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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545831/pre-post-evaluation-of-effects-of-a-titanium-dioxide-coating-on-environmental-contamination-of-an-intensive-care-unit-the-titanic-study
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B de Jong, A M Meeder, K W A C Koekkoek, M A Schouten, P Westers, A R H van Zanten
BACKGROUND: Among patients admitted to European hospitals or intensive care units (ICUs), 5.7% and 19.5% will encounter healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), respectively, and antimicrobial resistance is emerging. As hospital surfaces are contaminated with potentially pathogenic bacteria, environmental cleanliness is an essential aspect to reduce HAIs. AIM: To address the efficacy of a titanium dioxide coating in reducing the microbial colonization of environmental surfaces in an ICU...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544922/efficacy-of-benzalkonium-chloride-against-bioluminescent-p-aeruginosa-atcc9027-constructs
#2
N Shah, D C Naseby
Whole cell biosensors have been seldom used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries for preservative efficacy testing (PET). According to several pharmacopoeias, preservatives should be tested for microbial activity using traditional viable count techniques; the use of whole cell microbial biosensors potentially provides an alternative, fast, and efficient method. The aim of the study was to assess the applicability of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC9027 and its validated bioluminescent strains for preservative efficacy tests using benzalkonium chloride (BKC)...
April 23, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544570/relative-susceptibility-of-airway-organisms-to-antimicrobial-effects-of-nitric-oxide
#3
Alan D Workman, Ryan M Carey, Michael A Kohanski, David W Kennedy, James N Palmer, Nithin D Adappa, Noam A Cohen
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) is released in the airway as a critical component of innate immune defense against invading pathogenic organisms. It is well documented that bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of NO are concentration-dependent. However, few data exist comparing relative susceptibility of common pathogens to NO at physiologic concentrations. In this study we evaluated the effects of NO on 4 common airway bacteria and 1 fungus, and examined the potential implications of discrepancies in sensitivity...
May 25, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543810/in-vitro-bactericidal-activity-of-blue-light-465-nm-phototherapy-on-meticillin-susceptible-and-meticillin-resistant-staphylococcus-pseudintermedius
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Amy H Schnedeker, Lynette K Cole, Gwendolen Lorch, Sandra F Diaz, John Bonagura, Joshua B Daniels
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is the most common cause of bacterial skin infections in dogs. Meticillin-resistant infections have become more common and are challenging to treat. Blue light phototherapy may be an option for treating these infections. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to measure the in vitro bactericidal activity of 465 nm blue light on meticillin-susceptible Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MSSP) and meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP)...
May 22, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542621/enzymatic-activity-necessary-to-restore-the-lethality-due-to-escherichia-coli-rnase-e-deficiency-is-distributed-among-bacteria-lacking-rnase-e-homologues
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Masaru Tamura, Daisuke Kageyama, Naoko Honda, Hirofumi Fujimoto, Atsushi Kato
Escherichia coli RNase E (Eco-RNase E), encoded by rne (Eco-rne), is considered the global RNA decay initiator. Although Eco-RNase E is an essential gene product in E. coli, some bacterial species, such as Bacillus subtilis, do not possess Eco-RNase E sequence homologues. B. subtilis instead possesses RNase J1/J2 (Bsu-RNase J1/J2) and RNase Y (Bsu-RNase Y) to execute RNA decay. Here we found that E. coli lacking the Eco-rne gene (Δrne E. coli) was viable conditional on M9 minimal media by introducing Bsu-RNase J1/J2 or Bsu-RNase Y...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541500/prophylactic-efficacy-of-hyperimmune-bovine-colostral-antiadhesin-antibodies-against-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-diarrhea-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-1-trial
