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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340483/improving-the-water-solubility-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-silymarin-by-nanoencapsulation
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Ji-Soo Lee, Da Young Hong, Eun Suh Kim, Hyeon Gyu Lee
The aims of this study were to improve the water solubility and antimicrobial activity of milk thistle silymarin by nanoencapsulation and to assess the functions of silymarin nanoparticle-containing film as an antimicrobial food-packaging agent. Silymarin nanoparticles were prepared using water-soluble chitosan (WCS) and poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA). As the WCS and silymarin concentrations increased, particle size and polydispersity index (PDI) significantly increased. Nanoencapsulation significantly improved the water solubility of silymarin 7...
March 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339746/in-vitro-cytotoxic-and-ace-inhibitory-activities-of-promod-278p-hydrolysate-of-ovotransferrin-from-chicken-egg-white
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S H Moon, J H Lee, J H Kim, H-D Paik, D U Ahn
Peptides released from egg proteins via enzymatic hydrolysis show various bioactivities such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antihypertensive, and immunomodulatory properties. The objective of this study was to investigate the cytotoxic and Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE)-inhibitory activities of ovotransferrin and its promod 278P enzyme hydrolysate. Ovotransferrin from egg white was hydrolyzed using promod 278P at 45°C for 3 hours. Using the MTT assay, the cytotoxicity of ovotransferrin and promod 278P hydrolysate of ovotransferrin were evaluated in human cancer cell lines of various tissue origins...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339349/is-triclosan-a-neurotoxic-agent
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Joanna A Ruszkiewicz, Shaojun Li, Maliya B Rodriguez, Michael Aschner
Triclosan (TCS) is an antibacterial agent that has been used in many products since 1960s. Given its broad usage as an antiseptic TCS is present ubiquitously in the environment. Trace levels of TCS continue to be detected in many organisms, and it has been shown to be particularly toxic to aquatic species. The mechanisms underlying TCS-mediated toxicity include hormone dyshomeostasis, induction of oxidative stress, apoptosis and inflammation. Although TCS has been considered to be non-toxic to mammals, the adverse effects of continuous, long-term and low concentration exposure remain unknown...
2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335451/a-review-of-phage-therapy-against-bacterial-pathogens-of-aquatic-and-terrestrial-organisms
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REVIEW
Janis Doss, Kayla Culbertson, Delilah Hahn, Joanna Camacho, Nazir Barekzi
Since the discovery of bacteriophage in the early 1900s, there have been numerous attempts to exploit their innate ability to kill bacteria. The purpose of this report is to review current findings and new developments in phage therapy with an emphasis on bacterial diseases of marine organisms, humans, and plants. The body of evidence includes data from studies investigating bacteriophage in marine and land environments as modern antimicrobial agents against harmful bacteria. The goal of this paper is to present an overview of the topic of phage therapy, the use of phage-derived protein therapy, and the hosts that bacteriophage are currently being used against, with an emphasis on the uses of bacteriophage against marine, human, animal and plant pathogens...
March 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335363/antimicrobial-antioxidant-and-anticancer-activities-of-biosynthesized-silver-nanoparticles-using-marine-algae-ecklonia-cava
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Jayachandran Venkatesan, Se-Kwon Kim, Min Suk Shim
Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) has gained great interest as a simple and eco-friendly alternative to conventional chemical methods. In this study, AgNPs were synthesized by using extracts of marine algae Ecklonia cava as reducing and capping agents. The formation of AgNPs using aqueous extract of Ecklonia cava was confirmed visually by color change and their surface plasmon resonance peak at 418 nm, measured by UV-visible spectroscopy. The size, shape, and morphology of the biosynthesized AgNPs were observed by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering analysis...
December 6, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335320/cellular-interactions-and-formation-of-an-epithelial-nanocoating-like-barrier-with-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
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Xuan Li, Ka Yan Pang, Tsz Wing Ng, Ping Chung Leung, Cheng Fei Zhang, Ken Cham-Fai Leung, Lijian Jin
Oral mucosa as the front-line barrier in the mouth is constantly exposed to a complex microenvironment with multitudinous microbes. In this study, the interactions of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with primary human gingival epithelial cells were analyzed for up to 72 h, and their diffusion capacity in the reconstructed human gingival epithelia (RHGE) and porcine ear skin models was further assessed at 24 h. It was found that the synthesized fluorescent mesoporous silica nanoparticles (RITC-NPs) with low cytotoxicity could be uptaken, degraded, and/or excreted by the human gingival epithelial cells...
October 27, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335307/zinc-oxide-nanorods-decorated-graphene-nanoplatelets-a-promising-antimicrobial-agent-against-the-cariogenic-bacterium-streptococcus-mutans
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Elena Zanni, Chandrakanth Reddy Chandraiahgari, Giovanni De Bellis, Maria Rita Montereali, Giovanna Armiento, Paolo Ballirano, Antonella Polimeni, Maria Sabrina Sarto, Daniela Uccelletti
Nanomaterials are revolutionizing the field of medicine to improve the quality of life due to the myriad of applications stemming from their unique properties, including the antimicrobial activity against pathogens. In this study, the antimicrobial and antibiofilm properties of a novel nanomaterial composed by zinc oxide nanorods-decorated graphene nanoplatelets (ZNGs) are investigated. ZNGs were produced by hydrothermal method and characterized through field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques...
