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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937601/humoral-response-of-buffaloes-to-a-recombinant-vaccine-against-botulism-serotypes-c-and-d
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Denis Y Otaka, José D Barbosa, Clóvis Moreira, Marcos R A Ferreira, Carlos E P Cunha, Antônio R S Brito, Rafael A Donassolo, Ângela N Moreira, Fabrício R Conceição, Felipe M Salvarani
Botulism is a fatal intoxication caused by botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), which are mainly produced by Clostridium botulinum and characterized by flaccid paralysis. The BoNTs C and D are the main serotypes responsible for botulism in animals, including buffaloes. Botulism is one of the leading causes of death in adult ruminants in Brazil due to the high mortality rates, even though botulism in buffaloes is poorly reported and does not reflect the real economic impact of this disease in Brazilian herds. Vaccination is reported as the most important prophylactic measure for botulism control, although there are no specific vaccines commercially available for buffaloes in Brazil...
September 22, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936948/control-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-by-defined-microbial-communities
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James Collins, Jennifer M Auchtung
Each year in the United States, billions of dollars are spent combating almost half a million Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) and trying to reduce the ∼29,000 patient deaths in which C. difficile has an attributed role. In Europe, disease prevalence varies by country and level of surveillance, though yearly costs are estimated at €3 billion. One factor contributing to the significant health care burden of C. difficile is the relatively high frequency of recurrent CDIs. Recurrent CDI, i.e., a second episode of symptomatic CDI occurring within 8 weeks of successful initial CDI treatment, occurs in ∼25% of patients, with 35 to 65% of these patients experiencing multiple episodes of recurrent disease...
September 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936381/anal-canal-gas-gangrene-in-aplastic-anaemia-rare-yet-lethal-entity-a-caveat
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Sundaramurthi Sudharsanan, Chellappa Vijayakumar, Kumar Manish, T P Elamurugan, Ali S Manwar
Gas gangrene is one of the most serious infections of traumatic and surgical wounds. The importance lies in the fact that, if not managed at the right time, the condition is fatal. Though perianal cellulitis and gangrene are commonly reported in immunocompromised patients, we report the case of a patient with gas gangrene involving only the anal canal extending to the rectum, a rare presentation to be reported in literature.  An 18-year-old lady, a patient of aplastic anaemia - immunodeficiency, developed gas gangrene of the anal canal possibly due to faecal contamination of anal fissures...
July 13, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936208/cas9-nickase-assisted-rna-repression-enables-stable-and-efficient-manipulation-of-essential-metabolic-genes-in-clostridium-cellulolyticum
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Tao Xu, Yongchao Li, Zhili He, Joy D Van Nostrand, Jizhong Zhou
Essential gene functions remain largely underexplored in bacteria. Clostridium cellulolyticum is a promising candidate for consolidated bioprocessing; however, its genetic manipulation to reduce the formation of less-valuable acetate is technically challenging due to the essentiality of acetate-producing genes. Here we developed a Cas9 nickase-assisted chromosome-based RNA repression to stably manipulate essential genes in C. cellulolyticum. Our plasmid-based expression of antisense RNA (asRNA) molecules targeting the phosphotransacetylase (pta) gene successfully reduced the enzymatic activity by 35% in cellobiose-grown cells, metabolically decreased the acetate titer by 15 and 52% in wildtype transformants on cellulose and xylan, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936206/an-in-vitro-fermentation-study-on-the-effects-of-gluten-friendly-tm-bread-on-microbiota-and-short-chain-fatty-acids-of-fecal-samples-from-healthy-and-celiac-subjects
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Adele Costabile, Triana Bergillos-Meca, Loretta Landriscina, Antonio Bevilacqua, Isidro Gonzalez-Salvador, Maria R Corbo, Leonardo Petruzzi, Milena Sinigaglia, Carmela Lamacchia
Recently, an innovative gluten detoxification method called Gluten Friendly(TM) (GF) has been developed. It induces structural modifications, which abolish the antigenic capacity of gluten and reduce the in vitro immunogenicity of the most common epitopes involved in celiac disease, without compromising the nutritional and technological properties. This study investigated the in vitro effects of GF bread (GFB) on the fecal microbiota from healthy and celiac individuals by a three-stage continuous fermentative system, which simulates the colon (vessel 1, proximal colon; vessel 2, transverse colon; and vessel 3, distal colon), as well as on the production of short chain fatty acids (SCFA, acetate, propionate, butyrate)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935921/probiotic-reduces-bacterial-translocation-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-randomised-controlled-study
