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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927194/finding-a-facile-way-for-the-bacterial-dna-transformation-by-biosynthesized-gold-nanoparticles
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Madhuree Kumari, Shipra Pandey, Aradhana Mishra, Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal
The major problem encountered during genetic manipulation of bacteria is the inability to get transformed because of their natural non-competency. In this study, to overcome this problem, a cost-effective method was developed by combining the properties of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and the Yoshida effect. Various parameters, including GNP:plasmid ratio, pH and time, were optimized for stability of the GNP-plasmid conjugate. With non-competent Gram-negative cells, the efficiency ranged between 0.1 and 0.45 × 104 transformants μg-1, while the range was (0...
July 3, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926883/-etiological-analysis-and-in-vitro-drug-sensitivity-of-bacterial-keratitis-in-northern-china-in-the-period-of-2006-2015
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Y Zhang, Z Q Wang, X G Sun
Objective: To analyze the etiology and drug sensitivity of bacterial keratitis and their changes, and to provide evidence for treatment and drug selection of bacterial keratitis. Methods: Retrospective case series study. From January 2006 to December 2015, corneal specimens suspected of bacterial infection were collected and cultured in Beijing Tongren Eye Center. General information of patients, etiological results and drug sensitivity test results were summarized and analyzed. The Chi-square test and Spearman correlation analysis were performed using SPSS 20...
September 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926774/concurrent-administration-effect-of-antibiotic-and-anti-inflammatory-drugs-on-the-immunotoxicity-of-bacterial-endotoxins
#3
Azza M El Amir, Dalia G Tanious, Hanaa A Mansour
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is a gram-negative bacterium that causes a variety of diseases in compromised hosts. Bacterial endotoxins such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) are the major outer surface membrane components that are present in almost all gram-negative bacteria and act as extremely strong stimulators of innate immunity and inflammation of the airway. This study was undertaken to determine the effect of combined administration of Gentamicin (GENT) as an antibiotic and Dexamethasone (DEXA) as an anti-inflammatory drug on some immunological and histological parameters...
September 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926596/bifurcation-kinetics-of-drug-uptake-by-gram-negative-bacteria
#4
David A Westfall, Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, David Wolloscheck, Rupa Sarkar, Helen I Zgurskaya, Valentin V Rybenkov
Cell envelopes of many bacteria consist of two membranes studded with efflux transporters. Such organization protects bacteria from the environment and gives rise to multidrug resistance. We report a kinetic model that accurately describes the permeation properties of this system. The model predicts complex non-linear patterns of drug uptake complete with a bifurcation, which recapitulate the known experimental anomalies. We introduce two kinetic parameters, the efflux and barrier constants, which replace those of Michaelis and Menten for trans-envelope transport...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925956/sulfadiazine-salicylaldehyde-based-schiff-bases-synthesis-antimicrobial-activity-and-cytotoxicity
#5
Martin Krátký, Magdaléna Dzurková, Jiří Janoušek, Klára Konečná, František Trejtnar, Jiřina Stolaříková, Jarmila Vinšová
The resistance among microbes has brought an urgent need for new drugs. Thus, we synthesized a series of Schiff bases derived from the sulfa drug sulfadiazine and various salicylaldehydes. The resulting 4-[(2-hydroxybenzylidene)amino]-N-(pyrimidin-2-yl)benzene-sulfonamides were characterized and evaluated against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, yeasts, moulds, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacteria (M. kansasii, M. avium) and their cytotoxicity was determined. Among bacteria, the genus Staphylococcus, including methicillin-resistant S...
September 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925946/development-and-biocompatibility-evaluation-of-photocatalytic-tio%C3%A2-reduced-graphene-oxide-based-nanoparticles-designed-for-self-cleaning-purposes
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Ionela Cristina Nica, Miruna S Stan, Marcela Popa, Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, Veronica Lazar, Iuliana Dumitrescu, Lucian Diamandescu, Marcel Feder, Mihaela Baibarac, Marin Cernea, Valentin Adrian Maraloiu, Traian Popescu, Anca Dinischiotu
Graphene is widely used in nanotechnologies to amplify the photocatalytic activity of TiO₂, but the development of TiO₂/graphene composites imposes the assessment of their risk to human and environmental health. Therefore, reduced graphene oxide was decorated with two types of TiO₂ particles co-doped with 1% iron and nitrogen, one of them being obtained by a simultaneous precipitation of Ti(3+) and Fe(3+) ions to achieve their uniform distribution, and the other one after a sequential precipitation of these two cations for a higher concentration of iron on the surface...
September 19, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925927/postoperative-endophthalmitis-caused-by-bosea-thiooxidans
#7
Vaidehi S Dedania, Devon H Ghodasra, David N Zacks
PURPOSE: To report an unusual case of postcataract endophthalmitis secondary to Bosea thiooxidans. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: An 86-year-old man presented with postoperative endophthalmitis 3 weeks after uncomplicated cataract surgery. He complained of a headache and blurry vision but denied having eye pain. Slit-lamp examination demonstrated leukocytes with a fibrinous membrane in the anterior segment and vitritis. A diagnosis of acute postoperative endophthalmitis was made, and the patient was treated with intravitreal antibiotics...
