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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813664/intestinal-dysbiosis-and-biotin-deprivation-induce-alopecia-through-overgrowth-of-lactobacillus-murinus-in-mice
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Atsushi Hayashi, Yohei Mikami, Kentaro Miyamoto, Nobuhiko Kamada, Toshiro Sato, Shinta Mizuno, Makoto Naganuma, Toshiaki Teratani, Ryo Aoki, Shinji Fukuda, Wataru Suda, Masahira Hattori, Masayuki Amagai, Manabu Ohyama, Takanori Kanai
Metabolism by the gut microbiota affects host physiology beyond the gastrointestinal tract. Here, we find that antibiotic-induced dysbiosis, in particular, overgrowth of Lactobacillus murinus (L. murinus), impaired gut metabolic function and led to the development of alopecia. While deprivation of dietary biotin per se did not affect skin physiology, its simultaneous treatment with vancomycin resulted in hair loss in specific pathogen-free (SPF) mice. Vancomycin treatment induced the accumulation of L. murinus in the gut, which consumes residual biotin and depletes available biotin in the gut...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811266/expression-and-purification-of-a-difficult-sarcomeric-protein-telethonin
#2
Huanbo Tan, Wencheng Su, Pengju Wang, Wenyu Zhang, Michael Sattler, Peijian Zou
Telethonin anchors the N-terminal region of titin in the Z-disk of the sarcomere by binding to two immunoglobulin-like (Ig) domains (Z1 and Z2) of titin (Z1Z2). Thereby telethonin plays an important role in myofibril assembly and in muscle development and functional regulation. The expression and purification of recombinant telethonin is very challenging. In previous studies, recombinant telethonin expressed from E. coli was refolded in the presence of Z1Z2. Here, we report various strategies to establish a reliable and efficient protocol for the preparation of telethonin and titin Z1Z2 protein...
August 12, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811083/phenotypic-chlorhexidine-and-triclosan-susceptibility-in-clinical-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-in-australia
#3
C Hughes, J Ferguson
Antiseptics such as chlorhexidine gluconate and triclosan are widely used in healthcare settings for both skin antisepsis and decolonisation of Staphylococcus aureus. We determined the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 198 methicillin susceptible and resistant Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates to both chlorhexidine and triclosan using an agar dilution method. Of these, 10% (19/198) showed a raised MIC to chlorhexidine and 3% (6/198) showed an elevated MIC to triclosan. The multilocus sequence type (MLST) of each isolate was predicted using a binary method, and although ST93-MRSA-IV was the most common, ST22-MRSA-IV was shown to have statistically higher chlorhexidine MIC values compared with non ST22-MRSA-IV isolates (z = -8...
August 12, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808126/growth-and-stress-induced-pasta-kinase-phosphorylation-in-enterococcus-faecalis
#4
Benjamin D Labbe, Christopher J Kristich
Transmembrane Ser/Thr kinases containing extracellular PASTA domains are ubiquitous among Actinobacteria and Firmicutes. Such PASTA kinases regulate critical processes including antibiotic resistance, cell division, toxin production, virulence, and are essential for viability in certain organisms. Based on in vitro studies with purified extra- and intracellular fragments of PASTA kinases, a model for signaling has been proposed, in which the extracellular PASTA domains bind as-yet-undefined ligands - typically thought to be peptidoglycan, or fragments thereof - to drive kinase dimerization, which leads to enhanced kinase autophosphorylation and enhanced phosphorylation of substrates...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808005/conformational-dynamics-of-1-deoxy-d-xylulose-5-phosphate-synthase-on-ligand-binding-revealed-by-h-d-exchange-ms
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Jieyu Zhou, Luying Yang, Alicia DeColli, Caren Freel Meyers, Natalia S Nemeria, Frank Jordan
The enzyme 1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate synthase (DXPS) is a key enzyme in the methylerythritol 4-phosphate pathway and is a target for the development of antibiotics, herbicides, and antimalarial drugs. DXPS catalyzes the formation of 1-deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate (DXP), a branch point metabolite in isoprenoid biosynthesis, and is also used in the biosynthesis of thiamin (vitamin B1) and pyridoxal (vitamin B6). Previously, we found that DXPS is unique among the superfamily of thiamin diphosphate (ThDP)-dependent enzymes in stabilizing the predecarboxylation intermediate, C2-alpha-lactyl-thiamin diphosphate (LThDP), which has subsequent decarboxylation that is triggered by d-glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate (GAP)...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802127/investigations-on-the-molecular-mode-of-action-of-the-novel-immunostimulator-zelnate-activation-of-the-cgas-sting-pathway-in-mammalian-cells
