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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330182/fluorescence-recovery-allows-the-implementation-of-a-fluorescence-reporter-gene-platform-applicable-for-the-detection-and-quantification-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-anoxic-environments
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Rafael Pinilla, Leise Riber, Søren J Sørensen
The study of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in microbial communities has been revolutionized by significant advances in cultivation-independent methods based on fluorescence reporter gene technologies. Recently, the combination of these novel approaches with flow cytometry has presented itself as one of the most powerful tools to study the spread of mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in the environment. However, the use of fluorescent markers like green fluorescent protein (GFP) and mCherry is limited by environmental constraints that affect the correct maturation of their fluorophores, such as oxygen availability and pH levels...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329011/removal-of-ozonation-products-of-pharmaceuticals-in-laboratory-moving-bed-biofilm-reactors-mbbrs
#2
Haitham El-Taliawy, Monica Escola Casas, Kai Bester
The major pathway of pharmaceuticals from urban applications to urban surface waters is via wastewater treatment plants. Ozonation is able to remove pharmaceuticals from wastewater effluents. However, during that reaction, ozonation products are formed. Some ozonation products were found to be persistent and have adverse effect on the environment. Moving bed bio reactors (MBBRs) were tested for the removal of the ozonation products of macrolide antibiotics and diclofenac at two different concentration levels 1 μg/L and 10 μg/L in laboratory reactors...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326225/genomic-insights-into-biofilm-forming-enterococcus-faecalis-sk460-isolated-from-a-chronic-diabetic-ulcer-patient
#3
Karthika Suryaletha, Lekshmi Narendrakumar, Joby John, Dinesh Reghunathan, Manoj Prasannakumar, Sabu Thomas
Enterococcus faecalis is recognized as one of the leading pathogens causing nosocomial infections. Here we report a draft genome sequence of Enterococcus faecalis SK460, isolated from a chronic diabetic foot ulcer patient. This strain exhibits various biofilm-associated genes, virulence genes, and antibiotic-resistance genes related to aminoglycoside, macrolide, and tetracycline resistance.
January 11, 2018: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326076/phage-derived-lysins-as-potential-agents-for-eradicating-biofilms-and-persisters
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Umender Sharma, Aradhana Vipra, Shankaramurthy Channabasappa
Bacterial biofilms are highly resistant to the action of antibiotics. Presence of persisters, phenotypically resistant populations of bacterial cells, is thought to contribute toward recalcitrance of biofilms. The phage-derived lysins, by virtue of their ability to cleave the peptidoglycan of bacterial cells in an enzymatic manner, have the unique ability to kill dormant cells. Several lysins have shown potent antibiofilm activity in vitro. The fact that lysins have shown better efficacy than conventional drugs in animal models of endocarditis and other infections involving biofilms suggests that the lysins can potentially be developed against difficult-to-treat bacterial infections...
January 8, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325735/whole-transcriptome-analysis-reveals-potential-novel-mechanisms-of-low-level-linezolid-resistance-in-enterococcus-faecalis
#5
Ruoyi Hua, Yun Xia, Wenyao Wu, Jia Yan, Mi Yang
Linezolid is an oxazolidinone antibiotic commonly used to treat serious infections caused by vancomycin-resistant enterococcus. Recently, low-level linezolid resistant Enterococcus faecalis strains have emerged worldwide, but the resistant mechanisms remain undefined. Whole-transcriptome profiling was performed on an E. faecalis strain P10748 with low-level linezolid resistance in comparison with a linezolid-susceptible strain 3138 and the standard control strain ATCC29212. The functions of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were predicted, with some DEGs potentially involved in drug resistance were validated by PCR and quantitative PCR (qPCR)...
January 8, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322006/attenuation-of-quorum-sensing-dependent-virulence-factors-and-biofilm-formation-by-medicinal-plants-against-antibiotic-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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P Sankar Ganesh, V Ravishankar Rai
Pseudomonas aeruginosa use small signaling molecules such as acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs), which play an important role in release virulence factors and toxin for further establishment of host infection. Thus, involving with the QS system would provide alternative ways of preventing the pathogenicity. In the present study, totally six medicinal plants (Terminalia bellerica, Celastrus paniculatus, Kingiodendron pinnatum, Schleichera oleosa, Melastoma malabathricum, Garcinia gummi-gutta) were screened for anti-QS activity using biomonitor strain of Chromobacterium violaceum CV12472...
