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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925615/positive-selection-in-cathelicidin-host-defense-peptides-adaptation-to-exogenous-pathogens-or-endogenous-receptors
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S Zhu, B Gao
The cause of adaptive protein evolution includes internal (for example, co-evolution of ligand-receptor pairs) and external (for example, adaptation to different ecological niches) mechanisms. Host defense peptides (HDPs) are a class of vertebrate-specific cationic antimicrobial peptides evolving under positive selection. Besides their antibiotic activity, HDPs also exert an effect on multiple host immune cells, thus providing an ideal model to study selective agents driving their evolution. On the basis of a combination of computational and experimental approaches, we studied the evolution of LL-37-type HDPs in mammals, the mature peptide of cathelicidin CAP18 (herein termed CAP18-MP) and investigated the driving force behind the evolution...
December 7, 2016: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925510/passive-therapy-with-humanized-anti-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-b-antibodies-attenuates-systemic-inflammatory-response-and-protects-from-lethal-pneumonia-caused-by-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-b-producing-staphylococcus-aureus
#2
Melissa J Karau, Mulualem E Tilahun, Ashton Krogman, Barbara A Osborne, Richard A Goldsby, Chella S David, Jayawant N Mandrekar, Robin Patel, Govindarajan Rajagopalan
Drugs such as linezolid that inhibit bacterial protein synthesis may be beneficial in treating infections caused by toxigenic Staphylococcus aureus. As protein synthesis inhibitors have no effect on preformed toxins, neutralization of pathogenic exotoxins with anti-toxin antibodies may be beneficial in conjunction with antibacterial therapy. Herein, we evaluated the efficacy of human-mouse chimeric high-affinity neutralizing anti-staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) antibodies in the treatment of experimental pneumonia caused by SEB-producing S...
December 7, 2016: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925492/antibacterial-antioxidant-and-anti-proliferative-properties-and-zinc-content-of-five-south-portugal-herbs
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Ricardo Nunes, Pawel Pasko, Malgorzata Tyszka-Czochara, Agnieszka Szewczyk, Marek Szlosarczyk, Isabel S Carvalho
CONTEXT: Crataegus monogyna L. (Rosaceae) (CM), Equisetum telmateia L. (Equisataceae) (ET), Geranium purpureum Vil. (Geraniaceae) (GP), Mentha suaveolens Ehrh. (Lamiaceae) (MS), and Lavandula stoechas L. spp. luisieri (Lamiaceae) (LS) are all medicinal. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the antioxidant, antiproliferative and antimicrobial activities of plant extracts and quantify individual phenolics and zinc. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Aerial part extracts were prepared with water (W), ethanol (E) and an 80% mixture (80EW)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925460/nir-mediated-nanohybrids-of-upconversion-nanophosphors-and-fluorescent-conjugated-polymers-for-high-efficiency-antibacterial-performance-based-on-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer
#4
Junting Li, Qi Zhao, Feng Shi, Chenghui Liu, Yanli Tang
A novel nanohybrid comprised of upconversion nanophosphors (UCNPs) and fluorescent conjugated polymers (PFVCN) is rationally fabricated. The new UCNP/PFVCN nanohybrids combine the excellent antibacterial ability of PFVCN and the near IR (NIR) absorbing property of UCNPs, which allows for NIR-mediated antibacterial through the effective fluorescence resonance energy transfer from UCNPs to PFVCN accompanied with generation of reactive oxygen species to kill bacteria.
December 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925174/natural-selection-on-immune-defense-a-field-experiment
#5
Laura Langeloh, Jasminca Behrmann-Godel, Otto Seppälä
Predicting the evolution of phenotypic traits requires an understanding of natural selection on them. Despite its indispensability in the fight against parasites, selection on host immune defense has remained understudied. Theory predicts immune traits to be under stabilizing selection due to associated trade-offs with other fitness-related traits. Empirical studies, however, report mainly positive directional selection. This discrepancy could be caused by low phenotypic variation in the examined individuals and/or variation in host resource level that confounds trade-offs in empirical studies...
