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Prabin Lamichhane, Anna Pietrzyk, Conor Feehily, Paul D Cotter, David T Mannion, Kieran N Kilcawley, Alan L Kelly, Jeremiah J Sheehan
Centrifugation is a common milk pretreatment method for removal of Clostridium spores which, on germination, can produce high levels of butyric acid and gas, resulting in rancid, gassy cheese. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of centrifugation of milk, as well as incorporation of high heat-treated centrifugate into cheese milk, on the microbial and volatile profile of Maasdam cheese. To facilitate this, 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing in combination with a selective media-based approach were used to study the microbial composition of cheese during maturation, and volatile organic compounds within the cheese matrix were analyzed by HPLC and solid-phase microextraction coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Valérie A Zeller, Valérie-Anne Letembet, Vanina A Meyssonnier, Beate Heym, Jean-Marc Ziza, Simon D Marmor
BACKGROUND: Cutibacterium spp. (formerly Propionibacterium) are slow-growing cutaneous anaerobic commensals, rarely reported in prosthetic joint infections (PJIs). We describe epidemiological, clinical, biological, and radiological characteristics of 15 Cutibacterium avidum PJIs, their treatments, and outcomes. METHODS: This study is an observational, monocenter study (January 2004 to April 2017), with comparison of C avidum vs Cutibacterium acnes (n = 40) PJI characteristics...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Jason E Hsu, Moni B Neradilek, Stacy M Russ, Frederick A Matsen
BACKGROUND: Propionibacterium-specific cultures are commonly positive in revised shoulders without obvious signs of infection. To help identify patients at risk for these "stealth" presentations of positive Propionibacterium cultures, we assessed the value of a preoperative skin culture in predicting the results of deep cultures obtained at the time of revision shoulder arthroplasty in patients without clinical evidence of infection. METHODS: The study enrolled 60 patients undergoing revision for a prior shoulder arthroplasty without clinical evidence of infection...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Ravi Jain, Michael Hoggard, Melissa Zoing, Yannan Jiang, Kristi Biswas, Michael W Taylor, Richard G Douglas
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics and corticosteroids are prescribed to patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) to reduce bacterial burden and mucosal inflammation. Unfortunately, clinical improvement is often short-lived and symptoms frequently recur following cessation of treatment. The impact of these systemic therapies on bacterial communities is not well understood. Improved knowledge of how medical therapies influence the intranasal ecosystem may allow for more effective prescribing and the development of more targeted treatments...
March 8, 2018: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
Zita M Jessop, Matthew Welck, Emily Zinser, Nicholas Garlick, Susan Hopkins
Introduction: Dermal fillers are used for multiple cosmetic indications including gluteal and thigh augmentation. Complications, although infrequent, are increasing due to the dramatic growth of dermal filler use. Our aim was to describe how the complication of infected silicone granulomas can present following lower limb augmentation. Methods: Two cases presented with pain, oedema, and erythema at the site of previous silicone filler injection, following a considerable delay after the last injection (range 4-7 years)...
2018: Clinical Medicine Insights. Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Cuong Thach Nguyen, Shyam Kishor Sah, Tae-Yoon Kim
Propionibacterium acnes is a well-known commensal bacterium that plays an important role in the pathogenesis of acne and chronic inflammatory skin disease. In this study, we investigated the effect of superoxide dismutase 3 (SOD3) on P. acnes- or peptidoglycan (PGN)-induced inflammation in vitro and in vivo. Our data demonstrated that SOD3 suppressed toll-like receptor-2 (TLR-2) expression in P. acnes- or PGN-treated keratinocytes and sebocytes. Moreover, we found that SOD3 suppressed the expressions of phosphorylated nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and p38 in P...
March 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Dafne Crutchik, Nicola Frison, Anna Laura Eusebi, Francesco Fatone
Cellulose from used toilet paper is a major untapped resource embedded in municipal wastewater which recovery and valorization to valuable products can be optimized. Cellulosic primary sludge (CPS) can be separated by upstream dynamic sieving and anaerobically digested to recover methane as much as 4.02 m3 /capita·year. On the other hand, optimal acidogenic fermenting conditions of CPS allows the production of targeted short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) as much as 2.92 kg COD/capita·year. Here propionate content can be more than 30% and can optimize the enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) processes or the higher valuable co-polymer of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)...
