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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914366/rapid-and-low-cost-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#1
Ghadeer A R Y Suaifan, Sahar Alhogail, Mohammed Zourob
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is one of the most common etiological agents in hospital-acquired infections and food-borne illness. S. aureus toxins and virulence proteases often circulate in host blood vessels leading to life-threatening diseases. Standard identification approaches include bacterial culturing method, which takes several days. Other nucleic acid-based methods were expensive and required trained personnel. To surmount these limitations, a paper-based biosensor was developed. The sensing mechanism was based on the proteolytic activity of S...
November 21, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914361/development-of-cxcr4-modulators-by-virtual-hts-of-a-novel-amide-sulfamide-compound-library
#2
Renren Bai, Qi Shi, Zhongxing Liang, Younghyoun Yoon, Yiran Han, Amber Feng, Shuangping Liu, Yoonhyeun Oum, C Chris Yun, Hyunsuk Shim
CXCR4 plays a crucial role in recruitment of inflammatory cells to inflammation sites at the beginning of the disease process. Modulating CXCR4 functions presents a new avenue for anti-inflammatory strategies. However, using CXCR4 antagonists for a long term usage presents potential serious side effect due to their stem cell mobilizing property. We have been developing partial CXCR4 antagonists without such property. A new computer-aided drug design program, the FRESH workflow, was used for anti-CXCR4 lead compound discovery and optimization, which coupled both compound library building and CXCR4 docking screens in one campaign...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914352/searching-for-novel-modes-of-toxic-actions-of-oil-spill-using-e-%C3%A2-coli-live-cell-array-reporter-system-a-hebei-spirit-oil-spill-study
#3
Dawoon Jung, Miao Guan, Sangwoo Lee, Cheolmin Kim, Hyesoo Shin, Seongjin Hong, Un Hyuk Yim, Won Joon Shim, John P Giesy, Jong Seong Khim, Xiaowei Zhang, Kyungho Choi
Oil is a complex mixture of numerous compounds. Therefore, oil spills near shore can cause various adverse effects on coastal ecosystems. However, most toxicological assessments conducted on oil spill sites have focused on limited modes of toxic actions. In the present study, we utilized the Escherichia coli (E. coli) live cell array system (LCA) to identify novel modes of toxicities of the oil spill-affected sediments. For this purpose, sediment samples were collected from an area heavily polluted by Hebei Spirit oil spill (HSOS) incident of 2007...
November 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914220/modulation-of-the-innate-immune-related-genes-expression-in-h9n2-avian-influenza-virus-infected-chicken-macrophage-like-cells-hd11-in-response-to-escherichia-coli-lps-stimulation
#4
Xuefeng Qi, Caihong Liu, Ruiqiao Li, Huizhu Zhang, Xingang Xu, Jingyu Wang
Macrophages play important roles in mediating virus-induced innate immune responses and are thought to be involved in the pathogenesis of bacterial superinfections. The innate immune response initiated by both low pathogenicity AIV and bacterial superinfection in their avian host is not fully understood. We therefore determine the transcripts of innate immune-related genes following avian H9N2 AIV virus infection and E. coli LPS co-stimulation of avian macrophage-like cell line HD11 cells. More pronounced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6 and IL-1β) as well as the inflammatory chemokines (CXCLi1 and CXCLi2) was observed in virus infected plus LPS treated HD11 cells compared to H9N2 virus solely infected control...
November 17, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914200/assembling-the-tat-protein-translocase
#5
Felicity Alcock, Phillip J Stansfeld, Hajra Basit, Johann Habersetzer, Matthew Ab Baker, Tracy Palmer, Mark I Wallace, Ben C Berks
The twin-arginine protein translocation system (Tat) transports folded proteins across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane and the thylakoid membranes of plant chloroplasts. The Tat transporter is assembled from multiple copies of the membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC. We combine sequence co-evolution analysis, molecular simulations, and experimentation to define the interactions between the Tat proteins of Escherichia coli at molecular-level resolution. In the TatBC receptor complex the transmembrane helix of each TatB molecule is sandwiched between two TatC molecules, with one of the inter-subunit interfaces incorporating a functionally important cluster of interacting polar residues...
