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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103254/a-highly-active-endo-levanase-bt1760-of-a-dominant-mammalian-gut-commensal-bacteroides-thetaiotaomicron-cleaves-not-only-various-bacterial-levans-but-also-levan-of-timothy-grass
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Karin Mardo, Triinu Visnapuu, Heiki Vija, Anneli Aasamets, Katrin Viigand, Tiina Alamäe
Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, an abundant commensal of the human gut, degrades numerous complex carbohydrates. Recently, it was reported to grow on a β-2,6-linked polyfructan levan produced by Zymomonas mobilis degrading the polymer into fructooligosaccharides (FOS) with a cell surface bound endo-levanase BT1760. The FOS are consumed by B. thetaiotaomicron, but also by other gut bacteria, including health-promoting bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. Here we characterize biochemical properties of BT1760, including the activity of BT1760 on six bacterial levans synthesized by the levansucrase Lsc3 of Pseudomonas syringae pv...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102763/the-best-defense-is-a-good-protease-offense-how-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-evades-mucosal-immunity-in-the-lung
#2
Lisa A Miller
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101156/clinical-and-microbiological-profile-of-babies-born-with-risk-of-neonatal-sepsis
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Bin Zhou, Xiao Liu, Jie-Bin Wu, Bao Jin, Yan-Yan Zhang
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of antibiotics on the condition of babies born with risk of neonatal sepsis. From March, 2014 to February, 2015, 200 neonates born with risk factors of septicemia in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Xuzhou Central Hospital, were enrolled in the present study. Venous blood samples were collected within 6 h of birth using aseptic technique. Part of the blood specimens were cultured using BACTEC PEDS PLUS/F Culture Vials. Subsequently, the subcultures were prepared from each presumptive positive vial and bacterial isolates were identified...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100357/-hemoptysis-in-adults-with-bronchiectasis-correlation-with-disease-severity-and-exacerbation-risk
#4
W J Guan, J J Yuan, Y H Gao, H M Li, N S Zhong, R C Chen
Objective: To investigate the association between hemoptysis and disease severity and risks of acute exacerbations in patients with bronchiectasis. Methods: Between September 2012 and January 2014, we recruited 148 patients (56 males, 92 females, mean age: 44.6 years) with clinically stable bronchiectasis, who were classified into hemoptysis group (36 males, 70 females, mean age: 45.6 years) and non-hemoptysis group (20 males, 22 females, mean age: 41.8 years). We inquired the past history, and evaluated chest imaging characteristics, lung function, cough sensitivity assessed using capsaicin cough challenge tests, and airway inflammation...
January 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099614/dermoscopy-a-useful-tool-for-assisting-the-diagnosis-of-pseudomonas-folliculitis
#5
Enzo Errichetti, Giuseppe Stinco
This report describes the usefulness of dermoscopy as a supportive diagnostic tool in a pseudomonas folliculitis case.
November 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099040/effect-of-bacoside-a-on-growth-and-biofilm-formation-by-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#6
Debaprasad Parai, Ekramul Islam, Jayati Mitra, Samir Kumar Mukherjee
The goal of this study was to evaluate the antibiofilm and antimicrobial activities of Bacoside A, a formulation of phytochemicals from Bacopa monnieri, against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which are known to form biofilms as one of their virulence traits. The antimicrobial effects of Bacoside A were tested using the minimum inhibitory concentration and minimum bactericidal concentration assays. A cell membrane disruption assay was performed to find its possible target site. MTT assay, crystal violet assay, and microscopic studies were performed to assess the antibiofilm activity...
October 24, 2016: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098790/synthesis-structure-and-antimicrobial-properties-of-novel-benzalkonium-chloride-analogues-with-pyridine-rings
#7
Bogumił Brycki, Izabela Małecka, Anna Koziróg, Anna Otlewska
Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are a group of compounds of great economic significance. They are widely used as emulsifiers, detergents, solubilizers and corrosion inhibitors in household and industrial products. Due to their excellent antimicrobial activity QACs have also gained a special meaning as antimicrobials in hospitals, agriculture and the food industry. The main representatives of the microbiocidal QACs are the benzalkonium chlorides (BACs), which exhibit biocidal activity against most bacteria, fungi, algae and some viruses...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098548/nosocomial-infections-with-imp-19-producing-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-linked-to-contaminated-sinks-france
#8
Lucie Amoureux, Karena Riedweg, Angélique Chapuis, Julien Bador, Eliane Siebor, André Péchinot, Marie-Lorraine Chrétien, Claire de Curraize, Catherine Neuwirth
We isolated IMP-19-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa from 7 patients with nosocomial infections linked to contaminated sinks in France. We showed that blaIMP-19 was located on various class 1 integrons among 8 species of gram-negative bacilli detected in sinks: P. aeruginosa, Achromobacter xylosoxidans, A. aegrifaciens, P. putida, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, P. mendocina, Comamonas testosteroni, and Sphingomonas sp.
