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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110506/antibiotic-discovery-throughout-the-small-world-initiative-a-molecular-strategy-to-identify-biosynthetic-gene-clusters-involved-in-antagonistic-activity
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Elizabeth Davis, Tyler Sloan, Krista Aurelius, Angela Barbour, Elijah Bodey, Brigette Clark, Celeste Dennis, Rachel Drown, Megan Fleming, Allison Humbert, Elizabeth Glasgo, Trent Kerns, Kelly Lingro, MacKenzie McMillin, Aaron Meyer, Breanna Pope, April Stalevicz, Brittney Steffen, Austin Steindl, Carolyn Williams, Carmen Wimberley, Robert Zenas, Kristen Butela, Hans Wildschutte
The emergence of bacterial pathogens resistant to all known antibiotics is a global health crisis. Adding to this problem is that major pharmaceutical companies have shifted away from antibiotic discovery due to low profitability. As a result, the pipeline of new antibiotics is essentially dry and many bacteria now resist the effects of most commonly used drugs. To address this global health concern, citizen science through the Small World Initiative (SWI) was formed in 2012. As part of SWI, students isolate bacteria from their local environments, characterize the strains, and assay for antibiotic production...
January 22, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109595/pulsed-light-and-antimicrobial-combination-treatments-for-surface-decontamination-of-cheese-favorable-and-antagonistic-effects
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J Proulx, G Sullivan, L F Marostegan, S VanWees, L C Hsu, C I Moraru
Postprocessing cross-contamination of cheese can lead to both food safety issues and significant losses due to spoilage. Pulsed light (PL) treatment, consisting of short, high-energy, broad-spectrum light pulses, has been proven effective in reducing the microbial load on cheese surface. As PL treatment effectiveness is limited by light-cheese interactions, the possibility to improve its effectiveness by combining it with the antimicrobial nisin was explored. The effect of natamycin, which is added to cheeses as an antifungal agent, on PL effectiveness was also investigated...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108557/low-level-mhc-class-ii-expression-leads-to-suboptimal-th-cell-response-increased-autoaggression-and-heightened-cytokine-inducibility
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Yi-Ting Chen, Yu-Chia Su, Mei-Ling Chang, Pi-Fang Tsai, John T Kung
The development and activation of MHC class II (MHC-II)-restricted CD4(+) T cells are distinct immunological processes that are strictly MHC-II-dependent. To address their relative dependence on MHC-II, we established a novel ENU-induced mutant mouse on the C57BL/6 background, named I-A(12%), with ∼8-fold reduced I-A expression on the surface of B cells, dendritic cells, cortical thymic epithelial cells, and medullary thymic epithelial cells. I-A(100%) and I-A(12%) mice are highly similar with respect to the numbers of double-positive thymocytes, CD4(+)CD8(-) T cells, regulatory T cells, CD4(+) T cell marker expression, lifespan, and Th/regulatory T cell function...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105799/molecular-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-a-piscidin-gene-in-large-yellow-croaker-larimichthys-crocea
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Jing Yang, Xin-Jiang Lu, Fang-Chao Chai, Jiong Chen
The piscidin family, which includes potent antimicrobial peptides with broad-spectrum activity, plays an important role in the innate immune system of fish. In this study, we cloned piscidin-5-like type 3 (Lcpis5lt3) in large yellow croaker (Larimichthys crocea). Multiple alignments with other known piscidins revealed amino acid conservation throughout the fish, especially at the signal peptide (22 amino acids). The phylogenetic tree confirmed that Lcpis5lt3 and large yellow croaker piscidin-5-like proteins were grouped together to form a branch...
