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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527384/embracing-the-enemy-the-diversification-of-microbial-gene-repertoires-by-phage-mediated-horizontal-gene-transfer
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Marie Touchon, Jorge A Moura de Sousa, Eduardo Pc Rocha
Bacteriophages and archaeal viruses contribute, through lysogenic conversion or transduction, to the horizontal transfer of genetic material between microbial genomes. Recent genomics, metagenomics, and single cell studies have shown that lysogenic conversion is widespread and provides hosts with adaptive traits often associated with biotic interactions. The quantification of the evolutionary impact of transduction has lagged behind and requires further theoretical and experimental work. Nevertheless, recent studies suggested that generalized transduction plays a role in the transfer of antibiotic resistance genes and in the acquisition of novel genes during intra-specific bacterial competition...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527358/improving-the-pharmacokinetics-and-tissue-distribution-of-pyrinezolid-by-self-assembled-polymeric-micelles
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Haiyue Long, Xiaoling Li, Zitai Sang, Lan Mei, Tao Yang, Zicheng Li, Liangxue Zhou, Yu Zheng, Gu He, Gang Guo, Zhenling Wang, Yong Deng, Youfu Luo
Antibiotic-resistance by bacteria is a growing global concern within the healthcare field, and it has provided an impetus for continued antimicrobial development. Pyrinezolid (PZ), a novel oxazolidinone compound, can effectively inhibit most gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE). Though PZ is a promising antimicrobial candidate, the druggability of PZ is limited by its poor water solubility. Therefore, the amphipathic mPEG-PLLA copolymer was used to prepare the pyrinezolid micelles (PZ-M)...
May 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526820/multi-label-learning-for-predicting-the-activities-of-antimicrobial-peptides
#3
Pu Wang, Ruiquan Ge, Liming Liu, Xuan Xiao, Ye Li, Yunpeng Cai
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are peptide antibiotics with a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activities. Activity prediction of AMPs from their amino acid sequences is of great therapeutic importance but imposes challenges on prediction methods due to label interactions. In this paper we propose a novel multi-label learning model to address this problem. A weighted K-nearest neighbor classifier is adopted for efficient representation learning of the sequence data. A multiple linear regression model is then employed to learn a mapping from the classifier score vectors to the target labels, with label correlations considered...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526789/a-novel-iron-dependent-enzyme-that-catalyzes-the-initial-step-in-the-biodegradation-of-n-nitroglycine-by-variovorax-sp-strain-js1663
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Kristina M Mahan, Hangping Zheng, Tekle T Fida, Ronald J Parry, David E Graham, Jim C Spain
Nitramines are key constituents of most of the explosives in current use and consequently contaminate soil and groundwater at many military facilities around the world. Toxicity from nitramine contamination poses a health risk to plants and animals, thus understanding how nitramines are biodegraded is critical to environmental remediation. The biodegradation of synthetic nitramine compounds such as hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5- triazine (RDX) has been studied for decades, but little is known about the catabolism of naturally produced nitramine compounds...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526271/an-in-vitro-urinary-catheterization-model-that-approximates-clinical-conditions-for-evaluation-of-innovations-to-prevent-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infections
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R Y R Chua, K Lim, S S J Leong, P A Tambyah, B Ho
BACKGROUND: Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) account for about 25% of nosocomial infections globally and often result in increased morbidity and healthcare costs. An added concern is the presence of microbial biofilms which are major reservoirs of bacteria, especially antibiotic resistant bacteria, in catheters. Since the practice of the closed drainage system, innovations to combat CAUTI have not produced significant improvements in clinical outcomes. The lack of a robust laboratory platform to test new CAUTI preventive strategies may impede development of novel technologies...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525984/study-protocol-evaluation-of-the-probiotic-lactobacillus-fermentum-cect5716-for-the-prevention-of-mastitis-in-breastfeeding-women-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Diana M Bond, Jonathan M Morris, Natasha Nassar
BACKGROUND: Mastitis and accompanying pain have been associated with the cessation of breastfeeding. Mastitis is an inflammatory condition of the breast and may be a result of decreased immunity and a lowered resistance to infection. Mastitis affects up to one in five breastfeeding women with most episodes occurring in the first 6-8 weeks postpartum. Antibiotics are often used in the treatment of mastitis, but have not been popular or proven effective as a preventative agent. The WHO has highlighted significant concerns relating to adverse harms of antibiotic use with the production of antibiotic-resistant strains of disease organisms...
