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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334313/pneumonia-infection-in-mice-reveals-the-involvement-of-the-feoa-gene-in-the-pathogenesis-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Laura Álvarez-Fraga, Juan C Vázquez-Ucha, Marta Martínez-Guitián, Juan A Vallejo, Germán Bou, Alejandro Beceiro, Margarita Poza
Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged in the last decade as an important nosocomial pathogen. To identify genes involved in the course of a pneumonia infection, gene expression profiles were obtained from A. baumannii ATCC 17978 grown in mouse infected lungs and in culture medium. Gene expression analysis allowed us to determine a gene, the A1S_0242 gene (feoA), over-expressed during the pneumonia infection. In the present work, we evaluate the role of this gene, involved in iron uptake. The inactivation of the A1S_0242 gene resulted in an increase susceptibility to oxidative stress and a decrease in biofilm formation, in adherence to A549 cells and in fitness...
January 15, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331510/effects-of-sub-minimum-inhibitory-concentrations-of-lemon-essential-oil-on-the-acid-tolerance-and-biofilm-formation-of-streptococcus-mutans
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Yanwei Sun, Sijia Chen, Chen Zhang, Yali Liu, Li Ma, Xiangyu Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Lemon essential oil (LEO) is a kind of secondary metabolite from lemon peels and has been found to inhibit cariogenic bacteria for decades. However, its effects on main cariogenic virulence factors are rarely reported. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of sub-minimum inhibitory concentrations (sub-MICs) of LEO on the acid tolerance and biofilm formation of Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) and preliminarily reveal the possible underlying mechanisms. DESIGNS: Effects of LEO on the acid tolerance and biofilm formation of S...
December 29, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325106/transcriptomic-profiling-of-interacting-nasal-staphylococci-species-reveals-global-changes-in-gene-and-non-coding-rna-expression
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Grith M M Hermansen, Pavelas Sazinas, Ditte Kofod, Andrew Millard, Paal Skytt Andersen, Lars Jelsbak
Interspecies interactions between bacterial pathogens and the commensal microbiota can influence disease outcome. In the nasal cavities, Staphylococcus epidermidis has been shown to be a determining factor for Staphylococcus aureus colonization and biofilm formation. However, the interaction between S. epidermidis and S. aureus has mainly been described by phenotypic analysis, and little is known about how this interaction modulates gene expression.This study aimed to determine the interactome of nasal S. aureus and S...
January 9, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321600/fis-is-a-global-regulator-critical-for-modulation-of-virulence-factor-production-and-pathogenicity-of-dickeya-zeae
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Mingfa Lv, Yufan Chen, Lisheng Liao, Zhibin Liang, Zurong Shi, Yingxin Tang, Sixuan Ye, Jianuan Zhou, Lianhui Zhang
Dickeya zeae is the causal agent of rice foot rot disease, which has recently become a great threat to rice planting countries and regions. The pathogen produces a family of phytotoxins named zeamines that is critical for bacterial virulence, but little is known about the signaling pathways and regulatory mechanisms that govern zeamine production. In this study, we showed that a conserved transcriptional regulator Fis is involved in the regulation of zeamine production in D. zeae strain EC1. Deletion mutants were markedly attenuated in the virulence against rice seed germination...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321009/dual-action-of-highbush-blueberry-proanthocyanidins-on-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans-and-the-host-inflammatory-response
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Amel Ben Lagha, Geneviève LeBel, Daniel Grenier
BACKGROUND: The highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) has a beneficial effect on several aspects of human health. The present study investigated the effects of highbush blueberry proanthocyanidins (PACs) on the virulence properties of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans and macrophage-associated inflammatory responses. METHODS: PACs were isolated from frozen highbush blueberries using solid-phase chromatography. A microplate dilution assay was performed to determine the effect of highbush blueberry PACs on A...
