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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454283/investigating-antibiotics-antibiotic-resistance-genes-and-microbial-contaminants-in-groundwater-in-relation-to-the-proximity-of-urban-areas
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Edina Szekeres, Cecilia Maria Chiriac, Andreea Baricz, Tiberiu Szőke-Nagy, Ildiko Lung, Maria-Loredana Soran, Knut Rudi, Nicolae Dragos, Cristian Coman
Groundwater is an essential public and drinking water supply and its protection is a goal for global policies. Here, we investigated the presence and prevalence of antibiotic residues, antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), mobile genetic elements (MGEs), and microbial contamination in groundwater environments at various distances from urban areas. Antibiotic concentrations ranged from below detection limit to 917 ng/L, being trimethoprim, macrolide, and sulfonamide the most abundant antibiotic classes. A total of eleven ARGs (aminoglycoside, β-lactam, chloramphenicol, Macrolide-Lincosamide-Streptogramin B - MLSB, sulfonamide, and tetracycline), one antiseptic resistance gene, and two MGEs were detected by qPCR with relative abundances ranging from 6...
February 14, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454277/nitrogen-removal-enhancement-using-lactic-acid-fermentation-products-from-food-waste-as-external-carbon-sources-performance-and-microbial-communities
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Jialing Tang, Xiaochang C Wang, Yisong Hu, Yunhui Pu, Jin Huang, Huu Hao Ngo, Yonggang Zeng, Yuyou Li
In this study, nitrogen removal using the lactic acid fermentation products from food waste and other external chemical carbon sources (sodium acetate, sodium lactate and starch) was investigated. Similar to sodium acetate and lactate, the lactic acid-enriched fermentation liquid from food waste (FLFW) exhibited a high denitrification rate (5.5 mg NO x -N/(g-VSS h)) and potential (0.16 g NO 3 - -N/g COD), and could achieve high NH 4 + -N and total nitrogen (TN) removal efficiencies during long-term operation...
February 8, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454247/tolerance-and-growth-kinetics-of-bacteria-isolated-from-gold-and-gemstone-mining-sites-in-response-to-heavy-metal-concentrations
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Oluwatosin Gbemisola Oladipo, Obinna Tobechukwu Ezeokoli, Mark Steve Maboeta, Jacobus Johannes Bezuidenhout, Louwrens R Tiedt, Anine Jordaan, Cornelius Carlos Bezuidenhout
Response and growth kinetics of microbes in contaminated medium are useful indices for the screening and selection of tolerant species for eco-friendly bio-augmentative remediation of polluted environments. In this study, the heavy metal (HM) tolerance, bioaccumulation and growth kinetics of seven bacterial strains isolated from mining sites to 10 HMs (Cd, Hg, Ni, Al, Cr, Pb, Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn) at varied concentrations (25-600 mgL -1 ) were investigated. The isolates were phylogenetically (16S rRNA gene) related to Lysinibacillus macroides, Achromobacter spanius, Bacillus kochii, B...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454193/revealing-metabolic-storage-processes-in-electrode-respiring-bacteria-by-differential-electrochemical-mass-spectrometry
#4
F Kubannek, U Schröder, U Krewer
In this work we employ differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS) in combination with static and dynamic electrochemical techniques for the study of metabolic processes of electrochemically active bacteria. CO 2 production during acetate oxidation by electrode respiring bacteria was measured, in-vivo and online with a sensitivity of 6.5 ⋅ 10 -13 mol/s. The correlation of ion current and electrical current provides insight into the interaction of metabolic processes and extra-cellular electron transfer...
February 8, 2018: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454184/exploration-and-exploitation-of-the-environment-for-novel-specialized-metabolites
#5
REVIEW
Catarina Loureiro, Marnix H Medema, John van der Oost, Detmer Sipkema
Microorganisms are Nature's little engineers of a remarkable array of bioactive small molecules that represent most of our new drugs. The wealth of genomic and metagenomic sequence data generated in the last decade has shown that the majority of novel biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) is identified from cultivation-independent studies, which has led to a strong expansion of the number of microbial taxa known to harbour BGCs. The large size and repeat sequences of BGCs remain a bioinformatic challenge, but newly developed software tools have been created to overcome these issues and are paramount to identify and select the most promising BGCs for further research and exploitation...
