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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335365/antibacterial-properties-of-visible-light-responsive-carbon-containing-titanium-dioxide-photocatalytic-nanoparticles-against-anthrax
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Der-Shan Sun, Jyh-Hwa Kau, Hsin-Hsien Huang, Yao-Hsuan Tseng, Wen-Shiang Wu, Hsin-Hou Chang
The bactericidal activity of conventional titanium dioxide (TiO₂) photocatalyst is effective only on irradiation by ultraviolet light, which restricts the applications of TiO₂ for use in living environments. Recently, carbon-containing TiO₂ nanoparticles [TiO₂(C) NP] were found to be a visible-light-responsive photocatalyst (VLRP), which displayed significantly enhanced antibacterial properties under visible light illumination. However, whether TiO₂(C) NPs exert antibacterial properties against Bacillus anthracis remains elusive...
December 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334932/ribosome-dependent-vibrio-cholerae-mrnase-higb2-is-regulated-by-a-%C3%AE-strand-sliding-mechanism
#2
San Hadži, Abel Garcia-Pino, Sarah Haesaerts, Dukas Jurenas, Kenn Gerdes, Jurij Lah, Remy Loris
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) modules are small operons involved in bacterial stress response and persistence. higBA operons form a family of TA modules with an inverted gene organization and a toxin belonging to the RelE/ParE superfamily. Here, we present the crystal structures of chromosomally encoded Vibrio cholerae antitoxin (VcHigA2), toxin (VcHigB2) and their complex, which show significant differences in structure and mechanisms of function compared to the higBA module from plasmid Rts1, the defining member of the family...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332133/molecular-typing-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-to-six-antimicrobials-of-clostridium-difficile-isolates-from-three-czech-hospitals-in-eastern-bohemia-in-2011-2012
#3
V Beran, E J Kuijper, C Harmanus, I M Sanders, S M van Dorp, C W Knetsch, J Janeckova, A Seidelova, L Barekova, J Tvrdik, D Chmelar, I Ciznar
In 2011-2012, a survey was performed in three regional hospitals in the Czech Republic to determine the incidence of Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) and to characterize bacterial isolates. C. difficile isolates were characterized by PCR ribotyping, toxin genes detection, multiple-locus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis (MLVA), and antimicrobial susceptibility testing to fidaxomicin, vancomycin, metronidazole, clindamycin, LFF571, and moxifloxacin using agar dilution method. The incidence of CDI in three studied hospitals was 145, 146, and 24 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011 and 177, 258, and 67 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012...
March 22, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331079/characterization-and-vaccine-potential-of-membrane-vesicles-produced-by-francisella-noatunensis-sup-orientalis-in-an-adult-zebrafish-model
#4
Leidy Lagos, Julia I Tandberg, Urska Repnik, Preben Boysen, Erik Ropstad, Deepa Varkey, Ian T Paulsen, Hanne C Winther-Larsen
Vaccine development against extracellular bacteria has been important for the sustainability of the aquaculture industry. In contrast, infections with intracellular pathogens remain largely an unresolved problem. Francisella noatunensis subspecies orientalis (Fno) are Gram-negative, facultative intracellular bacteria that cause the disease francisellosis in fish. Francisellosis is commonly characterized as a chronic granulomatous disease with high morbidity and can result in high mortality depending on the host...
March 22, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330478/higher-atypical-enteropathogenic-escherichia-coli-a-epec-bacterial-loads-in-children-with-diarrhea-are-associated-with-pcr-detection-of-the-ehec-factor-for-adherence-1-lymphocyte-inhibitory-factor-a-efa1-lifa-gene
#5
Robert Slinger, Kimberley Lau, Michael Slinger, Ioana Moldovan, Francis Chan
BACKGROUND: Typical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (t-EPEC) are known to cause diarrhea in children but it is uncertain whether atypical EPEC (a-EPEC) do, since a-EPEC lack the bundle-forming pilus (bfp) gene that encodes a key adherence factor in t-EPEC. In culture-based studies of a-EPEC, the presence of another adherence factor, called EHEC factor for adherence/lymphocyte activation inhibitor (efa1/lifA), was strongly associated with diarrhea. Since a-EPEC culture is not feasible in clinical laboratories, we designed an efa1/lifA quantitative PCR assay and examined whether the presence of efa1/lifA was associated with higher a-EPEC bacterial loads in pediatric diarrheal stool samples...