December 7, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925153/targeting-the-hard-to-reach-challenges-and-novel-strategies-in-the-treatment-of-intracellular-bacterial-infections
#6
REVIEW
Nor Fadhilah Kamaruzzaman, Sharon Kendall, Liam Good
Infectious diseases continue to threaten human and animal health and welfare globally, impacting millions of lives and causing substantial economic loss. The use of antibacterials has been only partially successful in reducing disease impact. Bacterial cells are inherently resilient, and the therapy challenge is increased by the development of antibacterial resistance, the formation of biofilms and the ability of certain clinically important pathogens to invade and localize within host cells. Invasion into host cells provides protection from both antibacterials and the host immune system...
November 7, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924114/total-synthesis-of-%C3%A2-naphthacemycin-a9-possessing-both-antibacterial-activity-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-and-circumventing-effect-of-%C3%AE-lactam-resistance
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Tomoyasu Hirose, Yasuhiro Kojima, Hidehito Matsui, Hideaki Hanaki, Masato Iwatsuki, Kazuro Shiomi, Satoshi Ōmura, Toshiaki Sunazuka
The total synthesis of KB-3346-5A9, named naphthacemycin A9, has been accomplished by combining the Dötz reaction and Suzuki-Miyaura cross coupling as well as employing Friedel-Crafts reaction with dienone-phenol rearrangement as key steps. We also describe the preparation of the simplified tetarimycin A and naphthacemycin A analogs as a model study, which coincidentally reveal unique properties of naturally occurring naphthacene-5,6,11(12H)-trione framework. The synthesized compounds were evaluated for antibacterial activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) to elucidate their structure-activity relationships (SARs), the results of which agreed with a previously reported preliminary SAR study of tetarimycin A...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924113/synthesis-and-antibacterial-activity-of-novel-lincomycin-derivatives-ii-exploring-7s-7-5-aryl-1-3-4-thiadiazol-2-yl-thio-7-deoxylincomycin-derivatives
#8
Ko Kumura, Yoshinari Wakiyama, Kazutaka Ueda, Eijiro Umemura, Takashi Watanabe, Megumi Kumura, Takuji Yoshida, Keiichi Ajito
The synthesis and antibacterial activity of (7S)-7-(5-aryl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl-thio)-7-deoxylincomycin derivatives are described. These derivatives were mainly prepared by the Mitsunobu reaction of 2,3,4-tris-O-(trimethylsilyl)lincomycin and the corresponding thiols. Exploring structure-activity relationships of the substituent at the 5 position of a thiadiazole ring revealed that compounds with the ortho substituted phenyl group showed improved antibacterial activities against Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus pyogenes with erm gene compared with the reported compound (1) that had an unsubstituted benzene ring...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923358/acthaside-a-new-chromone-derivative-from-acacia-ataxacantha-and-its-biological-activities
#9
Abdou Madjid O Amoussa, Mélanie Bourjot, Latifou Lagnika, Catherine Vonthron-Sénécheau, Ambaliou Sanni
BACKGROUND: Acacia ataxacantha (Fabaceae), used in traditional medicine grows in the South-West of Bénin. Ethyl acetate extract of the barks of this species was previously reported to display various bioactivities, including antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant activities. In the present study, we investigate the antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of compound isolated from ethyl acetate extract of Acacia ataxacantha. METHODS: Purification, isolation and structural identification of isolated compound were done using various chromatographic and spectroscopic methods...
