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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544761/composites-of-bacterial-cellulose-and-small-molecule-decorated-gold-nanoparticles-for-treating-gram-negative-bacteria-infected-wounds
#1
Ying Li, Yue Tian, Wenshu Zheng, Yan Feng, Rong Huang, Jingxin Shao, Rongbing Tang, Peng Wang, Yuexiao Jia, Jiangjiang Zhang, Wenfu Zheng, Guang Yang, Xingyu Jiang
Bacterial infections, especially multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, are an increasingly serious problem in the field of wound healing. Herein, bacterial cellulose (BC) decorated by 4,6-diamino-2-pyrimidinethiol (DAPT)-modified gold nanoparticles (Au-DAPT NPs) is presented as a dressing (BC-Au-DAPT nanocomposites) for treating bacterially infected wounds. BC-Au-DAPT nanocomposites have better efficacy (measured in terms of reduced minimum inhibition concentration) than most of the antibiotics (cefazolin/sulfamethoxazole) against Gram-negative bacteria, while maintaining excellent physicochemical properties including water uptake capability, mechanical strain, and biocompatibility...
May 23, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544612/ecology-adaptation-and-function-of-methane-sulfidic-spring-water-biofilm-microorganisms-including-a-strain-of-anaerobic-fungus-mucor-hiemalis
#2
Enamul Hoque, Johannes Fritscher
Ecological aspects, adaptation, and some functions of a special biofilm and its unique key anaerobic fungus Mucor hiemalis strain EH11 isolated from a pristine spring (Künzing, Bavaria, Germany) are described. The spring's pure nature is characterized by, for example, bubbling methane, marine-salinity, mild hydrothermal (~19.1°C), sulfidic, and reductive-anoxic (Eh : -241 to -253 mV, O2 : ≤ 0.1 mg/L) conditions. It is geoecologically located at the border zone between Bavarian Forest (crystalline rocky mountains) and the moor-like Danube River valley, where geological displacements bring the spring's water from the deeper layers of former marine sources up to the surface...
May 24, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542634/crystallographic-characterization-of-the-high-potential-iron-sulfur-protein-in-the-oxidized-state-at-0-8-%C3%A3-resolution
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Hiraku Ohno, Kazuki Takeda, Satomi Niwa, Tomotaka Tsujinaka, Yuya Hanazono, Yu Hirano, Kunio Miki
High-potential iron-sulfur protein (HiPIP) is a soluble electron carrier protein of photosynthetic bacteria with an Fe4S4 cluster. Although structural changes accompanying the electron transfer are important for understanding of the functional mechanism, the changes have not been clarified in sufficient detail. We previously reported the high-resolution crystal structures of HiPIP from a thermophilic purple bacterium Thermochromatium tepidum in the reduced state. In order to perform a detailed comparison between the structures in different redox states, the oxidized structure should also be revealed at high resolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541951/seasonal-variation-of-microbial-community-for-the-treatment-of-tail-water-in-constructed-wetland
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Kang Liang, Yanran Dai, Feihua Wang, Wei Liang
Effects of seasons and hydraulic loading rates (HLR) on the treatment performance and the response of the microbial community of vertical flow constructed wetland treating tail water were investigated. The seasonal treatment performance was evaluated at four HLR of 125, 250, 375 and 500 mm/d, respectively. The microbial community was detected by MiSeq Illumina platform at HLR 125 and 375 mm/d. The wetland showed significantly higher chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP) at HLR 125 mm/d, compared with other HLR...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541818/preparation-and-characterization-of-monodisperse-microcapsules-with-alginate-and-bentonite-via-external-gelation-technique-encapsulating-pseudomonas-putida-rs-198
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Xuan Li, Zhansheng Wu, Yanhui He, Bang-Ce Ye, Jun Wang
