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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550757/serum-levels-of-peptide-cathelicidin-ll-37-in-elderly-patients-with-depression
#1
Elżbieta Kozłowska, Adam Wysokiński, Ewa Brzezińska-Błaszczyk
Cathelicidin LL-37 is a small cationic that plays an important role in antimicrobial defense, as it kills a broad spectrum of infectious agents by disrupting their membranes, including gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, some viruses and fungi; and it neutralizes activity of bacterial endotoxins. Moreover, cathelicidin LL-37 exerts proinflammatory effect, while numerous reports indicate the role of inflammation in the development of depression. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the circulating levels of cathelicidin LL-37 in elderly depressed patients...
May 22, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550752/intracellular-delivery-of-oligonucleotides-in-helicobacter-pylori-by-fusogenic-liposomes-in-the-presence-of-gastric-mucus
#2
Rita S Santos, George R Dakwar, Elisa Zagato, Toon Brans, Céu Figueiredo, Koen Raemdonck, Nuno F Azevedo, Stefaan C De Smedt, Kevin Braeckmans
The rising antimicrobial resistance contributes to 25000 annual deaths in Europe. This threat to the public health can only be tackled if novel antimicrobials are developed, combined with a more precise use of the currently available antibiotics through the implementation of fast, specific, diagnostic methods. Nucleic acid mimics (NAMs) that are able to hybridize intracellular bacterial RNA have the potential to become such a new class of antimicrobials and additionally could serve as specific detection probes...
May 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550443/timing-to-antibiotic-therapy-in-septic-oncologic-patients-presenting-without-hypotension
#3
Kathleen Morneau, Gary B Chisholm, Frank Tverdek, Jeffrey Bruno, Katy M Toale
PURPOSE: Sepsis accounts for only 2% of the hospitalizations worldwide but more than 17% of total in-hospital mortality. Inappropriate antimicrobial selection and delays in appropriate therapy have been associated with reduced survival in severe sepsis and septic shock. No studies to date have exclusively targeted septic oncologic patients without hypotension. METHODS: This study was a retrospective chart review of 100 adult cancer patients presenting to the emergency department with sepsis without hypotension...
May 26, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550425/cpg-oligonucleotide-mediated-co-stimulation-of-mouse-invariant-natural-killer-t-cells-negatively-regulates-their-activation-status
#4
Raveendra R Kulkarni, Alexander Ian Villanueva, Leah R Read, Jennifer T Brisbin, Siddhartha Kumar Bhaumik, Jonathan LaMarre, Kaja Murali-Krishna, Shayan Sharif
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells play important roles in antimicrobial defense and immune-regulation. We have previously shown that iNKT cells express certain toll-like receptors (TLR), and that TLR co-stimulation of iNKT cells in the presence of suboptimal concentrations of T cell receptor (TCR) agonists enhances cellular activation. In the present study, we investigated the regulatory effects of CpG oligonucleotides in mouse primary hepatic and splenic iNKT cells and in DN32.D3 iNKT cells. We show that CpG treatment of iNKT cells in the presence of higher concentrations of TCR agonists (α-GalCer or anti-CD3 mAb) results in the up-regulation of TLR9 in iNKT cells with a concurrent reduction in their cellular activation, as assessed by their production of IL-2, IL-4 and IFN-γ compared with controls...
May 27, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550408/bacillus-pumilus-strain-yspmk11-as-plant-growth-promoter-and-bicontrol-agent-against-sclerotinia-sclerotiorum
#5
Manoj Kaushal, Ajay Kumar, Rajesh Kaushal
A study was executed in a direction to attenuate Sclerotinia stalk rot (SSR) disease through biocontrol agent and also to enhance crop productivity. Culture filtrate of bacterial strain YSPMK11 inhibited growth of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in vitro which also exhibited higher plant growth promoting attributes. Interaction studies revealed maximum (81.50%) growth inhibition at 35 °C and pH 7.0 after 72 h incubation period with 15% culture filtrate. Based upon 16S rRNA gene sequence strain, YSPMK11 was identified as Bacillus pumilus...
