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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738599/development-of-a-chemiluminescent-dna-fibre-optic-genosensor-to-hepatitis-a-virus-hav
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Kehan Ye, Marisa Manzano, Riccardo Muzzi, Karina Yew-Hoong Gin, Nazanin Saeidi, Shin Giek Goh, Alfred Iing Yoong Tok, Robert S Marks
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection has caused substantial morbidity and economic losses to human society, presenting a major public health problem in many parts of the world. Despite the capability for low-concentration detection, current PCR-based techniques are limited by the requirement of specialized lab equipment, trained personnel and a relatively large time-commitment. The need for a prompt in-field quantitative identification of HAV in real samples has led us to develop a chemiluminescent fibre optic genosensor system...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738464/-analysis-on-risk-factors-for-norovirus-outbreaks-in-guangdong-province-2008-2015
#2
F Yang, L M Sun, H Li, L L Guo, L Fang, X H Tan, Y F Long, C W Ke, J F He
Objective: To analyze transmission factors of norovirus outbreaks in Guangdong province during 2008-2015 and provide evidence for the prevention and control of norovirus infection. Methods: Epidemiological analysis was performed on the data of norovirus outbreaks reported in Guangdong from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2015, which were obtained from the Public Health Emergency Management Information System of Guangdong province. The samples collected from the norovirus outbreaks were detected for norovirus by RT-PCR and the gene sequencing of the positive PCR products were performed...
July 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738346/synergistic-activity-of-berberine-with-azithromycin-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolated-from-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-of-lung-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#3
YongTao Li, JianRong Huang, LanJuan Li, LinSheng Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) is one of the major opportunistic pathogens which can cause chronic lung infection of cystic fibrosis (CF). The formation of PA biofilm promotes CF development and restricts the antimicrobial efficacies of current antibiotics. METHODS: The antimicrobial effects of azithromycin (AZM) and berberine (BER) alone and in combination were evaluated using microdilution method, checkerboard assay, time-kill test, qRT-PCR analysis and absorption method...
July 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738309/irradiation-by-blue-light-in-the-presence-of-a-photoacid-confers-changes-to-colony-morphology-of-the-plant-pathogen-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
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Ron Simkovitch, Oren Gajst, Einat Zelinger, Oded Yarden, Dan Huppert
We used the photoacid 8-hydroxy-1,3,6-pyrenetrisulfonate (HPTS) that converts blue photons to acidic protons in water, with an efficiency of close to 100%, and determined that this treatment conferred changes to colony morphology of the plant pathogen Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. The time elapsed until hyphal collapse is noticed depends on both the laser intensity in mW/cm(2), and the concentration of HPTS in the Agar hydrogel. The time elapsed until hyphal collapse is noticed varies by only ±8% at HPTS concentrations of 500μM and at lower concentrations of HPTS the variance increases as the inverse of the concentration...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738289/germinal-center-enhancement-by-extended-antigen-availability
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REVIEW
Kimberly M Cirelli, Shane Crotty
Vaccine elicitation of protective antibody responses has proved difficult for a number of important human pathogens, including HIV-1. The amount of somatic hypermutation associated with the development of broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV has not been achieved using conventional immunization strategies. An underexplored aspect of vaccine design is modulation of antigen kinetics. Immunization strategies with extended antigen availability have recently been shown to enhance humoral responses. In this review, we explore the mechanisms through which sustained antigen availability can enhance germinal center responses and the potency of antibody responses...
July 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738232/molecular-tools-and-emerging-strategies-for-deep-genetic-genomic-refactoring-of-pseudomonas
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REVIEW
Esteban Martínez-García, Víctor de Lorenzo
The interest of the genus Pseudomonas largely relies on the virulence of some of its species for plants and animals (including humans). Yet, pathogenic features of some isolates coexist with others often present in environmental variants that promote plant growth and degrade chemical pollutants. Many of these traits can be traced to the intrinsic properties of the genomic chassis of this genus along with distinct genetic parts and devices. With the tools of Synthetic Biology these can be enhanced and/or repurposed for the sake of biological control, environmental remediation and whole-cell biocatalysis...
July 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738229/a-facile-one-step-method-for-cell-lysis-and-dna-extraction-of-waterborne-pathogens-using-a-microchip
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Vivek Kamat, Sulaxna Pandey, Kishore Paknikar, Dhananjay Bodas
Globally, waterborne organisms are the primary causative agents for the transmission of various forms of diarrheal diseases. For accurate diagnosis, molecular tools have gained considerable attention in the recent past. Molecular tools require DNA as the starting material for diagnosis, and hence, a prerequisite is the quality and integrity of DNA. To obtain high quality DNA rapidly, we have fabricated a microchip in poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) by soft lithography process. The microchip facilitated in-flow coating of chitosan on the magnetic nanoparticles, which under external mechanical vibration caused cell lysis and released DNA in the supernatant...
