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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534126/optimization-of-continuous-flow-solid-phase-denitrification-via-coupling-carriers-in-enhancing-simultaneous-removal-of-nitrogen-and-organics-for-agricultural-runoff-purification
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Yi Lu, Xiaoqing Zhang, Lijuan Feng, Guangfeng Yang, Zhou Zheng, Junzhi Liu, Jun Mu
Coupling of biodegradable corncob and plastic carrier was optimized in continuous-flow solid-phase denitrification systems for enhancing simultaneously removal of nitrogen and organics in agricultural runoff. In compared with preposition of plastic carriers and mixed distribution method, it was demonstrated that the preposition of corncobs simultaneously enhanced nitrate (6.64 ± 1.35 mg L(-1) day (-1)) and organics removal (6.33 ± 1.44 mg L(-1) day(-1)) at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 6 h...
May 22, 2017: Biodegradation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526794/raffinose-induces-biofilm-formation-by-streptococcus-mutans-in-low-concentrations-of-sucrose-by-increasing-production-of-extracellular-dna-and-fructan
#2
Ryo Nagasawa, Tsutomu Sato, Hidenobu Senpuku
Streptococcus mutans is the primary etiological agent of dental caries and causes tooth decay by forming a firmly attached biofilm on tooth surfaces. Biofilm formation is induced by the presence of sucrose, which is a substrate for the synthesis of extracellular polysaccharides, but not in the presence of oligosaccharides. Nonetheless, in this study, we found that raffinose, which is an oligosaccharide with an intestinal regulatory function and antiallergic effect, induced biofilm formation by S. mutans in a mixed culture with sucrose which was at concentrations less than those required to induce biofilm formation directly...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526497/mixed-species-biofilms-of-fusobacterium-necrophorum-and-porphyromonas-levii-impair-the-oxidative-response-of-bovine-neutrophils-in-vitro
#3
Joey S Lockhart, Andre G Buret, Howard Ceri, Douglas G Storey, Stefanie J Anderson, Douglas W Morck
Biofilms composed of anaerobic bacteria can result in persistent infections and chronic inflammation. Host immune cells have difficulties clearing biofilm-related infections and this can result in tissue damage. Neutrophils are a vital component of the innate immune system and help clear biofilms. The comparative neutrophilic response to biofilms versus planktonic bacteria remains incompletely understood, particularly in the context of mixed infections. The objective of this study was to generate mixed species anaerobic bacterial biofilms composed of two opportunistic pathogens, Fusobacterium necrophorum and Porphyromonas levii, and evaluate neutrophil responses to extracellular fractions from both biofilms and planktonic cell co-cultures of the same bacteria...
May 16, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521755/high-dietary-quality-of-non-toxic-cyanobacteria-for-a-benthic-grazer-and-its-implications-for-the-control-of-cyanobacterial-biofilms
#4
Sophie Groendahl, Patrick Fink
BACKGROUND: Mass occurrences of cyanobacteria frequently cause detrimental effects to the functioning of aquatic ecosystems. Consequently, attempts haven been made to control cyanobacterial blooms through naturally co-occurring herbivores. Control of cyanobacteria through herbivores often appears to be constrained by their low dietary quality, rather than by the possession of toxins, as also non-toxic cyanobacteria are hardly consumed by many herbivores. It was thus hypothesized that the consumption of non-toxic cyanobacteria may be improved when complemented with other high quality prey...
