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Shuai Jiang, Beatriz Chiyin Ma, Jonas Reinholz, Qifeng Li, Junwei Wang, Kai A I Zhang, Katharina Landfester, Daniel Crespy
Materials with a hierarchical structure often demonstrate superior properties with combined and even synergistic effects of multiple functions. Herein, we report the design of a new class of material with a multicompartment nanofibrous structure as a promising candidate for antibacterial wound dressing and functional textile applications. The design consists in first synthesizing nanocapsules loaded with functional payloads and subsequently embedding the nanocapsules into polymer nanofibers by using colloid-electrospinning technique...
October 18, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Leise Riber, Mette Burmølle, Martin Alm, Stefan M Milani, Peter Thomsen, Lars H Hansen, Søren J Sørensen
The spread of antimicrobial resistance, usually mediated by horizontal transfer of plasmids, limits the options of treating bacterial infections and thereby poses a crucial human health problem. The disturbance of plasmid stability within bacterial species in clinical environments serves as a novel strategy to reduce the development and dissemination of antibiotic resistance. We tested the ability of irgasan to destabilize plasmids from Escherichia coli K-12 cells when added directly into liquid growth medium at concentrations below levels of marked bacterial growth inhibition, or when released into liquid growth medium from irgasan-impregnated Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPN) silicone hydrogel objects, a novel technology developed as drug-delivery platform...
October 12, 2016: Plasmid
Jillian Carter Ford
I conducted semi-structured interviews with eight self-identified Black lesbian classroom teachers. Seven participants taught in three districts in the same large metropolitan area in the U.S. Southeast; one participant taught in a smaller city in a bordering state. In response to the vague prompt to describe the intersections between their sexuality and their schooling experiences as a teacher, every participant spoke explicitly about her unwillingness to lie about her sexuality if asked. In this article, I argue that honesty is a critical component of Black women's experiences, the necessity of which can be tied to womanism...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Lesbian Studies
Neil J Sargentini, Nicholas P Gularte, Deborah A Hudman
A set of 3907 single-gene knockout (Keio collection) strains of Escherichia coli K-12 was examined for strains with increased susceptibility to killing by X- or UV-radiation. After screening with a high-throughput resazurin-based assay and determining radiation survival with triplicate clonogenic assays, we identified 76 strains (and associated deleted genes) showing statistically-significant increased radiation sensitivity compared to a control strain. To determine gene novelty, we constructed a reference database comprised of genes found in nine similar studies including ours...
October 3, 2016: Mutation Research
Mario Juhas, James W Ajioka
BACKGROUND: Escherichia coli K-12 is a frequently used host for a number of synthetic biology and biotechnology applications and chassis for the development of the minimal cell factories. Novel approaches for integrating high molecular weight DNA into the E. coli chromosome would therefore greatly facilitate engineering efforts in this bacterium. RESULTS: We developed a reliable and flexible lambda Red recombinase-based system, which utilizes overlapping DNA fragments for integration of the high molecular weight DNA into the E...
October 5, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
Terri Rebmann, Michael B Elliott, Deborah Artman, Matthew VanNatta, Mary Wakefield
BACKGROUND: A 2011 nationwide school pandemic preparedness study found schools to be deficient. We examined the impact of a school nurse educational intervention aimed at improving K-12 school biological event preparedness. METHODS: Missouri Association of School Nurses (MASN) members were e-mailed a survey link in fall 2013 (ie, preintervention), links to online education modules (ie, intervention) in late fall, and a postintervention survey link in spring, 2014...
November 2016: Journal of School Health
Morgan N Price, Kelly M Wetmore, Adam M Deutschbauer, Adam P Arkin
To study how a bacterium allocates its resources, we compared the costs and benefits of most (86%) of the proteins in Escherichia coli K-12 during growth in minimal glucose medium. The cost or investment in each protein was estimated from ribosomal profiling data, and the benefit of each protein was measured by assaying a library of transposon mutants. We found that proteins that are important for fitness are usually highly expressed, and 95% of these proteins are expressed at above 13 parts per million (ppm)...