January 2018: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321257/the-antimicrobial-peptide-saap-148-combats-drug-resistant-bacteria-and-biofilms
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Anna de Breij, Martijn Riool, Robert A Cordfunke, Nermina Malanovic, Leonie de Boer, Roman I Koning, Elisabeth Ravensbergen, Marnix Franken, Tobias van der Heijde, Bouke K Boekema, Paulus H S Kwakman, Niels Kamp, Abdelouahab El Ghalbzouri, Karl Lohner, Sebastian A J Zaat, Jan W Drijfhout, Peter H Nibbering
Development of novel antimicrobial agents is a top priority in the fight against multidrug-resistant (MDR) and persistent bacteria. We developed a panel of synthetic antimicrobial and antibiofilm peptides (SAAPs) with enhanced antimicrobial activities compared to the parent peptide, human antimicrobial peptide LL-37. Our lead peptide SAAP-148 was more efficient in killing bacteria under physiological conditions in vitro than many known preclinical- and clinical-phase antimicrobial peptides. SAAP-148 killed MDR pathogens without inducing resistance, prevented biofilm formation, and eliminated established biofilms and persister cells...
January 10, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321021/silver-pig-skin-nanocomposites-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-suitable-antibiofilm-cellular-dressings-for-wound-healing
#8
Mario Alberto Pérez-Díaz, Phaedra Silva-Bermudez, Binisa Jiménez-López, Valentín Martínez-López, Yaaziel Melgarejo-Ramírez, Ana Brena-Molina, Clemente Ibarra, Isabel Baeza, M Esther Martínez-Pardo, M Lourdes Reyes-Frías, Erik Márquez-Gutiérrez, Cristina Velasquillo, Gabriel Martínez-Castañon, Fidel Martinez-Gutierrez, Roberto Sánchez-Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Treatment of severe or chronic skin wounds is an important challenge facing medicine and a significant health care burden. Proper wound healing is often affected by bacterial infection; where biofilm formation is one of the main risks and particularly problematic because it confers protection to microorganisms against antibiotics. One avenue to prevent bacterial colonization of wounds is the use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs); which have proved to be effective against non-multidrug-resistant and multidrug-resistant bacteria...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320462/unsaturated-fatty-acids-affect-quorum-sensing-communication-system-and-inhibit-motility-and-biofilm-formation-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Marion Nicol, Stéphane Alexandre, Jean-Baptiste Luizet, Malena Skogman, Thierry Jouenne, Suzana P Salcedo, Emmanuelle Dé
The increasing threat of Acinetobacter baumannii as a nosocomial pathogen is mainly due to the occurrence of multidrug-resistant strains that are associated with the real problem of its eradication from hospital wards. The particular ability of this pathogen to form biofilms contributes to its persistence, increases antibiotic resistance, and promotes persistent/device-related infections. We previously demonstrated that virstatin, which is a small organic compound known to decrease virulence of Vibrio cholera via an inhibition of T4-pili expression, displayed very promising activity to prevent A...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319523/temperature-ph-and-trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-are-potent-inhibitors-of-biofilm-formation-by-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-clinical-isolates
#10
Marjan Biočanin, Haowa Madi, Zorica Vasiljević, Milan Kojić, Branko Jovčić, Jelena Lozo
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, an opportunistic pathogen usually connected with healthcare-associated infections, is an environmental bacterium. Intrinsic resistance to multiple antibiotics, with different virulence determinants in the last decade classified this bacterium in the group of global multiple drug resistant (MDR) organism. S. maltophilia clinical isolates, were collected from tertiary care pediatric hospital in Belgrade, Serbia to investigate influence of different factors on biofilm formation, kinetics of biofilm formation for strong biofilm producers and effect of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX) on formed biofilm...