May 19, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525841/ll-37-derived-short-antimicrobial-peptide-kr-12-a5-and-its-d-amino-acid-substituted-analogs-with-cell-selectivity-anti-biofilm-activity-synergistic-effect-with-conventional-antibiotics-and-anti-inflammatory-activity
#7
Eun Young Kim, Ganesan Rajasekaran, Song Yub Shin
KR-12-a5 is a 12-meric α-helical antimicrobial peptide (AMP) with dual antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities designed from human cathelicidin LL-37. We designed and synthesized a series of d-amino acid-substituted analogs of KR-12-a5 with the aim of developing novel α-helical AMPs that possess higher cell selectivity than KR-12-a5, while maintaining the anti-inflammatory activity. d-amino acid incorporation into KR-12-a5 induced a significant improvement in the cell selectivity by 2.6- to 13.6-fold as compared to KR-12-a5, while maintaining the anti-inflammatory activity...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524341/randomized-controlled-study-of-a-novel-triple-nitazoxanide-ntz-containing-therapeutic-regimen-versus-the-traditional-regimen-for-eradication-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection
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Mona Ah Shehata, Raghda Talaat, Samah Soliman, Huda Elmesseri, Shaimaa Soliman, Sherief Abd-Elsalam
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori infection has become more and more resistant to conventional first-line treatment regimens. So, there is a considerable interest in evaluating new antibiotic combinations and regimens. Nitazoxanide is an anti-infective drug with demonstrated activity against protozoa and anaerobic bacteria including H. pylori. This work is designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a unique triple nitazoxanide-containing regimen as a treatment regimen in Egyptian patients with H...
May 19, 2017: Helicobacter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524255/enablers-and-barriers-to-the-use-of-antibiotic-guidelines-in-the-assessment-and-treatment-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-a-qualitative-study-of-clinicians-perspectives
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Antoine Sedrak, Mahesan Anpalahan, Karen Luetsch
BACKGROUND: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common condition and a number of guidelines have been developed for its assessment and treatment. Adherence to guidelines by clinicians varies and particularly the prescribing of antibiotics often remains suboptimal. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to elucidate potential barriers and enablers to the adherence to antibiotic guidelines by clinicians treating CAP in an Australian hospital. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with purposively recruited senior prescribers who regularly treat CAP in an Australian hospital...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523044/evaluation-of-the-synergistic-effect-of-a-combination-of-colistin-and-tigecycline-against-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacterbaumannii
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Ilkem Acar Kaya, Muberra Devrim Guner, Gulcin Akca, Semra Tuncbilek, Aslihan Alhan, Emin Tekeli
OBJECTIVE: Acinetobacter baumannii species cause nosocomial infections and can subsequently develop multidrug resistance (MDR). The objective of this study was to evaluate the susceptibility of A. baumannii to a novel combination of colistin and tigecycline, which may provide a faster and more efficacious treatment via a synergistic effect. METHODS: We included 50 MDR A. baumannii samples that were isolated in our clinics between 2009 and 2014. We used broth microdilution (BMD) and the E-test to evaluate the effects of colistin and tigecycline, and the E-test to assess the interaction of the colistin-tigecycline combination...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522817/lactobacillus-johnsonii-ameliorates-intestinal-extra-intestinal-and-systemic-pro-inflammatory-immune-responses-following-murine-campylobacter-jejuni-infection
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Stefan Bereswill, Ira Ekmekciu, Ulrike Escher, Ulrike Fiebiger, Kerstin Stingl, Markus M Heimesaat