February 28, 2018: Water Research
K Keely Boyle, Thomas R Duquin
Infection after orthopedic procedures is a devastating and serious complication associated with significant clinical and financial challenges to the health care system and unfortunate patient. The time and resource-intensive nature of treating infection after orthopedic procedures has turned attention toward enhancing prevention and establishing quality improvement measures. Prevention strategies throughout the perioperative period include host optimization, risk mitigation, reducing bacterial burden and proper wound management...
April 2018: Orthopedic Clinics of North America
Paolo di Russo, Carlo Tascini, Maria Elena Benini, Carlotta Martini, Paolo Lepori
Background: Propionibacterium acnes ( P. acnes ) is a microaerophilic anaerobic Gram-positive rod responsible for acne vulgaris. Although it is often considered to be a skin contaminant, it may act as a virulent agent in implant-associated infections. Conversely, spontaneous infectious processes have been rarely described. Case Description: Here, we describe a 43-year-old female with C1-C2 spondylodiscitis attributed to P. acnes infection. Despite long-term antibiotic treatment, computed tomography demonstrated erosion of the C1 and C2 vertebral complex that later warranted a fusion...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Chutima Jantarat, Pornpak Sirathanarun, Tatsanee Chuchue, Atthaphon Konpian, Gorawit Sukkua, Prutthicha Wongprasert
The herbal ball has been used as a Thai traditional medicine for relieving many diseases including acne. However, the application process of the herbal ball in practice is complicated and time consuming. The objective of this work was to utilize an herbal ball extract to formulate a gel to reach a more favorable use of the herbal ball for acne treatment. An herbal ball consisting of Andrographis paniculata , Centella asiatica , the Benchalokawichian remedy and the stem bark powder of Hesperethusa crenulata was prepared...
February 28, 2018: Scientia Pharmaceutica
Gizem Ertürk, Martin Hedström, Bo Mattiasson, Tautgirdas Ruzgas, Rolf Lood
The impact of the microbiota on our health is rapidly gaining interest. While several bacteria have been associated with disease, and others being indicated as having a probiotic effect, the individual biomolecules behind these alterations are often not known. A major problem in the study of these factors in vivo is their low abundance in complex environments. We recently identified the first secreted bacterial antioxidant protein, RoxP, from the skin commensal Propionibacterium acnes, suggesting its relevance for maintaining the redox homeostasis on the skin...
2018: PloS One
Ken-Ichi Okuda, Ryuichi Nagahori, Satomi Yamada, Shinya Sugimoto, Chikara Sato, Mari Sato, Tadayuki Iwase, Kazuhiro Hashimoto, Yoshimitsu Mizunoe
The present study aimed to understand the biofilm formation mechanism of Propionibacterium acnes by analyzing the components and structure of the biofilms. P. acnes strains were isolated from the surface of explanted cardiac pacemaker devices that exhibited no clinical signs of infection. Culture tests using a simple stamp culture method (pressing pacemakers against the surface of agar plates) revealed frequent P. acnes colonization on the surface of cardiac pacemaker devices. P . acnes was isolated from 7/31 devices, and the isolates were categorized by multilocus sequence typing into five different sequence types (STs): ST4 (JK18...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Lucy Cheng, Laura J Marinelli, Noël Grosset, Sorel T Fitz-Gibbon, Charles A Bowman, Brian Q Dang, Daniel A Russell, Deborah Jacobs-Sera, Baochen Shi, Matteo Pellegrini, Jeff F Miller, Michel Gautier, Graham F Hatfull, Robert L Modlin
BACKGROUND: A remarkable exception to the large genetic diversity often observed for bacteriophages infecting a specific bacterial host was found for the Cutibacterium acnes (formerly Propionibacterium acnes) phages, which are highly homogeneous. Phages infecting the related species, which is also a member of the Propionibacteriaceae family, Propionibacterium freudenreichii, a bacterium used in production of Swiss-type cheeses, have also been described and are common contaminants of the cheese manufacturing process...
