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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088018/antibacterial-serine-protease-from-wrightia-tinctoria-purification-and-characterization
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Sakthivel Muthu, Venkatesh Babu Gopal, Selvakumar Soundararajan, Karthikeyan Nattarayan, Karthik S Narayan, Mythileeswari Lakshmikanthan, Sathuvan Malairaj, Palani Perumal
A serine protease was purified from the leaves of Wrightia tinctoria by sequential flow through method comprising screening, optimization, ammonium sulfate precipitation, gel filtration and ion exchange column chromatography. The yield and purification fold obtained were 11.58% and 9.56 respectively. A single band of serine protease was visualized on SDS-PAGE and 2-D gel electrophoretic analyses were revealed with the molecular mass of 38.5 kDa. Serine protease had an optimum pH of 8.0 and was stable at 45°C with high relative protease activity...
January 3, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087782/mutation-supply-and-relative-fitness-shape-the-genotypes-of-ciprofloxacin-resistant-escherichia-coli
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Douglas L Huseby, Franziska Pietsch, Gerrit Brandis, Linnéa Garoff, Angelica Tegehall, Diarmaid Hughes
Ciprofloxacin is an important antibacterial drug targeting Type II topoisomerases, highly active against Gram-negatives including Escherichia coli The evolution of resistance to ciprofloxacin in E. coli always requires multiple genetic changes, usually including mutations affecting two different drug target genes, gyrA and parC Resistant mutants selected in vitro or in vivo can have many different mutations in target genes and efflux regulator genes that contribute to resistance. Among resistant clinical isolates the genotype, gyrA S83L D87N, parC S80I is significantly overrepresented suggesting that it has a selective advantage...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087665/nkg2d-promotes-b1a-cell-development-and-protection-against-bacterial-infection
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Maja Lenartić, Vedrana Jelenčić, Biljana Zafirova, Mateja Ožanič, Valentina Marečić, Slaven Jurković, Veronika Sexl, Marina Šantić, Felix M Wensveen, Bojan Polić
NKG2D is a potent activating receptor that is expressed on cytotoxic immune cells such as CD8 T and NK cells, where it promotes cytotoxicity after binding stress ligands on infected or transformed cells. On NK cell precursors NKG2D modulates proliferation and maturation. Previously, we observed that NKG2D deficiency affects peripheral B cell numbers. In this study, we show that NKG2D regulates B1a cell development and function. We find that mice deficient for NKG2D have a strong reduction of B1a cell numbers...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087277/identification-of-ubact-a-ubiquitin-like-protein-along-with-other-homologous-components-of-a-conjugation-system-and-the-proteasome-in-different-gram-negative-bacteria
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Gilad Lehmann, Ronald G Udasin, Ido Livneh, Aaron Ciechanover
Systems analogous to the eukaryotic ubiquitin-proteasome system have been previously identified in Archaea, and Actinobacteria (gram-positive), but not in gram-negative bacteria. Here, we report the bioinformatic identification of a novel prokaryotic ubiquitin-like protein, which we name UBact. The phyletic distribution of UBact covers at least five gram-negative bacterial phyla, including Nitrospirae, Armatimonadetes, Verrucomicroba, Nitrospinae, and Planctomycetes. Additionally, it was identified in seven candidate (uncultured) phyla and one Archaeon...
January 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087253/what-is-an-ideal-antibiotic-discovery-challenges-and-path-forward
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REVIEW
Sheo B Singh, Katherine Young, Lynn L Silver
An ideal antibiotic is an antibacterial agent that kills or inhibits the growth of all harmful bacteria in a host, regardless of site of infection without affecting beneficial gut microbes (gut flora) or causing undue toxicity to the host. Sadly, no such antibiotics exist. What exists are many effective Gram-positive antibacterial agents as well as broad-spectrum agents that provide treatment of certain Gram-negative bacteria but not holistic treatment of all bacteria. However effectiveness of all antibacterial agents is being rapidly eroded due to resistance...
