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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441664/protection-against-legionnaire-s-disease-recombinant-flagellin-a-of-legionella-pneumophila-can-induce-protective-immunity-against-bacteremia-in-a-balb-c-murine-model
#1
Ashraf Mohabati Mobarez, Roya Ahmadrajabi, Nima Khoramabadi, Ali-Hatef Salmanian
To investigate the immunoprotective effects of the recombinant type A flagellin (FLA), the flaA gene of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 strain Paris was cloned into pET28a(+). Recombinant FLA (rFLA) was overexpressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3) and purified by Ni2+ exchange chromatography. Female BALB/c aged 6-8 weeks were immunized with 20 μg of rFLA. Nonimmunized mice along with mice inoculated with a sublethal dose of live L. pneumophila intravenously were considered as negative and positive controls, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441599/transport-and-attenuation-of-salmonella-enterica-fecal-indicator-bacteria-and-a-poultry-litter-marker-gene-are-correlated-in-soil-columns
#2
Sirisha Mantha, Angela Anderson, Saraswati Poudel Acharya, Valerie J Harwood, Jennifer Weidhaas
Millions of tons of fecal-contaminated poultry litter are applied to U.S. agricultural fields annually. Precipitation and irrigation facilitate transport of fecal-derived pathogens and fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) to groundwater. The goal of this study was to compare transport of pathogens, FIB, and a microbial source tracking marker gene for poultry litter (LA35) in a simulated soil-to-groundwater system. Nine laboratory soil columns containing four different soil types were used to evaluate microbial transport to groundwater via infiltration...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441472/repurposing-a-two-component-system-based-biosensor-for-the-killing-of-vibrio-cholerae
#3
Premkumar Jayaraman, Maciej Bartosz Holowko, Jing Wui Yeoh, Sierin Lim, Chueh Loo Poh
New strategies to control cholera are urgently needed. This study develops an in vitro proof-of-concept sense-and-eradicate system in a wild-type Escherichia coli strain to target the causative pathogen Vibrio cholerae using a synthetic biology approach. Our engineered E. coli specifically detects V. cholerae via its quorum-sensing molecule CAI-1 and responds by expressing the lysis protein (YebF-Art-085), thereby self-lysing to release the killing protein (Art-085) to eradicate V. cholerae. For this report, we individually characterized the YebF-Art-085 and Art-085 expression and their activities when coupled to our previously developed V...
April 25, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441427/programmable-type-iii-a-crispr-cas-dna-targeting-modules
#4
H Travis Ichikawa, John C Cooper, Leja Lo, Jason Potter, Rebecca M Terns, Michael P Terns
The CRISPR-Cas systems provide invader defense in a wide variety of prokaryotes, as well as technologies for many powerful applications. The Type III-A or Csm CRISPR-Cas system is one of the most widely distributed across prokaryotic phyla, and cleaves targeted DNA and RNA molecules. In this work, we have constructed modules of Csm systems from 3 bacterial species and heterologously expressed the functional modules in E. coli. The modules include a Cas6 protein and a CRISPR locus for crRNA production, and Csm effector complex proteins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441364/indole-derivatives-produced-by-the-metagenome-genes-of-the-escherichia-coli-harboring-marine-sponge-discodermia-calyx
#5
Feng-Lou Liu, Xiao-Long Yang
Three indole derivatives, a novel benzoxazine-indole hybrid (1) and two known indole trimers (2, 3), were isolated from the metagenomic library of the marine sponge Discodermia calyx based on functional screening. Their structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic analysis and comparison of their NMR data to that of known compounds. The antibacterial assay indicated that only compound 2 displayed significant antibacterial activity against Bacillus cereus, with approximately 20 mm diameter growth inhibition at 10 µg/paper...
