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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792931/engineering-the-production-of-dipicolinic-acid-in-e-coli
#1
Maria K McClintock, Grant W Fahnhorst, Thomas R Hoye, Kechun Zhang
Dicarboxylic acids, such as the phthalic acids and their derivatives, are monomeric components in several important polyesters and polyamides. In most cases, these compounds are derived from fossil fuels and are not easily biodegradable. Dipicolinic acid (DPA) is a biologically derived aromatic di-acid that has a similar structure to isophthalic acid. Furthermore, DPA has been shown to make polyesters, is readily biodegradable, and is non-toxic. DPA is naturally produced by Bacillus and Clostridium species during sporulation and can comprise up to 15% of the dry weight...
May 21, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792026/co-bridged-h-cluster-intermediates-in-the-catalytic-mechanism-of-fefe-hydrogenase-cai
#2
Michael W Ratzloff, Jacob H Artz, David W Mulder, Reuben T Collins, Thomas E Furtak, Paul W King
The [FeFe]-hydrogenases ([FeFe] H2 ases) catalyze reversible H2 activation at the H-cluster, which is composed of a [4Fe-4S]H subsite linked by a cysteine thiolate to a bridged, organometallic [2Fe-2S] ([2Fe]H ) subsite. Profoundly different geometric models of the H-cluster redox states that orchestrate the electron/proton transfer steps of H2 bond activation have been proposed. We have examined this question in the [FeFe] H2 ase I from Clostridium acetobutylicum (CaI) by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy with temperature annealing and H/D isotope exchange to identify the relevant redox states and define catalytic transitions...
May 23, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791971/predictors-of-treatment-success-after-collagenase-clostridium-histolyticum-injection-for-peyronie-s-disease-development-of-a-nomogram-from-a-multicentre-single-arm-non-placebo-controlled-clinical-study
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Andrea Cocci, Giorgio Ivan Russo, Alberto Briganti, Andrea Salonia, Giovanni Cacciamani, Marco Capece, Marco Falcone, Massimiliano Timpano, Gianmartin Cito, Paolo Verze, Bruno Giammusso, Giuseppe Morgia, Vincenzo Mirone, Andrea Minervini, Mauro Gacci, Tommaso Cai, Sergio Serni, Marco Carini, Gianluca Giubilei, Nicola Mondaini
OBJECTIVE: To build-up a nomogram able to predict treatment success after Collagenase clostridium histolyticum (CCH) for Peyronie's disease (PD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: From November 2016 to November 2017, we enrolled 135 patients with PD in a multicentre single-arm prospective study. All patients enrolled had a treatment with CCH. Success of therapy was defined as a penile curvature decrease of at least 20 degrees from baseline curvature. Treatment satisfaction was assessed using a scale from 1 to 10 and high satisfaction was arbitral defined as a score ≥8...
May 23, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790949/fecal-microbiota-composition-changes-after-a-body-weight-loss-diet-in-beagle-dogs
#4
A Salas, I Jeusette, I Castillo, C L Manuelian, C Lionnet, N Iraculis, N Sanchez, S Fernández, L L Vilaseca, C Torre
In developed countries, dogs and cats frequently suffer from obesity. Recently, gut microbiota composition in humans has been related to obesity and metabolic diseases. This study aimed to evaluate changes in body composition, and gut microbiota composition in obese Beagle dogs after a 17-week body weight (BW) loss program. A total of six neutered adult Beagle dogs with an average initial BW of 16.34 ± 1.52 kg and BCS of 7.8 ± 0.1 points (9-point scale) were restrictedly fed with a hypocaloric, low-fat and high-fiber dry-type diet...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789978/diauxic-growth-of-clostridium-acetobutylicum-atcc-824-when-grown-on-mixtures-of-glucose-and-cellobiose
#5
Felipe Buendia-Kandia, Emmanuel Rondags, Xavier Framboisier, Guillain Mauviel, Anthony Dufour, Emmanuel Guedon
Clostridium acetobutylicum, a promising organism for biomass transformation, has the capacity to utilize a wide variety of carbon sources. During pre-treatments of (ligno) cellulose through thermic and/or enzymatic processes, complex mixtures of oligo saccharides with beta 1,4-glycosidic bonds can be produced. In this paper, the capability of C. acetobutylicum to ferment glucose and cellobiose, alone and in mixtures was studied. Kinetic studies indicated that a diauxic growth occurs when both glucose and cellobiose are present in the medium...
