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cellular microbiology

Anne E Clatworthy, Keith P Romano, Deborah T Hung
To date, antibiotics have been identified on the basis of their ability to kill bacteria or inhibit their growth rather than directly for their capacity to improve clinical outcomes of infected patients. Although historically successful, this approach has led to the development of an antibiotic armamentarium that suffers from a number of shortcomings, including the inevitable emergence of resistance and, in certain infections, suboptimal efficacy leading to long treatment durations, infection recurrence, or high mortality and morbidity rates despite apparent bacterial sterilization...
March 19, 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
Adrian Arendowski, Justyna Szulc, Joanna Nizioł, Beata Gutarowska, Tomasz Ruman
Surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry on gold nanoparticle enhanced target (AuNPET) technique was used for metabolomic analysis and secondary metabolites detection of two mould strains - Aspergillus versicolor and Penicillium chrysogenum in model conditions on microbiological malt extract agar medium. Results obtained with the use of AuNPET-based mass spectrometry technique were compared with traditional matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) method based on α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (CHCA) and 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid (DHB) matrices...
March 16, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
Jaya D Chidambaram, Namperumalsamy V Prajna, Srikanthi Palepu, Shruti Lanjewar, Manisha Shah, Shanmugam Elakkiya, David Macleod, Prajna Lalitha, Matthew J Burton
PURPOSE: To determine cellular features of fungal (FK), Acanthamoeba (AK) and bacterial keratitis (BK) using HRT3 in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). DESIGN: Prospective observational cross-sectional study. METHODS: Eligible participants were adults with microbiologically-positive FK, AK or BK, of size ≥3mm attending Aravind Eye Hospital from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. EXCLUSION CRITERIA: descemetocele, perforation. At presentation, IVCM imaging was performed, then corneal scrapes obtained for culture/light microscopy...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Markus Basan
Elucidating strategies of resource allocation and metabolism is crucial for a better understanding of microbial phenotypes. In particular, uncovering the governing principles underlying these processes would be a crucial step for achieving a central aim of systems microbiology, which is to quantitatively predict phenotypes of microbial cells or entire populations in diverse conditions. Here, some of the key concepts for understanding cellular resource allocation and metabolism that have been suggested over the past years are reviewed...
March 12, 2018: Current Opinion in Microbiology
Jay A Fishman
Hurdles exist to clinical xenotransplantation including potential infectious transmission from non-human species to xenograft recipients. In anticipation of clinical trials of xenotransplantation, the associated infectious risks have been investigated. Swine and immunocompromised humans share some potential pathogens. Swine herpesviruses including porcine cytomegalovirus (PCMV) and porcine lymphotropic herpesvirus (PLHV) are largely species-specific and do not, generally, infect human cells. Human cellular receptors exist for porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV) which infects certain human-derived cell lines in vitro...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
Ashley York
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 26, 2018: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
Joseph T Wade, David C Grainger
The histone-like nucleoid structuring (H-NS) protein and its analogues bind large stretches of horizontally acquired AT-rich DNA in a broad range of bacterial species. Binding by H-NS silences the promoters within such DNA that would otherwise deplete the cellular pool of RNA polymerase. Selective de-repression can occur when sequence-specific DNA-binding proteins locally disrupt H-NS function; this mechanism is important for the regulation of many virulence genes. In this issue of Molecular Microbiology, Rangarajan and Schnetz show that when transcription from a neighbouring region invades an H-NS-bound locus, it can disrupt local H-NS repression...
February 23, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
Merisa B Faiz, Rose Amal, Christopher P Marquis, Elizabeth J Harry, Georgios A Sotiriou, Scott A Rice, Cindy Gunawan
Nanosilver (Ag NPs) is currently one of the most commercialized antimicrobial nanoparticles with as yet, still unresolved cytotoxicity origins. To date, research efforts have mostly described the antimicrobial contribution from the leaching of soluble silver, while the undissolved solid Ag particulates are often considered as being microbiologically inert, serving only as source of the cytotoxic Ag ions. Here, we show the rapid stimulation of lethal cellular oxidative stress in bacteria by the presence of the undissolved Ag particulates...
February 15, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Matthew T Cabeen, Richard Losick
Microfluidic technology overcomes many of the limitations to traditional analytical methods in microbiology. Unlike bulk-culture methods, it offers single-cell resolution and long observation times spanning hundreds of generations; unlike agarose pad-based microscopy, it has uniform growth conditions that can be tightly controlled. Because the continuous flow of growth medium isolates the cells in a microfluidic device from unpredictable variations in the local chemical environment caused by cell growth and metabolism, authentic changes in gene expression and cell growth in response to specific stimuli can be more confidently observed...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Guzel S Isaeva, Sharmila Fagoonee
The unexpected discovery of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) has revolutionised the history of microbiology as well as of gastroenterology in the last 30 years, with an invaluable benefit for millions of persons worldwide. The confirmation that this Gram-negative spiral bacterium could live in the stomach has rendered out-of-date the concept of inhospitality of micro-organisms in the gastric environment, after a long history of unheard reports on the presence of spiral bacteria in the stomach. The pathogenicity of H...
February 14, 2018: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Andrej Šarc, Janez Kosel, David Stopar, Martina Oder, Matevž Dular
In sufficient concentrations, the pathogenic bacteria L. pneumophila can cause a respiratory illness that is known as the "Legionnaires" disease. Moreover, toxic Shiga strains of bacteria E. coli can cause life-threatening hemolytic-uremic syndrome. Because of the recent restrictions imposed on the usage of chlorine, outbreaks of these two bacterial species have become more common. In this study we have developed a novel rotation generator and its effectiveness against bacteria Legionella pneumophila and Escherichia coli was tested for various types of hydrodynamic cavitation (attached steady cavitation, developed unsteady cavitation and supercavitation)...