December 3, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914120/effect-of-glycosylation-on-the-biocatalytic-properties-of-hydroxynitrile-lyase-from-the-passion-fruit-passiflora-edulis-a-comparison-of-natural-and-recombinant-enzymes
#6
Aem Nuylert, Yuko Ishida, Yasuhisa Asano
A hydroxynitrile lyase from the passion fruit, Passiflora edulis (PeHNL) was isolated from the leaves and showed high stability in biphasic co-organic solvent systems for cyanohydrin synthesis. Cyanohydrins are important building blocks for the production of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Thus, to enhance production yields of PeHNL for industrial applications, we cloned and expressed recombinant PeHNL in E. coli BL21 (DE3) and P. pastoris GS115 cells without a signal peptide sequence. The aim of the present study is to determine the effect of N-glycosylation on enzyme stability and catalytic properties in microbial expression systems...
December 3, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914106/effect-of-cranberry-extract-on-the-frequency-of-bacteriuria-in-dogs-with-acute-thoracolumbar-disk-herniation-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
#7
N J Olby, S L Vaden, K Williams, E H Griffith, T Harris, C L Mariani, K R Muñana, P J Early, S R Platt, L Boozer, C Giovanella, R Longshore
BACKGROUND: Dogs with spinal cord injury are at increased risk of developing bacteriuria due to increased residual urine volume. Cranberry extract inhibits binding of E. coli to uroepithelial cells, potentially reducing risk of bacteriuria. HYPOTHESIS: Cranberry extract reduces risk of bacteriuria in dogs after acute TL-IVDH. ANIMALS: Client-owned dogs with acute onset TL-IVDH causing nonambulatory status. METHODS: Randomized, placebo-controlled, blinded, prospective clinical trial...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914021/surface-modified-cobalt-ferrite-nanoparticles-for-rapid-capture-detection-and-removal-of-pathogens-a-potential-material-for-water-purification
#8
Raghvendra A Bohara, Nanasaheb D Throat, Nayeem A Mulla, Shivaji H Pawar
Enteric infections resulting from the consumption of contaminated drinking water, inadequate supply of water for personal hygiene, and poor sanitation take a heavy toll worldwide, and developing countries are the major sufferers. Consumption of microbiologically contaminated water leads to diseases such as amoebiasis, cholera, shigellosis, typhoid, and viral infections leading to gastroenteritis and hepatitis B. The present investigation deals with the development of effective method to capture and eliminate microbial contamination of water and improve the quality of water and thus decreasing the contaminated waterborne infections...
December 2, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914001/subtilosin-prevents-biofilm-formation-by-inhibiting-bacterial-quorum-sensing
#9
Ammar Algburi, Saskia Zehm, Victoria Netrebov, Anzhelica B Bren, Vladimir Chistyakov, Michael L Chikindas
Subtilosin, the cyclic lantibiotic protein produced by Bacillus subtilis KATMIRA1933, targets the surface receptor and electrostatically binds to the bacterial cell membrane. In this study, subtilosin was purified using ammonium sulfate ((NH4)2SO4) precipitation and purified via column chromatography. Subtilosin's antibacterial minimum and sub-minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC and sub-MIC) and anti-biofilm activity (biofilm prevention) were established. Subtilosin was evaluated as a quorum sensing (QS) inhibitor in Gram-positive bacteria using Fe(III) reduction assay...