Campylobacter jejuni infections are progressively increasing worldwide. Probiotic treatment might open novel therapeutic or even prophylactic approaches to combat campylobacteriosis. In the present study secondary abiotic mice were generated by broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment and perorally reassociated with a commensal murine Lactobacillus johnsonii strain either 14 days before (i.e. prophylactic regimen) or 7 days after (i.e. therapeutic regimen) peroral C. jejuni strain 81-176 infection. Following peroral reassociation both C...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521862/bile-acid-binding-resin-prevents-fat-accumulation-through-intestinal-microbiota-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice
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Yukie Kusumoto, Junichiro Irie, Kaho Iwabu, Hirotsune Tagawa, Arata Itoh, Mari Kato, Nana Kobayashi, Kumiko Tanaka, Rieko Kikuchi, Masataka Fujita, Yuya Nakajima, Kohkichi Morimoto, Taichi Sugizaki, Satoru Yamada, Toshihide Kawai, Mitsuhiro Watanabe, Yuichi Oike, Hiroshi Itoh
BACKGROUND: Bile acid binding resin (BAR) absorbs intestinal bile acids, and improves obesity and metabolic disorders, but the precise mechanism remains to be clarified. Recent findings reveal that obesity is associated with skewed intestinal microbiota. Thus, we investigated the effect of BAR on intestinal microbiota and the role of microbiota in the prevention of obesity in high-fat diet-induced obesity in mice. PROCEDURES: Male Balb/c mice were fed a low-fat diet (LFD), high-fat diet (HFD), or HFD with BAR (HFD+BAR), and then metabolic parameters, caecal microbiota, and metabolites were investigated...
June 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516770/conjugated-polymers-act-synergistically-with-antibiotics-to-combat-bacterial-drug-resistance
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Jingxiao Tian, Jiangyan Zhang, Jiangtao Yang, Lingyun Du, Hao Geng, Yongqiang Cheng
The emergence of drug-resistance bacteria severely challenges the antimicrobial agents and antibacterial strategy. Here we demonstrate a novel, simple and highly efficient combination therapy strategy by direct combinations of cationic conjugated polymers (CCPs) with polypeptide antibiotics against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria based on a synergistic antibacterial effect. The combination therapy method enhances the antibacterial efficacy with significantly reduced antibiotic dosage. Also the highly efficient and synergistically killing of drug-resistant bacteria is realized...
May 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516109/serum-derived-bovine-immunoglobulin-as-novel-adjunct-in-complicated-clostridium-difficile-colitis-treatment
#14
Samson Ferm, Nims Varadi, Constantine Fisher, Ellen Gutkin
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a well-known complication of antibiotic therapy. It is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and cost in the hospital setting. The main symptoms include watery diarrhea, abdominal pain, and distension, but CDI can also present as toxic megacolon, bowel perforation with peritonitis, sepsis and renal failure. Therapy includes metronidazole and oral vancomycin, with rectal vancomycin and fecal transplant reserved for more complicated cases. Adjunctive treatments such as probiotics have been tried with mixed results...
2017: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515059/antibiotic-stability-over-six-weeks-in-aqueous-solution-at-body-temperature-with-and-without-heat-treatment-that-mimics-the-curing-of-bone-cement
#15
E Samara, T F Moriarty, L A Decosterd, R G Richards, E Gautier, P Wahl
OBJECTIVES: Thermal stability is a key property in determining the suitability of an antibiotic agent for local application in the treatment of orthopaedic infections. Despite the fact that long-term therapy is a stated goal of novel local delivery carriers, data describing thermal stability over a long period are scarce, and studies that avoid interference from specific carrier materials are absent from the orthopaedic literature. METHODS: In this study, a total of 38 frequently used antibiotic agents were maintained at 37°C in saline solution, and degradation and antibacterial activity assessed over six weeks...
