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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414448/substrate-profiling-and-high-resolution-co-complex-crystal-structure-of-a-secreted-c11-protease-conserved-across-commensal-bacteria
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Emily J Roncase, Clara Moon, Sandip Chatterjee, Gonzalo E González-Páez, Charles S Craik, Anthony J O'Donoghue, Dennis W Wolan
Cysteine proteases are among the most abundant hydrolytic enzymes produced by bacteria, and this diverse family of proteins have significant biological roles in bacterial viability and environmental interactions. Members of the clostripain-like (C11) family of cysteine proteases from distal gut commensal strains have recently been shown to mediate immune responses by inducing neutrophil phagocytosis and activating bacterial pathogenic toxins. Development of substrates, inhibitors, and probes that target C11 proteases from enteric bacteria will help to establish the role of these proteins at the interface of the host and microbiome in health and disease...
April 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408270/transcriptional-organization-of-pneumococcal-psrp-secy2a2-and-impact-of-gtfa-and-gtfb-deletion-on-psrp-associated-virulence-properties
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Anel Lizcano, Ramya Akula Suresh Babu, Anukul T Shenoy, Alison Maren Saville, Nikhil Kumar, Adonis D'Mello, Cecilia A Hinojosa, Ryan P Gilley, Jesus Segovia, Timothy J Mitchell, Hervé Tettelin, Carlos J Orihuela
Pneumococcal serine-rich repeat protein (PsrP) is a glycoprotein that mediates Streptococcus pneumoniae attachment to lung cells and promotes biofilm formation. Herein, we investigated the transcriptional organization of psrP-secY2A2, the 37-kbp pathogenicity island encoding PsrP and its accessory genes. PCR amplification of cDNA and RNA-seq analysis found psrP-secY2A2 to be minimally composed of three operons: psrP-glyA, glyB, and glyC-asp5. Transcription of all three operons was greatest during biofilm growth and immunoblot analyses confirmed increased PsrP production by biofilm pneumococci...
April 10, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391960/rapid-detection-of-urinary-tract-infections-via-bacterial-nuclease-activity
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Katie S Flenker, Elliot L Burghardt, Nirmal Dutta, William J Burns, Julia M Grover, Elizabeth J Kenkel, Tyler M Weaver, James Mills, Hyeon Kim, Lingyan Huang, Richard Owczarzy, Catherine A Musselman, Mark A Behlke, Bradley Ford, James O McNamara
Rapid and accurate bacterial detection methods are needed for clinical diagnostic, water, and food testing applications. The wide diversity of bacterial nucleases provides a rich source of enzymes that could be exploited as signal amplifying biomarkers to enable rapid, selective detection of bacterial species. With the exception of the use of micrococcal nuclease activity to detect Staphylococcus aureus, rapid methods that detect bacterial pathogens via their nuclease activities have not been developed. Here, we identify endonuclease I as a robust biomarker for E...
April 5, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358875/protein-aggregation-with-poly-vinyl-alcohol-surfactant-reduces-double-emulsion-encapsulated-mammalian-cell-free-expression
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Kenneth K Y Ho, Jin Woo Lee, Grégory Durand, Sagardip Majumder, Allen P Liu
Development of artificial cell models requires encapsulation of biomolecules within membrane-bound compartments. There have been limited studies of using mammalian cell-free expression (CFE) system as the 'cytosol' of artificial cells. We exploit glass capillary droplet microfluidics for the encapsulation of mammalian CFE within double emulsion templated vesicles. The complexity of the physicochemical properties of HeLa cell-free lysate poses a challenge compared with encapsulating simple buffer solutions. In particular, we discovered the formation of aggregates in double emulsion templated vesicles encapsulating mammalian HeLa CFE, but not with bacterial CFE...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345912/fluorogenic-templated-reaction-cascades-for-rna-detection
#5
Willem A Velema, Eric T Kool
Nucleic acids detection is essential to the study of biological processes and to diagnosis of pathological states. Although PCR is highly effective in vitro, methods that can function without prior sample preparation, thermal cycling, or enzymes are of interest due to their simplicity. Most current non-PCR detection methods rely on linear signal amplification, which hinders the detection of small amounts of genetic material. To address this limitation, we tested a new strategy for attaining higher-order signal amplification, in which a target sequence templates a chemical ligation, and the product of this reaction is in turn detected with a second templated reaction...
