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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792415/two-photon-active-organotin-iv-complexes-for-antibacterial-function-and-superresolution-bacteria-imaging
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Lei Hu, Hui Wang, Tingting Xia, Bin Fang, Yu Shen, Qiong Zhang, Xiaohe Tian, Hongping Zhou, Jieying Wu, Yupeng Tian
Antibacterial agents with two-photon absorption are expected to play a significant role in biomedical science. Herein, two novel organotin complexes, HLSn1 and HLSn2, based on coumarin were designed, synthesized, and systematically investigated. It was found that these complexes possessed suitable two-photon-active cross sections in the near-infrared region. Moreover, complex HLSn1 could efficiently inhibit the growth of Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis, especially the latter with a minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC; 90%) of 2 ± 0...
May 24, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792261/structure-based-analysis-of-cysz-mediated-cellular-uptake-of-sulfate
#2
Zahra Assur Sanghai, Qun Liu, Oliver B Clarke, Meagan Belcher-Dufrisne, Pattama Wiriyasermkul, M Hunter Giese, Edgar Leal-Pinto, Brian Kloss, Shantelle Tabuso, James Love, Marco Punta, Surajit Banerjee, Kanagalaghatta R Rajashankar, Burkhard Rost, Diomedes Logothetis, Matthias Quick, Wayne A Hendrickson, Filippo Mancia
Sulfur, most abundantly found in the environment as sulfate (SO4 2- ), is an essential element in metabolites required by all living cells, including amino acids, co-factors and vitamins. However, current understanding of the cellular delivery of SO4 2- at the molecular level is limited. CysZ has been described as a SO4 2- permease, but its sequence family is without known structural precedent. Based on crystallographic structure information, SO4 2- binding and flux experiments, we provide insight into the molecular mechanism of CysZ-mediated translocation of SO4 2- across membranes...
May 24, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791598/chemical-characterization-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-propolis-obtained-from-melipona-quadrifasciata-quadrifasciata-and-tetragonisca-angustula-stingless-bees
#3
A R Torres, L P Sandjo, M T Friedemann, M M Tomazzoli, M Maraschin, C F Mello, A R S Santos
In this study, we investigated the chemical composition, and antioxidant and antibacterial properties of ethanolic extracts of propolis (EEP) from Melipona quadrifasciata quadrifasciata and Tetragonisca angustula. Chemical composition of EEP was determined by colorimetry and chromatographic (HPLC-DAD and UPLC-Q/TOF-MS/MS) analysis. Antimicrobial activity of EEP was evaluated against gram-positive (S. aureus, methicillin-resistant S. aureus, E. faecalis) and gram-negative (E. coli and K. pneumoniae) bacteria by the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) test using the microdilution method...
2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790984/co-translational-protein-targeting-in-bacteria
#4
Ruth Steinberg, Lara Knüpffer, Andrea Origi, Rossella Asti, Hans-Georg Koch
About 30% of all bacterial proteins execute their function outside of the cytosol and have to be transported into or across the cytoplasmic membrane. Bacteria use multiple protein transport systems in parallel, but the majority of proteins engage two distinct targeting systems. One is the co-translational targeting by two universally conserved GTPases, the signal recognition particle (SRP) and its receptor FtsY, which deliver inner membrane proteins to either the SecYEG translocon or the YidC insertase for membrane insertion...
June 1, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790342/high-permeation-rates-in-liposome-systems-explain-rapid-glyphosate-biodegradation-associated-with-strong-isotope-fractionation
#5
Benno Ehrl, Emmanuel O Mogusu, Kyoungtea Kim, Heike Hofstetter, Joel A Pedersen, Martin Elsner
Bacterial uptake of charged organic pollutants such as the widely used herbicide glyphosate is typically attributed to active transporters, whereas passive membrane permeation as an uptake pathway is usually neglected. For 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) liposomes, pH-dependent membrane permeation coefficients (Papp) of glyphosate, determined by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, varied from Papp(pH 7.0) = 3.7 (+/-0.3) × 10-7 m∙s-1 to Papp(pH 4.1) = 4.2 (+/-0.1) × 10-6 m∙s-1...
