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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821064/gum-tragacanth-stabilized-green-gold-nanoparticles-as-cargos-for-naringin-loading-a-morphological-investigation-through-afm
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Komal Rao, Muhammad Imran, Tooba Jabri, Imdad Ali, Samina Perveen, Shafiullah, Shakil Ahmed, Muhammad Raza Shah
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have attracted greater scientific interests for the construction of drugs loading cargos due to their biocompatibility, safety and facile surface modifications. This study deals with the fabrication of gum tragacanth (GT) green AuNPs as carrier for Naringin, a less water soluble therapeutic molecule. The optimized AuNPs were characterized through UV-vis spectroscopy, FT-IR and atomic force microscope (AFM). Naringin loaded nanoparticles were investigated for their bactericidal potentials using Tetrazolium Microplate assay...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821055/improvement-of-silicate-cement-properties-with-bacterial-cellulose-powder-addition-for-applications-in-dentistry
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Georgeta Voicu, Sorin-Ion Jinga, Bogdan-Gabriel Drosu, Cristina Busuioc
The goal of this paper was to synthesize a new family of composites starting from mineral binder powders and biocellulose membranes, with applications in endodontics. An important achievement consisted in the crushing of biocellulose 3D structure in a polygranular powder via an hydrothermal treatment. Afterwards, the polymer powder was mixed with silicate cement powders synthesized through the sol-gel technique. The resulting hybrid materials were investigated by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and mechanical measurements...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821027/preparation-characterization-and-antibacterial-activity-of-oxidized-%C3%AE%C2%BA-carrageenan
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Mingjin Zhu, Liming Ge, Yongbo Lyu, Yaxin Zi, Xinying Li, Defu Li, Changdao Mu
The oxidized κ-carrageenans with different oxidation levels were prepared through the hydrogen peroxide and copper sulfate redox system. The oxidation level of oxidized κ-carrageenan was successfully controlled by adjusting the dosage of hydrogen peroxide. The results showed that the microtopography of oxidized κ-carrageenan changed from rough granules to smooth flakes, mainly resulting from the easily melting property of oxidized κ-carrageenan induced by introduced carboxyl and aldehyde groups. Especially, the antibacterial activity of oxidized κ-carrageenans against Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria monocytogenes) and Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) was systematically investigated...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819664/antimicrobial-carbon-nanospheres
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Yao-Wen Jiang, Ge Gao, Xiaodong Zhang, Hao-Ran Jia, Fu-Gen Wu
Carbon nanomaterials have found numerous applications in various fields. However, their synthesis and functionalization usually require complicated procedures or tough experimental conditions. Herein, we report for the first time the synthesis of a new type of functional nanomaterial, quaternized carbon nanospheres (QCNSs), with superior antibacterial activity via a one-pot hydrothermal treatment of chitosan and hexadecylbetaine (abbreviated as BS-16). During the hydrothermal process, the direct reaction and carbonization between the amine-containing chitosan and the carboxyl-containing BS-16 were realized within only one step...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819315/mce-domain-proteins-conserved-inner-membrane-lipid-binding-proteins-required-for-outer-membrane-homeostasis
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Georgia L Isom, Nathaniel J Davies, Zhi-Soon Chong, Jack A Bryant, Mohammed Jamshad, Maria Sharif, Adam F Cunningham, Timothy J Knowles, Shu-Sin Chng, Jeffrey A Cole, Ian R Henderson
Bacterial proteins with MCE domains were first described as being important for Mammalian Cell Entry. More recent evidence suggests they are components of lipid ABC transporters. In Escherichia coli, the single-domain protein MlaD is known to be part of an inner membrane transporter that is important for maintenance of outer membrane lipid asymmetry. Here we describe two multi MCE domain-containing proteins in Escherichia coli, PqiB and YebT, the latter of which is an orthologue of MAM-7 that was previously reported to be an outer membrane protein...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819106/identification-and-characterization-of-a-bacterial-homolog-of-chloride-intracellular-channel-clic-protein
