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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214718/alkyl-substituent-effect-on-photosensitized-inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-by-pyridinium-bonded-p-porphyrins
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Jin Matsumoto, Yusaku Suemoto, Hiroki Kanemaru, Kyosuke Takemori, Masato Shigehara, Akari Miyamoto, Haruhiko Yokoi, Masahide Yasuda
Activity of singlet oxygen sensitizers for photoinactivation of bacteria and photodynamic therapy of tumor cells has been evaluated using nonpathogenic model cells, such as Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and HeLa cells. Among them, E. coli, gram-negative bacterium, has complex membrane structures in the cell wall, resulting in an impermeable barrier to antimicrobial agents. Therefore, few singlet oxygen sensitizers have photoinactivation activities toward E. coli at low concentrations. Recently polycationic porphyrins have received much attention as a new type of singlet oxygen sensitizers because they have strong binding affinities for DNA and proteins...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214713/comparative-analysis-of-metagenomes-of-italian-top-soil-improvers
#2
Federica Gigliucci, Gianfranco Brambilla, Rosangela Tozzoli, Valeria Michelacci, Stefano Morabito
Biosolids originating from Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants are proposed as top soil improvers (TSI) for their beneficial input of organic carbon on agriculture lands. Their use to amend soil is controversial, as it may lead to the presence of emerging hazards of anthropogenic or animal origin in the environment devoted to food production. In this study, we used a shotgun metagenomics sequencing as a tool to perform a characterization of the hazards related with the TSIs. The samples showed the presence of many virulence genes associated to different diarrheagenic E...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214647/fate-of-antimicrobials-in-duckweed-lemna-minor-wastewater-treatment-systems
#3
Evangelia I Iatrou, Georgia Gatidou, Dimitrios Damalas, Nikolaos S Thomaidis, Athanasios S Stasinakis
The fate of four antimicrobials (cefadroxil, CFD; metronidazole, METRO; trimethoprim, TRI; sulfamethoxazole, SMX) was studied in Lemna minor systems and the role of different mechanisms on their removal was evaluated. All micropollutants were significantly removed in batch experiments with active Lemna minor; the highest removal was observed for CFD (100% in 14 d), followed by METRO (96%), SMX (73%) and TRI (59%) during 24 d of the experiment. Calculation of kinetic constants for hydrolysis, photodegradation, sorption to biomass and plant uptake revealed significant differences depending on the compound and the studied mechanism...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214609/evaluation-of-vascular-tone-and-cardiac-contractility-in-response-to-silver-nanoparticles-using-langendorff-rat-heart-preparation
#4
Ramirez-Lee Manuel Alejandro, Martinez-Cuevas Pedro Pablo, Rosas-Hernandez Hector, Oros-Ovalle Cuauhtémoc, Bravo-Sanchez Mariela, Martinez-Castañon Gabriel Alejandro, Gonzalez Carmen
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been widely used because of their antimicrobial properties. However, several reports suggest that AgNPs exposure promote cardiac effects that involve nitric oxide (NO) and oxidative stress (OS). Nevertheless, there are no studies related to AgNPs-induced effects in cardiac physiology. The aim of this study was to evaluate the AgNPs direct actions on coronary vascular tone and cardiac contractility using Langendorff rat heart preparation. Low concentrations of AgNPs (0.1 and 1μg/mL) increased NO derived from inducible NO-synthase (iNOS), without modifying cardiac parameters...
February 15, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214598/three-stats-are-involved-in-the-regulation-of-the-expression-of-antimicrobial-peptides-in-the-triangle-sail-mussel-hyriopsis-cumingii
#5
Yun-Jia Dai, Kai-Min Hui, Ying-Hao Zhang, Yan Liu, Yu-Qing Wang, Li-Juan Zhao, Li Lin, Lian-Qin Chai, Shun Wei, Jiang-Feng Lan
Janus kinase (Jak) and signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) signaling pathway is associated in antiviral and antibacterial immune response. Previous studies primarily investigated the function of STATs in mammals. For most invertebrates, only one STAT was found in each species, such as STAT92E was found in Drosophila melanogaster. The studies, which focus on the functional difference between various STATs in the same species of invertebrate, are limited. In the present study, three STATs (HcSTAT1, HcSTAT2 and HcSTAT3) were identified in triangle shell pearl mussel, Hyriopsis cumingii...