December 2, 2016: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913912/genetic-counselor-practices-involving-pediatric-patients-with-fap-an-investigation-of-their-self-reported-strategies-for-genetic-testing-and-hepatoblastoma-screening
#10
Caitlin E Lawson, Thomas M Attard, Hongying Dai, Seth Septer
Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is a cancer predisposition syndrome that causes early-onset polyposis and is associated with an increased risk for hepatoblastoma. There is currently a lack of consensus on when to order APC (adenomatous polyposis coli) gene testing or implement surveillance for hepatoblastoma. An online questionnaire was completed by 62 genetic counselors to capture their current practices regarding these questions. Extracolonic findings associated with FAP that were most likely to prompt APC testing in an otherwise asymptomatic 10 year-old child with a negative family history were multiple desmoid tumors, congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium (CHRPE), jaw osteomas, and hepatoblastoma...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913884/plasmid-pvax1-nh36-purification-by-membrane-and-bead-perfusion-chromatography
#11
Diana Ivonne Franco-Medrano, Patricia Guerrero-Germán, Rosa María Montesinos-Cisneros, Jaime Ortega-López, Armando Tejeda-Mansir
The demand for plasmid DNA (pDNA) has increased in response to the rapid advances in vaccines applications to prevent and treat infectious diseases caused by virus, bacteria or parasites, such as Leishmania species. The immunization protocols require large amounts of supercoiled plasmid DNA (sc-pDNA) challenging the development of efficient and profitable processes for capturing and purified pDNA molecules from large volumes of lysates. A typical bioprocess involves four steps: fermentation, primary recovery, intermediate recovery and final purification...
December 2, 2016: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913852/differential-effect-of-early-antibiotic-intervention-on-bacterial-fermentation-patterns-and-mucosal-gene-expression-in-the-colon-of-pigs-under-diets-with-different-protein-levels
#12
Chuanjian Zhang, Miao Yu, Yuxiang Yang, Chunlong Mu, Yong Su, Weiyun Zhu
The study aimed to evaluate the effects of early antibiotic intervention (EAI) on bacterial fermentation patterns and mucosal immune markers in the colon of pigs with different protein level diets. Eighteen litters of piglets at day (d) 7 were fed creep feed without or with growth promoting antibiotics until d 42. At d 42, pigs within each group were further randomly assigned to a normal- or low-crude protein (CP) diet. At d 77 and d 120, five pigs per group were slaughtered for analyzing colonic bacteria, metabolites, and mucosal gene expressions...
December 3, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913732/a-hydantoin-isoform-of-cyclic-n6-threonylcarbamoyladenosine-ct6a-is-present-in-trnas
#13
Michal Matuszewski, Jakub Wojciechowski, Kenjyo Miyauchi, Zofia Gdaniec, Wojciech M Wolf, Tsutomu Suzuki, Elzbieta Sochacka
N(6)-Threonylcarbamoyladenosine (t(6)A) and its derivatives are universally conserved modified nucleosides found at position 37, 3' adjacent to the anticodon in tRNAs responsible for ANN codons. These modifications have pleiotropic functions of tRNAs in decoding and protein synthesis. In certain species of bacteria, fungi, plants and protists, t(6)A is further modified to the cyclic t(6)A (ct(6)A) via dehydration catalyzed by TcdA. This additional modification is involved in efficient decoding of tRNA(Lys) Previous work indicated that the chemical structure of ct(6)A is a cyclic active ester with an oxazolone ring...
December 2, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913665/structure-and-function-of-bacterial-h-ns-protein
#14
REVIEW
David C Grainger
The histone-like nucleoid structuring (H-NS) protein is a major component of the folded chromosome in Escherichia coli and related bacteria. Functions attributed to H-NS include management of genome evolution, DNA condensation, and transcription. The wide-ranging influence of H-NS is remarkable given the simplicity of the protein, a small peptide, possessing rudimentary determinants for self-association, hetero-oligomerisation and DNA binding. In this review, I will discuss our understanding of H-NS with a focus on these structural elements...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913217/integration-of-whole-cell-reaction-and-product-isolation-highly-hydrophobic-solvents-promote-in-situ-substrate-supply-and-simplify-extractive-product-isolation
#15
Dorothea Leis, Bernhard Lauß, Robert Macher-Ambrosch, Andreas Pfennig, Bernd Nidetzky, Regina Kratzer
Product isolation from aqueous-organic reaction mixtures that contain high concentrations of whole cells constitutes a challenging task in bioprocessing. Stirring of the biphasic reaction media leads to the formation of solvent droplets coated by surface active components and an emulsion forms. We used an early focus on phase separation to simplify a whole-cell bioreduction. Octanol, heptanol, hexanol, hexane and dipropylether were tested as co-solvents in the E. coli catalyzed reduction of o-chloroacetophenone...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913199/the-involvement-of-m2-macrophage-polarization-inhibition-in-fenretinide-mediated-chemopreventive-effects-on-colon-cancer
#16
Rong Dong, Yanling Gong, Wen Meng, Meng Yuan, Hong Zhu, Meidan Ying, Qiaojun He, Ji Cao, Bo Yang
Clinical studies have shown that fenretinide (4-HPR) is an attractive chemopreventive agent for cancer treatment. However, to date, few studies have demonstrated the mechanism of the preventive effect of 4-HPR. In our current study, we revealed that 4-HPR could significantly suppress IL-4/IL-13 induced M2-like polarization of macrophages, which was demonstrated by the reduced expression of M2 surface markers, the down-regulation of M2 marker genes, and the inhibition of M2-like macrophages promoted angiogenesis...
