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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887972/radon-as-a-natural-tracer-for-underwater-cave-exploration
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Katalin Csondor, Anita Erőss, Ákos Horváth, Dénes Szieberth
The Molnár János cave is one of the largest hypogenic caves of the Buda Thermal Karst (Budapest, Hungary) and mainly characterized by water-filled passages. The major outflow point of the waters of the cave system is the Boltív spring, which feeds the artificial Malom Lake. Previous radon measurements in the cave system and in the spring established the highest radon concentration (71 BqL(-1)) in the springwater. According to previous studies, the origin of radon was identified as iron-hydroxide containing biofilms, which form where there is mixing of cold and thermal waters, and these biofilms efficiently adsorb radium from the thermal water component...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871998/isolation-of-a-sulfide-producing-bacterial-consortium-from-cooling-tower-water-evaluation-of-corrosive-effects-on-galvanized-steel
#2
Esra Ilhan-Sungur, Derya Ozuolmez, Ayşın Çotuk, Nurhan Cansever, Gerard Muyzer
Sulfidogenic Clostridia and sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) often cohabit in nature. The presence of these microorganisms can cause microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of materials in different ways. To investigate this aspect, bacteria were isolated from cooling tower water and used in corrosion tests of galvanized steel. The identity of the isolates was determined by comparative sequence analysis of PCR-amplified 16S rDNA gene fragments, separated by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). This analysis showed that, in spite of the isolation process, colonies were not pure and consisted of a mixture of bacteria affiliated with Desulfosporosinus meridiei and Clostridium sp...
November 18, 2016: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870863/characteristics-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-in-association-with-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-mixed-biofilm
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Elise Melloul, Stéphanie Luiggi, Leslie Anaïs, Pascal Arné, Jean-Marc Costa, Vincent Fihman, Benoit Briard, Eric Dannaoui, Jacques Guillot, Jean-Winoc Decousser, Anne Beauvais, Françoise Botterel
BACKGROUND: Biofilms are communal structures of microorganisms that have long been associated with a variety of persistent infections poorly responding to conventional antibiotic or antifungal therapy. Aspergillus fumigatus fungus and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia bacteria are examples of the microorganisms that can coexist to form a biofilm especially in the respiratory tract of immunocompromised patients or cystic fibrosis patients. The aim of the present study was to develop and assess an in vitro model of a mixed biofilm associating S...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870324/high-biofilm-conductivity-maintained-despite-anode-potential-changes-in-a-geobacter-enriched-biofilm
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Bipro Ranjan Dhar, Hodon Ryu, Hao Ren, Jorge W Santo Domingo, Junkseck Chae, Hyung-Sool Lee
This study systematically assessed intracellular electron transfer (IET) and extracellular electron transfer (EET) kinetics with respect to anode potential (Eanode ) in a mixed-culture biofilm anode enriched with Geobacter spp. High biofilm conductivity (0.96-1.24 mS cm(-1) ) was maintained during Eanode changes from -0.2 to +0.2 V versus the standard hydrogen electrode (SHE), although the steady-state current density significantly decreased from 2.05 to 0.35 A m(-2) in a microbial electrochemical cell...
November 21, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868360/global-transcriptome-responses-including-small-rnas-during-mixed-species-interactions-with-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#5
Christine L Miller, Tricia A Van Laar, Tsute Chen, S L Rajasekhar Karna, Ping Chen, Tao You, Kai P Leung
Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus mixed-species biofilm infections are more resilient to biocide attacks compared to their single-species counterparts. Therefore, this study used an in vitro model recapitulating bacterial burdens seen in in vivo infections to investigate the interactions of P. aeruginosa and S. aureus in biofilms. RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) was utilized to identify the entire genomic response, both open reading frames (ORFs) and small RNAs (sRNAs), of each species. Using competitive indexes, transposon mutants validated uncharacterized PA1595 of P...
