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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637349/the-antibacterial-polyamide-6-zno-hierarchical-nanofibers-fabricated-by-atomic-layer-deposition-and-hydrothermal-growth
#1
Zhengduo Wang, Li Zhang, Zhongwei Liu, Lijun Sang, Lizhen Yang, Qiang Chen
In this paper, we report the combination of atomic layer deposition (ALD) with hydrothermal techniques to deposit ZnO on electrospun polyamide 6 (PA 6) nanofiber (NF) surface in the purpose of antibacterial application. The micro- and nanostructures of the hierarchical fibers are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). We find that NFs can grow into "water lily"- and "caterpillar"-like shapes, which depend on the number of ALD cycles and the hydrothermal reaction period...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636601/crystal-structure-of-the-potassium-importing-kdpfabc-membrane-complex
#2
Ching-Shin Huang, Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, David L Stokes
Cellular potassium import systems play a fundamental role in osmoregulation, pH homeostasis and membrane potential in all domains of life. In bacteria, the kdp operon encodes a four-subunit potassium pump that maintains intracellular homeostasis, cell shape and turgor under conditions in which potassium is limiting. This membrane complex, called KdpFABC, has one channel-like subunit (KdpA) belonging to the superfamily of potassium transporters and another pump-like subunit (KdpB) belonging to the superfamily of P-type ATPases...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633521/consideration-of-natural-sources-in-a-bacteria-tmdl-lines-of-evidence-including-beach-microbial-source-tracking
#3
Kelly D Goodwin, Alexander Schriewer, Andrew Jirik, Kathryn Curtis, Andrea Crumpacker
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) stipulations remained unmet at a southern California beach despite a suite of management actions carried out since 2001, prompting exploration of a Natural Sources Exclusion (NSE) provision within the TMDL. Quantitative Microbial Source Tracking (MST) was employed from 2012-2015 to inventory sources of natural and anthropogenic fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). Data suggested FIB exceedances could be traced to gulls based on gull marker prevalence and correlations with FIB concentrations in seawater, sand and eelgrass...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632732/fructo-oligosaccharides-and-intestinal-barrier-function-in-a-methionine-choline-deficient-mouse-model-of-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Kotaro Matsumoto, Mayuko Ichimura, Koichi Tsuneyama, Yuki Moritoki, Hiromichi Tsunashima, Katsuhisa Omagari, Masumi Hara, Ichiro Yasuda, Hiroshi Miyakawa, Kentaro Kikuchi
Impairments in intestinal barrier function, epithelial mucins, and tight junction proteins have been reported to be associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Prebiotic fructo-oligosaccharides restore balance in the gastrointestinal microbiome. This study was conducted to determine the effects of dietary fructo-oligosaccharides on intestinal barrier function and steatohepatitis in methionine-choline-deficient mice. Three groups of 12-week-old male C57BL/6J mice were studied for 3 weeks; specifically, mice were fed a methionine-choline-deficient diet, a methionine-choline-deficient diet plus 5% fructo-oligosaccharides in water, or a normal control diet...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632458/aquaporins-novel-targets-for-age-related-ocular-disorders
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Rajkumar Patil, Haishan Wang, Najam A Sharif, Alok Mitra
Aquaporins (AQPs), a large family of membrane protein channels that facilitate transport of water and other small solutes, play important roles in physiological functions and human diseases. Up till now, 13 types of AQPs, numbered 0 through 12, have been identified in various mammalian tissues. Homologous genes for AQPs in amphibians, insects, and bacteria highlight the evolutionary conservation and, thus, the importance of these membrane channels. Many members of the AQP family are expressed in the eye. AQP1, which is a water-selective channel, is expressed in the anterior chamber (cornea, ciliary body, trabecular meshwork) and posterior chamber (retina and microvessels in choroid), controlling the fluid homeostasis in the eye...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631499/the-microbial-contamination-and-the-presence-of-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-gram-negative-bacteria-in-the-water-and-on-the-surfaces-of-public-recreation-water-facilities
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Karmen Godič Torkar, Mirjana Dražetić
The microbiological quality of bathing water and the surfaces of the surrounding pool platforms of two pools was estimated. ESBL- and MBL-producing Gram-negative bacteria isolated from water and surface samples were also studied. The water samples were satisfactory in 31 (86.1 %) out of 36 cases. Pseudomonas aeruginosa as well as Escherichia coli were identified in only 2 (5.5 %) cases. There were no correlations between the HPC and number of enterobacteria in the pool water and those found in the surface samples...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630803/putative-archaeal-viruses-from-the-mesopelagic-ocean
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Dean R Vik, Simon Roux, Jennifer R Brum, Ben Bolduc, Joanne B Emerson, Cory C Padilla, Frank J Stewart, Matthew B Sullivan
Oceanic viruses that infect bacteria, or phages, are known to modulate host diversity, metabolisms, and biogeochemical cycling, while the viruses that infect marine Archaea remain understudied despite the critical ecosystem roles played by their hosts. Here we introduce "MArVD", for Metagenomic Archaeal Virus Detector, an annotation tool designed to identify putative archaeal virus contigs in metagenomic datasets. MArVD is made publicly available through the online iVirus analytical platform. Benchmarking analysis of MArVD showed it to be >99% accurate and 100% sensitive in identifying the 127 known archaeal viruses among the 12,499 viruses in the VirSorter curated dataset...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630014/impact-of-molecular-hydrogen-treatments-on-the-innate-immune-activity-and-survival-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio-challenged-with-aeromonas-hydrophila
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Zhenyu Hu, Bingqian Wu, Fanhong Meng, Zejian Zhou, Hui Lu, Heng Zhao
Recently, molecular hydrogen has been reported to have a suppressive effect on inflammation in human and rodent models. The aim of this study was to evaluate the preventive effects of hydrogen-rich water (HRW) on zebrafish challenged by A. hydrophila. We have found an increased survival rate of bacteria-challenged zebrafish subjected to the HRW immersion treatment. Furthermore, we have revealed that HRW was able to block multiplication of A. hydrophila in zebrafish. In addition, treatment of zebrafish infected by A...