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098343/mn-accumulation-in-a-submerged-plant-egeria-densa-hydrocharitaceae-is-mediated-by-epiphytic-bacteria
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Kousuke Tsuji, Takuma Asayama, Nozomi Shiraki, Shota Inoue, Erina Okuda, Chizuru Hayashi, Kazuma Nishida, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Emiko Harada
Many aquatic plants act as biosorbents, removing and recovering metals from the environment. To assess the biosorbent activity of Egeria densa, a submerged freshwater macrophyte, plants were collected monthly from a circular drainage area in Lake Biwa basin and the Mn concentrations of the plants were analyzed. Mn concentrations in these plants were generally above those of terrestrial hyperaccumulators, and were markedly higher in spring and summer than in autumn. Mn concentrations were much lower in plants incubated in hydroponic medium at various pH levels with and without Mn supplementation than in field-collected plants...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098228/unique-bacteria-community-composition-and-co-occurrence-in-the-milk-of-different-ruminants
#10
Zhipeng Li, André-Denis G Wright, Yifeng Yang, Huazhe Si, Guangyu Li
Lactation provides the singular source of nourishment to the offspring of mammals. This nutrition source also contains a diverse microbiota affecting the development and health of the newborn. Here, we examined the milk microbiota in water deer (Hydropotes inermis, the most primitive member of the family Cervidae), reindeer (Rangifer tarandus, the oldest semi-domesticated cervid), and the dairy goat (Capra aegagrus, member of the family Bovidae), to determine if common milk microbiota species were present across all three ruminant species...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097633/meropenem-dosing-based-on-a-population-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-model-in-elderly-patients-with-infection-of-the-lower-respiratory-tract
#11
Qing-Tao Zhou, Bei He, Ning Shen, Ying Liang, Li-Na Sun
BACKGROUND: Meropenem is used for the treatment of severe lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the clinical benefits of a strategy of meropenem dosing based on a population pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) model in elderly patients with an LRTI. METHODS: In this prospective single-center open-label randomized controlled trial, 79 elderly patients with an LRTI caused by Gram-negative bacilli were randomized to a study group (SG) or a control group (CG)...
January 17, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097599/biosynthesis-characterization-and-bioactivities-evaluation-of-silver-and-gold-nanoparticles-mediated-by-the-roots-of-chinese-herbal-angelica-pubescens-maxim
#12
Josua Markus, Dandan Wang, Yeon-Ju Kim, Sungeun Ahn, Ramya Mathiyalagan, Chao Wang, Deok Chun Yang
A facile synthesis and biological applications of silver (DH-AgNps) and gold nanoparticles (DH-AuNps) mediated by the aqueous extract of Angelicae Pubescentis Radix (Du Huo) are explored. Du Huo is a medicinal root belonging to Angelica pubescens Maxim which possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. The absorption spectra of nanoparticles in varying root extract and metal ion concentration, pH, reaction temperatures, and time were recorded by ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097538/the-role-of-glutamine-synthetase-in-energy-production-and-glutamine-metabolism-during-oxidative-stress
#13
Nohaiah Aldarini, Azhar A Alhasawi, Sean C Thomas, Vasu D Appanna
Oxidative stress is known to severely impede aerobic adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis. However, the metabolically-versatile Pseudomonas fluorescens survives this challenge by invoking alternative ATP-generating networks. When grown in a medium with glutamine as the sole organic nutrient in the presence of H2O2, the microbe utilizes glutamine synthetase (GS) to modulate its energy budget. The activity of this enzyme that mediates the release of energy stored in glutamine was sharply increased in the stressed cells compared to the controls...