October 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925518/chemistry-of-peptidoglycan-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-life-style-an-off-the-wall-balance-of-synthesis-and-degradation
#8
Flavia Squeglia, Alessia Ruggiero, Rita Berisio
The cell wall envelope of mycobacteria is structurally distinct from that of both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. In Mycobacterium tuberculosis, this cell wall has unique structural features and plays a crucial role in drug resistance and macrophage survival under stress conditions. Peptidoglycan is the major constituent of this cell wall, with an important structural role, giving structural strength, and counteracting the osmotic pressure of the cytoplasm. Synthesis of this complex polymer takes place in three stages that occur at three different locations in the cell, from the cytoplasm to the external side of the cell membrane, where polymerization occurs...
September 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925099/highly-efficiency-antibacterial-diblock-copolypeptides-based-on-lysine-and-phenylalanine
#9
Xiaokai Su, Xinyu Zhou, Zhengzhong Tan, Chuncai Zhou
A series of amphiphilic diblock copolypeptides (K30 -b-F15 , K30 -b-F30 , and K30 -b-F45 ) were synthesized via N-carboxy-α-amino-anhydride ring-opening polymerization. The copolypeptides had excellent antibacterial efficacy to both Gram positive (S. aureus) and Gram negative (E. coli) bacteria. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) against E. coli and S. aureus are 8 μg mL(-1) and 2 μg mL(-1) , respectively, lower than most natural and artificial antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). The morphological changes of the bacteria treated with diblock copolypeptides were investigated by transmission electron microscopy; the results proved that the diblock copolypeptides had a similar antibacterial pore-forming mechanism to natural cationic peptides...
September 19, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924631/new-features-in-the-lipid-a-structure-of-brucella-suis-and-brucella-abortus-lipopolysaccharide
#10
Adriana C Casabuono, Cecilia Czibener, Mariela G Del Giudice, Ezequiel Valguarnera, Juan E Ugalde, Alicia S Couto
Brucellaceae are Gram-negative bacteria that cause brucellosis, one of the most distributed worldwide zoonosis, transmitted to humans by contact with either infected animals or their products. The lipopolysaccharide exposed on the cell surface has been intensively studied and is considered a major virulence factor of Brucella. In the last years, structural studies allowed the determination of new structures in the core oligosaccharide and the O-antigen of this lipopolysaccharide. In this work, we have reinvestigated the lipid A structure isolated from B...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923868/gelofusine-ameliorates-colistin-induced-nephrotoxicity
#11
Sivashangarie Sivanesan, Mohammad A K Azad, Elena K Schneider, Maizbha U Ahmed, Jiayuan Huang, Jiping Wang, Jian Li, Roger L Nation, Tony Velkov
Colistin therapy is used as the last-line of defence against life-threatening Gram-negative infections. Nephrotoxicity is the major dose-limiting side-effect that impedes optimal dosing of patients. This study aims to examine the nephroprotective effect of the plasma volume expander gelofusine against colistin-induced nephrotoxicity. Renal protection was assessed in mice that were subcutaneously injected with colistin sulphate (14 mg/kg x 6 doses every 2 h; accumulated dose 84 mg/kg) and simultaneously injected in the intraperitoneal region with gelofusine (75, 150, 300 or 600 mg/kg x 6)...
September 18, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923702/zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-synthesis-antiseptic-activity-and-toxicity-mechanism
#12
REVIEW
A Król, P Pomastowski, K Rafińska, V Railean-Plugaru, B Buszewski
Zinc oxide (ZnO), as a material with attractive properties, has attracted great interest worldwide, particularly owing to the implementation of the synthesis of nano-sized particles. High luminescent efficiency, a wide band gap (3.36eV), and a large exciton binding energy (60meV) has triggered intense research on the production of nanoparticles using different synthesis methods and on their future applications. ZnO nanomaterials can be used in industry as nano-optical and nano-electrical devices, in food packaging and in medicine as antimicrobial and antitumor agents...
August 26, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923605/microbial-pathogenicity-and-virulence-mediated-by-integrons-on-gram-positive-microorganisms
#13
REVIEW
Yanmei Li, Ling Yang, Jie Fu, Muxia Yan, Dingqiang Chen, Li Zhang
Gram-positive microorganisms are one of leading pathogenic microorganisms in public health, including several typical "Super Bugs" as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase and vancomycin-resistant enterococci, which caused a increasement of infections, clinical failures and expenses. Regarded as a common genetic element responsible for horizontal gene transfer, integrons are widely distributed in various pathogens considered as a determinant in the acquisition and evolution of antibiotic resistance...
September 15, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923592/comparative-study-of-three-c1q-domain-containing-proteins-from-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas
#14
Zhao Lv, Limei Qiu, Mengqiang Wang, Zhihao Jia, Weilin Wang, Lusheng Xin, Zhaoqun Liu, Lingling Wang, Linsheng Song
C1q domain containing proteins (C1qDCs) are a family of proteins containing a globular head C1q domain (ghC1q) in C-terminus, which serve as pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and mediate a series of immune responses. In the present study, three C1qDC proteins from Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas (CgC1qDC-2, CgC1qDC-3, CgC1qDC-4) were characterized and comparatively investigated to understand their roles in the immune response. All the three recombinant CgC1qDC proteins (rCgC1qDCs) could bind lipopolysaccharide (LPS) significantly but they could not bind lipoteichoic acid (LTA), β-1,3-glucan (GLU), mannan (MAN), and polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (Poly I:C)...
