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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931053/identification-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-metagenome-derived-l-lysine-decarboxylase-gene-from-subtropical-soil-microorganisms
#1
Jie Deng, Hua Gao, Zhen Gao, Huaxian Zhao, Ying Yang, Qiaofen Wu, Bo Wu, Chengjian Jiang
L-lysine decarboxylase (LDC, EC 4.1.1.18) is a key enzyme in the decarboxylation of L-lysine to 1,5-pentanediamine and efficiently contributes significance to biosynthetic capability. Metagenomic technology is a shortcut approach used to obtain new genes from uncultured microorganisms. In this study, a subtropical soil metagenomic library was constructed, and a putative LDC gene named ldc1E was isolated by function-based screening strategy through the indication of pH change by L-lysine decarboxylation. Amino acid sequence comparison and homology modeling indicated the close relation between Ldc1E and other putative LDCs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931050/saxs-and-stability-studies-of-iron-induced-oligomers-of-bacterial-frataxin-cyay
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Mostafa Fekry, Wessen Alshokry, Przemysław Grela, Marek Tchórzewski, Eva-Christina Ahlgren, Christopher A Söderberg, Oleksandr Gakh, Grazia Isaya, Salam Al-Karadaghi
Frataxin is a highly conserved protein found in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. It is involved in several central functions in cells, which include iron delivery to biochemical processes, such as heme synthesis, assembly of iron-sulfur clusters (ISC), storage of surplus iron in conditions of iron overload, and repair of ISC in aconitase. Frataxin from different organisms has been shown to undergo iron-dependent oligomerization. At least two different classes of oligomers, with different modes of oligomer packing and stabilization, have been identified...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931012/cbta-toxin-of-escherichia-coli-inhibits-cell-division-and-cell-elongation-via-direct-and-independent-interactions-with-ftsz-and-mreb
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Danielle M Heller, Mrinalini Tavag, Ann Hochschild
The toxin components of toxin-antitoxin modules, found in bacterial plasmids, phages, and chromosomes, typically target a single macromolecule to interfere with an essential cellular process. An apparent exception is the chromosomally encoded toxin component of the E. coli CbtA/CbeA toxin-antitoxin module, which can inhibit both cell division and cell elongation. A small protein of only 124 amino acids, CbtA, was previously proposed to interact with both FtsZ, a tubulin homolog that is essential for cell division, and MreB, an actin homolog that is essential for cell elongation...
September 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930971/determination-of-the-optimal-chromosomal-location-s-for-a-dna-element-in-escherichia-coli-using-a-novel-transposon-mediated-approach
#4
Jakob Frimodt-Møller, Godefroid Charbon, Karen A Krogfelt, Anders Løbner-Olesen
The optimal chromosomal position(s) of a given DNA element was/were determined by transposon-mediated random insertion followed by fitness selection. In bacteria, the impact of the genetic context on the function of a genetic element can be difficult to assess. Several mechanisms, including topological effects, transcriptional interference from neighboring genes, and/or replication-associated gene dosage, may affect the function of a given genetic element. Here, we describe a method that permits the random integration of a DNA element into the chromosome of Escherichia coli and select the most favorable locations using a simple growth competition experiment...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930669/a-highly-specific-escherichia-coli-qpcr-and-its-comparison-with-existing-methods-for-environmental-waters
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David I Walker, Jonathan McQuillan, Michael Taiwo, Rachel Parks, Craig A Stenton, Hywel Morgan, Matthew C Mowlem, David N Lees
The presence of Escherichia coli in environmental waters is considered as evidence of faecal contamination and is therefore commonly used as an indicator in both water quality and food safety analysis. The long period of time between sample collection and obtaining results from existing culture based methods means that contamination events may already impact public health by the time they are detected. The adoption of molecular based methods for E. coli could significantly reduce the time to detection. A new quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) assay was developed to detect the ybbW gene sequence, which was found to be 100% exclusive and inclusive (specific and sensitive) for E...
