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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095898/differences-in-rantes-and-il-6-levels-among-chronic-rhinosinusitis-patients-with-predominant-gram-negative-and-gram-positive-infection
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Almoaidbellah Rammal, Marc Tewfik, Simon Rousseau
BACKGROUND: Bacteria are suspected players in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), yet their exact role is not understood. We investigated the effect of planktonic and biofilm of staphylococcus aureus (SA) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) on the mucosa of CRS patients with gram-positive and gram-negative infections by measuring the levels of IL-6 and RANTES, a chemokine with activity on eosinophils and T lymphocytes. METHODS: Ethmoid mucosa of six CRS patients with gram-positive bacteria on culture and five with gram-negative bacteria were compared to ethmoid mucosa of 8 control patients...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094568/barcode-based-species-delimitation-in-the-marine-realm-a-test-using-hexanauplia-multicrustacea-thecostraca-and-copepoda
#2
Robert G Young, Cathryn L Abbott, Thomas W Therriault, Sarah J Adamowicz
DNA barcoding has been used successfully for identifying specimens belonging to marine planktonic groups. However, the ability to delineate species within taxonomically diverse and widely distributed marine groups, such as the Copepoda and Thecostraca, remains largely untested. We investigate whether a cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI-5P) global pairwise sequence divergence threshold exists between intraspecific and interspecific divergences in the copepods plus the thecostracans (barnacles and allies). Using publicly accessible sequence data, we applied a graphical method to determine an optimal threshold value...
October 21, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090280/in-vitro-activity-of-linezolid-in-combination-with-photodynamic-inactivation-against-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilms
#3
Nasim Kashef, Mahboobeh Akbarizare, Mohammad Reza Razzaghi
BACKGROUND: Biofilm infections are a major challenge in medical practice. Bacteria that live in a biofilm phenotype are more resistant to both antimicrobial therapy and host immune responses compared to their planktonic counterparts. So, there is need for new therapeutic strategies to combat these infections. A promising approach [known as Photodynamic Inactivation (PDI)] to kill bacteria growing as biofilms uses light in combination with a photosensitizer to induce a phototoxic reaction which produces reactive oxygen species that can destroy lipids and proteins causing cell death...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089552/plankton-resting-stages-in-recent-sediments-of-haifa-port-israel-eastern-mediterranean-distribution-viability-and-potential-environmental-consequences
#4
Fernando Rubino, Manuela Belmonte, Bella S Galil
Resting stages of plankton were sampled in the surficial sediments in the port of Haifa, Israel, on the eve of a major port enlargement project. We recorded the structure of the assemblages and examined their relationship with different environments within the port. Our findings reveal a remarkably high diversity coupled with low density and the highest number of oligotrich ciliate cyst types recorded from marine sediments. Near the eutrophic and highly polluted zone of the Kishon estuary ciliates were more abundant than elsewhere in the port, whereas dinoflagellates' abundance was reduced, and these trends held true both for full and empty cysts...
January 12, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089533/bias-and-association-of-sediment-organic-matter-source-apportionment-indicators-a-case-study-in-a-eutrophic-lake-chaohu-china
#5
Fu-Liu Xu, Chen Yang, Wei He, Qi-Shuang He, Yi-Long Li, Lei Kang, Wen-Xiu Liu, Yong-Qiang Xiong, Baoshan Xing
The sources of sediment organic matter (SOM) could be explained by various indicators. To test their biases and associations, the present study determined multiple indicators for SOM source apportionment, including elemental analysis (carbon and nitrogen, and their stable isotope δ(13)C and δ(15)N), n-alkanes compositions as well as derivative indicators (e.g., terrigenous to aquatic ratio), and carbon isotopes of n-alkane in Lake Chaohu, a eutrophic lake. The spatial variation of anthropogenic effects could be revealed by SOM elemental variations...
