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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934611/enhanced-biodegradation-of-atrazine-by-bacteria-encapsulated-in-organically-modified-silica-gels
#1
Joey J Benson, Jonathan K Sakkos, Adi Radian, Lawrence P Wackett, Alptekin Aksan
Biodegradation by cells encapsulated in silica gel is an economical and environmentally friendly method for the removal of toxic chemicals from the environment. In this work, recombinant E. coli expressing atrazine chlorohydrolase (AtzA) were encapsulated in organically modified silica (ORMOSIL) gels composed of TEOS, silica nanoparticles (SNPs), and either phenyltriethoxysilane (PTES) or methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). ORMOSIL gels adsorbed much higher amounts of atrazine than the hydrophilic TEOS gels. The highest amount of atrazine adsorbed by ORMOSIL gels was 48...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934590/the-relationship-between-the-human-genome-and-microbiome-comes-into-view
#2
Julia K Goodrich, Emily R Davenport, Andrew G Clark, Ruth E Ley
The body's microbiome, composed of microbial cells that number in the trillions, is involved in human health and disease in ways that are just starting to emerge. The microbiome is assembled at birth, develops with its host, and is greatly influenced by environmental factors such as diet and other exposures. Recently, a role for human genetic variation has emerged as also influential in accounting for interpersonal differences in microbiomes. Thus, human genes may influence health directly or by promoting a beneficial microbiome...
September 20, 2017: Annual Review of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934483/the-fused-snoal_2-domain-in-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-sigma-factor-%C3%AF-j-modulates-promoter-recognition
#3
Kapil Goutam, Arvind K Gupta, Balasubramanian Gopal
Extra-cytoplasmic function (ECF) σ-factors are widespread in bacteria, linking environmental stimuli with changes in gene expression. These transcription factors span several phylogenetically distinct groups and are remarkably diverse in their activation and regulatory mechanisms. Here, we describe the structural and biochemical features of a Mycobacterium tuberculosis ECF factor σJ that suggests that the SnoaL_2 domain at the C-terminus can modulate the activity of this initiation factor in the absence of a cognate regulatory anti-σ factor...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934382/complete-genome-analysis-of-lactobacillus-fermentum-sk152-from-kimchi-reveals-genes-associated-with-its-antimicrobial-activity
#4
DongAhn Yoo, Bernadette B Bagon, Valerie Diane V Valeriano, Ju Kyoung Oh, Heebal Kim, Seoae Cho, Dae-Kyung Kang
Research findings on probiotics highlight their importance in repressing harmful bacteria, leading to more extensive research on their potential applications. We analysed the genome of Lactobacillus fermentum SK152, which was isolated from the Korean traditional fermented vegetable dish kimchi, to determine the genetic makeup and genetic factors responsible for the antimicrobial activity of L. fermentum SK152 and performed a comparative genome analysis with other L. fermentum strains. The genome of L. fermentum SK152 was found to comprise a complete circular chromosome of 2092 273 bp, with an estimated GC content of 51...
October 2, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934286/denitrification-potential-of-the-eastern-oyster-microbiome-using-a-16s-rrna-gene-based-metabolic-inference-approach
#5
Ann Arfken, Bongkeun Song, Jeff S Bowman, Michael Piehler
The eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is a foundation species providing significant ecosystem services. However, the roles of oyster microbiomes have not been integrated into any of the services, particularly nitrogen removal through denitrification. We investigated the composition and denitrification potential of oyster microbiomes with an approach that combined 16S rRNA gene analysis, metabolic inference, qPCR of the nitrous oxide reductase gene (nosZ), and N2 flux measurements. Microbiomes of the oyster digestive gland, the oyster shell, and sediments adjacent to the oyster reef were examined based on next generation sequencing (NGS) of 16S rRNA gene amplicons...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933562/protective-approaches-and-mechanisms-of-microencapsulation-to-the-survival-of-probiotic-bacteria-during-processing-storage-and-gastrointestinal-digestion-a-review
#6
Huan Liu, Steve W Cui, Maoshen Chen, Yue Li, Rong Liang, Feifei Xu, Fang Zhong
In recent years, there is a rising interest in the number of food products containing probiotic bacteria with favorable health benefit effects. However, the viability of probiotic bacteria is always questionable when they exposure to the harsh environment during processing, storage and gastrointestinal digestion. To overcome these problems, microencapsulation of cells is currently receiving considerable attention and has obtained valuable effects. According to the drying temperature, the commonly used technologies can be divided into two patterns: high temperature drying (spray drying, fluid bed drying) and low temperature drying (ultrasonic vacuum spray drying, spray chilling, electrospinning, supercritical technique, freeze drying, extrusion, emulsion, enzyme gelation and impinging aerosol technique)...
