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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732400/solar-photocatalytic-disinfection-of-agricultural-pathogenic-fungi-curvularia-sp-in-real-urban-wastewater
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Yelitza Aguas, Margarita Hincapie, Pilar Fernández-Ibáñez, María Inmaculada Polo-López
The interest in developing alternative water disinfection methods that increase the access to irrigation water free of pathogens for agricultural purposes is increasing in the last decades. Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) have been demonstrated to be very efficient for the abatement of several kind of pathogens in contaminated water. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate and compare the capability of several solar AOPs for the inactivation of resistant spores of agricultural fungi. Solar photoassisted H2O2, solar photo-Fenton at acid and near-neutral pH, and solar heterogeneous photocatalysis using TiO2, with and without H2O2, have been studied for the inactivation of spores of Curvularia sp...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729303/amotosalen-uva-pathogen-inactivation-technology-reduces-platelet-activatability-induces-apoptosis-and-accelerates-clearance
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Simona Stivala, Sara Gobbato, Laura Infanti, Martin F Reiner, Nicole Bonetti, Sara C Meyer, Giovanni G Camici, Thomas F Lüscher, Andreas Buser, Jürg H Beer
Amotosalen and ultraviolet A photochemical-based pathogen reduction using the InterceptTM Blood System is an effective and established technology for platelet and plasma components, which is adopted in more than 40 countries worldwide. Several reports point towards a reduced platelet function after Amotosalen/UVA exposure. The current study was undertaken to identify the mechanisms responsible for the early impairment of platelet function by the InterceptTM Blood System. Twenty-five platelet apheresis units were collected from healthy volunteers following standard procedures and split into 2 components, one untreated and the other treated with Amotosalen/UVA...
July 20, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723932/the-nucleoid-occlusion-factor-noc-controls-dna-replication-initiation-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#3
Ting Pang, Xindan Wang, Hoong Chuin Lim, Thomas G Bernhardt, David Z Rudner
Successive division events in the spherically shaped bacterium Staphylococcus aureus are oriented in three alternating perpendicular planes. The mechanisms that underlie this relatively unique pattern of division and coordinate it with chromosome segregation remain largely unknown. Thus far, the only known spatial regulator of division in this organism is the nucleoid occlusion protein Noc that inhibits assembly of the cytokinetic ring over the chromosome. However, Noc is not essential in S. aureus, indicating that additional regulators are likely to exist...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721841/genetic-characterization-of-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-a-h5n8-viruses-isolated-from-wild-birds-in-egypt
#4
Ahmed Kandeil, Ahmed Kayed, Yassmin Moatasim, Richard J Webby, Pamela P McKenzie, Ghazi Kayali, Mohamed A Ali
A newly emerged H5N8 influenza virus was isolated from green-winged teal in Egypt during December 2016. In this study, we provide a detailed characterization of full genomes of Egyptian H5N8 viruses and some virological features. Genetic analysis demonstrated that the Egyptian H5N8 viruses are highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the genome of the Egyptian H5N8 viruses was related to recently characterized reassortant H5N8 viruses of clade 2.3.4.4 isolated from different Eurasian countries...