December 7, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921389/superiority-of-sds-lysis-over-saponin-lysis-for-direct-bacterial-identification-from-positive-blood-culture-bottle-by-maldi-tof-ms
#10
Yvan Caspar, Cécile Garnaud, Mariya Raykova, Sébastien Bailly, Marie Bidart, Danièle Maubon
PURPOSE: Fast species diagnosis has an important health care impact, as rapid and specific antibacterial therapy is of clear benefit for patient's outcome. Here we propose a new protocol for species identification directly from positive blood cultures. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We compared four in-house protocols for bacterial identification by mass spectrometry directly from clinical positive blood cultures evaluating 2 lytic agents, SDS and saponin, and 2 protein extraction schemes, fast (FP) and long (LP)...
December 6, 2016: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921105/ultrasmall-silver-nanoclusters-highly-efficient-antibacterial-activity-and-their-mechanisms
#11
Jian-Cheng Jin, Xiao-Juan Wu, Juan Xu, Bei-Bei Wang, Feng-Lei Jiang, Yi Liu
Silver materials have been widely used as antimicrobial agents. Notably, silver nanoparticles have emerged as a new generation of nanoproducts for biomedical and environmental applications in recent years. However, ultrasmall silver nanoclusters (NCs) (∼2 nm) have rarely been used to kill bacteria and their antibacterial mechanisms have not yet been fully elucidated. Herein, we studied the antibacterial activities of bifunctional fluorescent DHLA-AgNCs against three types of bacteria. The results showed that DHLA-AgNCs exhibited excellent antibacterial activities against Gram-negative E...
December 6, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921077/data-of-the-interacting-protein-networks-and-nucleotide-metabolism-pathways-related-to-ndk-and-nt5
#12
Dan Zhang, Wen Ma, Yu He, Gu He, Peng Zhang, Hongxia Zhu, Ningzhi Xu, Shufang Liang
The data presented in this article are related to the research article entitled "Antibacterial mechanism of daptomycin antibiotic against Staphylococcus aureus based on a quantitative bacterial proteome analysis" (Ma et al., 2016) [1]. Nucleoside diphosphate kinase (NDK) and 5'-nucleotidase (NT5) are two proteins related to bacterial growth. Here, a bioinformatics analysis was presented to explore NDK and NT5-invovled in the interacting protein network and purine metabolism.
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920884/novel-combinations-of-synthesized-zno-nps-and-ceftazidime-evaluation-of-their-activity-against-standards-and-new-clinically-isolated-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#13
Elham Isaei, Shahla Mansouri, Fereshteh Mohammadi, Sadegh Taheritarigh, Zohreh Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistant bacteria can be considered as a main problem in infection management. Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs), individually or in combination with antibiotics, can be considered as good candidates for struggling against drug resistant bacteria. METHODS: In this study, Zinc oxide nanoparticles were synthesized using sol-gel method in low temperature as a cost effective procedure and characterized by X-ray diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy...
October 2016: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920774/effects-of-tween-80-on-growth-and-biofilm-formation-in-laboratory-media
#14
Christina K Nielsen, Jørgen Kjems, Tina Mygind, Torben Snabe, Rikke L Meyer
Tween 80 is a widely used non-ionic emulsifier that is added to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and foods. Because of its widespread use we need to understand how it affects bacteria on our skin, in our gut, and in food products. The aim of this study is to investigate how Tween 80 affects the growth and antimicrobial susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, and Pseudomonas fluorescens, which are common causes of spoilage and foodborne illnesses. Addition of 0.1% Tween 80 to laboratory growth media increased the growth rate of planktonic S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920430/biomimetic-antimicrobial-cloak-by-graphene-oxide-agar-hydrogel
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Massimiliano Papi, Valentina Palmieri, Francesca Bugli, Marco De Spirito, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Carlotta Ciancico, Maria Chiara Braidotti, Silvia Gentilini, Luca Angelani, Claudio Conti
Antibacterial surfaces have an enormous economic and social impact on the worldwide technological fight against diseases. However, bacteria develop resistance and coatings are often not uniform and not stable in time. The challenge is finding an antibacterial coating that is biocompatible, cost-effective, not toxic, and spreadable over large and irregular surfaces. Here we demonstrate an antibacterial cloak by laser printing of graphene oxide hydrogels mimicking the Cancer Pagurus carapace. We observe up to 90% reduction of bacteria cells...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919672/a-study-of-pre-operative-presence-of-micro-organisms-in-affected-knee-joints-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-who-need-total-knee-arthroplasty
#16
Jiang-Ming Luo, Lin Guo, Hao Chen, Peng-Fei Yang, Ran Xiong, Yang Peng, Liu Yang
BACKGROUND: To evaluate, by way of intraoperative tissue culture and pathological study, the pre-operative presence of micro-organisms in knee joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who need total knee arthroplasty (TKA). METHODS: From November 2012 to January 2014, 47 patients with RA (53 knees) who needed TKA were included in this study. Patients received routine pre-operative examination and joint fluid routine and culture. Each RA patient was match-paired with one osteoarthritis (OA) patient...