May 18, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513143/interactive-effects-of-corrosion-copper-and-chloramines-on-legionella-and-mycobacteria-in-hot-water-plumbing
#5
William J Rhoads, Amy Pruden, Marc A Edwards
Complexities associated with drinking water plumbing systems can result in undesirable interactions among plumbing components, undermining engineering controls for opportunistic pathogens (OPs). In this study, we examine the effects of plumbing system materials and two commonly applied disinfectants, copper and chloramines, on water chemistry and the growth of Legionella and mycobacteria across a transect of bench- and pilot-scale hot water experiments carried out with the same municipal water supply. We discovered that copper released from corrosion of plumbing materials can initiate evolution of >1,100 times more hydrogen (H2) from water heater sacrificial anode rods than does presence of copper dosed as soluble cupric ions...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511515/comparative-evaluation-of-antibacterial-and-adhesive-properties-of-chitosan-modified-glass-ionomer-cement-and-conventional-glass-ionomer-cement-an-in-vitro-study
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Arpan Debnath, Srivastava Bagepalli Kesavappa, Gyanendra Pratap Singh, Shruthi Eshwar, Vipin Jain, Madhuniranjan Swamy, Punith Shetty
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies have reported the incorporation of modifiers with conventional Glass Ionomer Cement (GIC) to enhance its antibacterial effect. One such modification being the addition of Chitosan (CH). However, these modifiers might affect the physical properties of the restorations. AIM: The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of modifying the liquid phase of conventional GIC with 10% v/v CH on the antibacterial properties and adhesion to enamel in comparison to conventional GIC...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502779/microeukaryote-community-in-a-partial-nitritation-reactor-prior-to-anammox-and-an-insight-into-the-potential-of-ciliates-as-performance-bioindicators
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Oriol Canals, Ramon Massana, Joan Lluís Riera, Vanessa Balagué, Humbert Salvadó
An in-depth, long-term, multidisciplinary study was conducted in order to study the microeukaryote community in a partial nitritation (PN) reactor prior to anammox. The PN reactor operated with moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) technology, using plastic supports (carriers) for biofilm development. The microeukaryote community from the biofilm (BF) and the surrounding media (mixed liquor or ML) were analysed separately. Despite the physicochemical conditions under which the PN-MBBR operated (an average of 305...
May 11, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498947/aminobacter-sp-msh1-invades-sand-filter-community-biofilms-while-retaining-2-6-dichlorobenzamide-degradation-functionality-under-c-and-n-limiting-conditions
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Benjamin Horemans, Joke Vandermaesen, Aswini Sekhar, Caroline Rombouts, Johan Hofkens, Lynn Vanhaecke, Dirk Springael
Aminobacter sp. MSH1 is of interest for bioaugmentation of biofiltration units in drinking water treatment plants (DWTP) due to its ability to degrade the groundwater micropollutant 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM). Using a continuous flow chamber biofilm model, MSH1 was previously shown to colonize surfaces and degrade BAM at trace concentrations as low as 1 μg/L under the oligotrophic conditions found in DWTPs. In DWTP filtration units, MSH1 has to compete with the resident biofilm microbiota for space and nutrients...
May 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488198/hydrogen-production-profiles-using-furans-in-microbial-electrolysis-cells
#9
Tunc Catal, Tansu Gover, Bugra Yaman, Jessica Droguetti, Kaan Yilancioglu
Microbial electrochemical cells including microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) are novel biotechnological tools that can convert organic substances in wastewater or biomass into electricity or hydrogen. Electroactive microbial biofilms used in this technology have ability to transfer electrons from organic compounds to anodes. Evaluation of biofilm formation on anode is crucial for enhancing our understanding of hydrogen generation in terms of substrate utilization by microorganisms...
June 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485524/streptococcus-gordonii-luxs-autoinducer-2-quorum-sensing-system-modulates-the-dual-species-biofilm-formation-with-streptococcus-mutans
#10
Xiao Wang, Xiaolan Li, Junqi Ling
Dental plaques are mixed-species biofilms that are related to the development of dental caries. Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) is an important cariogenic bacterium that forms mixed-species biofilms with Streptococcus gordonii (S. gordonii), an early colonizer of the tooth surface. The LuxS/autoinducer-2(AI-2) quorum sensing system is involved in the regulation of mixed-species biofilms, and AI-2 is proposed as a universal signal for the interaction between bacterial species. In this work, a S. gordonii luxS deficient strain was constructed to investigate the effect of the S...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482836/assessment-of-herbal-drugs-for-promising-anti-candida-activity
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Sameh S M Soliman, Mohammad H Semreen, Ali A El-Keblawy, Arbab Abdullah, Priya Uppuluri, Ashraf S Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: Microbial infections are diverse and cause serious human diseases. Candida albicans infections are serious healthcare-related infections that are complicated by its morphological switching from yeast to hyphae, resistant biofilm formation and mixed infections with bacteria. Due to the increase in drug resistance to currently used antimicrobial agents and the presence of undesirable side effects, the need for safe and effective novel therapies is important. Compounds derived from plants are known for their medicinal properties including antimicrobial activities...