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Shubha Gururaja Rao, Devasena Ponnalagu, Sowmya Sukur, Harkewal Singh, Shridhar Sanghvi, Yixiao Mei, Ding J Jin, Harpreet Singh
Chloride intracellular channels (CLIC) are non-classical ion channels lacking a signal sequence for membrane targeting. In eukaryotes, they are implicated in cell volume regulation, acidification, and cell cycle. CLICs resemble the omega class of Glutathione S-transferases (GST), yet differ from them in their ability to form ion channels. They are ubiquitously found in eukaryotes but no prokaryotic homolog has been characterized. We found that indanyloxyacetic acid-94 (IAA-94), a blocker of CLICs, delays the growth of Escherichia coli...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818949/in-situ-architecture-function-and-evolution-of-a-contractile-injection-system
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Désirée Böck, João M Medeiros, Han-Fei Tsao, Thomas Penz, Gregor L Weiss, Karin Aistleitner, Matthias Horn, Martin Pilhofer
Contractile injection systems mediate bacterial cell-cell interactions by a bacteriophage tail-like structure. In contrast to extracellular systems, the type 6 secretion system (T6SS) is defined by intracellular localization and attachment to the cytoplasmic membrane. Here we used cryo-focused ion beam milling, electron cryotomography, and functional assays to study a T6SS in Amoebophilus asiaticus The in situ architecture revealed three modules, including a contractile sheath-tube, a baseplate, and an anchor...
August 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817787/evaluation-of-the-electron-transfer-flavoprotein-etf-as-an-antibacterial-target-in-burkholderia-cenocepacia
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Maria S Stietz, Christina Lopez, Osasumwen Osifo, Marcelo Tolmasky, Silvia T Cardona
There are hundreds of essential genes in multidrug resistant bacterial genomes, but only a few of their products are exploited as antibacterial targets. An example is the electron flavoprotein (ETF) which is required for growth and viability in <i>Burkholderia cenocepacia</i>. Here, we evaluated ETF as an antibiotic target for <i>Burkholderia cepacia</i> complex (Bcc). Depletion of the bacterial ETF during infection of <i>Caenorhabditis elegans</i> significantly extended survival of the nematodes, proving that ETF is essential for survival of <i>B...
August 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817268/natural-organic-matter-concentration-impacts-the-interaction-of-functionalized-diamond-nanoparticles-with-model-and-actual-bacterial-membranes
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Arielle C Mensch, Rodrigo Tapia Hernandez, Joshua E Kuether, Marco D Torelli, Z Vivian Feng, Robert J Hamers, Joel A Pedersen
Changes to nanoparticle surface charge, colloidal stability, and hydrodynamic properties induced by interaction with natural organic matter (NOM) warrant consideration in assessing the potential for these materials to adversely impact organisms in the environment. Here we show that acquisition of a coating, or "corona", of NOM alters the hydrodynamic and electrokinetic properties of diamond nanoparticles (DNPs) functionalized with the polycation poly(allylamine HCl) in a manner that depends on the NOM-to-DNP concentration ratio...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816600/deciphering-the-trna-dependent-lipid-aminoacylation-systems-in-bacteria-novel-components-and-structural-advances
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Rachel N Fields, Hervé Roy
tRNA-dependent addition of amino acids to lipids on the outer surface of the bacterial membrane results in decreased effectiveness of antimicrobials such as cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs) that target the membrane, and increased virulence of several pathogenic species. After a brief introduction to CAMPs and the various bacterial resistance mechanisms used to counteract these compounds, this review focuses on recent advances in tRNA-dependent pathways for lipid modification in bacteria. Phenotypes associated with amino acid lipid modifications and regulation of their expression will also be discussed...
