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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335485/intra-amniotic-administration-of-raffinose-and-stachyose-affects-the-intestinal-brush-border-functionality-and-alters-gut-microflora-populations
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Sarina Pacifici, Jaehong Song, Cathy Zhang, Qiaoye Wang, Raymond P Glahn, Nikolai Kolba, Elad Tako
This study investigates the effectiveness of two types of prebiotics-stachyose and raffinose-which are present in staple food crops that are widely consumed in regions where dietary Fe deficiency is a health concern. The hypothesis is that these prebiotics will improve Fe status, intestinal functionality, and increase health-promoting bacterial populations in vivo (Gallus gallus). By using the intra-amniotic administration procedure, prebiotic treatment solutions were injected in ovo (day 17 of embryonic incubation) with varying concentrations of a 1...
March 19, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335342/innovative-self-cleaning-and-biocompatible-polyester-textiles-nano-decorated-with-fe-n-doped-titanium-dioxide
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Ionela Cristina Nica, Miruna Silvia Stan, Anca Dinischiotu, Marcela Popa, Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc, Veronica Lazar, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, Eugenia Bezirtzoglou, Ovidiu G Iordache, Elena Varzaru, Iuliana Dumitrescu, Marcel Feder, Florin Vasiliu, Ionel Mercioniu, Lucian Diamandescu
The development of innovative technologies to modify natural textiles holds an important impact for medical applications, including the prevention of contamination with microorganisms, particularly in the hospital environment. In our study, Fe and N co-doped TiO₂ nanoparticles have been obtained via the hydrothermal route, at moderate temperature, followed by short thermal annealing at 400 °C. These particles were used to impregnate polyester (PES) materials which have been evaluated for their morphology, photocatalytic performance, antimicrobial activity against bacterial reference strains, and in vitro biocompatibility on human skin fibroblasts...
November 15, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335027/a-transposon-derived-small-rna-regulates-gene-expression-in-salmonella-typhimurium
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Michael J Ellis, Ryan S Trussler, Onella Charles, David B Haniford
Bacterial sRNAs play an important role in regulating many cellular processes including metabolism, outer membrane homeostasis and virulence. Although sRNAs were initially found in intergenic regions, there is emerging evidence that protein coding regions of the genome are a rich reservoir of sRNAs. Here we report that the 5΄UTR of IS200 transposase mRNA (tnpA) is processed to produce regulatory RNAs that affect expression of over 70 genes in Salmonella Typhimurium. We provide evidence that the tnpA derived sRNA base-pairs with invF mRNA to repress expression...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333317/characterization-of-a-gene-encoding-a-membrane-protein-that-affects-exopolysaccharide-production-and-intracellular-mg2-concentrations-in-ensifer-meliloti
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Justin P Hawkins, Ivan J Oresnik
Exopolysaccharides play an important role in the physiology of a bacterial cell. Ensifer meliloti is capable of producing at least two types of exopolysaccharides (EPS); succinoglycan, and galactoglucan. In E. meliloti exopolysaccharides are best known for their role in mediating interaction with its symbiotic hosts. It was previously shown that high concentrations of Mg 2+ or K + were capable of suppressing the mucoid phenotype associated with galactoglucan production in an expR+ derivative of Rm1021. In an attempt to determine how Mg 2+ regulates galactoglucan production, SRmD363 was mutagenized and screened for mutants which were visibly mucoid at high concentrations of magnesium...
