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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749289/clinical-disease-associated-with-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-infection-in-captive-przewalski-s-horses-equus-ferus-przewalskii
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Richard R Sim, Priscilla H Joyner, Luis R Padilla, Paul Anikis, Copper Aitken-Palmer
Anaplasma phagocytophilum is a tick-borne pathogen of domestic horses and the causative agent of equine granulocytic anaplasmosis. This case series describes three confirmed cases of clinical anaplasmosis, and a fourth case of presumptive anaplasmosis in Przewalski's horses ( Equus ferus przewalskii) housed at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute from 2008 to 2014. Clinical signs varied among individuals with affected horses exhibiting lethargy, weakness, pyrexia, hypophagia, reluctance to move, or ataxia...
June 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748043/fluoride-resistance-in-streptococcus-mutans-a-mini-review
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Ying Liao, Bernd W Brandt, Jiyao Li, Wim Crielaard, Cor Van Loveren, Dong Mei Deng
For decades, fluoride has been used extensively as an anti-caries agent. It not only protects dental hard tissue, but also inhibits bacterial growth and metabolism. The antimicrobial action of fluoride is shown in three main aspects: the acidogenicity, acidurance, and adherence to the tooth surface. To counteract the toxic effect of fluoride, oral bacteria are able to develop resistance to fluoride through either phenotypic adaptation or genotypic changes. Strains that acquire fluoride resistance through the latter route show stable resistance and can usually resist much higher fluoride levels than the corresponding wild-type strain...
2017: Journal of Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748031/antibiofilm-peptides-against-oral-biofilms
#3
Zhejun Wang, Ya Shen, Markus Haapasalo
The oral cavity is a major entry point for bacteria and other microorganisms. Oral biofilms are formed by mixed communities of microorganisms embedded in an exopolysaccharide matrix. Biofilms forming on dental hard or soft tissue are the major cause of caries and endodontic and periodontal disease. Human oral biofilms exhibit high resistance to antimicrobial agents. Antibiofilm peptides constitute a diverse class of host-defense molecules that act to combat invasion and infection with biofilms. Different in vitro and in vivo biofilm models with quantitative analysis have been established to provide predictable platforms for the evaluation of the antibiofilm effect of oral antibiofilm peptides...
2017: Journal of Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747972/antimicrobial-property-of-lemongrass-cymbopogon-citratus-oil-against-pathogenic-bacteria-isolated-from-pet-turtles
#4
B C J De Silva, Won-Gi Jung, Sabrina Hossain, S H M P Wimalasena, H N K S Pathirana, Gang-Joon Heo
The usage of essential oils as antimicrobial agents is gaining attention. Besides, pet turtles were known to harbor a range of pathogenic bacteria while the turtle keeping is a growing trend worldwide.The current study examined the antimicrobial activity of lemon grass oil (LGO) against seven species of Gram negative bacteria namely; Aeromonas hydrophila, A. caviae, Citrobacter freundii, Salmonella enterica, Edwardsiella tarda, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Proteus mirabilis isolated from three popular species of pet turtles...