January 10, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319515/the-determination-and-correlation-of-various-virulence-genes-esbl-serum-bactericidal-effect-and-biofilm-formation-of-clinical-isolated-classical-klebsiella-pneumoniae-and-hypervirulent-klebsiella-pneumoniae-from-respiratory-tract-infected-patients
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Rambha K Shah, Zhao H Ni, Xiao Y Sun, Guo Q Wang, Fan Li
Klebsiella pneumoniae strains that are commonly recognized by clinicians and microbiologists are termed as classical K. pneumoniae (cKP). A strain with capsule-associated mucopolysaccharide web is known as hypervirulent K. pneumoniae (hvKP) as it enhances the serum resistant and biofilm production. Aim is to determine and correlate various virulence genes, ESBL, serum bactericidal effect and biofilm formation of clinical isolated cKP and hvKP from respiratory tract infected patients. A total of 96 K. pneumoniae strains were isolated from sputum of respiratory tract infected patients...
December 4, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316739/development-of-candida-albicans-biofilms-is-diminished-by-paeonia-lactiflora-through-obstruction-of-cell-adhesionand-cell-lysis
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Heung-Shick Lee, Younhee Kim
Candida albicans infections are problematic to treat often due to antifungal resistance, since most infections of the pathogen are associated with biofilms. The abilities of C. albicans to switch from budding yeast to filamentous hyphae, and adhere to host cells or various surfaces support biofilm formation. We previously reported that the ethanol extract from Paeonia lactiflora not only inhibits cell wall synthesis but also causes depolarization and permeabilization of cell membrane in C. albicans. In this study, we found that the P...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316223/probiotic-lactobacillus-sp-inhibit-growth-biofilm-formation-and-gene-expression-of-caries-inducing-streptococcus-mutans
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Reham Wasfi, Ola A Abd El-Rahman, Mai M Zafer, Hossam M Ashour
Streptococcus mutans contributes significantly to dental caries, which arises from homoeostasic imbalance between host and microbiota. We hypothesized that Lactobacillus sp. inhibits growth, biofilm formation and gene expression of Streptococcus mutans. Antibacterial (agar diffusion method) and antibiofilm (crystal violet assay) characteristics of probiotic Lacobacillus sp. against Streptococcus mutans (ATCC 25175) were evaluated. We investigated whether Lacobacillus casei (ATCC 393), Lactobacillus reuteri (ATCC 23272), Lactobacillus plantarum (ATCC 14917) or Lactobacillus salivarius (ATCC 11741) inhibit expression of Streptococcus mutans genes involved in biofilm formation, quorum sensing or stress survival using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311063/mutant-prevention-concentration-and-mutant-selection-window-of-micafungin-and-anidulafungin-in-clinical-candida-glabrata-isolates
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María Ángeles Bordallo-Cardona, Laura Judith Marcos-Zambrano, Carlos Sánchez-Carrillo, Elia Gómez G de la Pedrosa, Rafael Cantón, Emilio Bouza, Pilar Escribano, Jesús Guinea
Background: We report the mutant prevention concentration (MPC) and mutant selection window (MSW) for micafungin and anidulafungin administered to treat Candida glabrata We also determine the mutation frequency.Methods: We studied 20 echinocandin-susceptible, fluconazole-intermediate, and FKS wild-type C. glabrata isolates. Adjusted inocula were stroked directly onto Sabouraud agar plates containing different concentrations of micafungin or anidulafungin and visually inspected daily for up to 5 days of incubation...
January 8, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298396/bifidobacterium-breve-ipla20005-affects-in-vitro-the-expression-of-hly-and-luxs-genes-related-to-the-virulence-of-listeria-monocytogenes-lm23
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David Rios-Covian, Alicja Nogacka, Nuria Salazar, Ana Hernandez-Barranco, Isabel Cuesta, Miguel Gueimonde, Clara G de Los Reyes-Gavilan
Mechanistic features about the interaction and inhibition of the food borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes by members of the genus Bifidobacterium still remain unclear. In the present work we tried to shed light into the influence that co-cultivation of L. monocytogenes with Bifidobacterium breve may exert on both microorganisms and on the pathogen virulence. Production of acetate and lactate was measured by gas chromatography and HPLC respectively, bacterial counts were obtained by plate count, gene expression was determined by RT-qPCR and the hemolytic activity was analyzed against goat erythrocytes...