February 15, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214590/green-engineered-biomolecule-capped-silver-and-copper-nanohybrids-using-prosopis-cineraria-leaf-extract-enhanced-antibacterial-activity-against-microbial-pathogens-of-public-health-relevance-and-cytotoxicity-on-human-breast-cancer-cells-mcf-7
#6
U Jinu, M Gomathi, I Saiqa, N Geetha, G Benelli, P Venkatachalam
This research focused on green engineering and characterization of silver (PcAgNPs) and copper nanoparticles (PcCuNPs) using Prosopis cineraria (Pc) leaf extract prepared by using microwave irradiation. We studied their enhanced antimicrobial activity on human pathogens as well as cytotoxicity on breast cancer cells (MCF-7). Biofabricated silver and copper nanoparticles exhibited UV-Visible absorbance peaks at 420 nm and 575 nm, confirming the bioreduction and stabilization of nanoparticles. Nanoparticles were characterized by FTIR, XRD, FESEM, and EDX analysis...
February 15, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214466/antimicrobial-activity-of-hl-60-cells-compared-to-primary-blood-derived-neutrophils-against-staphylococcus-aureus
#7
Ragheda Yaseen, Stefanie Blodkamp, Petra Lüthje, Friederike Reuner, Lena Völlger, Hassan Y Naim, Maren von Köckritz-Blickwede
BACKGROUND: The human leukemia cell line HL-60 is considered an alternative cell culture model to study neutrophil differentiation and migration. The aim of this study was to characterize the suitability of HL-60 cells differentiated to neutrophil-like cells (nHL-60) as substitute for blood-derived human neutrophils to investigate the interaction of neutrophils with Staphylococcus aureus. METHODS: For this purpose, antimicrobial activity, bacterial uptake, production of reactive oxygen species and the release of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) by nHL-60 cells were analyzed and compared to primary blood-derived neutrophils using Staphylococcus aureus as important human and animal pathogen...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214187/microbiological-analysis-antimicrobial-activity-and-heavy-metals-content-of-jordanian-ma-in-hot-springs-water
#8
Muhamad Ali K Shakhatreh, Jacob H Jacob, Emad I Hussein, Majed M Masadeh, Safwan M Obeidat, Abdul-Salam F Juhmani, Mutaz A Abd Al-Razaq
Ma'in hot springs are known as sites of balneotherapy. However, little is known about their microbiology and chemistry. In this study, we aim at evaluating the antimicrobial activity of Ma'in hot-springs water (MHSW), studying its microbiology, and determining its physicochemical properties including the heavy metals content. Therefore, water samples were collected from Ma'in hot springs and tested for antimicrobial activity using agar diffusion method. Water was then cultivated on nutrient agar to isolate and identify the dominant bacteria by chemical and molecular methods...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214159/is-surveillance-for-colonization-of-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria-important-in-adult-bone-marrow-transplantation-units
#9
Hayati Demiraslan, Fatma Cevahir, Elife Berk, Gokhan Metan, Mustafa Cetin, Emine Alp
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the rate of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacilli (CRGNB) colonization and to analyze the risk factors associated with CRGNB colonization. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted in adult patients hospitalized in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) units over a period of 8 months. Rectal swab samples were obtained from each participant every Monday, and patients CRGNB positive on admission were excluded...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214100/nlrp6-a-multifaceted-innate-immune-sensor
#10
REVIEW
Maayan Levy, Hagit Shapiro, Christoph A Thaiss, Eran Elinav
NLRP6, a member of the nucleotide-binding domain, leucine-rich repeat-containing (NLR) innate immune receptor family, regulates inflammation and host defense against microorganisms. Similar to other NLRs, NLRP6 not only participates in inflammasome formation, but is also involved in nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling regulation and facilitation of gastrointestinal antiviral effector functions. Additionally, NLRP6 contributes to the regulation of mucus secretion and antimicrobial peptide production, thereby impacting intestinal microbial colonization and associated microbiome-related infectious, autoinflammatory, metabolic, and neoplastic diseases...
