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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934660/antimicrobial-activity-of-some-natural-extracts-encapsulated-within-silica-matrices
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Alexandra Duprates Steiner, Alvaro Vargas, Nei Fronza, Adriano Brandelli, João Henrique Zimnoch Dos Santos
Natural extracts (anthocyanins, tannin, anatto, curcuma and olive leaf extracts) were encapsulated within a silica network by acid or base-catalyzed sol-gel methods. The nominal encapsulated contents were between 2.5 and 50wt.-%. The resulting materials were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance in the UV region, nitrogen adsorption/desorption porosimetry and small angle X-ray scattering. Encapsulated anthocyanin and tannin afforded inhibition zones between 9-21mm towards Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus, Candida sp...
September 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934496/activities-of-gyrase-and-topoisomerase-iv-on-positively-supercoiled-dna
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Rachel E Ashley, Andrew Dittmore, Sylvia A McPherson, Charles L Turnbough, Keir C Neuman, Neil Osheroff
Although bacterial gyrase and topoisomerase IV have critical interactions with positively supercoiled DNA, little is known about the actions of these enzymes on overwound substrates. Therefore, the abilities of Bacillus anthracis and Escherichia coli gyrase and topoisomerase IV to relax and cleave positively supercoiled DNA were analyzed. Gyrase removed positive supercoils ∼10-fold more rapidly and more processively than it introduced negative supercoils into relaxed DNA. In time-resolved single-molecule measurements, gyrase relaxed overwound DNA with burst rates of ∼100 supercoils per second (average burst size was 6...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934346/antibacterial-effects-of-carbon-dots-in-combination-with-other-antimicrobial-reagents
#3
Xiuli Dong, Mohamad Al Awak, Nicholas Tomlinson, Yongan Tang, Ya-Ping Sun, Liju Yang
This study was designed to investigate the antimicrobial effects of CDots in combination with other antimicrobial reagents, including H2O2, Na2CO3, and AcOH (acetic acid). CDots were synthesized and passivated with 2,2'-(ethylenedioxy)bis(ethylamine) (EDA). The minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of CDots was 64 μg/mL on both Gram negative bacteria E.coli cells and Gram positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis cells. When CDots were combined with H2O2, antibacterial synergistic effects were observed based on the fractional inhibitory concentration (FIC) index, and further confirmed by an isobologram analysis and viable cell number counting methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934219/low-antibody-prevalence-against-bacillus-cereus-biovar-anthracis-in-ta%C3%A3-national-park-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire-indicates-high-rate-of-lethal-infections-in-wildlife
#4
Fee Zimmermann, Susanne M Köhler, Kathrin Nowak, Susann Dupke, Anne Barduhn, Ariane Düx, Alexander Lang, Hélène M De Nys, Jan F Gogarten, Roland Grunow, Emmanuel Couacy-Hymann, Roman M Wittig, Silke R Klee, Fabian H Leendertz
Bacillus cereus biovar anthracis (Bcbva) is a member of the B. cereus group which carries both B. anthracis virulence plasmids, causes anthrax-like disease in various wildlife species and was described in several sub-Saharan African rainforests. Long-term monitoring of carcasses in Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire, revealed continuous wildlife mortality due to Bcbva in a broad range of mammalian species. While non-lethal anthrax infections in wildlife have been described for B. anthracis, nothing is known about the odds of survival following an anthrax infection caused by Bcbva...
