaspar, Santiago Vilar, Fernanda Borges, Manuel Simões
Disruption of cell-cell communication or quorum sensing (QS) is considered a stimulating approach for reducing bacterial pathogenicity and resistance. Although several QS inhibitors (QSIs) have been discovered so far their clinical use remains distant. This problem can be circumvented by searching for QSI among drugs already approved for the treatment of different diseases. In this context, antibiotics have earned special attention. Whereas at high concentrations antibiotics exert a killing effect, at lower concentrations they may act as signaling molecules and as such can modulate gene expression...
January 31, 2017: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137807/inhibition-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-peptide-conjugated-phosphorodiamidate-morpholino-oligomers
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James J Howard, Carolyn R Sturge, Dina A Moustafa, Seth M Daly, Kimberly R Marshall-Batty, Christina F Felder, Danniel Zamora, Marium Yabe-Gill, Maria Labandeira-Rey, Stacey M Bailey, Michael Wong, Joanna B Goldberg, Bruce L Geller, David E Greenberg
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a highly virulent, multidrug-resistant pathogen that causes significant morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients and is particularly devastating in those with cystic fibrosis (CF). Increasing antibiotic resistance coupled with decreasing numbers of antibiotics in the developmental pipeline demands novel antibacterial approaches. Here we tested peptide-conjugated phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomers (PPMOs), which inhibit translation of complementary mRNA from specific, essential genes in P...
January 30, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131956/evaluation-of-the-biofilm-forming-ability-and-its-associated-genes-in-staphylococcus-species-isolates-from-bovine-mastitis-in-argentinean-dairy-farms
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Verónica Felipe, Carolina A Morgante, Paola S Somale, Florencia Varroni, María L Zingaretti, Romina A Bachetti, Silvia G Correa, Carina Porporatto
Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are important causes of intramammary infection in dairy cattle, and their ability to produce biofilm is considered an important virulence property in the pathogenesis of mastitis. However, the published date on mechanisms and factors involved in infection persistence in the mammary gland remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the main Staphylococcus species involved in bovine intramammary infections possess specific characteristics that promote colonization of the udder...
January 25, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129375/mammary-gland-pathology-subsequent-to-acute-infection-with-strong-versus-weak-biofilm-forming-staphylococcus-aureus-bovine-mastitis-isolates-a-pilot-study-using-non-invasive-mouse-mastitis-model
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Jully Gogoi-Tiwari, Vincent Williams, Charlene Babra Waryah, Paul Costantino, Hani Al-Salami, Sangeetha Mathavan, Kelsi Wells, Harish Kumar Tiwari, Nagendra Hegde, Shrikrishna Isloor, Hesham Al-Sallami, Trilochan Mukkur
BACKGROUND: Biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus is an important virulence attribute because of its potential to induce persistent antibiotic resistance, retard phagocytosis and either attenuate or promote inflammation, depending upon the disease syndrome, in vivo. This study was undertaken to evaluate the potential significance of strength of biofilm formation by clinical bovine mastitis-associated S. aureus in mammary tissue damage by using a mouse mastitis model. METHODS: Two S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106797/the-complex-relationship-between-virulence-and-antibiotic-resistance
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REVIEW
Meredith Schroeder, Benjamin D Brooks, Amanda E Brooks
Antibiotic resistance, prompted by the overuse of antimicrobial agents, may arise from a variety of mechanisms, particularly horizontal gene transfer of virulence and antibiotic resistance genes, which is often facilitated by biofilm formation. The importance of phenotypic changes seen in a biofilm, which lead to genotypic alterations, cannot be overstated. Irrespective of if the biofilm is single microbe or polymicrobial, bacteria, protected within a biofilm from the external environment, communicate through signal transduction pathways (e...
January 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090277/anti-quorum-sensing-activity-of-substances-isolated-from-wild-berry-associated-bacteria
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Suha M Abudoleh, Adel M Mahasneh
BACKGROUND: Quorum Sensing (QS) is a mechanism used by bacteria to determine their physiological activities and coordinate gene expression based on cell to cell signaling. Many bacterial physiological functions are under the regulation of quorum sensing such as virulence, luminescence, motility, sporulation and biofilm formation. The aim of the present study was to isolate and characterize Quorum Sensing Inhibitory (QSI) substances from epiphytic bacteria residing on wild berries surfaces...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081347/virulence-factors-biofilm-forming-ability-and-antimicrobial-resistance-of-urinary-escherichia-coli-strains-isolated-from-hospitalized-patients
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Barbara Kot, Jolanta Wicha, Agata Grużewska, Małgorzata Piechota, Katarzyna Wolska, Maria Obrębska
BACKGROUND/AIM: Escherichia coli is the most frequent cause of urinary tract infections. We investigated the possible associations between the origin of strains, antimicrobial resistance, the presence of urovirulence factors, and biofilm-forming ability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Antibiotic susceptibility of E. coli strains was tested by disk diffusion method. Hemagglutination assays were performed for phenotypic characterization of the cell surface. Multiplex PCR was used for detection of virulence genes and for determination of phylogenetic relationships...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081265/the-plasmin-sensitive-protein-pls-in-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-is-a-glycoprotein
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Isabelle Bleiziffer, Julian Eikmeier, Gottfried Pohlentz, Kathryn McAulay, Guoqing Xia, Muzaffar Hussain, Andreas Peschel, Simon Foster, Georg Peters, Christine Heilmann
Most bacterial glycoproteins identified to date are virulence factors of pathogenic bacteria, i.e. adhesins and invasins. However, the impact of protein glycosylation on the major human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus remains incompletely understood. To study protein glycosylation in staphylococci, we analyzed lysostaphin lysates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains by SDS-PAGE and subsequent periodic acid-Schiff's staining. We detected four (>300, ∼250, ∼165, and ∼120 kDa) and two (>300 and ∼175 kDa) glycosylated surface proteins with strain COL and strain 1061, respectively...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073812/the-conserved-hypothetical-protein-pspto_3957-is-essential-for-virulence-in-the-plant-pathogen-pseudomonas-syringae-pv-tomato-dc3000
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Katherine D'Amico, Melanie J Filiatrault
The plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae accounts for substantial crop losses and is considered an important agricultural issue. To better manage disease in the field, it is important to have an understanding of the underlying genetic mechanisms that mediate virulence. There are a substantial number of genes in sequenced bacterial genomes, including P. syringae, that encode for conserved hypothetical proteins; some of these have been functionally characterized in other Pseudomonads and have been demonstrated to play important roles in disease...
