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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040914/efficient-capture-rapid-killing-and-ultrasensitive-detection-of-bacteria-by-a-nano-decorated-multi-functional-electrode-sensor
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Runrun Wu, Yue Ma, Jianming Pan, Shih-Hui Lee, Jinxin Liu, Hengjia Zhu, Runxin Gu, Kenneth J Shea, Guoqing Pan
In this work, we demonstrated a nano-decorated porous impedance electrode sensor for efficient capture, rapid killing and ultrasensitive detection of bacteria. The multi-functional sensor was prepared by a facile sonochemical method via in situ deposition of antibacterial prickly Zn-CuO nanoparticles and graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets on a Ni porous electrode. Due to the surface burr-like nanostructures, the nano-decorated impedance sensor exhibited very good bacterial-capture efficiency (70 - 80% in 20min) even at a low concentration of 50 CFU mL(-1), rapid antibacterial rate (100% killing in 30min) and high detection sensitivity (as low as 10 CFU mL(-1))...
October 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040852/blackwater-treatment-using-vertical-greening-efficiency-and-microbial-community-structure
#2
Zhan Jin, Xinyu Xie, Jin Zhou, Ke Bei, Yejian Zhang, Xianfeng Huang, Min Zhao, Hainan Kong, Xiangyong Zheng
This study assesses the use of vertical greening for blackwater treatment. The effects of hydraulic retention time (HRT) and drip frequency on treatment performance were systematically studied. Additionally, microbial communities in the vertical greening system were characterized. The results show that the removal efficiencies of NH4(+)-N and total phosphate (TP) increased with an increase in HRT, and the drip frequency had a significant effect on TP. High-throughput sequencing revealed that the diversity of the microbial community did not change significantly along vertical and horizontal directions, but the dominant species shifted...
September 28, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040846/salt-tolerance-aerobic-granular-sludge-formation-and-microbial-community-characteristics
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Dong Ou, Hui Li, Wei Li, Xiao Wu, Yi-Qiao Wang, Yong-di Liu
The salt-tolerance aerobic granular sludge (SAGS) dominated by moderately halophilic bacteria was successfully cultured in a 9% (w/v) salty, lab-scale sequence batch reactor (SBR) system. Influence of high salinity (0-9% w/v NaCl) on the formation, performance and microbial succession of the SAGS were explored. Crystal nucleus hypothesis, selection pressure hypothesis and compressed double electric layers hypothesis were used to discuss the formation mechanism of SAGS. Notably, salinity could be seen as a kind of selection pressure contributed to the formation of SAGS, while salinity also declined the performance of SAGS system...
July 28, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040843/characterization-of-eps-compositions-and-microbial-community-in-an-anammox-sbbr-system-treating-landfill-leachate
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Lei Miao, Qiong Zhang, Shuying Wang, Baikun Li, Zhong Wang, Sujian Zhang, Man Zhang, Yongzhen Peng
The biofilm system is beneficial for Anammox process designed to treat landfill leachate. In this study, the composition of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and the microbial community in an Anammox biofilm system were analyzed to determine the functions driving the biofilm's ability to treat landfill leachate. The results demonstrated that increasing influent carbon oxygen demand (COD) could stimulate EPS production. EPS helped enrich Anammox bacteria and supplied them with nutrients and enzymes, facilitating effective nitrogen removal (approximately 95%)...
