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Julie Paoletti, Liliane Assairi, Muriel Gelin, Valérie Huteau, Marie-Anne Nahori, Olivier Dussurget, Gilles Labesse, Sylvie Pochet
Increased resistance of pathogens to existing antibiotics necessitates the search for novel targets to develop potent antimicrobials. Biosynthetic pathways of several cofactors important for bacterial growth, such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP), have been proposed as a promising source of antibiotic targets. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide kinases (NADK; EC are attractive for inhibitor development, since they catalyze the phosphorylation of NAD to NADP, which is an essential step of NADP metabolism...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Monika Janeczko, Oleg M Demchuk, Dorota Strzelecka, Konrad Kubiński, Maciej Masłyk
Naphthalene-1,4-dione derivatives were synthesized and tested against selected bacterial strains. All the tested compounds were prepared by direct introduction of corresponding substituents into the naphthoquinone core in oxidative conditions. In this study, eight strains of bacteria (Proteus, Escherichia, Klebsiella, Staphylococcus, Enterobacter, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Enterococcus) were used for determination of antimicrobial activity of synthesized compounds with the Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) method...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Evan C Palmer-Young, Ben M Sadd, Lynn S Adler
Repeated exposure to inhibitory compounds can drive the evolution of resistance, which weakens chemical defense against antagonists. Floral phytochemicals in nectar and pollen have antimicrobial properties that can ameliorate infection in pollinators, but evolved resistance among parasites could diminish the medicinal efficacy of phytochemicals. However, multi-compound blends, which occur in nectar and pollen, present simultaneous chemical challenges that may slow resistance evolution. We assessed evolution of resistance by the common bumble bee gut parasite Crithidia bombi to two floral phytochemicals, singly and combined, over six weeks (~100 generations) of chronic exposure...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Dhiviya Prabaa Muthuirulandi Sethuvel, Naveen Kumar Devanga Ragupathi, Shalini Anandan, Balaji Veeraraghavan
Shigellosis represents a major burden of disease in developing countries. A low infectious dose allows the disease to be spread effectively. Although shigellosis is mostly a self-limiting disease, antibiotics are recommended to reduce deaths, disease symptoms, and organism-shedding time. However, In India, antimicrobial resistance among the genus Shigella is more common than among any other enteric bacteria. Notably, new serotypes or subserotypes in Shigella are reported from various parts of the world. Identification of new subserotypes of Shigella spp is becoming a major issue as these strains are non-typeable by conventional serotyping...
October 26, 2016: Letters in Applied Microbiology
Isabel Clemente, Margarita Aznar, Jesús Salafranca, Cristina Nerín
One critical challenge when developing a new antimicrobial packaging material is to demonstrate the mode of action of the antimicrobials incorporated into the packaging. For this task, several analytical techniques as well as microbiology are required. In this work, the antimicrobial properties of benzyl isothiocyanate, allyl isothiocyanate and essential oils of cinnamon and oregano against several moulds and bacteria have been evaluated. Benzyl isothiocyanate showed the highest antimicrobial activity and it was selected for developing the new active packaging material...
October 25, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Lauren Tracy Daly, David M Tsai, Mansher Singh, Kristo Nuutila, Raquel A Minasian, Cameron C Y Lee, Elizabeth Kiwanuka, Florian Hackl, Andrew B Onderdonk, Johan P E Junker, Elof Eriksson, Edward J Caterson
BACKGROUND: Wound infection can impair postoperative healing. Topical antibiotics have potential to treat wound infection and inflammation and minimize the adverse effects associated with systemic antibiotics. METHODS: Full-thickness porcine wounds were infected with Staphylococcus aureus. Using polyurethane wound enclosure devices, wounds were treated with topical 100 μg/ml minocycline, topical 1000 μg/ml minocycline, topical saline control, or 4 mg/kg intravenous minocycline...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Leslie E Cohen, Thomas A Imahiyerobo, Jeffrey R Scott, Jason A Spector
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial performance of a rifampin/minocycline-coated, non-cross-linked, acellular porcine dermal matrix (XenMatrix AB) compared to an uncoated, non-cross-linked, acellular porcine dermal matrix (Strattice) after implantation/inoculation with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or Escherichia coli in a dorsal rabbit model. METHODS: Forty male New Zealand White rabbits were bilaterally implanted with XenMatrix AB or Strattice grafts and inoculated with clinically isolated methicillin-resistant S...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Nidal Jaradat, Lina Adwan, Shadi K'aibni, Naser Shraim, Abdel Naser Zaid
BACKGROUND: It has been recently recognized that oxidative stress, helminth and microbial infections are the cause of much illness found in the underdeveloped, developing and developed countries. The present study was undertaken to identify the chemical composition, and to assess anthelmintic, antimicrobial and antioxidant effects of Thymus bovei essential oil. METHODS: The chemical composition of the essential oil was analyzed using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
October 26, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Si Guo, JingJing Xu, YanShuan Wei, JunHong Xu, Yi Li, Rui Xue
BACKGROUND: Klebsiella pneumoniae is a prominent nosocomial pathogen that accounts for up to 10 % of all hospital-acquired infections. It is a frequent cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical characteristics of K. pneumoniae-associated VAP and the molecular characteristics of K. pneumoniae strains. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 70 mechanically ventilated patients with K. pneumoniae isolated...
