Read by QxMD icon Read


Hema Ramachandran, Nur Asilla Hani Shafie, Kumar Sudesh, Mohamad Noor Azizan, Mohamad Isa Abdul Majid, Al-Ashraf Abdullah Amirul
Bacterial classification on the basis of a polyphasic approach was conducted on three poly(3 hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) [P(3HB-co-4HB)] accumulating bacterial strains that were isolated from samples collected from Malaysian environments; Kulim Lake, Sg. Pinang river and Sg. Manik paddy field. The Gram-negative, rod-shaped, motile, non-sporulating and non-fermenting bacteria were shown to belong to the genus Cupriavidus of the Betaproteobacteria on the basis of their 16S rRNA gene sequence analyses...
October 11, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Megan L McKenna, Shannon McAtee, Patricia E Bryan, Rebecca Jeun, Tabitha Ward, Jacob Kraus, Maria E Bottazzi, Peter J Hotez, Catherine C Flowers, Rojelio Mejia
Hookworm infection affects 430 million people worldwide, causing iron deficiency, impaired cognitive development, and stunting in children. Because of the environmental conditions needed for the hookworm life-cycle, this parasite is endemic to resource-limited countries. Necator americanus was endemic in the southern United States before improvement of sewage disposal systems and eradication programs. With continued poverty, poor sanitation, and an environment suitable for the hookworm life-cycle in some regions of the southern United States, a current prevalence study using modern molecular diagnostics is warranted...
September 5, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Anne Sydow, Andreas Pannek, Thomas Krieg, Ina Huth, Stéphane E Guillouet, Dirk Holtmann
The Gram negative bacterium Cupriavidus necator is well known for the accumulation of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and its fast lithoautotrophic growth, leading in high cell densities. Although the host was engineered for the heterologous production of diverse chemicals and biopolymers in recent years, tool box of stabilized inducible expression systems is still limited. To avoid plasmid loss during fermentation processes and to allow expression of complex proteins, a tunable L-rhamnose inducible system was established and characterized using enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP)...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
Halil Asci, Ozlem Ozmen, Hamit Yasar Ellidag, Bunyamin Aydin, Ercan Bas, Necat Yilmaz
Prolonged use of an antineoplastic agent methotrexate (MTX), can cause numerous side effects such as nephrotoxicity. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of MTX on kidneys and demonstrate the protective effects of gallic acid (GA). Twenty-four, male, rats distributed into three groups. Each groups consisted eight rats and only saline was administered to the control group. The MTX group received a single dose (20 mg/kg) MTX intraperitoneally. The MTX + GA group received same dose MTX and 100 mg/kg GA orally during the 7 days...
October 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
Julián A Fernández-Niño, Claudia I Astudillo-García, Laura María Segura, Natalia Gómez, Ángela Skantria Salazar, Juan Hember Tabares, Cristian Andrés Restrepo, Miguel Ángel Ruiz, Myriam Consuelo López, Patricia Reyes
INTRODUCTION: Intestinal parasite infections and polyparasitism are highly prevalent in the most vulnerable populations of developing countries due to environmental, biological and social determinants common in the transmission of parasites. Children between 1 and 15 years of age are the most affected population. OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence and profiles of intestinal polyparasitism in 1 to 15 year-old children from native communities in the Colombian Amazon region...
September 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
Pinaki Dey, Vivek Rangarajan
Experimental investigations were carried out for Cupriavidus necator (MTCC 1472)-based improved production of poly-3 hydroxy butyrate (PHB) through induced nitrogen limiting fed-batch cultivation strategies. Initially Plackett-Burman design and response surface methodology were implemented to optimize most influencing process parameters. With optimized process parameter values, continuous feeding strategies ware applied in a 5-l fermenter with table sugar concentration of 100 g/l, nitrogen concentration of 0...
October 2017: 3 Biotech
Brian Johnston, Guozhan Jiang, David Hill, Grazyna Adamus, Iwona Kwiecień, Magdalena Zięba, Wanda Sikorska, Matthew Green, Marek Kowalczuk, Iza Radecka
There is an increasing demand for bio-based polymers that are developed from recycled materials. The production of biodegradable polymers can include bio-technological (utilizing microorganisms or enzymes) or chemical synthesis procedures. This report demonstrates the corroboration of the molecular structure of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) obtained by the conversion of waste polyethylene (PE) via non-oxygenated PE wax (N-PEW) as an additional carbon source for a bacterial species. The N-PEW, obtained from a PE pyrolysis reaction, has been found to be a beneficial carbon source for PHA production with Cupriavidus necator H16...