March 23, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330277/classical-and-bayesian-predictions-applied-to-bacillus-toxin-production
#6
Karim Ennouri, Rayda Ben Ayed, Maura Mazzarello, Ennio Ottaviani, Fathi Hertelli, Hichem Azzouz
Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacterium with unusual properties that make it useful for pest control in ecoagriculture. It can form a parasporal crystal containing polypeptides (also called delta-endotoxins). These entomopathogenic toxins are made during the stationary phase of the bacterial growth cycle and were initially characterized as an insect pathogen. Nowadays, the use of saturated two-level designs is very popular. This method is especially used in industrial applications where the cost of experiments is expensive...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325766/staphylococcal-%C3%AE-toxin-modulates-human-aortic-endothelial-cell-and-platelet-function-through-sphingomyelinase-and-biofilm-ligase-activities
#7
Alfa Herrera, Katarina Kulhankova, Vijay K Sonkar, Sanjana Dayal, Aloysius J Klingelhutz, Wilmara Salgado-Pabón, Patrick M Schlievert
Staphylococcus aureus causes many infections, such as skin and soft tissue, pneumonia, osteomyelitis, and infective endocarditis (IE). IE is an endovascular infection of native and prosthetic valves and the lining of the heart; it is characterized by the formation of cauliflower-like "vegetations" composed of fibrin, platelets, other host factors, bacteria, and bacterial products. β-Toxin is an S. aureus virulence factor that contributes to the microorganism's ability to cause IE. This cytolysin has two enzymatic activities: sphingomyelinase (SMase) and biofilm ligase...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320831/interference-of-the-t-cell-and-antigen-presenting-cell-costimulatory-pathway-using-ctla4-ig-abatacept-prevents-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-b-pathology
#8
Sarah J C Whitfield, Chris Taylor, Jane E Risdall, Gareth D Griffiths, James T A Jones, E Diane Williamson, Sjoerd Rijpkema, Luisa Saraiva, Sandrine Vessillier, A Christopher Green, Alun J Carter
Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) is a bacterial superantigen that binds the receptors in the APC/T cell synapse and causes increased proliferation of T cells and a cytokine storm syndrome in vivo. Exposure to the toxin can be lethal and cause significant pathology in humans. The lack of effective therapies for SEB exposure remains an area of concern, particularly in scenarios of acute mass casualties. We hypothesized that blockade of the T cell costimulatory signal by the CTLA4-Ig synthetic protein (abatacept) could prevent SEB-dependent pathology...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319163/hopanoid-free-methylobacterium-extorquens-dm4-overproduces-carotenoids-and-has-widespread-growth-impairment
#9
Alexander S Bradley, Paige K Swanson, Emilie E L Muller, Françoise Bringel, Sean M Caroll, Ann Pearson, Stéphane Vuilleumier, Christopher J Marx
Hopanoids are sterol-like membrane lipids widely used as geochemical proxies for bacteria. Currently, the physiological role of hopanoids is not well understood, and this represents one of the major limitations in interpreting the significance of their presence in ancient or contemporary sediments. Previous analyses of mutants lacking hopanoids in a range of bacteria have revealed a range of phenotypes under normal growth conditions, but with most having at least an increased sensitivity to toxins and osmotic stress...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316592/influence-of-stress-factors-related-to-cheese-making-process-and-to-stec-detection-procedure-on-the-induction-of-stx-phages-from-stec-o26-h11
#10
Ludivine Bonanno, Benjamin Delubac, Valérie Michel, Frédéric Auvray
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are responsible for human infections, ranging from mild watery diarrhea to hemorrhagic colitis (CH) that may be complicated by hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The main STEC virulence factor is Shiga toxin encoded by the stx gene, located in the genome of a bacteriophage integrated into the bacterial chromosome. The serotype O26:H11 is the second HUS-causing serotype worldwide (after O157:H7), and the first found in dairy products such as raw-milk cheeses. A small number of HUS cases identified each year in France are caused by serotype O26:H11...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303131/multiplexed-single-intact-cell-droplet-digital-pcr-music-ddpcr-method-for-specific-detection-of-enterohemorrhagic-e-coli-ehec-in-food-enrichment-cultures