January 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081483/enhanced-visible-light-driven-photocatalytic-bacteria-disinfection-by-g-c3n4-agbr
#6
Jun Deng, Jialiang Liang, Mian Li, Meiping Tong
g-C3N4-AgBr was synthesized by depositing AgBr nanoparticles onto g-C3N4. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and Photoluminescence (PL) spectra were employed to characterize the as-synthesized photocatalysts. The disinfection activities towards representative Gram-negative strain E. coli and Gram-positive strain S. aureus were examined under visible light irradiation...
January 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080212/heterogeneity-of-carbapenem-resistance-mechanisms-among-gram-negative-pathogens-in-lebanon-results-of-the-first-cross-sectional-countrywide-study
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Dalal Hammoudi Halat, Carole Ayoub Moubareck, Dolla Karam Sarkis
Carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative pathogens have progressively disseminated to different countries worldwide, presenting a serious public health concern. The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of carbapenem resistance in Gram-negative bacteria in Lebanon, to elucidate molecular mechanisms, and to identify genetic relatedness of incriminated strains. Carbapenem nonsusceptible Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Pseudomonas were collected from 11 Lebanese hospitals in 2012. Antimicrobial susceptibility was assessed with phenotypic tests, genes encoding carbapenemases were screened via PCR-sequencing, and genetic relatedness was examined by PGFE and ERIC-PCR...
January 12, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080049/modeling-diversity-in-structures-of-bacterial-outer-membrane-lipids
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Huilin Ma, Daniel D Cummins, Natalie Brooke Edelstein, Jerry Gomez, Aliza Khan, Masud Dikita Llewellyn, Tara Picudella, Sarah Rose Willsey, Shikha Nangia
Lipopolysaccharides are vital components of the outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria, and they act as extremely strong stimulators of innate immunity in diverse eukaryotic species. The primary immunostimulatory center of the LPS molecule is lipid A-a disaccharide-bound lipophilic domain. Considering the broad diversity in bacterial species, there are variations in the lipid A structure and their immunogenic potency. In this work, we model the lipid A structures of eight commensal or human pathogenic bacterial species: Helicobacter pylori, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Bacteroides fragilis, Bordetella pertussis, Chlamydia trachomatis, Campylobacter jejuni, Neisseria meningitidis, and Salmonella minnesota...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079697/infectious-loss-of-tissue-expanders-in-breast-reconstruction-are-we-treating-the-right-organisms
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Gabriel M Klein, Brett T Phillips, Alexander B Dagum, Duc T Bui, Sami U Khan
BACKGROUND: Postoperative infections following tissue expander-based breast reconstruction represent a significant threat to the reconstructive process. Studies have found the incidence to be as high as 29%. There has been abundant research into the risk factors associated with these infections, although very few studies have focused on the causative organisms. The purpose of this study was to investigate the bacterial flora associated with tissue expander infections after breast reconstruction...
February 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078051/complete-genome-sequence-of-pseudomonas-brassicacearum-strain-l13-6-12-a-biological-control-agent-from-the-rhizosphere-of-potato
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Christin Zachow, Henry Müller, Jana Monk, Gabriele Berg
Pseudomonas brassicacearum strain L13-6-12 is a rhizosphere colonizer of potato, lettuce and sugar beet. Previous studies have shown that this motile, Gram-negative, non-sporulating bacterium is an effective biocontrol agent against different phytopathogens. Here, we announce and describe the complete genome sequence of P. brassicacearum L13-6-12 consisting of a single 6.7 Mb circular chromosome that consists of 5773 protein coding genes and 85 RNA-only encoding genes. Genome analysis revealed genes encoding specialized functions for pathogen suppression, thriving in the rhizosphere and interacting with eukaryotic organisms...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077872/structural-basis-for-nutrient-acquisition-by-dominant-members-of-the-human-gut-microbiota
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Amy J Glenwright, Karunakar R Pothula, Satya P Bhamidimarri, Dror S Chorev, Arnaud Baslé, Susan J Firbank, Hongjun Zheng, Carol V Robinson, Mathias Winterhalter, Ulrich Kleinekathöfer, David N Bolam, Bert van den Berg
The human large intestine is populated by a high density of microorganisms, collectively termed the colonic microbiota, which has an important role in human health and nutrition. The survival of microbiota members from the dominant Gram-negative phylum Bacteroidetes depends on their ability to degrade dietary glycans that cannot be metabolized by the host. The genes encoding proteins involved in the degradation of specific glycans are organized into co-regulated polysaccharide utilization loci, with the archetypal locus sus (for starch utilisation system) encoding seven proteins, SusA-SusG...