October 26, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Bailiang Wang, Zi Ye, Qingwen Xu, Huihua Liu, Quankui Lin, Hao Chen, Kaihui Nan
Once a biomedical implant is implanted into a human body, proteins and bacteria can easily colonize the implant, and subsequently, a biofilm can grow on the surface. A biofilm can protect the inhabiting bacteria against macrophages and neutrophil cell attack from the host immune system. The most important issue for artificial antibacterial surfaces is the accumulation of the bacteria corpse after they are killed by contact, which promotes further adhesion of bacteria and biofilm formation. Therefore, we constructed a novel multifunctional bactericidal and fouling release antibacterial surface through the combination of temperature-responsive N-vinylcaprolactam (VCL), hydrophilic 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) and a bactericidal quaternary ammonium salt (2-(dimethylamino)-ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA(+)))...
October 26, 2016: Biomaterials Science
Jie-Jie Sun, Hui-Ting Yang, Guo-Juan Niu, Xiao-Wu Feng, Jiang-Feng Lan, Xiao-Fan Zhao, Jin-Xing Wang
Impaired phosphatase activity leads to the persistent activation of signal transducers and activators of transcription (Stat). In mammals, Stat family members are often phosphorylated or dephosphorylated by the same enzymes. To date, only one Stat similar to mammalian Stat5a/b has been found in crustaceans and there have been few studies in Stat signal regulation in crustaceans. Here, we report that β-arrestin1 interacts with TC45 (45-kDa form of T cell protein tyrosine phosphatase) in the nucleus to attenuate Stat signaling by promoting dephosphorylation of Stat...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kathryn Geldart, Brittany Forkus, Evelyn McChesney, Madeline McCue, Yiannis N Kaznessis
Antimicrobial peptides are a promising alternative to traditional antibiotics, but their utility is limited by high production costs and poor bioavailability profiles. Bacterial production and delivery of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) directly at the site of infection may offer a path for effective therapeutic application. In this study, we have developed a vector that can be used for the production and secretion of seven antimicrobial peptides from both Escherichia coli MC1061 F' and probiotic E.coli Nissle 1917...
October 5, 2016: Pharmaceuticals
Abhishek Gupta, Wan Li Low, Iza Radecka, Stephen T Britland, Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd Amin, Claire Martin
Wounds that remain in the inflammatory phase for a prolonged period of time are likely to be colonised and infected by a range of commensal and pathogenic microorganisms. Treatment associated with these types of wounds mainly focuses on controlling infection and providing an optimum environment capable of facilitating re-epithelialisation, thus promoting wound healing. Hydrogels have attracted vast interest as moist wound-responsive dressing materials. In the current study, biosynthetic bacterial cellulose hydrogels synthesised by Gluconacetobacter xylinus and subsequently loaded with silver were characterised and investigated for their antimicrobial activity against two representative wound infecting pathogens, namely S...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Microencapsulation
Patcharaporn Tippayawat, Nutthakritta Phromviyo, Parichart Boueroy, Apiwat Chompoosor
BACKGROUND: There is worldwide interest in silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesized by various chemical reactions for use in applications exploiting their antibacterial activity, even though these processes exhibit a broad range of toxicity in vertebrates and invertebrates alike. To avoid the chemical toxicity, biosynthesis (green synthesis) of metal nanoparticles is proposed as a cost-effective and environmental friendly alternative. Aloe vera leaf extract is a medicinal agent with multiple properties including an antibacterial effect...
