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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457249/gut-bacteria-of-cockroaches-are-a-potential-source-of-antibacterial-compound-s
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Noor Akbar, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Mazhar Iqbal, K Sagathevan, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Here, we hypothesized that the microbial gut flora of animals/pests living in polluted environments, produce substances to thwart bacterial infections. The overall aim of this study was to source microbes inhabiting unusual environmental niches for potential antimicrobial activity. Two cockroach species, Gromphadorhina portentosa (Madagascar) and Blaptica dubia (Dubia) were selected. The gut bacteria from these species were isolated and grown in RPMI 1640 and conditioned media were prepared. Conditioned media were tested against a panel of Gram-positive (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Bacillus cereus) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli K1, Salmonella enterica, Serratia marcescens, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae) bacteria, as well as the protist pathogen, Acanthamoeba castellanii...
February 19, 2018: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456275/antimicrobial-packaging-based-on-%C3%A9-polylysine-bioactive-film-for-the-control-of-mycotoxigenic-fungi-in-vitro-and-in-bread
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C Luz, J Calpe, F Saladino, Fernando B Luciano, M Fernandez-Franzón, J Mañes, G Meca
ɛ-Poly-l-lysine (ɛ-PL) is a cationic peptide with a broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. This study investigates the use of ɛ-PL as natural antimicrobial to inhibit fungal growth and to reduce aflatoxins (AFs) production. Antifungal activity of starch biofilms with different concentrations of ɛ-Poly-l-lysine (ɛ-PL) was determined in solid medium against Aspergillus parasiticus (AFs producer) and Penicillium expansum . Then, biofilms were tested as antimicrobial devices for the preservation of bread loaf inoculated with A...
January 2018: Journal of Food Processing and Preservation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456043/colistin-alone-versus-colistin-plus-meropenem-for-treatment-of-severe-infections-caused-by-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria-an-open-label-randomised-controlled-trial
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Mical Paul, George L Daikos, Emanuele Durante-Mangoni, Dafna Yahav, Yehuda Carmeli, Yael Dishon Benattar, Anna Skiada, Roberto Andini, Noa Eliakim-Raz, Amir Nutman, Oren Zusman, Anastasia Antoniadou, Pia Clara Pafundi, Amos Adler, Yaakov Dickstein, Ioannis Pavleas, Rosa Zampino, Vered Daitch, Roni Bitterman, Hiba Zayyad, Fidi Koppel, Inbar Levi, Tanya Babich, Lena E Friberg, Johan W Mouton, Ursula Theuretzbacher, Leonard Leibovici
BACKGROUND: Colistin-carbapenem combinations are synergistic in vitro against carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. We aimed to test whether combination therapy improves clinical outcomes for adults with infections caused by carbapenem-resistant or carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria. METHODS: A randomised controlled superiority trial was done in six hospitals in Israel, Greece, and Italy. We included adults with bacteraemia, ventilator-associated pneumonia, hospital-acquired pneumonia, or urosepsis caused by carbapenem-non-susceptible Gram-negative bacteria...
