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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820948/prevalence-and-expression-of-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-genes-in-i-staphylococcus-aureus-i-isolated-from-food-poisoning-outbreaks
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Caroline Peixoto Bastos, Milena Tomasi Bassani, Marcia Magalhães Mata, Graciela Volz Lopes, Wladimir Padilha Silva
<i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> is an important pathogen of foodborne origin. The pathogen produces a variety of toxins that includes the staphylococcal enterotoxin (SE). The present study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and expression of five SE genes (<i>sea</i>, <i>seb</i>, <i>sec</i>, <i>sed</i>, and <i>see</i>) in <i>S. aureus</i> isolated from outbreaks occurred in the Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil. All isolates, with the exception of two, presented the same or higher transcriptional expression than the reference strains for at least one of these genes...
August 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820412/-to-the-state-of-the-fetoplacental-complex-in-women-with-the-threat-of-abortion
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L Rzaguliyeva, Z Osmanli, S Akperbekova, N Meybalizade
The goal is a comprehensive study of the morphofunctional state of the mother-placenta-fetus system in placental insufficiency and infection. 250 pregnant and puerperas for the period 2008-2014 were examined. Detection of bacterial flora was carried out in 35 pregnant women aged 20.4±0.8 years with the threat of abortion from an early gestation period and a prolonged persistent infection of the genitals, bacterial vaginosis. Methods are applied: culture, ion chromatography, gas-liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry...
July 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819722/carbon-and-amide-detect-backbone-assignment-methods-of-a-novel-repeat-protein-from-the-staphylocoagulase-in-s-aureus
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Markus Voehler, Maddur Appajaiah Ashoka, Jens Meiler, Paul E Bock
The C-terminal repeat domain of staphylocoagulase that is secreted by the S. aureus is believed to play an important role interacting with fibrinogen and promotes blood clotting. To study this interaction by NMR, full assignment of each amide residue in the HSQC spectrum was required. Despite of the short sequence of the repeat construct, the HSQC spectrum contained a substantial amount of overlapped and exchange broadened resonances, indicating little secondary or tertiary structure. This caused severe problems while using the conventional, amide based NMR method for the backbone assignment...
August 17, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819625/antagonistic-properties-of-some-halophilic-thermoactinomycetes-isolated-from-superficial-sediment-of-a-solar-saltern-and-production-of-cyclic-antimicrobial-peptides-by-the-novel-isolate-paludifilum-halophilum
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Donyez Frikha Dammak, Ziad Zarai, Soumaya Najah, Rayed Abdennabi, Lassaad Belbahri, Mostafa E Rateb, Hafedh Mejdoub, Sami Maalej
This study has focused on the isolation of twenty-three halophilic actinomycetes from two ponds of different salinity and the evaluation of their ability to exert an antimicrobial activity against both their competitors and several other pathogens. From the 23 isolates, 18 strains showed antagonistic activity, while 19 showed activities against one or more of the seven pathogen strains tested. Six strains exhibited consistent antibacterial activity against Gram-negative and Gram-positive pathogens characterized at the physiological and molecular levels...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819217/anti-biofilm-effects-of-anthranilate-on-a-broad-range-of-bacteria
#5
Xi-Hui Li, Soo-Kyoung Kim, Joon-Hee Lee
Anthranilate, one of tryptophan degradation products has been reported to interfere with biofilm formation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Here, we investigated the effects of anthranilate on biofilm formation by various bacteria and the mechanisms responsible. Anthranilate commonly inhibited biofilm formation by P. aeruginosa, Vibrio vulnificus, Bacillus subtilis, Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, and Staphylococcus aureus, and disrupted biofilms preformed by these bacteria. Because anthranilate reduced intracellular c-di-GMP and enhanced swimming and swarming motilities in P...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818544/trends-in-antimicrobial-resistance-in-bloodstream-infection-isolates-at-a-large-urban-hospital-in-malawi-1998-2016-a-surveillance-study
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Patrick Musicha, Jennifer E Cornick, Naor Bar-Zeev, Neil French, Clemens Masesa, Brigitte Denis, Neil Kennedy, Jane Mallewa, Melita A Gordon, Chisomo L Msefula, Robert S Heyderman, Dean B Everett, Nicholas A Feasey
BACKGROUND: Bacterial bloodstream infection is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, yet few facilities are able to maintain long-term surveillance. The Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme has done sentinel surveillance of bacteraemia since 1998. We report long-term trends in bloodstream infection and antimicrobial resistance from this surveillance. METHODS: In this surveillance study, we analysed blood cultures that were routinely taken from adult and paediatric patients with fever or suspicion of sepsis admitted to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi from 1998 to 2016...
August 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817271/poly-2-oxazoline-antibiotic-conjugates-with-penicillins
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Martin Schmidt, Livia K Bast, Franziska Lanfer, Lena Richter, Elisabeth Hennes, Rana Seymen, Christian Krumm, Joerg C Tiller
Conjugation of antibiotics with polymers is rarely done, but might be a promising alternative to low molecular weight derivatization. The two penicillins PenG and PenV were attached to the end groups of different water-soluble poly(2-oxazoline)s (POx) via their carboxylic acid function. This ester group was shown to be more stable against hydrolysis than the β-lactam ring of the penicillins. The conjugates are still antimicrobially active and up to 20 times more stable against penicillinase catalyzed hydrolysis...