September 23, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040820/systematic-review-of-the-effect-of-enteral-feeding-on-gut-microbiota-in-preterm-infants
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Wanli Xu, Michelle Judge, Kendra Maas, Naveed Hussain, Jacqueline M McGrath, Wendy A Henderson, Xiaomei Cong
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of feeding type on microbial patterns among preterm infants and to identify feeding factors that promote the colonization of beneficial bacteria. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Scopus, and the Cummulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature were thoroughly searched for articles published between January 2000 and January 2017, using the keywords gut microbiome, gut microbiota, enteral microbiome, enteral microbiota, premature infant, preterm infant, extremely low birth weight infant, ELBW infant, very low birth weight infant, feeding, breast milk, breastfeeding, formula, prebiotic, probiotic, and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040806/bacterial-derived-carbohydrates-bind-cyr1-and-trigger-hyphal-growth-in-candida-albicans
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Jason Burch, Siavash Mashayekh, Dennis D Wykoff, Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes
The dimorphic yeast Candida albicans is the most common pathologic fungus found in humans. While this species is normally commensal, a morphological switch from budding yeast to filamentous hyphae allows the fungi to invade epithelial cells and cause infections. The phenotypic change is controlled by the adenylyl cyclase, Cyr1. Interestingly, this protein contains a leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain, which is commonly found in innate immune receptors from plants and animals. A functional and pure LRR domain was obtained in high yields from E...
October 17, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040506/high-throughput-sequencing-revealed-novel-dehalococcoidia-in-dechlorinating-microbial-enrichments-from-pcb-contaminated-marine-sediments
#7
B Matturro, E Frascadore, S Rossetti
In this study six PCE-to-ethene dechlorinating cultures, fed with a fermentable substrate (lactate) or hydrogen as electron donor, were obtained from PCB and PCE dechlorinating microcosms constructed with PCB contaminated marine sediments.A novel Chloroflexi member (OTU-DIS1) affiliated to Dehalococcoidales Incertae Sedis, only distantly related to known dechlorinating bacteria, dominated the enrichment cultures (up to 86% of total OTUs). Sulfate-, thiosulfate- and sulfur-reducing bacteria affiliated to genera Desulfobacter, Dethiosulfatibacter and Desulfuromusa were also found to lesser extent...
October 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040502/comparative-genomics-of-the-genus-desulfitobacterium
#8
Thomas Kruse, Tobias Goris, Julien Maillard, Tanja Woyke, Ute Lechner, Willem de Vos, Hauke Smidt
The Desulfitobacterium genus comprises anaerobic Gram-positive bacteria, of which the majority are facultative organohalide-respirers. We here present the genomes of eight strains of Desulfitobacterium spp., including five strains of D. hafniense, one strain each from D. dichloroeliminans and D. metallireducens, and one strain that had not been assigned to any species prior to this study. The newly sequenced genomes were compared with four previously published desulfitobacterial genomes. The average genome sizes are 5...
October 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040474/co-occurrence-of-genes-for-aerobic-and-anaerobic-biodegradation-of-dichloroethane-in-organochlorine-contaminated-groundwater
#9
Jacob E Munro, Önder Kimyon, Deborah J Rich, Joanna Koenig, Sihui Tang, Adrian Low, Matthew Lee, Mike Manefield, Nicholas V Coleman
1,2-dichloroethane (DCA) is a problematic groundwater pollutant. Factors influencing the distribution and activities of DCA-degrading bacteria are not well-understood, which has hampered their application for bioremediation. Here, we used quantitative PCR (qPCR) to investigate the distribution of putative DCA-dehalogenating bacteria at a DCA-impacted site in Sydney (Australia). The dehalogenase genes dhlA, tceA and bvcA were detected in all groundwater samples (n = 15), while vcrA was found in 11/15 samples...
October 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040467/validation-of-an-in-vitro-system-for-studies-of-pathogenicity-mechanisms-in-xanthomonas-campestris
#10
Mariana Rocha Maximiano, Osmundo B Oliveira-Neto, Octávio L Franco, Angela Mehta
Several minimal media capable of inducing pathogenicity genes have been used to study plant-pathogen interactions. An in planta assay to study a closer interaction between the bacteria and the host was also developed and has been employed by our group. In order to determine whether growth medium could be improved to better approximate in planta conditions beyond that offered by the defined minimal medium XVM1, we compared the expression of twenty Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (Xcc) genes by qRT-PCR under in vivo (bacteria recovered from the plant) and in vitro (rich medium NYG, minimal medium XVM1 and XVM1 + leaf extract) growth systems...
