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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214390/robust-peptidoglycan-growth-by-dynamic-and-variable-multi-protein-complexes
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Manuel Pazos, Katharina Peters, Waldemar Vollmer
In Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli the peptidoglycan sacculus resides in the periplasm, a compartment that experiences changes in pH value, osmolality, ion strength and other parameters depending on the cell's environment. Hence, the cell needs robust peptidoglycan growth mechanisms to grow and divide under different conditions. Here we propose a model according to which the cell achieves robust peptidoglycan growth by employing dynamic multi-protein complexes, which assemble with variable composition from freely diffusing sets of peptidoglycan synthases, hydrolases and their regulators, whereby the composition of the active complexes depends on the cell cycle state - cell elongation or division - and the periplasmic growth conditions...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214243/synthetic-metabolic-bypass-for-a-metabolic-toggle-switch-enhances-acetyl-coa-supply-for-isopropanol-production-by-escherichia-coli
#2
Yuki Soma, Taiki Yamaji, Fumio Matsuda, Taizo Hanai
Almost all synthetic pathways for biofuel production are designed to require endogenous metabolites in glycolysis, such as phosphoenolpyruvate, pyruvate, and acetyl-CoA. However, such metabolites are also required for bacterial cell growth. To reduce the metabolic imbalance between cell growth and target chemical production, we previously constructed a metabolic toggle switch (MTS) as a conditional flux redirection tool controlling metabolic flux of TCA cycle toward isopropanol production. This approach succeeded to improve the isopropanol production titer and yield while ensuring sufficient cell growth...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214242/injury-and-recovery-of-escherichia-coli-atcc25922-cells-treated-by-high-hydrostatic-pressure-at-400-600%C3%A2-mpa
#3
Keitarou Kimura, Kazuya Morimatsu, Takashi Inaoka, Kazutaka Yamamoto
Escherichia coli cells were inactivated by high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) at 400-600 MPa and their recovery under various conditions was evaluated by colony counting and flow cytometer (FCM) analyses. The lag time in colony formation and an improved recovery of cells under less oxidative conditions (pyruvate addition to the medium and incubation in anaerobic conditions) were observed for HHP treated cells, which indicated that a significant portion of cells were injured and recovered during incubation after HHP treatment...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214224/escherichia-coli-sequence-type-73-as-a-cause-of-community-acquired-urinary-tract-infection-in-men-and-women-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil
#4
Ana Paula de Souza da-Silva, Viviane Santos de Sousa, Natacha Martins, Rubens Clayton da Silva Dias, Raquel Regina Bonelli, Lee W Riley, Beatriz Meurer Moreira
Escherichia coli clones ST131, ST69, ST95, and ST73 are frequent causes of urinary tract infections (UTI) and bloodstream infections. Specific clones and virulence profiles of E. coli causing UTI in men has been rarely described. The aim of this study was to characterize patient and clonal characteristics of community-acquired UTI caused by E. coli in men (n=12) and women (n=127) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, complementing a previous work. We characterized isolates in phylogenetic groups, ERIC2-PCR and PFGE types, MLST, genome similarity and virulence gene-profiles...
February 7, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214159/is-surveillance-for-colonization-of-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria-important-in-adult-bone-marrow-transplantation-units
#5
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/28213899/human-influence-and-biotic-homogenization-drive-the-distribution-of-escherichia-coli-virulence-genes-in-natural-habitats
#6
Adriana Cabal, Joaquin Vicente, Julio Alvarez, Jose Angel Barasona, Mariana Boadella, Lucas Dominguez, Christian Gortazar
Cattle are the main reservoirs for Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), the only known zoonotic intestinal E. coli pathotype. However, there are other intestinal pathotypes that can cause disease in humans, whose presence has been seldom investigated. Thus, our aim was to identify the effects of anthropic pressure and of wild and domestic ungulate abundance on the distribution and diversity of the main human E. coli pathotypes and nine of their representative virulence genes (VGs). We used a quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) for the direct detection and quantification of the genus-specific gene uidA, nine E...
February 18, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213741/assembly-of-photoactive-orange-carotenoid-protein-from-its-domains-unravels-a-carotenoid-shuttle-mechanism
#7
Marcus Moldenhauer, Nikolai N Sluchanko, David Buhrke, Dmitry V Zlenko, Neslihan N Tavraz, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Peter Hildebrandt, Eugene G Maksimov, Thomas Friedrich
The photoswitchable orange carotenoid protein (OCP) is indispensable for cyanobacterial photoprotection by quenching phycobilisome fluorescence upon photoconversion from the orange OCP(O) to the red OCP(R) form. Cyanobacterial genomes frequently harbor, besides genes for orange carotenoid proteins (OCPs), several genes encoding homologs of OCP's N- or C-terminal domains (NTD, CTD). Unlike the well-studied NTD homologs, called Red Carotenoid Proteins (RCPs), the role of CTD homologs remains elusive. We show how OCP can be reassembled from its functional domains...
