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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750328/inactivation-efficiency-of-plasmid-encoded-antibiotic-resistance-genes-during-water-treatment-with-chlorine-uv-and-uv-h2o2
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Younggun Yoon, Hay Jung Chung, Doris Yoong Wen Di, Michael C Dodd, Hor-Gil Hur, Yunho Lee
This study assessed the inactivation efficiency of plasmid-encoded antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) both in extracellular form (e-ARG) and present within Escherichia coli (intracellular form, i-ARG) during water treatment with chlorine, UV (254 nm), and UV/H2O2. A quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) method was used to quantify the ARG damage to amp(R) (850 bp) and kan(R) (806 bp) amplicons, both of which are located in the pUC4K plasmid. The plate count and flow cytometry methods were also used to determine the bacterial inactivation parameters, such as culturability and membrane damage, respectively...
June 22, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749560/arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-alter-the-content-and-composition-of-secondary-metabolites-in-bituminaria-bituminosa-l
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Laura Pistelli, Virginia Ulivieri, Silvia Giovanelli, Luciano Avio, Manuela Giovannetti, Luisa Pistelli
Secondary metabolites may be affected by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), which are beneficial symbionts associated with the roots of most plant species. Bituminaria bituminosa (L.) C.H.Stirt is known as a source of several phytochemicals and therefore used in folk medicine as vulnerary, cicatrizing, disinfectant agent. Characteristic metabolites found in B. bituminosa are furanocoumarins and pterocarpans which are used in cosmetics and as chemotherapeutic agents. Here we address the question whether AMF inoculation may affect positively the synthesis of these phytochemicals...
July 27, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748031/antibiofilm-peptides-against-oral-biofilms
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Zhejun Wang, Ya Shen, Markus Haapasalo
The oral cavity is a major entry point for bacteria and other microorganisms. Oral biofilms are formed by mixed communities of microorganisms embedded in an exopolysaccharide matrix. Biofilms forming on dental hard or soft tissue are the major cause of caries and endodontic and periodontal disease. Human oral biofilms exhibit high resistance to antimicrobial agents. Antibiofilm peptides constitute a diverse class of host-defense molecules that act to combat invasion and infection with biofilms. Different in vitro and in vivo biofilm models with quantitative analysis have been established to provide predictable platforms for the evaluation of the antibiofilm effect of oral antibiofilm peptides...
2017: Journal of Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747232/development-of-an-accumulation-assay-and-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-efflux-pump-inhibitors-on-the-retention-of-chlorhexidine-digluconate-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-staphylococcus-aureus
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Molly Mombeshora, Stanley Mukanganyama
BACKGROUND: Chlorhexidine digluconate (CHG) is used as a disinfectant. The emergence of pathogens resistant to the biocide raises health concern. Information on specific efflux mechanisms utilised by bacteria to confer reduced susceptibility to the biocide, may be used to develop ways of preventing the efflux of the biocide from nosocomial pathogens resulting in higher disinfection activity. The aim of the study was to evaluate the role of ATP-binding cassette transporters on the transport of CHG in bacteria...
July 26, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740247/inactivation-mechanism-of-escherichia-coli-induced-by-slightly-acidic-electrolyzed-water
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Zhangying Ye, Shuo Wang, Tao Chen, Weishan Gao, Songming Zhu, Jinsong He, Zhiying Han
Foodborne disease outbreak caused by food microbiological contamination is a serious public health problem. Slightly acidic electrolyzed water (SAEW), a new ultra-high effect and wide-spectrum disinfectant that is colourless, odourless, and harmless to humans and the environment, is directly used on food surfaces in Japan and America. However, the underlying inactivation mechanism remains unknown. In this study, biochemical and cellular changes were observed to investigate the bactericidal mechanism of SAEW against Escherichia coli (E...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740183/design-and-validation-of-a-dna-microarray-for-phylogenetic-analysis-of-bacterial-communities-in-different-oral-samples-and-dental-implants
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Carola Parolin, Barbara Giordani, Rogers Alberto Ñahui Palomino, Elena Biagi, Marco Severgnini, Clarissa Consolandi, Giada Caredda, Stefano Storelli, Laura Strohmenger, Beatrice Vitali
The quali-quantitative characterization of the oral microbiota is crucial for an exhaustive knowledge of the oral ecology and the modifications of the microbial composition that occur during periodontal pathologies. In this study, we designed and validated a new phylogenetic DNA-microarray (OralArray) to quickly and reliably characterize the most representative bacterial groups that colonize the oral cavity. The OralArray is based on the Ligation Detection Reaction technology associated to Universal Arrays (LDR-UA), and includes 22 probe sets targeted to bacteria belonging to the phyla Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Fusobacteria, and Spirochaete...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738865/avian-influenza-h9n2-virus-isolated-from-air-samples-in-lpms-in-jiangxi-china
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Xiaoxu Zeng, Mingbin Liu, Heng Zhang, Jingwen Wu, Xiang Zhao, Wenbing Chen, Lei Yang, Fenglan He, Guoyin Fan, Dayan Wang, Haiying Chen, Yuelong Shu
BACKGROUND: Recently, avian influenza virus has caused repeated worldwide outbreaks in humans. Live Poultry Markets (LPMs) play an important role in the circulation and reassortment of novel Avian Influenza Virus (AIVs). Aerosol transmission is one of the most important pathways for influenza virus to spread among poultry, from poultry to mammals, and among mammals. METHODS: In this study, air samples were collected from LPMs in Nanchang city between April 2014 and March 2015 to investigate possible aerosol transmission of AIVs...