January 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088106/uv-a-induced-delayed-development-in-the-larvae-of-coral-seriatopora-caliendrum
#6
Jie Zhou, Tung-Yung Fan, John Beardall, Kunshan Gao
Coral reefs are vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation (UVR, 280-400nm). Not only do the fluxes of UVR fluctuate daily, they are also increasing due to global ocean and atmospheric changes. The deleterious effects of UVR on scleractinian corals have been intensively studied, but much less is known about the response of corals in the early pre-settlement phase. In this study, we tested how UVR exposure affects survival and development of Seriatopora caliendrum larvae and examined the photophysiological changes induced in the symbiotic dinoflagellate Symbiodinium...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087802/cytochrome-c-peroxidase-ccp-is-a-molecular-determinant-of-the-oxidative-stress-response-in-the-extreme-acidophilic-leptospirillum-sp-cf-1
#7
C Zapata, B Paillavil, R Chávez, P Álamos, G Levicán
Bioleaching processes are used to recover metals from sulfidic ores. Biofilm formation on ores is important for bioleaching because the attached microorganisms start the leaching process by concentrating ferric ions in the extracellular matrix. It has been shown that hydrogen peroxide is spontaneously generated on the surface of ores and that it negatively influences the growth and activity of microorganisms. However, the mechanism by which bioleaching microorganisms tolerate exogenous H2O2 as an adaptive trait remains elusive...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087619/genome-wide-transcription-profiling-of-aerobic-and-anaerobic-escherichia-coli-biofilm-and-planktonic-cultures
#8
Bihter Bayramoglu, David Toubiana, Osnat Gillor
Many studies have described the response of the facultative anaerobe, Escherichia coli, to anaerobic conditions, yet they all investigated free-living (planktonic) cells because attempts to cultivate anaerobic E. coli biofilm were mostly unsuccessful. We challenged these findings and cultivated E. coli strain MG1655 biofilm under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions, characterizing the mature biofilm architecture and global gene expression profile. We used RNA sequencing technology to compare stationary phase planktonic cells with mature biofilm, cultured with and without oxygen...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087529/resilience-dynamics-and-interactions-within-a-multi-species-exoelectrogenic-model-biofilm-community
#9
Anna Prokhorova, Katrin Sturm-Richter, Andreas Doetsch, Johannes Gescher
: Anode-associated multi-species exoelectrogenic biofilms are essential to the function of bioelectrochemical systems (BESs). The individual activities of anode associated organisms and physiological responses resulting from co-culturing are often hard to assess due to the high microbial diversity in these systems. Therefore, we developed a model multispecies biofilm of the three exoelectrogenic proteobacteria Shewanella oneidensis, Geobacter sulfurreducens and Geobacter metallireducens with the aim to study in detail the biofilm formation dynamics, the interactions between the organisms and the overall activity of an exoelectrogenic biofilm as a consequence of the applied anode potential...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087408/effects-of-loading-concentration-blood-and-synovial-fluid-on-antibiotic-release-and-anti-biofilm-activity-of-bone-cement-beads
#10
Devendra Dusane, Scott Diamond, Cory Knecht, Nicholas Farrar, Casey Peters, Robert Howlin, Matthew Swearingen, Jason Calhoun, Roger D Plaut, Tanya Nocera, Jeffrey Granger, Paul Stoodley
Antibiotic loaded cement beads are commonly used for the treatment of biofilm related orthopaedic periprosthetic infections; however the effects of antibiotic loading and exposure of beads to body fluids on release kinetics are unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of (i) antibiotic loading density (ii) loading amount (iii) material type and (iv) exposure to body fluids (blood or synovial fluid) on release kinetics and efficacy of antibiotics against planktonic and lawn biofilm bacteria...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081368/smart-metal-organic-framework-coatings-triggered-anti-biofilm-compound-release
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Birgit Claes, Tom Boudewijns, Laurens Muchez, Geert Hooyberghs, Erik V Van der Eycken, Jozef Vanderleyden, Hans P Steenackers, Dirk E De Vos
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have a large potential for delivery of active molecules. Here, a MOF coating is investigated as a smart host matrix for triggered release of anti-biofilm compounds. Besides a coating consisting of the regular Fe-terephthalate MIL-88B(Fe), a new hydrophobic MIL-88B(Fe) coating is synthesized in hydrothermal conditions using palmitic acid as a lattice terminating group. These porous materials are used as a host matrix for the anti-biofilm compound 5-(4-chlorophenyl)-N-(2-isobutyl)-2-aminoimidazole, which has a specific biofilm inhibiting effect at concentrations at which no activity against planktonic cells is detected...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079143/lethal-sublethal-responses-of-daphnia-magna-to-acute-norfloxacin-contamination-and-changes-in-phytoplankton-zooplankton-interactions-induced-by-this-antibiotic
#12
Ying Pan, Shi-Wei Yan, Ruo-Zhu Li, Yi-Wen Hu, Xue-Xiu Chang
Although the well-known antibiotic norfloxacin (NOR) is recognized as an important environmental pollutant, little is known about its impacts on ecological processes, particularly on species interactions. In this paper, we quantified Daphnia magna (Crustacea, Cladocera) responses in mortality rate at lethal NOR concentrations (0, 25, 50, 100, 200, 300 and 400 mg L(-1)), and in heartbeat rate, swimming behavior and feeding rate (on the green alga Chlorella pyrenoidosa) at sublethal NOR concentrations (0, 25, 50 and 100 mg L(-1)) to determine the effects of this antibiotic in plankton systems...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078813/host-defense-peptide-derived-privileged-scaffolds-for-anti-infective-drug-discovery
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Ersilia Nigro, Irene Colavita, Daniela Sarnataro, Olga Scudiero, Aurora Daniele, Francesco Salvatore, Antonello Pessi