May 22, 2018: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789190/use-of-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-to-identify-mlst-clade-4-clostridium-difficile-isolates
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Jing-Wei Cheng, Chang Liu, Timothy Kudinha, Meng Xiao, Shu-Ying Yu, Chun-Xia Yang, Ming Wei, Guo-Wei Liang, Dong-Hua Shao, Fanrong Kong, Zhao-Hui Tong, Ying-Chun Xu
Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of health care-associated infections. Previous studies suggest that C. difficile MLST clade 4 strains with higher drug resistance rates constitute the major clone spreading in China. Thus development of a rapid and accurate typing method for these strains is needed to monitor the epidemiology of this clone and to guide clinical treatment. A total of 160 non-duplicate C. difficile isolates recovered from three large teaching hospitals in Beijing were studied. All the 41 clade 4 C...
April 26, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788909/whole-genome-analysis-reveals-the-diversity-and-evolutionary-relationships-between-necrotic-enteritis-causing-strains-of-clostridium-perfringens
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Jake A Lacey, Theodore R Allnutt, Ben Vezina, Thi Thu Hao Van, Thomas Stent, Xiaoyan Han, Julian I Rood, Ben Wade, Anthony L Keyburn, Torsten Seemann, Honglei Chen, Volker Haring, Priscilla A Johanesen, Dena Lyras, Robert J Moore
BACKGROUND: Clostridium perfringens causes a range of diseases in animals and humans including necrotic enteritis in chickens and food poisoning and gas gangrene in humans. Necrotic enteritis is of concern in commercial chicken production due to the cost of the implementation of infection control measures and to productivity losses. This study has focused on the genomic analysis of a range of chicken-derived C. perfringens isolates, from around the world and from different years. The genomes were sequenced and compared with 20 genomes available from public databases, which were from a diverse collection of isolates from chickens, other animals, and humans...
May 22, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788438/efficacy-of-polymers-from-spontaneous-carotenoid-oxidation-in-reducing-necrotic-enteritis-in-broilers
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M Kang, J-Y Oh, S-Y Cha, W-I Kim, H-S Cho, H-K Jang
This study evaluated the preventive effect of the spontaneous oxidation of β-carotene (OxC-beta) in broiler chickens with necrotic enteritis by Clostridium perfringens taking into consideration various parameters including clinical signs, body weight, intestinal lesion severity, and bacterial enumeration. The mean body weight of the OxC-beta treatment groups increased significantly (P < 0.05) compared to that of the C. perfringens challenge group. Intestinal lesion scores due to C. perfringens infection were significantly alleviated by OxC-beta treatment (P < 0...
May 18, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788418/efficacy-of-bezlotoxumab-based-on-timing-of-administration-relative-to-start-of-antibacterial-therapy-for-clostridium-difficile-infection
#9
Thomas Birch, Yoav Golan, Giuliano Rizzardini, Erin Jensen, Lori Gabryelski, Dalya Guris, Mary Beth Dorr
Background: The fully human monoclonal antibody bezlotoxumab binds Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile toxin B and reduces recurrence rates in patients with C. difficile infection (CDI) receiving antibacterial treatment for a primary or recurrent episode. Objectives: To investigate whether the timing of bezlotoxumab administration relative to the onset of antibacterial treatment affected clinical outcome in the Phase 3 trials MODIFY I (NCT01241552) and MODIFY II (NCT01513239)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788027/the-neonatal-microbiome-and-its-partial-role-in-mediating-the-association-between-birth-by-cesarean-section-and-adverse-pediatric-outcomes
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Diana Montoya-Williams, Dominick J Lemas, Lisa Spiryda, Keval Patel, O'neshia Olivia Carney, Josef Neu, Tiffany L Carson
BACKGROUND: Cesarean sections (CS) are among the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the world. Epidemiologic data has associated delivery by CS with an increased risk of certain adverse health outcomes in children, such as asthma and obesity. OBJECTIVE: To explore what is known about the effect of mode of delivery on the development of the infant microbiome and discuss the potentially mediating role of CS-related microbial dysbiosis in the development of adverse pediatric health outcomes...
