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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108409/sol-gel-synthesis-and-characterizations-of-hybrid-chitosan-peg-calcium-silicate-nanocomposite-modified-with-zno-nps-and-e102-for-optical-and-antibacterial-applications
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Ahmed M Youssef, Amany M El-Nahrawy, Ali B Abou Hammad
Hybrid Chitosan/Poly ethylene glycol/calcium silicate (CS/PEG/calcium silicate) nanocomposite modified with different two types, zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) and tartrazine dye (E102) were prepared by sol gel method and the characterization of their structure and biological properties were carried out in order to evaluate the possible use in optical and biomedical fields. The hybrid CS/PEG/calcium silicate complex formations have been established by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic analysis...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104515/biomass-density-function-relationships-in-suspended-growth-biological-processes-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Lin Li, Krishna R Pagilla
Good settling performance in suspended growth biomass systems, for example in activated sludge (AS) process, leads to efficient wastewater and sludge treatment. Factors that cause the differences in settleablility of AS include the morphology of bacteria, microbial community structure, and the density of bacteria and flocs. Density of AS at three levels, namely, cell, floc, and process, have been discussed here to explain the variations in AS settleability. Dense materials, inside or outside the cell, significantly increase density of AS bacteria or flocs...
January 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102224/optimality-and-sub-optimality-in-a-bacterial-growth-law
#3
Benjamin D Towbin, Yael Korem, Anat Bren, Shany Doron, Rotem Sorek, Uri Alon
Organisms adjust their gene expression to improve fitness in diverse environments. But finding the optimal expression in each environment presents a challenge. We ask how good cells are at finding such optima by studying the control of carbon catabolism genes in Escherichia coli. Bacteria show a growth law: growth rate on different carbon sources declines linearly with the steady-state expression of carbon catabolic genes. We experimentally modulate gene expression to ask if this growth law always maximizes growth rate, as has been suggested by theory...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098507/development-and-evaluation-of-a-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-assay-for-the-detection-of-haemonchus-contortus-in-goat-fecal-samples
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Xin Yang, Mingwei Qi, Zongze Zhang, Chong Gao, Chunqun Wang, Weiqiang Lei, Li Tan, Junlong Zhao, Rui Fang, Min Hu
Haemonchus contortus is one of the most significant strongylid nematodes infecting small ruminants and causes great economic losses to the livestock industry worldwide. Accurate diagnosis of H. contortus is crucial to control the infection. Traditional microscopic examinations are the most common methods for the diagnosis of H. contortus, but they are time-consuming and inaccurate. Molecular methods based on PCR are more accurate, but need expensive machines usually only used in the laboratory. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is a rapid, simple, specific and sensitive method that has been widely used to detect viruses, bacteria and parasites...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097716/parental-knowledge-of-antibiotic-use-in-children-with-respiratory-infections-a-systematic-review
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Lourdes Cantarero-Arévalo, Mia Pavelics Hallas, Susanne Kaae
OBJECTIVE: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasing global problem. AMR threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics (AB) is the major contributor to the emergence of resistant bacteria in humans. To present and describe characteristics in parents' knowledge about when and how to use AB for an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), their attitudes towards doctors and AB use in general, and their behaviour when their child suffers from an URTI...
February 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097503/blended-chitosan-paste-for-infection-prevention-preliminary-and-preclinical-evaluations
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Joel M Berretta, Jessica A Jennings, Harry S Courtney, Karen E Beenken, Mark S Smeltzer, Warren O Haggard
BACKGROUND: Local drug delivery devices offer a promising method for delivering vancomycin and amikacin for musculoskeletal wounds. However, current local delivery devices such as beads and sponges do not necessarily allow for full coverage of a wound surface with eluted antibiotics and do not address the need for reducing the antibiotic diffusion distance to help prevent contamination by bacteria or other microorganisms. We blended chitosan/polyethylene glycol (PEG) pastes/sponges to increase biocompatibility and improve antibiotic coverage within the wound...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094064/bioprospecting-of-antimicrobial-activity-of-extracts-of-endophytic-fungi-from-bauhinia-guianensis
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Eduardo A A Pinheiro, Jeferson R S Pina, André O Feitosa, Josiwander M Carvalho, Fábio C Borges, Patrícia S B Marinho, Andrey M R Marinho
Antibiotic resistance results in higher medical costs, prolonged hospital stays and increased mortality and is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. Therefore, this study aims to search for new antimicrobial agents through bioprospecting of extracts of endophytic fungi from Bauhinia guianensis, a typical Amazonian plant used in combating infections. Seventeen (17) fungi were isolated and as result the methanolic extract of the fungus Exserohilum rostratum showed good activity against the bacteria tested...
January 13, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093322/anti-pathogenic-and-probiotic-attributes-of-lactobacillus-salivarius-and-lactobacillus-plantarum-strains-isolated-from-feces-of-algerian-infants-and-adults
#8
Hamza Ait Seddik, Farida Bendali, Benoit Cudennec, Djamel Drider
Sixty-seven (67) lactic acid bacteria (LAB) isolates belonging to Lactobacillus genus were isolated from human feces and tested for their auto-aggregation and cell surface hydrophobicity in order to establish their adhesion capabilities, a prerequisite for probiotic selection. Strains with the upmost auto-aggregation and cell surface hydrophobicity scores were identified by MALDI-TOF spectrometry and 16S rDNA sequencing as Lactobacillus plantarum (p25lb1 and p98lb1) and Lactobacillus salivarius (p85lb1 and p104lb1)...
