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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913024/impact-of-wastewater-treatment-plant-discharge-on-the-contamination-of-river-biofilms-by-pharmaceuticals-and-antibiotic-resistance
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Elodie Aubertheau, Thibault Stalder, Leslie Mondamert, Marie-Cécile Ploy, Christophe Dagot, Jérôme Labanowski
Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are one of the main sources of pharmaceutical residue in surface water. Epilithic biofilms were collected downstream from 12 WWTPs of various types and capacities to study the impacts of their discharge through the changes in biofilm composition (compared to a corresponding upstream biofilm) in terms of pharmaceutical concentrations and bacterial community modifications (microbial diversity and resistance integrons). The biofilm is a promising indicator to evaluate the impacts of WWTPs on the surrounding aquatic environment...
November 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911800/an-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-hydrolase-fold-protein-in-the-biosynthesis-of-thiostrepton-exhibits-a-dual-activity-for-endopeptidyl-hydrolysis-and-epoxide-ring-opening-macrocyclization
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Qingfei Zheng, Shoufeng Wang, Panpan Duan, Rijing Liao, Dandan Chen, Wen Liu
Thiostrepton (TSR), an archetypal bimacrocyclic thiopeptide antibiotic that arises from complex posttranslational modifications of a genetically encoded precursor peptide, possesses a quinaldic acid (QA) moiety within the side-ring system of a thiopeptide-characteristic framework. Focusing on selective engineering of the QA moiety, i.e., by fluorination or methylation, we have recently designed and biosynthesized biologically more active TSR analogs. Using these analogs as chemical probes, we uncovered an unusual indirect mechanism of TSR-type thiopeptides, which are able to act against intracellular pathogens through host autophagy induction in addition to direct targeting of bacterial ribosome...
November 23, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908699/fast-methodology-for-the-determination-of-a-broad-set-of-antibiotics-and-some-of-their-metabolites-in-seafood
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Albert Serra-Compte, Diana Álvarez-Muñoz, Sara Rodríguez-Mozaz, Damià Barceló
The presence of antibiotics in seafood for human consumption may pose a risk for consumers. A methodology for the analysis of antibiotics in seafood based on QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe) extraction, followed by detection and quantification using liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry was developed. The analytical method was evaluated for the determination of 23 antibiotics (including parent compounds and some metabolites) in fish, mussels and clams. Recoveries ranged between 30% and 70% for most of the compounds and method detection and quantification limits (MDLs and MQLs) were between 0...
November 28, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908240/new-fluorescent-macrolide-derivatives-for-studying-interactions-of-antibiotics-and-their-analogs-with-the-ribosomal-exit-tunnel
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A G Tereshchenkov, A V Shishkina, V V Karpenko, V A Chertkov, A L Konevega, P S Kasatsky, A A Bogdanov, N V Sumbatyan
Novel fluorescent derivatives of macrolide antibiotics related to tylosin bearing rhodamine, fluorescein, Alexa Fluor 488, BODIPY FL, and nitrobenzoxadiazole (NBD) residues were synthesized. The formation of complexes of these compounds with 70S E. coli ribosomes was studied by measuring the fluorescence polarization depending on the ribosome amount at constant concentration of the fluorescent substance. With the synthesized fluorescent tylosin derivatives, the dissociation constants for ribosome complexes with several known antibiotics and macrolide analogs previously obtained were determined...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907154/pheromone-recognition-and-selectivity-by-comr-proteins-among-streptococcus-species
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Erin Shanker, Donald A Morrison, Antoine Talagas, Sylvie Nessler, Michael J Federle, Gerd Prehna
Natural transformation, or competence, is an ability inherent to bacteria for the uptake of extracellular DNA. This process is central to bacterial evolution and allows for the rapid acquirement of new traits, such as antibiotic resistance in pathogenic microorganisms. For the Gram-positive bacteria genus Streptococcus, genes required for competence are under the regulation of quorum sensing (QS) mediated by peptide pheromones. One such system, ComRS, consists of a peptide (ComS) that is processed (XIP), secreted, and later imported into the cytoplasm, where it binds and activates the transcription factor ComR...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907108/mupirocin-in-the-treatment-of-staphylococcal-infections-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-a-meta-analysis
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Jong Seung Kim, Sam Hyun Kwon
BACKGROUND: Saline irrigation of the nasal cavity is a classic and effective treatment for acute or chronic rhinosinusitis. Topical antibiotics such as mupirocin have been widely used for recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of saline irrigation using mupirocin. METHODS: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis of mupirocin saline irrigation were performed using EMBASE, MEDLINE, and Cochrane library through December 2015...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905486/biochemical-and-structural-analysis-of-a-novel-esterase-from-caulobacter-crescentus-related-to-penicillin-binding-protein-pbp
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Bum Han Ryu, Tri Duc Ngo, Wanki Yoo, Sojeong Lee, Boo-Young Kim, Euijoo Lee, Kyeong Kyu Kim, T Doohun Kim
Considering that the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant pathogenic bacteria is largely increasing, a thorough understanding of penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) is of great importance and crucial significance because this enzyme family is a main target of β-lactam-based antibiotics. In this work, combining biochemical and structural analysis, we present new findings that provide novel insights into PBPs. Here, a novel PBP homologue (CcEstA) from Caulobacter crescentus CB15 was characterized using native-PAGE, mass spectrometry, gel filtration, CD spectroscopy, fluorescence, reaction kinetics, and enzyme assays toward various substrates including nitrocefin...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896609/moral-polemics-of-far-reaching-economic-consequences-of-antibiotics-overuse
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Marek Vochozka, Anna Maroušková, Petr Šuleř
The unethical overuse of antibiotics to seek to achieve a shortening of the treatment period raises the cost of health services and poses a threat to humanity due to the gradual development of antibiotic resistance. Other consequences of our modern passion for antibiotics have appeared. Small concentrations of antibiotic residues in sewage waters slow down the metabolism of anaerobic microorganism thereby reducing the overall performance of the anaerobic fermentation used to detoxify and digest sewage and other collected organic wastes...