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Tanis C McMahon, Burton W Blais, Alex Wong, Catherine D Carrillo
Foodborne illness attributed to enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), a highly pathogenic subset of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), is increasingly recognized as a significant public health issue. Current microbiological methods for identification of EHEC in foods often use PCR-based approaches to screen enrichment broth cultures for characteristic gene markers [i.e., Shiga toxin (stx) and intimin (eae)]. However, false positives arise when complex food matrices, such as beef, contain mixtures of eae-negative STEC and eae-positive E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298445/the-structure-and-function-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-mazf-mt6-provides-insights-into-conserved-features-of-mazf-endonucleases
#12
Eric D Hoffer, Stacey J Miles, Christine M Dunham
Toxin-antitoxin systems are ubiquitous in prokaryotic and archaea genomes and regulate growth in response to stress. E. coli contains at least 36 putative toxin-antitoxin gene pairs, and some pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) have over 90 toxin-antitoxin operons. E. coli MazF cleaves free mRNA after encountering stress and nine Mtb MazF family members cleave mRNA, tRNA, or rRNA. Moreover, Mtb MazF-mt6 cleaves 23S rRNA Helix 70 to inhibit protein synthesis. The overall tertiary folds of these MazFs are predicted to be similar, therefore it is unclear how they recognize structurally distinct RNAs...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292710/bacterial-persistence-from-a-system-level-perspective
#13
REVIEW
Jakub Leszek Radzikowski, Hannah Schramke, Matthias Heinemann
In recent years, our understanding about bacterial persistence has significantly advanced: we comprehend the persister phenotype better, more triggers for persistence entry have been found, and more insights in the involvement and role of toxin-antitoxin systems and other molecular mechanisms have been unravelled. In this review, we attempt to put these findings into an integrated, system-level perspective. From this point of view, persistence can be seen as a response to a strong perturbation of metabolic homeostasis, either triggered environmentally, or by means of intracellular stochasticity...
March 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289415/pasteurella-multocida-toxin-triggers-rankl-independent-osteoclastogenesis
#14
Sushmita Chakraborty, Bianca Kloos, Ulrike Harre, Georg Schett, Katharina F Kubatzky
Bone remodeling is a continuous process to retain the structural integrity and function of the skeleton. A tight coupling is maintained between osteoclast-mediated resorption of old or damaged bones and osteoblast-mediated formation of new bones for bone homeostasis. While osteoblasts differentiate from mesenchymal stem cells, osteoclasts are hematopoietic in origin and derived from myeloid precursor cells. Osteoclast differentiation is driven by two cytokines, cytokine receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL), and macrophage colony-stimulating factor...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288817/animal-venoms-as-a-source-of-natural-antimicrobials-an-overview
#15
REVIEW
Ramar Perumal Samy, Bradley G Stiles, Octavio L Franco, Gautam Sethi, Lina Hk Lim
Hospitals are breeding grounds for many life-threatening bacteria worldwide. Clinically associated gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus/methicillin-resistant S. aureus and many others increase the risk of severe mortality and morbidity. The failure of antibiotics to kill various pathogens due to bacterial resistance highlights the urgent need to develop novel, potent, and less toxic agents from natural sources against various infectious agents. Currently, several promising classes of natural molecules from snake (terrestrial and sea), scorpion, spider, honey bee and wasp venoms hold promise as rich sources of chemotherapeutics against infectious pathogens...