July 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720735/a-nonredundant-phosphopantetheinyl-transferase-ppta-is-a-novel-antifungal-target-that-directs-secondary-metabolite-siderophore-and-lysine-biosynthesis-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-and-is-critical-for-pathogenicity
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Anna Johns, Daniel H Scharf, Fabio Gsaller, Hella Schmidt, Thorsten Heinekamp, Maria Straßburger, Jason D Oliver, Mike Birch, Nicola Beckmann, Katharine S Dobb, Jane Gilsenan, Bharatkumar Rash, Elaine Bignell, Axel A Brakhage, Michael J Bromley
Secondary metabolites are key mediators of virulence for many pathogens. Aspergillus fumigatus produces a vast array of these bioactive molecules, the biosynthesis of which is catalyzed by nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) or polyketide synthases (PKSs). Both NRPSs and PKSs harbor carrier domains that are primed for acceptance of secondary metabolic building blocks by a phosphopantetheinyl transferase (P-pant). The A. fumigatus P-pant PptA has been shown to prime the putative NRPS Pes1 in vitro and has an independent role in lysine biosynthesis; however, its role in global secondary metabolism and its impact on virulence has not been described...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719947/efficient-liquid-media-for-encystation-of-pathogenic-free-living-amoebae
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Hae-Jin Sohn, Heekyoung Kang, Ga-Eun Seo, Jong-Hyun Kim, Suk-Yul Jung, Ho-Joon Shin
Pathogenic Naegleria fowleri, Acanthamoeba castellanii, and Acanthamoeba polyphaga, are distributed worldwide. They are causative agents of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis or acanthamoebic keratitis in humans, respectively. Trophozoites encyst in unfavorable environments, such as exhausted food supply and desiccation. Until recently, the method of N. fowleri encystation used solid non-nutrient agar medium supplemented with heat-inactivated Escherichia coli; however, for the amoebic encystment of Acanthamoeba spp...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718518/reduction-of-zika-virus-infectivity-in-platelet-concentrates-after-treatment-with-ultraviolet-c-light-and-in-plasma-after-treatment-with-methylene-blue-and-visible-light
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Jesse J Fryk, Denese C Marks, Jody Hobson-Peters, Daniel Watterson, Roy A Hall, Paul R Young, Stefan Reichenberg, Frank Tolksdorf, Chryslain Sumian, Ute Gravemann, Axel Seltsam, Helen M Faddy
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) has emerged as a potential threat to transfusion safety worldwide. Pathogen inactivation is one approach to manage this risk. In this study, the efficacy of the THERAFLEX UV-Platelets system and THERAFLEX MB-Plasma system to inactivate ZIKV in platelet concentrates (PCs) and plasma was investigated. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: PCs spiked with ZIKV were treated with the THERAFLEX UV-Platelets system at 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, and 0.20 J/cm(2) UVC...
July 17, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713785/inactivation-of-heat-adapted-and-chlorine-adapted-listeria-monocytogenes-atcc-7644-on-tomatoes-using-sodium-dodecyl-sulphate-levulinic-acid-and-sodium-hypochlorite-solution
#8
Oluwatosin Ademola Ijabadeniyi, Elizabeth Mnyandu
The effectiveness of sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), sodium hypochlorite solution and levulinic acid in reducing the survival of heat adapted and chlorine adapted Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 7644 was evaluated. The results against heat adapted L. monocytognes revealed that sodium hypochlorite solution was the least effective, achieving log reduction of 2.75, 2.94 and 3.97 log colony forming unit (CFU)/mL for 1, 3 and 5 minutes, respectively. SDS was able to achieve 8 log reduction for both heat adapted and chlorine adapted bacteria...
April 13, 2017: Italian Journal of Food Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709106/microcosms-for-evaluating-microbial-indicator-persistence-and-mobilization-in-fluvial-sediments-during-rainfall-events
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Julia Martín-Díaz, Cristina García-Aljaro, Míriam Pascual-Benito, Belén Galofré, Anicet R Blanch, Francisco Lucena
Mediterranean rivers, which are subject to long, dry periods and heavy rainfall events, could be particularly useful for understanding future climate scenarios. This study generated microcosms that mimicked riverbank sediment resuspension into the water of a typical Mediterranean river as a consequence of heavy rainfall. The mobilization and inactivation of six fecal pollution indicators and microbial source tracking markers were evaluated. The T90 values in the sediments were: 4 days for sorbitol-fermenting Bifidobacterium, 11 days for culturable E...
July 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707702/secondary-immune-response-of-rainbow-trout-following-repeated-immersion-vaccination
#10
R M Jaafar, A Al-Jubury, J K Chettri, I Dalsgaard, P W Kania, K Buchmann
Teleosts are able to raise a protective immune response, comprising both innate and adaptive elements, against various pathogens. This is the basis for a widespread use of vaccines, administered as injection or immersion, in the aquaculture industry. It has been described that repeated injection vaccination of fish raises a secondary immune response, consisting of rapid, accelerated and increased antibody reaction. This study reports how rainbow trout responds to repeated immersion vaccination against yersiniosis (ERM) caused by the bacterial pathogen Yersinia ruckeri...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697385/quantitative-contamination-assessment-of-escherichia-coli-in-baby-spinach-primary-production-in-spain-effects-of-weather-conditions-and-agricultural-practices
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Ana Allende, Irene Castro-Ibáñez, Roland Lindqvist, María Isabel Gil, Mieke Uyttendaele, Liesbeth Jacxsens
A quantitative microbial contamination model of Escherichia coli during primary production of baby spinach was developed. The model included only systematic contamination routes (e.g. soil and irrigation water) and it was used to evaluate the potential impact of weather conditions, agricultural practices as well as bacterial fitness in soil on the E. coli levels present in the crop at harvest. The model can be used to estimate E. coli contamination of baby spinach via irrigation water, via soil splashing due to irrigation water or rain events, and also including the inactivation of E...
