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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938203/green-synthesis-biological-and-spectroscopic-study-on-the-interaction-of-multi-component-mannich-bases-of-imidazo-2-1-b-benzothiazoles-with-human-serum-albumin
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Swetha K Maddili, Leela Prasad Yandrati, Shakuntala Siddam, Vijaya Kumar Kannekanti, Himabindu Gandham
A series of Mannich bases of imidazo[2, l-b]benzothiazoles were prepared through one-pot multi-component reaction in the presence of water as an eco-friendly solvent. All the synthesized compounds were confirmed from IR, (1)HNMR, (13)CNMR, and Mass spectroscopy. Evaluation of in vitro anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activities of all the synthesized derivatives was further accomplished. These results clearly displayed that compound 6d exhibited outstanding anti-inflammatory activity with a percentage inhibition of 70...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937414/rheumatoid-arthritis-and-citrullination
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Erika Darrah, Felipe Andrade
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Dysregulated citrullination is a key element that drives the production and maintenance of antibodies to citrullinated proteins, a hallmark in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This article reviews recent literature on the origin of citrullinated antigens in RA. RECENT FINDINGS: The study of synovial fluid from patients with RA has provided important insights into the identity of citrullinated proteins that accumulate in the RA joint (the RA citrullinome) and mechanisms that control their generation...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937231/pulmonary-surfactant-and-bacterial-lipopolysaccharide-the-interaction-and-its-functional-consequences
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M Kolomaznik, Z Nova, A Calkovska
The respiratory system is constantly exposed to pathogens which enter the lungs by inhalation or via blood stream. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), also named endotoxin, can reach the airspaces as the major component of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, and lead to local inflammation and systemic toxicity. LPS affects alveolar type II (ATII) cells and pulmonary surfactant and although surfactant molecule has the effective protective mechanisms, excessive amount of LPS interacts with surfactant film and leads to its inactivation...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935900/antibacterial-and-immunomodulatory-activities-of-insect-defensins-dlp2-and-dlp4-against-multidrug-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Zhanzhan Li, Ruoyu Mao, Da Teng, Ya Hao, Huixian Chen, Xiumin Wang, Xiao Wang, Na Yang, Jianhua Wang
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), are the most frequent cause of sepsis, which urgently demanding new drugs for treating infection. Two homologous insect CSαβ peptides-DLP2 and DLP4 from Hermetia illucens were firstly expressed in Pichia pastoris, with the yields of 873.5 and 801.3 mg/l, respectively. DLP2 and DLP4 displayed potent antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria especially MRSA and had greater potency, faster killing, and a longer postantibiotic effect than vancomycin...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935107/glycoengineered-outer-membrane-vesicles-as-a-platform-for-vaccine-development
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Ezequiel Valguarnera, Mario F Feldman
As we enter into the postantibiotic era, vaccines to prevent bacterial infections previously treatable with antibiotics are urgently needed. Most successful antibacterial vaccines are glycoconjugates, composed of cell surface carbohydrates chemically attached to a carrier protein. Glycoconjugate vaccines provide a safe and consistent strategy against polysaccharide-encapsulated pathogens. The best examples are the conjugate vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae type b, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Neisseria meningitidis, all based on capsular polysaccharides...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934165/salmonella-o48-serum-resistance-is-connected-with-the-elongation-of-the-lipopolysaccharide-o-antigen-containing-sialic-acid
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Aleksandra Pawlak, Jacek Rybka, Bartłomiej Dudek, Eva Krzyżewska, Wojciech Rybka, Anna Kędziora, Elżbieta Klausa, Gabriela Bugla-Płoskońska
Complement is one of the most important parts of the innate immune system. Some bacteria can gain resistance against the bactericidal action of complement by decorating their outer cell surface with lipopolysaccharides (LPSs) containing a very long O-antigen or with specific outer membrane proteins. Additionally, the presence of sialic acid in the LPS molecules can provide a level of protection for bacteria, likening them to human cells, a phenomenon known as molecular mimicry. Salmonella O48, which contains sialic acid in the O-antigen, is the major cause of reptile-associated salmonellosis, a worldwide public health problem...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933509/-targeting-the-skin-erythema-multiforme-in-dogs-and-cats
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Ralf Mueller, Teresa M S A Boehm, Christoph J Klinger, Laura Udraite, Ralf S Mueller
This review article will describe the complex nature of erythema multiforme in dogs and cats. The disease pattern will be illustrated in terms of etiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnostics and therapy. Erythema multiforme is a rare, immune-mediated skin disorder with an acute specific reaction pattern of skin and mucous membranes against different underlying causes. Reported triggering factors include drugs, food ingredients and neoplasias, but viral or bacterial infections and vaccine reactions were also identified...