August 17, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816463/signaling-related-mobility-changes-in-bacterial-chemotaxis-receptors-revealed-by-solid-state-nmr
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Maryam Kashefi, Lynmarie K Thompson
Bacteria employ remarkable membrane-bound nanoarrays to sense their environment and direct their swimming. Arrays consist of chemotaxis receptor trimers of dimers that are bridged at their membrane-distal tips by rings of two cytoplasmic proteins, a kinase CheA and a coupling protein CheW. It is not clear how ligand binding to the periplasmic domain of the receptor deactivates the CheA kinase bound to the cytoplasmic tip ~300 Å away, but the mechanism is thought to involve changes in dynamics within the cytoplasmic domain...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816060/the-broad-spectrum-antimicrobial-potential-of-mn-co-4-s2cnme-ch2co2h-a-water-soluble-co-releasing-molecule-corm-401-intracellular-accumulation-transcriptomic-and-statistical-analyses-and-membrane-polarization
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Lauren Katie Wareham, Samantha McLean, Ronald Begg, Namrata Rana, Salar Ali, John J Kendall, Guido Sanguinetti, Brian E Mann, Robert K Poole
AIMS: Carbon monoxide (CO)-releasing molecules (CORMs) are candidates for animal and antimicrobial therapeutics. We aimed to probe the antimicrobial potential of a novel manganese CORM. RESULTS: [Mn(CO)4S2CNMe(CH2CO2H)], CORM-401, inhibits growth of Escherichia coli and several antibiotic-resistant clinical pathogens. CORM-401 releases CO that binds oxidases in vivo but is an ineffective respiratory inhibitor. Extensive CORM accumulation (assayed as intracellular manganese) accompanies antimicrobial activity...
August 17, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815533/hijacking-of-membrane-contact-sites-by-intracellular-bacterial-pathogens
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Isabelle Derré
Intracellular bacterial pathogens have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to hijack host cellular processes to promote their survival and replication inside host cells. Over the past two decades, much attention has been given to the strategies employed by these pathogens to manipulate various vesicular trafficking pathways. But in the past 5 years, studies have brought to light that intracellular bacteria also target non-vesicular trafficking pathways. Here we review how three vacuolar pathogens, namely, Legionella, Chlamydia, and Coxiella hijack components of cellular MCS with or without the formation of stable MCS...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815021/toward-an-understanding-of-the-cdc48-p97-atpase
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Nicholas Bodnar, Tom Rapoport
A conserved AAA+ ATPase, called Cdc48 in yeast and p97 or VCP in metazoans, plays an essential role in many cellular processes by segregating polyubiquitinated proteins from complexes or membranes. For example, in endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated protein degradation (ERAD), Cdc48/p97 pulls polyubiquitinated, misfolded proteins out of the ER and transfers them to the proteasome. Cdc48/p97 consists of an N-terminal domain and two ATPase domains (D1 and D2). Six Cdc48 monomers form a double-ring structure surrounding a central pore...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814755/membrane-fouling-induced-by-ahl-mediated-soluble-microbial-product-smp-formation-by-fouling-causing-bacteria-co-cultured-with-fouling-enhancing-bacteria
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So Ishizaki, Ryoichi Sugiyama, Satoshi Okabe
Membrane fouling still remains a major obstacle for wider applications of membrane bioreactor (MBR), which is mainly caused by soluble microbial products (SMP). Identification of key bacteria responsible for SMP production is essential for mitigation of membrane fouling. Here, we investigated the effect of microbial interaction on membrane fouling. We measured the membrane fouling potentials of 13 bacterial strains isolated from a pilot-scale MBR treating domestic wastewater when they were cultivated as single-culture and co-culture...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814746/rewiring-of-the-ftsh-regulatory-network-by-a-single-nucleotide-change-in-saes-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Qian Liu, Mo Hu, Won-Sik Yeo, Lei He, Tianming Li, Yuanjun Zhu, Hongwei Meng, Yanan Wang, Hyunwoo Lee, Xiaoyun Liu, Min Li, Taeok Bae