December 2, 2016: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919648/antiviral-action-of-the-antimicrobial-peptide-alfpm3-from-penaeus-monodon-against-white-spot-syndrome-virus
#17
Thanachai Methatham, Pakpoom Boonchuen, Phattarunda Jaree, Anchalee Tassanakajon, Kunlaya Somboonwiwat
The anti-lipopolysaccharide factor isoform 3 (ALFPm3), the antimicrobial peptide from Penaeus monodon, possesses antibacterial and antiviral activities. Although the mechanism of action of ALFPm3 against bacteria has been revealed but its antiviral mechanism is still unclear. To further study how the ALFPm3 exhibits antiviral activity against the enveloped virus, white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), the ALFPm3-interacting proteins from WSSV were sought and identified five ALFPm3-interacting proteins, WSSV186, WSSV189, WSSV395, WSSV458, and WSSV471...
December 2, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919287/chemical-profiling-antimicrobial-and-insecticidal-evaluations-of-polygonum-hydropiper-l
#18
Muhammad Ayaz, Muhammad Junaid, Farhat Ullah, Abdul Sadiq, Muhammad Ovais, Waqar Ahmad, Sajjad Ahmad, Anwar Zeb
BACKGROUND: The emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogens is of great concern to the global health community. Our ability to effectively treat diseases is based on the discovery of potent drugs for the treatment of these challenging diseases. Traditional medicines are one of the major sources for the discovery of safe, effective and economical drug candidates. In order to validate its antibacterial, antifungal and insecticidal potentials with respect to traditional uses, we have screened for the first time Polygonum hydropiper against pathogenic bacterial, fungal strains and a variety of insects...
December 5, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919254/anti-inflammatory-and-in-vitro-antibacterial-activities-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-formula-qingdaisan
#19
Xinghua Zhao, Xin He, Xiuhui Zhong
BACKGROUND: Qingdaisan (Formulated Indigo powder, QDS) are widely used for treatment of aphtha, sore throat and bleeding gums in China. The aim of the study is to evaluate the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and dental ulcer therapeutic effects of QDS. METHODS: Dimethylbenzene-induced ear edema test and cotton pellet-induced granuloma test were used to evaluate anti-inflammatory activities of QDS on acute and chronic inflammatory. The healing time and local pathologic changes were used to assess the therapeutic effects of QDS on dental ulcer...
December 5, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919108/biocatalytic-synthesis-of-flavonoid-esters-by-lipases-and-their-biological-benefits
#20
Maria Elisa M B de Araújo, Yollanda E M Franco, Marcia C F Messias, Giovanna B Longato, João A Pamphile, Patricia de O Carvalho
Several studies have described important biological activities of flavonoids such as coronary heart disease prevention, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities, enzyme inhibition activity, and antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activities. Flavonoids show promising activity as natural plant-based antioxidants due to their antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties. However, their primary applications as antioxidants in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food industries are limited because of their moderately hydrophilic nature...
December 5, 2016: Planta Medica
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