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Shota Suenami, Shiori Iino, Takeo Kubo
Although the molecular mechanisms involved in learning and memory in insects have been studied intensively, the intracellular signaling mechanisms involved in early memory formation are not fully understood. We previously demonstrated that phospholipase C epsilon (PLCe), whose product is involved in calcium signaling, is almost selectively expressed in the mushroom bodies, a brain structure important for learning and memory in the honeybee. Here, we pharmacologically examined the role of phospholipase C (PLC) in learning and memory in the honeybee...
January 12, 2018: Biology Open
C H Freitas, J F Mendes, P V Villarreal, P R Santos, C L Gonçalves, H L Gonzales, P S Nascente
Mastitis is an inflammatory process of the udder tissue caused mainly by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics fosters conditions that favor the selection of resistant microorganisms, suppressing at the same time susceptible forms, causing a serious problem in dairy cattle. Given the importance in performing an antibiogram to select the most adequate antimicrobial therapy, the aim of this study was to identify bacteria isolated from cow's milk with mastitis, in dairy farms situated in the city of Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, and to determinate the susceptibility profile of these isolates against the antibiotics used to treat this illness...
January 8, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
C Noël McKnight, Linda J Lew, David A Gamble
CASE DESCRIPTION A 13-month-old castrated male cat was evaluated for a large, spontaneously developed cutaneous laceration over the left scapular region. The cat had a history of severe gingivostomatitis, conjunctivitis, giardiasis, and feline herpesvirus infection and had received systemic glucocorticoid treatment for 7 weeks prior to evaluation. CLINICAL FINDINGS Physical examination revealed a 10 × 7-cm full-thickness cutaneous laceration over the left scapular region, extremely thin skin, crusts over the dorsal aspect of the neck and base of the skull, medially curling pinnae, and moderate gingivostomatitis...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Joshua L Owen, Paras P Vakharia, Jonathan I Silverberg
Patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) have increased penetration of allergens, immune dysregulation (including shared cytokine pathways), and frequent use of emollients and topical medications, all of which may predispose toward developing allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). Recent systematic reviews have suggested that ACD is a significant clinical problem in both children and adults with AD. While this remains controversial, ACD remains an important comorbidity and potential exacerbant of AD in clinical practice...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
Satoru Watanabe, Hiroaki Ozawa, Hiroaki Kato, Kaori Nimura-Matsune, Toshifumi Hirayama, Fumitaka Kudo, Tadashi Eguchi, Katsumi Kakinuma, Hirofumi Yoshikawa
Owing to their photosynthetic capabilities, there is increasing interest in utilizing cyanobacteria to convert solar energy into biomass. 2-Deoxy-scyllo-inosose (DOI) is a valuable starting material for the benzene-free synthesis of catechol and other benzenoids. DOI synthase (DOIS) is responsible for the formation of DOI from d-glucose-6-phosphate (G6P) in the biosynthesis of 2-deoxystreptamine-containing aminoglycoside antibiotics such as neomycin and butirosin. DOI fermentation using a recombinant Escherichia coli strain has been reported, although a carbon source is necessary for high-yield DOI production...
January 3, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Anothai Kamphan, Changjun Gong, Krishnagopal Maiti, Souvik Sur, Rakchart Traiphol, Dev P Arya
Recognition of nucleic acids remains an important endeavor in biology. Nucleic acids adopt shapes ranging from A-form (RNA and GC rich DNA) to B-form (AT rich DNA). We show, in this contribution, shape-specific recognition of A-U rich RNA duplex by a neomycin (Neo)-polydiacetylene (PDA) complex. PDA assemblies are fabricated by using a well-known diacetylene (DA) monomer, 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (PCDA). The response of poly(PCDA) assemblies is generated by mixing with a modified neomycin-PCDA monomer (Neo-PCDA)...
2017: RSC Advances
Barbara Turchi, Simone Mancini, Luisa Pistelli, Basma Najar, Filippo Fratini
Fourteen Staphylococcus aureus wild strains were stressed with sub-inhibitory concentration of five essential oils: Leptospermum scoparium (manuka), Origanum majorana (marjoram), Origanum vulgare (oregano), Satureja montana (winter savoury) and Thymus vulgaris (thyme). Antibiotics susceptibility profiles of the strains were determined by agar disk diffusion method before and after EOs treatment. The following antibiotics were employed: amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, amikacin, ampicillin, amoxicillin, aztreonam, ceftazidime, cephalothin, ciprofloxacin, colistin, cefotaxime, doxycycline, enrofloxacin, erythromycin, gentamicin, cephalexin, neomycin, piperacillin, rifampin, streptomycin, trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole, tetracycline and tobramycin...