June 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550407/enhanced-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-properties-of-zno-and-tio2-nanocomposites
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C H Shilpa Chakra, V Rajendar, K Venkateswara Rao, Mirgender Kumar
The study describes the antibacterial and anticancer activities of a nanocomposite prepared by mixing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide nanoparticles. The particle mixtures were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, Field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering techniques. Thus, analyzed samples were subject to disc diffusion method at various concentrations to analyze their antibacterial activities against two Gram-positive and two Gram-negative bacteria...
June 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550277/escherichia-coli-pagp-enzyme-based-de-novo-design-and-in-vitro-activity-of-antibacterial-peptide-ll-37
#7
Hao Yang, Jingyu Fu, Youyun Zhao, Huiping Shi, Hua Hu, Hongliang Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the antimicrobial property of peptide LL-37 sequences. MATERIAL AND METHODS Humanized antibacterial peptide LL-37 and the mutant were prepared by chemical synthesis. The physicochemical properties of antibacterial peptide LL-37 were analyzed by SWISS-MODEL online prediction tool. Molecular docking between antibacterial peptide LL-37 fragments and palmitoyl transferase PagP was made with Lamarckian genetic algorithm by AutoDock1.5.6. RESULTS The systems contacted each other at 8...
May 27, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550056/biofilm-formation-potential-of-heat-resistant-escherichia-coli-dairy-isolates-and-complete-genome-of-mdr-heat-resistant-strain-fam21845
#8
Roger Marti, Michael Schmid, Sandra Kulli, Kerstin Schneeberger, Javorka Naskova, Susanne Knøchel, Christian H Ahrens, Jörg Hummerjohann
We tested the biofilm formation potential of 30 heat resistant and six heat sensitive E. coli dairy isolates. The production of curli and cellulose, static biofilm formation on polystyrene (PS) and stainless steel, formation of biofilm under dynamic conditions (Bioflux), and initial adhesion rates (IAR) were evaluated. Biofilm formation varied greatly between strains, media and assay. Our results highlight the importance of the experimental setup to determine biofilm formation under conditions of interest, as correlation between different assays was often not given...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549866/venom-of-the-peruvian-snake-bothriopsis-oligolepis-detection-of-antibacterial-activity-and-involvement-of-proteolytic-enzymes-and-c-type-lectins-in-growth-inhibition-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#9
M A Sulca, C Remuzgo, J Cárdenas, S Kiyota, E Cheng, M P Bemquerer, M T Machini
There is a rising interest in snake venoms proteins (SVPs) because these macromolecules are related to pharmacological properties that manifest themselves during poisoning and can lead to secondary microbial infections. Interestingly, researchers have somehow neglected the antimicrobial activity of SVPs. The aims of this study were: (i) to verify whether the venom of the Peruvian snake Bothriopsis oligolepis displays such activity; (ii) to isolate and identify some its antimicrobial constituents. Liquid growth inhibition assays revealed that the crude venom inhibited the growth of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, but not of Candida species...
May 23, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549825/metabolic-integration-of-bacterial-endosymbionts-through-antimicrobial-peptides
#10
REVIEW
Peter Mergaert, Yoshitomo Kikuchi, Shuji Shigenobu, Eva C M Nowack
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are massively produced by eukaryotic hosts during symbiotic interactions with bacteria. Among other roles, these symbiotic AMPs have the capacity to permeabilize symbiont membranes and facilitate metabolite flow across the host-symbiont interface. We propose that an ancestral role of these peptides is to facilitate metabolic exchange between the symbiotic partners through membrane permeabilization. This function may be particularly critical for integration of endosymbiont and host metabolism in interactions involving bacteria with strongly reduced genomes lacking most small metabolite transporters...
