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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645099/harnessing-the-natural-diversity-and-in-vitro-evolution-of-cas9-to-expand-the-genome-editing-toolbox
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Tautvydas Karvelis, Giedrius Gasiunas, Virginijus Siksnys
In the past few years, the Cas9 endonuclease from the type II CRISPR-Cas bacterial antiviral defense system has revolutionized the genome editing field. Guided by an RNA molecule, Cas9 can be reprogrammed to target almost any DNA sequence: the only limitation being the short nucleotide sequence in the vicinity of the target, termed the PAM, which is characteristic for each Cas9 protein. Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 which recognizes the NGG PAM is currently most widely used for genome manipulation. However, Cas9 orthologues and engineered Cas9 variants offer expanded genome targeting capabilities, improved specificity and biochemical properties...
June 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643906/in-vitro-evaluation-of-surface-properties-of-pro-seal-%C3%A2-and-opal-%C3%A2-seal-tm-in-preventing-white-spot-lesions
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T S Premaraj, N Rohani, D Covey, S Premaraj
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the surface properties of two commercially available sealants (Pro Seal(®) (PS) and Opal(®) Seal(TM) (OS)) in terms of fluoride(F) release, biofilm formation of Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus and the ability to resist acid penetration. SETTING: University of Nebraska Medical Center. MATERIAL & METHODS: Discs of similar diameter and thickness were made from OS and PS. Discs were soaked in double-distilled water, and F released was measured with fluoride meter daily for 14 consecutive days, then at 21 and 28 days...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643623/the-genomic-basis-of-lactobacilli-as-health-promoting-organisms
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Elisa Salvetti, Paul W O'Toole
Lactobacilli occupy a unique position in human culture and scientific history. Like brewer's and baker's yeast, lactobacilli have been associated with food production and preservation for thousands of years. Lactobacillus species are used in mixed microbial cultures, such as the classical Lactobacillus bulgaricus/Streptococcus thermophilus inoculum for yogurt fermentation, or combinations of diverse lactobacilli/yeasts in kefir grains. The association of lactobacilli consumption with greater longevity and improved health formed the basis for developing lactobacilli as probiotics, whose market has exploded worldwide in the past 10 years...
June 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642914/antimicrobial-properties-and-dental-pulp-stem-cell-cytotoxicity-using-carboxymethyl-cellulose-silver-nanoparticles-deposited-on-titanium-plates
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Martha Alicia Laredo-Naranjo, Roberto Carrillo-Gonzalez, Myriam Angelica De La Garza-Ramos, Marco Antonio Garza-Navarro, Hilda H H Torre-Martinez, Casiano Del Angel-Mosqueda, Roberto Mercado-Hernandez, Roberto Carrillo-Fuentevilla
Objective: To evaluate the antimicrobial properties and dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) cytotoxicity of synthesized carboxymethyl cellulose-silver nanoparticles impregnated on titanium plates. Material and methods: The antibacterial effect of silver nanoparticles in a carboxymethyl cellulose matrix impregnated on titanium plates (Ti-AgNPs) in three concentrations: 16%, 50% and 100% was determined by adding these to bacterial cultures of Streptococcus mutans and Porphyromonas gingivalis. The Ti-AgNPs cytotoxicity on DPSCs was determined using a fluorimetric cytotoxicity assay with 0...
