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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634118/identification-of-chickpea-seed-proteins-resistant-to-simulated-in-vitro-human-digestion
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I C Ribeiro, C C Leclercq, N Simões, A Toureiro, I Duarte, J B Freire, M M Chaves, J Renaut, C Pinheiro
Proteins and peptides able to resist gastrointestinal digestion and reach the intestinal mucosa have the potential to influence human health. Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) seed proteins are able to resist cooking (86.9% total protein) and/or in vitro simulated human digestion (15.9% total protein resists soaking, cooking and digestion with pepsin and pancreatin). To identify and characterize proteins resisting digestion we made use of different MS methodologies. The efficiency of several proteases (trypsin, AspN, chymotrypsin and LysC) was tested, and two technologies were employed (MALDI-TOF-TOF and LC-nESI-MS/MS)...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631328/phenotypic-characterisation-of-coagulase-negative-staphylococci-isolated-from-blood-cultures-in-newborn-infants-with-a-special-focus-on-staphylococcus-capitis
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Gustaf Ehlersson, Bengt Hellmark, Olov Svartström, Bianca Stenmark, Bo Söderquist
AIM: This Swedish study determined which species of coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) were found in neonatal blood cultures and whether they included Staphylococcus capitis clones with decreased susceptibility to vancomycin. METHODS: CoNS isolates (n=332) from neonatal blood cultures collected at Örebro University Hospital during 1987-2014 were identified to species level with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)...
June 20, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631300/a-bacterial-chloroform-reductive-dehalogenase-purification-and-biochemical-characterization
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Bat-Erdene Jugder, Susanne Bohl, Helene Lebhar, Robert D Healey, Mike Manefield, Christopher P Marquis, Matthew Lee
We report herein the purification of a chloroform (CF)-reducing enzyme, TmrA, from the membrane fraction of a strict anaerobe Dehalobacter sp. strain UNSWDHB to apparent homogeneity with an approximate 23-fold increase in relative purity compared to crude lysate. The membrane fraction obtained by ultracentrifugation was solubilized in Triton X-100 in the presence of glycerol, followed by purification by anion exchange chromatography. The molecular mass of the purified TmrA was determined to be 44.5 kDa by SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF/TOF...
June 20, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630686/fecal-carriage-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-and-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-egyptian-patients-with-community-onset-gastrointestinal-complaints-a-hospital-based-cross-sectional-study
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H M Abdallah, N Alnaiemi, E A Reuland, B B Wintermans, A Koek, A M Abdelwahab, A Samy, K W Abdelsalam, C M J E Vandenbroucke-Grauls
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) and carbapenemase production among Enterobacteriaceae isolated from ambulatory patients with gastrointestinal complaints admitted to El-Ahrar General Hospital, Zagazig, Egypt in the period between January 2013 and May 2013. METHODS: One hundred and thirteen Enterobacteriaceae isolates were recovered from 100 consecutive Egyptian patients with community-onset gastrointestinal complaints...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630187/cumulative-effect-of-an-antimicrobial-stewardship-and-rapid-diagnostic-testing-bundle-on-early-streamlining-of-antimicrobial-therapy-in-gram-negative-bloodstream-infections
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P B Bookstaver, E B Nimmich, T J Smith, J A Justo, J Kohn, K L Hammer, C Troficanto, H A Albrecht, M N Al-Hasan
OBJECTIVES: The use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) enhances antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) interventions in optimization of antimicrobial therapy. This quasi-experimental cohort study evaluates the combined impact of an ASP/RDT bundle on appropriateness of empirical antimicrobial therapy (EAT) and time to de-escalation of broad-spectrum agents (BSAA) in gram-negative bloodstream infections (GNBSI). METHODS: ASP/RDT bundle consisted of a system-wide GNBSI treatment guidelines, prospective stewardship monitoring, and sequential introduction of two RDTs, Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight (MALDI-TOF) and FilmArray® Blood Culture Identification (BCID) panel...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630069/degradation-of-incretins-and-modulation-of-blood-glucose-levels-by-periodontopathic-bacterial-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4
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Yuko Ohara-Nemoto, Manami Nakasato, Yu Shimoyama, Tomomi T Baba, Takeshi Kobayakawa, Toshio Ono, Takashi Yaegashi, Shigenobu Kimura, Takayuki K Nemoto
Severe periodontitis is known to aggravate diabetes mellitus, though molecular events related to that link have not been fully elucidated. Porphyromonas gingivalis, a major pathogen of periodontitis, expresses dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4), which is involved in regulation of blood glucose levels by cleaving incretins in humans. We examined the enzymatic characteristics of DPP4 from P. gingivalis as well as two other periodontopathic bacteria, Tannerella forsythia and Prevotella intermedia, and determined whether it is capable of regulating blood glucose levels...