May 8, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481721/s-oralis-activates-the-efg1-filamentation-pathway-in-c-albicans-to-promote-cross-kingdom-interactions-and-mucosal-biofilms
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Hongbin Xu, Takanori Sobue, Martinna Bertolini, Angela Thompson, Margaret Vickerman, Clarissa J Nobile, Anna Dongari-Bagtzoglou
Candida albicans and Streptococcus oralis are ubiquitous oral commensal organisms. Under host-permissive conditions these organisms can form hypervirulent mucosal biofilms. C. albicans biofilm formation is controlled by six master transcriptional regulators: Bcr1, Brg1, Efg1, Tec1, Ndt80, and Rob1. The objective of this work was to test whether any of these regulators play a role in cross-kingdom interactions between C. albicans and S. oralis in oral mucosal biofilms, and identify downstream target gene(s) that promote these interactions...
May 8, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476133/improving-practice-guidelines-for-the-treatment-of-denture-related-erythematous-stomatitis-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Raphael F de Souza, Muhammad Faheem Khiyani, Carolina A L Chaves, Jocelyne Feine, Jean Barbeau, Ramón Fuentes, Eduardo Borie, Luciana C Crizostomo, Claudia H Silva-Lovato, Pierre Rompre, Elham Emami
BACKGROUND: Denture-related erythematous stomatitis (DES) is a chronic biofilm-mediated disease, affecting one in every three complete denture wearers. Antifungals are the treatment most commonly prescribed by oral health professionals, based on the belief that colonization by Candida spp. is the main cause of DES. However, high recurrence rates and adverse effects are commonly observed, prompting the need for practice guidelines regarding treatment. Results from our pilot study demonstrate that palatal brushing can reduce the palatal inflammation and potentially associated Candida carriage without any need for antifungal therapy...
May 5, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470309/characterization-of-non-dialyzable-constituents-from-cranberry-juice-that-inhibit-adhesion-co-aggregation-and-biofilm-formation-by-oral-bacteria
#14
C C Neto, K A Penndorf, M Feldman, S Meron-Sudai, Z Zakay-Rones, D Steinberg, M Fridman, Y Kashman, I Ginsburg, I Ofek, E I Weiss
An extract prepared from cranberry juice by dialysis known as nondialyzable material (NDM) has been shown previously to possess anti-adhesion activity toward microbial species including oral bacteria, uropathogenic Escherichia coli and Helicobacter pylori. Bioassay-guided fractionation of cranberry NDM was therefore undertaken to identify the anti-adhesive constituents. An aqueous acetone-soluble fraction (NDMac) obtained from Sephadex LH-20 inhibited adhesion-linked activities by oral bacteria, including co-aggregation of oral bacteria Fusobacterium nucleatum with Streptococcus sanguinis or Porphyromonas gingivalis, and biofilm formation by Streptococcus mutans...
May 4, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464222/improving-the-accuracy-of-granular-sludge-and-biofilm-reactor-simulations-in-aquasim-through-artificial-diffusion
#15
Janis Baeten, Mark van Loosdrecht, Eveline Volcke
Aquasim is public-domain and user-friendly software that is widely used for biofilm modeling. The program uses built-in process unit blocks, such as biofilm and mixed compartments. In the literature, often several of these compartments are linked with artificial advective flows to represent a single physical well-mixed system, such as a granular sludge reactor. This work shows that caution should be exercised with this popular approach because numerical errors occur when too high artificial advective flows are used...