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Junko Sato, Akio Kanazawa, Kosuke Azuma, Fuki Ikeda, Hiromasa Goto, Koji Komiya, Rei Kanno, Yoshifumi Tamura, Takashi Asahara, Takuya Takahashi, Koji Nomoto, Yuichiro Yamashiro, Hirotaka Watada
Gut bacterial translocation to the blood may play an important role in the development of insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes. Here, we performed an interventional randomised control study to investigate whether probiotics could reduce bacterial translocation and cause changes in the gut microbiota. Seventy Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes were randomised to two groups: the probiotic group drank Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota-fermented milk, while the control group ingested no probiotics. The trial was conducted for 16 weeks...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935752/erratum-for-halpin-et-al-finished-whole-genome-sequences-of-clostridium-butyricum-toxin-subtype-e4-and-clostridium-baratii-toxin-subtype-f7-strains
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Jessica L Halpin, Karen Hill, Shannon L Johnson, David Carlton Bruce, T Brian Shirey, Janet K Dykes, Carolina Lúquez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 21, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935515/template-for-an-antibiotic-stewardship-policy-for-post-acute-and%C3%A2-long-term-care-settings
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Robin L P Jump, Swati Gaur, Morgan J Katz, Christopher J Crnich, Ghinwa Dumyati, Muhammad S Ashraf, Elizabeth Frentzel, Steven J Schweon, Philip Sloane, David Nace
In response to a rising concern for multidrug resistance and Clostridium difficile infections, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) will require all long-term care (LTC) facilities to establish an antibiotic stewardship program by November 2017. Thus far, limited evidence describes implementation of antibiotic stewardship in LTC facilities, mostly in academic- or hospital-affiliated settings. To support compliance with CMS requirements and aid facilities in establishing a stewardship program, the Infection Advisory Committee at AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, has developed an antibiotic stewardship policy template tailored to the LTC setting...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935196/genetic-identification-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-clinically-isolated-anaerobic-bacteria-a-prospective-multicenter-surveillance-study-in-japan
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Tomoyuki Yunoki, Yasufumi Matsumura, Masaki Yamamoto, Michio Tanaka, Kyoko Hamano, Satoshi Nakano, Taro Noguchi, Miki Nagao, Satoshi Ichiyama
This prospective multicenter surveillance study was designed to provide antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of clinical anaerobic bacteria with genetic species identification in Japan. In 2014, a total of 526 non-duplicate clinical anaerobic isolates were collected from 11 acute-care hospitals in the Kyoto and Shiga regions of Japan. Genetic identification was performed using 16S rRNA sequencing. Minimum inhibitory concentrations were determined in the central laboratory and were interpreted using the CLSI criteria...
September 18, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935109/identification-and-design-of-synthetic-b-cell-epitopes-for-carbohydrate-based-vaccines
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Felix Broecker, Peter H Seeberger
Synthetic oligosaccharide-based vaccines are promising alternatives to conventional antibacterial carbohydrate vaccines prepared with isolated polysaccharides. Unlike polysaccharides, synthetic glycans are well defined, contaminant-free, and accessible even for pathogens that cannot be fermented or show limited carbohydrate biosynthesis in vitro. However, identifying synthetic glycan B cell epitopes that induce protective immunity has traditionally been a time-consuming trial-and-error process, as predicting the immunogenicity of an oligosaccharide by means of structure alone is not straightforward...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934954/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic-first-isolation-and-review-of-the-literature
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Elaine Cheong, Tamalee Roberts, Sayaphet Rattanavong, Thomas V Riley, Paul N Newton, David A B Dance
BACKGROUND: Current knowledge of the epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection in Asia, and in particular the Greater Mekong Subregion, is very limited. Only a few studies from Thailand and Vietnam have been reported from the region with variable testing methods and results, and no studies from Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). Therefore we investigated the presence of C. difficile in a single centre in the Lao PDR and determined the ribotypes present. METHOD: Seventy unformed stool samples from hospital inpatients at Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, were tested for the presence of C...