May 22, 2018: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786671/mechanisms-of-action-and-cell-death-associated-with-clostridium-perfringens-toxins
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REVIEW
Mauricio A Navarro, Bruce A McClane, Francisco A Uzal
Clostridium perfringens uses its large arsenal of protein toxins to produce histotoxic, neurologic and intestinal infections in humans and animals. The major toxins involved in diseases are alpha (CPA), beta (CPB), epsilon (ETX), iota (ITX), enterotoxin (CPE), and necrotic B-like (NetB) toxins. CPA is the main virulence factor involved in gas gangrene in humans, whereas its role in animal diseases is limited and controversial. CPB is responsible for necrotizing enteritis and enterotoxemia, mostly in neonatal individuals of many animal species, including humans...
May 22, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783772/acid-sphingomyelinase-promotes-cellular-internalization-of-clostridium-perfringens-iota-toxin
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Masahiro Nagahama, Masaya Takehara, Kazuaki Miyamoto, Kazumi Ishidoh, Keiko Kobayashi
Clostridium perfringens iota-toxin is a binary actin-ADP-ribosylating toxin composed of the enzymatic component Ia and receptor binding component Ib. Ib binds to a cell surface receptor, forms Ib oligomer in lipid rafts, and associates with Ia. The Ia-Ib complex then internalizes by endocytosis. Here, we showed that acid sphingomyelinase (ASMase) facilitates the cellular uptake of iota-toxin. Inhibitions of ASMase and lysosomal exocytosis by respective blockers depressed cell rounding induced by iota-toxin...
May 20, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783170/impact-of-long-term-salinity-exposure-in-anaerobic-membrane-bioreactors-treating-phenolic-wastewater-performance-robustness-and-endured-microbial-community
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Julian D Muñoz Sierra, Margreet J Oosterkamp, Wei Wang, Henri Spanjers, Jules B van Lier
Industrial wastewaters are becoming increasingly associated with extreme conditions such as the presence of refractory compounds and high salinity that adversely affect biomass retention or reduce biological activity. Hence, this study evaluated the impact of long-term salinity increase to 20 gNa+ .L-1 on the bioconversion performance and microbial community composition in anaerobic membrane bioreactors treating phenolic wastewater. Phenol removal efficiency of up to 99.9% was achieved at 14 gNa+ .L-1 . Phenol conversion rates of 5...
May 7, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782468/potential-role-of-gut-microbiota-in-als-pathogenesis-and-possible-novel-therapeutic-strategies
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Letizia Mazzini, Luca Mogna, Fabiola De Marchi, Angela Amoruso, Marco Pane, Irene Aloisio, Nicole Bozzi Cionci, Francesca Gaggìa, Ausiliatrice Lucenti, Enrica Bersano, Roberto Cantello, Diana Di Gioia, Giovanni Mogna
BACKGROUND: Recent preclinical studies suggest that dysfunction of gastrointestinal tract may play a role in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) pathogenesis through a modification of the gut microbiota brain axis. Our study is the first focused on microbiota analysis in ALS patients. AIM: Our aim was to study the main human gut microbial groups and the overall microbial diversity in ALS and healthy subjects. Moreover we have examined the influence of a treatment with a specific bacteriotherapy composed of Lactobacillus strains (Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus delbrueckii, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus salivarius) acting on the gastrointestinal barrier...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781761/prevention-and-treatment-of-clostridium-difficile-associated-diarrhea-by-reconstitution-of-the-microbiota
#15
Noa Eliakim-Raz, Jihad Bishara
This review summarizes the latest advances in treating and preventing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), the most common infectious disease cause of nosocomial diarrhea in adults in developed countries. As customary antibiotic therapies against C. difficile, metronidazole and vancomycin, are broad spectrum, they affect greatly the gut microbiota, which result in very high recurrence rates. Therefore, new strategies are researched intensively. New therapies focus on limiting further destruction of the gut microbiota or restoring the microbiota to its pre-destructed state...