May 23, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549778/stepwise-introduction-of-the-best-care-always-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infection-prevention-bundle-in-a-network-of-south-african-hospitals
#11
Guy A Richards, Adrian J Brink, Angeliki P Messina, Charles Feldman, Karin Swart, Dena van den Bergh
BACKGROUND: Health care associated infection (HAI) remains a major international problem. AIM: The "Best Care Always!" (BCA) campaign, was launched in South Africa to reduce common preventable HAI, including catheter associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). METHODS: The intervention occurred in 43 Netcare Private Hospitals increasing later to 49 with 958 ICU and 439 high care (HC) beds and 1207 ICU and 493 HC beds, respectively. .Phase 1: April 2010-March 2011: ICU Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) nurse driven change: Commitment from management and doctors and training of IPC nurses...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549582/crystal-structure-of-spsb2-in-complex-with-a-rational-designed-rgd-containing-cyclic-peptide-inhibitor-of-spsb2-inos-interaction
#12
Tingting You, Yuhui Wang, Kefa Li, Danting Zhang, Huan Wei, Yanhong Luo, Hua Li, Yongzhi Lu, Xunchen Su, Zhihe Kuang
SPRY domain-containing SOCS box protein 2 (SPSB2) is a negative regulator of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) that modulates the lifetime of iNOS and thus the levels of nitric oxide (NO) production. Inhibitors that can disrupt the endogenous SPSB2-iNOS interaction and augment NO production have potential as novel antimicrobial and anticancer drugs. In this study, we have designed a cyclic peptide (cR8), containing an RGD motif and the SPSB2 binding motif (DINNNV). ITC and chemical shift perturbation showed that cR8 binds to the iNOS binding site on SPSB2 with a Kd of 671 nM, and saturation transfer difference NMR showed that cR8 binds to αvβ3 integrin-expressing cells...
May 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549494/antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-and-molecular-characterization-of-mycobacterium-fortuitum-isolates-in-china
#13
Hui Wen Zheng, Yu Pang, Guang Xue He, Yuan Yuan Song, Yan Lin Zhao
We performed molecular identification of clinical isolates of Mycobacterium fortuitum (M. fortuitum) and conducted drug susceptibility testing to analyze the in vitro susceptibility of clinical M. fortuitum isolates and potential molecular mechanism conferring resistance to fluoroquinolone and macrolide drugs. The results showed that moxifloxacin had the highest in vitro activity against M. fortuitum, and most M. fortuitum isolates were resistant to clarithromycin and linezolid in China. The loss of genetic mutation in clarithromycin- and amikacin-resistant isolates indicates that some other intrinsic mechanism conferring clarithromycin and amikacin resistance plays an essential role in M...
May 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549300/evaluation-of-the-in-vitro-effect-of-boldo-and-meadowsweet-plant-extracts-on-the-expression-of-antimicrobial-peptides-and-inflammatory-markers-in-canine-keratinocytes
#14
Domenico Santoro, Kim Ahrens, Ryan Vesny, Christelle Navarro, Hugues Gatto, Rosanna Marsella
Dogs with allergies are prone to skin infections and treatments/preventatives to boost innate immune-defenses are beneficial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of Boldo and Meadowsweet extracts on the expression of β-defensins (cBD), cathelicidin (cCath), and pro-inflammatory cytokines in canine keratinocyte. This study had two phases. Phase I evaluated mRNA expression of cBD103 and cCath, and secretion of cCath, IL-8 and TNF-α by keratinocytes harvested from healthy (n=5) and atopic (n=5) age-matched beagles exposed to Boldo (2% to 0...