February 15, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456042/evidence-to-improve-the-treatment-of-infections-caused-by-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria
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Federico Perez, Robert A Bonomo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455989/biocompatible-nanocomposite-of-carboxymethyl-cellulose-and-functionalized-carbon-norfloxacin-intercalated-layered-double-hydroxides
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N'guadi Blaise Allou, Archana Yadav, Mintu Pal, Rajib Lochan Goswamee
In recent years, the development of systems with progressive drug release properties, which is an effective technique for the use of drugs, has aroused great interest in the field of controlled release formulations. In this work, hybrid materials containing citric acid cross-linked carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and norfloxacin (NOR) intercalated layered double hydroxide (LDH) deposited over the surface of functionalized carbon (AC) were prepared. The synthesized CMC@AC-LDHNOR nanohybrids were characterized using different techniques and in vitro NOR release behaviors were investigated in phosphate buffer saline, pH 7...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455988/fabrication-of-novel-nanohybrids-by-impregnation-of-cuo-nanoparticles-into-bacterial-cellulose-and-chitosan-nanofibers-characterization-antimicrobial-and-release-properties
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Hadi Almasi, Paria Jafarzadeh, Laleh Mehryar
The efficiency of bacterial cellulose nanofibers (BCNF) and chitosan nanofibers (CHNF) were compared, aiming at fabricating novel organic-inorganic nanohybrids containing copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles (NPs). FT-IR spectra confirmed the formation of real nanohybrids through occurring new interactions between CuO NPs and nanofibers. XRD results indicated that both the crystallite size and the crystallinity index of nanofibers decreased after nanohybrid formation. Noticeably, these morphological changes for CHNF were more than those for BCNF...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455272/the-outcome-and-timing-of-death-of-17-767-nosocomial-bloodstream-infections-in-acute-care-hospitals-in-finland-during-1999-2014
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Keiju S K Kontula, Kirsi Skogberg, Jukka Ollgren, Asko Järvinen, Outi Lyytikäinen
Few studies covering all patient groups and specialties are available regarding the outcome of nosocomial bloodstream infections (BSI). We analyzed the role of patient characteristics and causative pathogens of nosocomial BSIs reported by the hospitals participating in national surveillance in Finland during 1999-2014, in terms of outcome, with particular interest in those leading to death within 2 days (i.e. early death). National nosocomial BSI surveillance was laboratory-based and hospital-wide. Data on nosocomial BSIs was collected by infection control nurses, and dates of death were obtained from the national population registry with linkage to national identity codes...
February 17, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454921/sequential-pretreatment-for-cell-disintegration-of-municipal-sludge-in-a-neutral-bio-electro-fenton-system
#8
Qilin Yu, Xiaochen Jin, Yaobin Zhang
Sludge cell disruption was generally considered as the rate-limiting step for the anaerobic digestion of waste activated sludge (WAS). Advanced oxidation processes and bio-electro-chemical systems were recently reported to enhance the hydrolysis of WAS and sludge cell disruption, while the cell-breaking processes of these systems remain unclear yet. In this study, an innovative Bio-electro-Fenton system was developed to pretreat the WAS sequentially with cathode Fenton process and anode anaerobic digestion...
February 9, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454879/application-of-genetically-encoded-redox-biosensors-to-measure-dynamic-changes-in-the-glutathione-bacillithiol-and-mycothiol-redox-potentials-in-pathogenic-bacteria
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REVIEW
Quach Ngoc Tung, Nico Linzner, Vu Van Loi, Haike Antelmann
Gram-negative bacteria utilize glutathione (GSH) as their major LMW thiol. However, most Gram-positive bacteria do not encode enzymes for GSH biosynthesis and produce instead alternative LMW thiols, such as bacillithiol (BSH) and mycothiol (MSH). BSH is utilized by Firmicutes and MSH is the major LMW thiol of Actinomycetes. LMW thiols are required to maintain the reduced state of the cytoplasm, but are also involved in virulence mechanisms in human pathogens, such as Staphylococcus aureus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Salmonella enterica subsp...
February 15, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454808/a-new-multifunctionalized-material-against-multi-drug-resistant-bacteria-and-abnormal-osteoclast-activity
#10
Elisa Boanini, Paola Torricelli, Francesca Bonvicini, Maria Cristina Cassani, Milena Fini, Giovanna Angela Gentilomi, Adriana Bigi
The development of new biomaterials able to favor bone formation and to inhibit bone abnormal resorption is mandatory to face the increasing number of age-related musculo-skeletal disorders. Moreover, the increasing antibiotic resistance of clinically important bacteria, which is among the main causes of implant failure, requires new antimicrobial systems. In this study, we prepared multifunctional materials consisting of hydroxyapatite-zoledronate composite crystals decorated with Ag Nanoparticles (AgNPs)...