September 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933563/effects-of-exogenously-applied-salicylic-acid-and-putrescine-alone-and-in-combination-with-rhizobacteria-on-the-phytoremediation-of-heavy-metals-and-chickpea-growth-in-sandy-soil
#5
Naeem Khan, Asghari Bano
The present attempt was made to study the role of exogenously applied salicylic acid (SA) and putrescine (Put) on the phytoremediation of heavy metal and on the growth parameters of chickpea grown in sandy soil. The SA and Put were applied alone as well as in combination with plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). The PGPRs, isolated from the rhizosphere of chickpea were characterized on the basis of colony morphology and biochemical traits through gram staining, catalase and oxidase tests, and identified by 16S-rRNA gene sequencing as Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus thuringiensis and Bacillus megaterium...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933243/drug-targets-in-dormant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-can-the-conquest-against-tuberculosis-become-a-reality
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Vivek Kumar Gupta, M Madhan Kumar, Dharmendra Singh, Deepa Bisht, Shweta Sharma
Targeting M. tuberculosis (Mtb) in latent form of infection is a major obstacle and big challenge in tuberculosis (TB) eradication by current chemotherapy. A better understanding of the physiology of Mtb and of the metabolic state of the bacillus during the dormancy, is a primary need in finding drug targets against non replicating persistent (NRP) form of the Mtb. Identification of potential drug targets against dormant state of Mtb is critically important to achieve the goal of complete eradication for shortening of anti-TB therapy...
September 21, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933087/-in-vitro-screening-and-identification-of-plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria-against-pathogen-causing-astragalus-root-rot
#7
Fen Gao, Rui Hao, Xue-Mei Qin, Zhen-Hong Lei, Yu-Long Wang, Meng-Liang Wang
The antagonistic effect of Bacillus spp. against Fusarium solani was evaluated by living body dual culture and Oxford cup method. The plant growth promoting properties of those strains that had obvious and stable antifungal activity were then tested. The results showed that the living body and bacteria-free fermentation filtrate of strain G10 both had obvious and stable antifungal effect to F. solani. Besides, the strain possessed such growth promoting properties as phosphate solubilization, nitrogen fixation, and production of IAA, amylase and HCN...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932951/structure-elucidation-and-in-silico-docking-studies-of-a-novel-furopyrimidine-antibiotics-synthesized-by-endolithic-bacterium-actinomadura-sp-al2
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Kaushik Bhattacharjee, Shakti Kumar, Narasinga Rao Palepu, Pradeep Kumar Patra, Kollipara Mohan Rao, Santa Ram Joshi
On screening of endolithic actinobacteria from a granite rock sample of Meghalaya for antibacterial compound, a novel antibacterial compound CCp1 was isolated from the fermentation broth of Actinomadura sp. AL2. On purification of the compound based on chromatographic techniques followed by characterization with FT-IR, UV-visible, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and mass spectrometry, the molecular formula of the compound was generated as C20H17N3O2, a furopyrimidine derivative. In vitro antibacterial activity of the compound was evaluated against both Gram positive and negative bacteria by agar well diffusion assay...
September 20, 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932199/bacillus-a-biological-tool-for-crop-improvement-through-bio-molecular-changes-in-adverse-environments
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REVIEW
Ramalingam Radhakrishnan, Abeer Hashem, Elsayed F Abd Allah
Crop productivity is affected by environmental and genetic factors. Microbes that are beneficial to plants are used to enhance the crop yield and are alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Pseudomonas and Bacillus species are the predominant plant growth-promoting bacteria. The spore-forming ability of Bacillus is distinguished from that of Pseudomonas. Members of this genus also survive for a long time under unfavorable environmental conditions. Bacillus spp. secrete several metabolites that trigger plant growth and prevent pathogen infection...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931801/elizabethkingia-meningoseptica-in-a-case-of-biliary-tract-infection-following-liver-transplantation
#10
Hebah M Musalem, Yazan N Honjol, Lin M Tuleimat, Saleh I Al Abbad, Fahad I Alsohaibani
BACKGROUND Elizabethkingia meningoseptica (E. meningoseptica) is an aerobic Gram-negative bacillus known to thrive in moist environments, and is now recognized as a hospital-acquired infection, being found to contaminate hospital equipment, respiratory apparatus, hospital solutions, water, and drainage systems. Nosocomial infection with E. meningoseptica occurs in immunocompromised patients, requires specialized identification methods, and is resistant to conventional antibiotics. We report a case of E. meningoseptica infection arising from a percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD) tube...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930645/spores-and-vegetative-cells-of-phenotypically-and-genetically-diverse-i-bacillus-cereus-sensu-lato-i-are-common-bacteria-in-fresh-water-of-northeastern-poland
#11
Marek Bartoszewicz, Urszula Czyzewska
Gram-positive rods named <i>B. cereus sensu lato</i> (<i>sl</i>), are common in natural habitats and food products. It is believed that they are restricted to spores, however their ecology in aquatic habitats is still poorly investigated. Thus, the aim of the study was to assess the rain-dependent fluctuations of the concentration of <i>B. cereus sl</i> vegetative cells and spores with evaluation of their phylogenetic and population structure in relation to the toxicity and psychrotolerance...