November 18, 2016: Zool Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104777/naturally-occurring-inlb-variants-that-support-intragastric-listeria-monocytogenes-infection-in-mice
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Konstantin Sobyanin, Elena Sysolyatina, Mikhail Krivozubov, Yaroslava Chalenko, Anna Karyagina, Svetlana Ermolaeva
Listeria monocytogenes is a causative agent of foodborne infection in humans and animals. The virulence factor InlB interacts with mammalian receptor c-Met via its internalin domain to provide L. monocytogenes invasion in non-professional phagocytes. Naturally occurring InlB internalin domain variants form 4 subclusters on the maximal likelihood tree. Four variants belonging to distinct subclusters were cloned into the vector carrying 3' and 5'-flanking sequences to restore full length inlB and expressed in the L...
January 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102119/glutathione-and-glutathione-transferase-omega-1-as-key-posttranslational-regulators-in-macrophages
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Mark M Hughes, Anne F McGettrick, Luke A J O'Neill
Macrophage activation during phagocytosis or by pattern recognition receptors, such as Toll-like receptor 4, leads to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS act as a microbicidal defense mechanism, promoting clearance of infection, allowing for resolution of inflammation. Overproduction of ROS, however, overwhelms our cellular antioxidant defense system, promoting oxidation of protein machinery, leading to macrophage dysregulation and pathophysiology of chronic inflammatory conditions, such as atherosclerosis...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101930/effect-of-humidity-and-temperature-on-the-survival-of-listeria-monocytogenes-on-surfaces
#7
James Redfern, Joanna Verran
Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogenic bacterium, with human disease and infection linked to dairy products, seafood, ready-to-eat meat and raw & undercooked meats. Stainless steel is the most common food preparation surface and therefore, it is important to understand how food storage conditions such as surface materials, temperature and relative humidity can affect survival of L. monocytogenes. In this study, survival of L. monocytogenes on stainless steel was investigated at three temperatures (4, 10 and 21°C), each approx...
January 19, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098783/the-influence-of-the-toxin-antitoxin-mazef-on-growth-and-survival-of-listeria-monocytogenes-under-stress
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Thomas D Curtis, Ippei Takeuchi, Lone Gram, Gitte M Knudsen
A major factor in the resilience of Listeria monocytogenes is the alternative sigma factor B (σ(B)). Type II Toxin/Antitoxin (TA) systems are also known to have a role in the bacterial stress response upon activation via the ClpP or Lon proteases. Directly upstream of the σ(B) operon in L. monocytogenes is the TA system mazEF, which can cleave mRNA at UACMU sites. In this study, we showed that the mazEF TA locus does not affect the level of persister formation during treatment with antibiotics in lethal doses, but exerts different effects according to the sub-inhibitory stress added...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098781/distinct-neurotoxicity-profile-of-listeriolysin-o-from-listeria-monocytogenes
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Jana Maurer, Sabrina Hupp, Carolin Bischoff, Christina Foertsch, Timothy J Mitchell, Trinad Chakraborty, Asparouh I Iliev
Cholesterol-dependent cytolysins (CDCs) are protein toxins that originate from Gram-positive bacteria and contribute substantially to their pathogenicity. CDCs bind membrane cholesterol and build prepores and lytic pores. Some effects of the toxins are observed in non-lytic concentrations. Two pathogens, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Listeria monocytogenes, cause fatal bacterial meningitis, and both produce toxins of the CDC family-pneumolysin and listeriolysin O, respectively. It has been demonstrated that pneumolysin produces dendritic varicosities (dendrite swellings) and dendritic spine collapse in the mouse neocortex, followed by synaptic loss and astrocyte cell shape remodeling without elevated cell death...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097715/c-di-amp-modulates-listeria-monocytogenes-central-metabolism-to-regulate-growth-antibiotic-resistance-and-osmoregulation