December 22, 2017: Natural Product Research
Ya Hu, Lu Liu, Xiaoxia Zhang, Yu Feng, Zhiyong Zong
We determined the in vitro susceptibility of four aminoglycosides, which are not of the 4,6-disubstituted deoxystreptamine (DOS) subclass against a collection of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). CRE clinical strains (n = 134) were collected from multiple hospitals in China and carried blaNDM (blaNDM-1, blaNDM-5 or blaNDM-7; n = 66), blaKPC-2 (n = 62) or blaIMP-4 (n = 7; including one carrying blaNDM-1 and blaIMP-4). MICs of neomycin, paromomycin, streptomycin and apramycin as well as three 4,6-disubstituted DOS aminoglycosides (amikacin, gentamicin and tobramycin) were determined using the broth microdilution with breakpoints defined by the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (for amikacin, gentamicin and tobramycin), US Food and Drug Administration (streptomycin), the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (apramycin) or la Société Française de Microbiologie (neomycin and paromomycin)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Onkar A Naik, Ravindranath Shashidhar, Devashish Rath, Jayant R Bandekar, Archana Rath
Marine fish species were analyzed for culturable and total metagenomic microbial diversity, antibiotic resistance (AR) pattern, and horizontal gene transfer in culturable microorganisms. We observed a high AR microbial load of 3 to 4 log CFU g-1. Many fish pathogens like Providencia, Staphylococcus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Enterobacter, Vagococcus, and Aeromonas veronii were isolated. Photobacterium and Vibrio were two major fish and human pathogens which were identified in the fish metagenome. Other pathogens that were identified were Shewanella, Acinetobacter, Psychrobacter, and Flavobacterium...
December 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Clyde A Smith, Monolekha Bhattacharya, Marta Toth, Nichole K Stewart, Sergei B Vakulenko
Aminoglycoside 6'-acetyltransferase-Im (AAC(6')-Im) is the closest monofunctional homolog of the AAC(6')-Ie acetyltransferase of the bifunctional enzyme AAC(6')-Ie/APH(2")-Ia. The AAC(6')-Im acetyltransferase confers 4- to 64-fold higher MICs to 4,6-disubstituted aminoglycosides and the 4,5-disubstituted aminoglycoside neomycin than AAC(6')-Ie, yet unlike AAC(6')-Ie, the AAC(6')-Im enzyme does not confer resistance to the atypical aminoglycoside fortimicin. The structure of the kanamycin A complex of AAC(6')-Im shows that the substrate binds in a shallow positively-charged pocket, with the N6' amino group positioned appropriately for an efficient nucleophilic attack on an acetyl-CoA cofactor...
November 9, 2017: Microbial Cell
Nishad Thamban Chandrika, Sanjib K Shrestha, Nihar Ranjan, Anindra Sharma, Dev P Arya, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova
Alkylated aminoglycosides and bisbenzimidazoles have previously been shown to individually display antifungal activity. Herein, we explore for the first time the antifungal activity (in liquid cultures and in biofilms) of ten alkylated aminoglycosides covalently linked to either mono- or bisbenzimidazoles. We also investigate their toxicity against mammalian cells, their hemolytic activity, and their potential mechanism(s) of action (inhibition of fungal ergosterol biosynthetic pathway and/or reactive oxygen species (ROS) production)...
December 11, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
Chang Woo Kim, Ji Hyuk Han, Ling Wu, Jae Young Choi
PURPOSE: microRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding RNAs composed of 20 to 22 nucleotides that regulate development and differentiation in various organs by silencing specific RNAs and regulating gene expression. In the present study, we show that the microRNA (miR)-183 cluster is upregulated during hair cell regeneration and that its inhibition reduces hair cell regeneration following neomycin-induced ototoxicity in zebrafish. MATERIALS AND METHODS: miRNA expression patterns after neomycin exposure were analyzed using microarray chips...
January 2018: Yonsei Medical Journal
Richard R Rodrigues, Renee L Greer, Xiaoxi Dong, Karen N DSouza, Manoj Gurung, Jia Y Wu, Andrey Morgun, Natalia Shulzhenko
The gut microbiome plays an important role in health and disease. Antibiotics are known to alter gut microbiota, yet their effects on glucose tolerance in lean, normoglycemic mice have not been widely investigated. In this study, we aimed to explore mechanisms by which treatment of lean mice with antibiotics (ampicillin, metronidazole, neomycin, vancomycin, or their cocktail) influences the microbiome and glucose metabolism. Specifically, we sought to: (i) study the effects on body weight, fasting glucose, glucose tolerance, and fasting insulin, (ii) examine the changes in expression of key genes of the bile acid and glucose metabolic pathways in the liver and ileum, (iii) identify the shifts in the cecal microbiota, and (iv) infer interactions between gene expression, microbiome, and the metabolic parameters...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Muralikrishna Narra, Raghu Ellendula, Srinivas Kota, Bharathkumar Kalva, Yashodhara Velivela, Sadanandam Abbagani
Here, we report the optimized conditions for biolistic particle delivery-mediated genetic transformation of bitter melon using petiole segments. In this study, DNA-coated gold particles of 0.6 µm were used for optimizing the parameters of transformation and eventually regeneration of bitter melon putative transgenics. Initially, biolistic parameters namely helium pressure and macrocarrier to target tissue distance, were optimized using binary vector pBI121 carrying both β-glucuronidase gene (GUS) and neomycin phosphotransferase II gene (npt II) as a reporter and as a selectable marker gene, respectively...