May 21, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779687/lack-of-improvement-in-antimicrobial-prescribing-after-a-diagnosis-of-clostridium-difficile-and-impact-on-recurrence
#16
Richard L Watson, Christopher J Graber
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial use is one of the largest modifiable risk factors for development of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). We sought to determine if a recent diagnosis of CDI affected the appropriateness of subsequent antimicrobial prescribing. METHODS: This study is a retrospective electronic chart review of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration. Medication administration records were reviewed for all patients with new CDI from 2015-2016 to determine the appropriateness (drug choice, duration, and dosage) of all non-CDI antimicrobials prescribed within 90 days pre- and post-initial CDI (iCDI) positive testing...
May 17, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779649/evaluation-of-a-best-practice-alert-to-reduce-unnecessary-clostridium-difficile-testing-following-receipt-of-a-laxative
#17
Anastasia Bilinskaya, Kellie J Goodlet, Michael D Nailor
INTRODUCTION: This study examined the effect of an alert notifying providers ordering Clostridium difficile PCR when their patient received a laxative within 24 hours at four hospitals. METHODS: All patients whose provider received the laxative alert when ordering C. difficile testing were examined. RESULTS: Three hundred sixty-six patients had 483 alerts triggered, with 75% overridden. While 74% of patients had ≥2 bowel movements immediately pre-order, 33% of C...
April 21, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779170/histological-improvement-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-with-a-prebiotic-a-pilot-clinical-trial
#18
Marc R Bomhof, Jill A Parnell, Hena R Ramay, Pam Crotty, Kevin P Rioux, Chris S Probert, Saumya Jayakumar, Maitreyi Raman, Raylene A Reimer
PURPOSE: In obesity and diabetes the liver is highly susceptible to abnormal uptake and storage of fat. In certain individuals hepatic steatosis predisposes to the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a disease marked by hepatic inflammation and fibrosis. Although the precise pathophysiology of NASH is unknown, it is believed that the gut microbiota-liver axis influences the development of this disease. With few treatment strategies available for NASH, exploration of gut microbiota-targeted interventions is warranted...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779082/does-obesity-influence-the-risk-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-among-patients-with-ulcerative-colitis
#19
Sajiv Chandradas, Hamed Khalili, Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, Connor Wayman, Warren Reidel, Jill Waalen, Gauree G Konijeti
BACKGROUND: Patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) are at an increased risk of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) compared with the general population. Recent data suggest that obesity also increases the risk of CDI. AIMS: To examine whether obesity influences the risk of CDI among patients with UC. STUDY: We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study of UC patients seen in gastroenterology clinic between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015...
May 19, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778795/bioaugmentation-with-clostridium-tyrobutyricum-to-improve-butyric-acid-production-through-direct-rice-straw-bioconversion
#20
Xue Chi, Jianzheng Li, Xin Wang, Yafei Zhang, Shao-Yuan Leu, Ying Wang
One-pot bioconversion is an economically attractive biorefinery strategy to reduce enzyme consumption. Direct conversion of lignocellulosic biomass for butyric acid production is still challenging because of competition among microorganisms. In a consolidated hydrolysis/fermentation bioprocessing (CBP) the microbial structure may eventually prefer the production of caproic acid rather than butyric acid production. This paper presents a new bioaugmentation approach for high butyric acid production from rice straw...
May 2, 2018: Bioresource Technology
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