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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636922/an-experimental-framework-for-quantifying-bacterial-tolerance
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Asher Brauner, Noam Shoresh, Ofer Fridman, Nathalie Q Balaban
Antibiotic tolerance and persistence are often associated with treatment failure and relapse, yet are poorly characterized. In distinction from resistance, which is measured using the minimum inhibitory concentration metric, tolerance and persistence values are not currently evaluated in the clinical setting, and so are overlooked when a course of treatment is prescribed. In this article, we introduce a metric and an automated experimental framework for measuring tolerance and persistence. The tolerance metric is the minimum duration for killing 99% of the population, MDK99, which can be evaluated by a statistical analysis of measurements performed manually or using a robotic system...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634498/evaluation-of-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-biocompatibility-and-changes-in-the-expression-of-apoptosis-regulatory-proteins-induced-by-cerium-oxide-nanocrystals
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Shahanavaj Khan, Anees A Ansari, Christian Rolfo, Andreia Coelho, Maha Abdulla, Khayal Al-Khayal, Rehan Ahmad
Cerium oxide nanocrystals (CeO2-NCs) exhibit superoxide dismutase and catalase mimetic activities. Based on these catalytic activities, CeO2-NCs have been suggested to have the potential to treat various diseases. The crystalline size of these materials is an important factor that influences the performance of CeO2-NCs. Previous reports have shown that several metal-based nanocrystals, including CeO2-NCs, can induce cytotoxicity in cancer cells. However, the underlying mechanisms have remained unclear. To characterize the anticancer activities of CeO2-NCs, several assays related to the mechanism of cytotoxicity and induction of apoptosis has been performed...
2017: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633052/disinfection-efficiencies-of-sage-and-spearmint-essential-oils-against-planktonic-and-biofilm-staphylococcus-aureus-cells-in-comparison-with-sodium-hypochlorite
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Dimitrios Vetas, Eleni Dimitropoulou, Gregoria Mitropoulou, Yiannis Kourkoutas, Efstathios Giaouris
Staphylococcus aureus causes human infections and foodborne intoxications. This study explored the potential antibacterial actions of sage and spearmint essential oils (EOs) against both its planktonic and biofilm cells, in comparison with sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), a commonly applied chemical sanitizer. Initially, the minimum inhibitory and bactericidal concentrations (MICs, MBCs) of each plant mixture were determined against planktonic cultures, following growth at 30°C for 24h. Stationary phase planktonic bacteria were then individually exposed for 6min to either each EO (applied at 1-2×MBC; 2...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632743/in-silico-assessment-of-the-effects-of-quinidine-disopyramide-and-e-4031-on-short-qt-syndrome-variant-1-in-the-human-ventricles
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Cunjin Luo, Kuanquan Wang, Henggui Zhang
AIMS: Short QT syndrome (SQTS) is an inherited disorder associated with abnormally abbreviated QT intervals and an increased incidence of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. SQT1 variant (linked to the rapid delayed rectifier potassium channel current, IKr) of SQTS, results from an inactivation-attenuated, gain-of-function mutation (N588K) in the KCNH2-encoded potassium channels. Pro-arrhythmogenic effects of SQT1 have been well characterized, but less is known about the possible pharmacological antiarrhythmic treatment of SQT1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630202/identifying-spectra-of-activity-and-therapeutic-niches-for-ceftazidime-avibactam-and-imipenem-relebactam-against-carbapenem-resistant-enterobacteriaceae
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Ghady Haidar, Cornelius J Clancy, Liang Chen, Palash Samanta, Ryan K Shields, Barry N Kreiswirth, M Hong Nguyen
We determined imipenem, imipenem-relebactam, ceftazidime and ceftazidime-avibactam minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) against 100 CRE isolates that underwent whole genome sequencing. KPCs were the most common carbapenemases. Forty-six isolates carried ESBLs. With the addition of relebactam, imipenem susceptibility increased from 8% to 88%. With the addition of avibactam, ceftazidime susceptibility increased from 0% to 85%. Neither imipenem-relebactam nor ceftazidime-avibactam was active against MBL-producers...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630201/the-combined-effect-of-the-cfr-methyltransferase-and-ribosomal-protein-l3-mutations-on-resistance-to-ribosome-targeting-antibiotics