April 5, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333952/adjuvant-treatment-with-the-bacterial-lysate-om-85-improves-management-of-atopic-dermatitis-a-randomized-study
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Christine Bodemer, Gerard Guillet, Frederic Cambazard, Franck Boralevi, Stefania Ballarini, Christian Milliet, Paola Bertuccio, Carlo La Vecchia, Jean-François Bach, Yves de Prost
BACKGROUND: Environmental factors play a major role on atopic dermatitis (AD) which shows a constant rise in prevalence in western countries over the last decades. The Hygiene Hypothesis suggesting an inverse relationship between incidence of infections and the increase in atopic diseases in these countries, is one of the working hypothesis proposed to explain this trend. OBJECTIVE: This study tested the efficacy and safety of oral administration of the bacterial lysate OM-85 (Broncho-Vaxom®, Broncho-Munal®, Ommunal®, Paxoral®, Vaxoral®), in the treatment of established AD in children...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318451/bacterial-lysate-for-the-prevention-of-chronic-rhinosinusitis-recurrence-in-children
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J Chen, Y Zhou, J Nie, Y Wang, L Zhang, Q Shi, H Tan, W Kong
BACKGROUND: Chronic rhinosinusitis is a common nasal disorder in children that is prone to recurrence. This study investigated the prevention of chronic rhinosinusitis recurrence with bacteria lysate in children. METHODS: Bacteria lysate was administered 10 days per month for 3 months to children with chronic rhinosinusitis, who had just entered a remission phase. Visual analogue score, nasal symptoms scores, rhinitis attack frequency and antibiotic use were assessed at three months and one year...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315252/profiling-of-protease-cleavage-sites-by-proteome-derived-peptide-libraries-and-quantitative-proteomics
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Chia-Yi Chen, Bettina Mayer, Oliver Schilling
Biochemical profiling of active site specificity is a crucial step to characterize proteases, which play key roles in health and disease. Here, we present a protocol using proteome-derived peptide libraries in combination with quantitative proteomics to simultaneously identify cleavage motifs N- and C-terminal to the scissile peptide bond. First, bacterial or eukaryotic cell lysate is used to generate peptide libraries. Without further chemical modification, peptide libraries are then split into control and treated (incubate with active protease) aliquots...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298196/microbial-detoxification-of-eleven-food-and-feed-contaminating-trichothecene-mycotoxins
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Rafiq Ahad, Ting Zhou, Dion Lepp, K Peter Pauls
BACKGROUND: Contamination of agricultural commodities with multiple trichothecene mycotoxins, produced by toxigenic Fusarium species, is a food safety issue, which greatly affects grain production and marketing worldwide. Importantly, exposure to multiple trichothecenes may increase toxicity in animals due to their synergistic and/or additive effects. To address the problem this study aimed to achieve a novel biological trait capable of detoxifying various food and feed contaminating trichothecenes under aerobic and anaerobic conditions and wide range of temperatures...
March 15, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284007/erratum-to-protein-protein-interaction-analysis-in-crude-bacterial-lysates-using-combinational-method-of-19-f-site-specific-incorporation-and-19-f-nmr
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Dong Li, Yanan Zhang, Yao He, Chengwei Zhang, Jiefei Wang, Ying Xiong, Longhua Zhang, Yangzhong Liu, Pan Shi, Changlin Tian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 10, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258293/interaction-between-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-and-acanthamoeba-polyphaga
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Thamires Klein de Souza, Scheila Silva Soares, Lisianne Brittes Benitez, Marilise Brittes Rott
The interactions that occur between bacteria and amoebae can give through mutual relations, where both organisms benefit from the association or parasitic in which one organism benefits at the expense of the other. When these organisms share the same environment, it can result in some changes in the growth of organisms, in adaptation patterns, in morphology, development or even in their ability to synthesize proteins and other substances. In this study, the interaction between Acanthamoeba polyphaga and Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was evaluated using a co-culture model at different incubation times...