August 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815423/backbone-and-side-chain-1-h-15-n-and-13-c-resonance-assignments-of-a-novel-staphylococcal-inhibitor-of-myeloperoxidase
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Nicoleta T Ploscariu, Alvaro I Herrera, Srinivas Jayanthi, Thallapuranam K Suresh Kumar, Brian V Geisbrecht, Om Prakash
The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus produces an array of anti-inflammatory molecules that prevent the innate immune system from recognizing it as a pathogen and clearing it from the host. In the acute phase of inflammation, our immune system relies on neutrophils to clear invading bacteria. Recently, novel classes of secreted proteins from S. aureus, including the Extracellular Adherence Protein (EAP) family (Stapels et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111:13187-13192, 2014) and the Staphylococcal Peroxidase Inhibitor (SPIN), (unpublished work) have been identified as highly selective inhibitors acting on Neutrophil Serine Proteases (NSPs) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) respectively...
August 16, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814746/rewiring-of-the-ftsh-regulatory-network-by-a-single-nucleotide-change-in-saes-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Qian Liu, Mo Hu, Won-Sik Yeo, Lei He, Tianming Li, Yuanjun Zhu, Hongwei Meng, Yanan Wang, Hyunwoo Lee, Xiaoyun Liu, Min Li, Taeok Bae
In the Gram-positive pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, the membrane-bound ATP-dependent metalloprotease FtsH plays a critical role in resistance to various stressors. However, the molecular mechanism of the FtsH functions is not known. Here, we identified core FtsH target proteins in S. aureus. In the strains Newman and USA300, the abundance of 33 proteins were altered in both strains, of which 11 were identified as core FtsH substrate protein candidates. In the strain Newman and some other S. aureus strains, the sensor histidine kinase SaeS has an L18P (T53C in saeS) substitution, which transformed the protein into an FtsH substrate...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813617/environmental-stress-affects-the-formation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-persisters-tolerant-to-antibiotics
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Lucie Kubistova, Lukas Dvoracek, Jan Tkadlec, Oto Melter, Irena Licha
The ability to form persisters has been observed in many microorganisms, including Staphylococcus aureus, mainly in the context of chronic infections and the pathogenicity of these microbes. In our research, we have demonstrated that salt or oxidative stress could play a role in the formation of S. aureus persisters outside the host's intracellular interface. We pre-exposed planktonic growing bacterial culture to an oxidative or salt stress and monitored the dynamics of persister formation after ciprofloxacin and gentamicin treatment...
August 16, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813499/staphylococcus-aureus-biofilm-elicits-the-expansion-activation-and-polarization-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Kuo-Ti Peng, Ching-Chuan Hsieh, Tsung-Yu Huang, Pei-Chun Chen, Hsin-Nung Shih, Mel S Lee, Pey-Jium Chang
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is one of the most common causes of biofilm infections in periprosthetic joint infections (PJIs). Accumulating evidence has shown that the immunosuppressive environment established by S. aureus biofilm infection in PJIs involves the presence of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and M2-macrophages. Due to the diversity of MDSCs, little is known about whether S. aureus biofilm preferentially expands specific MDSC subsets or whether MDSCs can further differentiate into M2-macrophages during S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813096/cytotoxicity-and-bacterial-membrane-destabilization-induced-by-annona-squamosa-l-extracts
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Nícolas C C Pinto, Jucélia B Silva, Laura M Menegati, Maria Clara M R Guedes, Lucas B Marques, Thiago P DA Silva, Rossana C N DE Melo, Elaine M DE Souza-Fagundes, Marcos J Salvador, Elita Scio, Rodrigo L Fabri
This study aimed to further investigate the cytotoxicity against tumor cell lines and several bacterial strains of Annona squamosa and its mode of action. Methanol extracts of A. squamosa leaves (ASL) and seeds (ASS) were used. ASL showed significant antibacterial activity against S. aureus, K. pneumoniae and E. faecalis with MIC values of 78, 78 and 39 µg/mL respectively. Moreover, ASL exhibited significant biofilm disruption, rapid time dependent kinetics of bacterial killing, increased membrane permeability and significantly reduced the cell numbers and viability...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812009/the-bacteriological-quality-safety-and-antibiogram-of-salmonella-isolates-from-fresh-meat-in-retail-shops-of-bahir-dar-city-ethiopia
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Melkamnesh Azage, Mulugeta Kibret
The habit of raw meat consumption in addition to the poor hygienic standards and lack of knowledge contribute to food-borne diseases outbreaks. The objective of this research was to assess the bacterial quality and safety of fresh meat from retail Bahir Dar City, Ethiopia. A total of 30 fresh meat samples were collected from butcher shops. Standard bacteriological methods were used to isolate and enumerate bacteria. Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method was used for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Salmonella isolates...