November 28, 2016: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891122/membrane-active-epithelial-keratin-6a-fragments-kamps-are-unique-human-antimicrobial-peptides-with-a-non-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-structure
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Judy T Y Lee, Guangshun Wang, Yu Tong Tam, Connie Tam
Antibiotic resistance is a pressing global health problem that threatens millions of lives each year. Natural antimicrobial peptides and their synthetic derivatives, including peptoids and peptidomimetics, are promising candidates as novel antibiotics. Recently, the C-terminal glycine-rich fragments of human epithelial keratin 6A were found to have bactericidal and cytoprotective activities. Here, we used an improved 2-dimensional NMR method coupled with a new protocol for structural refinement by low temperature simulated annealing to characterize the solution structure of these kerain-derived antimicrobial peptides (KAMPs)...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889221/the-swedish-infant-high-grade-reflux-trial-study-presentation-and-vesicoureteral-reflux-outcome
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Josefin Nordenström, Gundela Holmdahl, Per Brandström, Rune Sixt, Eira Stokland, Ulla Sillén, Sofia Sjöström
INTRODUCTION: High-grade vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) in infants is associated with congenital renal abnormalities, recurrent UTI, and bladder dysfunction. Endoscopic treatment (ET) is a well-established method in children with low to moderate reflux grades, but there is a lack of randomised controlled trials regarding the use of ET versus continuous antibiotic prophylaxis in infants with high-grade VUR. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine whether high-grade VUR in infants can be treated with endoscopic injection and whether ET is superior to antibiotic prophylaxis in the treatment of VUR...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886775/a-simple-fast-and-sensitive-screening-lc-esi-ms-ms-method-for-antibiotics-in-fish
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Letícia Rocha Guidi, Flávio Alves Santos, Ana Cláudia S R Ribeiro, Christian Fernandes, Luiza H M Silva, Maria Beatriz A Gloria
The objective of this study was to develop and validate a fast, sensitive and simple liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) method for the screening of six classes of antibiotics (aminoglycosides, beta-lactams, macrolides, quinolones, sulfonamides and tetracyclines) in fish. Samples were extracted with trichloroacetic acid. LC separation was achieved on a Zorbax Eclipse XDB C18 column and gradient elution using 0.1% heptafluorobutyric acid in water and acetonitrile as mobile phase...
January 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879173/residue-depletion-of-oxytetracycline-otc-and-4-epi-oxytetracycline-4-epi-otc-in-broiler-chicken-s-claws-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-lc-ms-ms
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J Cornejo, E Pokrant, D Araya, C Briceño, H Hidalgo, A Maddaleno, C Araya-Jordán, B San Martin
Antibiotics are widely used in poultry production for treatment of bacterial diseases. However, residues may remain in products and by-products destined for human consumption or animal feeding. The claws of chickens are a by-product from the poultry industry, which can directly or indirectly enter the food chain as meals destined to feed other productive animals. Thus, it becomes necessary to determine and quantify antimicrobial residues present in this matrix. The objective of the present study was to assess the depletion of oxytetracycline (OTC) and its metabolite 4-epi-OTC in broiler chicken's claws...
