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Anna Koziróg, Bogumił Brycki, Katarzyna Pielech-Przybylska
This study investigates the biological activity of two cationic gemini surfactants, hexamethylene-1,6-bis-( N , N -dimethyl- N -dodecylammonium bromide) C6 and pentamethylene-1,5-bis-( N , N -dimethyl- N -dodecyla,.mmonium bromide) C5, and their two neutral analogs, hexamethylene-1,6-bis-( N -methyl- N -dodecylamine) (A6) and pentamethylene-1,5-bis-( N -methyl- N -dodecylamine) (A5). Experiments were performed with Aspergillus brasiliensis , which is used in the standard tests for biocides. The minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) values for conidia and mycelium were determined using the dilution method...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Marc N Jarczok, Corina Aguilar-Raab, Julian Koenig, Michael Kaess, Jeremy C Borniger, Randy J Nelson, Martica Hall, Beate Ditzen, Julian F Thayer, Joachim E Fischer
INTRODUCTION: Successful regulation of emotional states is positively associated to mental health, while difficulties in regulating emotions are negatively associated to overall mental health and in particular associated with anxiety or depression symptoms. A key structure associated to socio-emotional regulatory processes is the central autonomic network. Activity in this structure is associated to vagal activity can be indexed noninvasively and simply by measures of peripheral cardiac autonomic modulations such as heart rate variability...
March 15, 2018: Chronobiology International
Rajendra H Patil, Firoz A Kalam Khan, Kaivalya Jadhav, Manoj Damale, Siddique Akber Ansari, Hamad M Alkahtani, Azmat Ali Khan, Shantanu D Shinde, Rajesh Patil, Jaiprakash N Sangshetti
We report the synthesis of some new piperazine-sulphonamide linked Schiff bases as fungal biofilm inhibitors with antibacterial and antifungal potential. The biofilm inhibition result of Candida albicans proposed that the compounds 6b (IC50  = 32.1 μM) and 6j (IC50  = 31.4 μM) showed higher inhibitory activity than the standard fluconazole (IC50  = 40 μM). Compound 6d (MIC = 26.1 μg/mL) with a chloro group at the para position was found to be the most active antibacterial agent of the series against Bacillus subtilis when compared with the standard ciprofloxacin (MIC = 50 μg/mL)...
March 15, 2018: Archiv der Pharmazie
Assem Barakat, Abdullah M Al-Majid, Bander M Al-Qahtany, M Ali, Mohamed Teleb, Mohamed H Al-Agamy, Sehrish Naz, Zaheer Ul-Haq
BACKGROUND: Design and synthesis of pyrazole-dimedone derivatives were described by one-pot multicomponent reaction as new antimicrobial agents. These new molecular framework were synthesized in high yields with a broad substrate scope under benign conditions mediated by diethylamine (NHEt2 ). The molecular structures of the synthesized compounds were assigned based on different spectroscopic techniques (1 H-NMR,13 C-NMR, IR, MS, and CHN). RESULTS: The synthesized compounds were evaluated for their antibacterial and antifungal activities against S...
March 14, 2018: Chemistry Central Journal
Ghanshyam Kumar Satyapal, Santosh Kumar Mishra, Amrita Srivastava, Rajesh Kumar Ranjan, Krishna Prakash, Rizwanul Haque, Nitish Kumar
In middle Gangetic plain, high arsenic concentration is present in water, which causes a significant health risk. Total 48 morphologically distinct arsenite resistant bacteria were isolated from middle Gangetic plain. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of arsenite varied widely in the range 1-15 mM of the isolates. On the basis of their MIC, two isolates, AK1 (KY569423) and AK9 (KY569424) were selected. The analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence of selected isolates revealed that they are belong to the genus Pseudomonas ...