August 28, 2017: Bioengineering
Wendelin Moser, Christian Schindler, Jennifer Keiser
Objective To evaluate efficacies of anthelmintic drugs against soil transmitted helminths in terms of cure rates and egg reduction rates.Design Systematic review and network meta-analysis.Data Sources PubMed, ISI Web of Science, Embase, ScienceDirect, the Cochrane Central Register of Clinical Trials, and the World Health Organization library database from 1960 until 31 December 2016.Study selection Randomised controlled trials evaluating the efficacy of a single dose regimen of albendazole, mebendazole, levamisole, and pyrantel pamoate against Ascaris lumbricoides, hookworm (Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale) and Trichuris trichiura...
September 25, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Ryota Moriuchi, Kaori Takada, Masae Takabayashi, Yuko Yamamoto, Jun Shimodaira, Naoko Kuroda, Emiko Akiyama, Mayumi Udagawa, Ryoichi Minai, Masao Fukuda, Toshiya Senda, Naoto Ogawa
CbnR, a LysR-type transcriptional regulator from Cupriavidus necator NH9, activates the transcription of chlorocatechol-degradative enzymes. To activate the transcription, CbnR needs to bind not only to the cbnA promoter but also to the inducer. In this study, the transcriptional activity and DNA-binding activity of twenty-five mutants of CbnR were analyzed. Of the 17 mutants of the DNA-binding domain, 11 mutants lost their ability to activate transcription. While most mutants without transcriptional activation did not show DNA-binding activity, Asn17Ala, Gln29Ala, and Pro30Ala retained DNA-binding activity, suggesting that transcriptional activation by CbnR requires more than its binding to promoter DNA...
September 22, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Hisashi Arikawa, Keiji Matsumoto, Tetsuya Fujiki
Cupriavidus necator H16 is the most promising bacterium for industrial production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) because of their remarkable ability to accumulate them in the cells. With genetic modifications, this bacterium can produce poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBHHx), which has better physical properties, as well as poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) using plant oils and sugars as a carbon source. Considering production cost, sucrose is a very attractive raw material because it is inexpensive; however, this bacterium cannot assimilate sucrose...
September 9, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Deanna A Hagge, Pawan Parajuli, Chhatra B Kunwar, Divya R S J B Rana, Ruby Thapa, Kapil D Neupane, Peter Nicholls, Linda B Adams, Annemieke Geluk, Mahesh Shah, Indra B Napit
BACKGROUND: >94% of new annual leprosy cases are diagnosed in populations co-endemic for soil-transmitted helminths (STH). STH can profoundly dysregulate host immune responses towards Th2 bias, which can be restored over time after deworming. We hypothesize that STH co-infection is associated with leprosy reaction (denoted as simply "reaction" herein) occurrence within a co-endemic population. METHODS: A cohort study was performed on a cohort of Nepalese leprosy patients across treatment and diagnostic classifications who were screened by routine fecal smear microscopy and multiplex quantitative PCR (qPCR) for Ascaris lumbricoides (Al), Strongyloides stercoralis (Ss), Ancyclostoma duodenale (Ad) and Necator americanus (Na)...
September 2017: EBioMedicine
Peter Mark Jourdan, Poppy H L Lamberton, Alan Fenwick, David G Addiss
More than a quarter of the world's population is at risk of infection with the soil-transmitted helminths Ascaris lumbricoides, hookworm (Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus), Trichuris trichiura, and Strongyloides stercoralis. Infected children and adults present with a range of medical and surgical conditions, and clinicians should consider the possibility of infection in individuals living in, or returning from, endemic regions. Although safe and effective drugs are donated free to endemic countries, only half of at-risk children received treatment in 2016...
September 4, 2017: Lancet
Chuanjuan Lü, Yongzhen Xia, Daixi Liu, Rui Zhao, Rui Gao, Honglei Liu, Luying Xun
Heterotrophic bacteria producing sulfide (H2S, HS(-), and S(2-)) during aerobic growth is a common phenomenon. Some with sulfide:quinone oxidoreductase (SQR) and persulfide dioxygenase (PDO) can oxidize self-produced sulfide to sulfite and thiosulfate, but others without these enzymes will release sulfide into the medium, from which H2S can volatilize into the gas phase. Here, we report Cupriavidus necator H16 with the fccAB genes, encoding flavocytochrome c-sulfide dehydrogenases (FCSDs), also oxidized self-produced H2S...