October 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040458/orchestration-of-the-mammalian-host-cell-glucose-transporter-proteins-1-and-3-by-chlamydia-contributes-to-intracellular-growth-and-infectivity
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Xiaogang Wang, Kevin Hybiske, Richard S Stephens
Chlamydia are gram-negative obligate intracellular bacteria that replicate within a discrete cellular vacuole, called an inclusion. Although it is known that Chlamydia require essential nutrients from host cells to support their intracellular growth, the molecular mechanisms for acquiring these macromolecules remain uncharacterized. In the present study it was found that the expression of mammalian cell glucose transporter proteins 1 (GLUT1) and 3 (GLUT3) were up-regulated during chlamydial infection. Up-regulation was dependent on bacterial protein synthesis and Chlamydia-induced MAPK kinase activation...
October 9, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040443/a-dysbiosis-index-to-assess-microbial-changes-in-fecal-samples-of-dogs-with-chronic-inflammatory-enteropathy
#12
M K AlShawaqfeh, B Wajid, Y Minamoto, M Markel, J A Lidbury, J M Steiner, E Serpedin, J S Suchodolski
Recent studies have identified various bacterial groups that are altered in dogs with chronic inflammatory enteropathies (CE) compared to healthy dogs. The study aim was to use quantitative PCR (qPCR) assays to confirm these findings in a larger number of dogs, and to build a mathematical algorithm to report these microbiota changes as a dysbiosis index (DI). Fecal DNA from 95 healthy dogs and 106 dogs with histologically confirmed CE was analyzed. Samples were grouped into a training set and a validation set...
October 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040428/understanding-the-promises-and-hurdles-of-metagenomic-next-generation-sequencing-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-infectious-diseases
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Patricia J Simner, Steven Miller, Karen C Carroll
Agnostic metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) has emerged as a promising single, universal pathogen detection method for infectious diseases diagnostics. This methodology allows for identification and genomic characterization of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses without the need for a priori knowledge of a specific pathogen directly from clinical specimens. Although there are increasing reports of mNGS successes, several hurdles need to be addressed, such as differentiation of colonization from infection, extraneous sources of nucleic acid, method standardization, and data storage, protection, analysis, and interpretation...
October 12, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040362/prediction-of-protein-protein-interactions-between-fungus-magnaporthe-grisea-and-rice-oryza-sativa-l
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Shiwei Ma, Qi Song, Huan Tao, Andrew Harrison, Shaobo Wang, Wei Liu, Shoukai Lin, Ziding Zhang, Yufang Ai, Huaqin He
Rice blast disease caused by the fungus Magnaporthe grisea (M. grisea) is one of the most serious diseases for the cultivated rice Oryza sativa (O. sativa). A key factor causing rice blast disease and defense might be protein-protein interactions (PPIs) between rice and fungus. In this research, we have developed a computational pipeline to predict PPIs between blast fungus and rice. After cross-prediction by interolog-based and domain-based method, we achieved 532 potential PPIs between 27 fungus proteins and 236 rice proteins...