September 20, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931823/bacterial-outer-membrane-vesicles-suppress-tumor-by-interferon-%C3%AE-mediated-antitumor-response
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Oh Youn Kim, Hyun Taek Park, Nhung Thi Hong Dinh, Seng Jin Choi, Jaewook Lee, Ji Hyun Kim, Seung-Woo Lee, Yong Song Gho
Gram-negative bacteria actively secrete outer membrane vesicles, spherical nano-meter-sized proteolipids enriched with outer membrane proteins, to the surroundings. Outer membrane vesicles have gained wide interests as non-living complex vaccines or delivery vehicles. However, no study has used outer membrane vesicles in treating cancer thus far. Here we investigate the potential of bacterial outer membrane vesicles as therapeutic agents to treat cancer via immunotherapy. Our results show remarkable capability of bacterial outer membrane vesicles to effectively induce long-term antitumor immune responses that can fully eradicate established tumors without notable adverse effects...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931578/lipid-topology-and-electrostatic-interactions-underpin-lytic-activity-of-linear-cationic-antimicrobial-peptides-in-membranes
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David J Paterson, Manlio Tassieri, Julien Reboud, Rab Wilson, Jonathan M Cooper
Linear cationic antimicrobial peptides are a diverse class of molecules that interact with a wide range of cell membranes. Many of these peptides disrupt cell integrity by forming membrane-spanning pores that ultimately lead to their death. Despite these peptides high potency and ability to evade acquired bacterial drug resistance, there is a lack of knowledge on their selectivity and activity mechanisms. Such an understanding would provide an informative framework for rational design and could lead to potential antimicrobial therapeutic targets...
September 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931466/1-alpha-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3-up-regulates-the-expression-of-2-types-of-human-intestinal-alkaline-phosphatase-alternative-splicing-variants-in-caco-2-cells-and-may-be-an-important-regulator-of-their-expression-in-gut-homeostasis
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Seiko Noda, Asako Yamada, Kanae Nakaoka, Masae Goseki-Sone
Vitamin D insufficiency is associated with a greater risk of osteoporosis and also influences skeletal muscle functions, differentiation, and development. The principal function of vitamin D in calcium homeostasis is to increase the absorption of calcium from the intestine, and the level of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, a differentiation marker for intestinal epithelial cells, is regulated by vitamin D. Intestinal-type ALP is expressed at a high concentration in the brush border membrane of intestinal epithelial cells, and is known to be affected by several kinds of nutrients...
August 4, 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931287/enhanced-capture-of-bacteria-and-endotoxin-by-antimicrobial-wlbu2-peptide-tethered-on-polyethylene-oxide-spacers
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Ramya Raman, Miranda A Raper, Erik Hahn, Kate F Schilke
Severe sepsis is a life threatening immune response that may be caused by endotoxins (lipopolysaccharides) in circulating bacterial cell wall fragments. Hemoperfusion through a sorbent column coated with the antimicrobial peptide polymyxin B (PMB) is a promising treatment for sepsis. However, PMB is cytotoxic and neurotoxic, and is a membrane disruptor that may fragment endotoxin vesicles. In addition, the blood is not protected from nonspecific interactions with the synthetic surface of the solid support. These effects may be responsible for the variety of undesirable clinical outcomes, including nonspecific adsorption of proteins, blood cell damage, platelet activation, and a lack of clear evidence of efficacy of the current hemoperfusion products...
September 20, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931045/effect-of-extracytoplasmic-function-sigma-factors-on-autoaggregation-hemagglutination-and-cell-surface-properties-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis
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Kazutaka Fujise, Yuichiro Kikuchi, Eitoyo Kokubu, Kazuko Okamoto-Shibayama, Kazuyuki Ishihara
Porphyromonas gingivalis is a bacterium frequently isolated from chronic periodontal lesions and is involved in the development of chronic periodontitis. To colonize the gingival crevice, P. gingivalis has to adapt to environmental stresses. Microbial gene expression is regulated by transcription factors such as those in two-component systems and extracytoplasmic function (ECF) sigma factors. ECF sigma factors are involved in the regulation of environmental stress response genes; however, the roles of individual ECF sigma factors are largely unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930630/assessing-the-structure-and-stability-of-transmembrane-oligomeric-intermediates-of-an-%C3%AE-helical-toxin
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Rajat Desikan, Prabal K K Maiti, K Ganapathy Ayappa
Protein membrane interactions play an important role in our understanding of diverse phenomena ranging from membrane assisted protein aggregation to oligomerization and folding. Pore forming toxins (PFTs) form the primary vehicle for infection by several strains of bacteria. These proteins expressed in a water soluble form (monomers) bind to the target membrane (protomer) to form a transmembrane pore complex through a process of oligomerization. Based on the structure of the transmembrane domains, PFTs are broadly classified into β or α toxins...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930428/ion-transport-in-confined-geometries-below-the-nanoscale-access-resistance-dominates-protein-channel-conductance-in-diluted-solutions
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Antonio Alcaraz, M Lidón López, María Queralt-Martín, Vicente M Aguilella
Synthetic nanopores and mesoscopic protein channels have common traits like the importance of electrostatic interactions between the permeating ions and the nanochannel. Ion transport at the nanoscale occurs under confinement conditions so that the usual assumptions made in microfluidics are challenged, among others, by interfacial effects such as access resistance (AR). Here, we show that a sound interpretation of electrophysiological measurements in terms of channel ion selective properties requires the consideration of interfacial effects, up to the point that they dominate protein channel conductance in diluted solutions...