July 24, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738204/the-fate-of-sotalol-in-aqueous-chlorination-kinetics-mechanisms-and-ecotoxicity-assessment
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Wan Nor Adira Wan Khalit, Kheng Soo Tay
Unmetabolized pharmaceuticals often enter the water treatment plants and exposed to various treatment processes. Among these water treatment processes, disinfection is a process which involves the application of chemical oxidation to remove pathogen. Untreated pharmaceuticals from primary and secondary treatment have the potential to be exposed to the chemical oxidation process during disinfection. This study investigated the kinetics and mechanism of the degradation of sotalol during chlorination process. Chlorination with hypochlorous acid (HOCl) as main reactive oxidant has been known as one of the most commonly used disinfection methods...
July 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738197/tracking-changes-in-composition-and-amount-of-dissolved-organic-matter-throughout-drinking-water-treatment-plants-by-comprehensive-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-quadrupole-mass-spectrometry
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Chunmei Li, Donghong Wang, Xiong Xu, Meijia Xu, Zijian Wang, Ruiyang Xiao
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) can affect the performance of water treatment processes and produce undesirable disinfection by-products during disinfection. Several studies have been undertaken on the structural characterization of DOM, but its fate during drinking water treatment processes is still not fully understood. In this work, the nontargeted screening method of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-quadrupole mass spectrometry (GC×GC-qMS) was used to reveal the detailed changes of different chemical classes of compounds in DOM during conventional and advanced drinking water treatment processes at three drinking water treatment plants in China...
July 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738194/characterization-and-horizontal-transfer-of-qach-associated-class-1-integrons-in-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-retail-meats
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Xiaobing Jiang, Yameng Xu, Yi Li, Kun Zhang, Lei Liu, Hailei Wang, Jinhe Tian, Hao Ying, Lei Shi, Tao Yu
The aim of this study was to examine the presence of genes responsible for resistance to quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) and the association of qac genes with class 1 integrons in Escherichia coli isolated from retail meats. Among the 179 E. coli isolates tested, the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of benzalkonium chloride (BC) ranged from 4 to 64μg/mL. PCR assays indicated that QAC-resistance genes sugE(c), ydgE/ydgF, mdfA, emrE and qacEΔ1 were commonly present (40.2%-88.3%) in these isolates, but qacE, qacF, qacH and sugE(p) were less prevalent (2...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736866/antibacterial-activity-of-fusion-from-biosynthesized-acidocin-silver-nanoparticles-and-its-application-for-eggshell-decontamination
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A B Abeer Mohammed, Mahmoud A Al-Saman, Ahmed A Tayel
Bacteriocins from lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are useful to control the persistent development of pathogenic microorganisms in food and medicine fields. The bacteriocin acidocin was extracted from Lactobacillus acidophilus M1 that was isolated from fermented milk, purified using ammonium sulphate fractionation, and gel filtration column chromatography using Sephadex matrix and applied as a potential antibacterial agent. The molecular weight of the purified acidocin was estimated using SDS-PAGE to be 6.6 kDa...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736269/iodine-lithium-alpha-dextrin-il%C3%AE-d-against-staphylococcus-aureus-skin-infections-a-comparative-study-of-in-vitro-bactericidal-activity-and-cytotoxicity-between-il%C3%AE-d-and-povidone-iodine
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A P Zisi, M K Exindari, E K Siska, G G Koliakos
BACKGROUND: As antimicrobial resistance continuously increases, revisiting old antimicrobial agents, modified to enhance efficacy and safety, becomes important. Iodine has been widely used for more than 150 years as a wound and skin disinfectant; it is an effective broad range bactericide, and to date, it lacks reports of resistance development. The most important iodine-based agent is Povidone-Iodine (PVP-I) which provides excellent antibacterial activity. However, its safety profile has been questioned...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735308/bactericidal-activity-of-octenidine-to-various-genospecies-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-spirochetes-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Stanisława Tylewska-Wierzbanowska, Urszula Rogulska, Grażyna Lewandowska, Tomasz Chmielewski
The aim of our studies was to invent a reliable method for detection of the bactericidal activity of disinfectants against Borrelia burgdorferi in suspension (in vitro) and in cell line cultures (in vivo). In the suspension method, 0.01% octenidine at 20°C and 35°C was bactericidal to Borrelia afzeli; Borrelia garini, B. burgdorferi sensu stricto after 5 minutes treatment. Increase of the temperature to 35°C speed up the bactericidal effect to 1 minute. The bactericidal action of octenidine towards B. burgdorferi spirochetes growing in fibroblasts was less effective and needed a longer time to kill them than in the suspension...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734959/removal-of-both-n-nitrosodimethylamine-and-trihalomethanes-precursors-in-a-single-treatment-using-ion-exchange-resins
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Wilson Beita-Sandí, Tanju Karanfil
Drinking water utilities are relying more than ever on water sources impacted by wastewater effluents. Disinfection/oxidation of these waters during water treatment may lead to the formation of several disinfection by-products, including the probable human carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and the regulated trihalomethanes (THMs). In this study, the potential of ion exchange resins to control both NDMA and THMs precursors in a single treatment is presented. Two ion exchange resins were examined, a cation exchange resin (Plus) to target NDMA precursors and an anion exchange resin (MIEX) for THMs precursors control...