May 23, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789226/engineering-e-coli-to-have-a-hybrid-archaeal-bacterial-membrane
#6
Laura Villanueva
Bacteria and Archaea have membrane lipids with an opposite stereochemistry. The most plausible explanation for this differentiation implies an unstable heterochiral membrane stage. A recent study engineered Escherichia coli with a significant abundance of archaeal lipids showing higher robustness, disproving heterochirality as the driving force for this differentiation.
May 19, 2018: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788124/type-i-secretion-system-it-takes-three-and-a-substrate
#7
Kerstin Kanonenberg, Olivia Spitz, Isabelle N Erenburg, Tobias Beer, Lutz Schmitt
Type I secretion systems are widespread in Gram-negative bacteria and mediate the one-step translocation of a large variety of proteins serving for diverse purposes, including nutrient acquisition or bacterial virulence. Common to most substrates of type I secretion systems is the presence of a C-terminal secretion sequence that is not cleaved during or after translocation. Furthermore, these protein secretion nanomachineries are always composed of an ABC transporter, a membrane fusion protein, both located in the inner bacterial membrane, and a protein of the outer membrane...
June 1, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788060/yeast-mitochondria-an-overview-of-mitochondrial-biology-and-the-potential-of-mitochondrial-systems-biology
#8
Carl Malina, Christer Larsson, Jens Nielsen
Mitochondria are dynamic organelles of endosymbiotic origin that are essential components of eukaryal cells. They contain their own genetic machinery, have multicopy genomes and like their bacterial ancestors they consist of two membranes. However, the majority of the ancestral genome has been lost or transferred to the nuclear genome of the host, preserving only a core set of genes involved in oxidative phosphorylation. Mitochondria perform numerous biological tasks ranging from bioenergetics to production of protein co-factors, including heme and iron-sulfur clusters...
August 1, 2018: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787834/structure-and-mechanism-of-bacterial-tripartite-efflux-pumps
#9
Arthur Neuberger, Dijun Du, Ben F Luisi
Efflux pumps are membrane proteins which contribute to multi-drug resistance. In Gram-negative bacteria, some of these pumps form complex tripartite assemblies in association with an outer membrane channel and a periplasmic fusion protein. These tripartite machineries span both membranes and the periplasmic space, and they extrude from the bacterium chemically diverse toxic substrates. In this chapter, we summarise current understanding of the structural architecture, functionality, and regulation of tripartite multi-drug efflux assemblies...
May 19, 2018: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784811/systematic-prediction-of-genes-functionally-linked-to-crispr-cas-systems-by-gene-neighborhood-analysis
#10
Sergey A Shmakov, Kira S Makarova, Yuri I Wolf, Konstantin V Severinov, Eugene V Koonin
The CRISPR-Cas systems of bacterial and archaeal adaptive immunity consist of direct repeat arrays separated by unique spacers and multiple CRISPR-associated ( cas ) genes encoding proteins that mediate all stages of the CRISPR response. In addition to the relatively small set of core cas genes that are typically present in all CRISPR-Cas systems of a given (sub)type and are essential for the defense function, numerous genes occur in CRISPR- cas loci only sporadically. Some of these have been shown to perform various ancillary roles in CRISPR response, but the functional relevance of most remains unknown...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784761/slc15a2-and-slc15a4-mediate-the-transport-of-bacterially-derived-di-tripeptides-to-enhance-the-nucleotide-binding-oligomerization-domain-dependent-immune-response-in-mouse-bone-marrow-derived-macrophages
#11
Yongjun Hu, Feifeng Song, Huidi Jiang, Gabriel Nuñez, David E Smith
There is increasing evidence that proton-coupled oligopeptide transporters (POTs) can transport bacterially derived chemotactic peptides and therefore reside at the critical interface of innate immune responses and regulation. However, there is substantial contention regarding how these bacterial peptides access the cytosol to exert their effects and which POTs are involved in facilitating this process. Thus, the current study proposed to determine the (sub)cellular expression and functional activity of POTs in macrophages derived from mouse bone marrow and to evaluate the effect of specific POT deletion on the production of inflammatory cytokines in wild-type, Pept2 knockout and Pht1 knockout mice...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784273/halogenated-trimethoprim-derivatives-as-multidrug-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-therapeutics