June 27, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695899/innate-scavenger-receptor-a-regulates-adaptive-t-helper-cell-responses-to-pathogen-infection
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Zhipeng Xu, Lei Xu, Wei Li, Xin Jin, Xian Song, Xiaojun Chen, Jifeng Zhu, Sha Zhou, Yong Li, Weiwei Zhang, Xiaoxiao Dong, Xiaowei Yang, Feng Liu, Hui Bai, Qi Chen, Chuan Su
The pattern recognition receptor (PRR) scavenger receptor class A (SR-A) has an important function in the pathogenesis of non-infectious diseases and in innate immune responses to pathogen infections. However, little is known about the role of SR-A in the host adaptive immune responses to pathogen infection. Here we show with mouse models of helminth Schistosoma japonicum infection and heat-inactivated Mycobacterium tuberculosis stimulation that SR-A is regulated by pathogens and suppresses IRF5 nuclear translocation by direct interaction...
July 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694441/the-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase-gapdh-of-corynebacterium-diphtheriae-is-redox-controlled-by-protein-s-mycothiolation-under-oxidative-stress
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Melanie Hillion, Marcel Imber, Brandán Pedre, Jörg Bernhardt, Malek Saleh, Vu Van Loi, Sandra Maaß, Dörte Becher, Leonardo Astolfi Rosado, Lorenz Adrian, Christoph Weise, Rüdiger Hell, Markus Wirtz, Joris Messens, Haike Antelmann
Mycothiol (MSH) is the major low molecular weight (LMW) thiol in Actinomycetes and functions in post-translational thiol-modification by protein S-mycothiolation as emerging thiol-protection and redox-regulatory mechanism. Here, we have used shotgun-proteomics to identify 26 S-mycothiolated proteins in the pathogen Corynebacterium diphtheriae DSM43989 under hypochlorite stress that are involved in energy metabolism, amino acid and nucleotide biosynthesis, antioxidant functions and translation. The glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GapDH) represents the most abundant S-mycothiolated protein that was modified at its active site Cys153 in vivo...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693916/phosphonodifluoropyruvate-is-a-mechanism-based-inhibitor-of-phosphonopyruvate-decarboxylase-from-bacteroides-fragilis
#14
Katharina Pallitsch, Megan P Rogers, Forest H Andrews, Friedrich Hammerschmidt, Michael J McLeish
Bacteroides fragilis, a human pathogen, helps in the formation of intra-abdominal abscesses and is involved in 90% of anaerobic peritoneal infections. Phosphonopyruvate decarboxylase (PnPDC), a thiamin diphosphate (ThDP)-dependent enzyme, plays a key role in the formation of 2-aminoethylphosphonate, a component of the cell wall of B. fragilis. As such PnPDC is a possible target for therapeutic intervention in this, and other phosphonate producing organisms. However, the enzyme is of more general interest as it appears to be an evolutionary forerunner to the decarboxylase family of ThDP-dependent enzymes...
June 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690912/atypical-skeletal-manifestations-of-rickets-in-a-familial-hypocalciuric-hypercalcemia-patient
#15
Bo Wu, Ou Wang, Yan Jiang, Mei Li, Xiaoping Xing, Weibo Xia
Familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH) is caused by inactivating mutations in the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) gene. The loss of function of CaSR presents with rickets as the predominant skeletal abnormality in mice, but is rarely reported in humans. Here we report a case of a 16-year-old boy with FHH who presented with skeletal manifestations of rickets. To identify the possible pathogenic mutation, the patient was evaluated clinically, biochemically, and radiographically. The patient and his family members were screened for genetic mutations...