This paper evaluated the external gelation technique for preparing microcapsules. The microcapsules were consisted of Pseudomonas putida Rs-198 (Rs-198) core and sodium alginate (NaAlg)-bentonite (Bent) shell. Different emulsification rotation speeds and core/shell ratios were used to prepare the microcapsules of each formulation. The near-spherical microcapsules were monodisperse with a mean diameter of 25 μm to 100 μm and wrinkled surfaces. Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometry (FTIR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) revealed the physical mixture of the wall material and the superior thermal stability of the microcapsules...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541462/nonconsumptive-effects-of-predatory-chrysomya-rufifacies-diptera-calliphoridae-larval-cues-on-larval-cochliomyia-macellaria-diptera-calliphoridae-growth-and-development
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Micah Flores, Tawni L Crippen, Michael Longnecker, Jeffery K Tomberlin
Forensic entomologists often rely on development data associated with a given species to estimate when it colonized human or other vertebrate remains. In most instances, these development studies are based on single species reared in isolation in the laboratory. This study examined the impact of excretions and secretions (ES) associated with third-instar Chrysomya rufifacies (Macquart), a predator, on the development of its prey, Cochliomyia macellaria (F.). Not surprisingly, Ch. rufifacies ES did not impact the development of first- or second-instar C...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541127/screening-of-plants-with-antimicrobial-activity-against-enterobacteria-pseudomonas-spp-and-staphylococcus-spp
#7
Camila Miorelli Girondi, Analu Barros de Oliveira, Jackeline Alves Prado, Cristiane Yumi Koga-Ito, Aline Chiodi Borges, Alberto Carlos Botazzo Delbem, Daniel Freitas Alves Pereira, Marcos José Salvador, Fernanda Lourenção Brighenti
AIM: This study screened plants for antibacterial properties against bacteria of medical importance. MATERIALS & METHODS: 60 extracts were obtained from the leaves of ten plants (Jatropha weddelliana, Attalea phalerata, Buchenavia tomentosa, Croton doctoris, Mouriri elliptica, Mascagnia benthamiana, Senna aculeata, Unonopis guatterioides, Allagoptera leucocalyx and Bactris glaucescens) using different extraction methods: A) Ethanol 70°C/72 h; B) Water/5 min/100°C; C) Water/1 h/55°C; D) Water/72 h; E) Hexane/72 h and F) Ethanol 99°C/72 h...
May 25, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540555/plasma-activated-water-antibacterial-activity-and-artifacts
#8
Tung-Po Chen, Junfeng Liang, Tsan-Liang Su
Broad biological activities of "plasma-activated water" (PAW) have drawn great attentions recently. Treatment of water using gas discharge plasma led to acidic solutions with excellent and broad antibacterial activity. Because PAW caused severe membrane damages in bacteria and diffused freely in extracellular matrix, PAW also demonstrated good anti-biofilm activity. However, further studies revealed that trace amounts of metal ions (mainly copper and zinc) in PAW brought by plasma treatment played key roles in bacteria inactivation...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539090/development-and-application-of-the-compression-frictional-treatment-method-cft-for-sterilizing-and-valorising-organic-waste
#9
Allison Talley, Robert Heimann, Stergios Vakalis
Confined animal feeding operations are producing large amounts of organic waste with large fractions being mixtures of manure and sawdust. On one hand, the inhomogeneity of the material and the high water content restrict the optimal application of thermal treatment methods. On the other hand, the high concentration of bacteria in these mixed waste streams is issue of concern. This study introduces a novel process for treating manure & woody biomass mixtures and upgrading them into valuable products. It is defined as Compression Frictional Treatment and takes place continuously in a Rotary Compression Unit...