January 2018: 3 Biotech
Qiaoqiao Shi, Jie Huang, Yaning Sun, Mengqi Yin, Mei Hu, Xiaofei Hu, Zhijun Zhang, Gaiping Zhang
An ultrasensitive method for the detection of antibiotics in milk is developed based on inexpensive, simple, rapid and portable lateral flow immunoassay (LFI) strip, in combination with high sensitivity surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). In our strategy, an immunoprobe was prepared from colloidal gold (AuNPs) conjugated with both a monoclonal antibody against neomycin (NEO-mAb) and a Raman probe molecule 4-aminothiophenol (PATP). The competitive interaction with immunoprobe between free NEO and the coated antigen (NEO-OVA) resulted in the change of the amount of the immobilized immunoprobe on the paper substrate...
November 21, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Mariana C Fiori, Srinivasan Krishnan, Abbey Kjellgren, Luis G Cuello, Guillermo A Altenberg
In addition to gap junctional channels that mediate cell-to-cell communication, connexins form hemichannels that are present at the plasma membrane. Since hemichannels are permeable to small hydrophilic compounds, including metabolites and signaling molecules, their abnormal opening can cause or contribute to cell damage in disorders such as cardiac infarct, stroke, deafness, skin diseases, and cataracts. Therefore, hemichannels are potential pharmacological targets. A few aminoglycosides, well-known broad-spectrum antibiotics, have been shown to inhibit hemichannels...
November 25, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Gamal Younis, Amal Awad, Nada Mohamed
Aim: Avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC) is pathogenic strains of E. coli that are responsible for one of the most common bacterial diseases affecting poultry worldwide. This study was designed to determine the occurrence, antibiotic resistance profile, and antibiotic resistance genes of E. coli isolated from diseased and freshly dead broilers. Materials and Methods: In that context, a total of 200 broilers samples were examined by standard microbiological techniques for isolation of E...
October 2017: Veterinary World
Letícia Gomes Magnago Caldeira, Flávio Alves Santos, Andréa Melo Garcia de Oliveira, Josefa Abucater Lima, Leonardo Francisco de Souza, Guilherme Resende da Silva, Débora Cristina Sampaio de Assis, Silvana de Vasconcelos Cançado
A multiresidue method by UHPLC/MS-MS was optimized and validated for the screening and semiquantitative detection of antimicrobials residues from tetracyclines, aminoglycosides, quinolones, lincosamides, β-lactams, sulfonamides, and macrolides families in eggs. A qualitative approach was used to ensure adequate sensitivity to detect residues at the level of interest, defined as maximum residue limit (MRL), or less. The applicability of the methods was assessed by analyzing egg samples from hens that had been subjected to pharmacological treatment with neomycin, enrofloxacin, lincomycin, oxytetracycline, and doxycycline during five days and after discontinuation of medication (10 days)...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
M Tavakoli, H Pourtaghi
The aim of this study was to identify virulence genes and antimicrobial resistance of Escherichia coli isolated from bovine clinical mastitis in dairy herds in Iran. Sampling was done from 86 inflamed quarters of dairy cows in 8 commercial farms of Alborz province, Iran in summer 2015. Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) virulence genes were detected by multiplex PCR and multi-drug resistance profiles were confirmed using disk diffusion method. Among 60 E. coli isolated from examined samples, 13 (21.6%) of them were STEC...
2017: Iranian Journal of Veterinary Research
Daichi Asakawa, Masako Uemura, Takanori Sakiyama, Testuo Yamano
The development of a sensitive and accurate analytical method for monitoring aminoglycosides in food, environmental, and clinical samples is needed for many purposes. This study found that the responses of sodiated and protonated aminoglycosides in hydrophilic interaction chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry were enhanced upon addition of sodium acetate in methanol (5 mg L(-1) at a flow rate of 0.2 mL min(-1)) as a post-column reagent. The sensitivities of sodiated spectinomycin, kanamycin, gentamicins, neomycin, and amikacin were significantly higher than those of the protonated molecules...
November 21, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
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