In the Gram-positive pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, the membrane-bound ATP-dependent metalloprotease FtsH plays a critical role in resistance to various stressors. However, the molecular mechanism of the FtsH functions is not known. Here, we identified core FtsH target proteins in S. aureus. In the strains Newman and USA300, the abundance of 33 proteins were altered in both strains, of which 11 were identified as core FtsH substrate protein candidates. In the strain Newman and some other S. aureus strains, the sensor histidine kinase SaeS has an L18P (T53C in saeS) substitution, which transformed the protein into an FtsH substrate...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813662/a-liver-capsular-network-of-monocyte-derived-macrophages-restricts-hepatic-dissemination-of-intraperitoneal-bacteria-by-neutrophil-recruitment
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Frederic Sierro, Maximilien Evrard, Simone Rizzetto, Michelle Melino, Andrew J Mitchell, Manuela Florido, Lynette Beattie, Shaun B Walters, Szun Szun Tay, Bo Lu, Lauren E Holz, Ben Roediger, Yik Chun Wong, Alessandra Warren, William Ritchie, Claire McGuffog, Wolfgang Weninger, David G Le Couteur, Florent Ginhoux, Warwick J Britton, William R Heath, Bernadette M Saunders, Geoffrey W McCaughan, Fabio Luciani, Kelli P A MacDonald, Lai Guan Ng, David G Bowen, Patrick Bertolino
The liver is positioned at the interface between two routes traversed by pathogens in disseminating infection. Whereas blood-borne pathogens are efficiently cleared in hepatic sinusoids by Kupffer cells (KCs), it is unknown how the liver prevents dissemination of peritoneal pathogens accessing its outer membrane. We report here that the hepatic capsule harbors a contiguous cellular network of liver-resident macrophages phenotypically distinct from KCs. These liver capsular macrophages (LCMs) were replenished in the steady state from blood monocytes, unlike KCs that are embryonically derived and self-renewing...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813096/cytotoxicity-and-bacterial-membrane-destabilization-induced-by-annona-squamosa-l-extracts
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Nícolas C C Pinto, Jucélia B Silva, Laura M Menegati, Maria Clara M R Guedes, Lucas B Marques, Thiago P DA Silva, Rossana C N DE Melo, Elaine M DE Souza-Fagundes, Marcos J Salvador, Elita Scio, Rodrigo L Fabri
This study aimed to further investigate the cytotoxicity against tumor cell lines and several bacterial strains of Annona squamosa and its mode of action. Methanol extracts of A. squamosa leaves (ASL) and seeds (ASS) were used. ASL showed significant antibacterial activity against S. aureus, K. pneumoniae and E. faecalis with MIC values of 78, 78 and 39 µg/mL respectively. Moreover, ASL exhibited significant biofilm disruption, rapid time dependent kinetics of bacterial killing, increased membrane permeability and significantly reduced the cell numbers and viability...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811582/a-new-class-of-hybrid-secretion-system-is-employed-in-pseudomonas-amyloid-biogenesis
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Sarah L Rouse, William J Hawthorne, Jamie-Lee Berry, Dror S Chorev, Sandra A Ionescu, Sebastian Lambert, Fisentzos Stylianou, Wiebke Ewert, Uma Mackie, R Marc L Morgan, Daniel Otzen, Florian-Alexander Herbst, Per H Nielsen, Morten Dueholm, Hagan Bayley, Carol V Robinson, Stephen Hare, Stephen Matthews
Gram-negative bacteria possess specialised biogenesis machineries that facilitate the export of amyloid subunits for construction of a biofilm matrix. The secretion of bacterial functional amyloid requires a bespoke outer-membrane protein channel through which unfolded amyloid substrates are translocated. Here, we combine X-ray crystallography, native mass spectrometry, single-channel electrical recording, molecular simulations and circular dichroism measurements to provide high-resolution structural insight into the functional amyloid transporter from Pseudomonas, FapF...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810664/bacterial-phosphoglycosyl-transferases-initiators-of-glycan-biosynthesis-at-the-membrane-interface
#20
Vinita Lukose, Marthe T C Walvoort, Barbara Imperiali
Phosphoglycosyl transferases (PGTs) initiate the biosynthesis of both essential and virulence-associated bacterial glycoconjugates including lipopolysaccharide, peptidoglycan and glycoproteins. PGTs catalyze the transfer of a phosphosugar moiety from a nucleoside diphosphate sugar to a polyprenol phosphate, to form a membrane-bound polyprenol diphosphosugar product. PGTs are integral membrane proteins, which include between 1 and 11 predicted transmembrane domains. Despite this variation, common motifs have been identified in PGT families through bioinformatics and mutagenesis studies...
September 1, 2017: Glycobiology
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