March 2018: Biotechnology Reports
Maria Sole Morelli, Alberto Greco, Gaetano Valenza, Alberto Giannoni, Michele Emdin, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Nicola Vanello
Brain activations related to the control of breathing are not completely known. The respiratory system is a non-linear system. However, the relationship between neural and respiratory dynamics is usually estimated through linear correlation measures, completely neglecting possible underlying nonlinear interactions. This study evaluate the linear and nonlinear coupling between electroencephalographic (EEG) signal and variations in carbon dioxide (CO2 ) signal related to different breathing task. During a free breathing and a voluntary breath hold tasks, the coupling between EEG power in nine different brain regions in delta (1-3 Hz) and alpha (8-13 Hz) bands and end-tidal CO2 (PET CO2 ) was evaluated...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Paolo Miotto, Andrea M Cabibbe, Emanuele Borroni, Massimo Degano, Daniela M Cirillo
Low-level rifampicin resistance associated with specific rpoB mutations (referred as "disputed") in Mycobacterium tuberculosis is easily missed by some phenotypic methods. To understand the mechanism by which some mutations are systematically missed by MGIT phenotypic testing we performed an in silico analysis of their effect on the structural interaction between the RpoB protein and rifampicin. We also characterized 24 representative clinical isolates by determining minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) on 7H10 agar, and testing them by an extended MGIT protocol...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Z Kamali Sarwestani, S J Hashemi, S Rezaie, M Gerami Shoar, S Mahmoudi, M Elahi, M Bahardoost, A Tajdini, S Abutalebian, R Daie Ghazvini
INTRODUCTION: Aspergillus niger is the most commonly reported etiology of otomycosis based on morphological characteristics. This fungus is a member of Aspergillus section Nigri, a set of morphologically indistinguishable species that can harbor various antifungal susceptibility patterns. The aim of this study was to accurately identify and determine the susceptibility pattern of a set of black aspergilli isolated from otomycosis patients. METHODS: Forty-three black Aspergillus isolates from otomycosis patients were identified by using the PCR-sequencing of the β-tubulin gene...
March 11, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Jin Yang Baek, Cheol-In Kang, So Hyun Kim, Kwan Soo Ko, Doo Ryeon Chung, Kyong Ran Peck, Nam Yong Lee, Jae-Hoon Song
The use of fluoroquinolones to treat respiratory tract infections and pneumonia due to Streptococcus pneumoniae has affected the emergence of resistance to this class of drugs. Increasing pneumococcal resistance to levofloxacin has become a major public health concern. We investigated the prevalence and genetic characteristics of levofloxacin-nonsusceptible S. pneumoniae (LNSP) clinical isolates in Korea. A total of 43 LNSP isolates collected from a national surveillance study at 13 tertiary hospitals between 2008 and 2014 were analyzed for serotype and antimicrobial susceptibilities to 19 antimicrobial agents as well as the quinolone resistance-determining region mutation...
February 16, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Yong-Zhe Zhu, Jing-Wen Liu, Xue Wang, In-Hong Jeong, Young-Joon Ahn, Chuan-Jie Zhang
The human β-site amyloid cleaving enzyme (BACE1) has been considered as an effective drug target for treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this study, Urechis unicinctus (U. unicinctus) , which is a Far East specialty food known as innkeeper worm, ethanol extract was studied by bioassay-directed fractionation and isolation to examine its potential β-site amyloid cleaving enzyme inhibitory and antimicrobial activity. The following compounds were characterized: hecogenin, cholest-4- en -3-one, cholesta-4,6- dien -3-ol, and hurgadacin...
March 14, 2018: Marine Drugs
Torbjörn Bengtsson, Johanna Lönn, Hazem Khalaf, Eleonor Palm
Antimicrobial resistance needs to be tackled from new angles, and antimicrobial peptides could be future candidates for combating bacterial infections. This study aims to investigate in vitro the bactericidal effects of the lantibiotic gallidermin on Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus, possible cytotoxic effects and its impact on host-microbe interactions. Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC) of gallidermin were determined, and cytotoxicity and proinflammatory effects of gallidermin on fibroblasts, red blood cells (RBCs) and in whole blood were investigated...
March 13, 2018: MicrobiologyOpen
H-L Lei, L-H Li, W-S Chen, W-N Song, Y He, F-Y Hu, X-J Chen, W-P Cai, X-P Tang
Talaromyces marneffei (T. marneffei) can cause talaromycosis, a fatal systemic mycosis, in patients with AIDS. With the increasing number of talaromycosis cases in Guangdong, China, we aimed to investigate the susceptibility of 189 T. marneffei clinical strains to eight antifungal agents, including three echinocandins (anidulafungin, micafungin, and caspofungin), four azoles (posaconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, and fluconazole), and amphotericin B, with determining minimal inhibition concentrations (MIC) by Sensititre YeastOne™ YO10 assay in the yeast phase...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Kinh Van Nguyen, Trung Vu Nguyen, Hang Thi Thuy Nguyen, Duyet Van Le
Introduction: Pseudomonas aeruginosa has many mechanisms of resistance to fluoroquinolones. The main mechanism is to change the effect of two enzymes that open the DNA helix - the enzyme DNA gyrase ( gyrA ) and the topoisomerase IV ( parC ). In addition, mutations that render the MexAB-oprM pump ( mexR ) dysfunctional, leading to its overexpression, also enhance resistance to fluoroquinolones. In this study, we aim to detect point mutations of gyrA , parC , and mexR genes that are predicted to be associated with fluoroquinolone resistance in 141 fluoroquinolone-resistant clinical isolates of P...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
J Denis, M-P Ledoux, Y Nivoix, R Herbrecht
Triazoles compounds are first-line agents for the treatment of invasive fungal diseases. Isavuconazole is the most recent triazole compound, approved in 2015 by the FDA and the EMA to treat invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis. We reviewed here the in vitro activity of isavuconazole against a vast spectrum of species. Isavuconazole MICs were evaluated using CLSI, EUCAST or Etest methods, with no significant differences between the technics. Low MIC50 and MIC90 (<1μg/mL) were described for isavuconazole against the majority of Candida spp...