July 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738218/common-variation-in-the-autism-risk-gene-cntnap2-brain-structural-connectivity-and-multisensory-speech-integration
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Lars A Ross, Victor A Del Bene, Sophie Molholm, Young Jae Woo, Gizely N Andrade, Brett S Abrahams, John J Foxe
Three lines of evidence motivated this study. 1) CNTNAP2 variation is associated with autism risk and speech-language development. 2) CNTNAP2 variations are associated with differences in white matter (WM) tracts comprising the speech-language circuitry. 3) Children with autism show impairment in multisensory speech perception. Here, we asked whether an autism risk-associated CNTNAP2 single nucleotide polymorphism in neurotypical adults was associated with multisensory speech perception performance, and whether such a genotype-phenotype association was mediated through white matter tract integrity in speech-language circuitry...
July 21, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738204/the-fate-of-sotalol-in-aqueous-chlorination-kinetics-mechanisms-and-ecotoxicity-assessment
#9
Wan Nor Adira Wan Khalit, Kheng Soo Tay
Unmetabolized pharmaceuticals often enter the water treatment plants and exposed to various treatment processes. Among these water treatment processes, disinfection is a process which involves the application of chemical oxidation to remove pathogen. Untreated pharmaceuticals from primary and secondary treatment have the potential to be exposed to the chemical oxidation process during disinfection. This study investigated the kinetics and mechanism of the degradation of sotalol during chlorination process. Chlorination with hypochlorous acid (HOCl) as main reactive oxidant has been known as one of the most commonly used disinfection methods...
July 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738195/proteomic-and-genetics-insights-on-the-response-of-the-bacteriocinogenic-lactobacillus-sakei-crl1862-during-biofilm-formation-on-stainless-steel-surface-at-10%C3%A2-c
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Mariana Pérez-Ibarreche, Lucía M Mendoza, Graciela Vignolo, Silvina Fadda
Some lactic acid bacteria have the ability to form biofilms on food-industry surfaces and this property could be used to control food pathogens colonization. Lactobacillus sakei CR1862 was selected considering its bacteriocinogenic nature and ability to adhere to abiotic surfaces at low temperatures. In this study, the proteome of L. sakei CRL1862 grown either under biofilm on stainless steel surface and planktonic modes of growth at 10°C, was investigated. Using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, 29 out of 43 statistically significant spots were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738171/emerging-roles-for-tfeb-in-the-immune-response-and-inflammation
#11
Owen A Brady, José A Martina, Rosa Puertollano
Inflammation is a central feature of an effective immune response, which functions to eliminate pathogens and other foreign material, and promote recovery; however, dysregulation of the inflammatory response is associated with a wide variety of disease states. The autophagy-lysosome pathway is one of 2 major degradative pathways used by the cell and serves to eliminate long-lived and dysfunctional proteins and organelles to maintain homeostasis. Mounting evidence implicates the autophagy-lysosome pathway as a key player in regulating the inflammatory response; hence many inflammatory diseases may fundamentally be diseases of autophagy-lysosome pathway dysfunction...
July 24, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738017/distinct-oxysterol-requirements-for-positioning-na%C3%A3-ve-and-activated-dendritic-cells-in-the-spleen
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Erick Lu, Eric V Dang, Jeffrey G McDonald, Jason G Cyster
Correct positioning of dendritic cells (DCs) is critical for efficient pathogen encounter and antigen presentation. Epstein-Barr virus-induced gene 2 (EBI2) has been identified as a chemoattractant receptor required for naïve CD4(+)DCIR2(+) DC positioning in response to 7α,25-hydroxycholesterol (7α,25-HC). We now provide evidence that a second EBI2 ligand, 7α,27-HC, is involved in splenic DCIR2(+) DC positioning and homeostasis. Cyp27a1, the enzyme uniquely required for 7α,27-HC synthesis, is expressed by stromal cells in the region of naïve DC localization...
April 7, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737895/cell-wall-remodeling-of-staphylococcus-aureus-in-live-c-elegans
#13
Sean E Pidgeon, Marcos M Pires
Peptidoglycan (PG) scaffolds are critical components of bacterial cell walls. They counter internal turgor pressure to prevent lysis and protect against external insults. It was recently discovered that various types of bacteria release large quantities of PG building blocks (D-amino acids) into their surrounding medium. Cultured bacteria were also found to incorporate D-amino acids (both natural and synthetic) from the medium directly into their PG scaffold. Together, these two processes may potentially function, in concert, to metabolically remodel PG in live host organisms...
