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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110506/antibiotic-discovery-throughout-the-small-world-initiative-a-molecular-strategy-to-identify-biosynthetic-gene-clusters-involved-in-antagonistic-activity
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Elizabeth Davis, Tyler Sloan, Krista Aurelius, Angela Barbour, Elijah Bodey, Brigette Clark, Celeste Dennis, Rachel Drown, Megan Fleming, Allison Humbert, Elizabeth Glasgo, Trent Kerns, Kelly Lingro, MacKenzie McMillin, Aaron Meyer, Breanna Pope, April Stalevicz, Brittney Steffen, Austin Steindl, Carolyn Williams, Carmen Wimberley, Robert Zenas, Kristen Butela, Hans Wildschutte
The emergence of bacterial pathogens resistant to all known antibiotics is a global health crisis. Adding to this problem is that major pharmaceutical companies have shifted away from antibiotic discovery due to low profitability. As a result, the pipeline of new antibiotics is essentially dry and many bacteria now resist the effects of most commonly used drugs. To address this global health concern, citizen science through the Small World Initiative (SWI) was formed in 2012. As part of SWI, students isolate bacteria from their local environments, characterize the strains, and assay for antibiotic production...
January 22, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104617/staphylococcus-aureus-pathogenesis-in-diverse-host-environments
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Divya Balasubramanian, Lamia Harper, Bo Shopsin, Victor J Torres
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is an eminent human pathogen that can colonize the human host and cause severe, life-threatening illnesses. This bacterium can reside in and infect a wide range of host tissues, ranging from superficial surfaces like the skin to deeper tissues such as in the gastrointestinal tract, heart and bones. Due to its multifaceted lifestyle, S. aureus uses complex regulatory networks to sense diverse signals that enable it to adapt to different environments and modulate virulence. In this mini-review, we explore well-characterized environmental and host cues that S...
January 18, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104400/the-difference-in-in-vivo-sensitivity-between-bacillus-licheniformis-perr-and-bacillus-subtilis-perr-is-due-to-the-different-cellular-environments
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Jung-Hoon Kim, Young-Bin Won, Chang-Jun Ji, Yoon-Mo Yang, Su-Hyun Ryu, Shin-Yeong Ju, Yumi Kwon, Yeh-Eun Lee, Jin-Won Lee
PerR, a member of Fur family of metal-dependent regulators, is a major peroxide sensor in many Gram positive bacteria, and controls the expression of genes involved in peroxide resistance. Bacillus licheniformis, a close relative to the well-studied model organism Bacillus subtilis, contains three PerR-like proteins (PerRBL, PerR2 and PerR3) in addition to Fur and Zur. In the present study, we characterized the role of PerRBL in B. licheniformis. In vitro and in vivo studies indicate that PerRBL, like PerRBS, uses either Fe(2+) or Mn(2+) as a corepressor and only the Fe(2+)-bound form of PerRBL senses low levels of H2O2 by iron-mediated histidine oxidation...
January 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104287/enhanced-terminal-room-disinfection-and-acquisition-and-infection-caused-by-multidrug-resistant-organisms-and-clostridium-difficile-the-benefits-of-enhanced-terminal-room-disinfection-study-a-cluster-randomised-multicentre-crossover-study
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Deverick J Anderson, Luke F Chen, David J Weber, Rebekah W Moehring, Sarah S Lewis, Patricia F Triplett, Michael Blocker, Paul Becherer, J Conrad Schwab, Lauren P Knelson, Yuliya Lokhnygina, William A Rutala, Hajime Kanamori, Maria F Gergen, Daniel J Sexton
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted to hospital can acquire multidrug-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile from inadequately disinfected environmental surfaces. We determined the effect of three enhanced strategies for terminal room disinfection (disinfection of a room between occupying patients) on acquisition and infection due to meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant enterococci, C difficile, and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter. METHODS: We did a pragmatic, cluster-randomised, crossover trial at nine hospitals in the southeastern USA...