May 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514711/self-assembly-of-dna-porphyrin-hybrid-molecules-for-the-creation-of-antimicrobial-nanonetwork
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Rina Kumari, Mohd Imran Khan, Sourav Bhowmick, Kislay K Sinha, Neeladri Das, Prolay Das
DNA derived well-controlled arrangement of porphyrins has emerged as promising hybrid nanostructures. Exceptional biocompatibility and DNA-directed surface addressability coupled with rich symmetry features of the porphyrin have made these hybrid nanostructures attractive candidates for potential biomedical and biotechnological applications. However, the noteworthy photophysical properties of porphyrin and related molecules when present in DNA based nanostructures are yet to be explored fully and should be a matter of intense research that may unearth a plethora of interesting applications of these nanostructures...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512564/infections-and-follicular-lymphoma-is-there-a-link
#17
REVIEW
Francesco Zallio, Giulia Limberti, Marco Ladetto
Several infectious agents appear to provide a proliferative signal -- "antigen-drive" - that could be implicated in the pathogenesis of various type of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). A classical model of the infection-driven lymphoproliferative disorder is Helicobacter pylori-induced gastric MALT lymphoma, where antibiotic therapy allows the eradication of both the infectious agent and the clonal B-cell expansion. Following the footsteps of this example, several retrospective studies have found a correlation with other pathogens and B-cell Lymphomas, adding new relevant information about pathogenesis and laying the groundwork for chemotherapy-free treatments...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512094/intrinsic-toxin-derived-peptides-destabilize-and-inactivate-clostridium-difficile-tcdb
#18
Jason L Larabee, Sarah J Bland, Jonathan J Hunt, Jimmy D Ballard
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a major cause of hospital-associated, antibiotic-induced diarrhea, which is largely mediated by the production of two large multidomain clostridial toxins, TcdA and TcdB. Both toxins coordinate the action of specific domains to bind receptors, enter cells, and deliver a catalytic fragment into the cytosol. This results in GTPase inactivation, actin disassembly, and cytotoxicity. TcdB in particular has been shown to encode a region covering amino acids 1753 to 1851 that affects epitope exposure and cytotoxicity...
May 16, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512090/the-vibrio-cholerae-vexgh-rnd-efflux-system-maintains-cellular-homeostasis-by-effluxing-vibriobactin
#19
Dillon E Kunkle, X Renee Bina, James E Bina
Resistance-nodulation-division (RND) superfamily efflux systems have been widely studied for their role in antibiotic resistance, but their native biological functions remain poorly understood. We previously showed that loss of RND-mediated efflux in Vibrio cholerae resulted in activation of the Cpx two-component regulatory system, which mediates adaptation to stress resulting from misfolded membrane proteins. Here, we investigated the mechanism linking RND-mediated efflux to the Cpx response. We performed transposon mutagenesis screening of RND-deficient V...
May 16, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510584/identification-of-novel-risk-factors-for-community-acquired-clostridium-difficile-infection-using-spatial-statistics-and-geographic-information-system-analyses
#20
Deverick J Anderson, Leoncio Flavio Rojas, Shera Watson, Lauren P Knelson, Sohayla Pruitt, Sarah S Lewis, Rebekah W Moehring, Emily E Sickbert Bennett, David J Weber, Luke F Chen, Daniel J Sexton
BACKGROUND: The rate of community-acquired Clostridium difficile infection (CA-CDI) is increasing. While receipt of antibiotics remains an important risk factor for CDI, studies related to acquisition of C. difficile outside of hospitals are lacking. As a result, risk factors for exposure to C. difficile in community settings have been inadequately studied. MAIN OBJECTIVE: To identify novel environmental risk factors for CA-CDI. METHODS: We performed a population-based retrospective cohort study of patients with CA-CDI from 1/1/2007 through 12/31/2014 in a 10-county area in central North Carolina...
2017: PloS One
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