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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738229/a-facile-one-step-method-for-cell-lysis-and-dna-extraction-of-waterborne-pathogens-using-a-microchip
#1
Vivek Kamat, Sulaxna Pandey, Kishore Paknikar, Dhananjay Bodas
Globally, waterborne organisms are the primary causative agents for the transmission of various forms of diarrheal diseases. For accurate diagnosis, molecular tools have gained considerable attention in the recent past. Molecular tools require DNA as the starting material for diagnosis, and hence, a prerequisite is the quality and integrity of DNA. To obtain high quality DNA rapidly, we have fabricated a microchip in poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) by soft lithography process. The microchip facilitated in-flow coating of chitosan on the magnetic nanoparticles, which under external mechanical vibration caused cell lysis and released DNA in the supernatant...
July 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737838/improved-bacterial-identification-directly-from-urine-samples-with-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#2
Koichi Kitagawa, Katsumi Shigemura, Ken-Ichiro Onuma, Masako Nishida, Mayu Fujiwara, Saori Kobayashi, Mika Yamasaki, Tatsuya Nakamura, Fukashi Yamamichi, Toshiro Shirakawa, Issei Tokimatsu, Masato Fujisawa
BACKGROUND: Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) contributes to rapid identification of pathogens in the clinic but has not yet performed especially well for Gram-positive cocci (GPC) causing complicated urinary tract infection (UTI). The goal of this study was to investigate the possible clinical use of MALDI-TOF MS as a rapid method for bacterial identification directly from urine in complicated UTI. METHODS: MALDI-TOF MS was applied to urine samples gathered from 142 suspected complicated UTI patients in 2015-2017...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737669/molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-the-host-defense-peptide-temporin-l-and-its-q3k-derivative-an-atomic-level-view-from-aggregation-in-water-to-bilayer-perturbation
#3
Andrea Farrotti, Paolo Conflitti, Saurabh Srivastava, Jimut Kanti Ghosh, Antonio Palleschi, Lorenzo Stella, Gianfranco Bocchinfuso
Temporin L (TempL) is a 13 residue Host Defense Peptide (HDP) isolated from the skin of frogs. It has a strong affinity for lipopolysaccharides (LPS), which is related to its high activity against Gram-negative bacteria and also to its strong tendency to neutralize the pro-inflammatory response caused by LPS release from inactivated bacteria. A designed analog with the Q3K substitution shows an enhancement in both these activities. In the present paper, Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations have been used to investigate the origin of these improved properties...
July 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736716/mucositis-and-oral-infections-secondary-to-gram-negative-rods-in-patients-with-prolonged-neutropenia
#4
Mindy M Sampson, Sowmya Nanjappa, John N Greene
Patients with prolonged neutropenia are at risk for a variety of complications and infections including the development of mucositis and oral ulcers. The changes in oral flora during chemotherapy and its effects on the development of infections of the oral cavity have been studied with inconsistent results. However, there is evidence that supports the colonization of gram negative rods in patients undergoing chemotherapy. In this report, we present two leukemic patients who developed oral ulcers secondary to multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736550/probiotic-enterococcus-mundtii-isolate-protects-the-model-insect-tribolium-castaneum-against-bacillus-thuringiensis
#5
Thorben Grau, Andreas Vilcinskas, Gerrit Joop
Enterococcus mundtii strains isolated from the larval feces of the Mediterranean flour moth Ephestia kuehniella show antimicrobial activity against a broad spectrum of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The in vitro probiotic characterization of one isolate revealed a high auto-aggregation score, a hydrophilic cell surface, tolerance for low pH, no hemolytic activity, and susceptibility to all tested antibiotics. We used the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum, an established model organism, for the in vivo characterization of one probiotic E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736087/sphingomonads-in-microbe-assisted-phytoremediation-tackling-soil-pollution
#6
REVIEW
Michael Gatheru Waigi, Kai Sun, Yanzheng Gao
Soil pollution has become a major concern in various terrestrial ecosystems worldwide. One in situ soil bioremediation strategy that has gained popularity recently is microbe-assisted phytoremediation, which is promising for remediating pollutants. Sphingomonads, a versatile bacteria group comprising four well-known genera, are ubiquitous in vegetation grown in contaminated soils. These Gram-negative microbes have been investigated for their ability to induce innate plant growth-promoting (PGP) traits, including the formation of phytohormones, siderophores, and chelators, in addition to their evolutionary adaptations enabling biodegradation and microbe-assisted removal of contaminants...