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Kevin K Pakula, Lykke H Hansen, Birte Vester
Several groups of antibiotics inhibit bacterial growth by binding to bacterial ribosomes. Mutations in the ribosomal protein L3 have been associated with resistance to linezolid and tiamulin, which both bind at the peptidyl transferase center in the ribosome. Resistance to these and other antibiotics also occurs through methylation of 23S ribosomal RNA at position A2503 by the methyltransferase Cfr. The mutations in L3 and the cfr gene have been found together in clinical isolates, raising the question whether they provide a combined effect on antibiotic resistance or growth...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630193/pyrazinamide-susceptibility-and-pnca-mutation-profile-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-among-multi-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-patients-in-bangladesh
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Arfatur Rahman, Sara Sabrina Ferdous, Shahriar Ahmed, S M Mazidur Rahman, Mohammad Khaja Mafij Uddin, Suporn Pholwat, Jean Gratz, Eric Houpt, Sayera Banu
Pyrazinamide (PZA) is a front line anti-tuberculosis (anti-TB) drug used in both first and second line treatment regimen. However, due to complex laboratory requirements, the PZA susceptibility test is rarely performed leading to the scarcity of data. Bangladesh is both a high TB and multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) burden country but to our knowledge the published data on PZA susceptibility is limited, especially among MDR-TB patients. We aimed to analyze the PZA susceptibility pattern of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) isolates from MDR-TB patients and to correlate pncA mutation with PZA resistance in Bangladesh...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629407/antibacterial-activity-of-crude-extracts-of-some-south-african-medicinal-plants-against-multidrug-resistant-etiological-agents-of-diarrhoea
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Mary A Bisi-Johnson, Chikwelu L Obi, Babatunde B Samuel, Jacobus N Eloff, Anthony I Okoh
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the antibacterial activity of some plants used in folklore medicine to treat diarrhoea in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. METHODS: The acetone extracts of Acacia mearnsii De Wild., Aloe arborescens Mill., A. striata Haw., Cyathula uncinulata (Schrad.) Schinz, Eucomis autumnalis (Mill.) Chitt., E. comosa (Houtt.) Wehrh., Hermbstaedtia odorata (Burch. ex Moq.) T.Cooke, Hydnora africana Thunb, Hypoxis latifolia Wight, Pelargonium sidoides DC, Psidium guajava L and Schizocarphus nervosus (Burch...
June 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627673/release-characteristics-of-bone%C3%A2-like-hydroxyapatite-poly-amino-acid-loaded-with-rifapentine-microspheres-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Yuwu Liu, Jiming Zhu, Dianming Jiang
Bone-like hydroxyapatite/poly amino acid (BHA/PAA) is a potential bone repair material. Rifapentine-loaded poly(lactic‑co‑glycolic acid) microspheres (RPMs) are bioactive and efficient controlled‑release delivery systems used in vitro. The aim of the present study was to investigate the in vivo drug release characteristics of RPM‑loaded BHA/PAA on a rabbit model of bone defect. RPM was combined with BHA/PAA to obtain the drug‑loaded, slow‑releasing bioactive material. Bone defects were generated in New Zealand white rabbits and the rabbits were then implanted with RPM‑loaded BHA/PAA...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627377/mikania-glomerata-sprengel-extract-and-its-major-compound-ent-kaurenoic-acid-display-activity-against-bacteria-present-in-endodontic-infections
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Dora Lúcia Carrara Moreti, Luís Fernando Leandro, Thaís da Silva Moraes, Monique Rodrigues Moreira, Rodrigo Cassio Sola Veneziani, Sergio Ricardo Ambrosio, Brenda Paula Figueiredo Almeida Gomes, Carlos Henrique Gomes Martins
The search for new, effective and safe antimicrobial compounds from plant sources has continued to play an important role in the maintenance of human health since ancient times. Such compounds can be used to help to eradicate microorganisms from the root canal system, preventing/healing periapical diseases. Mikania glomerata (Spreng.), commonly known as "guaco," is a native climbing plant from Brazil that displays a wide range of pharmacological properties. Many of its activities have been attributed to its phytochemical composition, which is mainly composed of diterpenes, such as ent-kaurenoic acid (KA)...
