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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649410/komodo-dragon-inspired-synthetic-peptide-drgn-1-promotes-wound-healing-of-a-mixed-biofilm-infected-wound
#1
Ezra M C Chung, Scott N Dean, Crystal N Propst, Barney M Bishop, Monique L van Hoek
Cationic antimicrobial peptides are multifunctional molecules that have a high potential as therapeutic agents. We have identified a histone H1-derived peptide from the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), called VK25. Using this peptide as inspiration, we designed a synthetic peptide called DRGN-1. We evaluated the antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activity of both peptides against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. DRGN-1, more than VK25, exhibited potent antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activity, and permeabilized bacterial membranes...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648294/tolerance-development-in-listeria-monocytogenes-escherichia-coli-dual-species-biofilms-after-sublethal-exposures-to-pronase-benzalkonium-chloride-combined-treatments
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Pedro Rodríguez-López, Marta López Cabo
This study was designed to assess the effects that sublethal exposures to pronase (PRN) and benzalkonium chloride (BAC) combined treatments have on Listeria monocytogenes-Escherichia coli dual-species biofilms grown on stainless steel in terms of tolerance development (TD) to these compounds. Additionally, fluorescence microscopy was used to observe the changes of the biofilm structure. PRN-BAC exposure was carried out using three different approaches and TD was evaluated treating biofilms with a final 100 μg/ml PRN followed by 50 μg/ml BAC combined treatment...
October 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642749/rna-seq-reveals-enhanced-sugar-metabolism-in-streptococcus-mutans-co-cultured-with-candida-albicans-within-mixed-species-biofilms
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Jinzhi He, Dongyeop Kim, Xuedong Zhou, Sang-Joon Ahn, Robert A Burne, Vincent P Richards, Hyun Koo
Early childhood caries (ECC), which can lead to rampant tooth-decay that is painful and costly to treat, is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases affecting children worldwide. Previous studies support that interactions between Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans are associated with the pathogenesis of ECC. The presence of Candida enhances S. mutans growth, fitness and accumulation within biofilms in vitro, although the molecular basis for these behaviors is undefined. Using an established co-cultivation biofilm model and RNA-Seq, we investigated how C...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641883/petroleum-oil-removal-by-immobilized-bacterial-cells-on-polyurethane-foam-under-different-temperature-conditions
#4
Mauricio J Alessandrello, María S Juárez Tomás, Enzo E Raimondo, Diana L Vullo, Marcela A Ferrero
In this work, a mixed biofilm composed by Pseudomonas monteilii P26 and Gordonia sp. H19 was formed using polyurethane foam (PUF) as immobilization support, for crude oil removal from artificial sea water. Fresh immobilized cells and immobilized cells that were stored at 4°C for two months before use were assessed. The oil removal assays were carried out at microcosm scale at 4, 15 and 30°C. A viability loss of P. monteilii P26 was observed after the storage. The highest removal value (75%) was obtained at 30°C after 7days using fresh immobilized cells on PUF...
June 19, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641671/occurrence-of-aerobic-and-anaerobic-bacteria-in-the-consumer-end-of-a-water-distribution-system
#5
Süleyman Hoca, Miray Üstüntürk-Onan, Esra Ilhan-Sungur
  In this study, mixed species biofilm formation including sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB) on polypropylene surface and bacteriology of network water were investigated in a model water distribution system during a nine-month period. Water and biofilm samples were analyzed for the enumeration of aerobic heterotrophic bacteria (AHB), anaerobic heterotrophic bacteria (ANHB) and SRB. The number of live/dead bacteria was also analyzed by epifluorescence microscopy. In addition, extracellular polysaccharide substances (EPS) extraction, carbohydrate analysis and scanning electron microscope observation were performed...
July 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637165/quantification-of-the-methane-concentration-using-anaerobic-oxidation-of-methane-coupled-to-extracellular-electron-transfer
#6
Yaohuan Gao, Hodon Ryu, Bruce E Rittmann, Abid Hussain, Hyung-Sool Lee
A biofilm anode acclimated with growth media containing acetate, then acetate+methane, and finally methane alone produced electrical current in a microbial electrochemical cell (MxC) fed with methane as the sole electron donor. Geobacter was the dominant genus for the bacterial domain (93%) in the biofilm anode, while methanogens (Methanocorpusculum labreanum and Methanosaeta concilii) accounted for 82% of the total archaeal clones in the biofilm. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) imaging clearly showed a biofilm of mixed bacteria and archaea, suggesting a syntrophic interaction between them for performing anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) in the biofilm anode...
