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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633201/rapid-start-up-of-denitrifying-granular-sludge-by-dosing-with-semi-starvation-fluctuation-c-n-ratio-strategy
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Wenyu Niu, Jianbo Guo, Jing Lian, Yuanyuan Song, Caicai Lu, Haibo Li, Yi Han, Pengna Yin
This study cultivated denitrifying granular sludge in three UASB reactors by the semi-starvation fluctuation C/N ratio strategy (reactor 1 (R1): constant C/N ratio; R2: regular fluctuation C/N ratio; and R3: semi-starvation fluctuation C/N ratio (SSF)). Microbial aggregates appeared in R1, R2 and R3 on days 28, 14 and 6, respectively. Compared with the results in R1 and R2, the guanosine tetraphosphate (ppGpp) concentration was highest, the acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) concentration quickly reached a certain threshold, and more protein (PN) of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) secretion resulted in the rapid formation of denitrifying granular sludge in R3...
June 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624619/quorum-sensing-signals-enhance-the-electrochemical-activity-and-energy-recovery-of-mixed-culture-electroactive-biofilms
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Shanshan Chen, Xianyue Jing, Jiahuan Tang, Yanlun Fang, Shungui Zhou
The impacts of exogenous or endogenous quorum sensing (QS) signaling molecules on mixed-culture electroactive biofilms (EABs), especially extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and exoelectrogens using direct electron transfer mechanism inside EABs are poorly understood. This research focuses on the influence of acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs), the most common QS signaling molecules for gram negative bacteria, on mixed-culture EABs. Results indicated that both exogenous and endogenous AHLs played the role as regulators to improve the electrochemical activities of EABs...
June 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614901/x-ray-crystal-structures-of-the-pheromone-binding-domains-of-two-quorum-hindered-transcription-factors-yenr-of-yersinia-enterocolitica-and-cepr2-of-burkholderia-cenocepacia
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Youngchang Kim, Gekleng Chhor, Ching-Sung Tsai, Gabriel Fox, Chia-Sui Chen, Nathan J Winans, Robert Jedrzejczak, Andrzej Joachimiak, Stephen C Winans
The ability of LuxR-type proteins to regulate transcription is controlled by bacterial pheromones, N-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs). Most LuxR-family proteins require their cognate AHLs for activity, and some of them require AHLs for folding and stability, and for protease-resistance. However, a few members of this family are able to fold, dimerize, bind DNA, and regulate transcription in the absence of AHLs; moreover, these proteins are antagonized by their cognate AHLs. One such protein is YenR of Yersinia enterocolitica, which is antagonized by N-3-oxohexanoyl-l-homoserine lactone (OHHL)...
June 14, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612602/oxygen-dependent-globin-coupled-sensor-signaling-modulates-motility-and-virulence-of-the-plant-pathogen-pectobacterium-carotovorum
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Justin L Burns, Parth B Jariwala, Shannon Rivera, Benjamin M Fontaine, Laura Briggs, Emily E Weinert
Bacterial pathogens utilize numerous signals to identify the presence of their host and coordinate changes in gene expression that allow for infection. Within plant pathogens, these signals typically include small molecules and/or proteins from their plant hosts and bacterial quorum sensing molecules to ensure sufficient bacterial cell density for successful infection. In addition, bacteria use environmental signals to identify conditions when the host defenses are weakened and potentially to signal entry into an appropriate host/niche for infection...
June 14, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570794/usual-course-of-treatment-and-predictors-of-treatment-utilization-for-patients-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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Carrie J Nobles, Sarah E Valentine, E David Zepeda, Emily M Ahles, Derri L Shtasel, Luana Marques
OBJECTIVE: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating psychiatric illness that frequently remains undiagnosed and untreated. While extensive research has been conducted among veterans, little research has evaluated course of treatment for PTSD in a general hospital setting. METHODS: We utilized data from the Partners HealthCare Research Patient Data Registry to evaluate mental health treatment utilization, including psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, by patients with recently diagnosed primary PTSD following DSM-IV criteria between January 1, 2002, and June 30, 2011...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560432/otoprotective-effects-of-ethosuximide-in-nod-ltj-mice-with-age-related-hearing-loss
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Lu Sang, Tihua Zheng, Lingqian Min, Xiaolin Zhang, Xiufang Ma, Shami Entenman, Yipeng Su, Qingyin Zheng
Despite long-term efforts to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for age-related hearing loss (AHL), there is currently no available treatment strategy able to provide a cure. Apoptotic cell death, including that of hair cells and spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) in the cochlea has been proposed to be the classic theory behind the development of AHL. As calcium signaling plays key roles in signal transduction in apoptosis, in this study, we selected ethosuximide, which is able to block T-type calcium (Ca2+ion) channels, suppressing Ca2+...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559834/favourable-outcome-in-a-33-year-old-female-with-acute-haemorrhagic-leukoencephalitis
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Waldo G Solis, Sophie E Waller, Angela K Harris, Ella Sugo, Mitchell A Hansen, Jeanette Lechner-Scott
BACKGROUND: Acute haemorrhagic leukoencephalitis (AHLE) is a rare and rapidly fatal disease of unknown aetiology. There is a paucity of literature on the presentation and management of this rare disease. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report the case of a 33-year-old female presenting with headache and left-sided apraxia. Imaging revealed a right-sided white matter lesion with extensive cytotoxic oedema. Pathology was suggestive of AHLE. She underwent an open excisional biopsy and was treated with high-dose corticosteroids...
