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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340427/identification-and-characterization-of-a-%C3%AE-defensin-gene-involved-in-the-immune-defense-response-of-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus
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Jieyao Zhu, Hong Wang, Jun Wang, Xingli Wang, Shuang Peng, Yi Geng, Kaiyu Wang, Pin Ouyang, Zhiqiong Li, Xiaoli Huang, Defang Chen
Antimicrobial peptides are small peptides that play important roles in a host's innate immune response. As an important antimicrobial peptide, β-defensin widely distribute in mammals, insects and plants with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. In this study, the β-defensin gene of the channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, was cloned, sequenced, and subjected to a bioinformatic analysis. The β-defensin gene of the channel catfish contains three exons and two introns, and encodes a precursor peptide consisting of two domains: a signal peptide of 24 amino acid residues and a mature peptide of 43 amino acid residues...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340368/synthesis-molecular-docking-antimycobacterial-and-antimicrobial-evaluation-of-new-pyrrolo-3-2-c-pyridine-mannich-bases
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Gilish Jose, Tholappanavara H Suresha Kumara, Haliwana B V Sowmya, Dharmarajan Sriram, Tayur N Guru Row, Amar A Hosamani, Sunil S More, Bhavya Janardhan, B G Harish, Sandeep Telkar, Yalegara Siddappa Ravikumar
In this report, we describe the synthesis and biological evaluation of a new series of pyrrolo[3,2-c]pyridine Mannich bases (7a-v). The Mannich bases were obtained in good yields by one-pot three component condensation of pyrrolo[3,2-c]pyridine scaffold (6a-c) with secondary amines and excess of formaldehyde solution in AcOH. The chemical structures of the compounds were characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, LC/MS and elemental analysis. Single crystal X-ray diffraction has been recorded for compound 7k ([C23H29ClN4](+2), H2O)...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339766/higher-bioavailability-of-doxycycline-in-broiler-chickens-with-a-novel-in-feed-pharmaceutical-formulation
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Lilia Gutiérrez, Juan Zermeño, Yazmín Alcalá, Héctor Sumano
Bioavailability of a new, long-acting (LA) pharmaceutical preparation for administering doxycycline as in-feed medication to broiler chickens was compared to the standard in-feed administration of doxycycline. A commercial poultry house harboring Ross-308 broiler chickens, weighing 450 g, was divided into 7 sections as follows: doxy-FOLA group (n = 6,000 chickens divided into 3 replicates) medicated with 10% doxycyline, long-acting pellets at a dose of 400 g of doxycycline HCl/ton of food, resulting in a calculated dose of 48 mg/kg for 5 d; doxy-ref group (n = 6,000, divided into 3 replicates) medicated as for doxy-FOLA, but using a 20% commercial preparation of doxycycline...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339349/is-triclosan-a-neurotoxic-agent
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Joanna A Ruszkiewicz, Shaojun Li, Maliya B Rodriguez, Michael Aschner
Triclosan (TCS) is an antibacterial agent that has been used in many products since 1960s. Given its broad usage as an antiseptic TCS is present ubiquitously in the environment. Trace levels of TCS continue to be detected in many organisms, and it has been shown to be particularly toxic to aquatic species. The mechanisms underlying TCS-mediated toxicity include hormone dyshomeostasis, induction of oxidative stress, apoptosis and inflammation. Although TCS has been considered to be non-toxic to mammals, the adverse effects of continuous, long-term and low concentration exposure remain unknown...
2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339292/thymbra-capitata-essential-oil-as-potential-therapeutic-agent-against-gardnerella-vaginalis-biofilm-related-infections
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Daniela Machado, Carlos Gaspar, Ana Palmeira-de-Oliveira, Carlos Cavaleiro, Lígia Salgueiro, José Martinez-de-Oliveira, Nuno Cerca
AIM: To evaluate the antibacterial activity of Thymbra capitata essential oil and its main compound, carvacrol, against Gardnerella vaginalis grown planktonically and as biofilms, and its effect of vaginal lactobacilli. MATERIALS & METHODS: Minimal inhibitory concentration, minimal lethal concentration determination and flow cytometry analysis were used to assess the antibacterial effect against planktonic cells. Antibiofilm activity was measured through quantification of biomass and visualization of biofilm structure by confocal laser scanning microscopy...