July 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737877/-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-an-infrequent-causal-agent-of-periorbital-cellulitis-in-a-child
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Rocío Del P Pereira-Ospina, Javier Y Pinzón-Salamanca, José M Suescún-Vargas, Yuli Guzmán-Prado
Periorbital cellulitis is a very common disease in pediatric population, it describes an infection involving the adjacent soft tissues anterior to the orbital septum. Pathogens involved are generally Gram-positive cocci after introduction of Haemophilus influenzae vaccine. We report a case of Neisseria gonorrhoeae periorbital cellulitis associated with bacterial conjunctivitis in a child. There are few cases reported in the literature with this microorganism as the causal agent. With this case, we would like to emphasize the importance to do a culture of the ocular secretion (if it exists) because this allowed us to determine an infrequent agent of this disease...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737849/antifungal-activity-of-alkaloids-against-candida-albicans
#15
Juliana Noguti, Mersedeh Rajinia, Bruna Raquel Zancope, Maria Carolina Salome Marquezin, Dalia Seleem, Vanessa Pardi, Ramiro M Murata
Candida albicans is a pathogen in the mouth responsible for opportunistic infections that are usually harmless. Natural products have been used to develop several drugs, mostly anticancer and anti-infective agents. Among these, alkaloids have been studied for their medicinal properties. In this study, we examined their antifungal activity against C. albicans in vitro. Among the alkaloids studied in this work, berberine hydrochloride showed the best activity against C. albicans.
August 2016: Journal—California Dental Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737838/improved-bacterial-identification-directly-from-urine-samples-with-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Koichi Kitagawa, Katsumi Shigemura, Ken-Ichiro Onuma, Masako Nishida, Mayu Fujiwara, Saori Kobayashi, Mika Yamasaki, Tatsuya Nakamura, Fukashi Yamamichi, Toshiro Shirakawa, Issei Tokimatsu, Masato Fujisawa
BACKGROUND: Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) contributes to rapid identification of pathogens in the clinic but has not yet performed especially well for Gram-positive cocci (GPC) causing complicated urinary tract infection (UTI). The goal of this study was to investigate the possible clinical use of MALDI-TOF MS as a rapid method for bacterial identification directly from urine in complicated UTI. METHODS: MALDI-TOF MS was applied to urine samples gathered from 142 suspected complicated UTI patients in 2015-2017...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737762/mechanism-of-host-substrate-acetylation-by-a-yopj-family-effector
#17
Zhi-Min Zhang, Ka-Wai Ma, Linfeng Gao, Zhenquan Hu, Simon Schwizer, Wenbo Ma, Jikui Song
The Yersinia outer protein J (YopJ) family of bacterial effectors depends on a novel acetyltransferase domain to acetylate signalling proteins from plant and animal hosts. However, the underlying mechanism is unclear. Here, we report the crystal structures of PopP2, a YopJ effector produced by the plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum, in complex with inositol hexaphosphate (InsP6), acetyl-coenzyme A (AcCoA) and/or substrate Resistance to Ralstonia solanacearum 1 (RRS1-R)WRKY. PopP2 recognizes the WRKYGQK motif of RRS1-RWRKY to position a targeted lysine in the active site for acetylation...
July 24, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737761/glutamate-receptor-like-channels-are-essential-for-chemotaxis-and-reproduction-in-mosses
#18
Carlos Ortiz-Ramírez, Erwan Michard, Alexander A Simon, Daniel S C Damineli, Marcela Hernández-Coronado, Jörg D Becker, José A Feijó
Glutamate receptors are well characterized channels that mediate cell-to-cell communication during neurotransmission in animals. Nevertheless, information regarding their functional role in organisms without nervous systems is still limited. In plants, Glutamate Receptor-like (GLR) genes have been implicated in defence against pathogens, reproduction, control of stomata aperture and light signal transduction(1-5). However, the numerous GLR genes present in angiosperm genomes (20 to 70)(6) has prevented the observation of strong phenotypes in loss-of-function mutants...
July 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737753/metabolic-control-of-the-scaffold-protein-tks5-in-tissue-invasive-proinflammatory-t-cells
#19
Yi Shen, Zhenke Wen, Yinyin Li, Eric L Matteson, Jison Hong, Jörg J Goronzy, Cornelia M Weyand
Pathogenic T cells in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) infiltrate non-lymphoid tissue sites, maneuver through extracellular matrix and form lasting inflammatory microstructures. Here we found that RA T cells abundantly express the podosome scaffolding protein TKS5, which enables them to form tissue-invasive membrane structures. TKS5 overexpression was regulated by the intracellular metabolic environment of RA T cells-specifically, by reduced glycolytic flux that led to deficiencies in ATP and pyruvate...
July 24, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737735/the-putative-histone-methyltransferase-dot1-regulates-aflatoxin-and-pathogenicity-attributes-in-aspergillus-flavus
#20
Linlin Liang, Yinghang Liu, Kunlong Yang, Guinan Lin, Zhangling Xu, Huahui Lan, Xiuna Wang, Shihua Wang
Lysine methyltransferases transfer methyl groups in specific lysine sites, which regulates a variety of important biological processes in eukaryotes. In this study, we characterized a novel homolog of the yeast methyltransferase DOT1 in A. flavus, and observed the roles of dot1 in A. flavus. Deletion of dot1 showed a significant decrease in conidiation, but an increase in sclerotia formation. A change in viability to multiple stresses was also found in the Δdot1 mutant. Additionally, aflatoxin (AF) production was found severely impaired in the Δdot1 mutant...
July 24, 2017: Toxins
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