May 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238861/comparative-analysis-of-immunocompetence-between-females-and-males-in-the-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus
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Jingwei Jiang, Zunchun Zhou, Ying Dong, Shan Gao, Hongjuan Sun, Zhong Chen, Aifu Yang, Hesheng Su
In order to preliminarily understand the immune difference between females and males in the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus, the activities assay of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), peroxidase (POD), phenoloxidase (PO), acid phosphatase (ACP) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) with biochemical methods, the detection of PO isozymes with native-PAGE and catechol staining, and the test of antibacterial activities with bacterial growth curve determination method were performed in this study using cell-free coelomic fluid (CCF) and coelomocyte lysate supernatant (CLS) from females and males as the samples...
February 24, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215401/nickel-salen-supported-paramagnetic-nanoparticles-for-6-his-target-recombinant-protein-affinity-purification
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Zahra Rashid, Ramin Ghahremanzadeh, Mohammad-Reza Nejadmoghaddam, Mahboobeh Nazari, Mohammad-Reza Shokri, Hossein Naeimi, Amir-Hassan Zarnani
In this research, a simple, efficient, inexpensive, rapid and high yield method for the purification of 6×histidine-tagged recombinant protein was developed. For this purpose, manganese ferrite magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were synthesized through a co-precipitation method and then they were conveniently surface-modified with tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) in order to prevent oxidation and form high density of hydroxyl groups. Next, the salen ligand was prepared from condensation reaction of salicylaldehyde and 3-aminopropyl (trimethoxy) silane (APTMS) in 1:1 molar ratio; followed by complexation with Ni(OAc)2...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214364/in-situ-analysis-of-bacillus-licheniformis-biofilms-amyloid-like-polymers-and-edna-are-involved-in-the-adherence-and-aggregation-of-the-extracellular-matrix
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I Randrianjatovo-Gbalou, P Rouquette, D Lefebvre, E Girbal-Neuhauser, C-E Marcato-Romain
AIMS: This study attempts to determine which exopolymeric substances are involved in the adherence and aggregation of a Bacillus licheniformis biofilm. METHODS AND RESULTS: The involvement of extracellular proteins and eDNA were particularly investigated using DNase and proteinase K treatment. The permeability of the biofilms increased 5-fold after DNase I-treatment. Quantification of the matrix components showed that, whatever the enzyme tested, some eDNA and amyloid-like polymers were removed simultaneously...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207855/novel-approaches-for-the-taxonomic-and-metabolic-characterization-of-lactobacilli-integration-of-16s-rrna-gene-sequencing-with-maldi-tof-ms-and-1h-nmr
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Claudio Foschi, Luca Laghi, Carola Parolin, Barbara Giordani, Monica Compri, Roberto Cevenini, Antonella Marangoni, Beatrice Vitali
Lactobacilli represent a wide range of bacterial species with several implications for the human host. They play a crucial role in maintaining the ecological equilibrium of different biological niches and are essential for fermented food production and probiotic formulation. Despite the consensus about the 'health-promoting' significance of Lactobacillus genus, its genotypic and phenotypic characterization still poses several difficulties. The aim of this study was to assess the integration of different approaches, genotypic (16S rRNA gene sequencing), proteomic (MALDI-TOF MS) and metabolomic (1H-NMR), for the taxonomic and metabolic characterization of Lactobacillus species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198622/a-cell-penetrant-manganese-superoxide-dismutase-mnsod-mimic-is-able-to-complement-mnsod-and-exerts-an-antiinflammatory-effect-on-cellular-and-animal-models-of-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Emilie Mathieu, Anne-Sophie Bernard, Nicolas Delsuc, Elodie Quévrain, Géraldine Gazzah, Barry Lai, Florian Chain, Philippe Langella, Maria Bachelet, Joelle Masliah, Philippe Seksik, Clotilde Policar
Inorganic complexes are increasingly used for biological and medicinal applications, and the question of the cell penetration and distribution of metallodrugs is key to understanding their biological activity. Oxidative stress is known to be involved in inflammation and in inflammatory bowel diseases for which antioxidative defenses are weakened. We report here the study of the manganese complex Mn1 mimicking superoxide dismutase (SOD), a protein involved in cell protection against oxidative stress, using an approach in inorganic cellular chemistry combining the investigation of Mn1 intracellular speciation using mass spectrometry and of its quantification and distribution using electron paramagnetic resonance and spatially resolved X-ray fluorescence with evaluation of its biological activity...