June 2017: Laboratory Animal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747897/identification-of-emerging-human-mastitis-pathogens-by-maldi-tof-and-assessment-of-their-antibiotic-resistance-patterns
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María Marín, Rebeca Arroyo, Irene Espinosa-Martos, Leónides Fernández, Juan M Rodríguez
Lactational mastitis constitutes one of the main causes of undesired weaning, depriving the mother-infant pair from the benefits of breastfeeding; therefore, this condition should be considered a relevant public health issue. The role of specific microorganisms remains unclear since human milk cultures and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) are not routinely performed, despite the fact that this would be key to ensure an early and effective diagnosis and treatment. The objective of this study was to describe the culturable microbial diversity in 647 milk samples from breastfeeding women with clinical symptoms of mastitis by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF) VITEK MS technology and to analyze the antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of a collection of isolates from these samples by the VITEK 2 AST system...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747829/effects-of-grapefruit-seed-extract-on-oxidative-stability-and-quality-properties-of-cured-chicken-breast
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Su-Tae Kang, Hee-Kyoung Son, Hyun-Joo Lee, Jung-Seok Choi, Yang-Il Choi, Jae-Joon Lee
This study investigated the antioxidative and functional effects of a curing agent containing grapefruit seed extract (GSE) on the quality and storage characteristics of chicken breast. The total polyphenol and total flavonoid contents of GSE were 45.06 mg/g and 36.06 mg/g, respectively. The IC50 value of 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl hydroxyl scavenging of GSE was 333.33 μg/mL. The chicken breast comprised six groups: no-treatment (N), 0.2% ascorbic acid + 70 ppm sodium nitrite (C), 0.05% GSE (G0.05), 0.1% GSE (G0...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747483/multi-functional-roles-of-a-soldier-specific-volatile-as-a-worker-arrestant-primer-pheromone-and-an-antimicrobial-agent-in-a-termite
#7
Yuki Mitaka, Naoki Mori, Kenji Matsuura
Division of labour in eusocial insects is characterized by efficient communication systems based on pheromones. Among such insects, termites have evolved specialized sterile defenders, called soldiers. Because they are incapable of feeding themselves, it has been suggested that soldiers are sustained by workers and emit the pheromone arresting workers. However, such a soldier pheromone has not been identified in any termite species, and the details of the soldier-worker interaction remain to be explored. Here, we identified a soldier-specific volatile sesquiterpene as a worker arrestant, which also acts as a primer pheromone regulating soldier differentiation and fungistatic agent in a termite Reticulitermes speratus Chemical analyses revealed that (-)-β-elemene is the major component of soldier extract, and its authentic standard exhibited arrestant activity to workers and inhibited the differentiation from workers to soldiers...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747416/discitis-and-clostridium-perfringens-bacteraemia
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Chen Han Yong, Miranda Lam
The authors present a case involving an 80-year-old man with infectious T10/T11 discitis on the background of a recent Clostridium perfringens bacteraemia. This case report describes a case of probable C. perfringens discitis as further investigations failed to identify any causative agents. He was treated with intravenous piperacillin/tazobactam to good effect, achieving favourable clinical outcome. Diagnosis of discitis/osteomyelitis can often be delayed and mismanaged due to its non-specific presentations...
July 26, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745288/production-stabilisation-and-characterisation-of-silver-nanoparticles-coated-with-bioactive-polymers-pluronic-f68-pvp-and-pva
#9
Carolina A Santos, Victor M Balcão, Marco V Chaud, Marcelo Martins Seckler, Mahendra Rai, Marta M D C Vila
The increasing and alarming panorama of bacterial infections and associated morbidities that occur during medical and hospital procedures makes the development of technologies that aid in controlling such bacterial infections of utmost importance. Recent studies have shown that formulations with metal nanoparticles exhibit good antibacterial properties against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. Moreover, it was demonstrated that some biologically active polymeric materials, when applied in combination with chemical antimicrobial agents, enhance the therapeutic action of the latter...