August 25, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930630/assessing-the-structure-and-stability-of-transmembrane-oligomeric-intermediates-of-an-%C3%AE-helical-toxin
#6
Rajat Desikan, Prabal K K Maiti, K Ganapathy Ayappa
Protein membrane interactions play an important role in our understanding of diverse phenomena ranging from membrane assisted protein aggregation to oligomerization and folding. Pore forming toxins (PFTs) form the primary vehicle for infection by several strains of bacteria. These proteins expressed in a water soluble form (monomers) bind to the target membrane (protomer) to form a transmembrane pore complex through a process of oligomerization. Based on the structure of the transmembrane domains, PFTs are broadly classified into β or α toxins...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930254/synthesis-antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activities-of-chalcogen-containing-nitrone-derivatives-from-r-citronellal
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Mariana C Ferraz, Renata A Mano, Daniela H Oliveira, Darla S V Maia, Wladimir P Silva, Lucielli Savegnago, Eder J Lenardão, Raquel G Jacob
Background: The main constituents of Cymbopogonnardus (L) Rendle and C. citratus (DC) Stapfessential oils are (R)-citronellal and citral, respectively. Organochalcogen compounds can boost the biological activities of natural products. Methods: Several chalcogen-containing nitrones derived from (R)-citronellal and citral were prepared and evaluated for their antimicrobial and antioxidant activities. The antimicrobial activity was evaluated by the disc diffusion test and the antioxidant properties were evaluated in vitro by DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl), ABTS (2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid), and FRAP (ferric ion reducing antioxidant power) assays...
June 10, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930249/anti-inflammatory-antioxidant-antibiotic-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-tanacetum-vulgare-l-essential-oil-and-its-constituents
#8
Héloïse Coté, Marie-Anne Boucher, André Pichette, Jean Legault
Background:Tanacetum vulgare L. (Asteraceae) is a perennial herb that has been used to treat multiple ailments. Regional variability of the chemical composition of T. vulgare essential oils is well-known. Despite these regional chemotypes, most relevant studies did not analyze the complete chemical composition of the T. vulgare essential oil and its constituents in relation to their biological activities. Here, we assess the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and cytotoxic activities of T. vulgare collected from northern Quebec (Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean), Canada...
May 25, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930199/reduced-fluorescent-protein-switching-fatigue-by-binding-induced-emissive-state-stabilization
#9
Thijs Roebroek, Sam Duwé, Wim Vandenberg, Peter Dedecker
Reversibly switchable fluorescent proteins (RSFPs) enable advanced fluorescence imaging, though the performance of this imaging crucially depends on the properties of the labels. We report on the use of an existing small binding peptide, named Enhancer, to modulate the spectroscopic properties of the recently developed rsGreen series of RSFPs. Fusion constructs of Enhancer with rsGreen1 and rsGreenF revealed an increased molecular brightness and pH stability, although expression in living E. coli or HeLa cells resulted in a decrease of the overall emission...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930030/mild-illness-during-outbreak-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o157-infections-associated-with-agricultural-show-australia
#10
Bhakti R Vasant, Russell J Stafford, Amy V Jennison, Sonya M Bennett, Robert J Bell, Christine J Doyle, Jeannette R Young, Susan A Vlack, Paul Titmus, Debra El Saadi, Kari A J Jarvinen, Patricia Coward, Janine Barrett, Megan Staples, Rikki M A Graham, Helen V Smith, Stephen B Lambert
During a large outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli illness associated with an agricultural show in Australia, we used whole-genome sequencing to detect an IS1203v insertion in the Shiga toxin 2c subunit A gene of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. Our study showed that clinical illness was mild, and hemolytic uremic syndrome was not detected.
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930021/blactx-m-27-encoding-escherichia-coli-sequence-type-131-lineage-c1-m27-clone-in-clinical-isolates-germany
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Hiren Ghosh, Swapnil Doijad, Linda Falgenhauer, Moritz Fritzenwanker, Can Imirzalioglu, Trinad Chakraborty
We examined extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing isolates from livestock, humans, companion animals, food, and the environment during 2009-2016 in Germany for the presence of CTX-M-27 allele within Escherichia coli sequence type (ST) 131. E. coli ST131 C1-M27 was exclusively present in humans; its incidence increased from 0% in 2009 to 45% in 2016.