May 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549290/anti-inflammatory-potential-of-hentriacontane-in-lps-stimulated-raw-264-7-cells-and-mice-model
#15
Vidushi Khajuria, Shilpa Gupta, Neha Sharma, Ashok Kumar, Nazir A Lone, Mowkshi Khullar, Prabhu Dutt, Parduman Raj Sharma, Asha Bhagat, Zabeer Ahmed
Hentriacontane, has various pharmacological effects including anti-inflammatory, antitumor and antimicrobial activities. Its anti-inflammatory potential has been demonstrated in peritoneal macrophages. However detailed studies on other models elucidating the mechanistic description of the mode of action has not been done. Hence, the aim of the present study is to evaluate the anti-inflammatory potential of hentriacontane both in-vivo (Balb/c mice) and in-vitro (RAW 264.7 cells). Cytokine inhibition of both pro-inflammatory (TNF-α, IL-6, MCP-1 and IL-1β) and anti-inflammatory (IL-10) cytokines was studied in RAW 264...
May 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549260/identification-of-oral-cavity-biofilm-forming-bacteria-and-determination-of-their-growth-inhibition-by-acacia-arabica-tamarix-aphylla-l-and-melia-azedarach-l-medicinal-plants
#16
Muhammad Khalid, Danial Hassani, Muhammad Bilal, Zahid Ali Butt, Muhammad Hamayun, Ayaz Ahmad, Danfeng Huang, Anwar Hussain
OBJECTIVE: Biofilms are complex, multi-species bacterial communities that colonize the oral cavity in the form of plaque and are known to cause dental caries and periodontal disease. Present study demonstrated the potential of three selected medicinal plants against isolated and identified dental biofilm forming strains. METHODS: Pathogenic bacteria from dental biofilms were isolated, cultured, identified by phylogenetic analysis using PCR-based 16S ribosomal RNA (or 16S rRNA) nucleotide sequences and were analyzed for their biofilm forming capability...
May 18, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549244/ll-37-induced-human-mast-cell-activation-through-g-protein-coupled-receptor-mrgx2
#17
Yangyang Yu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yarui Zhang, Yihong Lai, Wenwen Chen, Zhangang Xiao, Wei Zhang, Meiling Jin, Bo Yu
Human LL-37 is an important class of cationic antimicrobial peptide (CAP) that is known to stimulate mast cell activation. While many studies have been conducted on LL-37, to date little is known about the functional receptors for LL-37-induced human mast cell activation, in particular in terms of the release of de novo synthesized mediators. Thus, the aim of the present study is to identify the functional receptors for LL-37-induced human mast cell activation in terms of the degranulation and release of de novo synthesized mediators and investigate the downstream signalling pathways involved in mast cell activation...
May 23, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549165/impact-of-antimicrobial-stewardship-for-pediatric-outpatient-parenteral-antibiotic-therapy
#18
Adam L Hersh, Jared Olson, Chris Stockmann, Emily A Thorell, Elizabeth D Knackstedt, Lawanda Esquibel, Susan Sanderson, Andrew T Pavia
We developed an outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) stewardship program in a freestanding children's hospital to improve the appropriateness of OPAT prescribing. Introduction of the program enabled expert review of nearly 90% of the patients being prepared for discharge with OPAT and was associated with a 24% reduction in OPAT use.
May 26, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549116/continued-evolution-of-gonococcal-antimicrobial-resistance
#19
Edward W Hook
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549097/cluster-of-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-isolates-with-high-level-azithromycin-resistance-and-decreased-ceftriaxone-susceptibility-hawaii-2016
#20
Alan R Katz, Alan Y Komeya, Robert D Kirkcaldy, A Christian Whelen, Olusegun O Soge, John R Papp, Ellen N Kersh, Glenn M Wasserman, Norman P O'Connor, Pamela S O'Brien, Douglas T Sato, Eloisa V Maningas, Gail Y Kunimoto, Juval E Tomas
Background.: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends dual therapy with ceftriaxone and azithromycin for gonorrhea to ensure effective treatment and slow emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Since 2013, the prevalence of reduced azithromycin susceptibility increased in the United States; however, these strains were highly susceptible to cephalosporins. We report on a cluster of N. gonorrhoeae isolates demonstrating high-level azithromycin resistance, several of which also demonstrated decreased ceftriaxone susceptibility...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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