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Anti microbials

Debasish Deb, Ankita Shrestha, Indu B Maiti, Nrisingha Dey
Development of disease-resistant plant varieties achieved by engineering anti-microbial transgenes under the control of strong promoters can suffice the inhibition of pathogen growth and simultaneously ensure enhanced crop production. For evaluating the prospect of such strong promoters, we comprehensively characterized the full-length transcript promoter of Cassava Vein Mosaic Virus (CsVMV; -565 to +166) and identified CsVMV8 (-215 to +166) as the highest expressing fragment in both transient and transgenic assays...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Tanzeel Ur Rehman, Arif-Ullah Khan, Azar Abbas, Javid Hussain, Farman Ullah Khan, Kimberly Stieglitz, Shamsher Ali
In the present study, we describe various pharmacological effects and computational analysis of nepetolide, a tricyclic clerodane-type diterpene, isolated from Nepeta suavis . Nepetolide concentration-dependently (1.0-1000 µg/mL) exhibited 1,1-diphenyl,2-picrylhydrazyl free radical scavenging activity with maximum effect of 87.01 ± 1.85%, indicating its antioxidant potential, as shown by standard drug, ascorbic acid. It was moderately active against bacterial strain of Staphylococcus aureus . In brine shrimp's lethality model, nepetolide potently showed cytotoxic effect, with LC50 value of 8...
March 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Rehab M Abdel Megeed, Dalia B Fayed, Amira Abood, Mai O Kadry
Although, fluconazole is widely used in clinical treatment as an antifungal drug, it recorded potential problems as resistance and intracellular accumulation. Female albino mice were injected with single ip dose of Candida albicans (1.5 × 106 CFU) . Three weeks post treatment with fluconazole and two novel synthesized compounds [(2-(4-(Pyridin-2-yl) aminosulfonylphenylamino)-6-(naphthalen-2-yl)-4-(pyridin-2-yl) pyridine-3carbonitrile) and (2-(4-(Pyrimidin-2-yl) aminosulfonylphenylamino)-6-(naphthalen-2-yl)-4-(pyridine-2-yl)pyridine-3-carbonitrile) (13b & 14b, respectively)] in both low and high doses (50 mg/kg & 200 mg/kg), liver function and vaginal inflammation were assessed...
March 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Md Saiful Islam, M Belal Hossain, Abdul Matin, Md Shafiqul Islam Sarker
Heavy metal pollution in sediment resources may pose serious threat to ecosystem and human health through food web. In this study, surface sediment samples of 10 stations along the Feni River estuary were analyzed to profile the accumulation, sources and pollution levels of heavy metals. The results revealed that the average contents (μg g-1 ) of eight selected heavy metals followed the order of Mn (37.85) > Cr (35.28) > Ni (33.27) > Co (31.02) > Pb (6.47) > Ag (1.09) > As (0...
March 13, 2018: Chemosphere
Michal M Dykas, Stuti K Desai, Abhijeet Patra, Mallikarjuna Rao Motapothula, Kingshuk Poddar, Linda J Kenney, Thirumalai Venkatesan
With the rise in nosocomial infections worldwide, research on materials with an intrinsic ability to inhibit biofilm formation has been generating a great deal of interest. In the present work, we describe how thin film material libraries generated by pulsed laser deposition can be used for simultaneously screening several novel metal oxide mixtures that inhibit biofilm formation in a common human pathogen, Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. We discovered that in a material library constructed using two metal oxides, the net effect on biofilm formation can be modelled as an addition of the activities of the individual oxides weighted to their relative composition at that particular point on the library...
March 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jiyoung Kim, Gi-Ho Sung
Beauvericin is a mycotoxin which has insecticidal, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-cancer activities. Beauvericin biosynthesis is rapidly catalyzed by the beauvericin synthetase (BEAS) in Beauveria bassiana. Ca2+ plays crucial roles in multiple signaling pathways in eukaryotic cells. These Ca2+ signals are partially decoded by Ca2+ sensor calmodulin (CaM). In this report, we describe that B. bassiana BEAS (BbBEAS) can interact with CaM in a Ca2+ -dependent manner. A synthetic BbBEAS peptide, corresponding to the putative CaM-binding motif, formed a stable complex with CaM in the presence of Ca2+ ...