June 19, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629229/colistin-resistance-associated-with-outer-membrane-protein-change-in%C3%A2-klebsiella-pneumoniae-and-enterobacter-asburiae
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Béla Kádár, Béla Kocsis, Ákos Tóth, Katalin Kristóf, Péter Felső, Béla Kocsis, Katalin Böddi, Dóra Szabó
In this study, outer membrane proteins (OMPs) of colistin-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and Enterobacter asburiae were analyzed. One colistin-susceptible and three colistin-resistant K. pneumoniae sequence type 258 strains as well as one colistin-susceptible E. asburiae and its colistin-heteroresistant counterpart strain were involved in the study. OMP analysis of each strain was performed by microchip method. Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight/mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS) investigation was carried out after separation of OMPs by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and in-gel digestion...
June 20, 2017: Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628752/high-prevalence-of-resistance-to-fluoroquinolones-and-tetracycline-campylobacter-spp-isolated-from-poultry-in-poland
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Anna Woźniak-Biel, Gabriela Bugla-Płoskońska, Alicja Kielsznia, Kamila Korzekwa, Anna Tobiasz, Agnieszka Korzeniowska-Kowal, Alina Wieliczko
Campylobacter spp. is a major cause of foodborne diseases in humans, particularly when transmitted by the handling or consumption of undercooked poultry meat. Most Campylobacter infections are self-limiting, but antimicrobial treatment (e.g., fluoroquinolones and macrolides) is necessary in severe or prolonged cases. The indiscriminate use of these drugs, both in clinical medicine and animal production, has a major impact on public health. The aim of the present study was to identify Campylobacter strains, isolated from turkey and broilers, using both PCR and the matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) methods to reveal the accuracy of identification, as well to evaluate the antimicrobial and genetic resistance of the investigated strains...
June 19, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626737/high-level-bacterial-contamination-of-secondary-school-students-mobile-phones
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Siiri Kõljalg, Rando Mändar, Tiina Sõber, Tiiu Rööp, Reet Mändar
INTRODUCTION: While contamination of mobile phones in the hospital has been found to be common in several studies, little information about bacterial abundance on phones used in the community is available. Our aim was to quantitatively determine the bacterial contamination of secondary school students' mobile phones. METHODS: Altogether 27 mobile phones were studied. The contact plate method and microbial identification using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer were used for culture studies...
June 2017: Germs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624308/efficient-heterologous-expression-functional-characterization-and-molecular-modeling-of-annular-seabream-digestive-phospholipase-a2
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Nabil Smichi, Houcemeddine Othman, Neila Achouri, Alexandre Noiriel, Soumaya Triki, Vincent Arondel, Najet Srairi-Abid, Abdelkarim Abousalham, Youssef Gargouri, Nabil Miled, Ahmed Fendri
Here we report the cDNA cloning of a phospholipase A2 (PLA2) from five Sparidae species. The deduced amino acid sequences show high similarity with pancreatic PLA2. In addition, a phylogenetic tree derived from alignment of various available sequences revealed that Sparidae PLA2 are closer to avian PLA2 group IB than to mammals' ones. In order to understand the structure-function relationships of these enzymes, we report here the recombinant expression in E.coli, the refolding and characterization of His-tagged annular seabream PLA2 (AsPLA2)...