May 2, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461319/bacteriophage-lysin-cf-301-a-potent-anti-staphylococcal-biofilm-agent
#16
Raymond Schuch, Babar K Khan, Assaf Raz, Jimmy A Rotolo, Michael Wittekind
Biofilms pose a unique therapeutic challenge because of the antibiotic tolerance of constituent bacteria. Treatments for biofilm-based infections represent a major unmet medical need, requiring novel agents to eradicate mature biofilms. Our objective was to evaluate bacteriophage lysin CF-301 as a new agent to target Staphylococcus aureus biofilms. We used minimum biofilm eradicating concentration (MBEC) assays on ninety-five S. aureus strains to obtain a MBEC90 value of ≤0.25 μg/ml for CF-301. Mature biofilms of coagulase-negative staphylococci, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Streptococcus agalactiae were also sensitive to disruption, with MBEC90 values ranging from 0...
May 1, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448807/alternative-sweeteners-influence-the-biomass-of-oral-biofilm
#17
Fathilah Abdul Razak, Baizatul Amirah Baharuddin, Elisya Farha Mohd Akbar, Amira Hanim Norizan, Nur Fazilah Ibrahim, Md Yusoff Musa
OBJECTIVE: Compact-structured oral biofilm accumulates acids that upon prolonged exposure to tooth surface, causes demineralisation of enamel. This study aimed to assess the effect of alternative sweeteners Equal Stevia(®), Tropicana Slim(®), Pal Sweet(®) and xylitol on the matrix-forming activity of plaque biofilm at both the early and established stages of formation. METHODS: Saliva-coated glass beads (sGB) were used as substratum for the adhesion of a mixed-bacterial suspension of Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus mitis...
April 20, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432953/new-and-practical-mathematical-model-of-membrane-fouling-in-an-aerobic-submerged-membrane-bioreactor
#18
Mst Fazana Rahman Zuthi, Wenshan Guo, Huu Hao Ngo, Duc Long Nghiem, Faisal I Hai, Siqing Xia, Jianxin Li, Jixiang Li, Yi Liu
This study aimed to develop a practical semi-empirical mathematical model of membrane fouling that accounts for cake formation on the membrane and its pore blocking as the major processes of membrane fouling. In the developed model, the concentration of mixed liquor suspended solid is used as a lumped parameter to describe the formation of cake layer including the biofilm. The new model considers the combined effect of aeration and backwash on the foulants' detachment from the membrane. New exponential coefficients are also included in the model to describe the exponential increase of transmembrane pressure that typically occurs after the initial stage of an MBR operation...
April 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424663/antimicrobial-photodynamic-therapy-against-endodontic-enterococcus-faecalis-and-candida-albicans-mono-and-mixed-biofilms-in-the-presence-of-photosensitizers-a-comparative-study-with-classical-endodontic-irrigants
#19
Patrícia Diogo, Chantal Fernandes, Francisco Caramelo, Marta Mota, Isabel M Miranda, M A F Faustino, M G P M S Neves, Marciana P Uliana, Kleber T de Oliveira, João M Santos, Teresa Gonçalves
Endodontic biofilms eradication from the infected root canal system remains as the primary focus in endodontic field. In this study, it was assessed the efficacy of antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy (aPDT) with the Zn(II)chlorin e6 methyl ester (Zn(II)e6Me) activated by red light against monospecies and mixed biofilms of Enterococcus faecalis and Candida albicans. The results were compared with the ones obtained with Rose Bengal (RB), Toluidine Blue-O (TBO), the synthetic tetracationic porphyrin (TMPyP) as well as classical endodontic irrigants (3% NaOCl, 17% EDTA and 2% CHX)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415239/motility-of-escherichia-coli-in-a-quasi-two-dimensional-porous-medium
#20
Juan Eduardo Sosa-Hernández, Moisés Santillán, Jesús Santana-Solano
Bacterial migration through confined spaces is critical for several phenomena, such as biofilm formation, bacterial transport in soils, and bacterial therapy against cancer. In the present work, E. coli (strain K12-MG1655 WT) motility was characterized by recording and analyzing individual bacterium trajectories in a simulated quasi-two-dimensional porous medium. The porous medium was simulated by enclosing, between slide and cover slip, a bacterial-culture sample mixed with uniform 2.98-μm-diameter spherical latex particles...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
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