February 14, 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213808/genotyping-and-antifungal-susceptibility-of-dipodascus-capitatus-isolated-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-of-a-sicilian-hospital
#11
Teresa Fasciana, Mario Giuffrè, Cinzia Calà, Ingrid Anne Mandy Schierz, Giuseppe Aquilina, Giuseppa Pinello, Giuseppina Capra, Dario Lipari, Giovanni Corsello, Anna Giammanco
In August 2015, Dipodascus capitatus was isolated from two patients admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Nosocomial acquisition of the fungus was suspected and epidemiological studies were undertaken. The patients were simultaneously hospitalized, and the comparison of the two isolates by two independent molecular typing methods have confirmed clonal dissemination of a single strain of D. capitatus. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was useful for identifying the appropriated antifungal therapy in micafungin...
February 18, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213539/critical-concentration-of-lecithin-enhances-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-eugenol-against-escherichia-coli
#12
Haoshu Zhang, Edward G Dudley, P Michael Davidson, Federico Harte
Lecithin is a natural emulsifier used in a wide range of food and non-food applications to improve physical stability with no known bioactive effects. In this study, the effect of lecithin on the antimicrobial performance of a constant eugenol concentration was tested against three Escherichia coli strains (C600, 0.1229, and O157:H7 strain ATCC 700728). This was the first study focusing on lecithin at concentrations below those commonly used in foods to improve the stability of oil in water emulsions (≤ 10mg/100ml)...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213538/colonization-and-transmission-of-the-gut-microbiota-of-the-burying-beetle-nicrophorus-vespilloides-through-development
#13
Yin Wang, Daniel E Rozen
Carrion beetles in the genus Nicrophorus rear their offspring on decomposing carcasses where larvae are exposed to a diverse community of decomposer bacteria. Parents coat the carcass with antimicrobial secretions prior to egg hatch (defined as Pre-Hatch care) and also feed regurgitated food, and potentially bacteria, to larvae throughout development (defined as Full care). Here we partition the roles of pre- and post-hatch parental care in the transmission and persistence of culturable symbiotic bacteria to larvae...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213522/type-i-interferon-regulated-gene-expression-and-signaling-in-murine-mixed-glial-cells-lacking-signal-transducers-and-activators-of-transcription-1-or-2-or-interferon-regulatory-factor-9
#14
Wen Li, Markus J Hofer, Pattama Songkhunawej, So Ri Jung, Dale Hancock, Gareth Denyer, Iain L Campbell
Type I interferons (IFN-I) are critical in antimicrobial and antitumor defense. Although IFN-I signal via the interferon-stimulated gene factor 3 (ISGF3) complex consisting of STAT1, STAT2 and IRF9, IFN-I can mediate significant biological effects via ISGF3-independent pathways. For example, absence of STAT1, STAT2 or IRF9 exacerbates neurological disease in transgenic mice with CNS-production of IFN-Ι. Here we determined the role of IFN-I-driven, ISGF3-independent signaling in regulating global gene expression in STAT1, STAT2 or IRF9-deficient murine mixed glial cell cultures (MGCs)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213334/reactive-oxygen-a-novel-antimicrobial-mechanism-for-targeting-biofilm-associated-infection
#15
REVIEW
Matthew S Dryden, Jonathan Cooke, Rami J Salib, Rebecca E Holding, Timothy Biggs, Ali A Salamat, Raymond N Allan, Rachel S Newby, Fenella Halstead, Beryl Oppenheim, Thomas Hall, Sophie C Cox, Liam M Grover, Zain Al-Hindi, Lilyann Novak-Frazer, Malcolm D Richardson
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) is a novel therapeutic strategy for topical or local application to wounds, mucosa or internal structures where there may be heavy bacterial bioburden with biofilm and chronic inflammation. Bacterial biofilms are a significant problem in clinical settings owing to their increased tolerance towards conventionally prescribed antibiotics and their propensity for selection of further antibacterial resistance. There is therefore a pressing need for the development of alternative therapeutic strategies that can improve antibiotic efficacy towards biofilms...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213139/antimycobacterial-antimicrobial-activity-experimental-ft-ir-ft-raman-nmr-uv-vis-dsc-and-dft-transition-state-chemical-reactivity-nbo-nlo
#16
Poonam Rawat, R N Singh, Alok Ranjan, Sartaj Ahmad, Rajat Saxena
As part of a study of pyrrole hydrazone, we have investigated quantum chemical calculations, molecular geometry, relative energy, vibrational properties and antimycobacterial/antimicrobial activity of pyrrole-2-carboxaldehyde isonicotinyl hydrazone (PCINH), by applying the density functional theory (DFT) and Hartree Fock (HF). Good reproduction of experimental values is obtained and with small percentage error in majority of the cases in comparison to theoretical result (DFT). The experimental FT-IR and Raman wavenumbers were compared with the respective theoretical values obtained from DFT calculations and found to agree well...