June 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629124/microbial-diseases-of-bivalve-mollusks-infections-immunology-and-antimicrobial-defense
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REVIEW
Carla Zannella, Francesco Mosca, Francesca Mariani, Gianluigi Franci, Veronica Folliero, Marilena Galdiero, Pietro Giorgio Tiscar, Massimiliano Galdiero
A variety of bivalve mollusks (phylum Mollusca, class Bivalvia) constitute a prominent commodity in fisheries and aquacultures, but are also crucial in order to preserve our ecosystem's complexity and function. Bivalve mollusks, such as clams, mussels, oysters and scallops, are relevant bred species, and their global farming maintains a high incremental annual growth rate, representing a considerable proportion of the overall fishery activities. Bivalve mollusks are filter feeders; therefore by filtering a great quantity of water, they may bioaccumulate in their tissues a high number of microorganisms that can be considered infectious for humans and higher vertebrates...
June 17, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629108/lactic-acid-production-from-sophora-flavescens-residues-pretreated-with-sodium-hydroxide-reutilization-of-the-pretreated-liquor-during-fermentation
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Juan Wang, Ming Gao, Jianguo Liu, Qunhui Wang, Cong Wang, Zihe Yin, Chuanfu Wu
The feasibility of lactic acid production from Sophora flavescens residues (SFRs) pretreated with sodium hydroxide with the reutilization of the pretreated liquor during fermentation was investigated. After sodium hydroxide pretreatment, 67.5% of the lignin was removed, and hydrolysis efficiency increased from 37.3% to 79.2%. The reutilization of pretreated liquor at 50% loading during open fermentation of unwashed SFR increased lactic acid production by 34.1%. The pretreated liquor acted as pH buffer and resulted in stable pH and high cellulase activity during fermentation...
June 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629065/preparation-and-characterization-of-in-situ-chitosan-polyethylene-glycol-fumarate-thymol-hydrogel-as-an-effective-wound-dressing
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Sepideh Koosehgol, Mehdi Ebrahimian-Hosseinabadi, Mehdi Alizadeh, Ali Zamanian
In the present study, polyethylene glycol fumarate (PEGF) was synthesized as a component of blend solutions via polycondensation polymerization and characterized by different tests in order to determine its functional groups and its physical properties included melting and crystallization temperature, enthalpy of fusion and average molecular weights. Wound dressing films based on chitosan (Ch), PEGF and thymol (Th) were fabricated by solvent casting method with different formulations contained 80%(w/w) chitosan and 20%(w/w) PEGF as polymeric components and different amounts of thymol consisted of 0, 0...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628991/bacterial-community-composition-in-rainwater-associated-with-synoptic-weather-in-an-area-downwind-of-the-asian-continent
#12
Wei Hu, Kotaro Murata, Yuka Horikawa, Ayumi Naganuma, Daizhou Zhang
Bacteria are abundant in atmospheric waters and can be disseminated by precipitation to the surface of the Earth, potentially influencing ecosystems, public health and climate. However, data on bacterial communities in rainwater, especially on the association with weather, are very limited. In this study, rainwater was collected at the coastal city Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, in 2015. The bacterial communities in fourteen samples were identified using 16S rRNA sequencing and compared according to the rain types at the synoptic scale, i...
June 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628486/inactivation-of-bacterial-biofilms-by-visible-light-activated-unmodified-zno-nanorods
#13
Kristina Aponiene, Tomas Serevičius, Zivile Luksiene, Saulius Jursenas
Various zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are widely used for photocatalytic antibacterial applications. Since ZnO possess a wide bandgap, it is believed that only UV light may efficiently assist bacterial inactivation and diverse crystal lattice modifications should be applied in order to narrow the bandgap for efficient visible light absorption. In this work we show that even unmodified ZnO nanorods grown by aqueous chemical growth technique were found to possess intrinsic defects which can be activated by visible light ( = 405 nm) and successfully applied for total inactivation of various highly resistant bacterial biofilms rather than more sensitive planktonic bacteria...
