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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720485/ceftaroline-modulates-the-innate-immune-and-host-defense-responses-of-immunocompetent-cells-exposed-to-cigarette-smoke
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A Bruno, C Cipollina, S Di Vincenzo, L Siena, P Dino, F Di Gaudio, M Gjomarkaj, E Pace
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoke, the principal risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), negatively influences the effectiveness of the immune system's response to a pathogen. The antibiotic ceftaroline exerts immune-modulatory effects in bronchial epithelial cells exposed to cigarette smoke. AIMS AND METHODS: The present study aims to assess the effects of ceftaroline on TLR2 and TLR4 expression, LPS binding and TNF-α and human beta defensin (HBD2) release in an undifferentiated and PMA-differentiated human monocyte cell line (THP-1) exposed or not to cigarette smoke extracts (CSE)...
July 15, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717895/correlating-uptake-and-activity-of-proline-rich-antimicrobial-peptides-in-escherichia-coli
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Luzia Holfeld, Ralf Hoffmann, Daniel Knappe
Increasing death tolls accounted for by antimicrobial drug resistance demand novel antibiotic lead compounds. Among different promising candidate classes, proline-rich antimicrobial peptides (PrAMPs) are very favorable due to their intracellular mechanism, i.e., binding to the 70S ribosome and DnaK, after active uptake relying on bacterial transporters like SbmA and MdtM. Studies on peptide internalization as the first step of their complex mode of action rely typically on fluorophore or radioactive labeling and quantification using microscopy, flow cytometry, or radioactivity...
July 17, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707067/phagocytosis-of-escherichia-coli-biofilm-cells-with-different-aspect-ratios-a-role-of-substratum-material-stiffness
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Yanrui Zhao, Fangchao Song, Hao Wang, Junlin Zhou, Dacheng Ren
Bacterial biofilms play an important role in chronic infections due to high-level tolerance to antibiotics. Thus, it is important to eradicate bacterial cells that are attached to implanted medical devices of different materials. Phagocytosis is a key process of the innate immunity to eliminate invading pathogens. Previous research demonstrated that the efficiency of phagocytosis is affected by the aspect ratio of polymer beads. Recently, we reported that the stiffness of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) influences Escherichia coli biofilm formation and the biofilm cells on stiff (5:1) PDMS are 46...
July 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693187/salinomycin-inhibits-canine-mammary-carcinoma-in-vitro-by-targeting-cancer-stem-cells
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Hongchao Du, Bin Zhou, Hong Zhang, Yipeng Jin, Di Zhang, Degui Lin
Salinomycin (SAL), a polyether ionophore antibiotic, has been demonstrated to selectively kill cancer stem cells (CSCs) in various types of human tumor. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of SAL on canine mammary CSCs. CSCs in canine mammary carcinoma cell lines (CMT7364 and CIPp) were identified using a sphere formation assay and flow cytometry. The chemoresistance, invasive potential and expression of stem cell-associated proteins of these spheres was then analyzed. This demonstrated that the spheres exhibited characteristics of CSCs, including a cluster of differentiation (CD)44(+)/CD24(-/low) phenotype, upregulation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway-associated proteins and chemoresistance...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668853/neocarzinostatin-aptamer-conjugates-for-targeting-epcam-positive-tumor-cells
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Prasanna Kumar Athyala, Jagat Rakesh Kanwar, Srujana Chitipothu, Rupinder Kaur Kanwar, Subramanian Krishnakumar, Jonathan P Watson, Janakiraman Narayanan
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the role of Neocarzinostatin (NCS) conjugated with epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) aptamer in EpCAM-positive cancer cells. NCS is an antitumor antibiotic protein chromophore that has the ability to cleave double stranded DNA and can be used as a potential drug for the treatment of EpCAM-positive cancers. EpCAM aptamer is an oligonucleotide ligand that binds specifically to EpCAM, a protein overexpressed in tumor cells...