March 1, 2018: BMC Microbiology
Esther Frohnmeyer, Paulina Deptula, Tuula A Nyman, Pia K S Laine, Helena Vihinen, Lars Paulin, Petri Auvinen, Eija Jokitalo, Vieno Piironen, Pekka Varmanen, Kirsi Savijoki
This study compared the secretomes (proteins exported out of the cell) of Propionibacterium freudenreichii of different origin to identify plausible adaptation factors. Phylosecretomics indicated strain-specific variation in secretion of adhesins/invasins (SlpA, InlA), cell-wall hydrolysing (NlpC60 peptidase, transglycosylase), protective (RpfB) and moonlighting (DnaK, GroEL, GaPDH, IDH, ENO, ClpB) enzymes and/or proteins. Detailed secretome comparison suggested that one of the cereal strains (JS14) released a tip fimbrillin (FimB) in to the extracellular milieu, which was in line with the electron microscopy and genomic analyses, indicating the lack of surface-associated fimbrial-like structures, predicting a mutated type-2 fimbrial gene cluster (fimB-fimA-srtC2) and production of anchorless FimB...
February 28, 2018: Microbial Biotechnology
Nora Renz, Sabrina Cabric, Christian Morgenstern, Michael A Schuetz, Andrej Trampuz
INTRODUCTION: Bone healing disturbance following fracture fixation represents a continuing challenge. We evaluated a novel fully automated polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay using sonication fluid from retrieved orthopedic hardware to diagnose infection. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective diagnostic cohort study, explanted orthopedic hardware materials from consecutive patients were investigated by sonication and the resulting sonication fluid was analyzed by culture (standard procedure) and multiplex PCR (investigational procedure)...
February 21, 2018: Injury
Maryam Pourhajibagher, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: It is essential to identify the root canal microbial diversity and count due to the polymicrobial nature of the primary endodontic infection that is associated with the microbial diversity and increased resistance to the antimicrobial agents. Photo-activated disinfection (PAD), also known as antimicrobial photodynamic therapy, is a new promising non-antibiotic approach, studied to prevent microbial resistance and treatment failure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we investigated the effect of PAD on reduction of microbial diversity and count, related with primary endodontic infections...
February 24, 2018: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
Jared M Mahylis, Vahid Entezari, James Karichu, Sandra Richter, Kathleen A Derwin, Joseph P Iannotti, Eric T Ricchetti
BACKGROUND: Hemolysis has been suggested as a feature conferring increased pathogenicity to certain Propionibacterium acnes strains in the setting of shoulder infection. The purpose of this study was to compare the virulence of hemolytic and nonhemolytic P acnes strains in patients undergoing revision shoulder arthroplasty. METHODS: Thirty-nine patients with at least 1 positive culture growth for P acnes at the time of revision surgery were identified with P acnes isolates available for hemolysis testing...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Maria Lucia Frade, Sarah Raquel de Annunzio, Giovana Maria Fioramonti Calixto, Francesca Damiani Victorelli, Marlus Chorilli, Carla Raquel Fontana
Chitosan (CH) is a biopolymer that exhibits a number of interesting properties such as anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activity and is also a promising platform for the incorporation of photosensitizing agents. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of antimicrobial activity of chitosan hydrogel formulation alone and in combination with the methylene blue (MB) associated with antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) against planktonic and biofilm phase of Propionibacterium acnes . Suspensions were sensitized with 12...
February 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Daniela Teixeira, Mayari Eika Ishimura, Juliana de Souza Apostólico, Jacqueline Miyuki Viel, Victor Cabelho Passarelli, Edecio Cunha-Neto, Daniela Santoro Rosa, Ieda Maria Longo-Maugéri
Immunization of BALB/c mice with HIVBr18, a DNA vaccine containing 18 CD4+ T cell epitopes from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), induced specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses in a broad, polyfunctional and persistent manner. With the aim of increasing the immunogenicity of this vaccine, the effect of Propionibacterium acnes as an adjuvant was evaluated. The adjuvant effects of this bacterium have been extensively demonstrated in both experimental and clinical settings. Herein, administration of two doses of HIVBr18, in the presence of P...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Leon J Broom
The gut barrier, comprising the microbiota and their products, mucus layers, host-derived antimicrobial compounds [e.g., host defense peptides (HDP), IgA], epithelium, and underlying immune tissues, performs the essential function of preventing the passage of harmful microorganisms and substances into the body, while enabling the acquisition of dietary nutrients. Antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) are widely accepted as the "gold standard" of performance-enhancing feed additives, which had become integral and valuable components of modern, efficient animal production, but are now being phased out in many parts of the world...
February 15, 2018: Poultry Science
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