September 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335265/green-synthesis-of-hierarchically-structured-silver-polymer-nanocomposites-with-antibacterial-activity
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María Jesús Hortigüela, Luis Yuste, Fernando Rojo, Inmaculada Aranaz
The in situ formation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) aided by chondroitin sulfate and the preparation of a hierarchically structured silver-polymer nanocomposite with antimicrobial activity is shown. Green synthesis of AgNPs is carried out by thermal treatment (80 and 90 °C) or UV irradiation of a chondroitin sulfate solution containing AgNO₃ without using any further reducing agents or stabilizers. Best control of the AgNPs size and polydispersity was achieved by UV irradiation. The ice-segregation-induced self-assembly (ISISA) process, in which the polymer solution containing the AgNPs is frozen unidirectionally, and successively freeze-drying were employed to produce the chondroitin sulfate 3D scaffolds...
July 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335264/antimicrobial-properties-of-biofunctionalized-silver-nanoparticles-on-clinical-isolates-of-streptococcus-mutans-and-its-serotypes
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Ángel Manuel Martínez-Robles, Juan Pablo Loyola-Rodríguez, Norma Verónica Zavala-Alonso, Rita Elizabeth Martinez-Martinez, Facundo Ruiz, René Homero Lara-Castro, Alejandro Donohué-Cornejo, Simón Yobanny Reyes-López, León Francisco Espinosa-Cristóbal
(1) Background: Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) is the principal pathogen involved in the formation of dental caries. Other systemic diseases have also been associated with specific S. mutans serotypes (c, e, f, and k). Silver nanoparticles (SNP) have been demonstrated to have good antibacterial effects against S. mutans; therefore, limited studies have evaluated the antimicrobial activity of biofunctionalized SNP on S. mutans serotypes. The purpose of this work was to prepare and characterize coated SNP using two different organic components and to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of SNP in clinical isolates of S...
July 22, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335198/gold-nanoparticles-an-efficient-antimicrobial-agent-against-enteric-bacterial-human-pathogen
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Shahzadi Shamaila, Noshin Zafar, Saira Riaz, Rehana Sharif, Jawad Nazir, Shahzad Naseem
Enteric bacterial human pathogens, i.e., Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis and Klebsiella pneumoniae, are the major cause of diarrheal infections in children and adults. Their structure badly affects the human immune system. It is important to explore new antibacterial agents instead of antibiotics for treatment. This project is an attempt to explain how gold nanoparticles affect these bacteria. We investigated the important role of the mean particle size, and the inhibition of a bacterium is dose-dependent...
April 14, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335189/synergistic-antibacterial-effects-of-nanoparticles-encapsulated-with-scutellaria-baicalensis-and-pure-chlorhexidine-on-oral-bacterial-biofilms
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Ken Cham-Fai Leung, Chaminda Jayampath Seneviratne, Xuan Li, Ping Chung Leung, Clara Bik San Lau, Chi-Hin Wong, Ka Yan Pang, Chun Wai Wong, Elaine Wat, Lijian Jin
Scutellariabaicalensis (SB) is a traditional Chinese medicine for treating infectious and inflammatory diseases. Our recent study shows potent antibacterial effects of nanoparticle-encapsulated chlorhexidine (Nano-CHX). Herein, we explored the synergistic effects of the nanoparticle-encapsulated SB (Nano-SB) and Nano-CHX on oral bacterial biofilms. Loading efficiency of Nano-SB was determined by thermogravimetric analysis, and its releasing profile was assessed by high-performance liquid chromatographyusing baicalin (a flavonoid compound of SB) as the marker...
April 7, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334919/antibiotics-trigger-initiation-of-sccmec-transfer-by-inducing-sos-responses
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Pilong Liu, Zhaowei Wu, Huping Xue, Xin Zhao
The rise of antimicrobial resistance limits therapeutic options for infections by methicillin-resistant staphylococci. The staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) is a mobile genetic element as the only carrier of the methicillin-resistance determinants, the mecA or mecC gene. The use of antibiotics increases the spread of antibiotic resistance, but the mechanism by which antibiotics promote horizontal dissemination of SCCmec is largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that many antibiotics, including β-lactams, can induce the expression of ccrC1 and SCCmec excision from the bacterial chromosome...
March 3, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334702/in-vitro-antibacterial-activity-of-7-substituted-6-fluoroquinolone-and-7-substituted-6-8-difluoroquinolone-derivatives
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Socorro Leyva-Ramos, Denisse de Loera, Jaime Cardoso-Ortiz
BACKGROUND: Fluoroquinolones are widely prescribed synthetic antimicrobial agents. Quinolones act by converting their targets, gyrase and topoisomerase IV, into toxic enzymes that fragment the bacterial chromosome; the irreversible DNA damage eventually causes the killing of bacteria. Thorough knowledge of the structure-activity relationship of quinolones is essential for the development of new drugs with improved activity against resistant strains. METHODS: The compounds were screened for their antibacterial activity against 4 representing strains using the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method...