June 14, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623565/the-novel-oleaginous-bacterium-sphingomonas-sp-egy1-dsm-29616-a-value-added-platform-for-renewable-biodiesel
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Nehad N Amer, Yasser Elbahloul, Amira M Embaby, Ahmed Hussein
Oleaginous microorganisms are regarded as efficient, renewable cell factories for lipid biosynthesis, a biodiesel precursor, to overwhelm the cosmopolitan energy crisis with affordable investment capital costs. Present research highlights production and characterization of lipids by a newly isolated oleaginous bacterium, Sphingomonas sp. EGY1 DSM 29616 through an eco-friendly approach. Only sweet whey [42.1% (v/v)] in tap water was efficiently used as a growth medium and lipid production medium to encourage cell growth and trigger lipid accumulation simultaneously...
July 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623484/identification-of-mycobacterium-species-by-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry
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M Neuschlova, M Vladarova, J Kompanikova, V Sadlonova, E Novakova
Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization - time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry enables to identify microorganisms by comparison of the protein content with reference spectra in the database. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of phenotypic identification of mycobacteria by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry in laboratory practice. Seventy five isolates of mycobacteria were identified by molecular and phenotypic method, and the results were compared by MALDI-TOF. For MALDI-TOF, material was processed according to the Bruker Daltonics protocol and Mycobacterial Library database version 2...
June 17, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619149/abortion-and-mortality-in-farm-mink-neovison-vison-associated-with-feed-born-clostridium-limosum
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Anne Sofie Hammer, Lars Andresen, Bent Aalbæk, Peter Damborg, Vilhelm Weiss, Mette Line Christiansen, Søren Selsing, Martin Iain Bahl
Disease in mink clinically characterized by abortion and increased mortality among pregnant female mink on 28 Danish farms was observed during April and May 2015. Most of these farms suffered extensive disease problems, including a significant increase in the number of mated females without litters. Pathological, microbiological and molecular biological methods were applied to investigate the cause of disease. Necropsies of animals found dead revealed fragile and partially dissolved (liquefying) uterine tissue, with the presence of Gram positive rod-shaped bacteria...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612431/phlorotannin-composition-of-laminaria-digitata
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Anne M Vissers, Augusta Caligiani, Stefano Sforza, Jean-Paul Vincken, Harry Gruppen
INTRODUCTION: Phlorotannins are complex mixtures of phloroglucinol oligomers connected via C-C (fucols) or C-O-C (phlorethols) linkages. Their uniformity in subunits and large molecular weight hamper their structural analysis. Despite its commercial relevance for alginate extraction, phlorotannins in Laminaria digitata have not been studied. OBJECTIVE: To obtain quantitative and structural information on phlorotannins in a methanolic extract from L. digitata. METHODOLOGY: The combined use of (13) C and (1) H NMR spectroscopy allowed characterisation of linkage types and extract purity...
June 13, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610975/pna-monomers-fully-compatible-with-standard-fmoc-based-solid-phase-synthesis-of-pseudocomplementary-pna
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Toru Sugiyama, Genki Hasegawa, Chie Niikura, Keiko Kuwata, Yasutada Imamura, Yosuke Demizu, Masaaki Kurihara, Atsushi Kittaka
Here we report the synthesis of new PNA monomers for pseudocomplementary PNA (pcPNA) that are fully compatible with standard Fmoc chemistry. The thiocarbonyl group of the 2-thiouracil (sU) monomer was protected with the 4-methoxy-2-methybenzyl group (MMPM), while the exocyclic amino groups of diaminopurine (D) were protected with Boc groups. The newly synthesized monomers were incorporated into a 10-mer PNA oligomer using standard Fmoc chemistry for solid-phase synthesis. Oligomerization proceeded smoothly and the HPLC and MALDI-TOF MS analyses indicated that there was no remaining MMPM on the sU nucleobase...
