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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722586/continuous-excretion-of-leptospira-borgpetersenii-ballum-in-mice-assessed-by-viability-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction
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Marie-Estelle Soupé-Gilbert, Emilie Bierque, Sophie Geroult, Magali Teurlai, Cyrille Goarant
Rodents are the main reservoir animals of leptospirosis. In this study, we characterized and quantified the urinary excretion dynamics of Leptospira by Mus musculus infected with 2 × 10(8) virulent Leptospira borgpetersenii serogroup Ballum. Each micturition was collected separately in metabolic cages, at 12 time points from 7 to 117 days post-infection (dpi). We detected Leptospira in all urine samples collected (up to 8 per time point per mouse) proving that Leptospira excretion is continuous with ca. 90% live L...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720731/an-in-vitro-chicken-gut-model-demonstrates-transfer-of-a-multidrug-resistance-plasmid-from-salmonella-to-commensal-escherichia-coli
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Roderick M Card, Shaun A Cawthraw, Javier Nunez-Garcia, Richard J Ellis, Gemma Kay, Mark J Pallen, Martin J Woodward, Muna F Anjum
The chicken gastrointestinal tract is richly populated by commensal bacteria that fulfill various beneficial roles for the host, including helping to resist colonization by pathogens. It can also facilitate the conjugative transfer of multidrug resistance (MDR) plasmids between commensal and pathogenic bacteria which is a significant public and animal health concern as it may affect our ability to treat bacterial infections. We used an in vitro chemostat system to approximate the chicken cecal microbiota, simulate colonization by an MDR Salmonella pathogen, and examine the dynamics of transfer of its MDR plasmid harboring several genes, including the extended-spectrum beta-lactamase blaCTX-M1 We also evaluated the impact of cefotaxime administration on plasmid transfer and microbial diversity...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720399/prenatal-and-postnatal-administration-of-prebiotics-and-probiotics
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REVIEW
Kristin Sohn, Mark A Underwood
Colonization of the neonatal gut by beneficial bacteria is important for the establishment and maintenance of the mucosal barrier, thus protecting the neonate from enteric pathogens and local and systemic inflammation. The neonatal microbiome is influenced by infant diet, environment, and the maternal microbiome. Dysbiosis in pregnancy increases the risk of pre-eclampsia, diabetes, infection, preterm labor, and later childhood atopy. Dysbiosis of the neonatal gut plays an important role in colic in the term infant, in the disease processes which plague preterm infants, including necrotizing enterocolitis and sepsis, and in the long-term outcomes of neonates...
July 15, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719054/evolutionary-cell-biology-of-proteins-from-protists-to-humans-and-plants
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REVIEW
Helmut Plattner
During evolution, the cell as a fine-tuned machine had to undergo permanent adjustments to match changes in its environment, while "closed for repair work" was not possible. Evolution from protists (protozoa and unicellular algae) to multicellular organisms may have occurred in basically two lineages, Unikonta and Bikonta, culminating in mammals and angiosperms (flowering plants), respectively. Unicellular models for unikont evolution are myxamoebae (Dictyostelium) and increasingly also choanoflagellates, whereas, for bikonts, ciliates are preferred models...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718709/bioaerosols-concentrations-in-working-areas-in-biomethanization-facilities
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Marie-Eve Dubuis, Hamza M'Bareche, Marc Veillette, Bouchra Bakhiyi, Joseph Zayed, Jacques Lavoie, Caroline Duchaine
This study sought to fill the gap in information about the type and the concentration of bioaerosols present in the air of biomethanization facilities (BF). Evaluation of bioaerosol composition and concentration was achieved in two biomethanization facilities located in Eastern Canada, during summer and winter. In order to have a thorough understanding of the studied environment, the methodology combined culture of bacteria and molds, qPCR for specific microorganisms, endotoxin quantification and NGS for bacterial diversity...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716445/feeding-systems-and-the-gut-microbiome-gut-brain-interactions-with-relevance-to-psychiatric-conditions
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REVIEW
Brittany L Mason
BACKGROUND: Physical and mental health is dependent on the environment, and feeding is a prime example of this environmental exchange. While the hypothalamus controls both feeding behavior and the stress response, the integration of the neural control centers and the peripheral gut allows for disruption in the gastrointestinal systems and dysfunctional communication to the brain. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review is to familiarize clinicians with the physiology controlling feeding behavior and its implications for psychiatric conditions, such as anorexia nervosa and depression...