January 10, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069512/minocycline-enhances-the-mesenchymal-stromal-stem-cell-pro-healing-phenotype-in-triple-antimicrobial-loaded-hydrogels
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Alberto Daniel Guerra, Warren E Rose, Peiman Hematti, W John Kao
: Mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) have demonstrated pro-healing properties including an anti-inflammatory cytokine profile and the promotion of angiogenesis via expression of growth factors in pre-clinical models. MSCs encapsulated in poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGdA) and thiolated gelatin poly(ethylene glycol) (Gel-PEG-Cys) crosslinked hydrogels have led to controlled cellular presentation at wound sites with favorable wound healing outcomes. However, the therapeutic potential of MSC-loaded hydrogels may be limited by non-specific protein adsorption on the delivery matrix that could facilitate the initial adhesion of microorganisms and subsequent virulent biofilm formation...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062286/qseb-mediates-biofilm-formation-and-invasion-in-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi
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Ying Ji, Wenliang Li, Ying Zhang, Long Chen, Yiquan Zhang, Xueming Zheng, Xinxiang Huang, Bin Ni
QseB is a response regulator of the QseBC two-component system (TCS) which is associated with quorum sensing and functions as a global regulator of flagella, biofilm formation, and virulence. The function of QseB and its interaction with QseC has been the subject of study in some organisms, however, little work was done in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi). The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of QseB on biofilm formation and virulence in S. Typhi. It showed that the biofilm formation ability of qseC mutant was limited as compared to the wild type strain...
January 3, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056745/exploiting-quorum-sensing-inhibition-for-the-control-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-acinetobacter-baumannii-biofilms
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Israel Castillo-Juarez, Luis Esaú López-Jácome, Gloria Soberón-Chávez, María Tomás, Jintae Lee, Paulina Castañeda-Tamez, Iván Ángelo Hernández-Bárragan, Martha Yumiko Cruz-Muñiz, Toshinari Maeda, Thomas K Wood, Rodolfo García-Contreras
Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii are two of the main bacteria responsible for nosocomial infections; both organisms are resistant to several classes of antibiotics making their infections very difficult to treat. Moreover, they possess a remarkable ability to form biofilms, which further enhances their antimicrobial resistance. Both organisms coordinate their formation of biofilms and their expression of virulence factors through quorum sensing, a system that regulates gene expression at high cell densities and that plays a key role in the establishment of bacterial infections...
January 5, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046077/an-oxygen-sensing-two-component-system-in-the-burkholderia-cepacia-complex-regulates-biofilm-intracellular-invasion-and-pathogenicity
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Matthew M Schaefers, Tiffany L Liao, Nicole M Boisvert, Damien Roux, Deborah Yoder-Himes, Gregory P Priebe
Burkholderia dolosa is a member of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC), which is a group of bacteria that cause chronic lung infection in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and can be associated with outbreaks carrying high morbidity and mortality. While investigating the genomic diversity of B. dolosa strains collected from an outbreak among CF patients, we previously identified fixL as a gene showing signs of strong positive selection. This gene has homology to fixL of the rhizobial FixL/FixJ two-component system...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045163/crispr-cas9-technology-applications-in-genome-engineering-development-of-sequence-specific-antimicrobials-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
César de la Fuente-Núñez, Timothy K Lu
The development of CRISPR-Cas9 technology has revolutionized our ability to edit DNA and to modulate expression levels of genes of interest, thus providing powerful tools to accelerate the precise engineering of a wide range of organisms. In addition, the CRISPR-Cas system can be harnessed to design "precision" antimicrobials that target bacterial pathogens in a DNA sequence-specific manner. This capability will enable killing of drug-resistant microbes by selectively targeting genes involved in antibiotic resistance, biofilm formation and virulence...
January 3, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
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