February 15, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454787/trans-envelope-multidrug-efflux-pumps-of-gram-negative-bacteria-and-their-synergism-with-the-outer-membrane-barrier
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Helen I Zgurskaya, Valentin V Rybenkov, Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, Inga V Leus
Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat to public health. Significant efforts are currently directed toward containment of the spread of resistance, finding new therapeutic options concerning resistant human and animal pathogens, and addressing the gaps in the fundamental understanding of mechanisms of resistance. Experimental data and kinetic modeling revealed a major factor in resistance, the synergy between active efflux and the low permeability barrier of the outer membrane, which dramatically reduces the intracellular accumulation of many antibiotics...
February 15, 2018: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451428/extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-ampc-and-mbl-producing-gram-negative-bacteria-on-fresh-vegetables-and-ready-to-eat-salads-sold-in-local-markets
#12
Ramona Iseppi, Simona de Niederhäusern, Moreno Bondi, Patrizia Messi, Carla Sabia
We investigated the occurrence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL), AmpC, and carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria isolated from 160 samples of fresh vegetables (n = 80) and ready-to-eat (RTE) prepacked salads (n = 80). Phenotypic and genotypic analyses were carried out on the isolates in terms of the species present and relative resistance. Resistance to β-lactam antibiotics was found in only 44 (24 from fresh vegetables and 20 from RTE salads) of a total of 312 Gram-negative strains (14.1%)...
February 16, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450619/immediate-response-mechanisms-of-gram-negative-solvent-tolerant-bacteria-to-cope-with-environmental-stress-cis-trans-isomerization-of-unsaturated-fatty-acids-and-outer-membrane-vesicle-secretion
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REVIEW
Christian Eberlein, Thomas Baumgarten, Stephan Starke, Hermann J Heipieper
Bacteria have evolved an array of adaptive mechanisms enabling them to survive and grow in the presence of different environmental stresses. These mechanisms include either modifications of the membrane or changes in the overall energy status, cell morphology, and cell surface properties. Long-term adaptations are dependent on transcriptional regulation, the induction of anabolic pathways, and cell growth. However, to survive sudden environmental changes, bacterial short-term responses are essential to keep the cells alive after the occurrence of an environmental stress factor such as heat shock or the presence of toxic organic solvents...
February 15, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449493/lipopolysaccharide-is-transported-to-the-cell-surface-by-a-membrane-to-membrane-protein-bridge
#14
David J Sherman, Ran Xie, Rebecca J Taylor, Alexander H George, Suguru Okuda, Peter J Foster, Daniel J Needleman, Daniel Kahne
Gram-negative bacteria have an outer membrane that serves as a barrier to noxious agents in the environment. This protective function is dependent on lipopolysaccharide, a large glycolipid located in the outer leaflet of the outer membrane. Lipopolysaccharide is synthesized at the cytoplasmic membrane and must be transported to the cell surface. To understand this transport process, we reconstituted membrane-to-membrane movement of lipopolysaccharide by incorporating purified inner and outer membrane transport complexes into separate proteoliposomes...
February 16, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449198/a-rare-colonization-in-the-peritonitis-following-blunt-abdominal-trauma
#15
Oana Bulat, Cristian Bulat, Mihaela Blaj, Ioana Lupusoru, Viorel Scripcariu
BACKGROUND: Schewanella spp. is Gram-negative bacteria, saprophytes and rarely pathogenic. Initially isolated in 193, these belong to the marine environment; Schewanella (Pseudomonas) putrefaciens was found in water, soil and animal sources and produces hydrogen sulphide. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is the well-known yeast used for fermentation in industry and in molecular biology for research. In humans, it is a very rare pathogen which colonises the digestive tract and its utility has been linked to the treatment and prevention of diarrhoea associated with Clostridium difficile...