July 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661457/antibacterial-activity-of-ai-hemocidin-2-a-novel-n-terminal-peptide-of-hemoglobin-purified-from-arca-inflata
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Chunlei Li, Jianhua Zhu, Yanqing Wang, Yuyan Chen, Liyan Song, Weiming Zheng, Jingjing Li, Rongmin Yu
The continued emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in recent years is of great concern. The search for new classes of antibacterial agents has expanded to non-traditional sources such as shellfish. An antibacterial subunit of hemoglobin (Hb-I) was purified from the mantle of Arcainflata by phosphate extraction and ion exchange chromatography. A novel antibacterial peptide, AI-hemocidin 2, derived from Hb-I, was discovered using bioinformatics analysis. It displayed antibacterial activity across a broad spectrum of microorganisms, including several Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, with minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) values ranging from 37...
June 29, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651094/in-vitro-susceptibility-of-brachyspira-hyodysenteriae-to-a-commercial-citrus-fruit-extract
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Pedro J G de Nova, Ana Carvajal, Miguel Prieto, Pedro Rubio
Brachyspira hyodysenteriae is the main etiological agent of swine dysentery (SD). Nowadays, treatment and control of SD is increasingly difficult due to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance together with the restrictions on the use of antibiotics in veterinary practice. The aim of this study was to evaluate, as an alternative in the control of this disease, the antimicrobial activity and the main mechanism of action of BIOCITRO, a citrus extract commercialized as raw material and used as feed additive, against B...
June 20, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650559/the-antibacterial-activity-and-modes-of-li-f-type-antimicrobial-peptides-against-bacillus-cereus-in-vitro
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Jinzhi Han, Shengming Zhao, Zhi Ma, Ling Gao, Hongxia Liu, Umair Muhammad, Zhaoxin Lu, Fengxia Lv, Xiaomei Bie
AIMS: LI-Fs are a family of highly potent cyclic lipodepsipeptide antibiotics with a broad antimicrobial spectrum (Gram-positive bacteria and fungi). In this study, LI-F type antimicrobial peptides (AMP-jsa9) composing of LI-F03a, LI-F03b, LI-F04a, LI-F04b, and LI-F05b were isolated from Paenibacillus polymyxa JSA-9. To better understand the antimicrobial mechanism of AMP-jsa9, the potency and action(s) of AMP-jsa9 against B. cereus were examined. METHODS AND RESULTS: Flow cytometry, confocal laser microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) observation, as well as determination of peptidoglycan and cell wall associated protein, and other methods were used...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643525/folic-acid-conjugated-nanoliposomes-as-promising-carriers-for-targeted-delivery-of-bleomycin
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Mohsen Chiani, Dariush Norouzian, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, Kayhan Azadmanesh, Aazam Najmafshar, Mohammad Reza Mehrabi, Azim Akbarzadeh
Targeted drug delivery has received considerable attention due to its key role in improving therapeutic efficacy and reducing the side effects of anticancer drugs. Bleomycin (BLM) is an anticancer antibiotic with short half-life, low therapeutic and high side effects that limit its clinical applications. This study aims to evaluate the anticancer potential of folate-targeted liposomal bleomycin (FL-BLM) and its free-folate form (L-BLM) on two different cancer cell lines including human cervix carcinoma HeLa, and human breast carcinoma MCF-7 cells...
