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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453568/baicalin-inhibits-biofilm-formation-attenuates-the-quorum-sensing-controlled-virulence-and-enhances-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-clearance-in-a-mouse-peritoneal-implant-infection-model
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Jing Luo, Biying Dong, Ke Wang, Shuangqi Cai, Tangjuan Liu, Xiaojing Cheng, Danqing Lei, Yanling Chen, Yanan Li, Jinliang Kong, Yiqiang Chen
The quorum sensing (QS) circuit plays a role in the precise regulation of genes controlling virulence factors and biofilm formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. QS-controlled biofilm formation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in clinical settings has remained controversial due to emerging drug resistance; therefore, screening diverse compounds for anti-biofilm or anti-QS activities is important. This study demonstrates the ability of sub-minimum inhibitory concentrations (sub-MICs) of baicalin, an active natural compound extracted from the traditional Chinese medicinal Scutellaria baicalensis, to inhibit the formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms and enhance the bactericidal effects of various conventional antibiotics in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445136/selective-eradication-of-cancer-cells-by-delivery-of-adenovirus-based-toxins
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Shiran Shapira, Assaf Shapira, Diana Kazanov, Gil Hevroni, Sarah Kraus, Nadir Arber
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: KRAS mutation is an early event in colorectal cancer carcinogenesis. We previously reported that a recombinant adenovirus, carrying a pro-apoptotic gene (PUMA) under the regulation of Ets/AP1 (RAS-responsive elements) suppressed the growth of cancer cells harboring hyperactive KRAS. We propose to exploit the hyperactive RAS pathway, rather than to inhibit it as was previously tried and failed repeatedly. We aim to improve efficacy by substituting PUMA with a more potent toxin, the bacterial MazF-MazE toxin-antitoxin system, under a very tight regulation...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444073/antibacterial-activity-of-standard-and-n-doped-titanium-dioxide-coated-endotracheal-tubes-an-in-vitro-study
#3
Valentina Caratto, Lorenzo Ball, Elisa Sanguineti, Angelo Insorsi, Iacopo Firpo, Stefano Alberti, Maurizio Ferretti, Paolo Pelosi
Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa of two nanoparticle endotracheal tube coatings with visible light-induced photocatalysis. Methods: Two types of titanium dioxide nanoparticles were tested: standard anatase (TiO2) and N-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2). Nanoparticles were placed on the internal surface of a segment of commercial endotracheal tubes, which were loaded on a cellulose acetate filter; control endotracheal tubes were left without a nanoparticle coating...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443295/data-for-discriminating-dead-live-bacteria-in-homogenous-cell-suspensions-and-the-effect-of-insoluble-substrates-on-turbidimetric-measurements
#4
Kwabena O Duedu, Christopher E French
Estimation of bacterial growth by rapid traditional methods such as spectrophometric measurements at 600 nm (OD600) is not applicable for cultures containing insoluble particles in the growth media. Colony counts are the only suitable alternative but these are laborious and not high-throughput. The data presented in this article is related to the research article entitled "Two-colour fluorescence fluorimetric analysis for direct quantification of bacteria and its application in monitoring bacterial growth in cellulose degradation systems" (Duedu and French, 2017) [1]...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442909/tat-functionalized-liposomes-for-the-treatment-of-meningitis-an-in-vitro-study
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Caterina Bartomeu Garcia, Di Shi, Thomas J Webster
Bacterial meningitis has become a global concern, because of the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It has been demonstrated that liposomes can enter bacteria, thus providing a possible treatment for numerous infections, including meningitis. Fusogenic liposomes are pH-sensitive with a high capacity to fuse with the bacteria membrane and promote intracellular drug release. Moreover, this ability can be improved by using cell-penetrating peptides (such as Tat47-57, which is a peptide derived from the Tat protein of HIV)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442767/direct-rapid-antimicrobial-susceptibility-test-from-positive-blood-cultures-based-on-microscopic-imaging-analysis
#6
