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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786841/development-of-a-chlorine-dosing-strategy-for-fresh-produce-washing-process-to-maintain-microbial-food-safety-and-minimize-residual-chlorine
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Xi Chen, Yen-Con Hung
The residual free chlorine level in fresh produce wash solution is closely correlated to the chemical and microbial safety of produce. Excess amount of free chlorine can quickly react with organic matters to form hazardous disinfection by-products (DBPs) above EPA-permitted levels, whereas deficiency of residual chlorine in produce wash solution may result in incompletely removing pathogens on produce. The purpose of this study was to develop a chlorine dosing strategy to optimize the chlorine dosage during produce washing process without impacting the microbial safety of fresh produce...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786518/evaluation-of-serum-ige-in-peach-allergic-patients-with-systemic-reaction-by-using-recombinant-pru-p-7-gibberellin-regulated-protein
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Y Mori, F Okazaki, C Inuo, Y Yamaguchi, S Masuda, S Sugiura, T Fukuie, M Nagao, I Tsuge, T Yosikawa, A Yagami, K Matsunaga, T Fujisawa, K Ito, H Narita, Y Kondo
BACKGROUND: Lipid transfer protein (LTP) is a major fruit allergen. It has, however, recently been revealed that the systemic reaction in peach-allergic patients is related not only to LTP (Pru p 3) but also to gibberellin-regulated protein (Pru p 7). We investigated recombinant Pru p 7 (rPru p 7) for its potential use in worldwide standardization for the diagnosis of peach allergy. METHODS: Natural Pru p 7 (nPru p 7) was purified from peach crude extract using a monoclonal antibody affinity column...
May 18, 2018: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786419/multifunctional-high-molecular-weight-post-translationally-modified-proteins-through-oxidative-cysteine-coupling-and-tyrosine-modification
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Brian M Seifried, James Cao, Bradley D Olsen
Glycoproteins and their mimics are challenging to produce via chemical or biological methods because of their long protein backbones and large number of polysaccharide side chains that form a densely grafted protein-polysaccharide brush architecture. Herein, we demonstrate a new approach to protein bioconjugate synthesis that can approach the molar mass and functionalization densities of natural glycoproteins such as mucins and aggrecans. In this method, a tyrosine-enriched protein sequence is engineered and synthesized in E...
May 22, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786169/bangladeshi-children-with-acute-diarrhea-show-fecal-microbiomes-with-increased-streptococcus-abundance-irrespective-of-diarrhea-etiology
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Silas Kieser, Shafiqul A Sarker, Olga Sakwinska, Francis Foata, Shamima Sultana, Zeenat Khan, Shoheb Islam, Nadine Porta, Séverine Combremont, Bertrand Betrisey, Coralie Fournier, Aline Charpagne, Patrick Descombes, Annick Mercenier, Bernard Berger, Harald Brüssow
We report streptococcal dysbiosis in acute diarrhea irrespective of etiology. Compared to 20 healthy local controls, 71 Bangladeshi children hospitalized with acute diarrhea (AD) of viral, mixed viral/bacterial, bacterial and unknown etiology showed a significantly decreased bacterial diversity with loss of pathways characteristic for the healthy distal colon microbiome (mannan degradation, methylerythritol phosphate and thiamin biosynthesis), an increased proportion of fecal streptococci belonging to the Streptococcus bovis and Streptococcus salivarius species complexes, and an increased level of E...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785487/rapid-monitoring-of-the-target-protein-expression-with-a-fluorescent-signal-based-on-a-dicistronic-construct-in-escherichia-coli
#5
Chang-Ye Hui, Yan Guo, Wen Zhang, Xian-Qing Huang
Real-time quantification of recombinant proteins is important in studies on fermentation engineering, cell engineering, etc. Measurement of the expression level of heterologous proteins in bacterial fermentation broth has traditionally relied on time-consuming and labor-intensive procedures, such as polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, immunoblot analysis, and biological activity assays. We describe a simple, fast, and high sensitive assay for detecting heterologous proteins production in bacteria either at the overall level (fluorescence spectrophotometry) or at the individual level (fluorescence microscopic image) in this study...