July 20, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736042/enhanced-antibacterial-efficacy-of-silver-nanoparticles-immobilized-in-a-chitosan-nanocarrier
#7
Shilpa Sharma
Herein, enhanced bactericidal activity of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) impregnated in chitosan nanocarriers is reported. The chitosan-based nanocarrier system for Ag NPs (Ag NP-Chi NC) was synthesized by ionotropic gelation of Ag NP-chitosan with tripolyphosphate. The nanocarriers were characterized by UV-vis Spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy, Selected area electron diffraction pattern and Dynamic light scattering. The NCs exhibited superior antibacterial efficacy against both Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria in comparison to either chitosan or Ag NPs alone...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736041/construction-of-multilayer-alginate-hydrogel-beads-for-oral-delivery-of-probiotics-cells
#8
Yang Li, Chao Feng, Jing Li, Yuzhi Mu, Ya Liu, Ming Kong, Xiaojie Cheng, Xiguang Chen
Multilayer alginate hydrogel beads (MAHBs), which were prepared by emulsion method, had been fabricated via the ionic crosslinking between calcium ion (Ca(2+)) and carboxylic group of alginate and utilized as encapsulating material for oral delivery of a model probiotic bacteria Bifidobacterium breve. Optical and fluorescence microscopy obviously showed the microorganism cells were encapsulated in the core beads. The viability of B. breve cells encapsulated in MAHBs was significantly enhanced compared with ordinary free cultured ones, the top CFU per mL were (3...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735852/roles-of-quorum-sensing-molecules-from-rhizobium-etli-rt1-in-bacterial-motility-and-biofilm-formation
#9
Swarnita Dixit, Ramesh Chand Dubey, Dinesh Kumar Maheshwari, Prahlad Kishore Seth, Vivek K Bajpai
Strain RT1 was isolated from root nodules of Lens culinaris (a lentil) and characterized as Rhizobium etli (a Gram-negative soil-borne bacterium) by 16S rDNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis. The signaling molecules produced by R. etli (RT1) were detected and identified by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. The most abundant and biologically active N-acyl homoserine lactone molecules (3-oxo-C8-HSL and 3-OH-C14-HSL) were detected in the ethyl acetate extract of RT1. The biological role of 3-oxo-C8-HSL was evaluated in RT1...
July 8, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735318/trends-of-bloodstream-infections-in-a-university-greek-hospital-during-a-three-year-period-incidence-of-multidrug-resistant-bacteria-and-seasonality-in-gram-negative-predominance
#10
Fevronia Kolonitsiou, Matthaios Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, Anastasia Spiliopoulou, Vasiliki Stamouli, Vasileios Papakostas, Eleni Apostolopoulou, Christos Panagiotopoulos, Markos Marangos, Evangelos D Anastassiou, Myrto Christofidou, Iris Spiliopoulou
The aim of the study was to assess the epidemiology, the incidence of multidrug-resistant bacteria and bloodstream infections' (BSIs) seasonality in a university hospital. This retrospective study was carried out in the University General Hospital of Patras, Greece, during 2011-13 y. Blood cultures from patients with clinical presentation suggestive of bloodstream infection were performed by the BacT/ALERT System. Isolates were identified by Vitek 2 Advanced Expert System. Antibiotic susceptibility testing was performed by the disk diffusion method and E-test...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735317/genetic-characterization-of-a-novel-composite-transposon-carrying-arma-and-aac-6-ib-genes-in-an-escherichia-coli-isolate-from-egypt
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Mona T Kashef, Omneya M Helmy
Aminoglycosides are used in treating a wide range of infections caused by Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria; however, aminoglycoside resistance is common and occurs by several mechanisms. Among these mechanisms is bacterial rRNA methylation by the 16S rRNA methyl transferase (16S-RMTase) enzymes; but data about the spread of this mechanism in Egypt are scarce. Cephalosporins are the most commonly used antimicrobial agents in Egypt; therefore, this study was conducted to determine the frequency of 16S-RMTase among third generation cephalosporin-resistant clinical isolates in Egypt...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735315/the-diversity-growth-promoting-abilities-and-anti-microbial-activities-of-bacteria-isolated-from-the-fruiting-body-of-agaricus-bisporus
#12
Quanju Xiang, Lihua Luo, Yuhuan Liang, Qiang Chen, Xiaoping Zhang, Yunfu Gu
Agaricus bisporus plays an important role in ecological processes and is one of the most widely cultivated mushrooms worldwide. Mushroom growth-promoting bacteria have been isolated from casing soil and compost, but microorganisms in the fruiting body have received only a little attention. To get an overview of phylogenetic diversity of microorganisms in the fruiting body of A. bisporus, as well as to screen antimicrobial and mushroom growth-promoting strains, and eventually intensify mushroom production, we isolated and characterized microorganisms from the fruiting body of A...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735046/ceftolozane-tazobactam-activity-against-drug-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-causing-healthcare-associated-infections-in-australia-and-new-zealand-report-from-an-antimicrobial-surveillance-program-2013-2015
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M A Pfaller, D Shortridge, H S Sader, R K Flamm, M Castaneheira
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the in vitro activity of ceftolozane-tazobactam and comparator agents tested against isolates of Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa from patients in Australia and New Zealand with healthcare-associated infection. METHODS: A total of 1,459 gram-negative organisms (440P. aeruginosa and 1,019 Enterobacteriaceae) were consecutively collected from 11 medical centers located in Australia and New Zealand. The organisms were tested for susceptibility by broth microdilution methods as described by the CLSI M07-A10 document and the results interpreted according to EUCAST and CLSI breakpoint criteria...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735028/protein-only-antimicrobial-peptide-containing-recombinant-nanoparticles-with-inherent-built-in-antibacterial-activity
#14
Naroa Serna, Laura Sánchez-García, Alejandro Sánchez-Chardi, Ugutz Unzueta, Mónica Roldán, Ramón Mangues, Esther Vázquez, Antonio Villaverde
The emergence of bacterial antibiotic resistances is a serious concern in human and animal health. In this context, naturally occurring cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) might play a main role in a next generation of drugs against bacterial infections. Taking an innovative approach to design self-organizing functional proteins, we have generated here protein-only nanoparticles with intrinsic AMP microbicide activity. Using a recombinant version of the GWH1 antimicrobial peptide as building block, these materials show a wide antibacterial activity spectrum in absence of detectable toxicity on mammalian cells...