March 10, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Marguerite L Monogue, George Sakoulas, Victor Nizet, David P Nicolau
β-lactam-β-lactamase inhibitors (BLIs) have previously demonstrated antimicrobial activity against Acinetobacter baumannii (AB). Colistin retains the highest susceptibility rate against A. baumannii, and has demonstrated synergy with other antimicrobials, including β-lactam-BLIs. Therefore, we assessed the potential individual activity and synergistic combinations in vivo against carbapenem-susceptible (CS) and multidrug-resistant (MDR) A. baumannii isolates in neutropenic thigh and lung infection models...
March 13, 2018: Pharmacology
Lindon W K Moodie, Gunnar Cervin, Rozenn Trepos, Christophe Labriere, Claire Hellio, Henrik Pavia, Johan Svenson
By combining the recently reported repelling natural dihydrostilbene scaffold with an oxime moiety found in many marine antifoulants, a library of nine antifouling hybrid compounds was developed and biologically evaluated. The prepared compounds were shown to display a low antifouling effect against marine bacteria but a high potency against the attachment and growth of microalgae down to MIC values of 0.01 μg/mL for the most potent hybrid. The mode of action can be characterized as repelling via a reversible non-toxic biostatic mechanism...
March 13, 2018: Marine Biotechnology
Shui Liu, Yonglin Zhou, Xiaodi Niu, Tingting Wang, Jiyun Li, Zhongjie Liu, Jianfeng Wang, Shusheng Tang, Yang Wang, Xuming Deng
The emergence of plasmid-mediated New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) in carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative pathogens is an increasing clinical threat. Here we report the discovery of an NDM-1 inhibitor, magnolol, through enzyme inhibition screening. We showed that magnolol significantly inhibited NDM enzyme activity (IC50  = 6.47 µg/mL), and it restored the activity of meropenem against Escherichia coli ZC-YN3, an NDM-1-producing E. coli isolate, in in vitro antibacterial activity assays. Magnolol lacked direct antibacterial activity, but compared with meropenem alone, it reduced the MICs of meropenem against E...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Adel Hussein Elduma
BACKGROUND: Female genital mutilation or female circumcision (FGM) is a serious health problem in Sudan. This procedure is harmful to women and causes many complications during pregnancy and childbirth. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to determine the female genital mutilation (FGM) and its associated factors in Sudan. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Data from Sudan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS - UNICEF) was used in this research. The survey was carried out in 2014 and included women aged between 14 - 49 years...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Susanne Paukner, Astrid Gruss, Jørgen Skov Jensen
The pleuromutilin antibiotic lefamulin demonstrated in vitro activity against the most relevant bacterial pathogens causing sexually transmitted infections (STI) including Chlamydia trachomatis (MIC50/90 of 0.02/0.04 mg/L, n =15), susceptible and multidrug-resistant Mycoplasma genitalium (MIC range 0.002-0.063 mg/L, n =6) and susceptible and resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae (MIC50/90 , 0.12/0.5 mg/L, n =25). The results suggest that lefamulin could be a promising first-line antibiotic for the treatment of STI, particularly in populations with high resistance rates to standard of care antibiotics...
March 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Susanne Sütterlin, Carlos J Téllez-Castillo, Leticia Anselem, Hong Yin, James E Bray, Martin C J Maiden
Antimicrobial resistance is a major health care problem, with the intensive use of heavy metals and biocides recently being identified as potential contributing factors to the aggravation of this situation. This study investigated heavy metal susceptibility and genetic resistance determinants in Escherichia coli isolated from clinical urine samples from Sweden, Germany and Spain. A total of 186 isolates were tested for minimal inhibition concentration to sodium arsenite, silver nitrate and copper (II) sulphate...
March 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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