December 2016: Acta Biomaterialia Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642756/high-prevalence-of-macrolide-resistance-and-molecular-characterization-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-isolates-circulating-in-china-from-2009-to-2016
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Binghuai Lu, Yujie Fang, Yanyan Fan, Xingchun Chen, Junrui Wang, Ji Zeng, Yi Li, Zhijun Zhang, Lei Huang, Hongxia Li, Dong Li, Fengxia Zhu, Yanchao Cui, Duochun Wang
Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A Streptococcus, is a pathogen responsible for a wide range of clinical manifestations, from mild skin and soft tissue infections and pharyngitis to severe diseases. Its epidemiological characteristics should be comprehensively under surveillance for regulating the national prevention and treatment practice. Herein, a total of 140 S. pyogenes, including 38 invasive and 102 noninvasive isolates, were collected from infected patients in 10 tertiary general hospitals from 7 cities/provinces in China during the years 2009-2016...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642750/non-pylori-helicobacters-nhphs-induce-shifts-in-gastric-microbiota-in-helicobacter-pylori-infected-patients
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Xianhui Peng, Liya Zhou, Yanan Gong, Zhiqiang Song, Lihua He, Sanren Lin, Jianzhong Zhang
To explore the effects of gastric non-H. pylori Helicobacter species(NHPH) on the structure and potential function of gastric microbiota, we employed 16S rRNA gene sequencing on 164 gastric biopsy specimens from NHPH (H. suis, H. felis, H. salomonis) /H. pylori coinfection individuals, H. pylori monoinfection individuals and healthy controls. The results demonstrated that marked structural and functional variations between H. pylori mono- and coinfection samples (HPHS, HPHF, HPHM). The changes in bacterial structure induced by NHPH are mainly attributed to their ability of gastric acid secretion inhibition as well as bacterial chemotaxis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642749/rna-seq-reveals-enhanced-sugar-metabolism-in-streptococcus-mutans-co-cultured-with-candida-albicans-within-mixed-species-biofilms
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Jinzhi He, Dongyeop Kim, Xuedong Zhou, Sang-Joon Ahn, Robert A Burne, Vincent P Richards, Hyun Koo
Early childhood caries (ECC), which can lead to rampant tooth-decay that is painful and costly to treat, is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases affecting children worldwide. Previous studies support that interactions between Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans are associated with the pathogenesis of ECC. The presence of Candida enhances S. mutans growth, fitness and accumulation within biofilms in vitro, although the molecular basis for these behaviors is undefined. Using an established co-cultivation biofilm model and RNA-Seq, we investigated how C...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642736/identification-of-an-efflux-transporter-lmrb-regulating-stress-response-and-extracellular-polysaccharide-synthesis-in-streptococcus-mutans
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Jia Liu, Lihong Guo, Jianwei Liu, Jianying Zhang, Huihui Zeng, Yang Ning, Xi Wei
Efflux transporters have been implicated in regulating bacterial virulence properties such as resistance to antibiotics, biofilm formation and colonization. The pathogenicity of Streptococcus mutans, the primary etiologic agent of human dental caries, relies on the bacterium's ability to form biofilms on tooth surface. However, the studies on efflux transporters in S. mutans are scare and the function of these transporters remained to be clarified. In this study, we identified an efflux transporter (LmrB) in S...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642597/a-single-amino-acid-polymorphism-in-the-glycosyltransferase-cpsk-defines-four-streptococcus-suis-serotypes
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David Roy, Taryn B T Athey, Jean-Philippe Auger, Guillaume Goyette-Desjardins, Marie-Rose Van Calsteren, Daisuke Takamatsu, Masatoshi Okura, Sarah Teatero, Martín Alcorlo, Juan A Hermoso, Mariela Segura, Marcelo Gottschalk, Nahuel Fittipaldi
The capsular polysaccharide (CPS) is the major virulence factor of the emerging zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis. CPS differences are also the basis for serological differentiation of the species into 29 serotypes. Serotypes 2 and 1/2, which possess identical gene content in their cps loci, express CPSs that differ only by substitution of galactose (Gal) by N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) in the CPS side chain. The same sugar substitution differentiates the CPS of serotypes 14 and 1, whose cps loci are also identical in gene content...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642545/high-throughput-screening-of-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-the-streptococcus-quorum-sensing-signal-pathway
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Seiji Ishii, Kenji Fukui, Satoshi Yokoshima, Kazuo Kumagai, Youko Beniyama, Tetsuya Kodama, Tohru Fukuyama, Takayoshi Okabe, Tetsuo Nagano, Hirotatsu Kojima, Takato Yano
