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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538846/-clinical-and-microbiological-study-of-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infections-in-internal-medicine-services-of-a-venezuelan-university-hospital
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Pedro Quijada-Martínez, Ana Flores-Carrero, Indira Labrador, María Araque
Objectives: To determine the clinical and microbiological characteristics of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CA-UTI) in patients admitted to the Internal Medicine services of the Hospital Universitario de Los Andes (HULA), Mérida, Venezuela and to establish the clonal distribution of multi-resistant Enterobacteriaceae that produce this infection. Materials and Methods: Seventy-three adult patients with bladder catheterization were studied between January and July 2015...
January 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538688/in-silico-study-and-bioprospection-of-the-antibacterial-and-antioxidant-effects-of-flavone-and-its-hydroxylated-derivatives
#2
Camila de Albuquerque Montenegro, Gregório Fernandes Gonçalves, Abrahão Alves de Oliveira Filho, Andressa Brito Lira, Thays Thyara Mendes Cassiano, Natanael Teles Ramos de Lima, José Maria Barbosa-Filho, Margareth de Fátima Formiga Melo Diniz, Hilzeth Luna Freire Pessôa
Flavonoid compounds are widely used as natural protective species, which can act as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticoagulant, antihypertensive and antitumor agents. This study set out to investigate the probable pharmacological activities, along with the antibacterial and antioxidant effects, of flavone and its hydroxy derivatives: 3-hydroxyflavone, 5-hydroxyflavone and 6-hydroxyflavone. To do so, we investigated their pharmacological characteristics, using in silico tests that indicate likelihood of activity or inactivity, with the PASS online software, and the antimicrobial potential against Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria was also analyzed, including bacteria of clinical importance...
May 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538682/enteric-viruses-and-fecal-bacteria-indicators-to-assess-groundwater-quality-and-suitability-for-irrigation
#3
Osvalda De Giglio, Giuseppina Caggiano, Francesco Bagordo, Giovanna Barbuti, Silvia Brigida, Federica Lugoli, Tiziana Grassi, Giuseppina La Rosa, Luca Lucentini, Vito Felice Uricchio, Antonella De Donno, Maria Teresa Montagna
According to Italian Ministerial Decree No. 185 of 12 June 2003, water is considered suitable for irrigation if levels of fecal bacteria (i.e., Escherichia coli and Salmonella) are within certain parameters. The detection of other microorganisms is not required. The aim of this study is to determine the bacteriological quality of groundwater used for irrigation and the occurrence of enteric viruses (Norovirus, Enterovirus, Rotavirus, Hepatovirus A), and to compare the presence of viruses with the fecal bacteria indicators...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538674/biosynthesis-of-zno-nanoparticles-by-a-new-pichia-kudriavzevii-yeast-strain-and-evaluation-of-their-antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activities
#4
Amin Boroumand Moghaddam, Mona Moniri, Susan Azizi, Raha Abdul Rahim, Arbakariya Bin Ariff, Wan Zuhainis Saad, Farideh Namvar, Mohammad Navaderi
The potential ability of a new yeast strain, Pichia kudriavzevii, in the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) through a green method was explored in this study. The effect of reaction time (12, 24 and 36 h) on the structure of the resulting ZnO nanoparticles was investigated. From the XRD and TEM results, the ZnO-NPs with a hexagonal wurtzite structure and a particle crystal size of ~10-61 nm was formed at different reaction times. Combing XRD, TEM, and PL results, it was revealed that the sample prepared at intermediate duration (24 h) has the most favorable nanosized structure with the lowest defect concentration...