March 16, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333279/inhibition-of-pim1-kinase-attenuates-inflammation-induced-pro-labour-mediators-in-human-fetal-membranes-in-vitro
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Ratana Lim, Gillian Barker, Martha Lappas
STUDY QUESTION: Does proviral integration site for Moloney murine leukemic virus (PIM)1 kinase play a role in regulating the inflammatory processes of human labour and delivery? SUMMARY ANSWER: PIM1 kinase plays a critical role in fetal membranes in regulating pro-inflammatory and pro-labour mediators. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Infection and inflammation have strong causal links to preterm delivery by stimulating pro-inflammatory cytokines and collagen degrading enzymes, which can lead to rupture of membranes...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331079/characterization-and-vaccine-potential-of-membrane-vesicles-produced-by-francisella-noatunensis-sup-orientalis-in-an-adult-zebrafish-model
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Leidy Lagos, Julia I Tandberg, Urska Repnik, Preben Boysen, Erik Ropstad, Deepa Varkey, Ian T Paulsen, Hanne C Winther-Larsen
Vaccine development against extracellular bacteria has been important for the sustainability of the aquaculture industry. In contrast, infections with intracellular pathogens remain largely an unresolved problem. Francisella noatunensis subspecies orientalis (Fno) are Gram-negative, facultative intracellular bacteria that cause the disease francisellosis in fish. Francisellosis is commonly characterized as a chronic granulomatous disease with high morbidity and can result in high mortality depending on the host...
March 22, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330244/elucidation-of-impact-of-heavy-metal-pollution-on-soil-bacterial-growth-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances-flexibility
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Muniswamy David, Paidi Murali Krishna, Jeybalan Sangeetha
Metal bioaccessibility is an alarming issue in croplands of mining sites due to overloading of toxic metals. Hence, the present study is aimed to determine the overloading of toxic metal in croplands across the Tawag village, Hutti, Raichur, India. Correspondingly, to identify the soil bacterial growth, physiological oxidative stress enzyme activity and surface macromolecular functional group evolution were analysed in and around the toxic metal contaminated sites through FT-IR and FT-Raman spectrometry. The evaluated results attribute that the study area is heavily polluted with the toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and zinc...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329722/antibacterial-properties-of-amino-acid-functionalized-silver-nanoparticles-decorated-on-graphene-oxide-sheets
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Kumudini Chandraker, Rekha Nagwanshi, S K Jadhav, Kallol K Ghosh, Manmohan L Satnami
Graphene oxide (GO) sheets decorated with amino acid L-cysteine (L-cys) functionalized silver nanoparticles (GO-L-cys-Ag) was synthesized by AgNO3, trisodium citrate, and NaBH4. GO-L-cys-Ag nanocomposite was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectra, which demonstrated that a diameter of L-cys-AgNPs compactly deposited on GO. Antibacterial activity tests of GO-L-cys-Ag nanocomposite were carried out using Escherichia coli MTCC 1687 and Staphylococcus aureus MTCC 3160 as model strains of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, respectively...
March 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329302/sensitization-of-gram-negative-bacilli-to-host-antibacterial-proteins
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Joanna Jammal, Fadia Zaknoon, Galoz Kaneti, Ayelet S Hershkovits, Amram Mor
Towards addressing the need for novel alternatives to antibiotics, we attempted to sensitize Gram-negative bacilli (GNB) to innate antibacterial protagonists. We report a lipopeptide-like sequence (C10OOc12O) that inflicted outer-membrane damages at low micromolar range, whereas measurable bacterial growth inhibition in broth medium required >10-fold higher concentrations. In serum however, C10OOc12O induced antibacterial activity in a manner suppressible by anti-complements antibodies or heat treatment, and acted synergistically with exogenous lysozyme in broth and serum media...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326293/pily1-promotes-legionella-pneumophila-infection-of-human-lung-tissue-explants-and-contributes-to-bacterial-adhesion-host-cell-invasion-and-twitching-motility
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Julia Hoppe, Can M Ünal, Stefanie Thiem, Louisa Grimpe, Torsten Goldmann, Nikolaus Gaßler, Matthias Richter, Olga Shevchuk, Michael Steinert
Legionnaires' disease is an acute fibrinopurulent pneumonia. During infection Legionella pneumophila adheres to the alveolar lining and replicates intracellularly within recruited macrophages. Here we provide a sequence and domain composition analysis of the L. pneumophila PilY1 protein, which has a high homology to PilY1 of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PilY1 proteins of both pathogens contain a von Willebrand factor A (vWFa) and a C-terminal PilY domain. Using cellular fractionation, we assigned the L. pneumophila PilY1 as an outer membrane protein that is only expressed during the transmissive stationary growth phase...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326075/advantages-of-the-silkworm-as-an-animal-model-for-developing-novel-antimicrobial-agents