June 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628280/combination-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-for-acute-exacerbations-in-chronic-infection-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Valerie Waters, Felix Ratjen
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic therapy for acute pulmonary exacerbations in people with cystic fibrosis is usually chosen based on the results of antimicrobial susceptibility testing of individual drugs. Combination antimicrobial susceptibility testing assesses the efficacy of drug combinations including two or three antibiotics in vitro and can often demonstrate antimicrobial efficacy against bacterial isolates even when individual antibiotics have little or no effect. Therefore, choosing antibiotics based on combination antimicrobial susceptibility testing could potentially improve response to treatment in people with cystic fibrosis with acute exacerbations...
June 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627245/phytochemical-screening-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-pharmacological-activities-of-peels-of-musa-sapientum-and-carica-papaya-fruit
#15
Sarmad Siddique, Shamsa Nawaz, Faqir Muhammad, Bushra Akhtar, Bilal Aslam
Aqueous, absolute and 80% ethanolic extract of fruit peels of Musa sapientum and Carica papaya were investigated for their antibacterial activity, measured by disc diffusion method and antioxidant activity, measured by four different methods. Papaya and banana peels were found to contain terpenoids, tannins, alkaloids, saponins steroid, phenols, fixed oils and fats. 80% ethanolic extract of banana peel was found to contain highest total phenolic content (TPC), total flavonoid content (TFC) and antioxidant activity but in papaya peel, highest TPC and reducing activity was shown by water extract while, TFC and radical scavenging activity was given by 80% ethanolic extract...
June 18, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626609/detection-and-drug-resistance-profile-of-escherichia-coli-from-subclinical-mastitis-cows-and-water-supply-in-dairy-farms-in-saraburi-province-thailand
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Woranich Hinthong, Natapol Pumipuntu, Sirijan Santajit, Suphang Kulpeanprasit, Shutipen Buranasinsup, Nitat Sookrung, Wanpen Chaicumpa, Pisinee Aiumurai, Nitaya Indrawattana
Subclinical mastitis is a persistent problem in dairy farms worldwide. Environmental Escherichia coli is the bacterium predominantly responsible for this condition. In Thailand, subclinical mastitis in dairy cows is usually treated with various antibiotics, which could lead to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. E. coli is also a reservoir of many antibiotic resistance genes, which can be conveyed to other bacteria. In this study, the presence of E. coli in milk and water samples was reported, among which enteropathogenic E...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625998/structures-compositions-and-activities-of-live-shewanella-biofilms-formed-on-graphite-electrodes-in-electrochemical-flow-cells
#17
Miho Kitayama, Ryota Koga, Takuya Kasai, Atsushi Kouzuma, Kazuya Watanabe
An electrochemical flow cell equipped with a graphite working electrode (WE) at the bottom was inoculated with Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 expressing an anaerobic fluorescence protein, and biofilm formation on WE were observed over time during current generation at WE potentials of +0.4 and 0 V (vs. standard hydrogen electrodes) under electrolyte-flow conditions. Electrochemical analyses suggest the presence of unique electron-transfer mechanisms in the +0.4 V biofilm. Microscopic analyses revealed that, different from aerobic biofilms, current-generating biofilm (at +0...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625705/the-feasibility-of-improved-live-dead-distinction-in-qpcr-based-microbial-source-tracking
#18
Seidel Laura, Strathmann Martin, Nocker Andreas
PCR-based microbial source tracking (MST) has become a useful tool to identify dominant sources of fecal pollution in water. The method has previously been successfully combined with viability PCR (using propidium monoazide) allowing the preferential detection of membrane-intact bacteria. This study aimed at further improving the selectivity for intact cells when targeting host-specific markers in Bacteroidales bacteria. One approach was to increase amplicon sizes that had been shown to be useful for other applications of viability PCR...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624726/holographic-characterization-of-contaminants-in-water-differentiation-of-suspended-particles-in-heterogeneous-dispersions
#19
Laura A Philips, David B Ruffner, Fook Chiong Cheong, Jaroslaw M Blusewicz, Priya Kasimbeg, Basma Waisi, Jeffrey R McCutcheon, David G Grier
Determining the size distribution and composition of particles suspended in water can be challenging in heterogeneous multicomponent samples. Light scattering techniques can measure the distribution of particle sizes, but provide no basis for distinguishing different types of particles. Direct imaging techniques can categorize particles by shape, but offer few insights into their composition. Holographic characterization meets this need by directly measuring the size, refractive index, and three-dimensional position of individual particles in a suspension...
June 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624548/glucocorticoids-and-gut-bacteria-the-galf-hypothesis-in-the-metagenomic-era
#20
REVIEW
David J Morris, Jason M Ridlon
A new concept is emerging in biomedical sciences: the gut microbiota is a virtual 'organ' with endocrine function. Here, we explore the literature pertaining to the role of gut microbial metabolism of endogenous adrenocorticosteroids as a contributing factor in the etiology of essential hypertension. A body of literature demonstrates that bacterial products of glucocorticoid metabolism are absorbed into the portal circulation, and pass through the kidney before excretion into urine. Apparent Mineralocorticoid Excess (AME) syndrome patients were found to have congenital mutations resulting in non-functional renal 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase-2 (11β-HSD2) and severe hypertension often lethal in childhood...
June 14, 2017: Steroids
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