June 13, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628986/acetate-production-and-electron-utilization-facilitated-by-sulfate-reducing-bacteria-in-a-microbial-electrosynthesis-system
#7
Yinbo Xiang, Guangli Liu, Renduo Zhang, Yaobin Lu, Haiping Luo
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of sulfate-reducing bacteria on performance of a mixed culture microbial electrosynthesis system (MES). The two-chamber MESs were operated under different cathode potentials (-0.5, -0.6, -0.7, and -0.8V) with or without addition of 6mM sulfate. At -0.7V, acetate production and electrons harvesting in the MES with the sulfate addition were 31.81mM and 5152C, respectively, which improved by 2.7 and 2.4times compared to that without sulfate. With sulfate, the biomass, proportion of live cells, and electrochemical activity of cathode biofilm were enhanced at all the potentials...
June 14, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628486/inactivation-of-bacterial-biofilms-by-visible-light-activated-unmodified-zno-nanorods
#8
Kristina Aponiene, Tomas Serevičius, Zivile Luksiene, Saulius Jursenas
Various zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are widely used for photocatalytic antibacterial applications. Since ZnO possess a wide bandgap, it is believed that only UV light may efficiently assist bacterial inactivation and diverse crystal lattice modifications should be applied in order to narrow the bandgap for efficient visible light absorption. In this work we show that even unmodified ZnO nanorods grown by aqueous chemical growth technique were found to possess intrinsic defects which can be activated by visible light ( = 405 nm) and successfully applied for total inactivation of various highly resistant bacterial biofilms rather than more sensitive planktonic bacteria...
June 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625992/flow-cytometry-a-powerful-novel-tool-to-assess-viability-of-fungal-conidia-in-metal-working-fluids
#9
D Vanhauteghem, K Demeyere, N Callaert, A Boelaert, G Haesaert, K Audenaert, E Meyer
Fungal contamination of metal working fluids (MWF) is a dual problem in automatized processing plants because resulting fungal biofilms obstruct cutting, drilling and polishing machines. Moreover, some fungal species of MWF comprise pathogens such as Fusarium solani Therefore, the development of an accurate analytical tool to evaluate conidia viability in MWF is important. We developed a flow cytometric method to measure fungal viability in MWF using F. solani as model organism. To validate this method, viable and dead conidia were mixed in several proportions and flow cytometrically analyzed...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625077/microbiome-and-microbial-biofilm-profiles-of-peri-implantitis-a-systematic-review
#10
Gloria Inés Lafaurie, María Alejandra Sabogal, Diana Marcela Castillo, María Victoria Rincón, Luz Amparo Gómez, Yamil Augusto Lesmes, Leandro Chambrone
BACKGROUND: This systematic review assesses the microbiological profiles of peri-implantitis, periodontitis and healthy implants based on studies that evaluated microbial biofilms and entire microbiomes to establish their similarities and differences. METHODS: The Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online, via PubMed, EMBASE (Excerpta Medica Database) and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) were searched without language restrictions through July 30, 2016...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624996/exploring-the-bioelectrochemical-characteristics-of-activated-sludge-using-cyclic-voltammetry
#11
Dena Z Khater, K M El-Khatib, Rabeay Y A Hassan
Due to the potential interest, bioelectrochemical responses of activated sludge using the three-electrode system are tested. From the cyclic voltammograms, the oxidation current output is increasing due to incubation time increase, whereas 5, 25 and 39.33 μA are obtained after 3, 72 and 96 h, respectively. Changing the working electrode from glassy carbon to carbon paste led to the increase in the electrochemical signal from 0.3 to be 3.72 μA. On the other hand, the use of the lipophilic redox mediator (2,6-dichlorophenolindophenol (DCIP)) amplified the oxidation current to reach 19...
June 17, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624619/quorum-sensing-signals-enhance-the-electrochemical-activity-and-energy-recovery-of-mixed-culture-electroactive-biofilms
#12
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/28624271/coagulase-negative-staphylococci-species-affect-biofilm-formation-of-other-coagulase-negative-and-coagulase-positive-staphylococci
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Coralie Goetz, Yannick D N Tremblay, Daphnée Lamarche, Andréanne Blondeau, Annie M Gaudreau, Josée Labrie, François Malouin, Mario Jacques
Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are considered to be commensal bacteria in humans and animals, but are now also recognized as etiological agents in several infections, including bovine mastitis. Biofilm formation appears to be an important factor in CNS pathogenicity. Furthermore, some researchers have proposed that CNS colonization of the intramammary environment has a protective effect against other pathogens. The mechanisms behind the protective effect of CNS have yet to be characterized. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of CNS isolates with a weak-biofilm phenotype on the biofilm formation of other staphylococcal isolates...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622460/antifungal-activity-of-tyrosol-and-farnesol-used-in-combination-against-candida-species-in-the-planktonic-state-or-forming-biofilms