July 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732782/antimicrobial-activity-of-disinfectants-commonly-used-in-the-food-industry-in-mexico
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Maricarmen Iñiguez-Moreno, María Guadalupe Avila-Novoa, Elizabeth Iñiguez-Moreno, Pedro Javier Guerrero-Medina, Melesio Gutiérrez-Lomelí
OBJECTIVES: Disinfectants are widely used in food processing environments for microorganism control; their activity can vary according the microorganism and their used in the appropriated concentrations is vital. Hence, the aim of this study was determined the effectiveness and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 15 disinfectants commonly used in the food industry in Mexico. METHODS: The antimicrobial activity and the MIC were determined according to AOAC and CLSI, respectively, with approved strains...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732741/long-acting-water-stable-organosilane-agent-and-its-sustained-effect-on-reducing-microbial-load-in-an-intensive-care-unit
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Katie Fitton, Kimberly R Barber, Alison Karamon, Nate Zuehlke, Sara Atwell, Susan Enright
BACKGROUND: Contaminated hospital surfaces contribute significantly to the transmission of health care-associated infections. Although disinfectants reduce bioburden by up to 99%, bacterial growth can rebound within hours to precleaning levels. We tested the effectiveness of an innovative, long-acting water-stable organosilane (WSO) to achieve sustained decreases in bioburden on hard surfaces. METHODS: A 5-month prospective, randomized, double-blind controlled study was performed...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732400/solar-photocatalytic-disinfection-of-agricultural-pathogenic-fungi-curvularia-sp-in-real-urban-wastewater
#17
Yelitza Aguas, Margarita Hincapie, Pilar Fernández-Ibáñez, María Inmaculada Polo-López
The interest in developing alternative water disinfection methods that increase the access to irrigation water free of pathogens for agricultural purposes is increasing in the last decades. Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) have been demonstrated to be very efficient for the abatement of several kind of pathogens in contaminated water. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate and compare the capability of several solar AOPs for the inactivation of resistant spores of agricultural fungi. Solar photoassisted H2O2, solar photo-Fenton at acid and near-neutral pH, and solar heterogeneous photocatalysis using TiO2, with and without H2O2, have been studied for the inactivation of spores of Curvularia sp...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731097/dba-induced-caspase-3-dependent-apoptosis-occurs-through-mitochondrial-translocation-of-cyt-c-in-the-rat-hippocampus
#18
Wenbo Jiang, Yingying Chen, Bai Li, Shuying Gao
Dibromoacetic acid (DBA), a by-product of disinfection, develops in drinking water during chlorination or ozonation processes. Water intake is the main source of DBA exposure in humans, which is potentially neurotoxic. The present study investigated the neurotoxic effects of DBA by assessing the behavioral and biochemical characteristics of Sprague Dawley rats intragastrically treated with DBA at concentrations of 20, 50 and 125 mg kg(-1) body weight for 28 consecutive days. The results indicated that animal weight gain and food consumption were not significantly affected by DBA...
July 21, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729801/evaluation-of-dimensional-accuracy-for-different-complete-edentulous-impressions-immersed-in-different-disinfectant-solutions
#19
Hussein Abdelfattah Ismail, Hamada Z Mahross, Suaad Shikho
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of two different disinfectant solutions' immersion on the dimensional accuracy of different complete edentulous impressions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A specific custom-made metallic cast template was constructed and used for making both 120 alginate and zinc oxide eugenol (ZOE) paste impressions (60 for each). Disinfectants with 1% sodium hypochlorite and 2% glutaraldehyde were used for 10 and 60 min immersion of both impressions...
April 2017: European Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729139/endoscope-drying-and-its-pitfalls
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J Kovaleva
Inadequate drying of endoscope channels is a possible cause of replication and survival of remaining pathogens during storage. The presence during storage of potentially contaminated water in endoscope channels may promote bacterial proliferation and biofilm formation. An incomplete drying procedure or lack of drying and not storing in a vertical position are the most common problems identified during drying and endoscope storage. Inadequate drying and storage procedures, together with inadequate cleaning and disinfection, are the most important sources of endoscope contamination and post-endoscopic infection...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
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