May 25, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538682/enteric-viruses-and-fecal-bacteria-indicators-to-assess-groundwater-quality-and-suitability-for-irrigation
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Osvalda De Giglio, Giuseppina Caggiano, Francesco Bagordo, Giovanna Barbuti, Silvia Brigida, Federica Lugoli, Tiziana Grassi, Giuseppina La Rosa, Luca Lucentini, Vito Felice Uricchio, Antonella De Donno, Maria Teresa Montagna
According to Italian Ministerial Decree No. 185 of 12 June 2003, water is considered suitable for irrigation if levels of fecal bacteria (i.e., Escherichia coli and Salmonella) are within certain parameters. The detection of other microorganisms is not required. The aim of this study is to determine the bacteriological quality of groundwater used for irrigation and the occurrence of enteric viruses (Norovirus, Enterovirus, Rotavirus, Hepatovirus A), and to compare the presence of viruses with the fecal bacteria indicators...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538189/evaluation-of-methods-to-sample-fecal-indicator-bacteria-in-foreshore-sand-and-pore-water-at-freshwater-beaches
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Laura J Vogel, Thomas A Edge, Denis M O'Carroll, Helena M Solo-Gabriele, Caitlin S E Kushnir, Clare E Robinson
Fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) are known to accumulate in foreshore beach sand and pore water (referred to as foreshore reservoir) where they act as a non-point source for contaminating adjacent surface waters. While guidelines exist for sampling surface waters at recreational beaches, there is no widely-accepted method to collect sand/sediment or pore water samples for FIB enumeration. The effect of different sampling strategies in quantifying the abundance of FIB in the foreshore reservoir is unclear. Sampling was conducted at six freshwater beaches with different sand types to evaluate sampling methods for characterizing the abundance of E...
May 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536199/active-depinning-of-bacterial-droplets-the-collective-surfing-of-bacillus-subtilis
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Marc Hennes, Julien Tailleur, Gaëlle Charron, Adrian Daerr
How systems are endowed with migration capacity is a fascinating question with implications ranging from the design of novel active systems to the control of microbial populations. Bacteria, which can be found in a variety of environments, have developed among the richest set of locomotion mechanisms both at the microscopic and collective levels. Here, we uncover, experimentally, a mode of collective bacterial motility in humid environment through the depinning of bacterial droplets. Although capillary forces are notoriously enormous at the bacterial scale, even capable of pinning water droplets of millimetric size on inclined surfaces, we show that bacteria are able to harness a variety of mechanisms to unpin contact lines, hence inducing a collective slipping of the colony across the surface...
May 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535303/a-novel-goldnano-carb-test-for-rapid-phenotypic-detection-of-carbapenemases-particularly-oxa-type-in-enterobacteriaceae-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-acinetobacter-spp
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Arpasiri Srisrattakarn, Aroonlug Lulitanond, Chotechana Wilailuckana, Nicha Charoensri, Jureerut Daduang, Aroonwadee Chanawong
Objectives: To develop a simple gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-based colorimetric test, GoldNano Carb (GoldC), for detecting carbapenemase production in Gram-negative bacteria, compared with updated Carba NP (CNP) and CarbAcineto NP (CAcNP) tests by using PCR methods as gold standard. Methods: Ninety-nine carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), Pseudomonas spp. and Acinetobacter spp. isolates and 89 non-CPE isolates were tested by the GoldC and CNP. Additionally, the CAcNP was performed in the Acinetobacter spp...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535299/analysis-of-bacterial-metagenomes-from-the-southwestern-gulf-of-mexico-for-pathogens-detection
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Wendy Escobedo-Hinojosa, Liliana Pardo-López
Little is known about the diversity of bacteria in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico. The aim of the study illustrated in this perspective was to search for the presence of bacterial pathogens in this ecosystem, using metagenomic data recently generated by the Mexican research group known as the Gulf of Mexico Research Consortium. Several genera of bacteria annotated as pathogens were detected in water and sediment marine samples. As expected, native and ubiquitous pathogenic bacteria genera such as Burkolderia, Halomonas, Pseudomonas, Shewanella, and Vibrio were highly represented...
May 23, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534807/lobophorin-k-a-new-natural-product-with-cytotoxic-activity-produced-by-streptomyces-sp-m-207-associated-with-the-deep-sea-coral-lophelia-pertusa
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Alfredo F Braña, Aida Sarmiento-Vizcaíno, Miguel Osset, Ignacio Pérez-Victoria, Jesús Martín, Nuria de Pedro, Mercedes de la Cruz, Caridad Díaz, Francisca Vicente, Fernando Reyes, Luis A García, Gloria Blanco
The present article describes the isolation of a new natural product of the lobophorin family, designated as lobophorin K (1), from cultures of the marine actinobacteria Streptomyces sp. M-207, previously isolated from the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa collected at 1800 m depth during an expedition to the submarine Avilés Canyon. Its structure was determined using a combination of spectroscopic techniques, mainly ESI-TOF MS and 1D and 2D NMR. This new natural product displayed cytotoxic activity against two human tumor cell lines, such as pancreatic carcinoma (MiaPaca-2) and breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7)...
