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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078661/role-of-cytokines-in-host-defense-against-staphylococcus-aureus-skin-infection
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Guosheng Wu, Banghui Zhu, Xudong Hong, Pengfei Luo, Zhaofan Xia
Wound infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a critical clinical problem due to long hospitalization times, significant morbidity and mortality, as well as considerable medical resource consumption. With the emergence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains, current antibiotic treatments are becoming ineffective in combatting S. aureus infection. Thus, a novel therapeutic strategy is required. Recent studies discovered that several cytokines in the infected wound area play protective roles against S...
January 12, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077586/redeploying-%C3%AE-lactam-antibiotics-as-a-novel-antivirulence-strategy-for-the-treatment-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-infections
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Elaine M Waters, Justine K Rudkin, Simone Coughlan, Geremy C Clair, Joshua N Adkins, Suzanna Gore, Guoqing Xia, Nikki S Black, Tim Downing, Eoghan O'Neill, Aras Kadioglu, James P O'Gara
Innovative approaches to the use of existing antibiotics is an important strategy in efforts to address the escalating antimicrobial resistance crisis. We report a new approach to the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections by demonstrating that oxacillin can be used to significantly attenuate the virulence of MRSA despite the pathogen being resistant to this drug. Using mechanistic in vitro assays and in vivo models of invasive pneumonia and sepsis, we show that oxacillin-treated MRSA strains are significantly attenuated in virulence...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077022/feasibility-of-a-novel-multispot-nanoarray-for-antibiotic-screening-in-honey
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Sara E McNamee, Giulia Rosar, Lidija Persic, Christopher T Elliott, Katrina Campbell
Practical solutions for multiple antibiotic determination in food is required by the food industry and regulators for cost effective screening purposes. This study describes the feasibility in development and preliminary performance of a novel multispot nanoarray for antibiotic screening in honey. Using a multiplex approach the metabolites of the four main nitrofuran antibiotics including morpholinomethyl-2-oxazolidone (AMOZ), 3-amino-2-oxazolidinone (AOZ), semicarbazide (SEM), 1-aminohydantoin (AHD) and chloramphenicol (CAP) were simultaneously detected...
January 12, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076699/infective-endocarditis-prophylaxis-a-review
#4
Benson Njuguna, Francois Delahaye
Guidelines for prophylaxis against infective endocarditis (IE) have changed significantly due to a lack of evidence for its efficacy and increasing concerns about safety and antibiotic resistance. The impact of these changes on clinical practice and IE hospitalisation trends and outcomes has become a focus of research. Areas Covered: We review the rationale for and against IE prophylaxis, highlight significant changes in guidelines since 2002, and discuss literature examining the impact of these changes on antibiotic prescription rates for IE prophylaxis, IE incidence, morbidity, and mortality...
January 11, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075554/an-engineered-allele-of-afsq1-facilitates-the-discovery-and-investigation-of-cryptic-natural-products
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Martin Daniel-Ivad, Nabeela Hameed, Stephanie Tan, Rachna Dhanjal, Daniel Socko, Patricia Pak, Tomas Gverzdys, Marie A Elliot, Justin R Nodwell
New approaches to antimicrobial discovery are needed to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. The Streptomyces genus, a proven source of antibiotics, is recognized as having a large reservoir of untapped secondary metabolic genes, many of which are likely to produce uncharacterized compounds. However, most of these compounds are currently inaccessible, as they are not expressed under standard laboratory conditions. Here we present a novel methodology for activating these 'cryptic' metabolites by heterologously expressing a constitutively active pleiotropic regulator...
January 11, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075071/multi-target-selection-of-catalytic-antibodies-wih-%C3%AE-lactamase-activity-using-phage-display
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Melody A Shahsavarian, Nancy Chaaya, Narciso Costa, Didier Boquet, Alexandre Atkinson, Bernard Offmann, Srini V Kaveri, Sébastien Lacroix-Desmazes, Alain Friboulet, Bérangère Avalle, Séverine Padiolleau-Lefèvre
β-lactamase enzymes responsible for bacterial resistance to antibiotics are among the most important health threats to the human population today. Understanding the increasingly vast structural motifs responsible for the catalytic mechanism of β-lactamases will help improve the future design of new generation antibiotics and mechanism-based inhibitors of these enzymes. Here we report the construction of a large murine scFv phage display library of size 2.7×10(9) with extended diversity by combining different mouse models...
January 11, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075068/binding-and-processing-of-%C3%AE-lactam-antibiotics-by-the-transpeptidase-ldtmt2-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Eva Maria Steiner, Gunter Schneider, Robert Schnell
β-lactam antibiotics represent a novel direction in the chemotherapy of tuberculosis that brings the peptidoglycan layer of the complex mycobacterial cell wall in focus as therapeutic target. Peptidoglycan stability in Mycobacterium tuberculosis especially during infection relies on the non-conventional peptide cross-links formed by L,D-transpeptidases. These enzymes are known to be inhibited by β-lactams, primarily carbapenems, leading to a stable covalent modification at the enzyme active site. A panel of sixteen β-lactams antibiotics was characterized by inhibition kinetics, mass spectrometry and x-ray crystallography to identify efficient compounds and study their action on the essential transpeptidase LdtMt2 ...