December 4, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319518/clonal-analysis-of-clinical-and-environmental-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolates-from-meknes-region-morocco
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Itto Maroui, Abouddihaj Barguigua, Asmae Aboulkacem, Hanane Elhafa, Khadija Ouarrak, Mohammed Sbiti, Lhoussain Louzi, Mohammed Timinouni, Abdelhaq Belhaj
From 123 clinical and environmental Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates, 24 strains were selected for their similar antibioresistance, virulence and biofilm formation profiles, to examine their diversity and occurrence of clones within two hospitals and different natural sites in Meknes (Morocco). Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, using DraI enzyme, didn't reveal a close relationship between clinical and environmental isolates nor between strains of the two hospitals. 19 genotypes were obtained, including two virulent environmental clones and three clinical clones virulent and resistant to antibiotics...
September 27, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317719/application-of-rotating-magnetic-fields-increase-the-activity-of-antimicrobials-against-wound-biofilm-pathogens
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A F Junka, R Rakoczy, P Szymczyk, M Bartoszewicz, P P Sedghizadeh, K Fijałkowski
Infective complications are a major factor contributing to wound chronicity and can be associated with significant morbidity or mortality. Wound bacteria are protected in biofilm communities and are highly resistant to immune system components and to antimicrobials used in wound therapy. There is an urgent medical need to more effectively eradicate wound biofilm pathogens. In the present work, we tested the impact of such commonly used antibiotics and antiseptics as gentamycin, ciprofloxacin, octenidine, chlorhexidine, polihexanidine, and ethacridine lactate delivered to Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms in the presence of rotating magnetic fields (RMFs) of 10-50 Hz frequency and produced by a customized RMF generator...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317704/biofilm-formation-protects-salmonella-from-the-antibiotic-ciprofloxacin-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-in-the-mouse-model-of-chronic-carriage
#13
Juan F González, Halley Alberts, Joel Lee, Lauren Doolittle, John S Gunn
Typhoid fever is caused by the human-restricted pathogen Salmonella enterica sv. Typhi. Approximately 5% of people that resolve the disease become chronic carriers, with the gallbladder as the main reservoir of the bacteria. Of these, about 90% present with gallstones, on which Salmonella form biofilms. Because S. Typhi is a human-restricted pathogen, these carriers are the main source of dissemination of the disease; unfortunately, antibiotic treatment has shown to be an ineffective therapy. This is believed to be caused by the inherent antibiotic resistance conferred by Salmonella biofilms growing on gallstones...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317687/the-synergistic-bactericidal-effect-of-vancomycin-on-utmd-treated-biofilm-involves-damage-to-bacterial-cells-and-enhancement-of-metabolic-activities
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Jian Hu, Ning Zhang, Lifang Li, Ning Zhang, Yanfen Ma, Chedong Zhao, Qian Wu, Ying Li, Nianan He, Xiaoqin Wang
In this study, the synergistic effect of vancomycin, a cell wall synthesis inhibitor, and ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD), on cell viability of Staphylococcus epidermidis, embedded in biofilm, was investigated. Biofilms are the leading causes of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections of medical implants and prosthetics worldwide. The antibiotic-resistant nature of biofilm-embedded pathogens poses a critical challenge to the medical community. Previously, studies have demonstrated the efficacy of using ultrasound waves and UTMD in circumventing this problem...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315029/correlations-among-resistances-to-different-antimicrobial-compounds-in-salmonella-strains-from-hen-eggshells
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Maria Luisa Fernández Márquez, María José Grande Burgos, Rubén Pérez Pulido, Antonio Gálvez, Rosario Lucas López
Persistence of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella in the food chain may depend on strain tolerance to other antimicrobials and also on biofilm formation capacity. Yet, there is limited information on sensitivity of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella to other antimicrobials, such as phenolic compounds, chemical preservatives, or antimicrobial peptides. This study aimed at correlating antimicrobial resistance and biofilm formation capacity in antibiotic-resistant, biocide-tolerant Salmonella strains from hen eggshells...