May 21, 2018: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785220/physicochemical-and-microbiological-qualities-assessment-of-popular-bangladeshi-mango-fruit-juice
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Ruhul Amin, Shafkat S Rahman, Mahboob Hossain, Naiyyum Choudhury
Introduction: Mango juice has always been considered as a delicious, nutritious popular drink, but processed juice may not always be safe due to chemical and microbial risks. Determination of physicochemical and microbiological qualities of some packed mango juices of Bangladesh will help consumers to know the present scenario. Material and Methods: Six commercially available different juice samples were collected from the market. Carbohydrate profiles were determined using HPLC, crude protein content was calculated using the Kjeldahl method and other parameters were determined by standard AOAC methods...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785217/expression-of-phi11-gp07-causes-filamentation-in-escherichia-coli
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Avijit Das, Sumit Biswas, Malabika Biswas
Background: The Gp07 protein of aureophage Phi11 exhibits growth inhibitory effects when overexpressed in E. coli .The protein harbors two domains- an amino terminal Bro-like domain and a carboxy terminal Ant superfamily like KilA domain, of which the KilA domain retains the growth inhibitory effect of Gp07. Methods: We studied the effects exerted by the overexpression of Gp07 and its separate domains upon the growth rate as well as the morphology of the E. coli cells...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785131/epidemiology-susceptibility-and-risk-factors-for-acquisition-of-mdr-xdr-gram-negative-bacteria-among-kidney-transplant-recipients-with-urinary-tract-infections
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Xiuhong Yuan, Taohua Liu, Di Wu, Qiquan Wan
Background: Multiple drug resistant/extensively drug resistant (MDR/XDR) Gram-negative urinary tract infections (UTIs) represent a growing threat to kidney transplant recipients. This retrospective study aimed to assess the incidence and microbiological profile of MDR/XDR Gram-negative UTIs, to identify drug susceptibility of MDR/XDR bacteria, and to determine the potential risk factors for MDR/XDR UTIs in kidney recipients. Materials and methods: During the study period, 1569 patients underwent consecutive kidney transplantation in two transplantation centers...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785029/highly-bactericidal-macroporous-antimicrobial-polymeric-gel-for-point-of-use-water-disinfection
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Amit Kumar, Cyrille Boyer, Leena Nebhani, Edgar H H Wong
Access to clean and safe water supply remains inadequate in many developing countries. One of the key challenges is to remove pathogenic bacteria from the water supply via effective water disinfection technologies to prevent the spread of diseases and to ensure the safety of consumers. Herein, a highly effective point-of-use (on-demand) water disinfection technology, in the form of a polymeric scaffold called macroporous antimicrobial polymeric gel (MAPG), is demonstrated. MAPG is easy to fabricate, completely organic and possess inherent antimicrobial property which makes it non-reliant on inorganic compounds such as silver where the long-term toxicity remains unknown...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784985/chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyps-is-characterized-by-dysbacteriosis-of-the-nasal-microbiota
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Thanit Chalermwatanachai, Ramiro Vilchez-Vargas, Gabriele Holtappels, Tim Lacoere, Ruy Jáuregui, Frederiek-Maarten Kerckhof, Dietmar H Pieper, Tom Van de Wiele, Mario Vaneechoutte, Thibaut Van Zele, Claus Bachert
Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyp (CRSwNP) patients are often characterized by asthma comorbidity and a type-2 inflammation of the sinonasal mucosa. The mucosal microbiota has been suggested to be implicated in the persistence of inflammation, but associations have not been well defined. To compare the bacterial communities of healthy subjects with CRSwNP patients, we collected nasal swabs from 17 healthy subjects, 21 CRSwNP patients without asthma (CRSwNP-A), and 20 CRSwNP patients with co-morbid asthma (CRSwNP+A)...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784887/identification-of-the-thioredoxin-partner-of-vkor-in-mycobacterial-disulfide-bond-formation