January 11, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074052/kribellosides-novel-rna-5-triphosphatase-inhibitors-from-the-rare-actinomycete-kribbella-sp-mi481-42f6
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Masayuki Igarashi, Ryuichi Sawa, Manabu Yamasaki, Chigusa Hayashi, Maya Umekita, Masaki Hatano, Toshinobu Fujiwara, Kiyohisa Mizumoto, Akio Nomoto
Yeast capping enzymes differ greatly from those of mammalian, both structurally and mechanistically. Yeast-type capping enzyme repressors are therefore candidate antifungal drugs. The 5'-guanine-N7 cap structure of mRNAs are an essential feature of all eukaryotic organisms examined to date and is the first co-transcriptional modification of cellular pre-messenger RNA. Inhibitors of the RNA 5'-triphosphatase in yeast are likely to show fungicidal effects against pathogenic yeast such as Candida. We discovered a new RNA 5'-triphosphatase inhibitor, designated as the kribellosides, by screening metabolites from actinomycetes...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069659/mrsa-strains-carrying-the-novel-mecc-gene-full-genome-sequencing-identifies-in-the-genetic-background-several-determinants-that-modulate-the-resistant-phenotype
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Catarina Milheiriço, Hermínia de Lencastre, Alexander Tomasz
Most MRSA strains are resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics due to the presence of the mecA gene encoding an extra penicillin-binding protein (PBP2A) that has low affinity to virtually all beta-lactam antibiotics. Recently, a new resistance determinant - the mecC gene - was identified in S. aureus isolates recovered from humans and dairy cattle. Although having typically low MICs to beta-lactam antibiotics, MRSA strains with the mecC determinant are also capable of expressing high levels of oxacillin resistance when in an optimal genetic background...
January 9, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069645/a-novel-phosphodiesterase-of-the-gdpp-family-modulates-cyclic-di-amp-levels-in-response-to-cell-membrane-stress-in-daptomycin-resistant-enterococci
#10
Xu Wang, Milya Davlieva, Jinnethe Reyes, Diana Panesso, Cesar A Arias, Yousif Shamoo
Substitutions in the LiaFSR membrane stress pathway are frequently associated with emergence of antimicrobial peptide resistance in both Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium Cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP) is an important signal molecule that affects many aspects of bacterial physiology including stress response. We have identified previously a mutation in a gene (designated yybT) in E. faecalis that was associated with development of daptomycin resistance resulting in a change at position 440 in the predicted protein (yybT(I440S))...
January 9, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069643/gepotidacin-gsk2140944-in-vitro-activity-against-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-mic-mbc-kill-kinetics-checkerboard-pae-sme-tests
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D J Farrell, H S Sader, P R Rhomberg, N E Scangarella-Oman, R K Flamm
Gepotidacin, (formerly GSK2140944) is a novel, first in class, triazaacenaphthylene antibacterial, which inhibits bacterial DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV via a unique mechanism and has demonstrated in vitro activity against Neisseria gonorrhoeae, including drug-resistant strains, and also target pathogens associated with other conventional and biothreat infections. Broth microdilution was used to evaluate the minimum inhibitory/bactericidal concentration (MIC/MBC) activity of gepotidacin and comparators against 25 N...
January 9, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069377/development-of-an-aptamer-ampicillin-conjugate-for-treating-biofilms
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Cheng Lijuan, Yan Xing, Wu Minxi, Li Wenkai, Deng Le
Biofilm formation involves the development of extracellular matrix and initially depends on adherence and tropism by flagellar movement. With the widespread development of antibiotic resistance and tolerance of biofilms, there is a growing need for novel anti-infective strategies. No currently approved medications specifically target biofilms. Aptamers are single-stranded nucleic acid molecules that may bind to their targets with high affinity and affect the target functions. We developed a bifunctional conjugate by linking an aptamer targeting bacterial flagella with ampicillin...
January 6, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068855/iron-oxide-nanoparticles-in-modern-microbiology-and-biotechnology
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Ranmadugala Dinali, Alireza Ebrahiminezhad, Merilyn Manley-Harris, Younes Ghasemi, Aydin Berenjian
Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONs) are one of the most developed and used nanomaterials in biotechnology and microbiology. These particles have unique physicochemical properties, which make them unique among nanomaterials. Therefore, many experiments have been conducted to develop facile synthesis methods for these particles and to make them biocompatible. Various effects of IONs on microorganisms have been reported. Depending on the microbial strain and nanoparticle (NP) concentration, IONs can stimulate or inhibit microbial growth...