2017: International journal of food science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811751/bioactive-potential-of-3d-printed-oleo-gum-resin-disks-b-papyrifera-c-myrrha-and-s-benzoin-loading-nanooxides-tio2-p25-cu2o-and-moo3
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Diogo José Horst, Sergio Mazurek Tebcherani, Evaldo Toniolo Kubaski, Rogério de Almeida Vieira
This experimental study investigates the bioactive potential of filaments produced via hot melt extrusion (HME) and intended for fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing purposes. The oleo-gum-resins from benzoin, myrrha, and olibanum in pure state and also charged with 10% of metal oxide nanoparticles, TiO2, P25, Cu2O, and MoO3, were characterized by ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDXMA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)...
2017: Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811514/differential-epitope-recognition-in-the-immunodominant-staphylococcal-antigen-a-of-staphylococcus-aureus-by-mouse-versus-human-igg-antibodies
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Dennis G A M Koedijk, Francisco Romero Pastrana, Hedzer Hoekstra, Sanne van den Berg, Jaap Willem Back, Carolien Kerstholt, Rianne C Prins, Irma A J M Bakker-Woudenberg, Jan Maarten van Dijl, Girbe Buist
The immunodominant staphylococcal antigen A (IsaA) is a potential target for active or passive immunization against the important human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. Consistent with this view, monoclonal antibodies against IsaA were previously shown to be protective against S. aureus infections in mouse models. Further, patients with the genetic blistering disease epidermolysis bullosa (EB) displayed high IsaA-specific IgG levels that could potentially be protective. Yet, mice actively immunized with IsaA were not protected against S...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809546/staphylococcus-aureus-cidc-is-a-pyruvate-menaquinone-oxidoreductase
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Xinyan Zhang, Kenneth W Bayles, Sorin Luca
Recent studies have revealed an important role for the Staphylococcus aureus CidC enzyme in cell death during the stationary phase and in biofilm development, and have contributed to our understanding of the metabolic processes important in the induction of bacterial programmed cell death (PCD). To gain more insight into the characteristics of this enzyme, we performed an in-depth biochemical and biophysical analysis of its catalytic properties. In vitro experiments show that this flavoprotein catalyzes the oxidative decarboxylation of pyruvate to acetate and carbon dioxide...
August 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808911/methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-acute-keratitis-after-intracorneal-ring-segment-implantation
#17
Gonzalo García de Oteyza, Andrea Laiseca, Paola Sauvageot, Juan Álvarez de Toledo
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to report the first case of acute bacterial keratitis produced by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus after the implantation of two intracorneal ring segments during an uneventful procedure for treating keratoconus in a 13-year-old child. CASE REPORT: A patient with grade III keratoconus underwent an implantation of intracorneal ring segments with no complications during the procedure. Three days later, a whitish corneal infiltrate appeared in between the union of both corneal rings...
August 14, 2017: Ophthalmology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808156/the-identification-of-staphylococcus-aureus-factors-required-for-pathogenicity-and-growth-in-human-blood
#18
John Connolly, Emma Boldock, Lynne R Prince, Stephen A Renshaw, Moira K Whyte, Simon J Foster
Staphylococcus aureus is a human commensal but also has devastating potential as an opportunist pathogen. S. aureus bacteraemia is often associated with an adverse outcome. To identify potential targets for novel control approaches we have identified S. aureus components that are required for growth on human blood. An ordered transposon mutant library was screened, identifying 9 genes involved specifically in haemolysis or growth on human blood agar compared to the parental strain. Three genes (purA, purB and pabA) were subsequently found to be required for pathogenesis in the zebrafish embryo infection model...
August 14, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808028/immune-evasion-by-a-staphylococcal-inhibitor-of-myeloperoxidase
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Nienke W M de Jong, Kasra X Ramyar, Fermin E Guerra, Reindert Nijland, Cindy Fevre, Jovanka M Voyich, Alex J McCarthy, Brandon L Garcia, Kok P M van Kessel, Jos A G van Strijp, Brian V Geisbrecht, Pieter-Jan A Haas
Staphylococcus aureus is highly adapted to its host and has evolved many strategies to resist opsonization and phagocytosis. Even after uptake by neutrophils, S. aureus shows resistance to killing, which suggests the presence of phagosomal immune evasion molecules. With the aid of secretome phage display, we identified a highly conserved protein that specifically binds and inhibits human myeloperoxidase (MPO), a major player in the oxidative defense of neutrophils. We have named this protein "staphylococcal peroxidase inhibitor" (SPIN)...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807923/pbp4-mediates-%C3%AE-lactam-resistance-by-altered-function
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Som S Chatterjee, Liang Chen, Aubre Gilbert, Thaina M da Costa, Vinod Nair, Sandip K Datta, Barry N Kreiswirth, Henry F Chambers
Penicillin Binding Protein 4 (PBP4) can provide high-level β-lactam resistance in S. aureus A series of missense and promoter mutations associated with pbp4 were detected in strains that displayed high-level resistance. We hereby show that the missense mutations facilitate the β-lactam resistance mediated by PBP4 and the promoter mutations lead to the overexpression of pbp4 Our results also suggest a co-operative interplay between PBPs for β-lactam resistance.
August 14, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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