Jungil Choi, Hyun Yong Jeong, Gi Yoon Lee, Sangkwon Han, Shinhun Han, Bonghwan Jin, Taegeun Lim, Shin Kim, Dong Young Kim, Hee Chan Kim, Eui-Chong Kim, Sang Hoon Song, Taek Soo Kim, Sunghoon Kwon
For the timely treatment of patients with infections in bloodstream and cerebrospinal fluid, a rapid antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) is urgently needed. Here, we describe a direct and rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing (dRAST) system, which can determine the antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria from a positive blood culture bottle (PBCB) in six hours. The positive blood culture sample is directly mixed with agarose and inoculated into a micropatterned plastic microchip with lyophilized antibiotic agents...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442761/generation-of-mutation-hotspots-in-ageing-bacterial-colonies
#7
Agnieszka Sekowska, Sofie Wendel, Emil C Fischer, Morten H H Nørholm, Antoine Danchin
How do ageing bacterial colonies generate adaptive mutants? Over a period of two months, we isolated on ageing colonies outgrowing mutants able to use a new carbon source, and sequenced their genomes. This allowed us to uncover exquisite details on the molecular mechanism behind their adaptation: most mutations were located in just a few hotspots in the genome, and over time, mutations increasingly were consistent with the involvement of 8-oxo-guanosine, formed exclusively on the transcribed strand. This work provides strong support for retromutagenesis as a general process creating adaptive mutations during ageing...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442419/a-sulfated-galactans-supplemented-diet-enhances-the-expression-of-immune-genes-and-protects-against-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-infection-in-shrimp
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Tawut Rudtanatip, Nantavadee Boonsri, Somluk Asuvapongpatana, Boonsirm Withyachamnarnkul, Kanokpan Wongprasert
A sulfated galactans (SG) supplemented diet was evaluated for the potential to stimulate immune activity in shrimp Penaeus vannamei (P. vannamei). Shrimp given the SG supplemented diet (0.5, 1 and 2% w/w) for 7 days showed enhanced expression of the downstream signaling mediator of lipopolysaccharide and β-1,3-glucan binding protein (LGBP) and immune related genes including p-NF-κB, IMD, IKKβ and IKKε, antimicrobial peptide PEN-4, proPO-I and II. Following immersion with Vibrio parahaemolyticus (V. parahaemolyticus) for 14 days, the shrimp given the SG supplemented diet (1 and 2% w/w) showed a decrease in bacterial colonies and bacterial toxin gene expression, compared to shrimp given a normal diet, and they reached 50% mortality at day 14...
April 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440800/the-trichodesmium-consortium-conserved-heterotrophic-co-occurrence-and-genomic-signatures-of-potential-interactions
#9
Michael D Lee, Nathan G Walworth, Erin L McParland, Fei-Xue Fu, Tracy J Mincer, Naomi M Levine, David A Hutchins, Eric A Webb
The nitrogen (N)-fixing cyanobacterium Trichodesmium is globally distributed in warm, oligotrophic oceans, where it contributes a substantial proportion of new N and fuels primary production. These photoautotrophs form macroscopic colonies that serve as relatively nutrient-rich substrates that are colonized by many other organisms. The nature of these associations may modulate ocean N and carbon (C) cycling, and can offer insights into marine co-evolutionary mechanisms. Here we integrate multiple omics-based and experimental approaches to investigate Trichodesmium-associated bacterial consortia in both laboratory cultures and natural environmental samples...
April 25, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439298/multi-drug-resistant-pathogenic-bacteria-in-the-gut-of-young-children-in-bangladesh
#10
Shirajum Monira, Syeda Antara Shabnam, Sk Imran Ali, Abdus Sadique, Fatema-Tuz Johura, Kazi Zillur Rahman, Nur Haque Alam, Haruo Watanabe, Munirul Alam
BACKGROUND: The gut of human harbors diverse commensal microbiota performing an array of beneficial role for the hosts. In the present study, the major commensal gut bacteria isolated by culturing methods from 15 children of moderate income families, aged between 10 and 24 months, were studied for their response to different antibiotics, and the molecular basis of drug resistance. RESULTS: Of 122 bacterial colonies primarily selected from Luria-Bertani agar, bacterial genera confirmed by analytical profile index (API) 20E(®) system included Escherichia as the predominant (52%) organism, followed by Enterobacter (16%), Pseudomonas (12%), Klebsiella (6%), Pantoea (6%), Vibrio (3%), and Citrobacter (3%); while Aeromonas and Raoultella were identified as the infrequently occurring genera...