January 3, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298127/association-between-loss-of-type-iv-pilus-synthesis-ability-and-phenotypic-variation-in-the-cucurbit-pathogenic-bacterium-acidovorax-citrulli
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Tally Rosenberg, Bolaji Babajide Salam, Saul Burdman
Acidovorax citrulli is the causal agent of bacterial fruit blotch of cucurbits. We have shown that functional type IV pili (T4P) are required for full virulence of this bacterium. To identify A. citrulli genes required for T4P activity, we screened a library of about 10,000 transposon mutants of A. citrulli strain M6 for altered T4P-mediated twitching motility. This screen led to the identification of 50 mutants impaired in twitching ability due to transposon insertions into 20 different genes. Representative mutants with disruptions in these genes were further characterized...
January 3, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295912/role-of-heat-shock-proteases-in-quorum-sensing-mediated-regulation-of-biofilm-formation-by-vibrio-species
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Kyung-Jo Lee, You-Chul Jung, Soon-Jung Park, Kyu-Ho Lee
Capsular polysaccharide (CPS) is essential for the dispersal of biofilms formed by the pathogenic bacterium Vibrio vulnificus CPS production is induced by the quorum-sensing (QS) master regulator SmcR when biofilms mature. However, V. vulnificus biofilms formed under heat shock conditions did not exhibit the dispersion stage. Transcripts of the CPS gene cluster were at basal levels in the heat-exposed cell owing to reduced cellular levels of SmcR. At least two proteases induced by heat shock, ClpPA and Lon, were responsible for determining the instability of SmcR...
January 2, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295589/pqsa-promotes-pyoverdine-production-via-biofilm-formation
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Donghoon Kang, Kelly E Turner, Natalia V Kirienko
Biofilms create an impermeable barrier against antimicrobial treatment and immune cell access, severely complicating treatment and clearance of nosocomial Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. We recently reported that biofilm also contributes to pathogen virulence by regulating the production of the siderophore pyoverdine. In this study, we investigated the role of PqsA, a key cell-signaling protein, in this regulatory pathway. We demonstrate that PqsA promotes pyoverdine production in a biofilm-dependent manner...
December 25, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288300/biogenic-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-piper-betle-aqueous-extract-and-evaluation-of-its-anti-quorum-sensing-and-antibiofilm-potential-against-uropathogens-with-cytotoxic-effects-an-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-approach
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Ramanathan Srinivasan, Loganathan Vigneshwari, Tamilselvam Rajavel, Ravindran Durgadevi, Arunachalam Kannappan, Krishnaswamy Balamurugan, Kasi Pandima Devi, Arumugam Veera Ravi
Urinary tract infections are the utmost common bacterial infections caused by Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, and Serratia marcescens. These uropathogens resist the action of several antibiotics due to their ability to form biofilms. Most of these bacterial pathogens use the quorum sensing (QS) machinery to co-ordinate their cells and regulate several virulence factors and biofilm formation. On the other hand, the anti-quorum sensing (anti-QS) and antibiofilm potential of silver nanoparticles have been well reported against certain bacterial pathogens, but to the best of our knowledge, no report is available against the pathogenicity of uropathogens in particular S...
December 29, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280751/different-genotypes-of-adhesion-operon-genes-in-staphylococcus-epidermidis-isolates-from-various-ocular-infections
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Mehrnoush Sharifinejad, Narjes Shokatpour, Farshad Farnaghi, Zohreh Abedinyfar, Fahimeh Asadi Amoli, Farahnoosh Doustdar
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus epidermidis is one of the common causes of bacterial keratitis and post-operation infections. One of the most important virulence factors of S. epidermidis is biofilm formation. Poly-N-acetylglucosamine (PNAG) production is critical for biofilm formation in S. epidermidis. The intercellular adhesion (ica) operon is formed by icaA, icaD, icaB, and icaC genes, which participate in the biosynthesis of PNAG. Strains of S. epidermidis from different infections show different genotypes in relation to adhesion operon genes...