February 17, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213736/6-phosphofructokinase-and-ribulose-5-phosphate-3-epimerase-in-methylotrophic-bacillus-methanolicus-ribulose-monophosphate-cycle
#8
Simone Balzer Le, Tonje Marita Bjerkan Heggeset, Tone Haugen, Ingemar Nærdal, Trygve Brautaset
D-Ribulose-5-phosphate-3-epimerase (RPE) and 6-phosphofructokinase (PFK) catalyse two reactions in the ribulose monophosphate (RuMP) cycle in Bacillus methanolicus. The B. methanolicus wild-type strain MGA3 possesses two putative rpe and pfk genes encoded on plasmid pBM19 (rpe1-MGA3 and pfk1-MGA3) and on the chromosome (rpe2-MGA3 and pfk2-MGA3). The wild-type strain PB1 also encodes putative rpe and pfk genes on plasmid pBM20 (rpe1-PB1 and pfk1-PB1*); however, it only harbours a chromosomal pfk gene (pfk2-PB1)...
February 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213539/critical-concentration-of-lecithin-enhances-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-eugenol-against-escherichia-coli
#9
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/28213537/ketoacylsynthase-domains-of-a-pufa-synthase-in-thraustochytrium-can-effectively-function-as-stand-alone-enzymes-in-escherichia-coli
#10
Xi Xie, Dauenpen Meesapyodsuk, Xiao Qiu
Thraustochytrium sp. 26185 accumulates a high level of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a nutritionally important ω-3 very long chain unsaturated fatty acid (VLCPUFA) synthesized primarily by polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) synthase, a Type I polyketide synthase-like mega-enzyme. The PUFA synthase in this species comprises three large subunits each with multiple catalytic domains. It was hypothesized that among these domains, ketoacylsynthase (KS) domains might be critical for catalyzing the condensation of specific unsaturated acyl-ACPs with malonyl-ACP, whereby retaining double bonds in an extended acyl chain...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213234/dna-wrapped-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-modified-electrochemical-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-escherichia-coli-from-real-samples
#11
Dilsat Ozkan-Ariksoysal, Yasin Ugur Kayran, Fethiye Ferda Yilmaz, Anton Alexandru Ciucu, Iulia Gabriela David, Vasile David, Mine Hosgor-Limoncu, Mehmet Ozsoz
This paper introduces DNA-wrapped multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)-modified genosensor for the detection of Escherichia coli (E. coli) from polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-amplified real samples while Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) was used to investigate the selectivity of the biosensor. The capture probe specifically recognizing E. coli DNA and it was firstly interacted with MWCNTs for wrapping of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) onto the nanomaterial. DNA-wrapped MWCNTs were then immobilised on the surface of disposable pencil graphite electrode (PGE) for the detection of DNA hybridization...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213040/the-locus-of-heat-resistance-lhr-mediates-heat-resistance-in-salmonella-enterica-escherichia-coli-and-enterobacter-cloacae
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Ryan G Mercer, Brian D Walker, Xianqin Yang, Lynn M McMullen, Michael G Gänzle
Enterobacteriaceae comprise food spoilage organisms as well as food-borne pathogens including Escherichia coli. Heat resistance in E. coli was attributed to a genomic island called the locus of heat resistance (LHR). This genomic island is also present in several other genera of Enterobacteriaceae, but its function in the enteric pathogens Salmonella enterica and Enterobacter cloacae is unknown. This study aimed to determine the frequency of the LHR in food isolates of E. coli, and its influence on heat resistance in S...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213028/influence-of-application-sequence-and-timing-of-eugenol-and-lauric-arginate-lae-on-survival-of-spoilage-organisms
#13
Yudith Manrique, Monika Gibis, Herbert Schmidt, Jochen Weiss
The effectiveness of sequential applications of the antimicrobials eugenol and lauric arginate (LAE) was investigated against Staphylococcus carnosus, Listeria innocua, Escherichia coli K12, and Pseudomonas fluorescens. The antimicrobials were applied simultaneously at half of their minimum lethal concentrations (MLC) or sequentially at t = 0 h and t = 3, 4, 6 or 8 h. Bacterial survival was determined by direct plate counts. Survivals kinetic were fitted to a growth and mortality model to obtain characteristic parameters that described time-dependent changes from growth to mortality or vice versa...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213025/influence-of-controlled-atmosphere-on-thermal-inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-atcc-25922-in-almond-powder
#14
Teng Cheng, Rui Li, Xiaoxi Kou, Shaojin Wang