2017: Gut Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439038/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-derived-rhamnolipids-and-other-detergents-modulate-colony-morphotype-and-motility-in-the-burkholderia-cepacia-complex
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Steve P Bernier, Courtney Hum, Xiang Li, George A O'Toole, Nathan Magarvey, Michael G Surette
Competitive interactions mediated by released chemicals (e.g. toxins) are prominent in multispecies communities, but their effect at subinhibitory concentrations on susceptible bacteria is poorly understood. Although Pseudomonas aeruginosa and species of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) can exist together as a co-infection in cystic fibrosis airways, P. aeruginosa toxins can kill Bcc species in vitro Consequently, these bacteria become an ideal in vitro model system to study the impact of sublethal levels of toxins on the biology of typical susceptible bacteria such as the Bcc when exposed to P...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438207/large-scale-validation-of-an-efficient-crispr-cas-based-multi-gene-editing-protocol-in-escherichia-coli
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Francesca Zerbini, Ilaria Zanella, Davide Fraccascia, Enrico König, Carmela Irene, Luca F Frattini, Michele Tomasi, Laura Fantappiè, Luisa Ganfini, Elena Caproni, Matteo Parri, Alberto Grandi, Guido Grandi
BACKGROUND: The exploitation of the CRISPR/Cas9 machinery coupled to lambda (λ) recombinase-mediated homologous recombination (recombineering) is becoming the method of choice for genome editing in E. coli. First proposed by Jiang and co-workers, the strategy has been subsequently fine-tuned by several authors who demonstrated, by using few selected loci, that the efficiency of mutagenesis (number of mutant colonies over total number of colonies analyzed) can be extremely high (up to 100%)...
April 24, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438021/a-new-improved-and-extended-version-of-the-multicell-bacterial-simulator-gro
#13
Martín Eduardo Gutiérrez, Paula Gregorio-Godoy, Guillermo Pérez Del Pulgar, Luis Enrique Muñoz, Sandra Sáez, Alfonso Rodriguez-Paton
gro is a cell programming language developed in Klavins Lab for simulating colony growth and cell-cell communication. It is used as a synthetic biology prototyping tool for simulating multicellular biocircuits. In this work, we present several extensions made to gro that improve the performance of the simulator, make it easier to use and provide new functionalities. The new version of gro is between one and two orders of magnitude faster than the original version. It is able to grow microbial colonies with up to 10(5) cells in less than 20 minutes...
April 24, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437685/rapid-label-free-identification-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-antibiotic-resistant-strains-by-the-drop-coating-deposition-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-method
#14
Youjin Cheong, Young Jin Kim, Heeyoon Kang, Samjin Choi, Hee Joo Lee
Although many methodologies have been developed to identify unknown bacteria, bacterial identification in clinical microbiology remains a complex and time-consuming procedure. To address this problem, we developed a label-free method for rapidly identifying clinically relevant multilocus sequencing typing-verified quinolone-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae strains. We also applied the method to identify three strains from colony samples, ATCC70063 (control), ST11 and ST15; these are the prevalent quinolone-resistant K...