May 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538389/antimicrobial-resistance-patterns-clinical-features-and-risk-factors-for-septic-shock-and-death-of-nosocomial-e-coli-bacteremia-in-adult-patients-with-hematological-disease-a-monocenter-retrospective-study-in-china
#5
Jie Ma, Ning Li, Yajie Liu, Chong Wang, Xiaoyan Liu, Shengmei Chen, Xinsheng Xie, Silin Gan, Meng Wang, Weijie Cao, Fang Wang, Yanfan Liu, Dingming Wan, Ling Sun, Hui Sun
The aim of this retrospective analysis was to evaluate the antimicrobial resistance, clinical features, and risk factors for septic shock and death of nosocomial E coli bacteremia in adult patients in a single hematological center in China. A retrospective case-control study of 157 adult hematological patients with 168 episodes of E coli bacteremia was initiated from April 2012 to July 2015. Antimicrobial susceptibility as well as antimicrobial co-resistance rates were analyzed. Clinical features and outcomes were also studied...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538189/evaluation-of-methods-to-sample-fecal-indicator-bacteria-in-foreshore-sand-and-pore-water-at-freshwater-beaches
#6
Laura J Vogel, Thomas A Edge, Denis M O'Carroll, Helena M Solo-Gabriele, Caitlin S E Kushnir, Clare E Robinson
Fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) are known to accumulate in foreshore beach sand and pore water (referred to as foreshore reservoir) where they act as a non-point source for contaminating adjacent surface waters. While guidelines exist for sampling surface waters at recreational beaches, there is no widely-accepted method to collect sand/sediment or pore water samples for FIB enumeration. The effect of different sampling strategies in quantifying the abundance of FIB in the foreshore reservoir is unclear. Sampling was conducted at six freshwater beaches with different sand types to evaluate sampling methods for characterizing the abundance of E...
May 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538158/glnk-facilitates-the-dynamic-regulation-of-bacterial-nitrogen-assimilation
#7
Adam Gosztolai, Jörg Schumacher, Volker Behrends, Jacob G Bundy, Franziska Heydenreich, Mark H Bennett, Martin Buck, Mauricio Barahona
Ammonium assimilation in Escherichia coli is regulated by two paralogous proteins (GlnB and GlnK), which orchestrate interactions with regulators of gene expression, transport proteins, and metabolic pathways. Yet how they conjointly modulate the activity of glutamine synthetase, the key enzyme for nitrogen assimilation, is poorly understood. We combine experiments and theory to study the dynamic roles of GlnB and GlnK during nitrogen starvation and upshift. We measure time-resolved in vivo concentrations of metabolites, total and posttranslationally modified proteins, and develop a concise biochemical model of GlnB and GlnK that incorporates competition for active and allosteric sites, as well as functional sequestration of GlnK...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538096/location-of-the-substrate-binding-site-of-the-cytochrome-bo3-ubiquinol-oxidase-from-escherichia-coli
#8
Sylvia K Choi, Lici Schurig-Briccio, Ziqiao Ding, Sangjin Hong, Chang Sun, Robert B Gennis
Cytochrome bo3 is a respiratory proton-pumping oxygen reductase that is a member of the heme-copper superfamily that utilizes ubiquinol-8 (Q8H2) as a substrate. The current consensus model has Q8H2 oxidized at a low affinity site (QL), passing electrons to a tightly bound quinone cofactor at a high affinity site (QH site) that stabilizes the one-electron reduced ubisemiquinone, facilitating the transfer of electrons to the redox active metal centers where O2 is reduced to water. The current work shows that the Q8 bound to the QH site is more dynamic than previously thought...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537778/antibacterial-susceptibilities-of-escherichia-coli-from-community-acquired-urinary-tract-infections-in-the-faroe-islands-associations-with-antibacterial-sales-and-comparison-with-iceland-and-denmark
#9
Marita Debess Magnussen, Hannes Gislason, Shahin Gaini, Karl G Kristinsson
Currently, data on Escherichia coli antibacterial susceptibilities in the Faroe Islands are lacking. The aim was to investigate the antibacterial susceptibilities of E. coli from patients with community-acquired urinary tract infections in the Faroe Islands, correlate with antibacterial sales, and compare with Iceland and Denmark. From 2009 to 2010 and in 2012, 12 general practitioners from the Faroe Islands were recruited to provide urine samples from patients. Antibacterial susceptibilities were determined by disc diffusion testing according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute methods and criteria...