July 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733908/assessment-of-cultivable-oral-bacterial-flora-from-important-venomous-snakes-of-india-and-their-antibiotic-susceptibilities
#15
Innus K Shaikh, Prashant P Dixit, Balasaheb S Pawade, Mugdha Potnis-Lele, Babasaheb P Kurhe
Snakebite is a common, frequently devastating, occupational, socio-economic hazard, and it has a great impact on the rural population of India. Snakebite is a major cause of the human morbidity and mortality since ancient times, as it not only affects the victim by systemic envenomation but also by wound infections originating from deadly pathogenic microorganisms from the oral cavity of the offending snake. The pathogens from the oral cavity of the snake tend to initiate an infection, resulting in gas gangrene, soft tissue necrosis, and permanent physical disabilities...
July 21, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733718/antimicrobial-resistance-in-the-next-30%C3%A2-years-humankind-bugs-and-drugs-a-visionary-approach
#16
REVIEW
Matteo Bassetti, Garyphallia Poulakou, Etienne Ruppe, Emilio Bouza, Sebastian J Van Hal, Adrian Brink
PURPOSE: To describe the current standards of care and major recent advances with regard to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to give a prospective overview for the next 30 years in this field. METHODS: Review of medical literature and expert opinion were used in the development of this review. RESULTS: There is undoubtedly a large clinical and public health burden associated with AMR in ICU, but it is challenging to quantify the associated excess morbidity and mortality...
July 21, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733198/the-role-of-intrinsic-disorder-and-dynamics-in-the-assembly-and-function-of-the-type-ii-secretion-system
#17
REVIEW
Shuang Gu, Vladimir E Shevchik, Rosie Shaw, Richard W Pickersgill, James A Garnett
Many Gram-negative commensal and pathogenic bacteria use a type II secretion system (T2SS) to transport proteins out of the cell. These exported proteins or substrates play a major role in toxin delivery, maintaining biofilms, replication in the host and subversion of host immune responses to infection. We review the current structural and functional work on this system and argue that intrinsically disordered regions and protein dynamics are central for assembly, exo-protein recognition, and secretion competence of the T2SS...
July 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732786/antibiotic-resistance-of-bacteria-isolated-from-heavy-metal-polluted-soils-with-different-land-uses
#18
Ali Akbar Safari Sinegani, Nayereh Younessi
OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this study was to determine the relationship between the antibiotic and heavy metal tolerance of culturable bacteria isolated from mining waste, pasture, and agricultural soils containing different levels of heavy metals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The populations of total culturable bacteria, and heavy metal- and antibiotic-tolerant bacteria in the soils were enumerated on nutrient agar, nutrient agar amended with metals, and Mueller-Hinton agar amended with antibiotics, respectively...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732734/uv-protection-and-antibacterial-properties-of-seaweed-capped-zno-nanoparticles-coated-cotton-fabrics
#19
R Pandimurugan, S Thambidurai
Seaweed capped zinc oxide nanoparticles (SW-ZnO NPs) were prepared by simple chemical precipitation method of zinc nitrate in the presence of seaweed. The synthesised SW-ZnO NPs were characterised by FT-IR, UV-Visible spectroscopy, XRD and BET analysis. These metal oxides were coated on cotton fabric using pad dry cure technique. The SW-ZnO NPs coated cotton fabrics, the surface morphology and chemical composition was analysed by HR-SEM with EDAX. The antibacterial activity of uncoated cotton, seaweed extract and SW-ZnO NPs coated cotton fabrics were investigated against Gram positive (S...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732563/risk-factors-and-outcomes-for-the-acquisition-of-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacillus-bacteremia-a-retrospective-propensity-matched-case-control-study
#20
Shih-Wen Ting, Chen-Hsiang Lee, Jien-Wei Liu
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: A substantial number of carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacilli (CR GNB) have been identified among the etiologic multidrug-resistant GNB in healthcare-associated infections. For achieving a better therapeutic outcome by minimizing inappropriate empirical antibiotic treatment before blood culture and susceptibility testing results are available, it is very important to identify patients who are at risk for the development of CR GNB bacteremia. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of propensity-score matched (PSM) adult patients with CR GNB bacteremia (PSM-group 1 [n = 95]) and those with non-CR GNB bacteremia (PSM-group 2 [n = 190])...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
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