September 21, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933243/drug-targets-in-dormant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-can-the-conquest-against-tuberculosis-become-a-reality
#7
Vivek Kumar Gupta, M Madhan Kumar, Dharmendra Singh, Deepa Bisht, Shweta Sharma
Targeting M. tuberculosis (Mtb) in latent form of infection is a major obstacle and big challenge in tuberculosis (TB) eradication by current chemotherapy. A better understanding of the physiology of Mtb and of the metabolic state of the bacillus during the dormancy, is a primary need in finding drug targets against non replicating persistent (NRP) form of the Mtb. Identification of potential drug targets against dormant state of Mtb is critically important to achieve the goal of complete eradication for shortening of anti-TB therapy...
September 21, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932888/assessment-of-molecular-detection-of-anaerobic-ammonium-oxidizing-anammox-bacteria-in-different-environmental-samples-using-pcr-primers-based-on-16s-rrna-and-functional-genes
#8
Ping Han, Uli Klümper, Alex Wong, Meng Li, Jih-Gaw Lin, Zhexue Quan, Martin Denecke, Ji-Dong Gu
Eleven published PCR primer sets for detecting genes encoding 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA), hydrazine oxidoreductase (HZO), cytochrome cd 1-containing nitrite reductase (NirS), and hydrazine synthase subunit A (HzsA) of anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing (anammox) bacteria were assessed for the diversity and abundance of anammox bacteria in samples of three environments: wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), wetland of Mai Po Nature Reserve (MP), and the South China Sea (SCS). Consistent phylogenetic results of three biomarkers (16S rRNA, hzo, and hzsA) of anammox bacteria were obtained from all samples...
September 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932812/comparison-of-the-microbiota-of-older-adults-living-in-nursing-homes-and-the-community
#9
Mary-Claire Roghmann, Alison D Lydecker, Lauren Hittle, Robert T DeBoy, Rebecca G Nowak, J Kristie Johnson, Emmanuel F Mongodin
Our objective for this study was to characterize the microbial communities of the anterior nares (nose), posterior pharynx (throat), and skin of the femoral and subclavian areas in older adults from nursing homes and the community. Older adults (≥65 years) without antibiotic use for the past 3 months were recruited from nursing homes (NH; n = 16) and from the community (CB; n = 51). Specimens were taken from nose, throat, and skin sites for culture and bacterial profiling using 16S rRNA gene sequencing...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932364/role-of-food-in-environmental-transmission-of-helicobacter-pylori
#10
REVIEW
Mohammad Zamani, Amin Vahedi, Zahra Maghdouri, Javad Shokri-Shirvani
Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) is a gram-negative bacterium that has infected more than half of the world's population. This pathogen colonizes the human gastric mucosa and is usually acquired during childhood. It is an important cause of peptic ulcers, chronic gastritis and stomach cancer. Among the risk factors for acquisition of H. pylori infection, poor socioeconomic status, poor sanitization and hygiene practices, and contaminated food and water, are the most significant ones. The main route of H. pylori transmission is still unknown...