May 24, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537751/using-neutron-reflectometry-to-characterize-antimicrobial-protein-surface-coatings
#10
Peter W Akers, Andrew J Dingley, Simon Swift, Andrew R J Nelson, Julie Martin, Duncan James McGillivray
Understanding the interaction of adsorbed or covalently immobilized proteins with solid substrates at the molecular level guides the successful design of functionalized surfaces used in biomedical applications. In this report, neutron reflectometry (NR) was used to characterize the structure of surface-attached antimicrobial protein films, with antimicrobial activity assessed using an adaption of the Japanese Industrial Standard Test JIS Z 2801. NR allowed parameters influencing bioactivity to be measured at nanometer resolution and for conclusions about structural characteristics relating to bioactivity to be drawn...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535614/elucidating-bottlenecks-of-the-efficient-preparation-of-an-ab5-hexamer-mucosal-adjuvant-protein-ltm-by-genetic-engineering
#11
Di Liu, Fabiao Hu, Wenpeng Wang, Dong Wu, Xiujuan He, Wenyun Zheng, Haipeng Liu, Xingyuan Ma
Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin (LT) and its non-toxic mutant (LTm) are well-known powerful mucosal adjuvants and immunogens. However, the yields of these adjuvants from genetically engineered strains remain at extremely low levels, thereby hindering their extensive application in fundamental and clinical research. Therefore, efficient production of these adjuvant proteins from genetically engineered microbes is a huge challenge in the field of molecular biology. In order to explore expression bottlenecks of LTm in E...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535609/synthesis-of-%C3%AE-galactooligosaccharide-using-bifidobacterial-%C3%AE-galactosidase-purified-from-recombinant-escherichia-coli
#12
So Young Oh, So Youn Youn, Myung Soo Park, Hyoung Geun Kim, Nam In Baek, Zhi Peng Li, Geun Eog Ji
Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) are known to be selectively utilized by Bifidobacterium, which can bring about healthy changes of the composition of intestinal microflora. In this study, β-GOS are synthesized using bifidobacterial β-galactosidase(G1) purified from recombinant E. coli with a high GOS yield and with high productivity and enhanced bifidogenic activity. The purified recombinant G1 showed maximum production of β-GOS at pH 8.5 and 45°C. A matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) analysis of the major peaks of the produced β-GOS showed MW of 527 and 689, indicating the synthesis of β-GOS at degrees of polymerization (DP) of 3 and DP4, respectively...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535607/generation-of-the-new-discovered-resistant-gene-mcr-1-knockout-in-escherichia-coli-using-crispr-cas9-system
#13
Lichang Sun, Tao He, Lili Zhang, Maoda Pang, Qiaoyan Zhang, Yan Zhou, Hongduo Bao, Ran Wang
The mcr-1 gene was the new discovered "superbug" gene which makes the bacteria highly resistant to the last-resort class of antibiotics in China in 2016. The mcr-1 gene raised serious concern about its possible global dissemination and spread. Here, we report a potential anti-resistant strategy that CRISPR/Cas9 mediated approach can efficiently induce mcr-1 gene knockout in Escherichia coli. Our findings suggested that using CRISPPR/Cas9 system to knockout the resistant gene mcr-1 might be a potential anti-resistant strategy...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535345/natural-predominance-of-abscisic-acid-in-pongammia-pinnata-karanj-honey-contributed-to-its-strong-antimutagenicity
#14
Sudhanshu Saxena, Jyoti Tripathi, Suchandra Chatterjee, Satyendra Gautam
Various samples of raw (unprocessed) floral honey collected from different geographical locations of India were assayed for its antimutagenicity against ethyl methanesulfonate in E. coli MG1655 cells through rifampicin resistance assay. A monofloral honey ('Pongammia pinnata', local name 'Karanj') displayed maximum antimutagenicity (78.0 ± 1.7; P≤0.05). Solid phase extraction (using amberlite XAD-2 resin) followed by HPLC resulted into different peaks displaying varying antimutagenicity. Peak at retention time (Rt) 27...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535337/overall-structural-model-of-ns5a-protein-from-hepatitis-c-virus-and-modulation-by-mutations-confering-resistance-of-virus-replication-to-cyclosporin-a
#15
Aurelie Badillo, Veronique Brechot, Stephane Sarrazin, François-Xavier Cantrelle, Frederic Delolme, Marie-Laure Fogeron, Jennifer Molle, Roland Montserret, Anja Bockmann, Ralf Bartenschlager, Volker Lohmann, Guy Lippens, Sylvie Ricard-Blum, Xavier Hanoulle, Francois Penin
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) is a RNA-binding phosphoprotein composed of a N-terminal membrane anchor (AH), a structured domain 1 (D1) and two intrinsically disordered domains (D2 and D3). The knowledge of the functional architecture of this multifunctional protein remains limited. We report here that NS5A-D1D2D3 produced in a wheat germ cell-free system is obtained under a highly phosphorylated state. Its NMR analysis revealed that these phosphorylations do not change the disordered nature of D2 and D3 domains but increase the number of conformers due to partial phosphorylations...