February 15, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160380/synthesis-of-bacteriophage-lytic-proteins-against-streptococcus-pneumoniae-in-the-chloroplast-of-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Laura Stoffels, Henry N Taunt, Bambos Charalambous, Saul Purton
There is a pressing need to develop novel antibacterial agents given the widespread antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria and the low specificity of the drugs available. Endolysins are antibacterial proteins that are produced by bacteriophage-infected cells to digest the bacterial cell wall for phage progeny release at the end of the lytic cycle. These highly efficient enzymes show a considerable degree of specificity for the target bacterium of the phage. Furthermore, the emergence of resistance against endolysins appears to be rare as the enzymes have evolved to target molecules in the cell wall that are essential for bacterial viability...
February 3, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139746/a-sensitive-single-enzyme-assay-system-using-the-non-ribosomal-peptide-synthetase-bpsa-for-measurement-of-l-glutamine-in-biological-samples
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Alistair S Brown, Katherine J Robins, David F Ackerley
The ability to rapidly, economically and accurately measure L-glutamine concentrations in biological samples is important for many areas of research, medicine or industry, however there is room for improvement on existing methods. We describe here how the enzyme BpsA, a single-module non-ribosomal peptide synthetase able to convert L-glutamine into the blue pigment indigoidine, can be used to accurately measure L-glutamine in biological samples. Although indigoidine has low solubility in aqueous solutions, meaning direct measurements of indigoidine synthesis do not reliably yield linear standard curves, we demonstrate that resolubilisation of the reaction end-products in DMSO overcomes this issue and that spontaneous reduction to colourless leuco-indigoidine occurs too slowly to interfere with assay accuracy...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137573/rapid-proteomics-to-prospect-and-validate-novel-bacterial-metabolism-induced-by-environmental-burden
#19
C L Yu, S Brooks, Y Li, M Subramanian, R Summers, M Pope
Understanding the pathophysiology of genes and enzymes involved in caffeine metabolism can have extracurricular benefits, such as providing distinct methylxanthines as intermediates for pharmaceutical synthesis, and also improve environmental waste remediation. The strains Pseudomonas putida CBB5 and CES may provide insights into these applications because they may both be induced to degrade caffeine, yet the latter thrives in concentrations >8.0gL(-1); threefold higher than any other bacteria. We took a novel approach toward identifying the enzymatic pathways in both Pseudomonas sp...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109187/antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activities-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-ifst062013-a-potential-probiotic
#20
Md Fakruddin, Md Nur Hossain, Monzur Morshed Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Probiotic yeast has become a field of interest to scientists in recent years. METHODS: Conventional cultural method was employed to isolate and identify yeast and standard methods were used to determine different probiotic attributes, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. RESULTS: This study reports potential probiotic properties of a strain of S. cerevisiae IFST 062013 isolated from fruit. The isolate is tolerant to a wide range of temperature and pH, high concentration of bile salt and NaCl, gastric juice, intestinal environment, α-amylase, trypsin and lysozyme...
January 21, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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