January 17, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097503/blended-chitosan-paste-for-infection-prevention-preliminary-and-preclinical-evaluations
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Joel M Berretta, Jessica A Jennings, Harry S Courtney, Karen E Beenken, Mark S Smeltzer, Warren O Haggard
BACKGROUND: Local drug delivery devices offer a promising method for delivering vancomycin and amikacin for musculoskeletal wounds. However, current local delivery devices such as beads and sponges do not necessarily allow for full coverage of a wound surface with eluted antibiotics and do not address the need for reducing the antibiotic diffusion distance to help prevent contamination by bacteria or other microorganisms. We blended chitosan/polyethylene glycol (PEG) pastes/sponges to increase biocompatibility and improve antibiotic coverage within the wound...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097270/prospective-study-analyzing-risk-factors-and-characteristics-of-healthcare-associated-infections-in-a-urology-ward
#15
José Medina-Polo, Raquel Sopeña-Sutil, Raúl Benítez-Sala, Alba Lara-Isla, Manuel Alonso-Isa, Javier Gil-Moradillo, Juan Justo-Quintas, Esther García-Rojo, Daniel Antonio González-Padilla, Juan Bautista Passas-Martínez, Ángel Tejido-Sánchez
PURPOSE: Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in urological patients have special features due to specific risk factors. Our objective was to evaluate the characteristics and risk factors for HAIs in patients hospitalized in a Urology ward. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated prospectively, from 2012 to 2015, the incidence, types and risk factor for HAIs, microbiological and resistance patterns. RESULTS: The incidence of HAIs was 6.3%. The most common types were urinary infections (70...
January 2017: Investigative and Clinical Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097041/effect-of-catechins-green-tea-extract-and-methylxanthines-in-combination-with-gentamicin-against-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-combination-therapy-against-resistant-bacteria
#16
Bibi Sedigheh Fazly Bazzaz, Sahar Sarabandi, Bahman Khameneh, Hossein Hosseinzadeh
OBJECTIVES: Bacterial resistant infections have become a global health challenge and threaten the society's health. Thus, an urgent need exists to find ways to combat resistant pathogens. One promising approach to overcoming bacterial resistance is the use of herbal products. Green tea catechins, the major green tea polyphenols, show antimicrobial activity against resistant pathogens. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of catechins, green tea extract, and methylxanthines in combination with gentamicin against standard and clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus (S...
December 2016: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096997/bronchial-tree-shaped-mucous-plug-in-cystic-fibrosis-imaging-guided-management
#17
Ignazio Salamone, Baldassare Mondello, Maria Cristina Lucanto, Simona Cristadoro, Mariangela Lombardo, Mario Barone
We report the case of a 17-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis (CF) who presented with persistent cough; after starting intravenous antibiotics for Pseudomonas aeruginosa he underwent a computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest. CT revealed extensive consolidation in the right lower lobe with relative bronchus obstruction; the cause of bronchial obstruction was detected in the mediastinal window, corresponding to a bronchial tree-shaped, thick, tenacious mucous plug. This was extracted 48 h after unresponsive bronchial washing and endobronchial instillation of rhDNAse, using foreign-body forceps, with subsequent resolution of cough...
March 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096975/a-prospective-survey-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-colonization-and-infection-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#18
Regev Cohen, Frida Babushkin, Shoshana Cohen, Marina Afraimov, Maurice Shapiro, Martina Uda, Efrat Khabra, Amos Adler, Ronen Ben Ami, Svetlana Paikin
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) surveillance may improve empiric antimicrobial therapy, since colonizing strains frequently cause infections. This colonization may be 'endogenous' or 'exogenous', and the source determines infection control measures. We prospectively investigated the sources of PA, the clinical impact of PA colonization upon admission and the dynamics of colonization at different body sites throughout the intensive care unit stay. METHODS: Intensive care patients were screened on admission and weekly from the pharynx, endotracheal aspirate, rectum and urine...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096511/paper-of-note-in-science-355-6321
#19
Annalisa M VanHook
This week's article shows that a demethylase reduces the ability of the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa to form biofilms under anoxic conditions.
January 17, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096272/anti-leukemia-efficacy-and-mechanisms-of-action-of-sl-101-a-novel-anti-cd123-antibody-conjugate-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#20
Lina Han, Jeffrey L Jorgensen, Christopher Brooks, Ce Shi, Qi Zhang, Graciela M Nogueras González, Antonio Cavazos, Rongqing Pan, Hong Mu, Sa Wang, Jin Zhou, Gheath Alatrash, Stefan O Ciurea, Michael Rettig, John F DiPersio, Jorge E Cortes, Xuelin Huang, Hagop Kantarjian, Michael Andreeff, Farhad Ravandi-Kashani, Marina Konopleva
PURPOSE: The persistence of leukemia stem cells (LSC)-containing cells after induction therapy may contribute to minimal residual disease (MRD) and relapse in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We investigated the clinical relevance of CD34+CD123+ LSC-containing cells and anti-leukemia potency of a novel antibody-conjugate SL-101 in targeting CD123+ LSCs. Experimental Methods and Results: In a retrospective study on 86 newly diagnosed AML patients, we demonstrated that a higher proportion of CD34+CD123+ LSC-containing cells in remission was associated with persistent MRD, and predicted shorter relapse-free survival in patients with poor-risk cytogenetics...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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