June 23, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638804/pkc-%C3%AE-marcks-signaling-promotes-intracellular-survival-of-unopsonized-burkholderia-thailandensis
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Sofiya N Micheva-Viteva, Yulin Shou, Kumkum Ganguly, Terry H Wu, Elizabeth Hong-Geller
Pathogenic Burkholderia rely on host factors for efficient intracellular replication and are highly refractory to antibiotic treatment. To identify host genes that are required by Burkholderia spp. during infection, we performed a RNA interference (RNAi) screen of the human kinome and identified 35 host kinases that facilitated Burkholderia thailandensis intracellular survival in human monocytic THP-1 cells. We validated a selection of host kinases using imaging flow cytometry to assess efficiency of B. thailandensis survival in the host upon siRNA-mediated knockdown...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625807/evidence-for-altered-levels-of-immunoglobulin-d-in-the-nasal-airway-mucosa-of-patients-with-chronic-rhinosinusitis
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Jin-Young Min, Jayakar V Nayak, Kathryn E Hulse, Whitney W Stevens, Paul A Raju, Julia H Huang, Lydia A Suh, Griet A Van Roey, James E Norton, Roderick G Carter, Caroline P E Price, Ava R Weibman, Ali R Rashan, Eliver E Ghosn, Zara M Patel, Tetsuya Homma, David B Conley, Kevin C Welch, Stephanie Shintani-Smith, Anju T Peters, Leslie C Grammer, Kathleen E Harris, Atsushi Kato, Peter H Hwang, Robert C Kern, Leonore A Herzenberg, Robert P Schleimer, Bruce K Tan
BACKGROUND: Immunoglobulin D (IgD) is an enigmatic antibody isotype best known when co-expressed with IgM on naïve B cells. However, elevated soluble IgD (sIgD) and increased IgD(+)IgM(-) B cell populations have been described in the human upper respiratory mucosa. OBJECTIVE: We assessed whether levels of sIgD and IgD(+) B cells are altered in nasal tissue from patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). We further characterized IgD(+) B cell populations and explored clinical and local inflammatory factors associated with tissue sIgD levels...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580612/utility-of-basophil-activation-testing-to-assess-perioperative-anaphylactic-reactions-in-real-world-practice
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Bernadette Eberlein, Sibylle Wigand, Heidrun Lewald, Eberhard Kochs, Johannes Ring, Tilo Biedermann, Ulf Darsow
INTRODUCTION: Perioperative anaphylactic reactions due to drugs and substances associated with general anesthesia can potentially be life-threatening. The objective of this study was to investigate the significance of the basophil activation test (BAT) for allergy diagnosis work up. METHODS: A total of 14 patients (5 men, 9 women; mean age: 57.8 years) with clinical records of anaphylactic reactions under general anesthesia were studied by means of anesthesia records, skin and serological tests...
June 5, 2017: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522372/effective-antimicrobial-activity-of-a-peptide-mutant-cbf-14-2-against-penicillin-resistant-bacteria-based-on-its-unnatural-amino-acids
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Wei Kang, Hanhan Liu, Lingman Ma, Mengxiao Wang, Shanshan Wei, Pengbo Sun, Meiling Jiang, Min Guo, Changlin Zhou, Jie Dou
Broad spectrum activities, a unique mode of actions and rare resistant variants make antimicrobial peptide (AMP) a potential alternative to antibiotics. However, AMPs still have limitations in clinical development due to their physiological stability, toxicity and manufacturing costs. Cbf-14, derived from cathelicidin-BF has been proven to be effective against drug-resistant bacteria. Herein, a series of Cbf-14 mutants were designed to overcome these limitations. Design strategies included substitutions of lysine (Lys) or leucine (Leu) with similar residues such as ornithine (Orn) and norleucine (Ile), which are unnatural amino acids, to generate AMPs with enhanced therapeutic potential...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511292/gut-inflammation-in-hla-b27-transgenic-rats-alters-the-monocyte-compartment-and-its-osteoclastogenic-potential
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Cecilia Ansalone, Lotta Utriainen, Simon Milling, Carl S Goodyear
Objective To investigate the relationship between intestinal inflammation and the central and peripheral innate immune system, in the pathogenesis of HLA-B27 associated spondyloarthritis. Methods The myeloid compartment of the bone marrow and blood of HLA-B27 transgenic (B27), control HLA-B7 transgenic (B7), and non-transgenic rats were evaluated by flow cytometry. Plasma from rats were assessed by ELISA for CCL2 and IL-1α levels. Rats were treated for 4 weeks with antibiotics and the blood and bone marrow myeloid compartments were evaluated by flow cytometry...
May 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507322/rapid-susceptibility-profiling-of-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae
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K T Mulroney, J M Hall, X Huang, E Turnbull, N M Bzdyl, A Chakera, U Naseer, E M Corea, M J Ellington, K L Hopkins, A L Wester, O Ekelund, N Woodford, T J J Inglis
The expanding global distribution of multi-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae demands faster antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) to guide antibiotic treatment. Current ASTs rely on time-consuming differentiation of resistance and susceptibility after initial isolation of bacteria from a clinical specimen. Here we describe a flow cytometry workflow to determine carbapenem susceptibility from bacterial cell characteristics in an international K. pneumoniae isolate collection (n = 48), with a range of carbapenemases...