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Aaron T Whiteley, Nicholas E Garelis, Bret N Peterson, Philip H Choi, Liang Tong, Joshua J Woodward, Daniel A Portnoy
Cyclic di-adenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) is a conserved nucleotide second messenger critical for bacterial growth and resistance to cell wall-active antibiotics. In Listeria monocytogenes, the sole diadenylate cyclase, DacA, is essential in rich, but not synthetic media and ΔdacA mutants are highly sensitive to the β-lactam antibiotic cefuroxime. In this study, loss of function mutations in the oligopeptide importer (oppABCDF) and glycine betaine importer (gbuABC) allowed ΔdacA mutants to grow in rich medium...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095717/functional-constituents-of-wild-and-cultivated-goji-l-barbarum-l-leaves-phytochemical-characterization-biological-profile-and-computational-studies
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Andrei Mocan, Gökhan Zengin, Mario Simirgiotis, Michaela Schafberg, Adriano Mollica, Dan C Vodnar, Gianina Crişan, Sascha Rohn
Goji (Lycium barbarum L.) leaves are emphasized as a functional tea or as dietary supplements. The phenolic compound profile, antioxidant, enzyme inhibitory, antimicrobial, and antimutagenic activities of leaf extracts from two selected cultivars in comparison with wild-growing plants have been evaluated. HPLC-DAD/ESI-ToF-MS analysis revealed the presence of phenolic acids and flavonoids with chlorogenic acid and rutin being the dominant compounds in the cultivated plants, whereas rutin and kaempeferol-3-O-rutinoside for wild growing ones...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093322/anti-pathogenic-and-probiotic-attributes-of-lactobacillus-salivarius-and-lactobacillus-plantarum-strains-isolated-from-feces-of-algerian-infants-and-adults
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Hamza Ait Seddik, Farida Bendali, Benoit Cudennec, Djamel Drider
Sixty-seven (67) lactic acid bacteria (LAB) isolates belonging to Lactobacillus genus were isolated from human feces and tested for their auto-aggregation and cell surface hydrophobicity in order to establish their adhesion capabilities, a prerequisite for probiotic selection. Strains with the upmost auto-aggregation and cell surface hydrophobicity scores were identified by MALDI-TOF spectrometry and 16S rDNA sequencing as Lactobacillus plantarum (p25lb1 and p98lb1) and Lactobacillus salivarius (p85lb1 and p104lb1)...
January 13, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088779/comprehensive-proteome-analysis-of-lysosomes-reveals-the-diverse-function-of-macrophages-in-immune-responses
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Yanpan Gao, Yanyu Chen, Shaohua Zhan, Wenhao Zhang, Feng Xiong, Wei Ge
Phagocytosis and autophagy in macrophages have been shown to be essential to both innate and adaptive immunity. Lysosomes are the main catabolic subcellular organelles responsible for degradation and recycling of both extracellular and intracellular material, which are the final steps in phagocytosis and autophagy. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying lysosomal functions after infection remain obscure. In this study, we conducted a quantitative proteomics analysis of the changes in constitution and glycosylation of proteins in lysosomes derived from murine RAW 264...
January 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087921/pathogen-characterization-of-fresh-and-stored-mesophilic-anaerobically-digested-biosolids
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Cecily A
Culturable bacterial pathogens (Campylobacter, Salmonella, Listeria, Yersinia) and indicators (E. coli, enterococci, Clostridium perfringens) were quantified at six wastewater treatment plants that land apply anaerobically digested biosolids in Ontario, Canada. Cryptosporidium parvum and Giardia lamblia were also quantified by PCR. Salmonella and Listeria were frequently detected in sludge and liquid biosolids (70-100% of samples) but less often in fresh dewatered cake biosolids (50-60%); with low levels in fresh cake (<100 cells/g dw)...
