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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913024/impact-of-wastewater-treatment-plant-discharge-on-the-contamination-of-river-biofilms-by-pharmaceuticals-and-antibiotic-resistance
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Elodie Aubertheau, Thibault Stalder, Leslie Mondamert, Marie-Cécile Ploy, Christophe Dagot, Jérôme Labanowski
Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are one of the main sources of pharmaceutical residue in surface water. Epilithic biofilms were collected downstream from 12 WWTPs of various types and capacities to study the impacts of their discharge through the changes in biofilm composition (compared to a corresponding upstream biofilm) in terms of pharmaceutical concentrations and bacterial community modifications (microbial diversity and resistance integrons). The biofilm is a promising indicator to evaluate the impacts of WWTPs on the surrounding aquatic environment...
November 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910930/design-of-a-hydroxyapatite-binding-antimicrobial-peptide-with-improved-retention-and-antibacterial-efficacy-for-oral-pathogen-control
#2
Zhi-Bin Huang, Xin Shi, Jing Mao, Shi-Qiang Gong
Controlling and reducing the formation of pathogenic biofilm on tooth surface is the key to the prevention and treatment of the biofilm-associated oral diseases. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), considered as possible future alternatives for conventional antibiotics, have been extensively studied for the control of bacterial infection. Due to the rapid dilution and degradation by human saliva, AMP preparations designed for oral use with longer retention and higher efficacy are in urgent need. To this end, a hydroxyapatite (HAp)-binding antimicrobial peptide (HBAMP), which is based on the fusion of a specific HAp-binding heptapeptide (HBP7) domain and a broad-spectrum antimicrobial peptide (KSLW) domain, has been developed in our laboratory...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910884/the-hha-tomb-toxin-antitoxin-system-shows-conditional-toxicity-and-promotes-persister-cell-formation-by-inhibiting-apoptosis-like-death-in-s-typhimurium
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Sangeeta Jaiswal, Prajita Paul, Chandrashekhar Padhi, Shilpa Ray, Daniel Ryan, Shantoshini Dash, Mrutyunjay Suar
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) modules are two component "addictive" genetic elements found on either plasmid or bacterial chromosome, sometimes on both. TA systems perform a wide range of functions like biofilm formation, persistence, programmed cell death, phage abortive infection etc. Salmonella has been reported to contain several such TA systems. However, the hemolysin expression modulating protein (Hha) and its adjacent uncharacterized hypothetical protein TomB (previously known as YbaJ), have not been listed as a TA module in Salmonella...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910828/biofilm-prevention-of-gram-negative-bacterial-pathogens-involved-in-periprosthetic-infection-by-antibiotic-loaded-calcium-sulfate-beads-in-vitro
#4
Robert P Howlin, Christopher Winnard, Connor J Frapwell, Jeremy S Webb, John J Cooper, Sean S Aiken, Paul Stoodley
Biofilm formation represents a key stage in the pathogenesis of prosthetic infections (PIs). More tolerant to antibiotics than their planktonic counterparts, biofilm bacteria are difficult to eradicate using conventional therapeutic regimes. A common approach in PI management is the adjunctive use of localised antibiotics in addition to systemic administration in an attempt to protect the implant from colonisation by infiltrating bacteria. This study evaluates the antibacterial and antibiofilm efficacy of antibiotic-loaded dissolvable calcium sulphate, previously shown to be effective against key gram-positive pathogens, against gram-negative species important in the establishment of chronic infection in PIs...
December 2, 2016: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908581/sonodynamic-inactivation-of-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-bacteria-using-a-rose-bengal-antimicrobial-peptide-conjugate
#5
David Costley, Heather Nesbitt, Nigel Ternan, James Dooley, Ying-Ying Huang, Michael R Hamblin, Anthony P McHale, John F Callan
Combating antimicrobial resistance is one of the most serious public health challenges facing society today. The development of new antibiotics or alternative techniques that can help combat antimicrobial resistance is being prioritised by many governments and stakeholders across the globe. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy is one such technique that has received considerable attention but is limited by the inability of light to penetrate through human tissue, reducing its effectiveness when used to treat deep-seated infections...