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Napon Nilchan, Wanida Phetsang, Taechin Nowwarat, Soraya Chaturongakul, Chutima Jiarpinitnun
Incorporation of halogen atoms to drug molecule has been shown to improve its properties such as enhanced in membrane permeability and increased hydrophobic interactions to its target. To investigate the effect of halogen substitutions on the antibacterial activity of trimethoprim (TMP), we synthesized a series of halogen substituted TMP and tested for their antibacterial activities against global predominant methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains. Structure-activity relationship analysis suggested a trend in potency that correlated with the ability of the halogen atom to facilitate in hydrophobic interaction to saDHFR...
May 19, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783753/broad-spectrum-antimicrobial-activity-and-low-cytotoxicity-against-human-cells-of-a-peptide-derived-from-bovine-%C3%AE-s1-casein
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Juncai Hou, Zhijing Liu, Songsong Cao, Haimei Wang, Chenggang Jiang, Muhammad Altaf Hussain, Shiyue Pang
The primary objective of this study was to improve our understanding of the antimicrobial mechanism of protein-derived peptides and to provide evidence for protein-derived peptides as food bio-preservatives by examining the antimicrobial activities, low cytotoxicity, stabilities, and mechanism of Cp1 (LRLKKYKVPQL). In this study, the protein-derived peptide Cp1 was synthesized from bovine αS1 -casein, and its potential use as a food biopreservative was indicated by the higher cell selectivity shown by 11-residue peptide towards bacterial cells than human RBCs...
May 19, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783658/quorum-sensing-versus-quenching-bacterial-isolates-obtained-from-mbr-plants-treating-leachates-from-municipal-solid-waste
#14
Albert Soler, Lucía Arregui, Miguel Arroyo, José Antonio Mendoza, Andrea Muras, Cristina Álvarez, Cristina García-Vera, Domingo Marquina, Antonio Santos, Susana Serrano
Quorum sensing (QS) is a mechanism dependent on bacterial density. This coordinated process is mediated by the synthesis and the secretion of signal molecules, called autoinducers (AIs). N -acyl-homoserine lactones (AHLs) are the most common AIs that are used by Gram-negative bacteria and are involved in biofilm formation. Quorum Quenching (QQ) is the interference of QS by producing hydrolyzing enzymes, among other strategies. The main objective of the present study was to identify QS and QQ strains from MBR wastewater treatment plants...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782818/antimicrobial-activity-profiles-of-amphiphilic-xanthone-derivatives-are-a-function-of-their-molecular-oligomerization
#15
Jun-Jie Koh, Shuimu Lin, Yang Bai, Wendy Wan Ling Sin, Thet Tun Aung, Jianguo Li, Verma Chandra, Konstantin Pervushin, Roger W Beuerman, Shouping Liu
Currently, membrane-targeting small antimicrobial peptidomimetics (SAP) are important in antibiotic development because bacteria appear to develop resistance to these surface-active compounds less readily. However, the molecular membrane-targeting action of SAPs has received little attention. In this study, we investigated the effect of oligomerization of amphiphilic xanthone, a model SAP, on its antimicrobial properties against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. First, oligomer formation by an amphiphilic xanthone, compound 2 (also coded as AM052), was investigated via solution-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
May 18, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782792/antimicrobial-properties-of-2d-mno-2-and-mos-2-nanomaterials-vertically-aligned-on-graphene-materials-and-ti-3-c-2-mxene
#16
Farbod Alimohammadi, Mohammad Sharifian Gh, Nuwan H Attanayake, Akila C Thenuwara, Yury Gogotsi, Babak Anasori, Daniel R Strongin
Two dimensional (2D) nanomaterials have attracted considerable attention in biomedical and environmental applications due to their antimicrobial activity. In the interest of investigating the primary antimicrobial mode-of-action of 2D nanomaterials, we studied the antimicrobial properties of MnO2 and MoS2 , toward Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli bacteria were treated individually with 100 μg/mL of randomly oriented and vertically aligned nanomaterials for 3 h in the dark...