2016: PloS One
A Fuente, J Cernicharo, E Roueff, M Gerin, J Pety, N Marcelino, R Bachiller, B Lefloch, O Roncero, A Aguado
CONTEXT: Barnard B1b has revealed as one of the most interesting globules from the chemical and dynamical point of view. It presents a rich molecular chemistry characterized by large abundances of deuterated and complex molecules. Furthermore, it hosts an extremely young Class 0 object and one candidate to First Hydrostatic Core (FHSC) proving the youth of this star forming region. AIMS: Our aim is to determine the cosmic ray ionization rate, [Formula: see text], and the depletion factors in this extremely young star forming region...
September 2016: Astronomy and Astrophysics
Fanny Larsonneur, Fernando A Martin, Adeline Mallet, Marta Martinez-Gil, Vincent Semetey, Jean-Marc Ghigo, Christophe Beloin
Initial adhesion of bacterial cells to surfaces or host tissues is a key step in colonisation and biofilm formation processes, and is mediated by cell surface appendages. We previously demonstrated that Escherichia coli K-12 possesses an arsenal of silenced chaperone-usher fimbriae that are functional when constitutively expressed. Among them, production of prevalent Yad fimbriae induces adhesion to abiotic surfaces. We undertook functional characterisation of Yad fimbriae, and identified YadN as the most abundant and potential major pilin, and YadC as the potential tip-protein of Yad fimbriae...
October 3, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
Kevin T Militello, Justine C Lazatin
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPRs) represent a novel type of adaptive immune system found in eubacteria and archaebacteria. CRISPRs have recently generated a lot of attention due to their unique ability to catalog foreign nucleic acids, their ability to destroy foreign nucleic acids in a mechanism that shares some similarity to RNA interference, and the ability to utilize reconstituted CRISPR systems for genome editing in numerous organisms. In order to introduce CRISPR biology into an undergraduate upper-level laboratory, a five-week set of exercises was designed to allow students to examine the CRISPR status of uncharacterized Escherichia coli strains and to allow the discovery of new repeats and spacers...
September 28, 2016: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Chase Davenport, Francesco Pagnini
The K-12 classroom applications of mindfulness as developed by Ellen Langer are discussed in a case study of a first-year charter school. Langerian Mindfulness, which is the act of drawing distinctions and noticing novelty, is deeply related to well-being and creativity, yet its impact has yet to be tested at the primary or secondary school level. The objective of the article is to display how Langerian Mindfulness strategies could increase 21st century skills and Social-Emotional Learning in primary classrooms...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Manon Gault, Agnès Rodrigue
Ni is recognized as an element that is toxic to humans, acting as an allergen and a carcinogenic agent, and it is also toxic to plants. The toxicity of Ni has been understudied in microorganisms. The data presented here were obtained by submitting the model bacterium Escherichia coli K-12 to nickel stress. To identify expressed genes, RNA-Seq was performed. Bacteria were exposed to 50 µM NiCl2 during 10 min. Exposure to Ni lead to the deregulation of 57% of the E. coli transcripts. Further analysis using DAVID identified most affected biological pathways...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Jonathan M Monk, Anna Koza, Miguel A Campodonico, Daniel Machado, Jose Miguel Seoane, Bernhard O Palsson, Markus J Herrgård, Adam M Feist
Escherichia coli strains are widely used in academic research and biotechnology. New technologies for quantifying strain-specific differences and their underlying contributing factors promise greater understanding of how these differences significantly impact physiology, synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and process design. Here, we quantified strain-specific differences in seven widely used strains of E. coli (BL21, C, Crooks, DH5a, K-12 MG1655, K-12 W3110, and W) using genomics, phenomics, transcriptomics, and genome-scale modeling...
September 21, 2016: Cell Systems
Alexis Ruffault, Sébastien Czernichow, Martin S Hagger, Margot Ferrand, Nelly Erichot, Claire Carette, Emilie Boujut, Cécile Flahault
The aim of this study was to conduct a comprehensive quantitative synthesis of the effects of mindfulness training interventions on weight-loss and health behaviours in adults with overweight and obesity using meta-analytic techniques. Studies included in the analysis (k=12) were randomised controlled trials investigating the effects of any form of mindfulness training on weight loss, impulsive eating, binge eating, or physical activity participation in adults with overweight and obesity. Random effects meta-analysis revealed that mindfulness training had no significant effect on weight loss, but an overall negative effect on impulsive eating (d=-1...