January 13, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090280/in-vitro-activity-of-linezolid-in-combination-with-photodynamic-inactivation-against-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilms
#9
Nasim Kashef, Mahboobeh Akbarizare, Mohammad Reza Razzaghi
BACKGROUND: Biofilm infections are a major challenge in medical practice. Bacteria that live in a biofilm phenotype are more resistant to both antimicrobial therapy and host immune responses compared to their planktonic counterparts. So, there is need for new therapeutic strategies to combat these infections. A promising approach [known as Photodynamic Inactivation (PDI)] to kill bacteria growing as biofilms uses light in combination with a photosensitizer to induce a phototoxic reaction which produces reactive oxygen species that can destroy lipids and proteins causing cell death...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088165/genomic-characterization-of-ensifer-aridi-a-proposed-new-species-of-nitrogen-fixing-rhizobium-recovered-from-asian-african-and-american-deserts
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Antoine Le Quéré, Nisha Tak, Hukam Singh Gehlot, Celine Lavire, Thibault Meyer, David Chapulliot, Sonam Rathi, Ilham Sakrouhi, Guadalupe Rocha, Marine Rohmer, Dany Severac, Abdelkarim Filali-Maltouf, Jose-Antonio Munive
BACKGROUND: Nitrogen fixing bacteria isolated from hot arid areas in Asia, Africa and America but from diverse leguminous plants have been recently identified as belonging to a possible new species of Ensifer (Sinorhizobium). In this study, 6 strains belonging to this new clade were compared with Ensifer species at the genome-wide level. Their capacities to utilize various carbon sources and to establish a symbiotic interaction with several leguminous plants were examined. RESULTS: Draft genomes of selected strains isolated from Morocco (Merzouga desert), Mexico (Baja California) as well as from India (Thar desert) were produced...
January 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079170/growth-and-morbidity-of-gambian-infants-are-influenced-by-maternal-milk-oligosaccharides-and-infant-gut-microbiota
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Jasmine C C Davis, Zachery T Lewis, Sridevi Krishnan, Robin M Bernstein, Sophie E Moore, Andrew M Prentice, David A Mills, Carlito B Lebrilla, Angela M Zivkovic
Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) play an important role in the health of an infant as substrate for beneficial gut bacteria. Little is known about the effects of HMO composition and its changes on the morbidity and growth outcomes of infants living in areas with high infection rates. Mother's HMO composition and infant gut microbiota from 33 Gambian mother/infant pairs at 4, 16, and 20 weeks postpartum were analyzed for relationships between HMOs, microbiota, and infant morbidity and growth. The data indicate that lacto-N-fucopentaose I was associated with decreased infant morbidity, and 3'-sialyllactose was found to be a good indicator of infant weight-for-age...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079006/a-new-vaccine-delivery-vehicle-and-adjuvant-candidate-bordetella-pertussis-inactivated-whole-cells-entrapped-in-alginate-microspheres
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Naser Mohammadpour Dounighi, Fereshteh Shahcheraghi, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh, Mojtaba Nofeli, Hossein Zolfagharian
There is no doubt about whole cell pertussis vaccine efficacy, but it is necessary to improve the vaccine quality specially to decreasing its toxicity by obtaining good immunogenicity with low bacteria number content. In this work, under optimum condition inactivated B. pertussis bacteria cells entrapped alginate microparticles were fabricated and in vivo immunogenicity and potency of new microparticle based vaccine evaluated in mice. Microspheres loaded inactive B. pertussis bacterium cells were prepared via an emulsification method and analyzed for morphology, size, polydispersity index, loading efficiency, loading capacity, release profile and in vivo potency...
January 12, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076495/antimicrobial-activity-of-ozone-and-naf-chlorhexidine-on-early-childhood-caries
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Marcos Ximenes, Mariane Cardoso, Fernando Astorga, Roland Arnold, Luiz André Pimenta, Ricardo de Sousa Viera
An early childhood carie (ECC) is an extremely destructive form of tooth decay. The aim of this study was to investigate the action of ozone (O3), and the association of sodium fluoride (NaF) with chlorhexidine (CHX) on bacteria related to ECC. Overnight culture of the bacteria was performed. On exponential phase the suspension was adjusted (101-108 CFU/mL). A drop (10μL) of each concentration of bacteria was applied on sheep blood agar plates and treated with O3 (2, 20, 200, and 2,000 ppm); after 18 hours, recovery analysis of CFU verified the reduction of bacterial activity...