2017: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932250/evidences-of-the-low-implication-of-mosquitoes-in-the-transmission-of-mycobacterium-ulcerans-the-causative-agent-of-buruli-ulcer
#11
REVIEW
Rousseau Djouaka, Francis Zeukeng, Jude Daiga Bigoga, David N'golo Coulibaly, Genevieve Tchigossou, Romaric Akoton, Sylla Aboubacar, Sodjinin Jean-Eudes Tchebe, Clavella Nantcho Nguepdjo, Razack Adeoti, Innocent Djegbe, Manuele Tamo, Wilfred Fon Mbacham, Solange E Kakou-Ngazoa, Anthony Ablordey
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU) continues to be a serious public health threat in wet tropical regions and the mode of transmission of its etiological agent, Mycobacterium ulcerans (MU), remains poorly understood. In this study, mosquito species collected in endemic villages in Benin were screened for the presence of MU. In addition, the ability of mosquitoes larvae to pick up MU from their environment and remain colonized through the larval developmental stages to the adult stage was investigated...
2017: Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932221/diversity-of-vibrio-navarrensis-revealed-by-genomic-comparison-veterinary-isolates-are-related-to-strains-associated-with-human-illness-and-sewage-isolates-while-seawater-strains-are-more-distant
#12
Keike Schwartz, Cindy Kukuc, Nadja Bier, Karin Taureck, Jens A Hammerl, Eckhard Strauch
Strains of Vibrio navarrensis are present in aquatic environments like seawater, rivers, and sewage. Recently, strains of this species were identified in human clinical specimens. In this study, V. navarrensis strains isolated from livestock in Germany were characterized that were found in aborted fetuses and/or placentas after miscarriages. The veterinary strains were analyzed using phenotypical and genotypical methods and compared to isolates from marine environments of the Baltic Sea and North Sea. The investigated phenotypical traits were similar in all German strains...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932199/bacillus-a-biological-tool-for-crop-improvement-through-bio-molecular-changes-in-adverse-environments
#13
REVIEW
Ramalingam Radhakrishnan, Abeer Hashem, Elsayed F Abd Allah
Crop productivity is affected by environmental and genetic factors. Microbes that are beneficial to plants are used to enhance the crop yield and are alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Pseudomonas and Bacillus species are the predominant plant growth-promoting bacteria. The spore-forming ability of Bacillus is distinguished from that of Pseudomonas. Members of this genus also survive for a long time under unfavorable environmental conditions. Bacillus spp. secrete several metabolites that trigger plant growth and prevent pathogen infection...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930645/spores-and-vegetative-cells-of-phenotypically-and-genetically-diverse-i-bacillus-cereus-sensu-lato-i-are-common-bacteria-in-fresh-water-of-northeastern-poland
#14
Marek Bartoszewicz, Urszula Czyzewska
Gram-positive rods named <i>B. cereus sensu lato</i> (<i>sl</i>), are common in natural habitats and food products. It is believed that they are restricted to spores, however their ecology in aquatic habitats is still poorly investigated. Thus, the aim of the study was to assess the rain-dependent fluctuations of the concentration of <i>B. cereus sl</i> vegetative cells and spores with evaluation of their phylogenetic and population structure in relation to the toxicity and psychrotolerance...
September 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930185/bioprospecting-for-exopolysaccharides-from-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vent-bacteria-relationship-between-bacterial-diversity-and-chemical-diversity
#15
Christine Delbarre-Ladrat, Marcia Leyva Salas, Corinne Sinquin, Agata Zykwinska, Sylvia Colliec-Jouault
Many bacteria biosynthesize structurally diverse exopolysaccharides (EPS) and excrete them into their surrounding environment. The EPS functional features have found many applications in industries such as cosmetics and pharmaceutics. In particular, some EPS produced by marine bacteria are composed of uronic acids, neutral sugars, and N-acetylhexosamines, and may also bear some functional sulfate groups. This suggests that they can share common structural features with glycosaminoglycans (GAG) like the two EPS (HE800 and GY785) originating from the deep sea...
September 20, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930173/polyphenols-from-root-tubercles-and-grains-cropped-in-brazil-chemical-and-nutritional-characterization-and-their-effects-on-human-health-and-diseases
#16
REVIEW
Diego Dos Santos Baião, Cyntia Silva de Freitas, Laidson Paes Gomes, Davi da Silva, Anna Carolina N T F Correa, Patricia Ribeiro Pereira, Eduardo Mere Del Aguila, Vania Margaret Flosi Paschoalin
Throughout evolution, plants have developed the ability to produce secondary phenolic metabolites, which are important for their interactions with the environment, reproductive strategies and defense mechanisms. These (poly)phenolic compounds are a heterogeneous group of natural antioxidants found in vegetables, cereals and leguminous that exert beneficial and protective actions on human health, playing roles such as enzymatic reaction inhibitors and cofactors, toxic chemicals scavengers and biochemical reaction substrates, increasing the absorption of essential nutrients and selectively inhibiting deleterious intestinal bacteria...