June 8, 2017: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715501/diversity-and-distribution-of-nuclease-bacteriocins-in-bacterial-genomes-revealed-using-hidden-markov-models
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Connor Sharp, James Bray, Nicholas G Housden, Martin C J Maiden, Colin Kleanthous
Bacteria exploit an arsenal of antimicrobial peptides and proteins to compete with each other. Three main competition systems have been described: type six secretion systems (T6SS); contact dependent inhibition (CDI); and bacteriocins. Unlike T6SS and CDI systems, bacteriocins do not require contact between bacteria but are diffusible toxins released into the environment. Identified almost a century ago, our understanding of bacteriocin distribution and prevalence in bacterial populations remains poor. In the case of protein bacteriocins, this is because of high levels of sequence diversity and difficulties in distinguishing their killing domains from those of other competition systems...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715471/habitat-and-indigenous-gut-microbes-contribute-to-the-plasticity-of-gut-microbiome-in-oriental-river-prawn-during-rapid-environmental-change
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Cheng-Yu Chen, Po-Cheng Chen, Francis Cheng-Hsuan Weng, Grace Tzun-Wen Shaw, Daryi Wang
Growing evidence points out that the capacity of organisms to acclimate or adapt to new habitat conditions basically depends on their phenomic plasticity attributes, of which their gut commensal microbiota might be an essential impact factor. Especially in aquatic organisms, which are in direct and continual contact with the aquatic environment, the complex and dynamic microbiota have significant effects on health and development. However, an understanding of the relative contribution of internal sorting (host genetic) and colonization (environmental) processes is still unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713340/distinct-network-interactions-in-particle-associated-and-free-living-bacterial-communities-during-a-microcystis-aeruginosa-bloom-in-a-plateau-lake
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Caiyun Yang, Qi Wang, Paulina N Simon, Jinyu Liu, Lincong Liu, Xianzhu Dai, Xiaohui Zhang, Jialiang Kuang, Yasuo Igarashi, Xuejun Pan, Feng Luo
Particle-associated bacteria (PAB) and free-living bacteria (FLB) from aquatic environments during phytoplankton blooms differ in their physical distance from algae. Both the interactions within PAB and FLB community fractions and their relationship with the surrounding environmental properties are largely unknown. Here, by using high-throughput sequencing and network-based analyses, we compared the community and network characteristics of PAB and FLB from a plateau lake during a Microcystis aeruginosa bloom...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711259/effect-of-dairy-product-environment-on-the-growth-of-bacillus-cereus
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E Tirloni, E Ghelardi, F Celandroni, C Bernardi, S Stella
pH is one of the most important parameters to manage bacterial replication in foodstuffs. In this study, the ability of 2 Bacillus cereus strains, one clinical human isolate (GPe2) and one isolate from a dairy products (D43), were investigated for the in vitro growth at different pH values (from 3.5 to 7.5) at 2 temperatures (15 and 37°C), showing their ability to grow from 5.5 to 7.5 and from 5.0 to 7.5, respectively. The ability of spores of these 2 microorganisms to germinate in different typologies of dairy products (unflavored yogurt, Taleggio cheese, mascarpone cheese, and raw and pasteurized milk) was also investigated by inoculating the spores and maintaining the products at 15°C...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710512/novel-method-for-quantitative-estimation-of-biofilms
#11
Kirtimaan Syal
Biofilm protects bacteria from stress and hostile environment. Crystal violet (CV) assay is the most popular method for biofilm determination adopted by different laboratories so far. However, biofilm layer formed at the liquid-air interphase known as pellicle is extremely sensitive to its washing and staining steps. Early phase biofilms are also prone to damage by the latter steps. In bacteria like mycobacteria, biofilm formation occurs largely at the liquid-air interphase which is susceptible to loss. In the proposed protocol, loss of such biofilm layer was prevented...
July 14, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709261/growth-dependent-behavioral-difference-in-bacterial-chemotaxis
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Chi Zhang, Rongjing Zhang, Junhua Yuan
Cells can adjust to their growth environments and regulate their behavior accordingly. To study how cells accomplish this growth-dependent adjustment from the molecular to the behavioral level, we used bacterial chemotaxis as a model system to explore the behavioral difference for bacteria grown in nutrient-rich and nutrient-poor media. We found that bacteria grown in a nutrient-poor medium exhibit faster chemotaxis adaptation, and this enables them to respond more rapidly to a changing environment and increases their ability to localize to a nutrient concentration peak...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709256/modeling-polymorphic-transformation-of-rotating-bacterial-flagella-in-a-viscous-fluid
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William Ko, Sookkyung Lim, Wanho Lee, Yongsam Kim, Howard C Berg, Charles S Peskin
The helical flagella that are attached to the cell body of bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium allow the cell to swim in a fluid environment. These flagella are capable of polymorphic transformation in that they take on various helical shapes that differ in helical pitch, radius, and chirality. We present a mathematical model of a single flagellum described by Kirchhoff rod theory that is immersed in a fluid governed by Stokes equations. We perform numerical simulations to demonstrate two mechanisms by which polymorphic transformation can occur, as observed in experiments...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709221/artificial-living-crystals-in-confined-environment
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Wen Yang, Vyacheslav R Misko, Jacques Tempere, Minghui Kong, Francois M Peeters
Similar to the spontaneous formation of colonies of bacteria, flocks of birds, or schools of fish, "living crystals" can be formed by artificial self-propelled particles such as Janus colloids. Unlike usual solids, these "crystals" are far from thermodynamic equilibrium. They fluctuate in time forming a crystalline structure, breaking apart and re-forming again. We propose a method to stabilize living crystals by applying a weak confinement potential that does not suppress the ability of the particles to perform self-propelled motion, but it stabilizes the structure and shape of the dynamical clusters...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709106/microcosms-for-evaluating-microbial-indicator-persistence-and-mobilization-in-fluvial-sediments-during-rainfall-events
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Julia Martín-Díaz, Cristina García-Aljaro, Míriam Pascual-Benito, Belén Galofré, Anicet R Blanch, Francisco Lucena
Mediterranean rivers, which are subject to long, dry periods and heavy rainfall events, could be particularly useful for understanding future climate scenarios. This study generated microcosms that mimicked riverbank sediment resuspension into the water of a typical Mediterranean river as a consequence of heavy rainfall. The mobilization and inactivation of six fecal pollution indicators and microbial source tracking markers were evaluated. The T90 values in the sediments were: 4 days for sorbitol-fermenting Bifidobacterium, 11 days for culturable E...