April 25, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441350/synthesis-and-bioactivity-evaluation-of-novel-2-salicyloylbenzofurans-as-antibacterial-agents
#6
Phuong-Thuy T Phan, Thu-Trang T Nguyen, Hong-Nhung T Nguyen, Bao-Khanh N Le, Thao T Vu, Dong C Tran, Tuan-Anh N Pham
In order to discover new antibacterial agents, series of 2-salicyloylbenzofuran derivatives were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their antibacterial activities against three Gram-(+) strains (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) ATCC 29213, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ATCC 43300, and Streptococcus faecalis (S. faecalis) ATCC 29212) and one Gram-(-) strain (Escherichia coli (E. coli) ATCC 25922). The 2-salicyloylbenzofuran heterocycles were generated by Rap-Stoermer condensation of salicylaldehydes with phenacyl bromides and then converted to diverse O-ether derivatives by Williamson synthesis...
April 25, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441310/a-dose-response-curve-for-a-gram-negative-spinal-implant-infection-model-in-rabbits
#7
Joseph L Laratta, Jamal N Shillingford, Nathan Hardy, Ronald A Lehman, Lawrence G Lenke, K Daniel Riew
STUDY DESIGN: Randomized complete block animal spinal implant infection model with internal control. OBJECTIVE: To develop a spinal implant animal infection model to simulate postoperative gram-negative wound infection. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Implant-associated surgical site infections (SSI) remain a dreaded complication of spinal surgery. Currently, over 30% of all spine SSIs are secondary to gram-negative bacteria. Traditional animal models have utilized gram-positive inoculums to simulate postoperative infection, but there exists no model in the literature for gram-negative infection in the setting of spinal instrumentation...
April 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440688/simultaneous-identification-of-campylobacter-jejuni-campylobacter-coli-and-campylobacter-lari-with-smartcycler-based-multiplex-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction
#8
Kun C Liu, Karen C Jinneman, Jason Neal-McKinney, Wen-Hsin Wu, Daniel H Rice
BACKGROUND: Consumption of Campylobacter contaminated food or water is a leading cause of human acute gastroenteritis. Campylobacter jejuni, Campylobacter coli, and Campylobacter lari account for over 95% of total Campylobacter infections. A multiplex quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) for simultaneous identification of C. jejuni, C. coli, and C. lari was developed for use with the SmartCycler II system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated and combined previously described primers and probes for Campylobacter detection, designed a new internal amplification control, and optimized the multiplex qPCR for the detection of C...
April 25, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440667/camelus-dromedarius-glucose-transporter-4-in-silico-analysis-cloning-expression-purification-and-characterisation-in-e-coli
#9
Anwar Ahmed, Mohammed Arshad, Ajamaluddin Malik, Shama Parveen, Abdulrahman M Alsenaidy
Camels have exceptional carbohydrate metabolism as their plasma glucose level is high and have low whole body insulin sensitivity, similar to that observed in type 2 diabetes patients. We aimed at studing an important component of insulin signalling pathway, the GLUT4, in camel. Camelus dromedarius GLUT4 (CdGLUT4) CDS is 1530 nucleotide in length that encodes for a 55KDa protein. CdGLUT4 has 23 amino acid substitutions and 3N-glycosylation sites, compared to 2 in Human GLUT4. 3 D structures of CdGLUT4 and HsGLUT4 generated by homology modelling revealed conservation of characteristic signature motifs...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440618/design-of-antibacterial-polyethersulfone-membranes-via-covalently-attaching-hydrogel-thin-layers-loaded-with-ag-nanoparticles
#10
Min He, Qian Wang, Rui Wang, Yi Xie, Weifeng Zhao, Changsheng Zhao
In order to inhibit the bacteria attachment and the subsequent formation of bio-films on polyethersulfone (PES) membranes, poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PSBMA)/poly(sodium acrylate) (PAANa) antibacterial hydrogel thin layers were covalently attached onto the membranes, followed by loading Ag nanoparticles. In our strategy, double bonds were firstly introduced onto PES membrane surfaces to provide anchoring sites, and then the hydrogel layers were synthesized on the membrane surfaces via UV light initiated cross-linking copolymerization...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440329/role-of-the-virulence-plasmid-in-acid-resistance-of-shigella-flexneri