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REVIEW
Suresh Panthee, Atmika Paudel, Hiroshi Hamamoto, Kazuhisa Sekimizu
The demand for novel antibiotics to combat the global spread of multi drug-resistant pathogens continues to grow. Pathogenic bacteria and fungi that cause fatal human infections can also kill silkworms and the infected silkworms can be cured by the same antibiotics used to treat infections in the clinic. As an invertebrate model, silkworm model is characterized by its convenience, low cost, no ethical issues. The presence of conserved immune response and similar pharmacokinetics compared to mammals make silkworm infection model suitable to examine the therapeutic effectiveness of antimicrobial agents...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325767/cohesive-properties-of-the-caulobacter-crescentus-holdfast-adhesin-are-regulated-by-a-novel-c-di-gmp-effector-protein
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Kathrin S Sprecher, Isabelle Hug, Jutta Nesper, Eva Potthoff, Mohamed-Ali Mahi, Matteo Sangermani, Volkhard Kaever, Torsten Schwede, Julia Vorholt, Urs Jenal
When encountering surfaces, many bacteria produce adhesins to facilitate their initial attachment and to irreversibly glue themselves to the solid substrate. A central molecule regulating the processes of this motile-sessile transition is the second messenger c-di-GMP, which stimulates the production of a variety of exopolysaccharide adhesins in different bacterial model organisms. In Caulobacter crescentus, c-di-GMP regulates the synthesis of the polar holdfast adhesin during the cell cycle, yet the molecular and cellular details of this control are currently unknown...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325766/staphylococcal-%C3%AE-toxin-modulates-human-aortic-endothelial-cell-and-platelet-function-through-sphingomyelinase-and-biofilm-ligase-activities
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Alfa Herrera, Katarina Kulhankova, Vijay K Sonkar, Sanjana Dayal, Aloysius J Klingelhutz, Wilmara Salgado-Pabón, Patrick M Schlievert
Staphylococcus aureus causes many infections, such as skin and soft tissue, pneumonia, osteomyelitis, and infective endocarditis (IE). IE is an endovascular infection of native and prosthetic valves and the lining of the heart; it is characterized by the formation of cauliflower-like "vegetations" composed of fibrin, platelets, other host factors, bacteria, and bacterial products. β-Toxin is an S. aureus virulence factor that contributes to the microorganism's ability to cause IE. This cytolysin has two enzymatic activities: sphingomyelinase (SMase) and biofilm ligase...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324143/rapid-customised-operon-assembly-by-yeast-recombinational-cloning
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Michael A Liu, Johanna J Kenyon, Jason Lee, Peter R Reeves
We have developed a system called the Operon Assembly Protocol (OAP), which takes advantage of the homologous recombination DNA repair pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to assemble full-length operons from a series of overlapping PCR products into a specially engineered yeast-Escherichia coli shuttle vector. This flexible, streamlined system can be used to assemble several operon clones simultaneously, and each clone can be expressed in the same E. coli tester strain to facilitate direct functional comparisons...
March 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323899/lawsonia-intracellularis-exploits-%C3%AE-catenin-wnt-and-notch-signalling-pathways-during-infection-of-intestinal-crypt-to-alter-cell-homeostasis-and-promote-cell-proliferation
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Yang W Huan, Rebecca J Bengtsson, Neil MacIntyre, Jack Guthrie, Heather Finlayson, Sionagh H Smith, Alan L Archibald, Tahar Ait-Ali
Lawsonia intracellularis is an obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen that causes proliferative enteropathy (PE) in pigs. L. intracellularis infection causes extensive intestinal crypt cell proliferation and inhibits secretory and absorptive cell differentiation. However, the affected host upstream cellular pathways leading to PE are still unknown. β-catenin/Wnt signalling is essential in maintaining intestinal stem cell (ISC) proliferation and self-renewal capacity, while Notch signalling governs differentiation of secretory and absorptive lineage specification...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323277/an-alternative-polysaccharide-uptake-mechanism-of-marine-bacteria
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Greta Reintjes, Carol Arnosti, Bernhard M Fuchs, Rudolf Amann
Heterotrophic microbial communities process much of the carbon fixed by phytoplankton in the ocean, thus having a critical role in the global carbon cycle. A major fraction of the phytoplankton-derived substrates are high-molecular-weight (HMW) polysaccharides. For bacterial uptake, these substrates must initially be hydrolysed to smaller sizes by extracellular enzymes. We investigated polysaccharide hydrolysis by microbial communities during a transect of the Atlantic Ocean, and serendipitously discovered-using super-resolution structured illumination microscopy-that up to 26% of total cells showed uptake of fluorescently labelled polysaccharides (FLA-PS)...
