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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922869/genome-organization-of-sphingobium-indicum-b90a-an-archetypal-hexachlorocyclohexane-hch-degrading-genotype
#1
Helianthous Verma, Abhay Bajaj, Roshan Kumar, Jasvinder Kaur, Shailly Anand, Namita Nayyar, Akshita Puri, Yogendra Singh, Jitendra P Khurana, Rup Lal
Among sphingomonads, Sphingobium indicum B90A is widely investigated for its ability to degrade a manmade pesticide, γ-hexachlorocyclohexane (γ-HCH) and its isomers (α-, β-, δ-, and ε-HCH). In this study, complete genome of strain B90A was constructed using Single Molecule Real Time Sequencing (SMRT) and Illumina platform. The complete genome revealed that strain B90A harbors four replicons: one chromosome (3,654,322 bp) and three plasmids designated as pSRL1 (139,218 bp), pSRL2 (108,430 bp) and pSRL3 (43,761 bp)...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922839/first-description-of-a-new-uncultured-epsilon-sulfur-bacterium-colonizing-marine-mangrove-sediment-in-the-caribbean-thiovulum-sp-strain-karukerense
#2
Olivier Gros
Here, the first description is reported of an epsilon sulfur-oxidizing bacterium from sulfide-rich sediments of marine mangrove in the Caribbean. By transition electron microscopy it was shown that this new strain contains intracytoplasmic large internal sulfur granules, which was confirmed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analyses performed using an environmental scanning electron microscope. The sulfur distribution obtained for this sulfur-oxidizing bacterial strain allowed us to conclude that elemental sulfur is formed as an intermediate oxidation product and stored intracellularly...
October 2, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922838/comparative-genomics-of-a-drug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-panel-and-the-challenges-of-antimicrobial-resistance-prediction-from-genomes
#3
J Jeukens, I Kukavica-Ibrulj, J G Emond-Rheault, L Freschi, R C Levesque
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now recognized as a global threat to human health. The accessibility of microbial whole-genome sequencing offers an invaluable opportunity for resistance surveillance via the resistome, i.e. the genes and mutations underlying AMR. Unfortunately, AMR prediction from genomic data remains extremely challenging, especially for species with a large pan-genome. One such organism, for which multidrug-resistant (MDR) isolates are frequently encountered in the clinic, is Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
October 2, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922804/hunting-for-agile-prey-trophic-specialisation-in-leptophryid-amoebae-vampyrellida-rhizaria-revealed-by-two-novel-predators-of-planktonic-algae
#4
Sebastian Hess
Vampyrellid amoebae (Vampyrellida, Rhizaria) are widespread in freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems and consume a wide range of eukaryotes, e.g. algae, fungi and micrometazoa. Environmental sequences indicate that only a small fraction of their genetic diversity is phenotypically characterised, emphasising the need to further explore unknown vampyrellids and their interactions with prey organisms. This study tests the prey range specificity of three vampyrellid amoebae with 49 strains of three common groups of freshwater algae (Zygnematophyceae, Euglenophyceae and Volvocales), and documents specific interactions by time-lapse microscopy...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922740/a-conserved-dggk-motif-is-essential-for-the-function-of-the-pglb-oligosaccharyltransferase-from-campylobacter-jejuni
#5
Yasmin Barre, Harald Nothaft, Cody Thomas, Xin Liu, Jianjun Li, Kenneth K S Ng, Christine M Szymanski
In Campylobacter jejuni, the PglB oligosaccharyltransferase catalyzes the transfer of a heptasaccharide from a lipid donor to asparagine within the D/E-X1-N-X2-S/T sequon (X1,2 ≠ P) or releases this heptasaccharide as free oligosaccharides (fOS). Using available crystal structures and sequence alignments, we identified a DGGK motif near the active site of PglB that is conserved among all Campylobacter species. We demonstrate that amino acid substitutions in the aspartate and lysine residues result in loss of protein glycosylation in the heterologous Escherichia coli system...