2017: Bone Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690614/what-else-can-cd39-tell-us
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Hai Zhao, Cong Bo, Yan Kang, Hong Li
As the rate-limiting enzyme in ATP/ADP-AMP-adenosine pathway, CD39 would be a novel checkpoint inhibitor target in preventing adenosine-triggered immune-suppressive effect. In addition, CD39(hi) Tregs, but not CD25(hi) Tregs, exhibit sustained Foxp3 levels and functional abilities, indicating it could represent a new specific marker of Tregs. Similarly, inhibition of CD39 enzymatic function at the surface of tumor cells alleviates their immunosuppressive activity. Far from conclusive, present research revealed that CD39 also dephosphorylated and thus inactivated self- and pathogen-associated phosphoantigens of Vγ9Vδ2 T cells, which may be the most promising subpopulation for cellular vaccine...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690609/diversity-prevalence-and-longitudinal-occurrence-of-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-systems-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infecting-cystic-fibrosis-lungs
#17
Sandra B Andersen, Melanie Ghoul, Ashleigh S Griffin, Bent Petersen, Helle K Johansen, Søren Molin
Type II toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are most commonly composed of two genes encoding a stable toxin, which harms the cell, and an unstable antitoxin that can inactivate it. TA systems were initially characterized as selfish elements, but have recently gained attention for regulating general stress responses responsible for pathogen virulence, formation of drug-tolerant persister cells and biofilms-all implicated in causing recalcitrant chronic infections. We use a bioinformatics approach to explore the distribution and evolution of type II TA loci of the opportunistic pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, across longitudinally sampled isolates from cystic fibrosis lungs...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689875/contribution-of-acrab-tolc-to-multidrug-resistance-in-an-escherichia-coli-sequence-type-131-isolate
#18
Sabine Schuster, Martina Vavra, Tobias Schweigger, John W A Rossen, Yasufumi Matsumura, Winfried V Kern
Drug efflux by resistance-nodulation-cell division (RND)-type transporters, such as AcrAB-TolC of Escherichia coli, is an important resistance mechanism in Gram-negative bacteria; however, its contribution to multidrug resistance (MDR) in clinical isolates is poorly defined. We inactivated acrB of a sequence type 131 E. coli human isolate that showed high-level MDR, but had no mutations within the known efflux-associated local or global regulators. The resistance profile of the acrB deletion mutant revealed significantly increased susceptibility to drugs from seven antibiotic classes, including agents usually inactive against Gram-negative bacteria, notably the new oxazolidinone, tedizolid (512-fold enhanced susceptibility)...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688311/a-novel-multifunctional-electrochemical-platform-for-simultaneous-detection-elimination-and-inactivation-of-pathogenic-bacteria-based-on-the-vancomycin-functionalised-agnps-3d-zno-nanorod-arrays
#19
Zhiqing Yang, Yi Wang, Dun Zhang
A novel fast, sensitive, and specific multifunctional electrochemical platform has been proposed for simultaneous detection, elimination, and inactivation of pathogenic bacteria for the first time. The platform is constituted with three-dimensional ZnO nanorod arrays (3D-ZnO) decorated with sliver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and functionalized with vancomycin (Van). Based on the specific recognition of Van for Gram-positive bacteria, the fabricated electrochemical platform has presented high detection sensitivity to Staphylococcus aureus with a low detection limit of 330cfu/mL and adaptable bacterial-elimination efficiency (50%) at low concentrations (1000-2000cfu/mL)...
June 28, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683399/incorporation-of-triclosan-and-acridine-orange-into-liposomes-for-evaluating-the-susceptibility-of-candida-albicans
#20
Karla B Romio, Kevin F Dos Santos, Romário J da Silva, Maria F C Pedro, Alessandro S Kalck, Marcos da Silva Sousa, Leandro M Possamai, Paula C S Souto, Josmary R Silva, Nara C de Souza
Candida albicans is responsible for many of the infections affecting immunocompromised individuals. Although most C. albicans are susceptible to antifungal drugs, uncontrolled use of these drugs has promoted the development of resistance to current antifungals. The clinical implication of resistant strains has led to the search for safer and more effective drugs as well as alternative approaches, such as controlled drug release using liposomes and photodynamic inactivation (PDI), to eliminate pathogens by combining light and photosensitizers...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
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