February 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454065/impact-of-food-additives-on-the-gut-brain-axis
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Mary K Holder, Benoit Chassaing
The mammalian intestinal tract is heavily colonized with a complex community of micro-organisms, present at a very high density, and containing an estimated amount of 10 14 bacteria. The microbiota generally benefits the host, as it plays a central role in maturing the immune system, protecting against infection by entero-pathogens such as Clostridium difficile, and favoring nutrient digestion/energy extraction in our intestine. An altered microbiota, however, can become detrimental and lead to inflammation, metabolic disorders, and even altered behavior/neuroinflammation...
February 14, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453863/aeromonas-hydrophila-from-marketed-mullet-mugil-cephalus-in-egypt-pcr-characterization-of-%C3%AE-lactam-resistance-and-virulence-genes
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Hazem Ramadan, Nermin Ibrahim, Mohamed Samir, Amany Abd El-Moaty, Tamer Gad
AIMS: Aeromonas hydrophila (A. hydrophila) has been isolated from various fish species in Egypt and is known to carry virulence and antimicrobial resistance genes, which pose risk for public health. The aim of the present study is to report, for the first time, the infection of mullet (Mugil cephalus) with A. hydrophila and to clarify the potential association between antimicrobial resistance and virulence traits encoded in A. hydrophila. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, the occurrence of A...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453862/insights-into-transcriptional-silencing-and-anti-silencing-in-shigella-flexneri-a-detailed-molecular-analysis-of-the-icsp-virulence-locus
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Natasha Weatherspoon-Griffin, Michael A Picker, Krystle L Pew, Hiromichi S Park, Daren Ginete, Monika M Karney, Pashtana Usufzy, Maria I Castellanos, Juan Carlos Duhart, Dustin J Harrison, Jillian N Socea, Alexander D Karabachev, Christopher T Hensley, Amber J Howerton, Rosa Ojeda-Daulo, Joy A Immak, Helen J Wing
Transcriptional silencing and anti-silencing mechanisms modulate bacterial physiology and virulence in many human pathogens. In Shigella species, many virulence plasmid genes are silenced by the histone-like nucleoid structuring protein H-NS and anti-silenced by the virulence gene regulator VirB. Despite the key role that these regulatory proteins play in Shigella virulence, their mechanisms of transcriptional control remain poorly understood. Here, we characterize the regulatory elements and their relative spacing requirements needed for the transcriptional silencing and anti-silencing of icsP, a locus that requires remotely located regulatory elements for both types of transcriptional control...
February 17, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453825/iatrogenic-hepatic-portal-venous-gas-following-balloon-endoscopy-in-a-patient-with-hepaticojejunostomy-stricture
#9
Hiroshi Kawakami, Tesshin Ban, Yoshimasa Kubota
Hepatic portal venous gas (HPVG) is caused by gastrointestinal (GI) mucosal damage alone or in combination with bowel distension, sepsis, and invasion by gas-producing bacteria. The most common cause is mesenteric ischemia associated with bowel necrosis. Iatrogenic HPVG is a rare condition that occurs following various endoscopic procedures 1 . Herein, we present an unusual case of HPVG following balloon endoscopy (BE). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 17, 2018: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453779/mitochondrial-cytochrome-p450-cyp-1b1-is-responsible-for-melatonin-induced-apoptosis-in-neural-cancer-cells
#10
Zhenlong Yu, Xiangge Tian, Yuling Peng, Zheng Sun, Chao Wang, Ning Tang, Bin Li, Yuqing Jian, Wei Wang, Xiaokui Huo, Xiaochi Ma
Melatonin is an endogenous indoleamine with a wide range of biological functions in the various organisms from bacteria to mammals. Evidence indicates that melatonin facilitates apoptosis in cancer cells and enhances the anti-tumor activity of chemotherapy in animals and clinical studies. However, the melatonin metabolism and the key metabolic targets in cancer cells still remain unknown. In this study, U118 and SH-SY5Y tumor cell lines were used to investigate the metabolic pathways of melatonin in cancer cells...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453750/administration-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-lp62-to-dam-rats-at-the-end-of-delivery-and-during-lactation-affects-tgf-%C3%AE-1-level-and-nutritional-milk-composition-and-body-weight-of-pups