September 19, 2016: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
Vicente Bernal, Sara Castaño-Cerezo, Manuel Cánovas
Acetate is ubiquitously found in natural environments. Its availability in the gut is high as a result of the fermentation of nutrients, and although it is rapidly absorbed by intestinal mucosa, it can also be used as carbon source by some members of gut microbiota. The metabolism of acetate in Escherichia coli has attracted the attention of the scientific community due to its role in central metabolism and its link to multiple physiological features. In this microorganism, acetate is involved directly or indirectly on the regulation of functional processes, such as motility, formation of biofilms, and responses to stress...
November 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
James T Laverty, Sonia M Underwood, Rebecca L Matz, Lynmarie A Posey, Justin H Carmel, Marcos D Caballero, Cori L Fata-Hartley, Diane Ebert-May, Sarah E Jardeleza, Melanie M Cooper
Many calls to improve science education in college and university settings have focused on improving instructor pedagogy. Meanwhile, science education at the K-12 level is undergoing significant changes as a result of the emphasis on scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. This framework of "three-dimensional learning" is based on the literature about how people learn science and how we can help students put their knowledge to use. Recently, similar changes are underway in higher education by incorporating three-dimensional learning into college science courses...
2016: PloS One
Jingsi Yang, Ke Zhou, Peng Liu, Yuhui Dong, Zengqiang Gao, Jianjun Zhang, Quansheng Liu
The toxin-antitoxin system is ubiquitously existed in bacteria and archaea, performing a wide variety of functions modulating cell fitness in response to environmental cues. In this report, we solved the crystal structure of the toxin-antitoxin HigBA complex from E. coli K-12 to 2.7 Å resolution. The crystal structure of the HigBA complex displays a hetero-tetramer (HigBA)2 form comprised by two HigB and two HigA subunits. Each toxin HigB resumes a microbial RNase T1 fold, characteristic of a three antiparallel β-sheet core shielded by a few α-helices at either side...
September 30, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Qingqing Gao, Le Xia, Juanhua Liu, Xiaobo Wang, Song Gao, Xiufan Liu
Avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC) cause typical extraintestinal infections in poultry, including acute fatal septicemia, subacute pericarditis, and airsacculitis. These bacteria most often infect chickens, turkeys, ducks, and other avian species, and therefore pose a significant economic burden on the poultry industry worldwide. Few studies have analyzed the genome-wide transcriptional profile of APEC during infection in vivo. In this study, we examined the genome-wide transcriptional response of APEC O2 strain E058 in an in vivo chicken infection model to better understand the factors necessary for APEC colonization, growth, and survival in vivo...
August 26, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Paul L Delamater, Timothy F Leslie, Y Tony Yang
Childhood vaccination programs are considered one of the most beneficial public health programs in modern history. In the United States, the increasing use of non-medical exemptions (NMEs) from school entry vaccination requirements has garnered attention and scrutiny in the popular press, academic literature, and policy forums. In 2016, California law SB277 goes into effect, eliminating the NME option for students attending the state's public and private schools. Whereas SB277 is a strong move to increase vaccination coverage within California's schools, the new law contains an important caveat - students already having a valid NME (obtained prior to the 2016 school year) are "grandfathered" in until their next grade checkpoint (seventh grade)...
November 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Ágnes Sonnevend, Akela Ghazawi, Manaf Alqahtani, Atef Shibl, Wafa Jamal, Rayhan Hashmey, Tibor Pal
OBJECTIVES: Searching for the presence of the mcr-1 gene in colistin resistant Enterobacteriaceae in countries of the Arabian Peninsula. METHODS: Seventy-five independent, colistin resistant Enterobacteriaceae strains isolated from clinical cases in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were tested by PCR for the mcr-1 gene. mcr-1 positive strains were genotyped, and their antibiotic susceptibility was established. The mcr-1 containing plasmids were mobilized into Escherichia coli K-12 and their sequence was determined...
September 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
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