January 5, 2017: Brazilian Oral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075415/inhibitory-effects-of-probiotic-lactobacillus-on-the-growth-of-human-colonic-carcinoma-cell-line-ht-29
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Zhung-Yuan Chen, You-Miin Hsieh, Chun-Chih Huang, Cheng-Chih Tsai
This study was conducted to investigate the inhibitory effect of Lactobacillus cells and supernatants on the growth of the human colon cancer cell line HT-29. Our study results indicated that the PM153 strain exhibits the best adhesion ability and the highest survival in the gastrointestinal tract simulation experiment. Furthermore, after an 8-h co-culture of PM153 and HT-29 cells, the PM153 strain can induce the secretion of nitric oxide from the HT-29 cells. In addition, after the co-culture of the BCRC17010 strain (10⁸ cfu/mL) and HT-29 cells, the Bax/Bcl-2 ratio in the HT-29 cells was 1...
January 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074245/antifeedants-produced-by-bacteria-associated-with-the-gut-of-the-pine-weevil-hylobius-abietis
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Karolin Axelsson, Vera Konstanzer, Gunaratna Kuttuva Rajarao, Olle Terenius, Lisa Seriot, Henrik Nordenhem, Göran Nordlander, Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson
The pine weevil, Hylobius abietis, is a severe forest pest insect as it feeds on newly planted conifer seedlings. To identify and develop an antifeedant could be one step towards the protection of seedlings from feeding damage by the pine weevil. With the aim to trace the origin of the antifeedants previously found in feces of the pine weevil, we investigated the culturable bacteria associated with the gut and identified the volatiles they produced. Bacterial isolates were identified by 16S ribosomal RNA gene analysis...
January 10, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071051/supramolecular-platform-with-switchable-multivalent-affinity-photo-reversible-capture-and-release-of-bacteria
#16
Wenjun Zhan, Ting Wei, Limin Cao, Changming Hu, Yangcui Qu, Qian Yu, Hong Chen
Surfaces having dynamic control of interactions at the biological system-material interface are of great scientific and technological interest. In this work, a supramolecular platform with switchable multivalent affinity was developed to efficiently capture bacteria and on-demand release captured bacteria in response to irradiation with light of different wavelengths. The system consists of a photo-responsive self-assembled monolayer containing azobenzene (Azo) groups as guest and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD)-mannose (CD-M) conjugates as host, with each CD-M containing seven mannose units to display localized multivalent carbohydrates...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071017/evaluation-of-the-potential-use-of-probiotic-strain-lactobacillus-plantarum-299v-in-lactic-fermentation-of-button-mushroom-fruiting-bodies
#17
Ewa Jabłońska-Ryś, Aneta Sławińska, Wojciech Radzki, Waldemar Gustaw
BACKGROUND: The available literature does not provide data on the application of probiotic strains in mushroom processing. The aim of the study was to evaluate the potential to use the L. plantarum 299v strain with documented probiotic properties in the process of lactic fermentation of button mushroom fruiting bodies (Agaricus bisporus). METHODS: Fresh button mushroom fruiting bodies and cultures of lactic acid bacteria L. plantarum Ib and a probiotic strain L...
October 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067788/mixed-potential-gas-sensors-using-an-electrolyte-consisting-of-zinc-phosphate-glass-and-benzimidazole
#18
Takafumi Akamatsu, Toshio Itoh, Woosuck Shin
Mixed-potential gas sensors with a proton conductor consisting of zinc metaphosphate glass and benzimidazole were fabricated for the detection of hydrogen produced by intestinal bacteria in dry and humid air. The gas sensor consisting of an alumina substrate with platinum and gold electrodes showed good response to different hydrogen concentrations from 250 parts per million (ppm) to 25,000 ppm in dry and humid air at 100-130 °C. The sensor response varied linearly with the hydrogen and carbon monoxide concentrations due to mass transport limitations...
January 5, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065676/rhamnolipids-from-non-pathogenic-burkholderia-thailandensis-e264-physicochemical-characterization-antimicrobial-and-antibiofilm-efficacy-against-oral-hygiene-related-pathogens
#19
Mohamed Elshikh, Scott Funston, Alif Chebbi, Syed Ahmed, Roger Marchant, Ibrahim M Banat
Biosurfactants are naturally occurring surface active compounds that have mainly been exploited for environmental applications and consumer products, with their biomedical efficacy an emerging area of research. Rhamnolipids area major group of biosurfactants that have been reported for their antimicrobial and antibiofilm efficacy. One of the main limiting factors for scaled up production and downstream applications of rhamnolipids is the fact that they are predominantly produced from the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
January 5, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064452/in-vitro-data-support-the-investigation-of-vinegar-as-an-antimicrobial-agent-for-pd-associated-pseudomonas-exit-site-infections
#20
Christine F Carson, Oliver Ash, Aron Chakera
Peritoneal dialysis exit site infections caused by Pseudomonas spp. are difficult to treat and can lead to peritonitis and/or modality failure. Effective alternative or adjunct non-antibiotic antimicrobial agents could improve treatment as well as reduce the use of antibiotics and contribute to a reduction in antibiotic selection pressure and the further development of antibiotic resistance. Vinegar is popularly promoted as a topical antimicrobial agent and has been recommended as an adjunct treatment for Pseudomonas exit site infections in PD patients...
February 2017: Nephrology
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