January 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555118/laryngeal-features-are-phonetically-abstract-mismatch-negativity-evidence-from-arabic-english-and-russian
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Kevin T Schluter, Stephen Politzer-Ahles, Meera Al Kaabi, Diogo Almeida
Many theories of phonology assume that the sound structure of language is made up of distinctive features, but there is considerable debate about how much articulatory detail distinctive features encode in long-term memory. Laryngeal features such as voicing provide a unique window into this question: while many languages have two-way contrasts that can be given a simple binary feature account [±VOICE], the precise articulatory details underlying these contrasts can vary significantly across languages. Here, we investigate a series of two-way voicing contrasts in English, Arabic, and Russian, three languages that implement their voicing contrasts very differently at the articulatory-phonetic level...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545065/influence-of-the-ferric-uptake-regulator-fur-protein-on-pathogenicity-in-pectobacterium-carotovorum-subsp-brasiliense
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Collins Kipngetich Tanui, Divine Yutefar Shyntum, Stefan Louis Priem, Jacques Theron, Lucy Novungayo Moleleki
Iron is an important nutrient for the survival and growth of many organisms. In order to survive, iron uptake from the environment must be strictly regulated and maintained to avoid iron toxicity. The ferric uptake regulator protein (Fur) regulates genes involved in iron homeostasis in many bacteria, including phytopathogens. However, to date, the role played by Fur in the biology of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense (Pcb1692), an important pathogen of potatoes, has not yet been studied. To this end, we used the lambda recombineering method to generate a fur mutant strain of Pcb1692 and assessed the virulence and fitness of the mutant strain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539728/anti-quorum-sensing-activity-of-forsythia-suspense-on-chromobacterium-violaceum-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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An Zhang, Wei-Hua Chu
BACKGROUND: Quorum sensing (QS) plays an important role in the production of virulence factors and pathogenicity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and the interruption of QS will be a hopeful pathway to combat bacterial infection. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we selected Forsythia suspense (Thunb.) Vahl from traditional Chinese herbal medicines for its anti-QS activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Anti-QS of F. suspense extracts (FSE) was monitored using the Chromobacterium violaceum 12472 bioassay...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537704/selective-etching-of-silicon-in-preference-to-germanium-and-si0-5ge0-5
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Christopher F Ahles, Jong Youn Choi, Steven Wolf, Andrew C Kummel
The selective etching characteristics of silicon, germanium, and Si0.5Ge0.5 subjected to a downstream H2/CF4/Ar plasma have been studied using a pair of in situ quartz crystal microbalances (QCMs) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). At 50 °C and 760 mTorr, Si can be etched in preference to Ge and Si0.5Ge0.5, with an essentially infinite Si/Ge etch-rate ratio (ERR), whereas for Si/Si0.5Ge0.5, the ERR is infinite at 22 °C and 760 mTorr. XPS data showed that the selectivity is due to the differential suppression of etching by a ∼2 ML thick CxHyFz layer formed by the H2/CF4/Ar plasma on Si, Ge, and Si0...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536283/signal-integration-in-quorum-sensing-enables-cross-species-induction-of-virulence-in-pectobacterium-wasabiae
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Rita S Valente, Pol Nadal-Jimenez, André F P Carvalho, Filipe J D Vieira, Karina B Xavier
Bacterial communities can sense their neighbors, regulating group behaviors in response to cell density and environmental changes. The diversity of signaling networks in a single species has been postulated to allow custom responses to different stimuli; however, little is known about how multiple signals are integrated and the implications of this integration in different ecological contexts. In the plant pathogen Pectobacterium wasabiae (formerly Erwinia carotovora), two signaling networks-the N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) quorum-sensing system and the Gac/Rsm signal transduction pathway-control the expression of secreted plant cell wall-degrading enzymes, its major virulence determinants...