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930004/enteric-infections-circulating-during-hajj-seasons-2011-2013
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Moataz Abd El Ghany, Mona Alsomali, Malak Almasri, Eriko Padron Regalado, Raeece Naeem, AbdulHafeez Tukestani, Abdullah Asiri, Grant A Hill-Cawthorne, Arnab Pain, Ziad A Memish
Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is a unique mass gathering event that raises public health concerns in the host country and globally. Although gastroenteritis and diarrhea are common among Hajj pilgrims, the microbial etiologies of these infections are unknown. We collected 544 fecal samples from pilgrims with medically attended diarrheal illness from 40 countries during the 2011-2013 Hajj seasons and screened the samples for 16 pathogens commonly associated with diarrheal infections...
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929967/-results-of-a-multicenter-study-investigating-plasmid-mediated-colistin-resistance-genes-mcr-1-and-mcr-2-in-clinical-enterobacteriaceae-%C3%A4-solates-from-turkey
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Ayşe Nur Sarı, Serap Süzük, Onur Karatuna, Dilara Öğünç, Ayşe Esra Karakoç, Zeynep Çizmeci, Hikmet Eda Alışkan, Füsun Cömert, Mustafa Zahir Bakıcı, Nezahat Akpolat, Fatma Feriha Çilli, Yasemin Zer, Aysel Karataş, Bahar Akgün Karapınar, Gülçin Bayramoğlu, Melda Özdamar, Fatma Kalem, Nuran Delialioğlu, Elif Aktaş, Nisel Yılmaz, Şaban Gürcan, Zeynep Gülay
Colistin is a polymyxin antibiotic which is considered as one of the last line agents against infections due to multidrug resistant or carbapenem resistant gram-negative pathogens. Colistin resistance is associated with chromosomal alterations which can usually cause mutations in genes coding specific two component regulator systems. The first plasmid-mediated colistin resistance gene, mcr-1 was described in Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates in December 2015 and followed by another plasmid-mediated colistin resistance gene mcr-2 in 2016...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929962/-determination-of-in-vitro-susceptibilities-of-brucella-spp-strains-against-11-different-antibacterial-gents-isolated-from-blood-cultures
#14
Recep Keşli, Hüseyin Bilgin, Halim Yılmaz
Brucellosis is a worldwide zoonotic disease and still continuous to be a major public health problem. In this study, it was aimed to identify the Brucella strains to the species level isolated from blood cultures, and to determine the rate of antimicrobial susceptibility against eleven antibacterial agents. A total of 106 Brucella spp. strains were included in the study, which were isolated from blood cultures in University of Health Sciences, Konya Training and Research Hospital, Medical Microbiology Laboratory between January 2011 and June 2013...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929961/-national-antimicrobial-resistance-surveillance-system-namrss-external-quality-assessment-studies-2011-2016
#15
Serap Süzük Yıldız, Hüsniye Şimşek, Nilay Çöplü, Zeynep Gülay
Establishment of sustainable and evidence-based surveillance systems are recommended for prevention of microbial resistance by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a necessity of these surveillance systems, participants are recommended to implement an external quality assessment (EQA) program. In this scope, National Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (NARSS) has been established within the Public Health Institute of Turkey (PHIT) in our country since 2011. In the scope of this surveillance, NARSS EQA program has been implemented in a cycle per year and four isolates were sent to participants per cycle every year since 2011...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929793/stainless-steel-and-polyethylene-surfaces-functionalized-with-silver-nanoparticles
#16
José Fq Fialho, Emiliane Aa Naves, Patrícia C Bernardes, Deusmaque C Ferreira, Letícia D Dos Anjos, Rogério V Gelamo, João Pn de Sá, Nélio J de Andrade
The antimicrobial effects of a stainless steel surface and a polyethylene surface functionalized with silver nanoparticles on the adhesion of different bacteria and the changes in physical and chemical characteristics of these surfaces that influence biofilm formation were evaluated. The functionalized surfaces of polyethylene and stainless steel were more hydrophobic than the control ones. The bacterial surfaces were hydrophilic. The adhesion of all bacteria was thermodynamically favorable (ΔGadhesion<0) on all surfaces functionalized and control...