December 26, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259923/exploring-the-anti-quorum-sensing-and-antibiofilm-efficacy-of-phytol-against-serratia-marcescens-associated-acute-pyelonephritis-infection-in-wistar-rats
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Ramanathan Srinivasan, Ramar Mohankumar, Arunachalam Kannappan, Veeramani Karthick Raja, Govindaraju Archunan, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian, Kandasamy Ruckmani, Arumugam Veera Ravi
Quorum Sensing (QS) mechanism, a bacterial density-dependent gene expression system, governs the Serratia marcescens pathogenesis through the production of virulence factors and biofilm formation. The present study demonstrates the anti-quorum sensing (anti-QS), antibiofilm potential and in vivo protective effect of phytol, a diterpene alcohol broadly utilized as food additive and in therapeutics fields. In vitro treatment of phytol (5 and 10 μg/ml) showed decreasing level of biofilm formation, lipase and hemolysin production in S...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250041/stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-as-an-emerging-ubiquitous-pathogen-looking-beyond-contemporary-antibiotic-therapy
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REVIEW
Anthony A Adegoke, Thor A Stenström, Anthony I Okoh
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a commensal and an emerging pathogen earlier noted in broad-spectrum life threatening infections among the vulnerable, but more recently as a pathogen in immunocompetent individuals. The bacteria are consistently being implicated in necrotizing otitis, cutaneous infections including soft tissue infection and keratitis, endocarditis, meningitis, acute respiratory tract infection (RTI), bacteraemia (with/without hematological malignancies), tropical pyomyositis, cystic fibrosis, septic arthritis, among others...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247368/n-acyl-homoserine-lactones-and-autoinducer-2-mediated-quorum-sensing-during-wastewater-treatment
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REVIEW
Han Chen, Ang Li, Di Cui, Qiao Wang, Dan Wu, Chongwei Cui, Fang Ma
Bacteria can coordinate and synchronize activities through a cell density-dependent regulatory mechanism called quorum sensing (QS). Bacteria can measure their population by the synthesis, secretion, and perception of QS signal molecules to regulate specific gene expression when the population reaches a critical threshold. QS participates in various microbial processes such as marine organism bioluminescence, bacterial biofilm formation, and virulence factor expression. The use of QS systems mediated by N-acyl-homoserine lactones and autoinducer-2 has been recently recognized as a promising regulatory approach in environmental science and technology that can intrinsically promote the profound comprehension of wastewater treatment from a microbiology perspective...
December 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247061/impact-of-cell-surface-molecules-on-conjugative-transfer-of-the-integrative-and-conjugative-element-icest3-of-streptococcus-thermophilus
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Narimane Dahmane, Emilie Robert, Julien Deschamps, Thierry Meylheuc, Christine Delorme, Romain Briandet, Nathalie Leblond-Bourget, Eric Guédon, Sophie Payot
Integrative Conjugative Elements (ICEs) are chromosomal elements that are widely distributed in bacterial genomes, hence contributing to genome plasticity, adaptation and evolution of bacteria. Conjugation requires a contact between both the donor and the recipient cells and thus likely depends on the composition of the cell surface envelope. In this work, we investigated the impact of different cell surface molecules including cell surface proteins, wall teichoic acids, lipoteichoic acids and exopolysaccharides on the transfer and acquisition of ICESt3 from Streptococcus thermophilus The transfer of ICESt3 from wild type donor towards mutated recipient cells increased 5- to 400-fold compared to WT when recipients cells were affected in lipoproteins, teichoic acids or exopolysaccharides...
December 15, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246112/isolation-and-characterization-of-hepp-a-virulence-related-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-heparinase
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Nyaradzo Dzvova, Jane A Colmer-Hamood, John A Griswold, Abdul N Hamood
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen that causes serious infections in immunocompromised hosts including severely burned patients. In burn patients, P. aeruginosa infection often leads to septic shock and death. Despite numerous studies, the influence of severe thermal injuries on the pathogenesis of P. aeruginosa during systemic infection is not known. Through RNA-seq analysis, we recently showed that the growth of P. aeruginosa strain UCBPP-PA14 (PA14) in whole blood obtained from severely burned patients significantly altered the expression of the PA14 transcriptome when compared with its growth in blood from healthy volunteers...
December 16, 2017: BMC Microbiology
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