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Gladistone Correia Messias, Ana Marta Novais Rocha, Beatriz Manuela Silva Santos, Ana Marques Botelho, Dhaísa Cristhina Alves Silva, Erika Santos Porto, Marina Lima Dos Anjos, Rayra Almeida Sousa, Mara Viana Silva, Thainara Barros da Rocha, Aracely Vieira de Melo, Manoela Rios Trindade Carneiro, Nayonara Santana Aguiar, Patrícia Prado Santos, Erika Pereira de Souza, Mariluze Peixoto Cruz, Lucas Miranda Marques, Raquel Passos Rezende, Carla Cristina Romano, Ana Paula Uetanabaro, Gabriel Vinderola, Regiane Yatsuda
PURPOSE: Lactobacillus plantarum Lp62 is a lactic acid bacteria strain that has been isolated from cocoa beans and exhibited probiotic potential. The influence of oral administration of L. plantarum Lp62 on the growth of rat's pups; on yield, cytokines and milk composition was studied. METHODS: Lactobacillus plantarum Lp62 is a lactic acid bacteria strain that has been isolated from cocoa beans. It was administered daily by gavage to Wistar rats (n = 8), from the 7th day before delivery and for 20 days during lactation, in a concentration of 1...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453715/the-influence-of-heavy-metals-polyaromatic-hydrocarbons-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pollution-on-the-development-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-soils
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Andrey Vladimirovich Gorovtsov, Ivan Sergeevich Sazykin, Marina Alexandrovna Sazykina
The minireview is devoted to the analysis of the influence of soil pollution with heavy metals, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on the distribution of antibiotics resistance genes (ARGs) in soil microbiomes. It is shown that the best understanding of ARGs distribution process requires studying the influence of pollutants on this process in natural microbiocenoses. Heavy metals promote co-selection of genes determining resistance to them together with ARGs in the same mobile elements of a bacterial genome, but the majority of studies focus on agricultural soils enriched with ARGs originating from manure...
February 16, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453676/properties-of-bacterial-communities-attached-to-artificial-substrates-in-a-hypereutrophic-urban-river
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Xianlei Cai, Ling Yao, Qiyue Sheng, Luyao Jiang, Randy A Dahlgren, Ting Wang
Bacterial communities of biofilms growing on artificial substrates were examined at two time periods (7 and 14 days) and two locations (lentic and lotic areas) in a hypereutrophic urban river of eastern China. Previous studies in this river network indicated that variations of microbial communities were the major factor affecting the distribution of antibiotic resistant genes highlighting the importance of understanding controls of microbial communities. Bacterial communities associated with biofilms were determined using epifluorescence microscopy and high-throughput sequencing...
February 16, 2018: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453625/effects-of-feedstock-and-co-culture-of-lactobacillus-fermentum-and-wild-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-strain-during-fuel-ethanol-fermentation-by-the-industrial-yeast-strain-pe-2
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Vanda R Reis, Ana Paula G Bassi, Bianca C Cerri, Amanda R Almeida, Isis G B Carvalho, Reinaldo G Bastos, Sandra R Ceccato-Antonini
Even though contamination by bacteria and wild yeasts are frequently observed during fuel ethanol fermentation, our knowledge regarding the effects of both contaminants together is very limited, especially considering that the must composition can vary from exclusively sugarcane juice to a mixture of molasses and juice, affecting the microbial development. Here we studied the effects of the feedstock (sugarcane juice and molasses) and the co-culture of Lactobacillus fermentum and a wild Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain (rough colony and pseudohyphae) in single and multiple-batch fermentation trials with an industrial strain of S...