November 17, 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904808/effect-of-common-and-experimental-anti-tuberculosis-treatments-on-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-growing-as-biofilms
#6
James P Dalton, Benedict Uy, Narisa Phummarin, Brent R Copp, William A Denny, Simon Swift, Siouxsie Wiles
Much is known regarding the antibiotic susceptibility of planktonic cultures of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for the lung disease tuberculosis (TB). As planktonically-grown M. tuberculosis are unlikely to be entirely representative of the bacterium during infection, we set out to determine how effective a range of anti-mycobacterial treatments were against M. tuberculosis growing as a biofilm, a bacterial phenotype known to be more resistant to antibiotic treatment. Light levels from bioluminescently-labelled M...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902419/influence-of-tick-and-mammalian-physiological-temperatures-on-borrelia-burgdorferi-biofilms
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Shafiq Shaikh, Venkata Arun Timmaraju, Jason P Torres, Kayla M Socarras, Priyanka A S Theophilus, Eva Sapi
The spirochaete bacterium Borrelia burgdorferisensu lato is the aetiologic agent of Lyme disease. Borrelia is transmitted to mammals through tick bite and is adapted to survive at tick and mammalian physiological temperatures. We have previously shown that B. burgdorferi can exist in different morphological forms, including the antibiotic-resistant biofilm form, in vitro and in vivo. B. burgdorferi forms aggregates in ticks as well as in humans, indicating potential of biofilm formation at both 23 and 37 °C...
November 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902410/inhibition-of-quorum-sensing-controlled-virulence-factors-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-murraya-koenigii-essential-oil-a-study-in-a-caenorhabditis-elegans-infectious-model
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P Sankar Ganesh, Ravishankar Vittal Rai
The global emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa poses a major threat in hospital environments as well as in the community. P. aeruginosa is an opportunistic human pathogen and it also infects a wide range of model organisms including the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Quorum sensing (QS) mediates cell-to-cell communication in bacteria and has an important role in regulating virulence genes, antibiotic resistance and biofilm formation which are crucial for establishment of the infection...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902390/virulence-determinants-in-clinical-staphylococcus-aureus-from-monomicrobial-and-polymicrobial-infections-of-diabetic-foot-ulcers
#9
Kavitha Shettigar, Spoorthi Jain, Deepika V Bhat, Raviraj Acharya, Lingadakai Ramachandra, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy, T S Murali
Antibiotic resistance in Staphylococcus aureus is a major public health concern and Methicillin Resistant S. aureus has emerged as an important pathogen. We characterized S. aureus isolates from monomicrobial and polymicrobial wound infections from 200 diabetic individuals with foot ulcers to understand their underlying diversity and pathogenicity. Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome mec typing was performed and genes coding for production of biofilm, Panton-Valentine Leukocidin, Toxic Shock Syndrome Toxin, Leukotoxins DE and M were screened...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902368/coagulase-negative-staphylococci-pathogenesis-occurrence-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-and-in-vitro-effects-of-antimicrobial-agents-on-biofilm-growing-bacteria
#10
Ewa Szczuka, Lucyna Jabłońska, Adam Kaznowski
Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) are opportunistic pathogens that particularly cause infections in patients with implanted medical devices. The present research was performed to study the virulence potential of 53 clinical isolates of Staphylococcus capitis, Staphylococcus auricularis, Staphylococcus lugdunensis, Staphylococcus simulans, Staphylococcus cohnii, and Staphylococcus caprae. All clinical strains were clonally unrelated. Isolates carried genes encoding resistance to β-lactam (mecA) (15%), aminoglycosides aac(6')/aph(2'') (11%), aph (3')-IIIa (15%), ant(4')-Ia (19%) and MLSB erm(A) (4%), erm(B) (13%), erm(C) (41%), msr(A) (11%) antibiotics...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902285/raineyella-antarctica-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-novel-psychrotolerant-d-amino-acid-utilizing-anaerobe-isolated-from-two-geographic-locations-of-the-southern-hemisphere
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Elena V Pikuta, Rodolfo Javier Menes, Alisa Michelle Bruce, Zhe Lyu, Nisha Patel, Yuchen Liu, Richard Brice Hoover, Hans Jürgen Busse, Paul A Lawson, William Barney Whitman
Gram-positive bacterium, strain LZ-22T, was isolated from a rhizosphere of moss Leptobryum sp. collected at the shore of Lake Zub in Antarctica. Cells were motile, straight or pleomorphic rods with sizes of 0.6-1.0 x 3.5-10 μm. The new isolate was a facultatively anaerobic, catalase positive, psychrotolerant mesophile. Growth was observed at 3-41 oC (optimum 24-30 oC), 0-7 % NaCl, w/v (optimum, 0.25 %) and pH 4.0-9.0 (optimum 7.8). The quinone system of strain LZ-22T possessed predominately menaquinones MK-9(H4)...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893989/drug-discovery-targeting-heme-based-sensors-and-their-coupled-activities
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Eduardo Henrique Silva Sousa, Luiz Gonzaga de França Lopes, Gonzalo Gonzalez, Marie-Alda Gilles-Gonzalez
Heme-based sensors have emerged during the last 20years as being a large family of proteins that occur in all kingdoms of life. A myriad of biological adaptations are associated with these sensors, which include vasodilation, bacterial virulence, dormancy, chemotaxis, biofilm formation, among others. Due to the key activities regulated by these proteins along with many other systems that use similar output domains, there is a growing interest in developing small molecules as their regulators. Here, we review the development of potential activators and inhibitors for many of these systems, including human soluble guanylate cyclase, c-di-GMP-related enzymes, Mycobacterium tuberculosis DevR/DevS/DosT (differentially expressed in virulent strain response regulator/sensor/dormancysurvival sensorT), the Rev-erb-α and β nuclear receptor, among others...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892689/biofilm-inhibitors-targeting-the-outer-membrane-protein-a-of-pasteurella-multocida-in-swine
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Anchanee Kubera, Arinthip Thamchaipenet, Menachem Shoham
Pasteurella multocida (Pm) is the causative agent of atrophic rhinitis in swine. This study aimed to discover biofilm inhibitors against swine Pm to counteract antibiotic resistance and decrease virulence. The virulence factor outer membrane protein A (OmpA) was targeted. A library of drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was used to perform virtual screening against PmOmpA. The top-scoring compounds had no effect on the growth of Pm serotype A or D. Mycophenolate mofetil showed the highest efficacy in inhibiting biofilm formation by Pm serotype A, with an IC50 of 7...
November 28, 2016: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891050/evaluating-the-effect-of-oxygen-concentrations-on-antibiotic-sensitivity-growth-and-biofilm-formation-of-human-pathogens
#14
Shilpi Gupta, Nozrin Laskar, Daniel E Kadouri
Standard antimicrobial susceptibility tests are performed in vitro under normal room oxygen conditions to predict the in vivo effectiveness of antimicrobial therapy. The aim of this study was to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the effect of different oxygen levels on the antibiotic susceptibility of two strains of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumoniae. It was found that anoxic conditions caused reduced sensitivity of bacteria to aminoglycoside antibiotics in four of six bacteria used in the study...