'Privileged scaffolds' are molecular frameworks which have been successfully exploited for small molecule drug discovery. Peptide privileged scaffolds, featuring a strictly conserved multiple-disulfide framework and high variability in the rest of the sequence, display a broad range of biological effects, including antimicrobial and antiviral activity. Unlike small molecules, however, the cost of manufacturing these peptides is high, and their synthesis challenging. We previously described a simplified privileged scaffold corresponding to the γ-core of human β-defensin-3 (HBD3)...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077760/effective-delivery-of-volatile-biocides-employing-mesoporous-silicates-for-treating-biofilms
#14
Andrea C Chan, Marimar Bravo Cadena, Helen E Townley, Mark D Fricker, Ian P Thompson
Nanoparticulate delivery of biocides has the potential to decrease levels of exposure to non-target organisms, and miminize long-term exposure that can promote the development of resistance. Silica nanoparticles are an ideal vehicle since they are inert, biocompatible, biodegradable, and thermally and chemically stable. Encapsulation of biocides within nanoparticulates can improve their stability and longevity and maximize the biocidal potential of hydrophobic volatile compounds. Herein, we have shown that the plant secondary metabolites allyl isothiocyanate and cinnamaldehyde demonstrated increased antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli in planktonic form, when packaged into mesoporous silica nanoparticles...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076463/in-vitro-effects-of-melaleuca-alternifolia-essential-oil-on-growth-and-production-of-volatile-sulphur-compounds-by-oral-bacteria
#15
Talita Signoreti Graziano, Caroline Morini Calil, Adilson Sartoratto, Gilson César Nobre Franco, Francisco Carlos Groppo, Karina Cogo-Müller
Objective: Halitosis can be caused by microorganisms that produce volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs), which colonize the surface of the tongue and subgingival sites. Studies have reported that the use of natural products can reduce the bacterial load and, consequently, the development of halitosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia on the growth and volatile sulphur compound (VSC) production of oral bacteria compared with chlorhexidine...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076393/alder-nitrogen-and-lake-ecology-terrestrial-aquatic-linkages-in-the-postglacial-history-of-lone-spruce-pond-southwestern-alaska
#16
Bianca B Perren, Yarrow Axford, Darrell S Kaufman
Diatoms, combined with a multiproxy study of lake sediments (organic matter, N, δ15N, δ13C, biogenic silica, grain size, Cladocera and chironomids, Alnus pollen) from Lone Spruce Pond, Alaska detail the late-glacial to Holocene history of the lake and its response to regional climate and landscape change over the last 14.5 cal ka BP. We show that the immigration of alder (Alnus viridis) in the early Holocene marks the rise of available reactive nitrogen (Nr) in the lake as well as the establishment of a primarily planktonic diatom community...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076361/synergy-and-order-effects-of-antibiotics-and-phages-in-killing-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilms
#17
Waqas Nasir Chaudhry, Jeniffer Concepción-Acevedo, Taehyun Park, Saadia Andleeb, James J Bull, Bruce R Levin
In contrast to planktonic cells, bacteria imbedded biofilms are notoriously refractory to treatment by antibiotics or bacteriophage (phage) used alone. Given that the mechanisms of killing differ profoundly between drugs and phages, an obvious question is whether killing is improved by combining antibiotic and phage therapy. However, this question has only recently begun to be explored. Here, in vitro biofilm populations of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14 were treated singly and with combinations of two phages and bactericidal antibiotics of five classes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075531/three-dimensional-imaging-flow-cytometry-through-light-sheet-fluorescence-microscopy
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REVIEW
Emilio J Gualda, Hugo Pereira, Gabriel G Martins, Rui Gardner, Nuno Moreno
Flow cytometry is the tool of choice for high-speed acquisition and analysis of large cell populations, with the tradeoff of lacking intracellular spatial information. Although in the last decades flow cytometry systems that can actually acquire two-dimensional spatial information were developed, some of the limitations remained though, namely constrains related to sample size and lack of depth or dynamic information. The combination of fluidics and light-sheet illumination has the potential to address these limitations...
January 11, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073566/mixotrophy-in-the-phototrophic-dinoflagellate-takayama-helix-family-kareniaceae-predator-of-diverse-toxic-and-harmful-dinoflagellates
#19
Hae Jin Jeong, Jin Hee Ok, An Suk Lim, Ji Eun Kwon, So Jin Kim, Sung Yeon Lee
Takayama spp. are phototrophic dinoflagellates belonging to the family Kareniaceae and have caused fish kills in several countries. Understanding their trophic mode and interactions with co-occurring phytoplankton species are critical steps in comprehending their ecological roles in marine ecosystems, bloom dynamics, and dinoflagellate evolution. To investigate the trophic mode and interactions of Takayama spp., the ability of Takayama helix to feed on diverse algal species was examined, and the mechanisms of prey ingestion were determined...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073555/molecular-and-phylogenetic-characterization-of-ostreopsis-dinophyceae-and-the-description-of-a-new-species-ostreopsis-rhodesae-sp-nov-from-a-subtropical-australian-lagoon
#20
Arjun Verma, Mona Hoppenrath, Juan José Dorantes-Aranda, D Tim Harwood, Shauna A Murray
Cryptic and pseudo-cryptic species are common amongst marine phytoplankton, and may cause misleading inferences of ecological and physiological data of plankton community studies. Deciphering the diversity and distribution of species of the benthic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis is one example, as there are many morphologically indistinct clades that differ greatly genetically and toxicologically from one another. In this study, a new species, Ostreopsis rhodesae from the southern Great Barrier Reef was described...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
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