February 2018: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314726/the-complete-genome-sequence-of-vibrio-aestuarianus-w-40-reveals-virulence-factor-genes
#16
Xiaojin Xu, Lixing Huang, Yongquan Su, Qingpi Yan
Vibrio aestuarianus is an opportunistic environmental pathogen that has been associated with epidemics in cultured shrimp Penaeus vannamei. Hepatopancreas microsporidian (HPM) and monodon slow growth syndrome (MSGS) have been reported in cultured P. vannamei. In this study, we sequenced and assembled the whole genome of V. aestuarianus strain W-40, a strain that was originally isolated from the intestines of an infected P. vannamei. The genome of V. aestuarianus strain W-40 contains two circular chromosomes of 483,7307 bp with a 46...
January 3, 2018: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313670/layer-by-layer-decorated-nanoparticles-with-tunable-antibacterial-and-antibiofilm-properties-against-both-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-bacteria
#17
Aleksandra Ivanova, Kristina Ivanova, Javier Hoyo, Thomas Heinze, Susana Sanchez-Gomez, Tzanko Tzanov
Bacteria-mediated diseases are a global healthcare concern due to the development and spread of antibiotic resistant strains. Cationic compounds are considered membrane active biocidal agents having a great potential to control bacterial infections, while limiting the emergence of drug resistance. Herein, the versatile and simple Layer-by-Layer (LbL) technique was used to coat alternating multilayers of an antibacterial aminocellulose conjugate and the biocompatible hyaluronic acid on biocompatible polymer nanoparticles (NPs), taking advantage of the nano-size of these otherwise biologically inert templates...
January 9, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311276/species-specific-interactions-of-arr-with-rplk-mediate-stringent-response-in-bacteria
#18
Priyanka Agrawal, Rajagopal Varada, Shivjee Sah, Souvik Bhattacharyya, Umesh Varshney
Bacteria respond to stressful growth conditions through a conserved phenomenon of 'stringent response' mediated by synthesis of stress alarmones, ppGpp or pppGpp [referred to as (p)ppGpp]. The (p)ppGpp synthesis is known to occur by ribosome associated RelA. In addition, a dual function protein SpoT (with both the synthetase and hydrolase activities) maintains (p)ppGpp homeostasis. The presence of (p)ppGpp is also known to contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Mycobacterium smegmatis possesses Arr, which inactivates rifampicin by its ADP-ribosylation...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311080/mycobacterium-abscessus-smooth-and-rough-morpohotypes-form-antimicrobial-tolerant-biofilm-phenotypes-but-are-killed-by-acetic-acid
#19
Gillian Clary, Smitha Sasindran, Nathan Nesbitt, Laurel Mason, Sara Cole, Abul Azad, Karen McCoy, Larry S Schlesinger, Luanne Hall-Stoodley
Mycobacterium abscessus has emerged as an important pathogen in people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis, and recent reports suggest that it may be transmissible by fomites. M. abscessus exhibits two major colony morphology variants: a smooth morphotype (MaSm ) and a rough morphotype (MaRg ). Biofilm formation, prolonged intracellular survival, and colony variant diversity can each contribute to the persistence of M. abscessus and other bacterial pathogens in chronic pulmonary diseases...
January 8, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307122/investigation-of-the-antibiotic-resistance-and-biofilm-formation-of-staphylococcus-pseudintermedius-strains-isolated-from-canine-pyoderma
#20
Valentina Stefanetti, Annalisa Bietta, Luisa Pascucci, Maria Luisa Marenzoni, Mauro Coletti, Maria Pia Franciosini, Fabrizio Passamonti, Patrizia Casagrande Proietti
The aim of the present study was to investigate the antibiotic resistance and bio lm formation among a collection of 51 clinical isolates of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius collected from canine pyoderma. All isolates were tested for the susceptibility to a panel of 14 antimicrobial agents by the disk di usion method in Müeller-Hinton agar. Oxacillin resistance was detected by subculture on oxacillin screening agar base. Bio lm formation was investigated by the Microtitre Plate test (MtP) and for some strains by transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
December 29, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
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