March 24, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338408/clofazimine-encapsulation-in-nanoporous-silica-particles-for-the-oral-treatment-of-antibiotic-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infections
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Sabrina Valetti, Xin Xia, Joana Costa-Gouveia, Priscille Brodin, Marie-Françoise Bernet-Camard, Margareta Andersson, Adam Feiler
AIM: First extensive reformulation of clofazimine (CLZ) in nanoporous silica particles (NSPs) for tackling antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis (TB) infections. MATERIALS & METHODS: Solid-state characterization of several CLZ-encapsulated NSP formulations was followed by in vitro drug solubility, Caco-2 intestinal cells drug permeability and TB antibacterial activity. RESULTS: NSPs stabilize the amorphous state of CLZ (shelf stability >6 months) and dramatically increase the drug solubility in simulated gastric fluid (up to 20-fold) with different dissolution kinetics depending on the NSPs used...
March 24, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338319/postmetalated-zirconium-metal-organic-frameworks-as-a-highly-potent-bactericide
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Boushra Mortada, Tamara Abou Matar, Aya Sakaya, Hala Atallah, Zeinab Kara Ali, Pierre Karam, Mohamad Hmadeh
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as an important class of hybrid organic-inorganic materials. One of the reasons they have gained remarkable attention is attributed to the possibility of altering them by postsynthetic modification, thereby providing access to new and novel advanced materials. MOFs have been applied in catalysis, gas storage, gas separation, chemical sensing, and drug delivery. However, their bactericidal use has rarely been explored. Herein, we developed a two-step process for the synthesis of zirconium-based MOFs metalated with silver cations as a potent antibacterial agent...
March 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338066/chemical-composition-antioxidant-dna-damage-protective-cytotoxic-and-antibacterial-activities-of-cyperus-rotundus-rhizomes-essential-oil-against-foodborne-pathogens
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Qing-Ping Hu, Xin-Ming Cao, Dong-Lin Hao, Liang-Liang Zhang
Cyperus rotundus L. (Cyperaceae) is a medicinal herb traditionally used to treat various clinical conditions at home. In this study, chemical composition of Cyperus rotundus rhizomes essential oil, and in vitro antioxidant, DNA damage protective and cytotoxic activities as well as antibacterial activity against foodborne pathogens were investigated. Results showed that α-cyperone (38.46%), cyperene (12.84%) and α-selinene (11.66%) were the major components of the essential oil. The essential oil had an excellent antioxidant activity, the protective effect against DNA damage, and cytotoxic effects on the human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cell, as well as antibacterial activity against several foodborne pathogens...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338059/non-thermal-air-plasma-promotes-the-healing-of-acute-skin-wounds-in-rats
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S Kubinova, K Zaviskova, L Uherkova, V Zablotskii, O Churpita, O Lunov, A Dejneka
Non-thermal plasma (NTP) has nonspecific antibacterial effects, and can be applied as an effective tool for the treatment of chronic wounds and other skin pathologies. In this study we analysed the effect of NTP on the healing of the full-thickness acute skin wound model in rats. We utilised a single jet NTP system generating atmospheric pressure air plasma, with ion volume density 5 · 10(17) m(-3) and gas temperature 30-35 °C. The skin wounds were exposed to three daily plasma treatments for 1 or 2 minutes and were evaluated 3, 7 and 14 days after the wounding by histological and gene expression analysis...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337580/bacteriophage-encoded-virion-associated-enzymes-to-overcome-the-carbohydrate-barriers-during-the-infection-process
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Agnieszka Latka, Barbara Maciejewska, Grazyna Majkowska-Skrobek, Yves Briers, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
Bacteriophages are bacterial viruses that infect the host after successful receptor recognition and adsorption to the cell surface. The irreversible adherence followed by genome material ejection into host cell cytoplasm must be preceded by the passage of diverse carbohydrate barriers such as capsule polysaccharides (CPSs), O-polysaccharide chains of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) molecules, extracellular polysaccharides (EPSs) forming biofilm matrix, and peptidoglycan (PG) layers. For that purpose, bacteriophages are equipped with various virion-associated carbohydrate active enzymes, termed polysaccharide depolymerases and lysins, that recognize, bind, and degrade the polysaccharide compounds...