September 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934314/mode-of-action-of-plectasin-derived-peptides-against-gas-gangrene-associated-clostridium-perfringens-type-a
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Xueling Zheng, Xiumin Wang, Da Teng, Ruoyu Mao, Ya Hao, Na Yang, Lifen Zong, Jianhua Wang
NZ2114 and MP1102 are novel plectasin-derived peptides with potent activity against Gram-positive bacteria. The antibacterial characteristics and mechanism of NZ2114 and MP1102 against gas gangrene-associated Clostridium perfringens were studied for the first time. The minimal inhibitory concentration and minimal bactericidal concentration of NZ2114 and MP1102 against resistant C. perfringens type A strain CVCC 46 were 0.91 μM. Based on the fractional inhibitory concentration index (FICI) result, an additive or synergic effect was observed between NZ2114 (FICI = 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934262/effects-of-eimeria-tenella-infection-on-chicken-caecal-microbiome-diversity-exploring-variation-associated-with-severity-of-pathology
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Sarah E Macdonald, Matthew J Nolan, Kimberley Harman, Kay Boulton, David A Hume, Fiona M Tomley, Richard A Stabler, Damer P Blake
Eimeria species cause the intestinal disease coccidiosis, most notably in poultry. While the direct impact of coccidiosis on animal health and welfare is clear, its influence on the enteric microbiota and by-stander effects on chicken health and production remains largely unknown, with the possible exception of Clostridium perfringens (necrotic enteritis). This study evaluated the composition and structure of the caecal microbiome in the presence or absence of a defined Eimeria tenella challenge infection in Cobb500 broiler chickens using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933492/the-hepatoprotective-effect-of-the-probiotic-clostridium-butyricum-against-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-acute-liver-damage-in-mice
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Jiaming Liu, Yaoyang Fu, Hao Zhang, Jindan Wang, Jing Zhu, Yaqi Wang, Yuegui Guo, Guocan Wang, Tianqi Xu, Maoping Chu, Fangyan Wang
Previous studies have revealed that the probiotic Clostridium butyricum (C. butyricum) can attenuate cirrhosis in chronic non-alcoholic liver disease. However, the effects of C. butyricum on acute liver injury (ALI) remain unclear. Therefore, the present study aims to examine the hepatoprotective effects and the underlying mechanisms employed by C. butyricum in a carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced ALI murine model. Here, we evaluated the survival rate and the levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), anti-oxidants, cytokines and the gut microbiota to elucidate the potential mechanisms by which C...
September 21, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932978/biobutanol-production-from-apple-pomace-the-importance-of-pretreatment-methods-on-the-fermentability-of-lignocellulosic-agro-food-wastes
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María Hijosa-Valsero, Ana I Paniagua-García, Rebeca Díez-Antolínez
Apple pomace was studied as a possible raw material for biobutanol production. Five different soft physicochemical pretreatments (autohydrolysis, acids, alkalis, organic solvents and surfactants) were compared in a high-pressure reactor, whose working parameters (temperature, time and reagent concentration) were optimised to maximise the amount of simple sugars released and to minimise inhibitor generation. The pretreated biomass was subsequently subjected to a conventional enzymatic treatment to complete the hydrolysis...
September 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932754/hair-growth-in-two-alopecia-patients-after-fecal-microbiota-transplant
#16
Dionne Rebello, Elaina Wang, Eugene Yen, Peter A Lio, Colleen R Kelly
Clostridium difficile infections can be life-threatening but are increasingly being treated successfully with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). We report two patients with alopecia universalis who developed subsequent hair regrowth after FMT for treatment of recurrent C. difficile infections. Gut microbiota may have immunomodulatory effects in autoimmune conditions such as alopecia areata, and further study may elucidate disease mechanisms and lead to alternative treatment options for these patients for whom treatment options are currently limited...