March 24, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334654/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-a-new-series-of-benzimidazole-derivatives-as-antimicrobial-antiquorum-sensing-and-antitumor-agents
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N S El-Gohary, M I Shaaban
New benzimidazole derivatives were synthesized and assessed for antimicrobial efficacy toward Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus 293. Results indicated that compounds 3c and 3n have promising activity toward S. aureus, whereas 3i exhibited remarkable efficacy toward B. cereus. Moreover, compound 3c was proved to be the most active antifungal analog toward C. albicans. On the other hand, 3n displayed the highest activity against A. fumigatus 293...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333332/wck-5222-cefepime-zidebactam-antimicrobial-activity-tested-against-gram-negative-organisms-producing-clinically-relevant-%C3%AE-lactamases
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Helio S Sader, Paul R Rhomberg, Robert K Flamm, Ronald N Jones, Mariana Castanheira
Background: Zidebactam is a β-lactam enhancer antibiotic with a dual mechanism of action involving binding to Gram-negative PBP2 and β-lactamase inhibition. Cefepime combined with zidebactam (WCK 5222) is under clinical development for treatment of Gram-negative infections. Objectives: To evaluate the in vitro activities of cefepime and zidebactam separately and combined at 1:1 and 2:1 ratios when tested against Gram-negative organisms producing the most clinically relevant β-lactamase types...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333250/the-complexity-of-minocycline-serum-protein-binding
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Jian Zhou, Brian T Tran, Vincent H Tam
Objectives: Serum protein binding is critical for understanding the pharmacology of antimicrobial agents. Tigecycline and eravacycline were previously reported to have atypical non-linear protein binding; the percentage of free fraction decreased with increasing total concentration. In this study, we extended the investigation to other tetracyclines and examined the factors that might impact protein binding. Methods: Different minocycline concentrations (0.5-50 mg/L) and perfusion media (saline, 0...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332637/evaluation-of-the-immunomodulatory-activity-of-the-chicken-nk-lysin-derived-peptide-cnk-2
#17
Woo H Kim, Hyun S Lillehoj, Wongi Min
Chicken NK-lysin (cNK-lysin), the chicken homologue of human granulysin, is a cationic amphiphilic antimicrobial peptide (AMP) that is produced by cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells. We previously demonstrated that cNK-lysin and cNK-2, a synthetic peptide incorporating the core α-helical region of cNK-lysin, have antimicrobial activity against apicomplexan parasites such as Eimeria spp., via membrane disruption. In addition to the antimicrobial activity of AMPs, the immunomodulatory activity of AMPs mediated by their interactions with host cells is increasingly recognized...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332345/high-incidence-of-virulence-factors-among-clinical-enterococcus-faecalis-isolates-in-southwestern-iran
#18
Hamid Heidari, Somayeh Hasanpour, Hadi Sedigh Ebrahim-Saraie, Mohammad Motamedifar
BACKGROUND: Over the past two decades, enterococci have emerged as an important agent responsible for hospital acquired infection. Several virulence factors contribute to the adherence, colonization, evasion of the host immune response, and pathogenicity and severity of the infection. Enterococcus faecalis is the most common and virulent species causing infections in hospitalized patients. The aim of the present study was to examine the prevalence of genes encoding virulence factors and antimicrobial resistance patterns of E...
March 13, 2017: Infection & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331913/biological-properties-and-chemical-composition-of-jatropha-neopauciflora-pax
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A B Hernández-Hernández, F J Alarcón-Aguilar, M Jiménez-Estrada, L B Hernández-Portilla, C M Flores-Ortiz, M A Rodríguez-Monroy, M Canales-Martínez
BACKGROUND: Ethnopharmacological relevance. Jatropha neopauciflora (Pax) is an endemic species of the Tehuacan- Cuicatlan Valley, Mexico. This species has long been used as a remedy to alleviate illnesses of bacterial, fungal and viral origin. Aim of the study. Experimentally test the traditional use of Jatropha neopauciflora in Mexican traditional medicine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The methanol extract (MeOH1), of Jatropha neopauciflora (Euphorbiaceae) was obtained by maceration...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331912/effect-of-visible-range-electromagnetic-radiations-on-escherichia-coli
#20
Samina T Yousuf Azeemi, Saleem Farooq Shaukat, Khawaja Shamsuddin Azeemi, Idrees Khan, Khalid Mahmood, Farah Naz
BACKGROUND: Escherichia coli is the agent responsible for a range of clinical diseases. With emerging antimicrobial resistance, other treatment options including solar/photo-therapy are becoming increasingly common. Visible Range Radiation Therapy/Colour Therapy is an emerging technique in the field of energy/vibrational medicine that uses visible spectrum of Electromagnetic Radiations to cure different diseases. In this study, our goal was to understand the effect of Visible Range Electromagnetic Radiations on E...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
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