June 13, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626761/bioremediation-of-mercury-by-vibrio-fluvialis-screened-from-industrial-effluents
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Kailasam Saranya, Arumugam Sundaramanickam, Sudhanshu Shekhar, Sankaran Swaminathan, Thangavel Balasubramanian
Thirty-one mercury-resistant bacterial strains were isolated from the effluent discharge sites of the SIPCOT industrial area. Among them, only one strain (CASKS5) was selected for further investigation due to its high minimum inhibitory concentration of mercury and low antibiotic susceptibility. In accordance with 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequences, the strain CASKS5 was identified as Vibrio fluvialis. The mercury-removal capacity of V. fluvialis was analyzed at four different concentrations (100, 150, 200, and 250 μg/ml)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626746/frequency-of-cutaneous-fungal-infections-and-azole-resistance-of-the-isolates-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
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Omid Raiesi, Mansour Siavash, Faezeh Mohammadi, Javaher Chabavizadeh, Behzad Mahaki, Mehrnoush Maherolnaghsh, Parvin Dehghan
BACKGROUND: Diabetic patients are more susceptible to cutaneous fungal infections. The higher blood sugar levels cause increasing the cutaneous fungal infections in these patients. The main objective of this study was to find the frequency of fungal infections among cutaneous lesions of diabetic patients and to investigate azole antifungal agent susceptibility of the isolates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, type 1diabetes (n = 78) and type 2 diabetes (n = 44) comprised 47 cases (38...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624864/the-clinical-significance-of-pneumonia-in-patients-with-respiratory-specimens-harbouring-multidrug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-a-5-year-retrospective-study-following-5667-patients-in-four-general-icus
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B Borgatta, S Gattarello, C A Mazo, A T Imbiscuso, M N Larrosa, M Lujàn, J Rello
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the leading cause of pneumonia in intensive care units (ICUs), with multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains posing a serious threat. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical relevance of MDR Pseudomonas isolates in respiratory clinical specimens. A 5-year retrospective observational study in four medical-surgical ICUs from a referral hospital was carried out. Of 5667 adults admitted to the ICU, 69 had MDR-PA in respiratory samples: 31 were identified as having pneumonia (HAP/VAP): 21 ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and ten hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP)...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624285/short-communication-%C3%AE-lactam-resistance-and-vancomycin-heteroresistance-in-staphylococcus-spp-isolated-from-bovine-subclinical-mastitis
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Priscila Luiza Mello, Luiza Pinheiro, Lisiane de Almeida Martins, Maria Aparecida Vasconcelos Paiva Brito, Maria de Lourdes Ribeiro de Souza da Cunha
The use of antimicrobial agents has led to the emergence of resistant bacterial strains over a relatively short period. Furthermore, Staphylococcus spp. can produce β-lactamase, which explains the survival of these strains in a focus of infection despite the use of a β-lactam antibiotic. The aim of this study was to evaluate the resistance of Staphylococcus spp. isolated from bovine subclinical mastitis to oxacillin and vancomycin (by minimum inhibitory concentration) and to detect vancomycin heteroresistance by a screening method...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623856/antimicrobial-susceptibility-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-propionibacterium-acnes-isolated-from-acne-patients-in-japan-between-2013-and-2015
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Keisuke Nakase, Nobukazu Hayashi, Yui Akiyama, Sae Aoki, Norihisa Noguchi
The prevalence of antimicrobial-resistant Propionibacterium acnes strains isolated from acne patients has been increasing in Japan. Here, to estimate the current resistance rate, we tested antimicrobial susceptibility among P. acnes from acne patients having visited a specialized dermatology clinic between 2013 and 2015. Rates of resistance to macrolides and clindamycin were 44.3 (31/70) and 38.6% (27/70), respectively. erm(X), which confers high-level clindamycin resistance (minimum inhibitory concentration ≥256 μg/mL), was detected in six isolates, whereas no resistance determinants were identified in eight strains showing high-level resistance to clindamycin...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623109/serotype-distribution-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-isolated-from-adult-respiratory-tract-infections-in-nationwide-japanese-surveillances-from-2006-to-2014
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Hisashi Shoji, Masayuki Maeda, Takahiro Takuma, Yoshihito Niki
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Reports on the efficacy of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) have been received from many countries. However, in countries where the 7-valent PCV (PCV7) and 13-valent PCV (PCV13) were introduced, overall coverage of the serotypes by the vaccine gradually decreased due to pneumococcal serotype replacement. The aim of this study is to assess the distribution of pneumococcal serotypes and to also provide basic data on adult respiratory infection in Japan. METHODS: We analyzed 1086 Streptococcus pneumoniae strains that had been isolated from respiratory tract infection specimens in adult patients from 2006 to 2014...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622982/comparison-of-the-vitek-2-antifungal-susceptibility-system-with-etest-using-clinical-isolates-of-candida-species
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Wadha Alfouzan, Tahani Al-Enezi, Ebteehal AlRoomi, Vayalil Sandhya, Rachel Chandy, Zia Uddin Khan
BACKGROUND: Candida species are part of the normal human microbiota. However, in recent years, nosocomial bloodstream Candida infections have emerged as a significant problem ranking the fourth common cause of fungemia in intensive care units. Although microdilution methods are the ones recommended for susceptibility testing, they are difficult to undertake in the clinical practice. Thus, an automated commercially available test is ideal. AIMS: To compare minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) obtained with the recently introduced Vitek 2 yeast susceptibility system card (AST-YS01) with Etest...
