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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110397/enhancement-of-acetate-productivity-in-a-thermophilic-55%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c-hollow-fiber-membrane-biofilm-reactor-with-mixed-culture-syngas-h2-co2-fermentation
#1
Yun-Qi Wang, Shi-Jin Yu, Fang Zhang, Xiu-Yang Xia, Raymond J Zeng
Conversion of organic wastes to syngas is an attractive way to utilize wastes. The produced syngas can be further used to produce a variety of chemicals. In this study, a hollow-fiber membrane biofilm reactor with mix cultures was operated at 55 °C to convert syngas (H2/CO2) into acetate. A high concentration of acetate (42.4 g/L) was reached in batch experiment while a maximum acetate production rate of 10.5 g/L/day was achieved in the continuous-flow mode at hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 1 day. Acetate was the main product in both batch and continuous-flow experiments...
January 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110229/aerobic-granular-sludge-inoculated-microbial-fuel-cells-for-enhanced-epoxy-reactive-diluent-wastewater-treatment
#2
Kai Cheng, Jingping Hu, Huijie Hou, Bingchuan Liu, Qin Chen, Keliang Pan, Wenhong Pu, Jiakuan Yang, Xu Wu, Changzhu Yang
Microbial consortiums aggregated on the anode surface of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are critical factors for electricity generation as well as biodegradation efficiencies of organic compounds. Here in this study, aerobic granular sludge (AGS) was assembled on the surface of the MFC anode to form an AGS-MFC system with superior performance on epoxy reactive diluent (ERD) wastewater treatment. AGS-MFCs successfully shortened the startup time from 13d to 7d compared to the ones inoculated with domestic wastewater...
January 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110226/cometabolic-degradation-of-chloramphenicol-via-a-meta-cleavage-pathway-in-a-microbial-fuel-cell-and-its-microbial-community
#3
Qinghua Zhang, Yanyan Zhang, Daping Li
The performance of a microbial fuel cell (MFC) in terms of degradation of chloramphenicol (CAP) was investigated. Approximately 84% of 50mg/L CAP was degraded within 12h in the MFC. A significant interaction of pH, temperature, and initial CAP concentration was found on removal of CAP, and a maximum degradation rate of 96.53% could theoretically be achieved at 31.48°C, a pH of 7.12, and an initial CAP concentration of 106.37mg/L. Moreover, CAP was further degraded through a ring-cleavage pathway. The antibacterial activity of CAP towards Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 and Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 was largely eliminated by MFC treatment...
January 13, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110033/purification-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-the-immune-molecule-lectin-from-the-haemolymph-of-blue-swimmer-crab-portunus-pelagicus-and-their-antibiofilm-properties
#4
Sangily Jayanthi, Ramachandran Ishwarya, Mahalingam Anjugam, Arokiadhas Iswarya, Sivashanmugam Karthikeyan, Baskaralingam Vaseeharan
The present study reveals purification and characterization of immune molecule lectin from the haemolymph of blue swimmer crab Portunus pelagicus (Pp-Lec). The Pp-Lec was purified by affinity chromatography with mannose coupled sepharose CL-4B column and it exhibits single band with a molecular weight of 155 kDa in SDS-PAGE. The surface morphology of purified Pp-Lec displays the homogeneous nature of protein. A distinct peak with a retention time of 3.3 min was appeared in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis expresses a single peak at 31...
January 18, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110014/nanosilver-as-a-disinfectant-in-dental-unit-waterlines-assessment-of-the-physicochemical-transformations-of-the-agnps
#5
Alireza Gitipour, Souhail R Al-Abed, Stephen W Thiel, Kirk G Scheckel, Thabet Tolaymat
Dental unit water lines (DUWL) are susceptible to biofilm development and bacterial growth leading to water contamination, causing health and ecological effects. This study monitors the interactions between a commonly used nanosilver disinfectant (ASAP-AGX-32, an antimicrobial cleaner for dental units, 0.0032% Ag) and biofilm development in DUWL. To simulate the disinfection scenario, an in-house DUWL model was assembled and biofilm accumulation was allowed. Subsequent to biofilm development, the disinfection process was performed according to the manufacturer's instructions...