February 11, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213041/newly-identified-pctoll4-regulates-antimicrobial-peptide-expression-in-intestine-of-red-swamp-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii
#17
Ying Huang, Tingting Li, Min Jin, Shaowu Yin, Kai-Min Hui, Qian Ren
Tolls or Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have an essential role in initiating innate immune responses against pathogens. In this study, a novel Toll gene, PcToll4, was first identified from the intestinal transcriptome of the freshwater crayfish, Procambarus clarkii. The PcToll4 cDNA is 4849bp long with a 3036bp open reading frame that encodes a 1011-amino acid protein. PcToll4 contains a signal peptide, 13 LRR domains, 3 LRR TYP domains, 2 LRR CT domains, an LRR NT domain, a transmembrane region, and a TIR domain...
February 14, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213034/antimicrobial-treatments-to-control-listeria-monocytogenes-in-queso-fresco
#18
António Lourenço, Mary B Kamnetz, Camila Gadotti, Francisco Diez-Gonzalez
Queso fresco, is a Hispanic non-fermented cheese highly susceptible to contamination with L. monocytogenes. This research was aimed to determine the effect of GRAS antimicrobial ingredients to control L. monocytogenes. Antimicrobials included caprylic acid (CA), Nisaplin(®) (N, 2.5% nisin), a mixture of sodium lactate and sodium diacetate (SL/SD), Lactococcus lactis sbp. lactis DPC 3147, monolaurin, and lactic acid (LA). Batches of queso fresco curds were inoculated with 10(4) CFU/g and stored at 4 °C for three weeks...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213031/antimicrobial-resistance-and-its-association-with-tolerance-to-heavy-metals-in-agriculture-production
#19
REVIEW
Zhongyi Yu, Lynda Gunn, Patrick Wall, Séamus Fanning
Antimicrobial resistance is a recognized public health challenge that since its emergence limits the therapeutic options available to veterinarians and clinicians alike, when treatment is warranted. This development is further compounded by the paucity of new antibiotics. The agri-food industry benefits from the availability of antimicrobial compounds for food-animal production and crop protection. Nonetheless, their improper use can result in the selection for bacteria that are phenotypically resistant to these compounds...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213030/high-hydrostatic-pressure-effects-on-listeria-monocytogenes-and-l-innocua-evidence-for-variability-in-inactivation-behaviour-and-in-resistance-to-pediocin-bacha-6111-2
#20
Carolina Bruschi, Norton Komora, Sónia Marília Castro, Jorge Saraiva, Vânia Borges Ferreira, Paula Teixeira
The effect of high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) on the survival of 14 strains of Listeria monocytogenes from food or clinical origins, selected to represent different pheno and genotypes, was evaluated. Stationary phase cells were submitted to 300, 400 and 500 MPa at 10 °C, for 5 min. A high variability in the resistance of L. monocytogenes to pressure was observed, and particularly two strains isolated from food were significantly more baroresistant than the rest. Strains of L. monocytogenes resistant to one or more antibiotics exhibited significantly higher levels of survival after the high pressure treatment at 400 MPa...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
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