June 13, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622712/evaluation-of-the-antibacterial-and-modulatory-potential-of-%C3%AE-bisabolol-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-and-%C3%AE-bisabolol-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-complex
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Fernanda de Sousa Oliveira, Thiago Sampaio de Freitas, Rafael Pereira da Cruz, Maria do Socorro Costa, Raimundo Luiz Silva Pereira, Lucindo José Quintans-Júnior, Tatianny de Araújo Andrade, Paula Dos Passos Menezes, Bruna Maria Hipólito de Sousa, Paula Santos Nunes, Mairim Russo Serafini, Irwin Rose Alencar de Menezes, Adriano Antunes de Souza Araújo, Henrique Douglas Melo Coutinho
The present study aimed to evaluate the antibacterial and modulatory potential of α-bisabolol, β-cyclodextrin and α-bisabolol/β-cyclodextrin complex. The minimum inhibitory concentration was determined through the broth microdilution technique using the bacterial strains: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The drugs norfloxacin, imipenem and gentamicin were used in the tests, and the compounds α-bisabolol and β-cyclodextrin; all the compounds were diluted in DMSO. To obtain the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) a serial microdilution of the substances in volumes corresponding to the sub-inhibitory concentration (MIC/8), and microdilution with the antibiotic until the penultimate well were performed...
June 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622602/assessment-of-the-phenolic-profile-antimicrobial-activity-and-oxidative-stability-of-transgenic-perilla-frutescens-l-overexpressing-tocopherol-methyltransferase-%C3%AE-tmt-gene
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Bimal Kumar Ghimire, Chang Yeon Yu, Ill-Min Chung
This study evaluated the effects of enhanced concentrations of α-tocopherol and phenolic compounds on the resistance and stability of Perilla oil in transgenic Perilla frutescens plants against various tested pathogenic bacteria by over-expressing the γ-tmt gene. The concentration of phenolic compounds in the non-transgenic samples was 9313.198 ± 18.887 μg g(-1) dry weight (DW), whereas the total concentration of the transgenic samples ranged from 9118.015 ± 18.822 to 10527.612 ± 20.411 μg g(-1) DW...
June 7, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621733/discovery-of-indeno-1-2-c-quinoline-derivatives-as-potent-dual-antituberculosis-and-anti-inflammatory-agents
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Chih-Hua Tseng, Chun-Wei Tung, Chen-Hsin Wu, Cherng-Chyi Tzeng, Yen-Hsu Chen, Tsong-Long Hwang, Yeh-Long Chen
A series of indeno[1,2-c]quinoline derivatives were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their anti-tuberculosis (anti-TB) and anti-inflammatory activities. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the newly synthesized compound was tested against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37RV. Among the tested compounds, (E)-N'-[6-(4-hydroxypiperidin-1-yl)-11H-indeno[1,2-c]quinolin-11-ylidene]isonicotino-hydrazide (12), exhibited significant activities against the growth of M. tuberculosis (MIC values of 0.96 μg/mL) with a potency approximately equal to that of isoniazid (INH), an anti-TB drug...
June 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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