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Stephen J Savarino, Robin McKenzie, David R Tribble, Chad K Porter, Aisling O'Dowd, Joyce A Cantrell, Stephanie A Sincock, Steven T Poole, Barbara DeNearing, Colleen M Woods, Hye Kim, Shannon L Grahek, Carl Brinkley, Joseph H Crabb, A Louis Bourgeois
Background.: Tip-localized adhesive proteins of bacterial fimbriae from diverse pathogens confer protection in animal models, but efficacy in humans has not been reported. Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) commonly elaborate colonization factors comprising a minor tip adhesin and major stalk-forming subunit. We assessed the efficacy of antiadhesin bovine colostral IgG (bIgG) antibodies against ETEC challenge in volunteers. Methods.: Adults were randomly assigned (1:1:1) to take oral hyperimmune bIgG raised against CFA/I minor pilin subunit (CfaE) tip adhesin or colonization factor I (CFA/I) fimbraie (positive control) or placebo...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541034/microfluidic-capillaric-circuit-for-rapid-and-facile-bacteria-detection
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Ayokunle Oluwafemi Olanrewaju, Andy Ng, Philippe Decorwin-Martin, Alessandra Robillard, David Juncker
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the most common bacterial infections and would greatly benefit from a rapid point-of-care diagnostic test. Although significant progress has been made in developing microfluidic systems for nucleic acid and whole bacteria immunoassay tests, their practical application is limited by complex protocols, bulky peripherals, and slow operation. Here we present a microfluidic capillaric circuit (CC) optimized for rapid and automated detection of bacteria in urine. Molds for CCs were constructed using previously-established design rules, then 3D-printed and replicated into poly(dimethylsiloxane)...
May 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540705/crename-a-molecular-microbiology-method-enabling-multiparametric-assessment-of-potable-drinking-water
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Luc Bissonnette, Andrée F Maheux, Michel G Bergeron
The microbial assessment of potable/drinking water is done to ensure that the resource is free of fecal contamination indicators or waterborne pathogens. Culture-based methods for verifying the microbial safety are limited in the sense that a standard volume of water is generally tested for only one indicator (family) or pathogen.In this work, we describe a membrane filtration-based molecular microbiology method, CRENAME (Concentration Recovery Extraction of Nucleic Acids and Molecular Enrichment), exploiting molecular enrichment by whole genome amplification (WGA) to yield, in less than 4 h, a nucleic acid preparation which can be repetitively tested by real-time PCR for example, to provide multiparametric presence/absence tests (1 colony forming unit or microbial particle per standard volume of 100-1000 mL) for bacterial or protozoan parasite cells or particles susceptible to contaminate potable/drinking water...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539728/anti-quorum-sensing-activity-of-forsythia-suspense-on-chromobacterium-violaceum-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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An Zhang, Wei-Hua Chu
BACKGROUND: Quorum sensing (QS) plays an important role in the production of virulence factors and pathogenicity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and the interruption of QS will be a hopeful pathway to combat bacterial infection. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we selected Forsythia suspense (Thunb.) Vahl from traditional Chinese herbal medicines for its anti-QS activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Anti-QS of F. suspense extracts (FSE) was monitored using the Chromobacterium violaceum 12472 bioassay...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539095/effectiveness-of-non-fluoride-and-fluoride-dentifrices-for-denture-hygiene
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Gökçe Meriç, Meryem Güvenir, Kaya Suer
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of commonly used herbal/non-fluoride with fluoride dentifrices in order to eliminate pathogenic oral microorganisms from denture base material. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Heat-polymerized acrylic resin specimens (n = 288) were divided into three groups and each group inoculated with three various microorganisms (n = 96 for each) Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa). Contaminated specimens were randomly assigned to the application of six herbal/non-fluoride and three fluoride dentifrices...