July 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708498/presence-of-bacteria-in-the-endometrium-and-placentomes-of-pregnant-cows
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Cecilia Christensen Karstrup, Kirstine Klitgaard, Tim Kåre Jensen, Jørgen Steen Agerholm, Hanne Gervi Pedersen
Bacterial invasion of the bovine uterus during the postpartum period occurs in most cows, but the general consensus is that these bacteria are eliminated before the next pregnancy. The pregnant uterus has therefore hitherto been considered a sterile environment, but this assumption has now been challenged by recent studies in humans, which indicate that bacteria can be present in the placenta of term pregnancies without causing abortion. The aim of the present study was therefore to investigate whether bacteria are present in the uterus of pregnant cows...
May 23, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708377/membrane-association-dictates-ligand-specificity-for-the-innate-immune-receptor-nod2
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Amy K Schaefer, James E Melnyk, Michael Baksh, Klare M Lazor, M G Finn, Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes
The human gut must regulate its immune response to resident and pathogenic bacteria, numbering in the trillions. The peptidoglycan component of the bacterial cell wall is a dense and rigid structure that consists of polymeric carbohydrates and highly crosslinked peptides which offers protection from the host and surrounding environment. Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-containing protein 2 (NOD2), a human membrane-associated innate immune receptor found in the gut epithelium and mutated in an estimated 30% of Crohn's disease patients, binds to peptidoglycan fragments and initiates an immune response...
July 14, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708321/dynamics-of-culturable-mesophilic-bacterial-communities-of-three-fresh-herbs-and-their-production-environment
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Maria-Theresia Gekenidis, Diane Gossin, Mathias Schmelcher, Ulrich Schöner, Mitja N P Remus-Emsermann, David Drissner
AIM: Investigate dynamics of culturable mesophilic bacteria and selected food contaminating bacteria from three herbs and their production environment. METHODS AND RESULTS: Marjoram, basil, and thyme were investigated during one growing season by sampling plants, organic fertilizers, soil, irrigation water, and marketed products. Mesophilic bacteria and selected food contaminating bacteria (Escherichia coli, Enterococcus spp., Bacillus cereus group) were cultured and identified by MALDI biotyping...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706508/assessment-of-the-potential-role-of-streptomyces-in-cave-moonmilk-formation
#19
Marta Maciejewska, Delphine Adam, Aymeric Naômé, Loïc Martinet, Elodie Tenconi, Magdalena Całusińska, Philippe Delfosse, Marc Hanikenne, Denis Baurain, Philippe Compère, Monique Carnol, Hazel A Barton, Sébastien Rigali
Moonmilk is a karstic speleothem mainly composed of fine calcium carbonate crystals (CaCO3) with different textures ranging from pasty to hard, in which the contribution of biotic rock-building processes is presumed to involve indigenous microorganisms. The real microbial input in the genesis of moonmilk is difficult to assess leading to controversial hypotheses explaining the origins and the mechanisms (biotic vs. abiotic) involved. In this work, we undertook a comprehensive approach in order to assess the potential role of filamentous bacteria, particularly a collection of moonmilk-originating Streptomyces, in the genesis of this speleothem...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706204/nanopatterning-of-steel-by-one-step-anodization-for-anti-adhesion-of-bacteria
#20
Shiqiang Chen, Yuan Li, Y Frank Cheng
Surface nanopatterning of metals has been an effective technique for improved performance and functionalization. However, it is of great challenge to fabricate nanostructure on carbon steels despite their extensive use and urgent needs to maintain the performance reliability and durability. Here, we report a one-step anodization technique to nanopattern a carbon steel in 50 wt.% NaOH solution for highly effective anti-adhesion by sulphate reducing bacteria (SRB), i.e., Desulfovibrio desulfuricans subsp. desulfuricans (Beijerinck) Kluyver and van Niel...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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