February 16, 2018: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453448/the-gastrointestinal-tract-microbiota-of-northern-white-cheeked-gibbons-nomascus-leucogenys-varies-with-age-and-captive-condition
#15
Ting Jia, Sufen Zhao, Katrina Knott, Xiaoguang Li, Yan Liu, Ying Li, Yuefei Chen, Minghai Yang, Yanping Lu, Junyi Wu, Chenglin Zhang
Nutrition and health of northern white-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus leucogenys) are considered to be primarily influenced by the diversity of their gastrointestinal tract (GIT) microbiota. However, the precise composition, structure, and role of the gibbon GIT microbiota remain unclear. Microbial communities from the GITs of gibbons from Nanning (NN, n = 36) and Beijing (BJ, n = 20) Zoos were examined through 16S rRNA sequencing. Gibbon's GITs microbiomes contained bacteria from 30 phyla, dominated by human-associated microbial signatures: Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, and Proteobacteria...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453437/enhancement-of-immunomodulative-effect-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-on-plasmacytoid-dendritic-cells-with-sucrose-palmitate
#16
Masaya Kanayama, Yukiko Kato, Toshikazu Tsuji, Yuki Konoeda, Akiko Hashimoto, Osamu Kanauchi, Toshio Fujii, Daisuke Fujiwara
Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) play a key role in the immune response against viruses. In addition, recent research has suggested that pDCs possess direct and indirect tumoricidal activities. We previously found that a lactic acid bacteria strain, Lactococcus lactis JCM 5805 (LC-Plasma), stimulated pDCs and prevented viral infection in mouse and human studies. Meanwhile, emulsifiers have recently been highlighted as candidate adjuvants for some viral vaccines and cancer immunotherapies. In this study, we discovered some specific emulsifiers, mainly consisting of sucrose fatty acid esters, that drastically enhance the potency of LC-Plasma to activate pDCs in vitro...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453398/host-defense-against-oral-microbiota-by-bone-damaging-t-cells
#17
Masayuki Tsukasaki, Noriko Komatsu, Kazuki Nagashima, Takeshi Nitta, Warunee Pluemsakunthai, Chisa Shukunami, Yoichiro Iwakura, Tomoki Nakashima, Kazuo Okamoto, Hiroshi Takayanagi
The immune system evolved to efficiently eradicate invading bacteria and terminate inflammation through balancing inflammatory and regulatory T-cell responses. In autoimmune arthritis, pathogenic T H 17 cells induce bone destruction and autoimmune inflammation. However, whether a beneficial function of T-cell-induced bone damage exists is unclear. Here, we show that bone-damaging T cells have a critical function in the eradication of bacteria in a mouse model of periodontitis, which is the most common infectious disease...
February 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453364/biogeographical-differences-in-the-influence-of-maternal-microbial-sources-on-the-early-successional-development-of-the-bovine-neonatal-gastrointestinal-tract
#18
Carl J Yeoman, Suzanne L Ishaq, Elena Bichi, Sarah K Olivo, James Lowe, Brian M Aldridge
The impact of maternal microbial influences on the early choreography of the neonatal calf microbiome were investigated. Luminal content and mucosal scraping samples were collected from ten locations in the calf gastrointestinal tract (GIT) over the first 21 days of life, along with postpartum maternal colostrum, udder skin, and vaginal scrapings. Microbiota were found to vary by anatomical location, between the lumen and mucosa at each GIT location, and differentially enriched for maternal vaginal, skin, and colostral microbiota...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453341/transcriptomics-reveals-a-cross-modulatory-effect-between-riboflavin-and-iron-and-outlines-responses-to-riboflavin-biosynthesis-and-uptake-in-vibrio-cholerae
#19
Ignacio Sepúlveda-Cisternas, Luis Lozano Aguirre, Andrés Fuentes Flores, Ignacio Vásquez Solis de Ovando, Víctor Antonio García-Angulo
Vibrio cholerae, a pandemic diarrheagenic bacterium, is able to synthesize the essential vitamin riboflavin through the riboflavin biosynthetic pathway (RBP) and also to internalize it through the RibN importer. In bacteria, the way riboflavin biosynthesis and uptake functions correlate is unclear. To gain insights into the role of the riboflavin provision pathways in the physiology of V. cholerae, we analyzed the transcriptomics response to extracellular riboflavin and to deletions of ribD (RBP-deficient strain) or ribN...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453274/select-and-resequence-reveals-relative-fitness-of-bacteria-in-symbiotic-and-free-living-environments
#20
Liana T Burghardt, Brendan Epstein, Joseph Guhlin, Matt S Nelson, Margaret R Taylor, Nevin D Young, Michael J Sadowsky, Peter Tiffin
Assays to accurately estimate relative fitness of bacteria growing in multistrain communities can advance our understanding of how selection shapes diversity within a lineage. Here, we present a variant of the "evolve and resequence" approach both to estimate relative fitness and to identify genetic variants responsible for fitness variation of symbiotic bacteria in free-living and host environments. We demonstrate the utility of this approach by characterizing selection by two plant hosts and in two free-living environments (sterilized soil and liquid media) acting on synthetic communities of the facultatively symbiotic bacterium Ensifer meliloti We find ( i ) selection that hosts exert on rhizobial communities depends on competition among strains, ( ii ) selection is stronger inside hosts than in either free-living environment, and ( iii ) a positive host-dependent relationship between relative strain fitness in multistrain communities and host benefits provided by strains in single-strain experiments...
February 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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