November 29, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912768/quasi-continuous-parallel-online-scattered-light-fluorescence-and-dissolved-oxygen-tension-measurement-combined-with-monitoring-of-the-oxygen-transfer-rate-in-each-well-of-a-shaken-microtiter-plate
#17
Tobias Ladner, Markus Held, David Flitsch, Mario Beckers, Jochen Büchs
BACKGROUND: Microtiter plates (MTP) are often applied as culture vessels in high-throughput screening programs. If online measuring techniques are available, MTPs can also be applied in the first steps of process development. For such small-scale bioreactors dipping probes are usually too large; therefore, optical measurements are often used. For example, the BioLector technology allows for the online monitoring of scattered light and fluorescence in each well of a continuously orbitally shaken MTP...
December 3, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912136/modeling-the-interannual-variability-of-microbial-quality-metrics-of-irrigation-water-in-a-pennsylvania-stream
#18
Eun-Mi Hong, Daniel Shelton, Yakov A Pachepsky, Won-Ho Nam, Cary Coppock, Richard Muirhead
Knowledge of the microbial quality of irrigation waters is extremely limited. For this reason, the US FDA has promulgated the Produce Rule, mandating the testing of irrigation water sources for many farms. The rule requires the collection and analysis of at least 20 water samples over two to four years to adequately evaluate the quality of water intended for produce irrigation. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of interannual weather variability on surface water microbial quality. We used the Soil and Water Assessment Tool model to simulate E...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912133/fate-of-tetracycline-resistance-in-synthetic-livestock-carcass-leachate-for-two-years
#19
Dennis Espineli Salcedo, Sungpyo Kim
To simulate the fate of antibiotic resistance in leachate from anaerobic carcass landfill site, anaerobic reactors were set-up and their antibiotic resistance activities were monitored for 2 years. Initially, Escherichia coli DH5α with tetracycline resistance pB10 plasmid was inoculated in nutrient rich anaerobic reactors. The fate of tetracycline resistant bacteria (TRB) was tracked by analysis using culture-based method, EC50 (half maximal effective concentration), and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912044/mutations-in-prosc-disrupt-cellular-pyridoxal-phosphate-homeostasis-and-cause-vitamin-b6-dependent-epilepsy
#20
Niklas Darin, Emma Reid, Laurence Prunetti, Lena Samuelsson, Ralf A Husain, Matthew Wilson, Basma El Yacoubi, Emma Footitt, W K Chong, Louise C Wilson, Helen Prunty, Simon Pope, Simon Heales, Karine Lascelles, Mike Champion, Evangeline Wassmer, Pierangelo Veggiotti, Valérie de Crécy-Lagard, Philippa B Mills, Peter T Clayton
Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), the active form of vitamin B6, functions as a cofactor in humans for more than 140 enzymes, many of which are involved in neurotransmitter synthesis and degradation. A deficiency of PLP can present, therefore, as seizures and other symptoms that are treatable with PLP and/or pyridoxine. Deficiency of PLP in the brain can be caused by inborn errors affecting B6 vitamer metabolism or by inactivation of PLP, which can occur when compounds accumulate as a result of inborn errors of other pathways or when small molecules are ingested...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
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