The main components of the quorum-sensing system are expected to be favorable targets for drug development to combat various chronic infectious diseases. ComA of Streptococcus is an ATP-binding cassette transporter containing a peptidase domain (PEP), which is essential for the quorum-sensing signal production. Using high-throughput screening, we found a potent small molecule that suppressed the S. mutans quorum-sensing pathway through inhibition of PEP activity. The compound effectively attenuated the biofilm formation and competence development of S...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642139/clinical-characteristics-and-epidemiology-of-sepsis-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-in-the-era-of-multi-drug-resistant-organisms-a-retrospective-review
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Dawood Yusef, Tala Shalakhti, Samah Awad, Hana'a Algharaibeh, Wasim Khasawneh
BACKGROUND: Sepsis in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) remains one of the most significant causes of morbidity and mortality, especially for preterm newborns. Multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) are emerging as important pathogens that cause neonatal sepsis in NICU. Therefore, studying the epidemiology, clinical features, and outcome caused by MDROs vs. non-MDROs, and identifying risk factors that may predispose patients to sepsis by MDROs are important. METHODS: Episodes of blood culture-proven sepsis (age: 0-90 days) in the NICU at our institution from January 2012 to December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
June 9, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641915/the-antimicrobial-spectrum-of-xeroform-%C3%A2
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David J Barillo, Anthony R Barillo, Sarah Korn, Kan Lam, Paul S Attar
INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: Xeroform(®) is a petrolatum-based fine mesh gauze containing 3% bismuth tribromophenate. Bismuth, similar to other metals, has antimicrobial properties. Xeroform(®) has been used for decades in burn and plastic surgery as a donor site dressing and as a covering for wounds or partial thickness burns. Despite this, the antimicrobial spectrum of Xeroform(®) remains largely unknown. We examined the in-vitro efficacy of Xeroform(®) against common burn pathogens using zone-of-inhibition methodology in a commercial research facility...
June 19, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641577/a-case-report-of-septic-shock-syndrome-caused-by-s-pneumoniae-in-an-immunocompromised-patient-despite-of-vaccination
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Josef Singer, Christoph Testori, Peter Schellongowski, Ammon Handisurya, Catharina Müller, Eva-Maria Reitter, Wolfgang Graninger, Paul Knöbl, Thomas Staudinger, Stefan Winkler, Florian Thalhammer
BACKGROUND AND CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of septic shock syndrome caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae in a patient who had undergone splenectomy due to an autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS), which is characterized as a dysfunction of immunoregulation. Although the patient was vaccinated with a conjugated polysaccharide vaccine after the splenectomy, he was still susceptible to S. pneumoniae infection, because the isolated serovar (24F), a serovar long thought to be apathogenic, is not covered by any vaccine currently approved, neither a conjugated nor an unconjugated polysaccharide one...
June 22, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641525/1-1%C3%AA-carbonyldiimidazole-cdi-mediated-facile-synthesis-structural-characterization-antimicrobial-activity-and-in-silico-studies-of-coumarin-3-carboxamide-derivatives
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Uzma Salar, Khalid Mohammed Khan, Muhammad Imran Fakhri, Shafqat Hussain, Saima Tauseef, Shagufta Ameer, Abdul Wadood, Huma Khan, Shahnaz Perveen
BACKGROUND: Despite of the availability of variety of antibacterial agents, re-emergance of pathogenic bacteria is still a serious medical concern. So, identification of new, safer, and selective antibacterial agents is the key interest in the medicinal chemistry research. METHOD: To explore the antimicrobial activity of coumarin-3-carboxamides for a range of bacterial and fungal strains, twenty eight derivatives were synthesized by the reaction of coumarin-3-carboxylic acid with a variety of aniline derivatives in the presence of 1,1ꞌ-carbonyldiimidazole (CDI)...
June 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641462/microbiological-control-and-antibacterial-action-of-a-propolis-containing-mouthwash-and-control-of-dental-plaque-in-humans
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Karina Basso Santiago, Gilce Maria Piana, Bruno José Conti, Eliza de Oliveira Cardoso, Bruna Fernanda Murbach Teles Andrade, Mirella Rossitto Zanutto, Vera Lúcia Mores Rall, Ary Fernandes, José Maurício Sforcin
Propolis is a bee product with several biological properties. This study aimed at investigating a propolis-containing mouthwash, its organoleptic properties, microbial contamination and its antibacterial action in vitro. This mouthwash was assessed in vivo to control dental plaque in humans. The presence of microorganisms was analyzed and the minimum inhibitory concentration against Streptococcus mutans was determined. A comparative study was done in vivo using propolis, chlorhexidine, and propolis plus chlorhexidine in lower concentrations for 14 days...