#11
Chang Niu, Jing Yang, Hongsheng Liu, Yong Cui, Huijie Xu, Ruifeng Wang, Xiankai Liu, Erling Feng, Dongshu Wang, Chao Pan, Wei Xiao, Xiaoqing Liu, Li Zhu, Hengliang Wang
Virulence plasmid (VP) acquisition was a key step in the evolution of Shigella from a non-pathogenic Escherichia coli ancestor to a pathogenic genus. In addition, the co-evolution and co-ordination of chromosomes and VPs was also a very important step in the evolutionary process. To investigate the cross-talk between VPs and bacterial chromosomes, we analyzed the expression profiles of protein complexes and protein monomers in three wild-type Shigella flexneri strains and their corresponding VP deletion mutants...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440278/an-insider-s-perspective-bacteroides-as-a-window-into-the-microbiome
#12
REVIEW
Aaron G Wexler, Andrew L Goodman
Over the last decade, our appreciation for the contribution of resident gut microorganisms-the gut microbiota-to human health has surged. However, progress is limited by the sheer diversity and complexity of these microbial communities. Compounding the challenge, the majority of our commensal microorganisms are not close relatives of Escherichia coli or other model organisms and have eluded culturing and manipulation in the laboratory. In this Review, we discuss how over a century of study of the readily cultured, genetically tractable human gut Bacteroides has revealed important insights into the biochemistry, genomics and ecology that make a gut bacterium a gut bacterium...
April 25, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439905/der-f-35-an-md-2-like-house-dust-mite-allergen-that-cross-reacts-with-der-f-2-and-pso-o-2
#13
Takashi Fujimura, Tsunehiro Aki, Toshihide Isobe, Akito Matsuoka, Takaharu Hayashi, Kazuhisa Ono, Seiji Kawamoto
BACKGROUND: Dermatophagoides farinae is a source of airborne house dust mite (HDM) allergens. We elucidated IgE-reactive allergens from D. farinae by two-dimensional immunoblotting-based allergenome analysis, and identified one new allergen, named Der f 35, that possesses IgE-binding capacity comparable to that of Der f 2. The aim of this study is to clarify the allergenic capacity of new HDM allergen Der f 35. METHODS: We cloned der f 35 from D. farinae mRNA and produced recombinant Der f 35 in Escherichia coli...
April 25, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439850/heterologous-expression-of-a-streptomyces-cyaneus-laccase-for-biomass-modification-applications
#14
Selin Ece, Camilla Lambertz, Rainer Fischer, Ulrich Commandeur
Laccases are used for the conversion of biomass into fermentable sugars but it is difficult to produce high yields of active laccases in heterologous expression systems. We overcame this challenge by expressing Streptomyces cyaneus CECT 3335 laccase in Escherichia coli (ScLac) and we achieved a yield of up to 104 mg L(-1) following purification by one-step affinity chromatography. Stability and activity assays using simple lignin model substrates showed that the purified enzyme preparation was active over a broad pH range and at high temperatures, suggesting it would be suitable for biomass degradation...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439785/influence-of-environmental-conditions-on-norovirus-presence-in-mussels-harvested-in-montenegro
#15
Nevena Ilic, Branko Velebit, Vlado Teodorovic, Vesna Djordjevic, Nedjeljko Karabasil, Dragan Vasilev, Spomenka Djuric, Bojan Adzic, Mirjana Dimitrijevic
This study comprises the first systematic survey of the occurrence of Norovirus in Mediterranean mussels from harvesting areas in Montenegro coast of Adriatic Sea. Mussels may accumulate contaminants of public health concern, including pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Microbiological monitoring of harvesting areas is based on count of Escherichia coli in bivalve molluscs in the European Union. It is assumed that E. coli does not reflect contamination with enteric viruses. A structured field study was undertaken at six locations in Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, in order to investigate plausible influence of environmental factors on the variability of E...