June 3, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609453/evaluation-of-a-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-assisted-selective-broth-method-to-screen-for-vancomycin-resistant-enterococci-in-patients-at-high-risk
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Tsi-Shu Huang, Susan Shin-Jung Lee, Chia-Chien Lee, Chiu-Yen Chen, Fang-Chen Chen, Bao-Chen Chen, Cheng Len Sy, Kuan-Sheng Wu
BACKGROUND: Bile esculin azide with vancomycin (BEAV) medium is a sensitive, but slightly less specific method for vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) screening. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) is a rapid method for identification of clinical pathogens. This study aimed to assess the performance of a novel combination screening test for VRE, using BEAV broth combined with MALDI-TOF MS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clinical specimens were collected from patients at risk of VRE carriage, and tested by the novel combination method, using selective BEAV broth culture method followed by MALDI-TOF MS identification (SBEAVM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608804/phytosterols-and-omega-3-supplementation-exert-novel-regulatory-effects-on-metabolic-and-inflammatory-pathways-a-proteomic-study
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Carmen Lambert Judit Cubedo, Teresa Padró, Joan Sánchez-Hernández, Rosa M Antonijoan, Antonio Perez, Lina Badimon
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains one of the major causes of death and disability worldwide. In addition to drug treatment, nutritional interventions or supplementations are becoming a health strategy for CVD prevention. Phytosterols (PhyS) are natural components that have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels; while poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), mainly omega-3 (ω3) fatty acids, have shown to reduce triglyceride levels. Here we aimed to investigate whether the proteins in the main lipoproteins (low density lipoproteins (LDL) and high density lipoproteins (HDL)) as well as proteins in the lipid free plasma fraction (LPDP) were regulated by the intake of PhyS-milk or ω3-milk, in overweight healthy volunteers by a proteomic based systems biology approach...
June 13, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608712/nf-gh-a-glycosidase-secreted-by-naegleria-fowleri-causes-mucin-degradation-an-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study
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Moisés Martínez-Castillo, Rosa Elena Cárdenas-Guerra, Rossana Arroyo, Anjan Debnath, Mario Alberto Rodríguez, Myrna Sabanero, Fernando Flores-Sánchez, Fernando Navarro-Garcia, Jesús Serrano-Luna, Mineko Shibayama
AIM: The aim of this work was to identify, characterize and evaluate the pathogenic role of mucinolytic activity released by Naegleria fowleri. MATERIALS & METHODS: Zymograms, protease inhibitors, anion exchange chromatography, MALDI-TOF-MS, enzymatic assays, Western blot, and confocal microscopy were used to identify and characterize a secreted mucinase; inhibition assays using antibodies, dot-blots and mouse survival tests were used to evaluate the mucinase as a virulence factor...
June 13, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608657/maldi-tof-ms-fingerprinting-provides-evidence-of-urosepsis-caused-by-aerococcus-urinae
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Jieun Kim, Sung Kuk Hong, Myungsook Kim, Dongeun Yong, Kyungwon Lee
Urosepsis due to Aerococcus urinae is rare in clinical settings with only a few of reported cases worldwide by 16S rRNA sequencing. Here we report a case of sepsis caused by A. urinae in a 86 year-old male with complicated urinary tract infection which was confirmed through peptide mass fingerprinting of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectrometry.
May 23, 2017: Infection & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608568/the-macrophage-activation-induced-by-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1ac-protoxin-involves-erk1-2-and-p38-pathways-and-the-interaction-with-cell-surface-hsp70
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Néstor Rubio-Infante, Damaris Ilhuicatzi-Alvarado, Marilu Torres-Martínez, Juan Pablo Reyes-Grajeda, Raúl Nava-Acosta, Edith González-González, Leticia Moreno-Fierros
Here, we aimed to further characterize the mechanisms involved in protoxin (p) Cry1Ac-induced macrophage activation. We demonstrated that pCry1Ac induces MAPK ERK1/2, p38 and JNK phosphorylation in RAW264.7 macrophages. Because MAPK activation is mainly triggered via ligand-receptor interactions, we focused on the identification of potential pCry1Ac-receptor proteins. Flow cytometry and confocal analysis showed specific saturable pCry1Ac-binding to the macrophage surface and evidenced its internalization via the clathrin-pathway...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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