May 24, 2017: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536702/in-vitro-evaluations-and-in-vivo-toxicity-and-efficacy-studies-of-mfm501-against-mrsa
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Saiful Azmi Johari, Mastura Mohtar, Sharifah Aminah Syed Mohamad, Mohd Fazli Mohammat, Rohana Sahdan, Azman Mohamed, Mohamad Jemain Mohamad Ridhwan
Previously we have discovered a synthetically derived pyrrolidone alkaloid, MFM501, exhibiting good inhibitory activity against 53 MRSA and MSSA isolates with low cytotoxicity against three normal cell-lines with IC50 values at >625 µg/ml. Time-kill assay, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, in vivo oral acute toxicity test, and mice peritonitis model were carried out in this study. In the time-kill study, MFM501 showed a less than 3 log10 decrease in bacterial colony concentration value (CFU/ml) which represented a bacteriostatic action while displaying a time-dependent inhibitory mechanism...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536572/the-bacteriophage-ef-p29-efficiently-protects-against-lethal-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-and-alleviates-gut-microbiota-imbalance-in-a-murine-bacteremia-model
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Mengjun Cheng, Jiaming Liang, Yufeng Zhang, Liyuan Hu, Pengjuan Gong, Ruopeng Cai, Lei Zhang, Hao Zhang, Jinli Ge, Yalu Ji, Zhimin Guo, Xin Feng, Changjiang Sun, Yongjun Yang, Liancheng Lei, Wenyu Han, Jingmin Gu
Enterococcus faecalis is becoming an increasingly important opportunistic pathogen worldwide, especially because it can cause life-threatening nosocomial infections. Treating E. faecalis infections has become increasingly difficult because of the prevalence of multidrug-resistant E. faecalis strains. Because bacteriophages show specificity for their bacterial hosts, there has been a growth in interest in using phage therapies to combat the rising incidence of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. In this study, we isolated a new lytic phage, EF-P29, which showed high efficiency and a broad host range against E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536559/new-functions-and-subcellular-localization-patterns-of-c-di-gmp-components-ggdef-domain-proteins-in-b-subtilis
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Patricia Bedrunka, Peter L Graumann
The universal and pleiotropic cyclic dinucleotide second messenger c-di-GMP is most prominently known to inversely regulate planktonic and sessile lifestyles of Gram-negative species. In the Gram-positive model organism Bacillus subtilis, intracellular c-di-GMP levels are modulated by a concise set of three diguanylate cylases (DgcK, DgcP, DgcW) and one phosphodiesterase (PdeH). Two recent studies have reported the negative influence of the c-di-GMP receptor DgrA (PilZ domain protein) on swarming motility indicating a conserved role of this second messenger across the bacterial domain...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536199/active-depinning-of-bacterial-droplets-the-collective-surfing-of-bacillus-subtilis
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Marc Hennes, Julien Tailleur, Gaëlle Charron, Adrian Daerr
How systems are endowed with migration capacity is a fascinating question with implications ranging from the design of novel active systems to the control of microbial populations. Bacteria, which can be found in a variety of environments, have developed among the richest set of locomotion mechanisms both at the microscopic and collective levels. Here, we uncover, experimentally, a mode of collective bacterial motility in humid environment through the depinning of bacterial droplets. Although capillary forces are notoriously enormous at the bacterial scale, even capable of pinning water droplets of millimetric size on inclined surfaces, we show that bacteria are able to harness a variety of mechanisms to unpin contact lines, hence inducing a collective slipping of the colony across the surface...
May 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535846/physical-contact-and-carbon-transfer-between-a-lichen-forming-trebouxia-alga-and-a-novel-alphaproteobacterium
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Mieko Kono, Hideyuki Tanabe, Yoshihito Ohmura, Yoko Satta, Yohey Terai
Recent progress in molecular techniques has begun to alter traditional recognition of lichens as symbiotic organisms comprised of a fungus and photosynthetic partners (green algae and/or cyanobacteria). Diverse organisms, especially various non-photosynthetic bacteria, are now indicated to be integral components of lichen symbiosis. Although lichen-associated bacteria are inferred to have functions that could support the symbiosis, little is known about their physical and nutritional interaction with fungi and algae...