November 23, 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876749/anti-fungal-activity-of-ctn-15-34-the-c-terminal-peptide-fragment-of-crotalicidin-a-rattlesnake-venom-gland-cathelicidin
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Carolina Sidrim P Cavalcante, Cláudio B Falcão, Raquel Os Fontenelle, David Andreu, Gandhi Rádis-Baptista
Crotalicidin (Ctn), a 34-residue cathelicidin from a South American rattlesnake, and its fragment (Ctn[15-34]) have shown anti-infective and cytotoxic activities against Gram-negative bacteria and certain tumor lines, respectively. The extent of such effects has been related to physicochemical characteristics such as helicity and hydrophobicity. We now report the anti-fungal activity of Ctn and its fragments (Ctn[1-14]) and (Ctn[15-34]). MIC determination and luminescent cell viability assays were used to evaluate the anti-infective activity of Ctn and its fragments (Ctn[1-14]) and (Ctn[15-34]) as anti-fungal agents against opportunistic yeast and dermatophytes...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876465/is-there-still-a-role-for-irrigation-and-debridement-with-liner-exchange-in-acute-periprosthetic-total-knee-infection
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Andrés F Duque, Zachary D Post, Rex W Lutz, Fabio R Orozco, Sergio H Pulido, Alvin C Ong
BACKGROUND: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is an important cause of failure in total knee arthroplasty. Irrigation and debridement including liner exchange (I&D/L) success rates have varied for acute PJI. The purpose of this study is to present results of a specific protocol for I&D/L with retention of total knee arthroplasty components. METHODS: Sixty-seven consecutive I&D/L patients were retrospectively evaluated. Inclusion criteria for I&D/L were as follows: fewer than 3 weeks of symptoms, no immunologic compromise, intact soft tissue sleeve, and well-fixed components...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876226/effect-of-the-selective-pressure-of-sub-lethal-level-of-heavy-metals-on-the-fate-and-distribution-of-args-in-the-catchment-scale
#15
Yan Xu, Jian Xu, Daqing Mao, Yi Luo
Our previous study demonstrated that high levels of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in the Haihe River were directly attributed to the excessive use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. The antibiotic residues of the Xiangjiang River determined in this study were much lower than those of the Haihe River, but the relative abundance of 16 detected ARGs (sul1, sul2 and sul3, qepA, qnrA, qnrB, qnrD and qnrS, tetA, tetB, tetW, tetM, tetQ and tetO, ermB and ermC), were as high as the Haihe River particularly in the downstream of the Xiangjiang River which is close to the extensive metal mining...
November 18, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873208/validation-procedure-for-multiplex-antibiotic-immunoassays-using-flow-based-chemiluminescence-microarrays
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Verena Katharina Meyer, Daniela Meloni, Fabio Olivo, Erwin Märtlbauer, Richard Dietrich, Reinhard Niessner, Michael Seidel
Small molecules like antibiotics or other pharmaceuticals can be detected and quantified, among others, with indirect competitive immunoassays. With regard to multiplex quantification, these tests can be performed as chemiluminescence microarray immunoassays, in which, in principle, the analyte in the sample and the same substance immobilized on the chip surface compete for a limited number of specific antibody binding sites. The amount of the specific primary antibody that has been bound to the surface is visualized by means of a chemiluminescence reaction...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873114/dissipation-of-antibiotics-in-three-different-agricultural-soils-after-repeated-application-of-biosolids
#17
Lu Yang, Longhua Wu, Wuxing Liu, Yujuan Huang, Yongming Luo, Peter Christie
Application of biosolids to agricultural soils is one of the pathways by which antibiotics can be introduced into agricultural ecosystems. A pot experiment was conducted with repeated soil amendment with biosolids to examine the concentrations of four classes of antibiotics (tetracyclines, sulfonamides, fluoroquinolones, and macrolides) and their dissipation in three different soil types in wheat-rice rotations. Antibiotics accumulate in the soils after repeated application of biosolids. Fluoroquinolones showed stronger accumulation and persistence in the test soils than the other three classes of antibiotics...
November 21, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872164/functional-consequences-of-b-repeat-sequence-variation-in-the-staphylococcal-biofilm-protein-aap-deciphering-the-assembly-code
#18
Catherine L Shelton, Deborah G Conrady, Andrew B Herr
Staphylococcus epidermidis is an opportunistic pathogen that can form robust biofilms that render the bacteria resistant to antibiotic action and immune responses. Intercellular adhesion in S. epidermidis biofilms is mediated by the cell wall-associated Accumulation-Associated Protein (Aap), via zinc-mediated self-assembly of its B-repeat region. This region contains up to 17 nearly-identical sequence repeats, with each repeat assumed to be functionally equivalent. However, Aap B-repeats exist as two subtypes, defined by a cluster of consensus or variant amino acids...
November 21, 2016: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866817/discovery-of-novel-n-phenyl-1-4-dihydropyridines-with-a-dual-mode-of-antimycobacterial-activity
#19
Fabian Lentz, Marc Hemmer, Norbert Reiling, Andreas Hilgeroth
There is an urgent need for novel drugs for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) due to the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance among Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) strains against first-line and second-line therapeutics. We developed novel N-phenyl 1,4-dihydropyridines as potential antituberculotic agents. The observed activity depends on the substitution patterns of the aromatic residues. N-unsubstituted 1,4-dihydropyridines are known inhibitors of the cancer-relevant transmembrane efflux pump ABCB1...
December 15, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864176/insights-into-the-biosynthesis-of-duramycin
#20
Liujie Huo, Ayşe Ökesli, Ming Zhao, Wilfred A van der Donk
: Lantibiotics are ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified antimicrobial peptides that are characterized by the thioether cross-linked bisamino acids lanthionine (Lan) and methyllanthionine (MeLan). Duramycin contains 19 amino acids including one Lan and two MeLan, an unusual lysinoalanine (Lal) bridge formed from the ϵ-amino group of lysine 19 and a serine residue at position 6, and an erythro-3-hydroxy-L-aspartic acid at position 15. These modifications are important for the interactions of duramycin with its biological target phosphatidylethanolamine (PE)...
November 18, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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