March 23, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337333/efficient-semisynthesis-of-pseudoirroratin-a-from-flexicaulin-a-and-assessment-of-their-antitumor-activities
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Lei Guo, Siu Wai Tsang, Tong-Xin Zhang, Kang-Lun Liu, Yi-Fu Guan, Bo Wang, Han-Dong Sun, Hong-Jie Zhang, Man Shing Wong
Accumulating evidence indicates that natural ent-kaurane diterpenoids show great potential for medical treatment of different pathological conditions including cytotoxicity, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory activity. Among a variety of diterpenoids tested, (-)-pseudoirroratin A displayed a promising antitumor property in vitro and in vivo. However, this diterpenoid could merely be isolated in a limited amount from a rare source of Isodon pseudoirrorata. To overcome such scanty source, we developed a novel, facile, and efficient semisynthetic strategy to prepare (-)-pseudoirroratin A from natural (-)-flexicaulin A, which can be expediently obtained from I...
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337235/the-concentration-of-calprotectin-in-the-stools-of-children-with-diagnosed-cystic-fibrosis
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Sabina Więcek, Halina Woś, Bożena Kordys-Darmolińska, Magda Sankiewicz-Szkółka, Urszula Grzybowska-Chlebowczyk
INTRODUCTION: Calprotectin is a protein that plays a regulatory role in inflammatory reactions as an antibacterial and antiproliferative factor. AIM: To assess the concentration of calprotectin in the stools of patients with diagnosed cystic fibrosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-one patients were included in the study, 24 boys and 17 girls, aged from 7 weeks to 18 years. The concentration of calprotectin in stools was assessed with the ELISA method...
2017: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336841/bulk-surfaces-coated-with-triangular-silver-nanoplates-antibacterial-action-based-on-silver-release-and-photo-thermal-effect
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Agnese D'Agostino, Angelo Taglietti, Roberto Desando, Marcella Bini, Maddalena Patrini, Giacomo Dacarro, Lucia Cucca, Piersandro Pallavicini, Pietro Grisoli
A layer of silver nanoplates, specifically synthesized with the desired localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) features, was grafted on amino-functionalized bulk glass surfaces to impart a double antibacterial action: (i) the well-known, long-term antibacterial effect based on the release of Ag⁺; (ii) an "on demand" action which can be switched on by the use of photo-thermal properties of silver nano-objects. Irradiation of these samples with a laser having a wavelength falling into the so called "therapeutic window" of the near infrared region allows the reinforcement, in the timescale of minutes, of the classical antibacterial effect of silver nanoparticles...
January 6, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336840/spectroscopic-characterization-of-copper-chitosan-nanoantimicrobials-prepared-by-laser-ablation-synthesis-in-aqueous-solutions
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Maria Chiara Sportelli, Annalisa Volpe, Rosaria Anna Picca, Adriana Trapani, Claudio Palazzo, Antonio Ancona, Pietro Mario Lugarà, Giuseppe Trapani, Nicola Cioffi
Copper-chitosan (Cu-CS) nanoantimicrobials are a novel class of bioactive agents, providing enhanced and synergistic efficiency in the prevention of biocontamination in several application fields, from food packaging to biomedical. Femtosecond laser pulses were here exploited to disrupt a Cu solid target immersed into aqueous acidic solutions containing different CS concentrations. After preparation, Cu-CS colloids were obtained by tuning both Cu/CS molar ratios and laser operating conditions. As prepared Cu-CS colloids were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), to study copper complexation with the biopolymer...
December 30, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336408/synthesis-properties-antitumor-and-antibacterial-activity-of-new-pt-ii-and-pd-ii-complexes-with-2-2-dithiobis-benzothiazole-ligand
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Simona Rubino, Rosalia Busà, Alessandro Attanzio, Rosa Alduina, Vita Di Stefano, Maria Assunta Girasolo, Santino Orecchio, Luisa Tesoriere
Mono- and binuclear Pt(II) and Pd(II) complexes with 2,2'-dithiobis(benzothiazole) (DTBTA) ligand are reported. [Pt(DTBTA)(DMSO)Cl]Cl∙CHCl3 (1) and [Pd2(µ-Cl)2(DTBTA)2]Cl2 (2) have been synthesized and structurally characterized by elemental analysis, IR, (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, MS spectrometry and the content of platinum and palladium was determined using a flame atomic spectrometer. Two different coordination modes of 1 and 2 complexes were found; in both complexes, the coordination of Pt(II) and Pd(II) ions involves the N(3) atoms of the ligand but the binuclear complex 2, is a cis-chloro-bridged palladium complex...