2016: Microbiology Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890783/the-proline-glycine-rich-region-of-the-biofilm-adhesion-protein-aap-forms-an-extended-stalk-that-resists-compaction
#15
Alexander E Yarawsky, Lance R English, Steven T Whitten, Andrew B Herr
Staphylococcus epidermidis is one of the primary bacterial species responsible for healthcare-associated infections. The most significant virulence factor for S. epidermidis is its ability to form a biofilm, which renders the bacteria highly resistant to host immune responses and antibiotic action. Intercellular adhesion within the biofilm is mediated by the accumulation-associated protein (Aap), a cell wall-anchored protein that self-assembles in a zinc-dependent manner. The C-terminal portion of Aap contains a proline/glycine-rich, 135 amino acid-long region that has not yet been characterized...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890730/cathodic-voltage-controlled-electrical-stimulation-of-titanium-for-prevention-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-and-acinetobacter-baumannii-biofilm-infections
#16
Mary Canty, Nicole Luke-Marshall, Anthony Campagnari, Mark Ehrensberger
: Antibiotic resistance of bacterial biofilms limits available treatment methods for implant-associated orthopaedic infections. This study evaluated the effects of applying cathodic voltage-controlled electrical stimulations (CVCES) of -1.5V and -1.8V (vs. Ag/AgCl) to coupons of commercially pure titanium (cpTi) incubated in cultures of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) as a method of preventing bacterial attachment. Stimulations were applied for 2, 4, and 8 hours and coupon-associated and planktonic colony-forming units (CFU) were enumerated following stimulation...
November 24, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890003/biofilm-mediated-antibiotic-resistant-oral-bacterial
#17
Indu Lata Kanwar, Abhishek Kumar Sah, Preeti K Suresh
Oral diseases like dental caries and periodontal disease are directly associated with the capability of bacteria to form biofilm. Periodontal diseases have been associated to anaerobic Gram-negative bacteria forming a subgingival plaque (Porphyromonas gingivalis, Actinobacillus, Prevotella and Fusobacterium). Biofilm is a complex bacterial community that is highly resistant to antibiotics and human immunity. Biofilm communities are the causative agents of biological developments such as dental caries, periodontitis, and peri-implantitis, and causing periodontal tissue breakdown...
November 24, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889172/safety-assessment-of-tetragenococcus-halophilus-isolates-from-doenjang-a-korean-high-salt-fermented-soybean-paste
#18
Do-Won Jeong, Sojeong Heo, Jong-Hoon Lee
We assessed the safety of 49 Tetragenococcus halophilus strains isolated from doenjang in Korea. Minimum inhibitory concentration assays showed that all strains can be considered as susceptible to ampicillin, erythromycin, penicillin G, tetracycline, and vancomycin, but resistant to ciprofloxacin based on the Enterococcus breakpoint values provided by the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility testing in 2015. Ciprofloxacin resistance was sufficiently high to consider the potential for acquisition of transmissible determinants...
April 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889162/tolerance-of-clostridium-perfringens-biofilms-to-disinfectants-commonly-used-in-the-food-industry
#19
Audrey Charlebois, Mario Jacques, Martine Boulianne, Marie Archambault
Clostridium perfringens is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause food poisoning in humans and various enterotoxemia in animal species. Recently, it was shown to form mono-species biofilms, a structured community of bacterial cells enclosed in a self-produced extracellular matrix. Biofilms have been associated with tolerance to antibiotics, disinfectants, and physical and environmental stresses. Very little is known about the tolerance of C. perfringens biofilm toward disinfectants. In the present study, susceptibilities of C...
April 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886280/starvation-and-antibiotics-induced-formation-of-persister-cells-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#20
Patrik Mlynarcik, Milan Kolar
BACKGROUND: Planktonic stationary and exponential cultures of Pseudomonas aeruginosa are highly resistant to killing by bactericidal antimicrobials because of the presence of persisters, cells that are multidrug tolerant and play a key role in the recalcitrance of biofilm infections. AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the formation of persister cells in P. aeruginosa stationary vs. exponential cultures using different class antimicrobials. METHODS: The susceptibilities of P...
November 23, 2016: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
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