September 1, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
J Valdés, G Kutralam-Muniasamy, B Vergara-Porras, R Marsch, F Pérez-Guevara, M R López-Cuellar
Many heterologous transformation studies have been carried out using the Cupriavidus necator PHB(-4) strain to investigate the expression characteristics of various polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) synthase enzymes. In this study, we generated a recombinant C. necator PHB(-4) strain by transforming a plasmid (pMRC03) harbouring the synthetic phaC2 gene of Pseudomonas putida CA-3. Under conditions favourable for expression of the phaC2 P.putCA-3 gene, canola oil was used as carbon source for the synthesis of PHAs...
August 18, 2017: New Biotechnology
Jie Wang, Wenkong Yao, Lei Wang, Fuli Ma, Weihuo Tong, Chen Wang, Rui Bao, Changyue Jiang, Yazhou Yang, Jianxia Zhang, Yan Xu, Xiping Wang, Chaohong Zhang, Yuejin Wang
An F-box protein (VpEIFP1) induced by Erysiphe necator was isolated from Vitis pseudoreticulata, a wild Chinese grapevine species naturally resistant to powdery mildew (PM). It contains an F-box domain and two Kelch-repeat motifs. Expression profiles indicate the VpEIFP1 is strongly induced at both transcriptional and translational levels by PM infection. A subcellular localisation assay showed that VpEIFP1 is predominantly located in the nucleus and cytoplasm. Overexpression of VpEIFP1 accelerated the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and up-regulated the expressions of ICS2, NPR1 and PR1 involved in defence responses, resulting in suppression of PM germination and growth...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
Mauricio Seguel, Nicole Gottdenker
Hookworms are blood-feeding nematodes that parasitize the alimentary system of mammals. Despite their high pathogenic potential, little is known about their diversity and impact in wildlife populations. We conducted a systematic review of the literature on hookworm infections of wildlife and analyzed 218 studies qualitative and quantitatively. At least 68 hookworm species have been described in 9 orders, 24 families, and 111 species of wild mammals. Black bears, red foxes, and bobcats harbored the highest diversity of hookworm species and Ancylostoma pluridentatum, A...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
Kang Lan Tee, James Grinham, Arona M Othusitse, Miriam González-Villanueva, Abayomi O Johnson, Tuck Seng Wong
Ralstonia eutropha H16 (also known as Cupriavidus necator H16) is a Gram-negative lithoautotrophic β-proteobacterium with increasing biotechnological applications, including carbon capture and utilization, biopolymer synthesis, and biofuel production. Engineering of this organism is supported by the availability of its genome sequence and suitable plasmid systems. However, the lack of a simple and robust transformation method remains a challenge as it limits both the pace and ease of engineering this organism...
July 29, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
Stanislav Obruca, Petr Sedlacek, Filip Mravec, Vladislav Krzyzanek, Jana Nebesarova, Ota Samek, Dan Kucera, Pavla Benesova, Kamila Hrubanova, Miluse Milerova, Ivana Marova
Numerous prokaryotes accumulate polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) intracellularly as a storage material. It has also been proposed that PHB accumulation improves bacterial stress resistance. Cupriavidus necator and its PHB non-accumulating mutant were employed to investigate the protective role of PHB under hypertonic conditions. The presence of PHB granules enhanced survival of the bacteria after exposure to hypertonic conditions. Surprisingly, when coping with such conditions, the bacteria did not utilize PHB to harvest carbon or energy, suggesting that, in the osmotic upshock of C...
July 20, 2017: New Biotechnology
Hamit Yasar Ellidag, Ozgur Aydin, Esin Eren, Necat Yilmaz, Tugra Gencpinar, Selcuk Kucukseymen, Akar Yilmaz, Fatma Demet Arslan Ince
INTRODUCTION: Paraoxonase (PON1) is an enigmatic enzyme with multiple enzymatic properties including arylesterase and lactonase activities besides its ability to hydrolyze the toxic metabolite of parathion, paraoxon. The aim of this study was to determine the phenotype distribution of PON1 in patients with cardiac disease who were classified in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), heart valve disease (HVD), heart failure (HF) and ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) groups and healthy subjects as a control group...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
J Mrus, B Baeten, M Engelen, S A Silber
Soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) is caused by Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm), Trichuris trichiura (whipworm), and Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus (hookworms). Mebendazole is one of the recommended preventive chemotherapy agents for STH. This review summarizes the efficacy data from 29 studies with single-dose 500 mg mebendazole in STH treatment and compares the results with those of a recently conducted phase 3 study of a 500 mg mebendazole chewable tablet against A. lumbricoides and T. trichiura infections...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"