September 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930287/exposure-to-human-alveolar-lining-fluid-enhances-mycobacterium-bovis-bcg-vaccine-efficacy-against-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-a-cd8-t-cell-dependent-manner
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J I Moliva, A P Hossfeld, C H Canan, V Dwivedi, M D Wewers, G Beamer, J Turner, J B Torrelles
Current tuberculosis (TB) treatments include chemotherapy and preventative vaccination with Mycobacterium bovis Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). In humans, however, BCG vaccination fails to fully protect against pulmonary TB. Few studies have considered the impact of the human lung mucosa (alveolar lining fluid (ALF)), which modifies the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) cell wall, revealing alternate antigenic epitopes on the bacterium surface that alter its pathogenicity. We hypothesized that ALF-induced modification of BCG would induce better protection against aerosol infection with M...
September 20, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930254/synthesis-antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activities-of-chalcogen-containing-nitrone-derivatives-from-r-citronellal
#13
Mariana C Ferraz, Renata A Mano, Daniela H Oliveira, Darla S V Maia, Wladimir P Silva, Lucielli Savegnago, Eder J Lenardão, Raquel G Jacob
Background: The main constituents of Cymbopogonnardus (L) Rendle and C. citratus (DC) Stapfessential oils are (R)-citronellal and citral, respectively. Organochalcogen compounds can boost the biological activities of natural products. Methods: Several chalcogen-containing nitrones derived from (R)-citronellal and citral were prepared and evaluated for their antimicrobial and antioxidant activities. The antimicrobial activity was evaluated by the disc diffusion test and the antioxidant properties were evaluated in vitro by DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl), ABTS (2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid), and FRAP (ferric ion reducing antioxidant power) assays...
June 10, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930165/timeliness-of-childhood-primary-immunization-and-risk-factors-related-with-delays-evidence-from-the-2014-zhejiang-provincial-vaccination-coverage-survey
#14
Yu Hu, Qian Li, Yaping Chen
Background: this study aimed to assess both immunization coverage and timeliness, as well as reasons for non-vaccination, and identity the risk factors of delayed immunization, for the vaccines scheduled during the first year of life, in Zhejiang province, east China. Methods: A cluster survey among children aged 24-35 months was conducted. Demographic information and socio-economic characteristics of the selected child, the mother, and the household were collected. Immunization data were transcribed from immunization cards...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929567/neonatal-bcg-vaccination-and-atopic-dermatitis-before-13-months-of-age-a-randomised-clinical-trial
#15
Lisbeth Marianne Thøstesen, Jesper Kjaergaard, Gitte Thybo Pihl, Nina Marie Birk, Thomas Nørrelykke Nissen, Peter Aaby, Aksel Karl Georg Jensen, Annette Wind Olesen, Lone Graff Stensballe, Dorthe Lisbeth Jeppesen, Christine Stabell Benn, Poul-Erik Kofoed
Studies have suggested that Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination may reduce the risk of allergic diseases, including atopic dermatitis. The Danish Calmette Study was conducted 2012-2015. Within 7 days of birth new-borns were randomised 1:1 to BCG or no BCG. Exclusion criteria were gestational age <32 weeks, birth weight <1000 g, known immunodeficiency or no Danish-speaking parent. Data were collected through telephone interviews and clinical examinations until 13 months. Clinical atopic dermatitis was diagnosed in 466/2,052 (22...