November 21, 2016: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852149/remediation-of-acid-mine-drainage-using-microbial-fuel-cell-based-on-sludge-anaerobic-fermentation
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Xiang Peng, Tianle Tang, Xiaoqiao Zhu, Gaohui Jia, Yanran Ding, Yawen Chen, Yang Yang, Wenhao Tang
The aim of this work is to utilize the microbial fuel cell for removing metals and sulfate from acid mine drainage using sewage sludge organics and simultaneous electricity generation. The enriched sulfate-reducing mixed culture was used as the cathodic biofilm and the sludge as the substrate. Under anaerobic conditions, 71.2% sulfate, 99.7% heavy metals, and 51.6% total chemical oxygen demand are removed at an electrode spacing of 4 cm and a sludge concentration of 30% (v/v) after 10-day treatment. A maximum power density of 51...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849175/two-isoforms-of-clp-peptidase-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-control-distinct-aspects-of-cellular-physiology
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Branwen M Hall, Elena B M Breidenstein, César de la Fuente-Núñez, Fany Reffuveille, Gina D Mawla, Robert E W Hancock, Tania A Baker
Caseinolytic peptidases (ClpPs) regulate diverse aspects of cellular physiology in bacteria. Some species have multiple ClpPs including opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa in which there is an archetypical isoform, ClpP1, and a second isoform, ClpP2, about which little is known. Here we use phenotypic assays to investigate biological roles of ClpP1 and ClpP2 and biochemical assays to characterize purified ClpP1, ClpP2, ClpX and ClpA. Interestingly ClpP1 and ClpP2 have distinct intracellular roles for motility, pigment production, iron scavenging and biofilm formation...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836851/the-behavior-of-staphylococcus-aureus-dual-species-biofilms-treated-with-bacteriophage-phiipla-rodi-depends-on-the-accompanying-microorganism
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Silvia González, Lucía Fernández, Ana Belén Campelo, Diana Gutiérrez, Beatriz Martínez, Ana Rodríguez, Pilar García
: The use of bacteriophages as antimicrobials against pathogenic bacteria offers a promising alternative to traditional antibiotics and disinfectants. Significantly, phages may help to remove biofilms, which are notoriously resistant to commonly used eradication methods. However, the successful development of novel antibiofilm strategies must take into account that real-life biofilms usually consist of mixed-species populations. Within this context, this study aimed to explore the effectiveness of bacteriophage-based sanitation procedures for removing polymicrobial biofilms from food industry surfaces...
November 11, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833933/data-on-enterobacteria-activity-on-biofilm-formation-at-surface-mango-fruit-mangifera-indica-l-cv-ataulfo
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Juan A Ragazzo-Sánchez, Ramsés R González-Estrada, Martha A Santana-Martínez, María Del Carmen Wacher-Rodarte, Carlos A Eslava-Campos, Montserrat Calderón-Santoyo
Abiotic factors influenced the capacity of the strains to form biofilms. Classification of the adhesion type is related with the optical density measured on the biofilm formation of tested strains. The relationship between the biofilm formation in real values with theoretical values of the strains was used to determine the mechanism involved during mixed cultures.
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821046/spontaneous-mutations-in-the-flhd-operon-generate-motility-heterogeneity-in-escherichia-coli-biofilm
#10
Shelley M Horne, Joseph Sayler, Nicholas Scarberry, Meredith Schroeder, Ty Lynnes, Birgit M Prüß
BACKGROUND: Heterogeneity and niche adaptation in bacterial biofilm involve changes to the genetic makeup of the bacteria and gene expression control. We hypothesized that i) spontaneous mutations in the flhD operon can either increase or decrease motility and that ii) the resulting motility heterogeneity in the biofilm might lead to a long-term increase in biofilm biomass. RESULTS: We allowed the highly motile E. coli K-12 strain MC1000 to form seven- and fourteen-day old biofilm, from which we recovered reduced motility isolates at a substantially greater frequency (5...