March 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335571/3-substituted-n-benzylpyrazine-2-carboxamide-derivatives-synthesis-antimycobacterial-and-antibacterial-evaluation
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Lucia Semelková, Ondřej Janďourek, Klára Konečná, Pavla Paterová, Lucie Navrátilová, František Trejtnar, Vladimír Kubíček, Jiří Kuneš, Martin Doležal, Jan Zitko
A series of substituted N-benzyl-3-chloropyrazine-2-carboxamides were prepared as positional isomers of 5-chloro and 6-chloro derivatives, prepared previously. During the aminolysis of the acyl chloride, the simultaneous substitution of chlorine with benzylamino moiety gave rise to N-benzyl-3-(benzylamino)pyrazine-2-carboxamides as side products, in some cases. Although not initially planned, the reaction conditions were modified to populate this double substituted series. The final compounds were tested against four mycobacterial strains...
March 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335391/new-metabolites-and-bioactive-chlorinated-benzophenone-derivatives-produced-by-a-marine-derived-fungus-pestalotiopsis-heterocornis
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Hui Lei, Xiuping Lin, Li Han, Jian Ma, Qingjuan Ma, Jialiang Zhong, Yonghong Liu, Tiemin Sun, Jinhui Wang, Xueshi Huang
Four new compounds, including two isocoumarins, pestaloisocoumarins A and B (1, 2), one sesquiterpenoid degradation, isopolisin B (4), and one furan derivative, pestalotiol A (5), together with one known isocoumarin, gamahorin (3), and three chlorinated benzophenone derivatives, pestalachloride B (6), pestalachloride E (7) and a mixture of pestalalactone atropisomers (8a/8b), were isolated from a culture of the fungus Pestalotiopsis heterocornis associated with sponge Phakellia fusca. These new chemical structures were established using NMR and MS spectroscopic data, as well as single-crystal X-ray crystallographic analysis and CD Cotton effects...
March 13, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335365/antibacterial-properties-of-visible-light-responsive-carbon-containing-titanium-dioxide-photocatalytic-nanoparticles-against-anthrax
#18
Der-Shan Sun, Jyh-Hwa Kau, Hsin-Hsien Huang, Yao-Hsuan Tseng, Wen-Shiang Wu, Hsin-Hou Chang
The bactericidal activity of conventional titanium dioxide (TiO₂) photocatalyst is effective only on irradiation by ultraviolet light, which restricts the applications of TiO₂ for use in living environments. Recently, carbon-containing TiO₂ nanoparticles [TiO₂(C) NP] were found to be a visible-light-responsive photocatalyst (VLRP), which displayed significantly enhanced antibacterial properties under visible light illumination. However, whether TiO₂(C) NPs exert antibacterial properties against Bacillus anthracis remains elusive...
December 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335363/antimicrobial-antioxidant-and-anticancer-activities-of-biosynthesized-silver-nanoparticles-using-marine-algae-ecklonia-cava
#19
Jayachandran Venkatesan, Se-Kwon Kim, Min Suk Shim
Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) has gained great interest as a simple and eco-friendly alternative to conventional chemical methods. In this study, AgNPs were synthesized by using extracts of marine algae Ecklonia cava as reducing and capping agents. The formation of AgNPs using aqueous extract of Ecklonia cava was confirmed visually by color change and their surface plasmon resonance peak at 418 nm, measured by UV-visible spectroscopy. The size, shape, and morphology of the biosynthesized AgNPs were observed by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering analysis...
December 6, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335358/optimum-conditions-for-the-fabrication-of-zein-ag-composite-nanoparticles-from-ethanol-h%C3%A2-o-co-solvents-using-electrospinning
#20
Seong Baek Yang, Mohammad Mahbub Rabbani, Byung Chul Ji, Dong-Wook Han, Joon Seok Lee, Jong Won Kim, Jeong Hyun Yeum
The optimum conditions for the fabrication of zein/Ag composite nanoparticles from ethanol/H₂O cosolvents using electrospinning and the properties of the composite were investigated. The zein/Ag nanoparticles were characterized using field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analysis. The antibacterial activity of the zein/Ag composite nanoparticles was also investigated. The XRD patterns and TEM images indicate the coexistence of a zein matrix and well-distributed Ag nanoparticles...
December 1, 2016: Nanomaterials
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