September 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929967/-results-of-a-multicenter-study-investigating-plasmid-mediated-colistin-resistance-genes-mcr-1-and-mcr-2-in-clinical-enterobacteriaceae-%C3%A4-solates-from-turkey
#17
Ayşe Nur Sarı, Serap Süzük, Onur Karatuna, Dilara Öğünç, Ayşe Esra Karakoç, Zeynep Çizmeci, Hikmet Eda Alışkan, Füsun Cömert, Mustafa Zahir Bakıcı, Nezahat Akpolat, Fatma Feriha Çilli, Yasemin Zer, Aysel Karataş, Bahar Akgün Karapınar, Gülçin Bayramoğlu, Melda Özdamar, Fatma Kalem, Nuran Delialioğlu, Elif Aktaş, Nisel Yılmaz, Şaban Gürcan, Zeynep Gülay
Colistin is a polymyxin antibiotic which is considered as one of the last line agents against infections due to multidrug resistant or carbapenem resistant gram-negative pathogens. Colistin resistance is associated with chromosomal alterations which can usually cause mutations in genes coding specific two component regulator systems. The first plasmid-mediated colistin resistance gene, mcr-1 was described in Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates in December 2015 and followed by another plasmid-mediated colistin resistance gene mcr-2 in 2016...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928400/inhibiting-p-fluorescens-biofilms-with-fluoropolymer-embedded-silver-nanoparticles-an-in-situ-spectroscopic-study
#18
M C Sportelli, E Tütüncü, R A Picca, M Valentini, A Valentini, C Kranz, B Mizaikoff, H Barth, N Cioffi
Surface colonization by microorganisms leads to the formation of biofilms, i.e. aggregates of bacteria embedded within a matrix of extracellular polymeric substance. This promotes adhesion to the surface and protects bacterial community, providing an antimicrobial-resistant environment. The inhibition of biofilm growth is a crucial issue for preventing bacterial infections. Inorganic nanoparticle/Teflon-like (CFx) composites deposited via ion beam sputtering demonstrated very efficient antimicrobial activity...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926596/bifurcation-kinetics-of-drug-uptake-by-gram-negative-bacteria
#19
David A Westfall, Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, David Wolloscheck, Rupa Sarkar, Helen I Zgurskaya, Valentin V Rybenkov
Cell envelopes of many bacteria consist of two membranes studded with efflux transporters. Such organization protects bacteria from the environment and gives rise to multidrug resistance. We report a kinetic model that accurately describes the permeation properties of this system. The model predicts complex non-linear patterns of drug uptake complete with a bifurcation, which recapitulate the known experimental anomalies. We introduce two kinetic parameters, the efflux and barrier constants, which replace those of Michaelis and Menten for trans-envelope transport...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926282/bacterial-and-archaeal-lipids-recovered-from-subsurface-evaporites-of-dalangtan-playa-on-the-tibetan-plateau-and-their-astrobiological-implications
#20
Ziye Cheng, Long Xiao, Hongmei Wang, Huan Yang, Jingjing Li, Ting Huang, Yi Xu, Nina Ma
Qaidam Basin (Tibetan Plateau) is considered an applicable analogue to Mars with regard to sustained extreme aridity and abundant evaporites. To investigate the possibility of the preservation of microbial lipids under these Mars analog conditions, we conducted a mineralogical and organic geochemistry study on samples collected from two Quaternary sections in Dalangtan Playa, northwestern Qaidam Basin, which will enhance our understanding of the potential preservation of molecular biomarkers on Mars. Two sedimentary units were identified along two profiles: one salt unit characterized by a predominance of gypsum and halite, and one detrital unit with a decrease of gypsum and halite and enrichment in siliciclastic minerals...
September 19, 2017: Astrobiology
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