May 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498472/salinomycin-induces-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress%C3%A2-mediated-autophagy-and-apoptosis-through-generation-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-human-glioma-u87mg-cells
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Sun-Nyoung Yu, Sang-Hun Kim, Kwang-Youn Kim, Jae-Hoon Ji, Young-Kyo Seo, Hak Sun Yu, Soon-Cheol Ahn
Salinomycin is a polyether ionophore antibiotic that has recently been shown to induce cell apoptosis in human cancer cells displaying multiple mechanisms of drug resistance. In the present study, we explored the impact of salinomycin on the apoptosis and autophagy as well as the correlation between those effects and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress molecular mechanisms in human glioma U87MG cells. Apoptosis, autophagy and reactive oxygen species (ROS) were analyzed using flow cytometry. In addition, expression levels of apoptosis-, autophagy- and ER stress-related proteins were determined by western blotting...
May 2, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474248/a-potential-role-for-staphylococcal-and-streptococcal-superantigens-in-driving-skewing-of-tcr-v%C3%AE-subsets-in-tonsillar-hyperplasia
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Fiona J Radcliff, Fiona Clow, Murali Mahadevan, James Johnston, Thomas Proft, Richard G Douglas, John D Fraser
The TCR Vβ repertoire from patients with recurrent tonsillitis and/or tonsillar hyperplasia was examined to determine whether the TCR Vβ composition is suggestive of local superantigen activity and if so, whether it is associated with the presence of superantigen producing bacteria. Tonsil specimens were cultured aerobically to allow identification and isolation of the bacterial pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Group A Streptococcus. TCR Vβ subset analysis of tonsil leucocytes was performed by flow cytometry...
August 2017: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377755/production-of-superoxide-in-bacteria-is-stress-and-cell-state-dependent-a-gating-optimized-flow-cytometry-method-that-minimizes-ros-measurement-artifacts-with-fluorescent-dyes
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Megan E McBee, Yok H Chionh, Mariam L Sharaf, Peiying Ho, Maggie W L Cai, Peter C Dedon
The role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in microbial metabolism and stress response has emerged as a major theme in microbiology and infectious disease. Reactive fluorescent dyes have the potential to advance the study of ROS in the complex intracellular environment, especially for high-content and high-throughput analyses. However, current dye-based approaches to measuring intracellular ROS have the potential for significant artifacts. Here, we describe a robust platform for flow cytometric quantification of ROS in bacteria using fluorescent dyes, with ROS measurements in 10s-of-1000s of individual cells under a variety of conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323133/the-effect-of-penicillin-administration-in-early-life-on-murine-gut-microbiota-and-blood-lymphocyte-subsets
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Jaroslaw Daniluk, Urszula Daniluk, Malgorzata Rusak, Milena Dabrowska, Joanna Reszec, Magdalena Garbowicz, Kinga Huminska, Andrzej Dabrowski
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Antibiotics have many beneficial effects but their uncontrolled use may lead to increased risk of serious diseases in the future. Our hypothesis is that an early antibiotic exposition may affect immune system by altering gut microbiota. Therefore, the aim of the study was to determine the effect of penicillin treatment on gut microorganisms and immune system of mice. METHODS: 21-days old C57BL6/J/cmdb male mice were treated with low-dose of penicillin (study group) or water only (control group) for 4 weeks...
March 18, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303897/synergistic-efficacy-of-bisbenzimidazole-and-carbonyl-cyanide-3-chlorophenylhydrazone-combination-against-mdr-bacterial-strains
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Devapriya Sinha, Stuti Pandey, Raja Singh, Vinod Tiwari, Kirti Sad, Vibha Tandon
Activation of efflux systems and the formation of biofilm are majorly adapted by microbes to resist antimicrobial agents. PPEF (bisbenzimidazole) targeting topoisomerase IA is observed to be an effective bactericidal agent against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains and thus can be developed as potent broad-spectrum antibiotic against MDR strains. PPEF treatment did not cause target specific mutation instead it leads to up-regulation of efflux gene in E. coli K12 as a mechanism of resistance...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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