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Douglas Roberto Monteiro, Laís Salomão Arias, Renan Aparecido Fernandes, Lucas Fernando Deszo da Silva, Manoel Olavo Valentim Fernandes de Castilho, Thaís Oliveira da Rosa, Ana Paula Miranda Vieira, Fabiana Gouveia Straioto, Débora Barros Barbosa, Alberto Carlos Botazzo Delbem
AIM: This study examined the antifungal activity of the combination of tyrosol and farnesol against Candida albicans and Candida glabrata in the planktonic state or forming biofilms. METHODS AND RESULTS: The effect of drug association against Candida planktonic cells was assessed by the fractional inhibitory concentration index. Mono and dual-species biofilms were developed (24 h) and the compounds, applied during 3 days, with 2 daily treatments of 1 minute each...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617874/candida-albicans-mannans-mediate-streptococcus-mutans-exoenzyme-gtfb-binding-to-modulate-cross-kingdom-biofilm-development-in-vivo
#15
Geelsu Hwang, Yuan Liu, Dongyeop Kim, Yong Li, Damian J Krysan, Hyun Koo
Candida albicans is frequently detected with heavy infection by Streptococcus mutans in plaque-biofilms from children with early-childhood caries (ECC). This cross-kingdom biofilm contains an extensive matrix of extracellular α-glucans that is produced by an exoenzyme (GtfB) secreted by S. mutans. Here, we report that mannans located on the outer surface of C. albicans cell-wall mediates GtfB binding, enhancing glucan-matrix production and modulating bacterial-fungal association within biofilms formed in vivo...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617288/fate-of-selected-pharmaceutically-active-compounds-in-the-integrated-fixed-film-activated-sludge-process
#16
K J Murray, W J Parker, L M Bragg, M R Servos
The potential for integrated fixed film activated sludge (IFAS) processes to achieve enhanced transformation of pharmaceuticals relative to conventional activated sludge (CAS) processes was assessed. Previous studies have focused on direct comparisons of parallel reactors with and without fixed film carriers and little information is available on the impacts of how varying operating parameters impact the differences in observed pharmaceutical compound (PC) transformation capabilities between CAS reactors and those equipped with both an activated sludge (AS) and fixed film carriers...
June 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616070/persistence-of-antibiotic-resistance-plasmids-in-bacterial-biofilms
#17
Benjamin J Ridenhour, Genevieve A Metzger, Michael France, Karol Gliniewicz, Jack Millstein, Larry J Forney, Eva M Top
The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance is a crisis in health care today. Antibiotic resistance is often horizontally transferred to susceptible bacteria by means of multidrug resistance plasmids that may or may not persist in the absence of antibiotics. Because bacterial pathogens often grow as biofilms, there is a need to better understand the evolution of plasmid persistence in these environments. Here we compared the evolution of plasmid persistence in the pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii when grown under antibiotic selection in biofilms versus well-mixed liquid cultures...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615734/the-role-of-organic-acids-on-microbial-deterioration-in-the-radix-pseudostellariae-rhizosphere-under-continuous-monoculture-regimes
#18
Hongmiao Wu, Linkun Wu, Quan Zhu, Juanying Wang, Xianjin Qin, Jiahui Xu, Lufei Kong, Jun Chen, Sheng Lin, Muhammad Umar Khan, Hira Amjad, Wenxiong Lin
A three-year field monoculture trial of Radix pseudostellariae and complementary laboratory studies were conducted to further elucidate the underlying mechanism responsible for significant decreases in the biomass yield and quality of R. pseudostellariae under continuous monoculture regimes. HPLC analysis indicated that continuous monoculture soil was rich in organic acids, which had cumulative effects over time. Further analysis suggested that the application of a mixture of organic acids significantly promoted growth of pathogenic fungi, and increased the expression of chemotaxis-related gene (cheA) and biofilm formation of the specific pathogenic Kosakonia sacchari...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605845/hydraulic-and-biotic-impacts-on-neutralisation-of-high-ph-waters
#19
Helena I Gomes, Mike Rogerson, Ian T Burke, Douglas I Stewart, William M Mayes
The management of alkaline (pH11-12.5) leachate is an important issue associated with the conditioning, afteruse or disposal of steel slags. Passive in-gassing of atmospheric CO2 is a low cost option for reducing Ca(OH)2 alkalinity, as Ca(OH)2 is neutralised by carbonic acid to produce CaCO3. The relative effectiveness of such treatment can be affected by both the system geometry (i.e. stepped cascades versus settlement ponds) and biological colonization. Sterilized mesocosm experiments run over periods of 20days showed that, due to more water mixing and enhanced CO2 dissolution at the weirs, the cascade systems (pH11...
June 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605597/bacterial-gtfb-augments-candida-albicans-accumulation-in-cross-kingdom-biofilms
#20
K Ellepola, Y Liu, T Cao, H Koo, C J Seneviratne
Streptococcus mutans is a biofilm-forming oral pathogen commonly associated with dental caries. Clinical studies have shown that S. mutans is often detected with Candida albicans in early childhood caries. Although the C. albicans presence has been shown to enhance bacterial accumulation in biofilms, the influence of S. mutans on fungal biology in this mixed-species relationship remains largely uncharacterized. Therefore, we aimed to investigate how the presence of S. mutans influences C. albicans biofilm development and coexistence...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
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