June 23, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641406/novel-antimicrobial-activities-of-a-peptide-derived-from-a-japanese-soybean-fermented-food-natto-against-streptococcus-pneumoniae-and-bacillus-subtilis-group-strains
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Manabu Kitagawa, Tsukasa Shiraishi, Soh Yamamoto, Ryosuke Kutomi, Yasuo Ohkoshi, Toyotaka Sato, Hideki Wakui, Hideaki Itoh, Atsushi Miyamoto, Shin-Ichi Yokota
We recently isolated a tumoricidal peptide from Natto, a Japanese traditional fermented food. In the present study, antimicrobial activity of the Natto peptide was examined. The peptide consisted of 45 amino acid residues, and its structure was predicted to be rich in α-helix. It excreted antimicrobial activity only against Streptococcus pneumoniae and Bacillus subtilis group (B. subtilis, Bacillus pumilus, and Bacillus licheniformis). Lesser antimicrobial activity was observed for Streptococcus species other than S...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640755/chemical-composition-and-biological-activities-of-leaf-and-fruit-essential-oils-from-eucalyptus-camaldulensis
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Gulden Dogan, Nazan Kara, Eyup Bagci, Seher Gur
The chemical composition of the essential oils from the leaves and fruit of Eucalyptus camaldulensis grown in Mersin, Turkey was analyzed using gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) techniques. The biological activities (antibacterial and antifungal) were examined using the agar well diffusion method. The main leaf oil constituents were p-cymene (42.1%), eucalyptol (1,8-cineole) (14.1%), α-pinene (12.7%) and α-terpinol (10.7%). The main constituents of the fruit oil were eucalyptol (1,8-cineole) (34...
June 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640003/infections-associated-with-streptococcus-constellatus-in-children
#18
Howard Faden, Mustafa Mohmand
Streptococcus constellatus is a viridans Streptococcus belonging to the Anginosus group. It was associated with abscesses in 37 children, 80% of whom had acute appendicitis with perforation and abscess formation in 50%. None of the children was younger than 3 years of age.
June 20, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639601/faecal-microbiota-of-healthy-adults-in-south-india-comparison-of-a-tribal-a-rural-population
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Balamurugan Ramadass, B Sandya Rani, Srinivasan Pugazhendhi, K R John, Balakrishnan S Ramakrishna
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: The relevance of the gut microbiota to human health is increasingly appreciated. The objective of this study was to compare the gut microbiota of a group of adult tribals with that of healthy adult villagers in Tamil Nadu, India. METHODS: Faeces were collected from 10 healthy tribal adults (TAs) in the Jawadhi hills and from 10 healthy villagers [rural adults (RAs)] in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu. DNA was extracted, and 456 bp segments comprising hypervariable regions 3 and 4 of the 16S rRNA gene were amplified, barcoded and 454 sequenced...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638805/increased-zinc-availability-enhances-initial-aggregation-and-biofilm-formation-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Lindsey R Brown, Rachel C Caulkins, Tyler E Schartel, Jason W Rosch, Erin S Honsa, Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Victoria A Meliopoulos, Sean Cherry, Justin A Thornton
Bacteria growing within biofilms are protected from antibiotics and the immune system. Within these structures, horizontal transfer of genes encoding virulence factors, and promoting antibiotic resistance occurs, making biofilms an extremely important aspect of pneumococcal colonization and persistence. Identifying environmental cues that contribute to the formation of biofilms is critical to understanding pneumococcal colonization and infection. Iron has been shown to be essential for the formation of pneumococcal biofilms; however, the role of other physiologically important metals such as copper, zinc, and manganese has been largely neglected...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
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