February 15, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448760/identification-of-new-compounds-from-sage-flowers-salvia-officinalis-l-as-markers-for-quality-control-and-the-influence-of-the-manufacturing-technology-on-the-chemical-composition-and-antibacterial-activity-of-sage-flower-extracts
#16
Sebastian Gericke, Tilo Lübken, Diana Wolf, Martin Kaiser, Christian Hannig, Karl Speer
Parts of Salvia species such as its flowers and leaves are currently used as a culinary herb and for some medicinal applications. To distinguish the different sage extracts it is necessary to analyze their individual chemical compositions. Their characteristic compounds might be established as markers to differentiate between sage flowers and leaf extracts or to determine the manufacturing technology and storage conditions. Tri-p-coumaroylspermidine can be detected only in flowers and has been described here for Salvia and Lavandula species for the first time...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447913/microbiological-surveillance-of-plasmid-mediated-colistin-resistance-in-human-enterobacteriaceae-isolates-in-romagna-northern-italy-august-2016-july-2017
#17
F Del Bianco, M Morotti, M F Pedna, P Farabegoli, V Sambri
OBJECTIVES: To start a surveillance program to investigate the possible diffusion of mobilized colistin resistance genes in Enterobacteriaceae strains isolated in the Unit of Microbiology of the Great Romagna Hub Laboratory. METHODS: All the colistin resistant Enterobacteriaceae, isolated from August 1st 2016 to July 31st 2017, were prospectively evaluated for mcr-1 a mcr-2. Backdated survey of mcr-3, mcr-4 and mcr-5 was performed on the same group of isolates. Species identification was achieved by Vitek MS and the antibiotic susceptibility testing was performed both with Vitek-2 and Sensititre systems...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447471/anti-infection-silver-nanoparticle-immobilized-biomaterials-facilitated-by-argon-plasma-grafting-technology
#18
Ashwin Ambi, Nisharg Parikh, Carolina Vera, Krystal Burns, Naidel Montano, Leonard Sciorra, Jessica Epstein, Debing Zeng, Christian Traba
Many research groups have attained slow, persistent, continuous release of silver ions through careful experimental design using existing methods. Such methods effectively kill planktonic bacteria and therefore prevent surface adhesion of pathogens. However, the resultant modified coatings cannot provide long-term antibacterial efficacy due to sustained anti-microbial release. In this study, the anti-infection activity of AgNP immobilized biomaterials was evaluated, facilitated by argon plasma grafting technology and activated by bacterial colonization...
February 15, 2018: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447024/microbiology-and-clinical-outcomes-of-puerperal-sepsis-a-prospective-cohort-study
#19
Rumbidzai Majangara, Muchabayiwa Francis Gidiri, Zvavahera Mike Chirenje
The objectives of this study were to determine the identity and antibacterial susceptibility profiles of bacteria colonising the female genital tract and blood stream and their association with clinical outcomes in women with puerperal sepsis. A prospective descriptive cohort study was conducted at two tertiary hospitals in Zimbabwe. Endocervical swabs and blood were collected for culture and susceptibility testing from 151 consecutive women who met the World Health Organisation criteria for puerperal sepsis...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446491/characterization-of-morphological-conversions-of-helicobacter-pylori-under-anaerobic-conditions
#20
Sayaka Hirukawa, Hiroshi Sagara, Satoshi Kaneto, Tomoyo Kondo, Kotaro Kiga, Takahito Sanada, Hiroshi Kiyono, Hitomi Mimuro
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a Gram-negative microaerophilic bacterial pathogen which colonizes the stomach of more than half the human population, and is linked to chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers, and gastric cancer. Spiral-shaped H. pylori undergo morphologic conversion to the viable but not culturable (VBNC) coccoid form as they transit from the microaerobic stomach into the anaerobic intestinal tract. However, little is known about the morphological and pathogenic characteristics of H. pylori under prolonged anaerobic conditions...
February 15, 2018: Microbiology and Immunology
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