2016: PeerJ
I Na Yoon, Ji Hong, Peng Zhang, Jae Sam Hwang, Ho Kim
We previously reported that the CopA3 peptide (LLCIALRKK, D-form) originally isolated from the Korean dung beetle has antimicrobial and immunosuppressive effects. However, the high cost of producing the synthetic peptide, especially the D-form, has limited the development of CopA3 for therapeutic purposes. Here, we investigated whether the CopA3 deletion derivative, CopA5, which is composed of only five amino acids (LLCIA) and has the L-form structure, could inhibit the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced activation of macrophages...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Joon Ha Lee, In-Woo Kim, Mi-Ae Kim, Mi-Young Ahn, Eun-Young Yun, Jae Sam Hwang
In a previous study, we analyzed the transcriptome of Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans using next generation sequencing technology and identified several antimicrobial peptide candidates. One of peptides, scolopendrasin V, was selected based on the physicochemical properties of antimicrobial peptides using a bioinformatics strategy. In this study, we assessed the antimicrobial activities of scolopendrasin V by using radial diffusion assay and colony count assay. We also investigated the mode of action of scolopendrasin V using flow cytometry...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Robin R Shields-Cutler, Jan R Crowley, Connelly D Miller, Ann E Stapleton, Weidong Cui, Jeffrey P Henderson
In human urinary tract infections (UTIs), host cells release the antimicrobial protein siderocalin (SCN; also known as lipocalin-2, neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin/NGAL, or 24p3) into the urinary tract. By binding to ferric-catechol complexes, SCN can sequester iron, a growth-limiting nutrient for most bacterial pathogens. Recent evidence links the antibacterial activity of SCN in human urine to iron sequestration and metabolomic variation between individuals. To determine whether these metabolomic associations correspond to functional iron(III)-binding SCN ligands, we devised a biophysical protein binding screen to identify SCN ligands through direct analysis of human urine...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Michael Moore, Nanci Dobson, Wes Cetnarowski
INTRODUCTION: The application of 0.1% polyhexanide-betaine gel and irrigating solution was used in place of saline during standard of care wound treatment for 70 chronic wounds of various etiologies. Our goal in this study sample was to investigate the number of days to wound closure, change in absolute wound size, and antimicrobial initiation from baseline visit, following application of polyhexanide-betaine in standard of care wound treatment. Results suggested a benefit of Prontosan® (Polyhexanide-betaine, B...
October 26, 2016: Surgical Technology International
Rui Santos, Catarina Costa, Dalila Mil-Homens, Daniela Romão, Carla C C R de Carvalho, Pedro Pais, Nuno P Mira, Arsénio M Fialho, Miguel C Teixeira
The mechanisms of persistence and virulence associated to Candida glabrata infections are poorly understood, limiting the ability to fight this fungal pathogen. In this study, the multidrug resistance transporters CgTpo1_1 and CgTpo1_2 are shown to play a role in C. glabrata virulence. The survival of the infection model Galleria mellonella, infected with C. glabrata, was found to increase upon the deletion of either CgTPO1_1 or CgTPO1_2. The underlying mechanisms were further explored. In the case of CgTpo1_1, this phenotype was found to be consistent with the observation that it confers resistance to antimicrobial peptides (AMP), such as the human AMP histatin-5...
October 25, 2016: Cellular Microbiology
Karen H Keddy, Arvinda Sooka, Anthony M Smith, Alfred Musekiwa, Nomsa P Tau, Keith P Klugman, Frederick J Angulo
BACKGROUND: Typhoid fever remains an important disease in Africa, associated with outbreaks and the emerging multidrug resistant Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi (Salmonella Typhi) haplotype, H58. This study describes the incidence of, and factors associated with mortality due to, typhoid fever in South Africa, where HIV prevalence is high. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Nationwide active laboratory-based surveillance for culture-confirmed typhoid fever was undertaken from 2003-2013...
2016: PloS One
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