2017: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932263/how-does-cellulosome-composition-influence-deconstruction-of-lignocellulosic-substrates-in-clostridium-ruminiclostridium-thermocellum-dsm-1313
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Shahar Yoav, Yoav Barak, Melina Shamshoum, Ilya Borovok, Raphael Lamed, Bareket Dassa, Yitzhak Hadar, Ely Morag, Edward A Bayer
BACKGROUND: Bioethanol production processes involve enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated lignocellulosic biomass into fermentable sugars. Due to the relatively high cost of enzyme production, the development of potent and cost-effective cellulolytic cocktails is critical for increasing the cost-effectiveness of bioethanol production. In this context, the multi-protein cellulolytic complex of Clostridium (Ruminiclostridium) thermocellum, the cellulosome, was studied here. C. thermocellum is known to assemble cellulosomes of various subunit (enzyme) compositions, in response to the available carbon source...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931420/presence-of-periaortic-gas-in-clostridium-septicum-infected-aortic-aneurysm-aids-in-early-diagnosis-a-case-report-and-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Fumihito Ito, Ryota Inokuchi, Akinori Matsumoto, Yoshibumi Kumada, Hideyuki Yokoyama, Tokiya Ishida, Katsuhiko Hashimoto, Masashi Narita, Kazuaki Shinohara
BACKGROUND: Clostridium septicum-infected aortic aneurysm is a fatal and rare disease. We present a fatal case of C. septicum-infected aortic aneurysm and a pertinent literature review with treatment suggestions for reducing mortality rates. CASE PRESENTATION: A 58-year-old Japanese man with an unremarkable medical history presented with a 3-day history of mild weakness in both legs, and experienced paraplegia and paresthesia a day before admission. Upon recognition of signs of an abdominal aortic aneurysm and paraplegia, we suspected an occluded Adamkiewicz artery and performed a contrast-enhanced computed tomography scan, which revealed an aortic aneurysm with periaortic gas extending from his chest to his abdomen and both kidneys...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931089/advanced-glycation-end-products-dietary-restriction-effects-on-bacterial-gut-microbiota-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-a-randomized-open-label-controlled-trial
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Rabi Yacoub, Melinda Nugent, Weijin Cai, Girish N Nadkarni, Lee D Chaves, Sham Abyad, Amanda M Honan, Shruthi A Thomas, Wei Zheng, Sujith A Valiyaparambil, Mark A Bryniarski, Yijun Sun, Michael Buck, Robert J Genco, Richard J Quigg, John C He, Jaime Uribarri
The modern Western diet is rich in advanced glycation end products (AGEs). We have previously shown an association between dietary AGEs and markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in a population of end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD). In the current pilot study we explored the effects of dietary AGEs on the gut bacterial microbiota composition in similar patients. AGEs play an important role in the development and progression of cardiovascular (CVD) disease. Plasma concentrations of different bacterial products have been shown to predict the risk of incident major adverse CVD events independently of traditional CVD risk factors, and experimental animal models indicates a possible role AGEs might have on the gut microbiota population...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930913/the-effect-of-lactoferrin-and-pepsin-treated-lactoferrin-on-iec-6-cell-damage-induced-by-clostridium-difficile-toxin-b
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Kosuke Otake, Norio Sato, Ayako Kitaguchi, Takayuki Irahara, Satoru Murata, Keiichiro Shiraga, Yuichi Ogawa, Takahiro K Fujiwara, Kaoru Koike, Hiroyuki Yokota
Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) have recently increased worldwide. Some CDI progress to fulminant and recurrent CDI and are associated with high mortality and morbidity. CD produces toxins A and B, which cause intestinal mucosal damage, although toxin B exhibits greater cytotoxicity. Pepsin-treated lactoferrin (PLF) is the decomposed product of lactoferrin (LF), a multifunctional glycoprotein with anti-inflammatory properties. Here, we investigate the effects of LF and PLF in toxin B-stimulated rat intestinal epithelial (IEC-6) cells...
September 19, 2017: Shock
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