April 20, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436231/the-utility-of-real-time-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction-genotype-detection-in-the-diagnosis-of-urinary-tract-infections-in-children
#15
Jon R Felt, Chelsey Yurkovich, Danielle M Garshott, Deepak Kamat, Ahmad Farooqi, Andrew M Fribley, Michael U Callaghan, Katherine Hebert
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common serious bacterial infection in children with significant morbidity with delayed diagnosis. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is very accurate in detecting bacteria and widely available, but has never been evaluated to detect UTIs in children. To assess the utility of PCR as a rapid diagnostic tool, we conducted a prospective cohort study of 193 urine samples from children younger than 36 months undergoing evaluation for UTI in the emergency department over a 10-month period...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435856/dynamic-microbiome-evolution-in-social-bees
#16
Waldan K Kwong, Luis A Medina, Hauke Koch, Kong-Wah Sing, Eunice Jia Yu Soh, John S Ascher, Rodolfo Jaffé, Nancy A Moran
The highly social (eusocial) corbiculate bees, comprising the honey bees, bumble bees, and stingless bees, are ubiquitous insect pollinators that fulfill critical roles in ecosystem services and human agriculture. Here, we conduct wide sampling across the phylogeny of these corbiculate bees and reveal a dynamic evolutionary history behind their microbiota, marked by multiple gains and losses of gut associates, the presence of generalist as well as host-specific strains, and patterns of diversification driven, in part, by host ecology (for example, colony size)...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435376/comparative-evaluation-of-antimicrobial-efficacy-of-an-alternative-natural-agent-for-disinfection-of-toothbrushes
#17
R Vignesh, C Vishnu Rekha, Parisa Norouzi Baghkomeh, Sankar Annamalai, Ditto Sharmin
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the antimicrobial potency of aqueous extract of Psidium guajava leaves in two different concentrations as a toothbrush disinfectant against three oral bacterial species. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Aqueous extracts of P. guajava leaves were prepared at 20% and 30% concentrations and 0.2% chlorhexidine was used as control. The toothbrushes were equally divided into 9 groups with 10 toothbrushes per disinfectant, which were contaminated with Streptococcus mutans, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Enterococcus faecalis...
January 2017: European Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434170/establishment-and-characterization-of-novel-epithelial-like-cell-lines-derived-from-human-periodontal-ligament-tissue-in-vitro
#18
Kallapat Tansriratanawong, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Junko Toyomura, Soh Sato
In this study, novel human-derived epithelial-like cells (hEPLCs) lines were established from periodontal ligament (PDL) tissues, which were composed of a variety of cell types and exhibited complex cellular activities. To elucidate the putative features distinguishing these from epithelial rest of Malassez (ERM), we characterized hEPLCs based on cell lineage markers and tight junction protein expression. The aim of this study was, therefore, to establish and characterize hEPLCs lines from PDL tissues. The hEPLCs were isolated from PDL of third molar teeth...
April 22, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431013/dna-double-strand-break-repair-in-penaeus-monodon-is-predominantly-dependent-on-homologous-recombination
#19
Shikha Srivastava, Sumedha Dahal, Sharanya J Naidu, Deepika Anand, Vidya Gopalakrishnan, Rajendran Kooloth Valappil, Sathees C Raghavan
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are mostly repaired by nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ) and homologous recombination (HR) in higher eukaryotes. In contrast, HR-mediated DSB repair is the major double-strand break repair pathway in lower order organisms such as bacteria and yeast. Penaeus monodon, commonly known as black tiger shrimp, is one of the economically important crustaceans facing large-scale mortality due to exposure to infectious diseases. The animals can also get exposed to chemical mutagens under the culture conditions as well as in wild...
April 1, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429817/investigation-of-bacterial-viability-from-incubated-saliva-by-application-of-flow-cytometry-and-hyphenated-separation-techniques
#20
Bogusław Buszewski, Maciej Milanowski, Tomasz Ligor, Paweł Pomastowski
The aim of the study was determination of bacterial viability in saliva samples and finding a correlation between microbiological and volatile profiles of saliva depending on incubation time. Bacteria colonizing healthy oral cavities were also identified. Twelve healthy adults donated unstimulated saliva samples. Flow cytometry, optical density measurements and colony-forming unit (CFU) counting method were employed for analyses of native and inoculated saliva after 0, 1, 2, 24 and 48 h of incubation. Volatile profiles were acquired using headspace-solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC/MS)...
April 21, 2017: Electrophoresis
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