May 21, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780364/antibacterial-efficacy-of-polysaccharide-capped-silver-nanoparticles-is-not-compromised-by-acrab-tolc-efflux-pump
#17
Mitali Mishra, Satish Kumar, Rakesh K Majhi, Luna Goswami, Chandan Goswami, Harapriya Mohapatra
Antibacterial therapy is of paramount importance in treatment of several acute and chronic infectious diseases caused by pathogens. Over the years extensive use and misuse of antimicrobial agents has led to emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) and extensive drug resistant (XDR) pathogens. This drastic escalation in resistant phenotype has limited the efficacy of available therapeutic options. Thus, the need of the hour is to look for alternative therapeutic approaches to mitigate healthcare concerns caused due to MDR bacterial infections...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779787/a-thermodynamic-funnel-drives-bacterial-lipopolysaccharide-transfer-in-the-tlr4-pathway
#18
Roland G Huber, Nils A Berglund, Vasileios Kargas, Jan K Marzinek, Daniel A Holdbrook, Syma Khalid, Thomas J Piggot, Artur Schmidtchen, Peter J Bond
The Gram-negative bacterial outer membrane contains lipopolysaccharide, which potently stimulates the mammalian innate immune response. This involves a relay of specialized complexes culminating in transfer of lipopolysaccharide from CD14 to Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and its co-receptor MD-2 on the cell surface, leading to activation of downstream inflammatory responses. In this study we develop computational models to trace the TLR4 cascade in near-atomic detail. We demonstrate through rigorous thermodynamic calculations that lipopolysaccharide molecules traversing the receptor cascade fall into a thermodynamic funnel...
April 25, 2018: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779263/effects-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-lps-and-lr12-peptide-on-trem-1-expression-by-monocytes
#19
M Dubar, K Carrasco, S Gibot, C Bisson
Periodontal disease involves the activation of host immune response, acting not only as defender of periodontal tissues against bacterial aggression but also as mediator of tissue destruction. Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid cells 1 (TREM-1) is an immune receptor that synergizes with Toll-like receptors in amplifying the inflammatory response mediated by microbial molecules. AIM: To investigate the role of P. gingivalis lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and the effect of LR12, a TREM-1 inhibitory peptide, on the expression of membrane-bound and soluble form of TREM-1 on human primary monocytes, as well as the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778697/structural-basis-for-selective-inhibition-of-antibacterial-target-mray-a-membrane-bound-enzyme-involved-in-peptidoglycan-synthesis
#20
REVIEW
Jenny Hering, Elin Dunevall, Margareta Ek, Gisela Brändén
The rapid growth of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections is of major concern for human health. Therefore, it is of great importance to characterize novel targets for the development of antibacterial drugs. One promising protein target is MraY (UDP-N-acetylmuramyl-pentapeptide: undecaprenyl phosphate N-acetylmuramyl-pentapeptide-1-phosphate transferase or MurNAc-1-P-transferase), which is essential for bacterial cell wall synthesis. Here, we summarize recent breakthroughs in structural studies of bacterial MraYs and the closely related human GPT (UDP-N-acetylglucosamine: dolichyl phosphate N-acetylglucosamine-1-phosphate transferase or GlcNAc-1-P-transferase)...
May 17, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
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