Heat controlled atmosphere (CA) treatments hold potential to pasteurize Salmonella enteritidis PT 30 in almonds. Nonpathogenic Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 was used as a surrogate species of pathogenic Salmonella for validation of thermal pasteurization to meet critical safety requirements. A controlled atmosphere/heating block system (CA-HBS) was used to rapidly determine thermal inactivation of E. coli ATCC 25922. D- and z-values of E. coli ATCC 25922 inoculated in almond powder were determined at four temperatures between 65 °C and 80 °C under different gas concentrations and heating rates...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213023/inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-salmonella-typhimurium-and-listeria-monocytogenes-in-ready-to-bake-cookie-dough-by-gamma-and-electron-beam-irradiation
#15
Seul-Gi Jeong, Dong-Hyun Kang
This study was conducted to investigate the efficacy of gamma and electron beam irradiation to inactivate foodborne pathogens in ready-to-bake cookie dough and to determine the effect on quality by measuring color and texture changes. Cookie dough inoculated with Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella Typhimurium, or Listeria monocytogenes was subjected to gamma and electron beam irradiation, with doses ranging from 0 to 3 kGy. As the radiation dose increased, the inactivation effect increased among all tested pathogens...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213017/inactivation-of-salmonella-spp-pathogenic-escherichia-coli-staphylococcus-spp-or-listeria-monocytogenes-in-chicken-purge-or-skin-using-a-405-nm-led-array
#16
Christopher Sommers, Nereus W Gunther, Shiowshuh Sheen
Raw poultry are sometimes contaminated with foodborne pathogens, which can lead to illness in humans. In recent years research has focused on a variety of light technologies to decontaminate food and food contact surfaces during meat and poultry processing. In this study we evaluated the ability of 405-nm light generated from an LED array to inactivate multi-isolate cocktails of either Salmonella spp., pathogenic Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus spp., or Listeria monocytogenes suspended in chicken purge or skin...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212863/yghj-the-secreted-metalloprotease-of-pathogenic-e-coli-induces-hemorrhagic-fluid-accumulation-in-mouse-ileal-loop
#17
Rima Tapader, Dipro Bose, Amit Pal
YghJ, also known as SsLE (Secreted and surface associated lipoprotein) is a cell surface associated and secreted lipoprotein harbouring M60 metalloprotease domain. Though the gene is known to be conserved among both pathogenic and commensal E. coli isolates, the expression and secretion of YghJ was found to be higher among diverse Escherichia coli pathotypes. YghJ, secreted from intestinal pathogens such as enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) and enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) has been demonstrated to possess mucinase activity and hence facilitates colonization of these enteric pathogens to intestinal epithelial cells...
February 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212794/an-efficient-system-for-incorporation-of-unnatural-amino-acids-in-response-to-the-four-base-codon-agga-in-escherichia-coli
#18
Byeong Sung Lee, Suyeon Kim, Byoung Joon Ko, Tae Hyeon Yoo
BACKGROUND: Adding new amino acids to the set of building blocks for protein synthesis expands the scope of protein engineering, and orthogonal pairs of tRNA and aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase have been developed for incorporating unnatural amino acids (UAAs) into proteins. While diverse systems have been developed to incorporate UAAs in response to the amber codon, less research has been focused on four-base codons despites their advantages. In this study, we report an efficient method to incorporate UAA in response to an AGGA codon in Escherichia coli...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212518/zno-tio2-composites-for-photocatalytic-inactivation-of-escherichia-coli
#19
Diptipriya Sethi, Ramasamy Sakthivel
ZnO/TiO2 composite was synthesized from zinc nitrate and anatase TiO2 by using the incipient wet impregnation method followed by calcination at 350°C for 3h. These samples were characterized through several characterization techniques. XRD peaks confirms the presence of single anatase phase of titania in the 3 and 6wt% ZnO/TiO2 composite, whereas in all other composites both anatase titania and zinc oxide phases were found. UV-visible (diffuse) reflectance spectra show titania and ZnO absorbs in the ultraviolet (UV) region whereas ZnO/TiO2 absorbs both UV and visible light...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212478/-risk-factors-related-with-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-therapy
#20
Juan Pablo Romo-Gamboa, Bertha Alicia Sandoval-Pérez, Ana Bertha Rodríguez-López, Marco Antonio Torres-González, Juan Carlos Barrera-de León
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) represents the second cause of nosocomial infections and it is associated with greater morbility, duration of mechanical ventilation (MV), and hospital stay. The objective was to determine factors related with VAP in neonates. METHODS: Analytical transversal study including newborns admitted already intubated with at least 48 hours of MV or who were intubated in Neonatal Therapy. VAP was defined according to the criteria of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "those patients submitted to MV during at least 48 hours"...
2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
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