November 8, 2016: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816024/characterization-and-performance-of-anodic-mixed-culture-biofilms-in-submersed-microbial-fuel-cells
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Beenish Saba, Ann D Christy, Zhongtang Yu, Anne C Co, Rafiq Islam, Olli H Tuovinen
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) were designed for laboratory scale experiments to study electroactive biofilms in anodic chambers. Anodic biofilms and current generation during biofilm growth were examined using single chambered MFCs submersed in algal catholyte. A culture of the marine green alga Nanochloropsis salina was used as a biocatholyte, and a rumen fluid microbiota was the anodic chamber inoculum. Electrical impedance spectroscopy was performed under varying external resistance once a week to identify mass transport limitations at the biofilm-electrolyte interface during the four-week experiment...
October 13, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803696/new-weapons-to-fight-old-enemies-novel-strategies-for-the-bio-control-of-bacterial-biofilms-in-the-food-industry
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REVIEW
Laura M Coughlan, Paul D Cotter, Colin Hill, Avelino Alvarez-Ordóñez
Biofilms are microbial communities characterized by their adhesion to solid surfaces and the production of a matrix of exopolymeric substances, consisting of polysaccharides, proteins, DNA and lipids, which surround the microorganisms lending structural integrity and a unique biochemical profile to the biofilm. Biofilm formation enhances the ability of the producer/s to persist in a given environment. Pathogenic and spoilage bacterial species capable of forming biofilms are a significant problem for the healthcare and food industries, as their biofilm-forming ability protects them from common cleaning processes and allows them to remain in the environment post-sanitation...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797183/the-roles-of-biofilm-conductivity-and-donor-substrate-kinetics-in-a-mixed-culture-biofilm-anode
#13
Hyung-Sool Lee, Bipro Ranjan Dhar, Junyeong An, Bruce E Rittmann, Hodon Ryu, Jorge W Santo Domingo, Hao Ren, Junseok Chae
We experimentally assessed the kinetics and thermodynamics of electron transfer (ET) from the donor substrate (acetate) to the anode for a mixed-culture biofilm anode. We interpreted the results with a modified biofilm-conduction model consisting of three ET steps is series: (1) intracellular ET, (2) non-Ohmic extracellular ET (EET) from an outer membrane protein to an extracellular cofactor (EC), and (3) ET from the EC to the anode by Ohmic-conduction in the biofilm matrix. The steady-state current density was 0...
October 31, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789913/dorsal-lingual-surface-and-halitosis-a-morphological-point-of-view
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Bernardi Sara, Marzo Giuseppe, Continenza Maria Adelaide
OBJECTIVE: The interest in the study of the tongue papillary niches and the related biofilm has increased in recent years because they form a suitable source of periodontal microorganisms and are associated with development of halitosis. Tongue dorsum structure represents a factor favoring a particular and complex bacterial biofilm where periodontal pathogens are frequently found. The aim of this preliminary study was to associate the tongue papillary structure with the biofilm causing halitosis by means of a new clinical protocol...
June 2016: Acta Stomatologica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784258/synthesis-and-characterization-of-silver-nanoparticles-filled-polyethersulfone-membranes-for-antibacterial-and-anti-biofouling-application
#15
Lassaad Gzara, Zulfiqar Ahmad Rehan, Sher Bahadar Khan, Khalid A Alamry, Mohammad Soror El-Shahawi, Mohammad H Albeirutty, Alberto Figoli, Enrico Drioli, Abdullah M Asiri
BACKGROUND: The membrane processes are interesting and economical techniques for reuse of municipal and industrial wastewater as well as seawater desalination. However their drawbacks can be resumed in the fouling and biofouling due to the deposition and adsorption phenomenon of the components and the development of biofilm on membrane surface. Several studies have focused on the effect of the incorporation of nanoparticles in polymeric membrane matrix on the biofouling properties. Few relevant patents to the topic have been reviewed and cited...