May 19, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534026/how-cells-can-control-their-size-by-pumping-ions
#16
Alan R Kay
The ability of all cells to set and regulate their size is a fundamental aspect of cellular physiology. It has been known for sometime but not widely so, that size stability in animal cells is dependent upon the operation of the sodium pump, through the so-called pump-leak mechanism (Tosteson and Hoffman, 1960). Impermeant molecules in cells establish an unstable osmotic condition, the Donnan effect, which is counteracted by the operation of the sodium pump, creating an asymmetry in the distribution of Na(+) and K(+) staving off water inundation...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533896/sex-specific-differences-in-functional-traits-and-resource-acquisition-in-five-cycad-species
#17
Christopher Krieg, James E Watkins, Sally Chambers, Chad E Husby
Selective pressures acting on plant life histories can drive extreme specialization. One example of such specialization is the evolution of dioecious breeding systems. Evolutionary and ecological theory posits that dioecy may subject male and female individuals to different selective pressures and result in unique sex-mediated adaptive traits related to resource allocation and ecophysiology. Cycads are the earliest diverging lineage of seed plants with strict dioecy, yet we know almost nothing about the ecology and physiology of this group...
March 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533768/novel-large-sulfur-bacteria-in-the-metagenomes-of-groundwater-fed-chemosynthetic-microbial-mats-in-the-lake-huron-basin
#18
Allison M Sharrar, Beverly E Flood, Jake V Bailey, Daniel S Jones, Bopaiah A Biddanda, Steven A Ruberg, Daniel N Marcus, Gregory J Dick
Little is known about large sulfur bacteria (LSB) that inhabit sulfidic groundwater seeps in large lakes. To examine how geochemically relevant microbial metabolisms are partitioned among community members, we conducted metagenomic analysis of a chemosynthetic microbial mat in the Isolated Sinkhole, which is in a deep, aphotic environment of Lake Huron. For comparison, we also analyzed a white mat in an artesian fountain that is fed by groundwater similar to Isolated Sinkhole, but that sits in shallow water and is exposed to sunlight...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532976/microbiological-problems-and-biofilms-associated-with-mycobacterium-chimaera-in-heater-cooler-units-used-for-cardiopulmonary-bypass
#19
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J Walker, G Moore, S Collins, S Parks, M I Garvey, T Lamagni, G Smith, L Dawkin, S Goldenberg, M Chand
The role of heater-cooler units (HCUs) in the transmission of Mycobacterium chimaera during open heart surgery has been recognized since 2013. Subsequent investigations uncovered a remarkable global outbreak reflecting the wide distribution of implicated devices. HCUs are an essential component of cardiopulmonary bypass operations and their withdrawal would severely affect capacity for life-saving cardiac surgery. However, studies have demonstrated that many HCUs are contaminated with a wide range of micro-organisms, including M...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532116/antibacterial-mechanical-and-surface-properties-of-ag-dlc-films-prepared-by-dual-pld-for-medical-applications
#20
P Písařík, M Jelínek, J Remsa, J Mikšovský, J Zemek, K Jurek, Š Kubinová, J Lukeš, J Šepitka
Silver doped diamond-like carbon layers were deposited by dual pulsed laser deposition using two KrF excimer lasers. The concentration of Ag, determined by XPS and WDS, moved from zero to ~10at%. We found that the sp(2)/sp(3) ratio, film roughness and the number of droplets (SEM and AFM) increased with increasing silver concentration. The sp(3) content measurement (XPS) was influenced by ion cluster surface sputtering and varied from 71.0% (undoped DLC) to 36.2% (for 9.3at% Ag). Transmission was measured on the scale from 200nm to 1100nm, and decreased with increasing silver content...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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