January 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077764/antimicrobial-peptide-coatings-for-hydroxyapatite-electrostatic-and-covalent-attachment-of-antimicrobial-peptides-to-surfaces
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Leigh Townsend, Richard L Williams, Olachi Anuforom, Matthew R Berwick, Fenella Halstead, Erik Hughes, Artemis Stamboulis, Beryl Oppenheim, Julie Gough, Liam Grover, Robert A H Scott, Mark Webber, Anna F A Peacock, Antonio Belli, Ann Logan, Felicity de Cogan
The interface between implanted devices and their host tissue is complex and is often optimized for maximal integration and cell adhesion. However, this also gives a surface suitable for bacterial colonization. We have developed a novel method of modifying the surface at the material-tissue interface with an antimicrobial peptide (AMP) coating to allow cell attachment while inhibiting bacterial colonization. The technology reported here is a dual AMP coating. The dual coating consists of AMPs covalently bonded to the hydroxyapatite surface, followed by deposition of electrostatically bound AMPs...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077265/a-smart-aminoglycoside-hydrogel-with-tunable-gel-degradation-on-demand-drug-release-and-high-antibacterial-activity
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Jingjing Hu, Yanchun Quan, Yuping Lai, Zhao Zheng, Zhiqi Hu, Xinyu Wang, Tianjiao Dai, Qiang Zhang, Yiyun Cheng
Aminoglycosides are a family of critically important antibiotics for the treatment of serious infections including multidrug-resistant pathogens. However, clinical use of aminoglycoside antibiotics is compromised by bacterial biofilm formation at subinhibitory concentrations or adverse side effects such as ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity at high antibiotic doses. Preparation of aminoglycoside formulation that allows on-demand drug delivery is a solution to this sticky issue. Here, we designed a new type of aminoglycoside hydrogels by cross-linking oxidized polysaccharides such as dextran, carboxymethyl cellulose, alginate, and chondroitin using aminoglycosides as cross-linkers...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077207/proposal-to-reclassify-roseivirga-ehrenbergii-nedashkovskaya-et-al-2008-as-roseivirga-seohaensis-comb-nov-description-of-roseivirga-seohaensis-subsp-aquiponti-subsp-nov-and-emendation-of-the-genus-roseivirga
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Chitra Selvaratnam, Suganthi Thevarajoo, Kian Mau Goh, Kok-Gan Chan, Chun Shiong Chong
The genus Roseivirga currently includes five species: Roseivirga ehrenbergii, R. echinicomitans, R. spongicola, R. marina and R. maritima. Marinicola seohaensis SW-152T was renamed as Roseivirgaseohaensis SW-152T and then reclassified again as a later heterotypic synonym of R. ehrenbergii KMM 6017T. In this study, based on average nucleotide identity and digital DNA-DNA hybridization values obtained from in silico methods, together with fatty acid analyses and biochemical tests, we propose to reclassify R. ehrenbergii SW-152 as Roseivirga seohaensis comb...
December 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077047/extended-infusion-compared-to-standard-infusion-cefepime-as-empiric-treatment-of-febrile-neutropenia
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Rebekah H Wrenn, David Cluck, LeAnne Kennedy, Christopher Ohl, John C Williamson
Background Extended infusion (EI) dosing provides a longer time above the minimum inhibitory concentration, which is important for the clinical success of β-lactam antibiotics, especially for patients with impaired immunity. The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility and clinical impact of administering cefepime by EI as treatment of febrile neutropenia. Methods This was a prospective, randomized, comparative pilot study. All patients received cefepime 2 g IV every 8 h, with the first dose administered using a 30-min infusion...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076516/septic-arthritis-of-the-knee-clinical-and-laboratory-comparison-of-groups-with-different-etiologies
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Camilo Partezani Helito, Paulo Renan Lima Teixeira, Priscila Rosalba de Oliveira, Vladimir Cordeiro de Carvalho, José Ricardo Pécora, Gilberto Luis Camanho, Marco Kawamura Demange, Ana Lucia Munhoz Lima
OBJECTIVES: To clinically and epidemiologically characterize a population diagnosed with and treated for septic arthritis of the knee, to evaluate the treatment results and to analyze the differences between patients with positive and negative culture results, patients with Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial isolates and patients with S. aureus- and non-S. aureus-related infections. METHODS: One hundred and five patients with septic knee arthritis were included in this study...