May 23, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534038/analysis-of-mitochondrial-transfer-in-direct-co-cultures-of-human-monocyte-derived-macrophages-mdm-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-msc
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Megan V Jackson, Anna D Krasnodembskaya
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) are adult stem cells which have been shown to improve survival, enhance bacterial clearance and alleviate inflammation in pre-clinical models of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis. These diseases are characterised by uncontrolled inflammation often underpinned by bacterial infection. The mechanisms of MSC immunomodulatory effects are not fully understood yet. We sought to investigate MSC cell contact-dependent communication with alveolar macrophages (AM), professional phagocytes which play an important role in the lung inflammatory responses and anti-bacterial defence...
May 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533769/celecoxib-enhances-the-efficacy-of-low-dose-antibiotic-treatment-against-polymicrobial-sepsis-in-mice-and-clinical-isolates-of-eskape-pathogens
#17
Madhavi Annamanedi, Gajapati Y N Varma, K Anuradha, Arunasree M Kalle
Treatment of multidrug resistant bacterial infections has been a great challenge globally. Previous studies including our study have highlighted the use of celecoxib, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug in combination with antibiotic has decreased the minimal inhibitory concentration to limit Staphylococcus aureus infection. However, the efficacy of this combinatorial treatment against various pathogenic bacteria is not determined. Therefore, we have evaluated the potential use of celecoxib in combination with low doses of antibiotic in limiting Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria in vivo in murine polymicrobial sepsis developed by cecum ligation and puncture (CLP) method and against clinically isolated human ESKAPE pathogens (Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530469/rapid-bacterial-detection-during-endodontic-treatment
#18
D B Herzog, N A Hosny, S A Niazi, G Koller, R J Cook, F Foschi, T F Watson, F Mannocci, F Festy
Bacteria present in the root canal (RC) space following an RC treatment (RCT) can lead to persistent infections, resulting in treatment failure and the need for reintervention or extraction. Currently, there are no standardized methods in use to clinically detect bacterial presence within RC spaces. The use of paper point sampling and fluorescence staining was shown to be a rapid method, able to detect residual bacteria following treatment. The study demonstrated that Calcein acetoxymethyl (AM) proved to be a suitable dye for detecting vital bacteria within mature endodontic biofilms, with an improved sensitivity over colony-forming unit counting in a stressed biofilm model...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530395/rapid-detection-of-prosthetic-joint-infection-based-on-magnetically-assisted-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-ma-sers
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Ariana Fargasova, Anna Balzerova, Robert Prucek, Miroslava Htoutou Sedláková, Katerina Bogdanova, Jiri Gallo, Milan Kolar, Vaclav Ranc, Radek Zboril
Accurate and rapid diagnosis of prosthetic joint infection (PJI) is vital for rational and effective therapeutic management of this condition. Several diagnostic strategies have been developed for discriminating between infected and non-infected cases. However, none of them can reliably diagnose the whole spectrum of clinical presentations of PJI. Here we report a new method for PJI detection based on magnetically assisted surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (MA-SERS) using streptavidin-modified magnetic nanoparticles (MNP@Strep) whose surface is functionalized with suitable biotinylated antibodies and then coated with silver nanoparticles by self-assembly...
May 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530197/green-fabricated-cuo-nanobullets-via-olea-europaea-leaf-extract-shows-auspicious-antimicrobial-potential
#20
Qaisar Maqbool, Sidra Iftikhar, Mudassar Nazar, Fazal Abbas, Asif Saleem, Talib Hussain, Rizwan Kausar, Sadaf Anwaar, Nyla Jabeen
In present investigation, copper oxide (CuO) nanostructures have been prepared via green chemistry. Olea europaea leaf extract act as strong chelating agent for tailoring physical as well as bio-medical characteristics of CuO at the nano-size. Physical characterisation such as scanning electron microscope analysis depicts the formation of homogenised spherical shape nanoparticles (NPs) with average size of 42 nm. X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy further confirmed the crystalline pure phase and monoclinic structure...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
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