September 16, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923570/-three-cases-of-scombroid-poisoning
#15
Y Harmelin, T Hubiche, M Pharaon, P Del Giudice
INTRODUCTION: Scombroid poisoning is a poorly known type of food poisoning due to the presence of histamine in spoiled fish of the Scombridae family. We report 3 cases of scombroid poisoning seen at the Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël hospital in the Var region. OBSERVATIONS: Within around thirty minutes of eating a meal containing tuna, three patients presented varied symptoms: malaise, itchy rash, headache, and for two of them, nausea. The diagnosis of scombroid poisoning was based on the circumstances in which the clinical signs appeared and on the signs themselves...
September 15, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923566/fabrication-of-antibacterial-chitosan-pva-blended-film-using-electrospray-technique-for-food-packaging-applications
#16
Yaowen Liu, Shuyao Wang, Wenting Lan
In this study, blended films from poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) containing chitosan (CS) were prepared via a simple solution casting and electrospraying method. The structures of the PVA-CS films were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The morphologies of the films were observed by scanning electron microscopy. The thermal properties of the PVA-CS films were examined by thermogravimetry. The effects of CS contents on the mechanical properties, oxygen permeability values, water vapor permeation levels, and antibacterial behaviors against Gram-negative (Escherichia coli) and Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus) strains were investigated...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923564/multi-step-synthesis-spectroscopic-studies-of-biological-active-steroidal-thiosemicarbazones-and-their-palladium-ii-complex-as-macromolecules
#17
Salman A Khan, Abdullah M Asiri
Steroidal Pd (II) metal complexes were synthesized by the reaction of steroidal thiosemicarbazones with [Pd (DMSO)2 Cl2]. The steroidal thiosemicarbazones coordinate to palladium through the azomethine nitrogen and thionic sulfur. The thiosemicarbazone derivatives were obtained by the reaction of thiosemicarbazide with steroidal ketones. The identity of steroidal thiosemicarbazones and their Pd(II) metal complexes were elucidated by IR, (1)H, (13)C NMR, FAB mass spectroscopic methods, elemental analysis and TGA analysis...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923525/morphological-and-functional-characterization-of-the-hemocytes-from-the-pearl-oyster-pteria-hirundo-and-their-immune-responses-against-vibrio-infections
#18
Graziela Cleuza Vieira, Patrícia Mirella da Silva, Margherita Anna Barracco, Augusto Ferrari Hering, Marcos Caivano Pedroso de Albuquerque, Jaqueline da Rosa Coelho, Éder Carlos Schmidt, Zenilda Laurita Bouzon, Rafael Diego Rosa, Luciane Maria Perazzolo
Hemocyte populations of the pearl oyster Pteria hirundo were characterized at morphological, ultrastructural and functional levels. Three main hemocyte populations were identified: hyalinocytes, granulocytes and blast-like cells. Hyalinocytes were the most abundant population (88.2%) characterized by the presence of few or no granules in the cytoplasm and composed by two subpopulations, large and small hyalinocytes. Comparatively, granulocytes represented 2.2% of the hemocyte population and were characterized by the presence of numerous large electron-lucid granules in the cytoplasm...
September 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923470/tripodal-lipoprotein-variants-with-c-terminal-hydrophobic-residues-allosterically-modulate-activity-of-the-degp-protease
#19
Hyojin Park, Yurie T Kim, Chulwon Choi, Seokhee Kim
DegP, a member of the highly conserved HtrA family of proteases, performs a regulated proteolysis of toxic misfolded proteins in the periplasm of Gram-negative bacteria. The allosteric switch between inactive and active conformations is a central mechanism to carefully control proteolytic activity of DegP and to maintain the optimal cellular fitness, but few other molecules than substrates are known to allosterically control DegP activity. Here, we demonstrate that a mutant variant of an outer membrane lipoprotein, Lpp(+Leu), can function as a novel allosteric effector that changes the dynamic range of DegP activity...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923075/lipase-and-biosurfactant-from-ochrobactrum-intermedium-strain-mzv101-isolated-by-washing-powder-for-detergent-application
#20
Mina Zarinviarsagh, Gholamhossein Ebrahimipour, Hossein Sadeghi
BACKGROUND: Alkaline thermostable lipase and biosurfactant producing bacteria are very interested at detergent applications, not only because of their eco-friendly characterize, but alsoproduction lipase and biosurfactant by using cheap materials. Ochrobactrum intermedium strain MZV101 was isolated as washing powder resistant, alkaline thermostable lipase and biosurfactant producing bacterium in order to use at detergent applications. METHODS: O. intermedium strain MZV101 produces was lipase and biosurfactant in the same media with pH 10 and temperature of 60 °C...
September 18, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
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