January 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102347/low-level-predation-by-lytic-phage-phiipla-rodi-promotes-biofilm-formation-and-triggers-the-stringent-response-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Lucía Fernández, Silvia González, Ana Belén Campelo, Beatriz Martínez, Ana Rodríguez, Pilar García
An important lesson from the war on pathogenic bacteria has been the need to understand the physiological responses and evolution of natural microbial communities. Bacterial populations in the environment are generally forming biofilms subject to some level of phage predation. These multicellular communities are notoriously resistant to antimicrobials and, consequently, very difficult to eradicate. This has sparked the search for new therapeutic alternatives, including phage therapy. This study demonstrates that S...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101771/impact-of-relocation-and-environmental-cleaning-on-reducing-the-incidence-of-healthcare-associated-infection-in-nicu
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Qiu-Fang Li, Hong Xu, Xiao-Ping Ni, Rong Lin, Hui Jin, Ling-Ya Wei, Dan Liu, Lin-Hai Shen, Jie Zha, Xin-Fen Xu, Bo Wu
BACKGROUND: Hospital environment remains a risk for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This was a prospective study to evaluate the comprehensive impact of relocating a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to a new facility and improved environmental cleaning practice on the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on inanimate surfaces and the incident rate of HAIs. METHODS: New environmental cleaning measures were adopted after the NICU was moved to a new and better-designed location...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100179/exploring-surface-cleaning-strategies-in-hospital-to-prevent-contact-transmission-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Hao Lei, Rachael M Jones, Yuguo Li
BACKGROUND: Cleaning of environmental surfaces in hospitals is important for the control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other hospital-acquired infections transmitted by the contact route. Guidance regarding the best approaches for cleaning, however, is limited. METHODS: In this study, a mathematical model based on ordinary differential equations was constructed to study MRSA concentration dynamics on high-touch and low-touch surfaces, and on the hands and noses of two patients (in two hospitals rooms) and a health care worker in a hypothetical hospital environment...
January 18, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098972/hepta-mutant-staphylococcus-aureus-sortase-a-srta7m-as-a-tool-for-in-vivo-protein-labeling-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Qin Wu, Hidde L Ploegh, Matthias C Truttmann
In vivo protein ligation is of emerging interest as a means of endowing proteins with new properties in a controlled fashion. Tools to site-specifically and covalently modify proteins with small molecules, peptides, or other proteins in living cells are few and far between. Here, we describe the development of a Staphylococcus aureus sortase (SrtA)-based protein ligation approach for site-specific conjugation of fluorescent dyes and ubiquitin (Ub) to modify proteins in Caenorhabditis elegans. Hepta-mutant SrtA (SrtA7m) expressed in C...
January 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087406/erythrocyte-membrane-coated-nanogel-for-combinatorial-antivirulence-and-responsive-antimicrobial-delivery-against-staphylococcus-aureus-infection
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Yue Zhang, Jianhua Zhang, Wangsong Chen, Pavimol Angsantikul, Kevin A Spiekermann, Ronnie H Fang, Weiwei Gao, Liangfang Zhang
We reported an erythrocyte membrane-coated nanogel (RBC-nanogel) system with combinatorial antivirulence and responsive antibiotic delivery for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. RBC membrane was coated onto the nanogel via a membrane vesicle templated in situ gelation process, whereas the redox-responsiveness was achieved by using a disulfide bond-based crosslinker. We demonstrated that the RBC-nanogels effectively neutralized MRSA-associated toxins in extracellular environment and the toxin neutralization in turn promoted bacterial uptake by macrophages...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080916/aerobic-microflora-and-endoparasites-of-freshly-shot-wild-agouti-dasyprocta-leporina-in-trinidad-west-indies
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Rod Suepaul, Roxanne Charles, Francis Dziva
The agouti ( Dasyprocta leporina ) is a New World wild rodent hunted for its meat in Trinidad and other Latin American countries. Studies on agouti under captive conditions have yielded some data on health-related aspects, but relatively very little is known about their wild counterparts. The environment of the agouti can influence the microflora and parasites harbored by the animals, which may contain zoonotic pathogens. Here, the microflora found on the nasal mucosa and sections of the intestinal tract and endoparasites of freshly shot agouti from various areas of Trinidad are described...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072918/production-of-staphylococcal-enterotoxins-d-and-r-in-milk-and-meat-juice-by-staphylococcus-aureus-strains
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Justyna Schubert, Magdalena Podkowik, Jarosław Bystroń, Jacek Bania
Seventeen Staphylococcus aureus strains were tested for production of staphylococcal enterotoxin D (SED) and staphylococcal enterotoxin R (SER) in milk and meat juice. SED was secreted in milk by 12 S. aureus strains at 6-54 ng/mL at 24 h and 9-98 ng/mL at 48 h. Another five strains secreted SED at 0.9-1.9 μg/mL at 24 h and at 1.2-2.4 μg/mL at 48 h. Strains producing high levels of SED in milk secreted 77-666 μg/mL of SED in meat juice at 24 h and 132-1225 μg/mL at 48 h. Strains producing lower amounts of SED in milk secreted 228-1109 ng/mL of SED at 24 h and 377-1782 ng/mL at 48 h in meat juice...