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Na Ke, Cristina Landeta, Xiaoyun Wang, Dana Boyd, Markus Eser, Jon Beckwith
Disulfide bonds influence stability and activity of many proteins. In Escherichia coli the DsbA and DsbB enzymes promote disulfide bond formation. Other bacteria, including the Actinobacteria, use instead of DsbB the enzyme VKOR (Vitamin K Epoxide Reductase), which is found either fused to or encoded in the same operon as a dsbA -like protein. Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other gram-positive Actinobacteria secrete to the cell envelope many proteins with even numbers of cysteines. These organisms have predicted oxidoreductases and VKOR orthologs...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784512/epidemiology-and-etiology-of-invasive-bacterial-infection-in-infants-%C3%A2-60-days-old-treated-in-emergency-departments
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Christopher Woll, Mark I Neuman, Christopher M Pruitt, Marie E Wang, Eugene D Shapiro, Samir S Shah, Russell J McCulloh, Lise E Nigrovic, Sanyukta Desai, Adrienne G DePorre, Rianna C Leazer, Richard D Marble, Fran Balamuth, Elana A Feldman, Laura F Sartori, Whitney L Browning, Paul L Aronson
OBJECTIVES: To help guide empiric treatment of infants ≤60 days old with suspected invasive bacterial infection by describing pathogens and their antimicrobial susceptibilities. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of infants ≤60 days old with invasive bacterial infection (bacteremia and/or bacterial meningitis) evaluated in the emergency departments of 11 children's hospitals between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2016. Each site's microbiology laboratory database or electronic medical record system was queried to identify infants from whom a bacterial pathogen was isolated from either blood or cerebrospinal fluid...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784475/post-fabrication-qac-functionalized-thermoplastic-polyurethane-for-contact-killing-catheter-applications
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Zachary K Zander, Peiru Chen, Yen-Hao Hsu, Nathan Z Dreger, Laura Savariau, Willie C McRoy, Alec E Cerchiari, Sean D Chambers, Hazel A Barton, Matthew L Becker
The use of catheters is ubiquitous in medicine and the incidence of infection remains unacceptably high despite numerous advances in functional surfaces and drug elution. Herein we report the use of a thermoplastic polyurethane containing an allyl ether side-chain functionality (allyl-TPU) that allows for rapid and convenient surface modification with antimicrobial reagents, post-processing. This post-processing functionalization affords the ability to target appropriate TPU properties and maintain the functional groups on the surface of the device where they do not affect bulk properties...
May 11, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783967/characterization-of-a-novel-thermostable-and-xylose-tolerant-gh-39-%C3%AE-xylosidase-from-dictyoglomus-thermophilum
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Qi Li, Tao Wu, Zhipeng Qi, Linguo Zhao, Jianjun Pei, Feng Tang
BACKGROUND: β-D-xylosidase is a vital exoglycosidase with the ability to hydrolyze xylooligosaccharides to xylose and to biotransform some saponins by cleaving outer β-xylose. β-D-xylosidase is widely used as one of the xylanolytic enzymes in a diverse range of applications, such as fuel, food and the pharmaceutical industry; therefore, more and more studies have focused on the thermostable and xylose-tolerant β-D-xylosidases. RESULTS: A thermostable β-xylosidase gene (xln-DT) of 1509 bp was cloned from Dictyoglomus thermophilum and expressed in E...
May 21, 2018: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783769/open-conformation-of-the-escherichia-coli-periplasmic-murein-tripeptide-binding-protein-mppa-at-high-resolution
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Forum Bhatt, Vishal Patel, Constance J Jeffery
Periplasmic ligand-binding proteins (PBPs) bind ligands with a high affinity and specificity. They undergo a large conformational change upon ligand binding, and they have a robust protein fold. These physical features have made them ideal candidates for use in protein engineering projects to develop novel biosensors and signaling molecules. The Escherichia coli MppA (murein peptide permease A) PBP binds the murein tripeptide, l-alanyl-γ-d-glutamyl-meso-diaminopimelate, (l-Ala-γ-d-Glu-meso-Dap), which contains both a D-amino acid and a gamma linkage between two of the amino acids...