January 10, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068758/strontium-doped-amorphous-calcium-phosphate-porous-microspheres-synthesized-through-a-microwave-hydrothermal-method-using-fructose-1-6-bisphosphate-as-an-organic-phosphorus-source-application-in-drug-delivery-and-enhanced-bone-regeneration
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Weilin Yu, Tuan-Wei Sun, Chao Qi, Zhen-Yu Ding, Hua-Kun Zhao, Feng Chen, Dao-Yun Chen, Ying-Jie Zhu, Zhongmin Shi, Yaohua He
Nanostructured calcium phosphate (CaP) porous microspheres are of great potential in drug delivery and bone regeneration due to their large specific surface area, biocompatibility and similarity to inorganic component of osseous tissue. In this work, strontium (Sr)-doped amorphous calcium phosphate porous microspheres (SrAPMs) were synthesized through a microwave-hydrothermal method using fructose 1,6-bisphosphate trisodium salt (FBP) as the source of phosphate ions. The SrAPMs showed a mesoporous structure and a relatively high specific area...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068544/graphene-like-boron-nitride-modified-bismuth-phosphate-materials-for-boosting-photocatalytic-degradation-of-enrofloxacin
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Zhigang Chen, Xiaoliu Chen, Jun Di, Yiling Liu, Sheng Yin, Jiexiang Xia, Huaming Li
A novel graphene-like BN modified BiPO4 material was prepared for the first time via a simple solvothermal process with the assistance of reactable ionic liquid 1-decyl-3-methylimidazolium dihydrogen phosphate ([Omim]H2PO4). The as-prepared photocatalyst was characterized by XRD, FT-IR, Raman, XPS, TEM, DRS, BET, PL, EIS and ESR to investigate the structure, morphology, optical property, surface area, electrical property and active species. The photocatalytic activities of graphene-like BN/BiPO4 materials were evaluated by the degradation of antibiotic enrofloxacin (ENR) under UV light irradiation and the 1wt% graphene-like BN/BiPO4 displayed the best activity among the BN/BiPO4 composites...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068493/bmp1-and-tll1-are-required-for-maintaining-periodontal-homeostasis
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J Wang, D Massoudi, Y Ren, A M Muir, S E Harris, D S Greenspan, J Q Feng
Mutations in bone morphogenetic protein 1 (BMP1) in humans or deletion of BMP1 and related protease tolloid like 1 (TLL1) in mice lead to osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Here, we show progressive periodontal defects in mice in which both BMP1 and TLL1 have been conditionally ablated, including malformed periodontal ligament (PDL) (recently shown to play key roles in normal alveolar bone formation), significant loss in alveolar bone mass ( P < 0.01), and a sharp reduction in cellular cementum. Molecular mechanism studies revealed a dramatic increase in the uncleaved precursor of type I collagen (procollagen I) and a reduction in dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1), which is partially responsible for defects in extracellular matrix (ECM) formation and mineralization...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068312/mray-antibiotic-complex-reveals-details-of-tunicamycin-mode-of-action
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Jonna K Hakulinen, Jenny Hering, Gisela Brändén, Hongming Chen, Arjan Snijder, Margareta Ek, Patrik Johansson
The rapid increase of antibiotic resistance has created an urgent need to develop novel antimicrobial agents. Here we describe the crystal structure of the promising bacterial target phospho-N-acetylmuramoyl-pentapeptide translocase (MraY) in complex with the nucleoside antibiotic tunicamycin. The structure not only reveals the mode of action of several related natural-product antibiotics but also gives an indication on the binding mode of the MraY UDP-MurNAc-pentapeptide and undecaprenyl-phosphate substrates...
January 9, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068000/strem-1-is-elevated-in-cystic-fibrosis-and-correlates-with-proteases
#18
D L Forrester, H L Barr, A Fogarty, A Knox
BACKGROUND: sTREM-1 (soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1) is a novel inflammatory marker that may be of clinical use in cystic fibrosis (CF). Dysregulation of the TREM pathway has been demonstrated in other inflammatory diseases and modulation in animal models has therapeutic benefit. We hypothesised that sTREM-1 could act as a biomarker of disease in cystic fibrosis. METHODS: Plasma from 17 patients with CF (stable and pre and post pulmonary exacerbation) and eight healthy volunteers was analyzed for sTREM-1 and proteases (matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8), MMP-9, and human neutrophil elastase HNE)...
January 9, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067711/early-goal-directed-therapy-for-sepsis-a-novel-solution-for-discordant-survival-outcomes-in-clinical-trials
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Andre C Kalil, Daniel W Johnson, Steven J Lisco, Junfeng Sun
OBJECTIVES: Early goal-directed therapy has shown discordant survival outcomes in sepsis studies. We aim to find the reasons for this discordance. DESIGN: Random-effects and Bayesian hierarchical analyses. SETTING: Studies that evaluated early goal-directed therapy. SUBJECTS: Patients with severe sepsis and/or septic shock. INTERVENTIONS: Early goal-directed therapy. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: A total of 19,998 patients were included in the main analysis: 31 observational (n = 15,656) and six randomized (n = 4,342) studies...
January 6, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067676/severe-community-acquired-pneumonia-optimal-management
#20
Davide Leoni, Jordi Rello
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is the leading cause of mortality among infectious diseases. Several efforts have been implemented to achieve better outcomes, but an important proportion of patients continue dying. This review focuses on the newest research on prognostic factors and diagnostics, opening new perspectives in the management of CAP. RECENT FINDINGS: CAP survival improved in recent years despite an increasing incidence of severe presentations...
January 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
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