December 1, 2016: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074841/the-mito-damp-cardiolipin-blocks-il-10-production-causing-persistent-inflammation-during-bacterial-pneumonia
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Krishnendu Chakraborty, Mahesh Raundhal, Bill B Chen, Christina Morse, Yulia Y Tyurina, Anupriya Khare, Timothy B Oriss, Rachael Huff, Janet S Lee, Claudette M St Croix, Simon Watkins, Rama K Mallampalli, Valerian E Kagan, Anuradha Ray, Prabir Ray
Bacterial pneumonia is a significant healthcare burden worldwide. Failure to resolve inflammation after infection precipitates lung injury and an increase in morbidity and mortality. Gram-negative bacteria are common in pneumonia and increased levels of the mito-damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) cardiolipin can be detected in the lungs. Here we show that mice infected with Klebsiella pneumoniae develop lung injury with accumulation of cardiolipin. Cardiolipin inhibits resolution of inflammation by suppressing production of anti-inflammatory IL-10 by lung CD11b(+)Ly6G(int)Ly6C(lo)F4/80(+) cells...
January 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074388/lactobacillus-slpa-promotes-esc-growth-through-the-erk1-2-pathway
#18
Jinying He, Ya Tuo, Wenjie Yan, Jing Yang
Bacterial surface layers (S-layers) are cell envelope structures ubiquitously found in gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, including Lactobacillus. S-layers play a role in the determination and maintenance of cell shape as virulence factors, mediate cell adhesion, and regulate immature dendritic and T cells. In this study, we sought to understand the involvement of MAPK serine/threonine kinases in alterations in Endometrial epithelial cells (ESC) growth induced by Lactobacillus crispatus (L. crispatus) slpA, an S-layer protein...
January 10, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074057/development-of-new-polymyxin-derivatives-for-multi-drug-resistant-gram-negative-infections
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REVIEW
Pamela Brown, Michael J Dawson
Over the last decade, there has been a resurgence of interest in polymyxins owing to the rapid rise in multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacteria against which polymyxins offer a last-resort treatment. Although having excellent antibacterial activity, the clinical utility of polymyxins is limited by toxicity, especially renal toxicity. There is much interest therefore in developing polymyxin analogues with an improved therapeutic index. This review describes recent work aimed at improving the activity and/or reducing the toxicity of polymyxins...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073895/evaluation-of-genotypic-and-phenotypic-methods-to-detect-carbapenemase-production-in-gram-negative-bacilli
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Allison R McMullen, Melanie L Yarbrough, Meghan A Wallace, Angela Shupe, Carey-Ann D Burnham
BACKGROUND: Carbapenemase-producing gram-negative bacteria (CP-GNB) are an urgent and expanding public health threat. Rapid and accurate identification of these organisms facilitates infection prevention efforts in healthcare facilities. The objective of our study was to evaluate methods to detect and identify CP-GNB. METHODS: We examined 189 carbapenem-resistant GNB (CR-GNB), including Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Acinetobacter baumannii complex, using 3 different methods: 2 methods to screen isolates of GNB for carbapenemase production [the carbapenem inactivation method (CIM) and 2 chromogenic agars] and a molecular method (Cepheid GeneXpert Carba-R) to identify the mechanism of carbapenem resistance and the associated resistance genes (blaKPC, blaNDM, blaIMP, blaOXA-48-like, and blaVIM)...
January 10, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
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