May 19, 2018: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783713/microfluidic-cultivation-and-laser-tweezers-raman-spectroscopy-of-e-coli-under-antibiotic-stress
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Zdeněk Pilát, Silvie Bernatová, Jan Ježek, Johanna Kirchhoff, Astrid Tannert, Ute Neugebauer, Ota Samek, Pavel Zemánek
Analyzing the cells in various body fluids can greatly deepen the understanding of the mechanisms governing the cellular physiology. Due to the variability of physiological and metabolic states, it is important to be able to perform such studies on individual cells. Therefore, we developed an optofluidic system in which we precisely manipulated and monitored individual cells of Escherichia coli . We tested optical micromanipulation in a microfluidic chamber chip by transferring individual bacteria into the chambers...
May 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783653/avian-influenza-virus-subtype-h9n2-affects-intestinal-microbiota-barrier-structure-injury-and-inflammatory-intestinal-disease-in-the-chicken-ileum
#17
Hongxin Li, Xiaolin Liu, Feiyang Chen, Kejing Zuo, Che Wu, Yiming Yan, Weiguo Chen, Wencheng Lin, Qingmei Xie
Avian influenza virus subtype H9N2 (H9N2 AIV) has caused significant losses to the poultry industry due to the high mortality associated with secondary infections attributable to E. coli . This study tries to address the underlying secondary mechanisms after H9N2 AIV infection. Initially, nine day-old specific pathogen-free chickens were assigned to control (uninfected) and H9N2-infected groups, respectively. Using Illumina sequencing, histological examination, and quantitative real-time PCR, it was found that H9N2 AIV caused intestinal microbiota disorder, injury, and inflammatory damage to the intestinal mucosa...
May 18, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783167/removing-escherichia-coli-from-water-using-zinc-oxide-coated-zeolite
#18
Lingling Wang, Wenlin Wu, Xiaolan Xie, Hongbin Chen, Jianming Lin, Dionysios D Dionysiou
The removal of Escherichia coli (E. coli) from water by zinc oxide-coated zeolite (ZOCZ) and ZOCZ's antibacterial properties were examined in laboratory experiments using plate counting method and tests of cell apoptosis. Batch experiments showed that ZOCZ has a maximum removal capacity for E. coli of about 4.34 × 106  CFU g-1  at 25 °C. Element mappings confirm that zinc ions accumulate in the E. coli cells causing cell death. Pseudo-second-order kinetics and Freundlich isotherms were found to best describe the removal of E...
May 11, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783023/extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-infections-in-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients-epidemiology-and-molecular-characterization
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Molka Kharrat, Yosra Chebbi, Farah Ben Tanfous, Amel Lakhal, Saloua Ladeb, Tarek Ben Othmen, Wafa Achour
BACKGROUND: Extended spectrum β-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) are feared because they generate therapeutic difficulties and have high potential for dissemination. The purpose of our study was to investigate the epidemiology of these infections in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients and to determine the genes encoding ESBL. MATERIAL/METHODS: Our retrospective study concerned adult patients hospitalized at the National Bone Marrow Transplant Center and infected with ESBL-E post HSCT between january 2006 and december 2016...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782987/chitin-silk-fibroin-tio-2-bio-nanocomposite-as-a-biocompatible-wound-dressing-bandage-with-strong-antimicrobial-activity
#20
Mojtaba Ghanbari Mehrabani, Ramin Karimian, Rasul Rakhshaei, Farzaneh Pakdel, Hosein Eslami, Vahid Fakhrzadeh, Mahdi Rahimi, Roya Salehi, Hossein Samadi Kafil
Interconnected microporous biodegradable and biocompatible chitin/silk fibroin/TiO2 nanocomposite wound dressing with high antibacterial, blood clotting and mechanical strength properties were synthesized using freeze-drying method. The prepared nanocomposite dressings were characterized using SEM, FTIR, and XRD analysis. The prepared nanocomposite dressings showed high porosity above 90% with well-defined interconnected porous construction. Swelling and water uptake of the dressing were 93%, which is great for wound dressing applications...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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