October 25, 2016: Recent Patents on Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770951/application-of-quercetin-and-its-bio-inspired-nanoparticles-as-anti-adhesive-agents-against-bacillus-subtilis-attachment-to-surface
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Diana S Raie, Eisha Mhatre, Matthias Thiele, A Labena, Gamal El-Ghannam, Laila A Farahat, Tareq Youssef, Wolfgang Fritzsche, Ákos T Kovács
The aim of this study was directed to reveal the repulsive effect of coated glass slides by quercetin and its bio-inspired titanium oxide and tungsten oxide nanoparticles on physical surface attachment of Bacillus subtilis as an ab-initio step of biofilm formation. Nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using sol-gel and acid precipitation methods for titanium oxide and tungsten oxide, respectively (in the absence or presence of quercetin). The anti-adhesive impact of the coated-slides was tested through the physical attachment of B...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770039/a-critical-role-for-extracellular-dna-in-dental-plaque-formation
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N Rostami, R C Shields, S A Yassin, A R Hawkins, L Bowen, T L Luo, A H Rickard, R Holliday, P M Preshaw, N S Jakubovics
Extracellular DNA (eDNA) has been identified in the matrix of many different monospecies biofilms in vitro, including some of those produced by oral bacteria. In many cases, eDNA stabilizes the structure of monospecies biofilms. Here, the authors aimed to determine whether eDNA is an important component of natural, mixed-species oral biofilms, such as plaque on natural teeth or dental implants. To visualize eDNA in oral biofilms, approaches for fluorescently stained eDNA with either anti-DNA antibodies or an ultrasensitive cell-impermeant dye, YOYO-1, were first developed using Enterococcus faecalis, an organism that has previously been shown to produce extensive eDNA structures within biofilms...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761322/antibacterial-and-anti-adherence-effects-of-a-plant-extract-mixture-pem-and-its-individual-constituent-extracts-psidium-sp-mangifera-sp-and-mentha-sp-on-single-and-dual-species-biofilms
#18
Zaleha Shafiei, Zubaidah Haji Abdul Rahim, Koshy Philip, Nalina Thurairajah
BACKGROUND: Plant extracts mixture (PEM) and its individual constituent plant extracts(Psidium sp., Mangifera sp., Mentha sp.) are known to have an anti-adhering effect towards oral bacteria in the single-species biofilm. To date, the adhering ability of the early and late plaque colonisers (Streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus mutans) to PEM-treated experimental pellicle have not been investigated in dual-species biofilms. METHODS: Fresh leaves of these plants were used in the preparation of the respective aqueous extract decoctions...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759365/iron-complex-facilitated-copper-redox-cycling-for-nitric-oxide-generation-as-non-toxic-nitrifying-biofilm-inhibitor
#19
Vita Wonoputri, Cindy Gunawan, Sanly Liu, Nicolas Barraud, Lachlan Hartley Yee, May Lim, Rose Amal
In this study, we developed a poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC)-solvent casted mixed metal copper and iron complexes capable of catalytic generation of the antibiofilm nitric oxide (NO) from endogenous nitrite. In the absence of additional reducing agent, we demonstrated that the presence of iron complex facilitates a redox cycling, converting the copper(II) complex to active copper(I) species, which catalyzes the generation of NO from nitrite. Assessed by protein assay and surface coverage analyses, the presence of the mixed metal complexes in systems containing water industry-relevant nitrite-producing nitrifying biofilms was shown to result in a 'non-toxic mode' of biofilm suppression, while confining the bacterial growth to the free-floating planktonic phase...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757936/the-concept-of-biofilm-related-implant-malfunction-and-low-grade-infection
#20
Carlo Luca Romanò, Delia Romanò, Ilaria Morelli, Lorenzo Drago
Biofilms have a tremendous impact on industrial machines working in moist environments, while in biological systems their effect is further complicated by the host's response.Implant-related infections are a complex process, starting with bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation, followed by the variable interaction between host, implant, microorganisms and their by-products. Depending on the balance of these factors, different clinical presentations are observed, which may eventually, at times, shift from one into the other...
October 19, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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