January 10, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064427/biochemical-and-molecular-study-of-carpobrotus-edulis-bioactive-properties-and-their-effects-on-dugesia-sicula-turbellaria-tricladida-regeneration
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Emna Meddeb, Mohamed Charni, Tesnime Ghazouani, Autilia Cozzolino, Florinda Fratianni, Faten Raboudi, Filomena Nazzaro, Sami Fattouch
The traditional medicinal properties of Carpobrotus edulis are well recognized, particularly in Tunisia where it is used for wound healing. Thus, in this study, biochemical and molecular properties of its leaves' bioactive aqueous-acetone extract were investigated. The total phenolic content (TPC) of the extract was estimated to be 184 ± 5 mg/100 g of fresh matter (FM). The qualitative and quantitative polyphenolic profile was determined by ultra performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection (UPLC-DAD) and showed that chlorogenic acid was the major compound (43...
January 7, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064074/effect-of-humic-acid-on-the-toxicity-of-bare-and-capped-zno-nanoparticles-on-bacteria-algal-and-crustacean-systems
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K Akhil, S Sudheer Khan
Zinc oxide nanoparticles are one of the most extensively used nanoparticles in various commercial products. Depending on the purpose, the particles are coated with various agents including poly vinyl pyrrolidone, poly vinyl alcohol, ethylene glycol etc. As the particles are heavily used, the chance of the particles to get run off into the environment is very high. The study explains the difference in toxicity of bare and capped zinc oxide nanoparticles under various environmental conditions including humic acid and visible light against bacterial, algal and crustacean system...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063102/quantitative-analyses-of-the-bacterial-microbiota-of-rearing-environment-tilapia-and-common-carp-cultured-in-earthen-ponds-and-inhibitory-activity-of-its-lactic-acid-bacteria-on-fish-spoilage-and-pathogenic-bacteria
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Pierre Marie Kaktcham, Jules-Bocamdé Temgoua, François Ngoufack Zambou, Gloria Diaz-Ruiz, Carmen Wacher, María de Lourdes Pérez-Chabela
The present study aimed to evaluate the bacterial load of water, Nile Tilapia and common Carp intestines from earthen ponds, isolate lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and assess their antimicrobial activity against fish spoilage and pathogenic bacteria. Following enumeration and isolation of microorganisms the antimicrobial activity of the LAB isolates was evaluated. Taxonomic identification of selected antagonistic LAB strains was assessed, followed by partial characterisation of their antimicrobial metabolites. Results showed that high counts (>4 log c...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061421/low-cost-and-facile-fabrication-of-a-paper-based-capillary-electrophoresis-microdevice-for-pathogen-detection
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Jee Won Lee, Dohwan Lee, Yong Tae Kim, Eun Yeol Lee, Do Hyun Kim, Tae Seok Seo
This paper describes the development of a novel paper-based capillary electrophoresis (pCE) microdevice using mineral paper, which is durable, oil and tear resistant, and waterproof. The pCE device is inexpensive (~$1.6 per device for materials), simple to fabricate, lightweight, and disposable, so it is more adequate for point-of-care (POC) pathogen diagnostics than a conventional CE device made of glass, quartz, silicon or polymer. In addition, the entire fabrication process can be completed within 1h without using expensive clean room facilities and cumbersome photolithography procedures...