March 19, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Francesca Micoli, Paolo Costantino, Roberto Adamo
Cell surface carbohydrates have been proven optimal targets for vaccine development. Conjugation of polysaccharides to a carrier protein triggers a T-cell dependent immune response to the glycan moiety. Licensed glycoconjugate vaccines are produced by chemical conjugation of capsular polysaccharides to prevent meningitis caused by meningococcus, pneumococcus and Haemophilus influenzae type b. However, other classes of carbohydrates (O-antigens, exopolysaccharides, wall/teichoic acids) represent attractive targets for developing vaccines...
March 14, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
Lisa Menegazzo, Valentina Scattolini, Roberta Cappellari, Benedetta Maria Bonora, Mattia Albiero, Mario Bortolozzi, Filippo Romanato, Giulio Ceolotto, Saula Vigili de Kreutzeberg, Angelo Avogaro, Gian Paolo Fadini
AIMS: Diabetes is associated with an excess release of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) and an enhanced NETosis, a neutrophil cell death programme instrumental to anti-microbial defences, but also involved in tissue damage. We herein investigated whether the antidiabetic drug metformin protects against NETosis. METHODS: We measured NET components in the plasma of patients with pre-diabetes who were randomized to receive metformin or placebo for 2 months. To control for the effect on glucose, we also measured NET components in the plasma of patients with type 2 diabetes before and after treatment with insulin or dapagliflozin...
March 15, 2018: Acta Diabetologica
Shuang-An Li, Wei-Dan Jiang, Lin Feng, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Juan Yang, Xu Tang, He-Qun Shi, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
In this study, we investigated the effects of dietary myo-inositol on the intestinal immune barrier function and related signaling pathway in young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). A total of 540 young grass carp (221.33 ± 0.84 g) were fed six diets containing graded levels of myo-inositol (27.0, 137.9, 286.8, 438.6, 587.7 and 737.3 mg/kg) for 10 weeks. After the growth trial, fish were challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila. The results indicated that compared with the optimal dietary myo-inositol level, myo-inositol deficiency (27...
March 12, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Alexander Gluschko, Marc Herb, Katja Wiegmann, Oleg Krut, Wolfram F Neiss, Olaf Utermöhlen, Martin Krönke, Michael Schramm
The intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (L.m.) is targeted by the autophagic machinery, but the molecular mechanisms involved and consequences for anti-listerial immunity remain enigmatic. Here, we demonstrate that L.m. infection of macrophages in vivo exclusively evokes LC3-associated phagocytosis (LAP), but not canonical autophagy, and that targeting of L.m. by LAP is required for anti-listerial immunity. The pathway leading to LAP induction in response to L.m. infection emanates from the β2 integrin Mac-1 (CR3, integrin αM β2 ), a receptor recognizing diverse microbial ligands...
March 14, 2018: Cell Host & Microbe
Nam Keun Lee, Chun Jin Cheon, Jin-Kyu Rhee
Rhodosporidium toruloides , an oleaginous yeast, can be used as a fast and reliable evaluation tool to screen new natural lipid-lowering agents. Red radish coral sprout extract (RRSE) showed that triglyceride (TG) accumulation was inhibited by 42.6% in 0.1% RRSE-treated R. toruloides .We evaluated the anti-obesity effect of the RRSE in a mouse model. The body weight gain in mice fed high fat diet (HFD) with 0.1 % RRSE (HFD-RRSE) significantly decreased by 60% compared to that of the HFD after the 8-week experimental period...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Danielle M Clancy, Graeme P Sullivan, Hannah B T Moran, Conor M Henry, Emer P Reeves, Noel G McElvaney, Ed C Lavelle, Seamus J Martin
Neutrophil granule proteases are thought to function as anti-microbial effectors, cooperatively hydrolyzing microorganisms within phagosomes, or upon deployment into the extracellular space. However, evidence also suggests that neutrophil proteases play an important role in the coordination and escalation of inflammatory reactions, but how this is achieved has been obscure. IL-1 family cytokines are important initiators of inflammation and are typically released via necrosis but require proteolytic processing for activation...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Lazaros I Sakkas, Dimitrios P Bogdanos
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review highlights the most recent data obtained in this field and provides clues toward the better understanding of the close interplay between microbiota and host, leading to autoimmune diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: A well-described model of microbiota/host interaction of relevance to autoimmunity is that linking anti-citrullinated peptide antibody positive rheumatoid arthritis and alterations of microbiota largely concentrating on Porphyromonas gingivalis and more recently of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans and Prevotella copri...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Nicole Y Lee, Omer Ibrahim, Shilpi Khetarpal, Mariya Gaber, Spiros Jamas, Ioannis Gryllos, Jeffrey S Dover
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common skin finding that presents as follicular hyperkeratotic papules on the proximal extremities in patients with a propensity for atopy. Although often asymptomatic, the stippled appearance is cosmetically disturbing to patients and difficult to treat as current therapies are limited in availability and efficacy. Nitric oxide (NO) has been found to be essential in basic systemic and cutaneous physiologic function, specifically in terms of its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, which evolutionarily was maintained by ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Ankush Checkervarty, Marco Werner, Jens-Uwe Sommer
We study pore formation in models of lipid bilayer membranes interacting with amphiphilic copolymers mimicking anti-microbial peptides using Monte Carlo simulations and we rationalize our results by a simple brush-model for the fluid membrane. In our study a weak tension on the membrane is required to observe pore-formation induced by the adsorption of flexible amphiphilic copolymers. The copolymers enhance the pore stability by decreasing the line tension due to weak adsorption along the rim of the pore. Pore formation is enhanced with increasing length of copolymers or stronger stretching of the membrane...