March 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323072/impairment-of-the-class-iia-bacteriocin-receptor-function-and-membrane-structural-changes-are-associated-to-enterocin-crl35-high-resistance-in-listeria-monocytogenes
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Emilse Masias, Fernando G Dupuy, Paulo Ricardo da Silva Sanches, Juan Vicente Farizano, Eduardo Cilli, Augusto Bellomio, Lucila Saavedra, Carlos Minahk
BACKGROUND: Enterocin CRL35 is a class IIa bacteriocin with anti-Listeria activity. Resistance to these peptides has been associated with either the downregulation of the receptor expression or changes in the membrane and cell walls. The scope of the present work was to characterize enterocin CRL35 resistant Listeria strains with MICs more than 10,000 times higher than the MIC of the WT sensitive strain. METHODS: Listeria monocytogenes INS7 resistant isolates R2 and R3 were characterized by 16S RNA gene sequencing and rep-PCR...
March 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322962/understanding-the-link-between-antimicrobial-properties-of-dietary-olive-phenolics-and-bacterial-atp-synthase
#18
Amon Amini, Mason Liu, Zulfiqar Ahmad
The naturally occurring olive phenolics tyrosol, hydroxytyrosol, dihydroxyphenylglycol (DHPG), and oleuropein are known to have antioxidant, antitumor, and antibacterial properties. In the current study, we examined whether the antimicrobial properties of tyrosol, hydroxytyrosol, DHPG, and oleuropein were linked to the inhibition of bacterial ATP synthase. Tyrosol, hydroxytyrosol, DHPG, and oleuropein inhibited Escherichia coli wild-type and mutant membrane-bound F1Fo ATP synthase to variable degrees. The growth properties of wild-type, null, and mutant strains in presence of above olive phenolics were also abrogated to variable degrees on limiting glucose and succinate...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322293/tea-polyphenols-inhibit-the-growth-and-virulence-properties-of-fusobacterium-nucleatum
#19
Amel Ben Lagha, Bruno Haas, Daniel Grenier
Fusobacterium nucleatum plays a key role in creating the pathogenic subgingival biofilm that initiates destructive periodontitis. It is also a common resident of the human gastrointestinal tract and has been associated with inflammatory bowel disease. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of green and black tea extracts as well as two of their bioactive components, EGCG and theaflavins, on the growth and virulence properties of F. nucleatum. The tea extracts and components displayed various degrees of antibacterial activity that may involve damage to the bacterial cell membrane and the chelation of iron...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322223/origins-of-chemoreceptor-curvature-sorting-in-escherichia-coli
#20
Will Draper, Jan Liphardt
Bacterial chemoreceptors organize into large clusters at the cell poles. Despite a wealth of structural and biochemical information on the system's components, it is not clear how chemoreceptor clusters are reliably targeted to the cell pole. Here, we quantify the curvature-dependent localization of chemoreceptors in live cells by artificially deforming growing cells of Escherichia coli in curved agar microchambers, and find that chemoreceptor cluster localization is highly sensitive to membrane curvature. Through analysis of multiple mutants, we conclude that curvature sensitivity is intrinsic to chemoreceptor trimers-of-dimers, and results from conformational entropy within the trimer-of-dimers geometry...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
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