April 24, 2017: Food and Environmental Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439631/polar-localization-of-mreb-actin-is-inhibited-by-anionic-phospholipids-in-the-rod-shaped-bacterium-escherichia-coli
#16
REVIEW
Daisuke Shiomi
Bacterial actin MreB is required for the maintenance of cell polarity. MreB is located underneath the cell membrane and mainly localizes at a central cylindrical part of the cell. In addition, it has recently been found that anionic phospholipids (aPLs: phosphatidylglycerol and cardiolipin) play a crucial role in excluding MreB from the cell poles. Subcellular localization of MreB is positively and negatively regulated by membrane curvature and aPLs, respectively.
April 24, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439624/evidence-for-the-formation-of-scbr-scbr2-heterodimers-and-identification-of-one-of-the-regulatory-targets-in-streptomyces-coelicolor
#17
Xiao Li, Juan Wang, Mingxin Shi, Weishan Wang, Christophe Corre, Keqian Yang
The homologous transcriptional regulators ScbR and ScbR2 have previously been identified as γ-butyrolactone (GBL) and antibiotic receptors, respectively. They regulate diverse physiological processes in Streptomyces coelicolor in response to GBL and antibiotic signals. In this study, ScbR and ScbR2 proteins were shown to interact using a bacterial two-hybrid system where adenylate cyclase activity was reconstituted in Escherichia coli BTH101. These ScbR/ScbR2 interactions in S. coelicolor were then demonstrated by co-immunoprecipitation...
April 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439602/antibiogram-profile-of-septic-meningitis-among-children-in-duhok-iraq
#18
Abdulrahman T Saadi, Nadir A Garjees, Aveen H Rasool
  To determine the prevalence of bacteria in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and the antibiogram profile in pediatric patients with suspected meningitis. Methods: This descriptive study was conducted between January 2014 and January 2016 in the Hevi Paediatric Teaching Hospital in Duhok, Iraq. The CSF samples were withdrawn from 432 pediatric patients suspected of meningitis. The samples were cultured, and antibiotic sensitivity tests were performed.  Results: There were 33 (7.6%) culture positive cases among 432 CSF samples...
May 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439489/detection-and-analysis-of-lactobacillus-paracasei-penicillin-binding-proteins-revealed-the-presence-of-cholate-sensitive-penicillin-binding-protein-3-and-an-elongated-cell-shape-in-a-cholate-sensitive-strain
#19
Masahiro Hattori, Glaezel Angelique Torres, Naoto Tanaka, Sanae Okada, Akihito Endo, Junichi Nakagawa
Penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) are responsible for peptidoglycan synthesis. By using biotinylated ampicillin, we detected PBPs of Lactobacillus paracasei strains. Ten PBPs were identified, 7 of which had apparent molecular sizes similar to those of Escherichia coli. In the presence of cholate, strain NRIC 0625 showed an elongated shape, and its putative PBP3 showed cholate-sensitive penicillin-binding activity. Furthermore, this strain was highly sensitive to cefalexin, which is known to inhibit cell division by inactivating PBP3...
2017: Bioscience of Microbiota, Food and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439301/prevalence-virulence-potential-and-pulsed-field-gel-electrophoresis-profiling-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-strains-from-cattle
#20
Hee-Jin Dong, Soomin Lee, Woohyun Kim, Jae-Uk An, Junhyung Kim, Danil Kim, Seongbeom Cho
BACKGROUND: As a primary source of Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection, cattle are often targeted to develop strategies for reducing STEC contamination. Monitoring the virulence potentials of STEC isolates from cattle is important for tracing contamination sources, managing outbreaks or sporadic cases, and reducing the risks for human infection. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of STEC in cattle farm samples in South Korea and to assess their virulence potentials...
2017: Gut Pathogens
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