December 28, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056831/nasal-carriage-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-among-health-care-workers-at-al-shifa-hospital-in-gaza-strip
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Nabil Abdullah El Aila, Nahed Ali Al Laham, Basim Mohammad Ayesh
BACKGROUND: Nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus among hospital personnel is a common cause of hospital acquired infections. Emergence of drug resistant strains especially methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is a serious problem in hospital environment. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the nasal carriage rate of S. aureus and MRSA among Health Care Workers (HCWs) at Al Shifa Hospital, the major hospital in Gaza Strip. METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted on 200 HCWs...
January 5, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050857/secondary-metabolites-from-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-isolated-from-soil-can-kill-burkholderia-pseudomallei
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Patcharaporn Boottanun, Chotima Potisap, Julian G Hurdle, Rasana W Sermswan
Bacillus species are Gram-positive bacteria found in abundance in nature and their secondary metabolites were found to possess various potential activities, notably antimicrobial. In this study, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens N2-4 and N3-8 were isolated from soil and their metabolites could kill Burkholderia pseudomallei, a Gram-negative pathogenic bacterium also found in soil in its endemic areas. Moreover, the metabolites were able to kill drug resistant isolates of B. pseudomallei and also inhibit other pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Acinetobacter baumannii but not the non-pathogenic Burkholderia thailandensis, which is closely related to B...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044276/antimicrobial-potential-and-taxonomic-investigation-of-piezotolerant-streptomyces-sp-niot-ch-40-isolated-from-deep-sea-sediment
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Vishnu Priya Padmanaban, Pankaj Verma, Srividhyalakshmi Venkatabaskaran, Thirupathi Keppayan, Dharani Gopal, Ashok Kumar Sekar, Kirubagaran Ramalingam
Microbial-derived natural products from extreme niches such as deepsea are known to possess structural and functional novelty. With this background, the present study was designed to investigate the bioprospecting potential and systematics of a deep-sea derived piezotolerant bacterial strain NIOT-Ch-40, showing affiliation to the genus Streptomyces based on 16S RNA gene similarity. Preliminary screening for the presence of biosynthetic genes like polyketide synthase I, polyketide synthase II, non ribosomal peptide synthase, 3-amino-5-hydroxybenzoic acid synthase and spiroindimicin followed by antibacterial activity testing confirmed the presence of potent bioactivity...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018320/single-molecule-sequencing-pacbio-of-the-staphylococcus-capitis-nrcs-a-clone-reveals-the-basis-of-multidrug-resistance-and-adaptation-to-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-environment
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Patrícia Martins Simões, Hajar Lemriss, Yann Dumont, Sanâa Lemriss, Jean-Philippe Rasigade, Sophie Assant-Trouillet, Azeddine Ibrahimi, Saâd El Kabbaj, Marine Butin, Frédéric Laurent
The multi-resistant Staphylococcus capitis clone NRCS-A has recently been described as a major pathogen causing nosocomial, late-onset sepsis (LOS) in preterm neonates worldwide. NRCS-A representatives exhibit an atypical antibiotic resistance profile. Here, the complete closed genome (chromosomal and plasmid sequences) of NRCS-A prototype strain CR01 and the draft genomes of three other clinical NRCS-A strains from Australia, Belgium and the United Kingdom are annotated and compared to available non-NRCS-A S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017482/presence-of-environmental-coagulase-positive-staphylococci-their-clonal-relationship-resistance-factors-and-ability-to-form-biofilm
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Norma Velázquez-Guadarrama, Alma L Olivares-Cervantes, Eva Salinas, Leticia Martínez, Magdalena Escorcia, Ricardo Oropeza, Irma Rosas
Coagulase-positive staphylococci (CoPS) are opportunistic pathogens carrying various mechanisms of resistance that have a large number of virulence factors, and whose ability to induce illness is associated with the host. This study aimed to investigate the presence of environmental coagulase-positive staphylococci, their susceptibility profile, clonal relationship and ability to form biofilm. The 16S rRNA genes from CoPS isolates were analyzed, and their antibiotic susceptibility was evaluated using the agar dilution method in accordance with Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines...
December 22, 2016: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
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