October 11, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040295/hydrophobic-residues-are-critical-for-the-helix-forming-hemolytic-and-bactericidal-activities-of-amphipathic-antimicrobial-peptide-tp4
#15
Ting-Wei Chang, Shu-Yi Wei, Shih-Han Wang, Hung-Mu Wei, Yu-June Wang, Chiu-Feng Wang, Chinpan Chen, You-Di Liao
Antimicrobial peptides are important components of the host innate defense mechanism against invading pathogens, especially for drug-resistant bacteria. In addition to bactericidal activity, the 25 residue peptide TP4 isolated from Nile tilapia also stimulates cell proliferation and regulates the innate immune system in mice. In this report, TP4 hyperpolarized and depolarized the membrane potential of Pseudomonas aeruginosa at sub-lethal and lethal concentrations. It also inhibited and eradicated biofilm formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040278/pg-metrics-a-chemometric-based-approach-for-classifying-bacterial-peptidoglycan-data-sets-and-uncovering-their-subjacent-chemical-variability
#16
Keshav Kumar, Akbar Espaillat, Felipe Cava
Bacteria cells are protected from osmotic and environmental stresses by an exoskeleton-like polymeric structure called peptidoglycan (PG) or murein sacculus. This structure is fundamental for bacteria's viability and thus, the mechanisms underlying cell wall assembly and how it is modulated serve as targets for many of our most successful antibiotics. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to understand the genetics and structural chemistry of the bacterial cell walls in order to find new and effective methods of blocking it for the treatment of disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040084/quantification-and-identification-of-aerobic-bacteria-in-holy-water-samples-from-a-german-environment
#17
Christoph König, Stephanie Tauchnitz, Heike Kunzelmann, Christian Horn, Frithjof Blessing, Matthias Kohl, Markus Egert
Despite its frequent use in many religious institutions, the microbiological quality of holy water is clearly underinvestigated. We analyzed the microbial load of 54 holy water samples, repeatedly taken in five Roman Catholic churches in the greater area of Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, by means of aerobic colony counting and Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI) Biotyping of representative isolates. Over all samples, colony counting indicated an average aerobic microbial load of 5.85 ± 3...
October 2017: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040083/consumption-of-edible-ice-contaminated-with-acinetobacter-pseudomonas-and-stenotrophomonas-is-a-risk-factor-for-fecal-colonization-with-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-escherichia-coli-in-vietnam
#18
Tatsuya Nakayama, Nguyen Cong Ha, Phong Quoc Le, Ryuji Kawahara, Yuko Kumeda, Yoshinori Sumimura, Yoshimasa Yamamoto
Although Vietnamese residents frequently harbor extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli (ESBL-E), it is unclear which foods/beverages are risk factors for acquiring these bacteria. The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency with which edible ice served in restaurants is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and thereby clarify whether this product poses a risk for ESBL-E carriage in humans. Ice from restaurants in Vietnam and Japan was screened for bacteria capable of growing on agar containing cefotaxime (BG-CTX)...
2017: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040078/genetic-diversity-of-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-surface-water-and-groundwater-in-a-rural-environment
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Maria Laura Gambero, Monica Blarasin, Susana Bettera, Jesica Giuliano Albo
The genetic characteristics among Escherichia coli strains can be grouped by origin of isolation. Then, it is possible to use the genotypes as a tool to determine the source of water contamination. The aim of this study was to define water aptitude for human consumption in a rural basin and to assess the diversity of E. coli water populations. Thus, it was possible to identify the main sources of fecal contamination and to explore linkages with the hydrogeological environment and land uses. The bacteriological analysis showed that more than 50% of samples were unfit for human consumption...
October 2017: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040077/influence-of-pathogenic-bacterial-activity-on-growth-of-scenedesmus-sp-and-removal-of-nutrients-from-public-market-wastewater
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A A Al-Gheethi, R M Mohamed, N M Jais, A N Efaq, Abdullah Abd Halid, A A Wurochekke, M K Amir-Hashim
The present study aims to investigate the influence of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis in public market wastewater on the removal of nutrients in terms of ammonium (NH4(-)) and orthophosphate (PO4(3)) using Scenedesmus sp. The removal rates of NH4(-) and orthophosphate PO4(3-) and batch kinetic coefficient of Scenedesmus sp. were investigated. The phycoremediation process was carried out at ambient temperature for 6 days. The results revealed that the pathogenic bacteria exhibited survival potential in the presence of microalgae but they were reduced by 3-4 log at the end of the treatment process...
October 2017: Journal of Water and Health
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