September 20, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928727/composted-cattle-manure-increases-microbial-activity-and-soil-fertility-more-than-composted-swine-manure-in-a-submerged-rice-paddy
#16
Suvendu Das, Seung Tak Jeong, Subhasis Das, Pil Joo Kim
Livestock waste composts with minimum inorganic fertilizer as a soil amendment in low-input intensive farming are a feasible agricultural practice to improve soil fertility and productivity and to mitigate soil degradation. The key benefits of the practice rely on the activities of soil microorganisms. However, the role of different livestock composts [composted cattle manure (CCM) vs. composted swine manure (CSM)] on soil microbes, their activities and the overall impact on soil fertility and productivity in a flooded paddy remains elusive...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928675/larval-mid-gut-responses-to-sub-lethal-dose-of-cry-toxin-in-lepidopteran-pest-achaea-janata
#17
Vinod K Chauhan, Narender K Dhania, R K Chaitanya, Balasubramanian Senthilkumaran, Aparna Dutta-Gupta
The lack of homogeneity in field application of Bacillus thuringiensis formulation often results in ingestion of sub-lethal doses of the biopesticide by a fraction of pest population and there by promotes the toxin tolerance and resistance in long term. Gut regeneration seems to be one of the possible mechanism by which this is accomplished. However, the existing information is primarily derived from in vitro studies using mid-gut cell cultures. Present study illustrates cellular and molecular changes in mid-gut epithelium of a Bt-susceptible polyphagous insect pest castor semilooper, Achaea janata in response to a Cry toxin formulation...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928426/cyanobacterial-sfp-type-phosphopantetheinyl-transferases-functionalize-carrier-proteins-of-diverse-biosynthetic-pathways
#18
Guang Yang, Yi Zhang, Nicholas K Lee, Monica A Cozad, Sara E Kearney, Hendrik Luesch, Yousong Ding
Cyanobacteria produce structurally and functionally diverse polyketides, nonribosomal peptides and their hybrids. Sfp-type phosphopantetheinyl transferases (PPTases) are essential to the production of these compounds via functionalizing carrier proteins (CPs) of biosynthetic megaenzymes. However, cyanobacterial Sfp-type PPTases remain poorly characterized, posing a significant barrier to the exploitation of cyanobacteria for biotechnological and biomedical applications. Herein, we describe the detailed characterization of multiple cyanobacterial Sfp-type PPTases that were rationally selected...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928256/melioidosis-mimicking-tubercular-cold-abscess
#19
Raghuraj Suresh Kundangar, Shyamasunder N Bhat, Simanchal P Mohanty
Burkholderia pseudomallei is a Gram-negative bacillus found in soil. The infection is thought to occur by inoculation or inhalation. It usually affects people with predisposing factors like diabetes mellitus and chronic alcoholism. A 36-year-old man, on the treatment of diabetes in the past 4 years, on oral hypoglycaemic drugs, presented to us with pain and insidious onset of swelling over left loin like a lumbar cold abscess. He underwent incision and drainage of the abscess. As per the culture report, we used ceftazidime for 2 weeks, followed by cotrimoxazole for 6 months...
September 19, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928035/molecular-analysis-of-three-clostridium-difficile-strain-genomes-isolated-from-pig-farm-related-samples
#20
I Martín-Burriel, S Andrés-Lasheras, F Harders, R C Mainar-Jaime, B Ranera, P Zaragoza, V Falceto, Y Bolea, E Kuijper, R Bolea, A Bossers, M Chirino-Trejo
Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic spore-forming bacillus that usually causes gastrointestinal disorders in man and other animal species. Most of the strains isolated from animals are toxigenic being the virulent ribotype (RT) 078 predominant in several animal species. Although C. difficile is pathogenic to both humans and animals, there is no direct evidence of zoonosis. Deep genome sequencing provides sufficient resolution to analyse which strains found in animals might be related to human pathogens. So far, there are only a few fully sequenced genomes of C...
September 16, 2017: Anaerobe
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