October 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922717/magnetic-nanoparticle-loaded-alginate-beads-for-local-micro-actuation-of-in-vitro-tissue-constructs
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Awatef M Alshehri, Otto C Wilson, Bishnu Dahal, John Philip, Xiaolong Luo, Christopher B Raub
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) self-align and transduce magnetic force, two properties which lead to promising applications in cell and tissue engineering. However, the toxicity of MNPs to cells which uptake them is a major impediment to applications in engineered tissue constructs. To address this problem, MNPs were embedded in millimeter-scale alginate beads, coated with glutaraldehyde cross-linked chitosan, and loaded in acellular and MDA-MB-231 cancer cell-seeded collagen hydrogels, providing local micro-actuation under an external magnetic field...
September 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922650/constitutive-modeling-of-the-passive-inflation-extension-behavior-of-the-swine-colon
#7
Bhavesh Patel, Huan Chen, Aashish Ahuja, Joshua F Krieger, Jillian Noblet, Sean Chambers, Ghassan S Kassab
In the present work, we propose the first structural constitutive model of the passive mechanical behavior of the swine colon that is validated against physiological inflation-extension tests, and accounts for residual strains. Sections from the spiral colon and the descending colon were considered to investigate potential regional variability. We found that the proposed constitutive model accurately captures the passive inflation-extension behavior of both regions of the swine colon (coefficient of determination R(2)=0...
August 31, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922621/a-21-winter-seasons-retrospective-study-of-antibody-response-after-influenza-vaccination-in-elderly-60-85%C3%A2-years-old-and-very-elderly-85%C3%A2-years-old-institutionalized-subjects
#8
Emilia Nunzi, Anna Maria Iorio, Barbara Camilloni
Influenza vaccination is considered the best mean for preventing the higher rates of mortality associated with influenza virus infection in the elderly as compared with younger people. Since the number of very elderly subjects, aged >85 years, is rapidly increasing, and some authors reported increments in influenza-associated mortality with age, the aim of this study was to increase the limited information available on the immunogenicity of the influenza vaccines in this age group. This was a retrospective study which analyzed the antibody response induced by commercially available trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines in 1491 elderly subjects (60-85 years old) and 1139 very elderly subjects (>85 years old) during 21 winter seasons included between 1993-1994 and 2014-2015...
September 18, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922610/symbiosis-of-selected-rhizobium-leguminosarum-bv-viciae-strains-with-diverse-pea-genotypes-effects-on-biological-nitrogen-fixation
#9
Chao Yang, Rosalind Bueckert, Jeff Schoenau, Axel Diederichsen, Hossein Zakeri, Thomas Warkentin
Biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) can be improved by optimizing the interaction between the rhizobial inoculant and pea (Pisum sativum L.), leading to increased productivity and reduced nitrogen (N) fertilizer use. Eight Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae strains were used to inoculate super-nodulating pea mutant Rondo-nod3(fix+), hyper-nodulating pea mutant Frisson P88 Sym29, CDC Meadow commercial control, and a non-nodulating mutant Frisson P56 (nod-) to evaluate BNF in a greenhouse assay. Significant differences in strain×cultivar interactions were detected for shoot and root dry weight which ranged from 1...
September 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922491/temporal-and-remote-tuning-of-piezophotonic-effect-induced-luminescence-and-color-gamut-via-modulating-magnetic-field
#10
Man-Chung Wong, Li Chen, Gongxun Bai, Long-Biao Huang, Jianhua Hao
Light-emitting materials have been extensively investigated because of their widespread applications in solid-state lighting, displays, sensors, and bioimaging. In these applications, it is highly desirable to achieve tunable luminescence in terms of luminescent intensity and wavelength. Here, a convenient physical approach of temporal and remote tuning of light-emitting wavelength and color is demonstrated, which is greatly different from conventional methods. It is shown that by modulating the frequency of magnetic-field excitation at room temperature, luminescence from the flexible composites of ZnS:Al, Cu phosphors induced by the piezophotonic effect can be tuned in real time and in situ...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922488/isolation-of-rhodotorula-mucilaginosa-from-blood-cultures-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
#11
Iker Falces-Romero, Emilio Cendejas-Bueno, María Pilar Romero-Gómez, Julio García-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Rhodotorula species have traditionally been considered as one of common non-virulent environmental inhabitant. They have emerged as an opportunistic pathogen, particularly in immunocompromised hosts and most infections have been associated with intravenous catheters in these patients. OBJECTIVE: We review the isolates in blood cultures of Rhodotorula mucilaginosa in our Hospital. We describe the demographic and clinical features of the cases and the antifungal susceptibility profiles of the isolates...