April 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Jorrit J V de Vries, Anne B Chang, Julie M Marchant
BACKGROUND: Endobronchial suppuration is present in children with protracted bacterial bronchitis (PBB), bronchiectasis, and cystic fibrosis (CF). However, no studies have directly compared bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) findings across these conditions within a single center using the same techniques and with shared community pathogens. AIM: To determine; (i) the bronchoscopic findings and BAL microbiology and cellularity among children with these conditions and; (ii) the relationship between bacterial pathogens, airway cellularity and aberrant macroscopic bronchoscopic findings...
February 6, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Rosa Morra, Francesco Del Carratore, Howbeer Muhamadali, Luminita Gabriela Horga, Samantha Halliwell, Royston Goodacre, Rainer Breitling, Neil Dixon
The apparent mislocalization or excretion of cytoplasmic proteins is a commonly observed phenomenon in both bacteria and eukaryotes. However, reports on the mechanistic basis and the cellular function of this so-called "nonclassical protein secretion" are limited. Here we report that protein overexpression in recombinant cells and antibiotic-induced translation stress in wild-type Escherichia coli cells both lead to excretion of cytoplasmic protein (ECP). Condition-specific metabolomic and proteomic analyses, combined with genetic knockouts, indicate a role for both the large mechanosensitive channel (MscL) and the alternative ribosome rescue factor A (ArfA) in ECP...
January 30, 2018: MBio
Guan Xuan Wu, Han Hsiang Huang, Huoy Rou Chang, Shyh Ming Kuo
Farnesol, a natural 15-carbon organic compound, has various microbiological and cellular activities. It has been found to exert apoptosis-inducing effects against carcinoma cells as well as antiallergic and anti-inflammatory effects in vivo. In the current study, a series of formulations composed of various concentrations of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) with the addition of hyaluronan (HA) and xanthan gum (XG) was designed to evaluate the UVB-screening and H2 O2 -eliminating effects of farnesol in normal fibroblasts...
January 30, 2018: Environmental Toxicology
Salman Bagheri, Maryam Yasemi, Elmira Safaie-Qamsari, Jamal Rashidiani, Morteza Abkar, Mahmoud Hassani, Seyed Ali Mirhosseini, Hamid Kooshki
Several studies have been devoted to clear functionalization of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in different fields such as cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology and physiology. In line with the high diagnostic value of AuNPs, its therapeutic application has been intensively developed in tumour therapy, in recent years. One of the best clinical applications of AuNPs is its use in targeted delivery of anti-cancer drugs. Recent studies have focused on the application of AuNPs to treat melanoma - a malignant neoplasm sourced from melanocytes skin cells - with poor prognosis in advanced stages...
January 26, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Andreas Holbro, Helen Baldomero, Francesco Lanza, Christian Chabannon, John A Snowden, Andreas Buser, Laura Infanti, Nina Worel, Anna Sureda, Manuela Badoglio, Jakob Passweg, Chiara Bonini
BACKGROUND: There is considerable heterogeneity in processing of stem cells for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation across Europe. The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)-Joint Accreditation Committee International Society for Cellular Therapy and European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) (JACIE) standards provide minimum guidelines that, however, leave room for significant variations in practices at the individual transplantation center (TC)...
March 2018: Cytotherapy
Eduardo Corel, Raphaël Méheust, Andrew K Watson, James O McInerney, Philippe Lopez, Eric Bapteste
Extensive microbial gene flows affect how we understand virology, microbiology, medical sciences, genetic modification and evolutionary biology. Phylogenies only provide a narrow view of these gene flows: plasmids and viruses, lacking core genes, cannot be attached to cellular life on phylogenetic trees. Yet viruses and plasmids have a major impact on cellular evolution, affecting both the gene content and the dynamics of microbial communities. Using bipartite graphs that connect up to 149,000 clusters of homologous genes with 8217 related and unrelated genomes, we can in particular show patterns of gene sharing that do not map neatly with the organismal phylogeny...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Renata Báez-Saldaña, Uriel Rumbo-Nava, Araceli Escobar-Rojas, Patricia Castillo-González, Santiago León-Dueñas, Teresa Aguirre-Pérez, María Eugenia Vázquez-Manríquez
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have demonstrated that closed pleural biopsy (CPB) has a sensitivity of less than 60% for diagnosing malignancy. Therefore, controversy has recently emerged regarding the value of CPB as a diagnostic test. Our objective was to assess the accuracy of CPB in diagnosing malignancy in patients with pleural effusion. METHODS: This was a prospective 8-year study of individuals who underwent CPB to establish the etiology of pleural effusion...
November 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
Andrea Du Toit
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
Giovanni Di Teodoro, Giuseppe Marruchella, Andrea Di Provvido, Gianluca Orsini, Gaetano Federico Ronchi, Anna Rita D'Angelo, Nicola D'Alterio, Flavio Sacchini, Massimo Scacchia
Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) is a severe disease caused by Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. mycoides (Mmm). Knowledge on CBPP pathogenesis is fragmented and hampered by the limited availability of laboratory animal and in vitro models of investigation. The purpose of the present study is to assess respiratory explants as useful tools to study the early stages of CBPP. Explants were obtained from trachea, bronchi and lungs of slaughtered cattle, tested negative for Mycoplasma spp. and for the major bacterial and viral respiratory pathogens...
January 12, 2018: Veterinary Research
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