January 1, 2017: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929755/nanowires-of-geobacter-sulfurreducens-require-redox-cofactors-to-reduce-metals-in-pore-spaces-too-small-for-cell-passage
#17
Kyle Michelson, Robert A Sanford, Albert J Valocchi, Charles J Werth
Members of the Geobacteraceae family are ubiquitous metal reducers that utilize conductive 'nanowires' to reduce Mn(IV) and Fe(III) oxides in anaerobic sediments. However, it is not currently known if and to what extent the Mn(IV) and Fe(III) oxides in soil grains and low permeability sediments that are sequestered in pore spaces too small for cell passage can be reduced by long-range extracellular electron transport via Geobacter nanowires, and what mechanisms control this reduction. We developed a microfluidic reactor that physically separates Geobacter sulfurreducens from the Mn(IV) mineral birnessite by a 1...
September 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929610/identification-of-bottlenecks-in-the-accumulation-of-cyclic-fatty-acids-in-camelina-seed-oil
#18
Xiao-Hong Yu, Rebecca E Cahoon, Patrick J Horn, Hai Shi, Richa Rawat Prakash, Yuanheng Cai, Maegan Hearney, Kent D Chapman, Edgar B Cahoon, Jorg Schwender, John Shanklin
Modified fatty acids (mFA) have diverse uses, e.g., cyclopropane fatty acids (CPA) are feedstocks for producing coatings, lubricants, plastics, and cosmetics. The expression of mFA-producing enzymes in crop and model plants generally results in lower levels of mFA accumulation than in their natural-occurring source plants. Thus, to further our understanding of metabolic bottlenecks that limit mFA accumulation, we generated transgenic Camelina sativa lines co-expressing Escherichia coli cyclopropane synthase (EcCPS) and Sterculia foetida lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase (SfLPAT)...
September 20, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929546/impact-of-selective-media-for-detecting-fluoroquinolone-insusceptible-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-producing-escherichia-coli-before-transrectal-prostate-biopsy
#19
Takuya Sadahira, Koichiro Wada, Motoo Araki, Ayano Ishii, Toyohiko Watanabe, Yoshitsugu Nasu, Masaya Tsugawa, Tadasu Takenaka, Yasutomo Nasu, Hiromi Kumon
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence of fluoroquinolone-insusceptible and/or extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli colonizing in the male rectum before transrectal prostate biopsy. METHODS: We carried out a prospective cohort study of men undergoing transrectal prostate biopsy. CHROMagar Orientation originally supplemented with levofloxacin and CHROMagar Orientation/extended-spectrum beta-lactamase were used for detecting fluoroquinolone-insusceptible and extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929427/backbone-and-ile-%C3%AE-1-leu-val-methyl-1-h-15-n-and-13-c-chemical-shift-assignments-for-rhizopus-chinensis-lipase
#20
Meng Zhang, Xiao-Wei Yu, G V T Swapna, Gaohua Liu, Rong Xiao, Yan Xu, Gaetano T Montelione
Lipase r27RCL is a 296-residue, 33 kDa monomeric enzyme with high ester hydrolysis activity, which has significant applications in the baking, paper and leather industries. The lipase gene proRCL from Rhizopus microsporus var. chinensis (also Rhizopus chinensis) CCTCC M201021 was cloned as a fusion construct C-terminal to a maltose-binding protein (MBP) tag, and expressed as MBP-proRCL in an Escherichia coli BL21 trxB (DE3) expression system with uniform (2)H,(13)C,(15)N-enrichment and Ile-δ1, Leu, and Val (13)CH3 methyl labeling...
September 19, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
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