September 18, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922426/a-dna-vaccine-for-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-protects-against-disease-and-death-in-two-lethal-mouse-models
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Aura R Garrison, Charles J Shoemaker, Joseph W Golden, Collin J Fitzpatrick, John J Suschak, Michelle J Richards, Catherine V Badger, Carolyn M Six, Jacqueline D Martin, Drew Hannaman, Marko Zivcec, Eric Bergeron, Jeffrey W Koehler, Connie S Schmaljohn
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is a tick-borne virus capable of causing a severe hemorrhagic fever disease in humans. There are currently no licensed vaccines to prevent CCHFV-associated disease. We developed a DNA vaccine expressing the M-segment glycoprotein precursor gene of CCHFV and assessed its immunogenicity and protective efficacy in two lethal mouse models of disease: type I interferon receptor knockout (IFNAR-/-) mice; and a novel transiently immune suppressed (IS) mouse model. Vaccination of mice by muscle electroporation of the M-segment DNA vaccine elicited strong antigen-specific humoral immune responses with neutralizing titers after three vaccinations in both IFNAR-/- and IS mouse models...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922406/loss-of-liver-specific-and-sexually-dimorphic-gene-expression-by-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-activation-in-c57bl-6-mice
#13
Rance Nault, Kelly A Fader, Jack R Harkema, Tim Zacharewski
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is a highly conserved transcription factor that mediates a broad spectrum of species-, strain-, sex-, age-, tissue-, and cell-specific responses elicited by structurally diverse ligands including 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). Dose-dependent effects on liver-specific and sexually dimorphic gene expression were examined in male and female mice gavaged with TCDD every 4 days for 28 or 92 days. RNA-seq data revealed the coordinated repression of 181 genes predominately expressed in the liver including albumin (3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922400/protein-folding-misfolding-and-aggregation-the-importance-of-two-electron-stabilizing-interactions
#14
Andrzej Stanisław Cieplak
Proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases are highly pleiomorphic and may adopt an all-α-helical fold in one environment, assemble into all-β-sheet or collapse into a coil in another, and rapidly polymerize in yet another one via divergent aggregation pathways that yield broad diversity of aggregates' morphology. A thorough understanding of this behaviour may be necessary to develop a treatment for Alzheimer's and related disorders. Unfortunately, our present comprehension of folding and misfolding is limited for want of a physicochemical theory of protein secondary and tertiary structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922120/motion-estimation-in-echocardiography-using-sparse-representation-and-dictionary-learning
#15
Nora Ouzir, Adrian Basarab, Herve Liebgott, Brahim Harbaoui, Jean-Yves Tourneret
This paper introduces a new method for cardiac motion estimation in 2D ultrasound images. The motion estimation problem is formulated as an energy minimization, whose data fidelity term is built using the assumption that the images are corrupted by multiplicative Rayleigh noise. In addition to a classical spatial smoothness constraint, the proposed method exploits the sparse properties of the cardiac motion to regularize the solution via an appropriate dictionary learning step. The proposed method is evaluated on one dataset with available ground-truth, including four sequences of highly realistic simulations...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922066/the-effect-of-lysozyme-on-reducing-biofilms-by-staphylococcus-aureus-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-gardnerella-vaginalis-an-in-vitro-examination
#16
Mirsada Hukić, Dzenita Seljmo, Amra Ramovic, Monia Avdić Ibrišimović, Serkan Dogan, Jasna Hukic, Elma Feric Bojic
Two basic questions about lysozyme activities on the selected microorganisms were investigated, namely whether lysozyme inhibits biofilm production and which concentrations of the enzyme have the ability to change the natural biofilm producing capacity of different strains of Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin sensitive and resistant), Streptococcus pyogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Gardnerella vaginalis. The effect of lysozyme on biofilm formation capacities of 16 strains of selected microorganisms was investigated, whereby four testing replicates have been performed in vitro using the Test Tube method, and the potential of lysozyme to change biofilm forming capacities depending on its concentration, species, and strains of microorganisms is demonstrated...