September 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928400/inhibiting-p-fluorescens-biofilms-with-fluoropolymer-embedded-silver-nanoparticles-an-in-situ-spectroscopic-study
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M C Sportelli, E Tütüncü, R A Picca, M Valentini, A Valentini, C Kranz, B Mizaikoff, H Barth, N Cioffi
Surface colonization by microorganisms leads to the formation of biofilms, i.e. aggregates of bacteria embedded within a matrix of extracellular polymeric substance. This promotes adhesion to the surface and protects bacterial community, providing an antimicrobial-resistant environment. The inhibition of biofilm growth is a crucial issue for preventing bacterial infections. Inorganic nanoparticle/Teflon-like (CFx) composites deposited via ion beam sputtering demonstrated very efficient antimicrobial activity...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928399/a-ring-polymer-model-shows-how-macromolecular-crowding-controls-chromosome-arm-organization-in-escherichia-coli
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Chanil Jeon, Youngkyun Jung, Bae-Yeun Ha
Macromolecular crowding influences various cellular processes such as macromolecular association and transcription, and is a key determinant of chromosome organization in bacteria. The entropy of crowders favors compaction of long chain molecules such as chromosomes. To what extent is the circular bacterial chromosome, often viewed as consisting of "two arms", organized entropically by crowding? Using computer simulations, we examine how a ring polymer is organized in a crowded and cylindrically-confined space, as a coarse-grained bacterial chromosome...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928132/seca-mediates-cotranslational-targeting-and-translocation-of-an-inner-membrane-protein
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Shuai Wang, Chien-I Yang, Shu-Ou Shan
Protein targeting to the bacterial plasma membrane was generally thought to occur via two major pathways: cotranslational targeting by signal recognition particle (SRP) and posttranslational targeting by SecA and SecB. Recently, SecA was found to also bind ribosomes near the nascent polypeptide exit tunnel, but the function of this SecA-ribosome contact remains unclear. In this study, we show that SecA cotranslationally recognizes the nascent chain of an inner membrane protein, RodZ, with high affinity and specificity...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926774/concurrent-administration-effect-of-antibiotic-and-anti-inflammatory-drugs-on-the-immunotoxicity-of-bacterial-endotoxins
#18
Azza M El Amir, Dalia G Tanious, Hanaa A Mansour
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is a gram-negative bacterium that causes a variety of diseases in compromised hosts. Bacterial endotoxins such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) are the major outer surface membrane components that are present in almost all gram-negative bacteria and act as extremely strong stimulators of innate immunity and inflammation of the airway. This study was undertaken to determine the effect of combined administration of Gentamicin (GENT) as an antibiotic and Dexamethasone (DEXA) as an anti-inflammatory drug on some immunological and histological parameters...
September 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926282/bacterial-and-archaeal-lipids-recovered-from-subsurface-evaporites-of-dalangtan-playa-on-the-tibetan-plateau-and-their-astrobiological-implications
#19
Ziye Cheng, Long Xiao, Hongmei Wang, Huan Yang, Jingjing Li, Ting Huang, Yi Xu, Nina Ma
Qaidam Basin (Tibetan Plateau) is considered an applicable analogue to Mars with regard to sustained extreme aridity and abundant evaporites. To investigate the possibility of the preservation of microbial lipids under these Mars analog conditions, we conducted a mineralogical and organic geochemistry study on samples collected from two Quaternary sections in Dalangtan Playa, northwestern Qaidam Basin, which will enhance our understanding of the potential preservation of molecular biomarkers on Mars. Two sedimentary units were identified along two profiles: one salt unit characterized by a predominance of gypsum and halite, and one detrital unit with a decrease of gypsum and halite and enrichment in siliciclastic minerals...
September 19, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924033/rgpf-is-required-for-maintenance-of-stress-tolerance-and-virulence-in-streptococcus-mutans
#20
C J Kovacs, R C Faustoferri, R G Quivey
Bacterial cell wall dynamics have been implicated as important determinants of cellular physiology, stress tolerance and virulence. In Streptococcus mutans, the cell wall is composed primarily of a rhamnose-glucose polysaccharide (RGP) linked to the peptidoglycan. Despite extensive studies describing its formation and composition, the potential roles for RGP in S. mutans biology have not been well investigated. The present study characterizes the impact of RGP disruption as a result of deletion of rgpF, the gene encoding a rhamnosyltransferase involved in construction of the core poly-rhamnose backbone of RGP...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
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