March 14, 2018: Soft Matter
Caihong Song, Mingxiao Li, Hui Qi, Yali Zhang, Dongming Liu, Xunfeng Xia, Hongwei Pan, Beidou Xi
This study investigated the effect of anti-acidification microbial consortium (AAMC), which act synergistically for rapid bioconversion of organic acids on carbohydrate metabolism of key microbes in the course of food waste (FW) composting by metaproteomics. AAMC was inoculated to the composting mass and compared with treatment with alkaline compounds and the control without any amendment. Inoculating AAMC could effectively accelerate carbohydrate degradation process and improve composting efficiency. Carbohydrate metabolic network profiles showed the inoculation with AAMC could increase significantly the types of enzymes catalysing the degradation of lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose...
March 7, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Arwa Abu Khweek, Amal O Amer
Legionella pneumophila ( L. pneumophila ) is an opportunistic waterborne pathogen and the causative agent for Legionnaires' disease, which is transmitted to humans via inhalation of contaminated water droplets. The bacterium is able to colonize a variety of man-made water systems such as cooling towers, spas, and dental lines and is widely distributed in multiple niches, including several species of protozoa In addition to survival in planktonic phase, L. pneumophila is able to survive and persist within multi-species biofilms that cover surfaces within water systems...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Saleha Banu, Rajitha Bollu, Mohammad Naseema, P Mary Gomedhika, Lingaiah Nagarapu, K Sirisha, C Ganesh Kumar, Shravan Kumar Gundasw
A series of piperazinyl-1,2-dihydroquinoline carboxylates were synthesized by the reaction of ethyl 4-chloro-1-methyl-2-oxo-1,2-dihydroquinoline-3-carboxylates with various piperazines and their structures were confirmed by1 H NMR,13 C NMR, IR and mass spectral analysis. All the synthesized compounds were screened for their in vitro antimicrobial activities. Further, the in silico molecular docking studies of the active compounds was performed to explore the binding interactions between piperazinyl-1,2-dihydroquinoline carboxylate derivatives and the active site of the Staphylococcus aureus (CrtM) dehydrosqualene synthase (PDB ID: 2ZCQ)...
March 3, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Widian K Jubair, Jason D Hendrickson, Erin L Severs, Hanna M Schulz, Sumitra Adhikari, Diana Ir, Jose Pagan, Robert Anthony, Charles E Robertson, Daniel N Frank, Nirmal K Banda, Kristine A Kuhn
OBJECTIVE: Observations of microbial dysbiosis in patients with RA have raised interest in studying microbial-mucosal interactions as a potential trigger of RA. Using the murine collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) model, we hypothesized that microbiota modulate immune responses leading to autoimmune arthritis. METHODS: CIA was induced by immunization of mice with type II collagen (CII) in adjuvant on days 0 and 21, with arthritis appearing at days 23-24. Intestinal microbiota were profiled by 16S rRNA sequencing every 7 days during the course of CIA, and intestinal mucosal changes evaluated on days 14 and 35...
March 13, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Maryam Malmir, Rita Serrano, Manuela Caniça, Beatriz Silva-Lima, Olga Silva
Abstract : Plant-based systems continue to play an essential role in healthcare, and their use by different cultures has been extensively documented. Asphodelus L. ( Asphodelaceae ) is a genus of 18 species and of a total of 27 species, sub-species and varieties, distributed along the Mediterranean basin, and has been traditionally used for treating several diseases particularly associated with inflammatory and infectious skin disorders. The present study aimed to provide a general review of the available literature on ethnomedical, phytochemical, and biological data related to the genus Asphodelus as a potential source of new compounds with biological activity...
March 13, 2018: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
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