January 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109811/production-and-characterization-of-bacterial-cellulose-membranes-with-hyaluronic-acid-from-chicken-comb
#6
Sabrina Alves de Oliveira, Bruno Campos da Silva, Izabel Cristina Riegel-Vidotti, Alexandre Urbano, Paula Cristina de Sousa Faria-Tischer, Cesar Augusto Tischer
The bacterial cellulose (BC), from Gluconacetobacter hansenii, is a biofilm with a high degree of crystallinity that can be used for therapeutic purposes and as a candidate for healing wounds. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a constitutive polysaccharide found in the extracellular matrix and is a material used in tissue engineering and scaffolding for tissue regeneration. In this study, polymeric composites were produced in presence of hyaluronic acid isolated from chicken comb on different days of fermentation, specifically on the first (BCHA-SABT0) and third day (BCHA-SABT3) of fermentation...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109692/-infectious-risk-related-to-the-formation-of-multi-species-biofilms-candida%C3%A2-%C3%A2-bacteria-on-peripheral-vascular-catheters
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A Seghir, Z Boucherit-Otmani, L Sari-Belkharroubi, K Boucherit
The Candida yeasts are the fourth leading cause of death from systemic infections, the risk may increase when the infection also involves bacteria. Yeasts and bacteria can adhere to medical implants, such as peripheral vascular catheters, and form a multicellular structures called "mixed biofilms" more resistant to antimicrobials agents. However, the formation of mixed biofilms on implants leads to long-term persistent infections because they can act as reservoirs of pathogens that have poorly understood interactions...
January 18, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109594/characteristics-of-resistance-and-virulence-factors-in-different-species-of-coagulase-negative-staphylococci-isolated-from-milk-of-healthy-sheep-and-animals-with-subclinical-mastitis
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Katheryne B Martins, Patricia Y Faccioli, Mariana F Bonesso, Simone Fernandes, Aline A Oliveira, Ariane Dantas, Luiz F Zafalon, Maria de Lourdes R S Cunha
Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are among the main responsible agents for mastitis in sheep. Cure rates can be reduced due to several causes, such as those related to virulence factors presented by microorganisms. This study aims at characterizing the virulence and resistance factors to antimicrobial agents in different CNS species isolated from sheep milk. After collecting milk samples, the samples were analyzed and the CNS species were identified. After identification, the susceptibility-sensitivity profile was examined using the disk diffusion technique for 10 antimicrobial agents...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109187/antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activities-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-ifst062013-a-potential-probiotic
#9
Md Fakruddin, Md Nur Hossain, Monzur Morshed Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Probiotic yeast has become a field of interest to scientists in recent years. METHODS: Conventional cultural method was employed to isolate and identify yeast and standard methods were used to determine different probiotic attributes, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. RESULTS: This study reports potential probiotic properties of a strain of S. cerevisiae IFST 062013 isolated from fruit. The isolate is tolerant to a wide range of temperature and pH, high concentration of bile salt and NaCl, gastric juice, intestinal environment, α-amylase, trypsin and lysozyme...
January 21, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108888/biofilm-phosphorus-uptake-capacity-as-a-tool-for-the-assessment-of-pollutant-effects-in-river-ecosystems
#10
Lorenzo Proia, Anna Romaní, Sergi Sabater
Biofilms are a key component in the nutrient removal from the water column. However, nutrient uptake by biofilms may be hampered by the occurrence of pollutants or other stressors. This study aimed: (i) to investigate the biofilm phosphorus (P) uptake capacity as a relevant process for the maintenance of fluvial water quality and (ii) to explore the sensitivity of this process to different chemical and environmental stressors. We conducted chamber experiments to test for the relevance of biofilm P uptake capacity (PUC) as a tool to detect effects of pollutants on river self-depuration...