January 13, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087753/acquired-central-hypoventilation-following-listeria-monocytogenes-rhombencephalitis
#15
Sandrine H Launois, Natalia Siyanko, Marie Joyeux-Faure, Renaud Tamisier, Jean-Louis Pepin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 13, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087538/bcap-inhibits-proliferation-and-differentiation-of-myeloid-progenitors-in-the-steady-state-and-during-demand-situations
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Jeffrey M Duggan, Matthew B Buechler, Rebecca M Olson, Tobias M Hohl, Jessica A Hamerman
B cell adaptor for PI3-kinase (BCAP) is a signaling adaptor expressed in mature hematopoietic cells including monocytes and neutrophils. Here we investigated the role of BCAP in the homeostasis and development of these myeloid lineages. BCAP(-/-) mice had more bone marrow (BM) monocytes than WT mice, and in mixed WT:BCAP(-/-) BM chimeras, monocytes and neutrophils skewed towards BCAP(-/-) origin, showing a competitive advantage for BCAP(-/-) myeloid cells. BCAP was expressed in bone marrow hematopoietic progenitors, including LSK (Lineage(-)Sca1(+)cKit(+)), CMP (Common Myeloid Progenitor) and GMP (Granulocyte/Macrophage Progenitor) cells...
January 13, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074026/promyelocytic-leukemia-protein-pml-controls-listeria-monocytogenes-infection
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David Ribet, Valérie Lallemand-Breitenbach, Omar Ferhi, Marie-Anne Nahori, Hugo Varet, Hugues de Thé, Pascale Cossart
: The promyelocytic leukemia protein (PML) is the main organizer of stress-responsive subnuclear structures called PML nuclear bodies. These structures recruit multiple interactors and modulate their abundance or their posttranslational modifications, notably by the SUMO ubiquitin-like modifiers. The involvement of PML in antiviral responses is well established. In contrast, the role of PML in bacterial infection remains poorly characterized. Here, we show that PML restricts infection by the pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes but not by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium...
January 10, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073081/antibacterial-effect-of-405%C3%A2-5nm-light-emitting-diode-illumination-against-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-listeria-monocytogenes-and-salmonella-on-the-surface-of-fresh-cut-mango-and-its-influence-on-fruit-quality
#18
Min-Jeong Kim, Chee Hwa Tang, Woo Suk Bang, Hyun-Gyun Yuk
To investigate a potential of 405±5nm light emitting diode (LED) as a novel technology for food preservation, the antibacterial effect of 405±5nm LED on Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella spp. on the surface of fresh-cut mango and its influence on fruit quality were evaluated at different storage temperatures. LED-illumination inactivated 1.0-1.6 logCFU/cm(2) of populations at 4 and 10°C for 36-48h (total dose, 2.6-3.5kJ/cm(2)) regardless of bacterial species, while those on non-illuminated mange remained unchanged or slightly increased during storage...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073080/impact-of-environmental-factors-on-the-culturability-and-viability-of-listeria-monocytogenes-under-conditions-encountered-in-food-processing-plants
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Anaïs Overney, Joséphine Jacques-André-Coquin, Patricia Ng, Brigitte Carpentier, Laurent Guillier, Olivier Firmesse
The ability of Listeria monocytogenes to adhere to and persist on surfaces for months or even years may be responsible for its transmission from contaminated surfaces to food products. Hence the necessity to find effective means to prevent the establishment of L. monocytogenes in food processing environments. The aim of this study was to assess, through a fractional experimental design, the environmental factors that could affect the survival of L. monocytogenes cells on surfaces to thereby prevent the persistence of this pathogen in conditions mimicking those encountered in food processing plants: culture with smoked salmon juice or meat exudate, use of two materials with different hygiene status, biofilm of L...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071802/essential-oils-against-pathogen-and-spoilage-microorganisms-of-fruit-juices-use-of-versatile-antimicrobial-delivery-systems
#20
Valentina Trinetta, Mark T Morgan, John N Coupland, Umut Yucel
Essential oils (EO) are increasingly used as natural antimicrobial compounds, however the effect of delivery system to enhance their antimicrobial activity has not been widely studied. Limonene (0 to 10 μL/mL) was added to microbial suspensions (∼10(5) CFU/mL) of selected foodborne pathogens (Listeria monocytogenes Scott A, Salmonella enterica Typhimurium, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus), and spoilage microorganisms (Lactobacillus plantarum, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Candida albicans). S...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Food Science
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