August 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743946/identification-of-the-eskape-pathogens-by-mass-spectrometric-analysis-of-microbial-membrane-glycolipids
#10
Lisa M Leung, William E Fondrie, Yohei Doi, J Kristie Johnson, Dudley K Strickland, Robert K Ernst, David R Goodlett
Rapid diagnostics that enable identification of infectious agents improve patient outcomes, antimicrobial stewardship, and length of hospital stay. Current methods for pathogen detection in the clinical laboratory include biological culture, nucleic acid amplification, ribosomal protein characterization, and genome sequencing. Pathogen identification from single colonies by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) analysis of high abundance proteins is gaining popularity in clinical laboratories...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743810/polymyxin-combinations-combat-escherichia-coli-harboring-mcr-1-and-blandm-5-preparation-for-a-postantibiotic-era
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Zackery P Bulman, Liang Chen, Thomas J Walsh, Michael J Satlin, Yuli Qian, Jürgen B Bulitta, Charles A Peloquin, Patricia N Holden, Roger L Nation, Jian Li, Barry N Kreiswirth, Brian T Tsuji
The rapid increase of carbapenem resistance in Gram-negative bacteria has resurrected the importance of the polymyxin antibiotics. The recent discovery of plasmid-mediated polymyxin resistance (mcr-1) in carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae serves as an important indicator that the golden era of antibiotics is under serious threat. We assessed the bacterial killing of 15 different FDA-approved antibiotics alone and in combination with polymyxin B in time-killing experiments against Escherichia coli MCR1_NJ, the first reported isolate in the United States to coharbor mcr-1 and a New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase gene (blaNDM-5)...
July 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743651/resistance-to-quinolones-cephalosporins-and-macrolides-in-escherichia-coli-causing-bacteremia-in-peruvian-children
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Noemí Palma, Maria J Pons, Cláudia Gomes, Judit Mateu, Maribel Riveros, Wilfredo García, Jan Jacobs, Coralith García, Theresa J Ochoa, Joaquim Ruiz
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the β-lactam, quinolone and macrolide resistance levels and mechanisms in 62 Escherichia coli isolates causing children bacteremia. METHODS: Minimal inhibitory concentration of ciprofloxacin, nalidixic acid (NAL) and azithromycin was determined in presence and absence of Phe-Arg-β-Naphtylamyde. Additionally, the susceptibility levels to other 14 antimicrobial agents was established. Extended Spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) were identified, while mutations in gyrA and parC genes, presence of transferable mechanisms of quinolone-resistance (TMQR) and macrolide-resistance (TMMR) was also determined...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743208/bacterial-signal-transduction-networks-via-connectors-and-development-of-the-inhibitors-as-alternative-antibiotics
#13
Ryutaro Utsumi
Bacterial cells possess a signal transduction system that differs from those described in higher organisms, including human cells. These so-called two-component signal transduction systems (TCSs) consist of a sensor (histidine kinase, HK) and a response regulator, and are involved in cellular functions, such as virulence, drug resistance, biofilm formation, cell wall synthesis, cell division. They are conserved in bacteria across all species. Although TCSs are often studied and characterized individually, they are assumed to interact with each other and form signal transduction networks within the cell...
July 26, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742861/targeting-the-permeability-barrier-and-peptidoglycan-recycling-pathways-to-disarm-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-against-the-innate-immune-system
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Gabriel Torrens, Marcelo Pérez-Gallego, Bartolomé Moya, Marta Munar-Bestard, Laura Zamorano, Gabriel Cabot, Jesús Blázquez, Juan A Ayala, Antonio Oliver, Carlos Juan
Antimicrobial resistance is a continuously increasing threat that severely compromises our antibiotic arsenal and causes thousands of deaths due to hospital-acquired infections by pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, situation further aggravated by the limited development of new antibiotics. Thus, alternative strategies such as those targeting bacterial resistance mechanisms, virulence or potentiating the activity of our immune system resources are urgently needed. We have recently shown that mutations simultaneously causing the peptidoglycan recycling blockage and the β-lactamase AmpC overexpression impair the virulence of P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740486/evolution-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-vivo-international-clone-ii-more-resistance-to-ceftazidime-mutation-in-ptk