January 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108870/elucidating-the-interactions-and-phytotoxicity-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-with-agriculturally-beneficial-bacteria-and-selected-crop-plants
#11
Anuraag Boddupalli, Rameshwar Tiwari, Anamika Sharma, Surender Singh, Radha Prasanna, Lata Nain
There is a growing interest in the use of bioinoculants to assist mineral fertilizers in improving crop production and yield. Azotobacter and Pseudomonas are two agriculturally relevant strains of bacteria which have been established as efficient bioinoculants. An experiment involving addition of graded concentrations of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles was undertaken using log phase cultures of Azotobacter and Pseudomonas. Growth kinetics revealed a clear trend of gradual decrease with Pseudomonas; however, Azotobacter exhibited a twofold enhancement in growth with increase in the concentration of ZnO concentration...
January 20, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108235/the-use-of-bacteriophages-to-biocontrol-oral-biofilms
#12
Szymon P Szafrański, Andreas Winkel, Meike Stiesch
Infections induced by oral biofilms include caries, as well as periodontal, and peri-implant disease, and may influence quality of life, systemic health, and expenditure. As bacterial biofilms are highly resistant and resilient to conventional antibacterial therapy, it has been difficult to combat these infections. An innovative alternative to the biocontrol of oral biofilms could be to use bacteriophages or phages, the viruses of bacteria, which are specific, non-toxic, self-proliferating, and can penetrate into biofilms...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108098/comparative-efficacies-of-daptomycin-vancomycin-and-linezolid-in-experimental-enterococcal-peritonitis
#13
Toshiki Kajihara, Shigeki Nakamura, Naoki Iwanaga, Kazuhiro Oshima, Katsuji Hirano, Taiga Miyazaki, Koichi Izumikawa, Katsunori Yanagihara, Yoshitsugu Miyazaki, Noboru Hattori, Nobuoki Kohno, Shigeru Kohno, Hiroshi Mukae
Enterococci have become increasingly important pathogens for nosocomial infection (e.g. bacteremia, intra-abdominal infection, endocarditis, etc.), related to their intrinsic resistance to many antibiotics. Although the in vitro susceptibility of daptomycin (DAP) against Enterococci is well established, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved its use for complicated skin and skin structure infections induced by Enterococcus faecalis. In this study we evaluated the potential therapeutic application of DAP in a murine model of enterococcal experimental peritonitis...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106797/the-complex-relationship-between-virulence-and-antibiotic-resistance
#14
REVIEW
Meredith Schroeder, Benjamin D Brooks, Amanda E Brooks
Antibiotic resistance, prompted by the overuse of antimicrobial agents, may arise from a variety of mechanisms, particularly horizontal gene transfer of virulence and antibiotic resistance genes, which is often facilitated by biofilm formation. The importance of phenotypic changes seen in a biofilm, which lead to genotypic alterations, cannot be overstated. Irrespective of if the biofilm is single microbe or polymicrobial, bacteria, protected within a biofilm from the external environment, communicate through signal transduction pathways (e...