May 23, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535043/identification-and-quantification-of-acylated-homoserine-lactones-in-shewanella-baltica-the-specific-spoilage-organism-of-pseudosciaena-crocea-by-ultrahigh-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-triple-quadrupole-mass-spectrometry
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Yanbo Wang, Xiaoxiao Zhang, Chong Wang, Linglin Fu, Yanyao Yi, Yan Zhang
Bacteria communicate with one another using chemical signal molecules called autoinducers, and the most prevalent autoinducers used by Gram-negative bacteria are N-acylated homoserine lactones (AHLs). However, AHLs are hardly detected in Shewanella baltica, the specific spoilage organism of Pseudosciaena crocea. In this study, we applied ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry to determine AHLs. This method enabled the quantification of up to 11 AHLs within 5...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531841/positive-affective-functioning-in-anhedonic-individuals-daily-life-anything-but-flat-and-blunted
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V E Heininga, E van Roekel, J J Ahles, A J Oldehinkel, A H Mezulis
BACKGROUND: Anhedonia, the decreased interest and pleasure, is often described as 'flat' or 'blunted' positive affect (PA). Yet, little is known about PA functioning in anhedonic individuals' daily lives. The current study investigates PA reactivity to pleasurable experiences in anhedonia together with its relevant temporal dynamics (i.e., variability, instability, and inertia), and expands current knowledge by exploring the role of arousal therein. METHODS: Using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM), we collected 90 assessments of real-life PA experiences across 30 days in 18-24 year old individuals with anhedonia (N=69) and without anhedonia (N=69)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530166/quorum-sensing-and-rsam-regulons-of-the-rice-pathogen-pseudomonas-fuscovaginae
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Gordana Uzelac, Hitendra Kumar Patel, Giulia Devescovi, Danilo Licastro, Vittorio Venturi
Pseudomonas fuscovaginae (Pfv) is an emerging plant pathogen causing sheath brown rot in rice, as well as diseases in other gramineae food crops including maize, sorghum and wheat. Pfv possesses two conserved N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) quorum sensing (QS) systems called PfvI/R and PfsI/R, which are repressed by RsaL and RsaM, respectively. The two systems are not hierarchically organized and are involved in plant virulence. In this study the AHL QS PfsI/R, PfvI/R and RsaM regulons were determined by transcriptomic analysis...
May 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520858/rapid-tests-for-influenza-respiratory-syncytial-virus-and-other-respiratory-viruses-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ahl Bruning, Mmg Leeflang, Jmbw Vos, R Spijker, M D de Jong, K C Wolthers, D Pajkrt
Rapid diagnosis of respiratory virus infections contributes to patient care. This systematic review evaluates the diagnostic accuracy of rapid tests for the detection of respiratory viruses. We searched Medline and EMBASE for studies evaluating these tests against PCR as reference standard. 179 studies were included of which 134 evaluated rapid tests for influenza viruses, 32 for RSV, and 13 for other respiratory viruses. We used the bivariate random effects model for quantitative meta-analysis of the results...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515720/computational-exploration-of-putative-luxr-solos-in-archaea-and-their-functional-implications-in-quorum-sensing
#17
Akanksha Rajput, Manoj Kumar
LuxR solos are unexplored in Archaea, despite their vital role in the bacterial regulatory network. They assist bacteria in perceiving acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) and/or non-AHLs signaling molecules for establishing intraspecies, interspecies, and interkingdom communication. In this study, we explored the potential LuxR solos of Archaea from InterPro v62.0 meta-database employing taxonomic, probable function, distribution, and evolutionary aspects to decipher their role in quorum sensing (QS). Our bioinformatics analyses showed that putative LuxR solos of Archaea shared few conserved domains with bacterial LuxR despite having less similarity within proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500423/physiological-self-regulation-buffers-the-relationship-between-impulsivity-and-externalizing-behaviors-among-nonclinical-adolescents
#18
Michelle A Kuhn, Joshua J Ahles, Jaclyn T Aldrich, Madeline D Wielgus, Amy H Mezulis
Trait impulsivity is a risk factor for rule breaking and aggressive (externalizing) behaviors among nonclinical youth. Buffers of trait-based risk are of practical interest to preventing externalizing behaviors. One such buffer may be the capacity and efforts of a child to self-regulate their physiology. Youth who possess baseline physiological self-regulatory capacities are more likely to maintain adaptive engagement with their environment and may be less prone to impulsively rule break or be aggressive. Similarly, youth who are able to use self-regulatory skills to calm their physiology in times of stress may be less likely to externalize distress...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487993/acinetobacter%C3%A2-baumannii-quorum-sensing-signalling-molecule-induces-the-expression-of-drug-resistance-genes
#19
Yi Dou, Fei Song, Feng Guo, Zengding Zhou, Cailian Zhu, Jun Xiang, Jingning Huan
Quorum-sensing signalling molecules such as N‑acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) enable certain Gram‑negative bacteria to respond to environmental changes through behaviours, such as biofilm formation and flagellar movement. The present study aimed to identify Acinetobacter baumannii AHLs and assess their influence on antibiotic resistance. A clinical isolate of A. baumannii strain S (AbS) was collected from the wound of a burn patient and high‑performance liquid chromatography and tandem quadrupole or quadrupole time‑of‑flight high‑resolution mass spectrometry was used to identify AbS AHLs...
June 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486154/insights-into-quorum-quenching-mechanisms-to-control-membrane-biofouling-under-changing-organic-loading-rates
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Hira Waheed, Yeyuan Xiao, Imran Hashmi, David Stuckey, Yan Zhou
A quorum quenching (QQ) consortium comprised of both acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs)- and autoinducer-2 (AI-2)-degrading bacteria, either immobilized in polymer-coated alginate beads or in liquid suspension, was examined for fouling control in lab-scale MBRs under both steady and changing organic loading rates (OLRs). Under steady conditions the QQ consortium retarded biofouling by a factor of 3. However, a continuous increase in OLR vastly reduced the effectiveness of QQ bacteria; the biofouling was retarded only by factors of 1...
May 3, 2017: Chemosphere
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