#15
Xiaoting Hua, Zhihui Zhou, Qing Yang, Qiucheng Shi, Qingye Xu, Jianfeng Wang, Keren Shi, Feng Zhao, Long Sun, Zhi Ruan, Yan Jiang, Yunsong Yu
Acinetobacter baumannii is an important nosocomial pathogen worldwide. A more comprehensive understanding of the within-host genomic evolution of A. baumannii would provide a molecule basis for improving treatment of A. baumannii infection. To understand the evolutionary mechanism facilitating A. baumannii survived in human body, we here reported the genomic analysis of A. baumannii isolated sampled from Chinese patients. We used whole-genome sequence of A. baumannii isolates from the same patient to determine single-nucleotide variants, insertion sequence mapping, and gene change...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738710/use-of-traditional-herbal-medicine-as-an-alternative-in-dental-treatment-in-mexican-dentistry-a-review
#16
Cindy Cruz Martínez, Martha Diaz Gómez, Myung Sook Oh
CONTEXT: Herbal therapies are used worldwide to treat health conditions. In Mexico, generations have used them to treat gingivitis, periodontitis, mouth infections, and discoloured teeth. However, few studies have collected scientific evidence on their effects. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at searching and compiling scientific evidence of alternative oral and dental treatments using medicinal herbs from Mexico. METHODS: We collected various Mexican medicinal plants used in the dental treatment from the database of the Institute of Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737131/pharmacokinetics-of-flucloxacillin-and-its-metabolites-in-patients-with-renal-failure-impact-on-liver-toxicity%C3%A2
#17
Alexandra Maier-Salamon, Salwa Ahmed Elgendy, Brigitte Meyer, Matthias Vossen, Theresia Thalhammer, Florian Thalhammer, Walter Jäger
OBJECTIVE: The antimicrobial agent flucloxacillin is a potential cause of drug-induced liver disease, but the underlying mechanisms for toxicity have not been fully elucidated. As in-vitro and in-vivo findings suggest that biotransformation products contribute to hepatotoxicity, the purpose of this study was to characterize formation and accumulation of its metabolites in patients with renal failure. METHODS: Twelve intensive care patients undergoing continuous venovenous hemofiltration received 4...
July 24, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736866/antibacterial-activity-of-fusion-from-biosynthesized-acidocin-silver-nanoparticles-and-its-application-for-eggshell-decontamination
#18
A B Abeer Mohammed, Mahmoud A Al-Saman, Ahmed A Tayel
Bacteriocins from lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are useful to control the persistent development of pathogenic microorganisms in food and medicine fields. The bacteriocin acidocin was extracted from Lactobacillus acidophilus M1 that was isolated from fermented milk, purified using ammonium sulphate fractionation, and gel filtration column chromatography using Sephadex matrix and applied as a potential antibacterial agent. The molecular weight of the purified acidocin was estimated using SDS-PAGE to be 6.6 kDa...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736269/iodine-lithium-alpha-dextrin-il%C3%AE-d-against-staphylococcus-aureus-skin-infections-a-comparative-study-of-in-vitro-bactericidal-activity-and-cytotoxicity-between-il%C3%AE-d-and-povidone-iodine
#19
A P Zisi, M K Exindari, E K Siska, G G Koliakos
BACKGROUND: As antimicrobial resistance continuously increases, revisiting old antimicrobial agents, modified to enhance efficacy and safety, becomes important. Iodine has been widely used for more than 150 years as a wound and skin disinfectant; it is an effective broad range bactericide, and to date, it lacks reports of resistance development. The most important iodine-based agent is Povidone-Iodine (PVP-I) which provides excellent antibacterial activity. However, its safety profile has been questioned...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735564/synergistic-effect-of-co-digestion-to-enhance-anaerobic-degradation-of-catering-waste-and-orange-peel-for-biogas-production
#20
Muzammil Anjum, Azeem Khalid, Samia Qadeer, Rashid Miandad
Catering waste and orange peel were co-digested using an anaerobic digestion process. Orange peel is difficult to degrade anaerobically due to the presence of antimicrobial agents such as limonene. The present study aimed to examine the feasibility of anaerobic co-digestion of catering waste with orange peel to provide the optimum nutrient balance with reduced inhibitory effects of orange peel. Batch experiments were conducted using catering waste as a potential substrate mixed in varying ratios (20-50%) with orange peel...
July 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
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