May 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535204/colocalization-of-receptors-for-shiga-toxins-with-lipid-rafts-in-primary-human-renal-glomerular-endothelial-cells-and-influence-of-d-pdmp-on-synthesis-and-distribution-of-glycosphingolipid-receptors
#16
Nadine Legros, Gottfried Pohlentz, Jana Runde, Stefanie Dusny, Hans-Ulrich Humpf, Helge Karch, Johannes Müthing
Damage of human renal glomerular endothelial cells (HRGECs) of the kidney represents the linchpin in the pathogenesis of the hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) caused by Shiga toxins (Stxs) of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC). We performed a comprehensive structural analysis of the Stx receptor glycosphingolipids (GSLs) globotriaosylceramide (Gb3Cer, Galα4alβ4Glcβ1Cer) and globotetraosylceramide (Gb4Cer, GalNAcβ3Galα4Galβ4Glcβ1Cer) and their distribution in lipid raft analogue detergent-resistant membranes (DRMs) and nonDRMs prepared from primary HRGECs...
May 23, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535195/presence-of-type-i-f-crispr-cas-systems-is-associated-with-antimicrobial-susceptibility-in-escherichia-coli
#17
Seyid Aydin, Yoann Personne, Enas Newire, Rebecca Laverick, Oliver Russell, Adam P Roberts, Virve I Enne
Background: Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) and their associated cas genes are sequence-specific DNA nuclease systems found in bacteria and archaea. CRISPR/Cas systems use RNA transcripts of previously acquired DNA (spacers) to target invading genetic elements with the same sequence, including plasmids. In this research we studied the relationship between CRISPR/Cas systems and multidrug resistance in Escherichia coli . Methods: The presence of Type I-E and Type I-F CRISPR systems was investigated among 82 antimicrobial-susceptible and 96 MDR clinical E...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535029/the-quaternary-structure-of-the-r-state-of-escherichia-coli-aspartate-transcarbamoylase-in-solution-is-different-from-that-in-the-crystal-and-is-modified-by-mg-2-%C3%A2-atp-binding
#18
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534479/efficient-protein-production-inspired-by-how-spiders-make-silk
#19
Nina Kronqvist, Médoune Sarr, Anton Lindqvist, Kerstin Nordling, Martins Otikovs, Luca Venturi, Barbara Pioselli, Pasi Purhonen, Michael Landreh, Henrik Biverstål, Zigmantas Toleikis, Lisa Sjöberg, Carol V Robinson, Nicola Pelizzi, Hans Jörnvall, Hans Hebert, Kristaps Jaudzems, Tore Curstedt, Anna Rising, Jan Johansson
Membrane proteins are targets of most available pharmaceuticals, but they are difficult to produce recombinantly, like many other aggregation-prone proteins. Spiders can produce silk proteins at huge concentrations by sequestering their aggregation-prone regions in micellar structures, where the very soluble N-terminal domain (NT) forms the shell. We hypothesize that fusion to NT could similarly solubilize non-spidroin proteins, and design a charge-reversed mutant (NT*) that is pH insensitive, stabilized and hypersoluble compared to wild-type NT...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534448/the-use-of-escherichia-coli-total-antigens-as-a-complementary-approach-to-address-seropositivity-to-leishmania-antigens-in-canine-leishmaniosis
#20
Carla Lima, João Rodrigo Mesquita, Hugo Brancal, Thomas Vahlenkamp, Ana Rafaela Teixeira, Luís Cardoso, Célia Amorim, Nuno Santarém, Anabela Cordeiro DA Silva
Canine leishmaniosis (CanL) is a major veterinary concern and a public health issue. Serological data are essential for disease management. Several antigens used in serological assays have specificity related problems preventing relevant seropositivity values establishment. Herein we report significant seropositivity level disparity in a study cohort with 384 dogs from eight countries, for antigens traditionally used in CanL - soluble promastigote Leishmania antigens (SPLA) and K39 recombinant protein (rK39): 43·8 and 2·9% for SPLA and rK39, respectively...
May 23, 2017: Parasitology
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