September 18, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922045/monomeric-m2e-antigen-in-vesivax%C3%A2-liposomes-stimulates-protection-against-type-a-strains-of-influenza-comparable-to-liposomes-with-multimeric-forms-of-m2e
#17
J P Adler-Moore, W Ernst, H Kim, N Ward, S M Chiang, T Do, G Fujii
Given the interest in the ectodomain of the matrix 2 (M2e) channel protein as a target for development of a universal influenza vaccine, we examined the role of the antigen configuration of M2e in generating a protective immune response. A series of M2e mutations and a truncated M2e segment were prepared as a means of controlling the formation of monomer, dimer, and higher order multimeric forms of M2e. Each of these M2e peptides was incorporated into a liposome-based vaccine technology platform previously shown to stimulate a protective response to influenza A infection using M2e as a mixture of monomers, dimers and multimers (L-M2e1-HD/MPL)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922027/further-evidence-of-how-unbuffered-starvation-at-4%C3%A2-c-influences-listeria-monocytogenes-egd-e-hcc23-f2365-and-scott-a
#18
Nathan A Jarvis, Corliss A O'Bryan, Elizabeth M Martin, Steven C Ricke, Michael G Johnson, Philip G Crandall
The soilborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes frequently contaminates food products and food processing environments and is able to survive desiccation, high osmotic pressures, and starvation. However, little is known about how this pathogen survives starvation at 4°C. This study provides evidence that L. monocytogenes is able to survive total nutrient starvation for 4 weeks. L. monocytogenes strains EGD-e, Scott A, F2365, and HCC23 were starved individually in sterile water. Colony counts declined over 4 weeks, with Scott A declining the most rapidly...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922026/characterization-of-quinolone-resistance-in-salmonella-enterica-from-farm-animals-in-china
#19
Ting-Ting Cao, Guo-Hui Deng, Liang-Xing Fang, Run-Shi Yang, Jian Sun, Ya-Hong Liu, Xiao-Ping Liao
This study was focused on the prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibilities of Salmonella directly isolated at animal clinics in Guangdong, People's Republic of China. The isolation rates from chickens, ducks, and pigs were 11.3% (11 of 97 samples), 15.4% (53 of 344 samples), and 3.0% (13 of 434 samples), respectively. Among the 77 Salmonella enterica isolates, the most predominant serovar was Typhimurium (81.8%, 63 isolates), followed by serovars Meleagridis (2.6%, 2 isolates) and Abaetetuba (1.3%, 1 isolate)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921965/mycelium-enhanced-bacterial-degradation-of-organic-pollutants-under-bioavailability-restrictions
#20
Rungroch Sungthong, Margalida Tauler, Magdalena Grifoll, Jose-Julio Ortega-Calvo
This work examines the role of mycelia in enhancing the degradation by attached bacteria of organic pollutants that have poor bioavailability. Two oomycetes, Pythium oligandrum and Pythium aphanidermatum, were selected as producers of mycelial networks, while Mycobacterium gilvum VM552 served as a model polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-degrading bacterium. The experiments consisted of bacterial cultures exposed to a non-disturbed non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) layer containing a heavy fuel spiked with 14C-labeled phenanthrene that were incubated in the presence or absence of the mycelia of the oomycetes in both shaking and static conditions...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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