January 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106774/effects-of-long-term-water-aging-on-novel-anti-biofilm-and-protein-repellent-dental-composite
#15
Ning Zhang, Ke Zhang, Mary A S Melo, Michael D Weir, David J Xu, Yuxing Bai, Hockin H K Xu
The aims of this study were to: (1) synthesize an anti-biofilm and protein-repellent dental composite by combining 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) with quaternary ammonium dimethylaminohexadecyl methacrylate (DMAHDM); and (2) evaluate the effects of water-aging for 180 days on protein resistance, bacteria-killing ability, and mechanical properties of MPC-DMAHDM composite. MPC and DMAHDM were added into a resin composite. Specimens were stored in distilled water at 37 °C for 1, 30, 90, and 180 days...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106311/potential-applications-of-non-thermal-plasmas-against-biofilm-associated-microorganisms-in-vitro
#16
REVIEW
Pradeep Puligundla, Chulkyoon Mok
Biofilms as complex microbial communities attached to surfaces are posing several challenges in different sectors, ranging from food and healthcare to desalination and power generation. Biofilms survive in hostile environments due to a distinct physiology and behavior in comparison to their planktonic counterparts. They are ubiquitous, resilient, and difficult to eradicate due to their resistant phenotype. Several chemical-based cleaning and disinfection regimens are conventionally used against biofilm-dwelling microorganisms in vitro...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105272/novel-potentiators-for-vancomycin-in-the-treatment-of-biofilm-related-mrsa-infections-via-a-mix-and-match-approach
#17
Arno Vermote, Gilles Brackman, Martijn D P Risseeuw, Davie Cappoen, Paul Cos, Tom Coenye, Serge Van Calenbergh
A library of 52 hamamelitannin analogues was synthesized and investigated for its ability to potentiate the effect of vancomycin toward Staphylococcus aureus biofilms. Several compounds were found to effectively increase the susceptibility of staphylococcal biofilms toward this glycopeptide. The most active analogue identified in this study showed an EC50 value of 0.26 μM.
January 12, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104802/the-ssl2245-sll1130-toxin-antitoxin-system-mediates-heat-induced-programmed-cell-death-in-synechocystis-sp-pcc6803
#18
Afshan Srikumar, Pilla Sankara Krishna, Dokku Sivaramakrishna, Stefan Kopfmann, Wolfgang R Hess, Musti J Swamy, Sue Lin-Chao, Jogadhenu S S Prakash
Two putative heat responsive genes, ssl2245 and sll1130 constitute an operon that also has characteristics of a toxin-antitoxin system, thus joining several enigmatic features. Closely related orthologs of Ssl2245 and Sll1130 exist in widely different bacteria, which thrive under environments with large fluctuations in temperature and salinity, among which some are thermo-epilithic biofilm forming cyanobacteria. Transcriptome analyses revealed that the CRISPR genes as well as several hypothetical genes were commonly up-regulated in Δssl2245 and Δsll1130 mutants...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104667/carbon-catabolite-repression-and-cell-dispersal-affects-degradation-of-the-xenobiotic-compound-3-4-dichloroaniline-in-comamonas-testosteroni-wdl7-biofilms
#19
Benjamin Horemans, Philip Breugelmans, Johan Hofkens, Dirk Springael
Organic pollutant degrading biofilms in natural ecosystems and water treatment systems are often exposed to other carbon sources in addition to the pollutant. The availability of auxilliary carbon sources can lead to surplus biomass growth, changes in biofilm structure and carbon catabolite repression (CCR) which together will affect pollutant degradation rate and efficiency of the system. To understand the interplay between these processes, continuous biofilms of the 3,4-dichloroaniline (3,4-DCA) degrading Comamonas testosteroni WDL7-RFP were grown in single- and dual-substrate conditions with 3,4-DCA and/or citrate and reciprocal effects on 3,4-DCA/citrate degradation, biofilm biomass and biofilm structure were examined...
January 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103165/burn-wound-healing-present-concepts-treatment-strategies-and-future-directions
#20
A Oryan, E Alemzadeh, A Moshiri
Burns are the most extensive forms of soft tissue injuries occasionally resulting in extensive and deep wounds and death. Burns can lead to severe mental and emotional distress, because of excessive scarring and skin contractures. Treatment of burns has always been a difficult medical problem and many different methods have been used to treat such injuries, locally. Biofilms are a collection of microorganisms that delay wound healing. One of the new methods of prevention and treatment of burn wound infections is application of antimicrobials, which act on biofilms and prevent the wound infection...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
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