March 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286804/bacterial-superantigen-toxins-induce-a-lethal-cytokine-storm-by-enhancing-b7-2-cd28-costimulatory-receptor-engagement-a-critical-immune-checkpoint
#16
Raymond Kaempfer, Andrey Popugailo, Revital Levy, Gila Arad, Dalia Hillman, Ziv Rotfogel
Formation of the costimulatory axis between the B7-2 and CD28 coreceptors is critical for T-cell activation. Superantigens, Gram-positive bacterial virulence factors, cause toxic shock and sepsis by hyperinducing inflammatory cytokines. We report a novel role for costimulatory receptors CD28 and B7-2 as obligatory receptors for superantigens, rendering them therapeutic targets. We show that by engaging not only CD28 but also its coligand B7-2 directly, superantigens potently enhance the interaction between B7-2 and CD28, inducing thereby T-cell hyperactivation...
2017: Receptors & Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285908/are-cdi-systems-multicolored-facultative-helping-greenbeards
#17
REVIEW
Elizabeth S Danka, Erin C Garcia, Peggy A Cotter
Competitive and cooperative interactions between organisms, including bacteria, can significantly impact the composition of a community and the fitness of its members, as well as the fitness of their hosts when communities are living on or within other organisms. Understanding the underlying mechanisms is critical to the development of strategies to control microbiological communities that impact animal and plant health and also for understanding the evolution of social behaviors, which has been challenging for evolutionary biologists...
March 9, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283813/effects-of-photodynamic-laser-and-violet-blue-led-irradiation-on-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilm-and-escherichia-coli-lipopolysaccharide-attached-to-moderately-rough-titanium-surface-in-vitro-study
#18
Marco Giannelli, Giulia Landini, Fabrizio Materassi, Flaminia Chellini, Alberto Antonelli, Alessia Tani, Daniele Nosi, Sandra Zecchi-Orlandini, Gian Maria Rossolini, Daniele Bani
Effective decontamination of biofilm and bacterial toxins from the surface of dental implants is a yet unresolved issue. This study investigates the in vitro efficacy of photodynamic treatment (PDT) with methylene blue (MB) photoactivated with λ 635 nm diode laser and of λ 405 nm violet-blue LED phototreatment for the reduction of bacterial biofilm and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) adherent to titanium surface mimicking the bone-implant interface. Staphylococcus aureus biofilm grown on titanium discs with a moderately rough surface was subjected to either PDT (0...
March 10, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282218/immunotoxins-in-cancer-therapy-review-and-update
#19
Bahman Akbari, Safar Farajnia, Shiva Ahdi Khosroshahi, Fatemeh Safari, Mohammadreza Yousefi, Hassan Dariushnejad, Leila Rahbarnia
Immunotoxins are a novel class of cancer therapeutics that contains a cytotoxic agent fused to a targeting moiety. Various toxic agents from different sources are used in immunotoxin development, including bacterial, plant and human origin cytotoxic elements. Although bacterial and plant-derived toxins are highly toxic and commonly used in immunotoxins, their immunogenicity for human restricted their application in cancer therapy. Here, we discuss the advantages and limitations of bacterial toxins such as Pseudomonas and Diphtheria toxins, plant toxins such as ricin and gelonin, and some endogenous protein of human origin such as RNases and Granzymes...
March 1, 2017: International Reviews of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279904/toxin-antitoxin-systems-reversible-toxicity
#20
REVIEW
Alexander Mj Hall, Bridget Gollan, Sophie Helaine
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems encoded on the plasmids and chromosomes of bacteria are emerging as key players in stress adaptation. In particular, they have been implicated in the induction of persisters non-growing cells that can evade antibiotic exposure. TA toxins operate by a diverse range of mechanisms, either destructive or conservative, leading to the reversible growth arrest of bacterial cells. Whilst the molecular mechanisms of intoxication are now well understood, we still have very little information on how corrupted cells reawaken...
March 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
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