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Thomas Ilg
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is usually prevented or treated with vaccines and/or antibiotics. The use of antibiotics is, however, of concern due to the potential promotion of microbial resistance and the occurrence of residues. Recently an alternative aid in the treatment of BRD, the cationic lipid/bacterial plasmid DNA liposome-based immunomodulator ZelNate, has entered the veterinary market. In the present study, we provide data on the molecular mode of action of ZelNate. Despite the presence of numerous non-methylated CpG motifs in its plasmid DNA, ZelNate proved to be inactive on human and mouse toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) in cell culture, in both recombinant and natural cellular receptor settings...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801462/protein-glutaminylation-is-a-yeast-specific-posttranslational-modification-of-elongation-factor-1a
#7
Thomas Jank, Yury Belyi, Christophe Wirth, Sabine Rospert, Zehan Hu, Jörn Dengjel, Tina Tzivelekidis, Gregers Rom Andersen, Carola Hunte, Andreas Schlosser, Klaus Aktories
Ribosomal translation factors are fundamental for protein synthesis and highly conserved in all kingdoms of life. The essential eukaryotic elongation factor 1A (eEF1A), delivers aminoacyl tRNAs to the A-site of the translating 80S ribosome. Several studies have revealed that eEF1A is posttranslationally modified. Using MS analysis, site-directed mutagenesis, and X-ray structural data analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae eEF1A, we identified a posttranslational modification in which the alpha amino group of mono-L-glutamine is covalently linked to the side chain of glutamate 45 in eEF1A...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795656/development-and-validation-of-multi-residue-analysis-for-tetracycline-antibiotics-in-feed-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-mass-spectrometry
#8
Ewelina Patyra, Krzysztof Kwiatek
A new multi-residue method for the analysis of the tetracycline antibiotics oxytetracycline, tetracycline, chlortetracycline, and doxycycline was developed and validated for animal feed. After extraction with 0.1M Na2EDTA-McIlvaine buffer (pH 4), the samples were centrifuged, purified by SPE (Strata-X-CW cartridges) and analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. Validation of the method was performed according to the guidelines indicated in Commission Decision 2002/657/EC...
August 10, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792642/wastewater-pollution-differently-affects-the-antibiotic-resistance-gene-pool-and-biofilm-bacterial-communities-across-streambed-compartments
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Jèssica Subirats, Xavier Triadó-Margarit, Ladislav Mandaric, Vicenç Acuña, José Luis Balcázar, Sergi Sabater, Carles M Borrego
Wastewater discharges introduce antibiotic residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) into surface waters. Both inputs directly affect the streambed resistome, either by exerting a selective pressure that favor the proliferation of resistant phenotypes or by enriching the resident communities with wastewater-associated ARB. Here, we investigated the impact of raw and treated urban wastewater discharges on epilithic (growing on rocks) and epipsammic (growing on sandy substrata) streambed biofilms. The effects were assessed by comparing control and impact sites i) on the composition of bacterial communities; ii) on the abundance of twelve antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) encoding resistance to β-lactams, fluoroquinolones, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, macrolides and vancomycin, as well as the class 1 integron-integrase gene (intI1); and iii) on the occurrence of wastewater-associated bacteria, including putative pathogens, and their potential linkage to target ARGs...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791233/non-surgical-management-of-recurrent-urinary-tract-infections-in-women
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REVIEW
Paul A Bergamin, Anthony J Kiosoglous
One in three women will experience a clinically significant urinary tract infection (UTI) by age twenty-four and almost half will have at least one in their lifetime. Recurrent UTIs (rUTIs) are defined as having greater than two infections in a 6-month period, or three infections over twelve months, with complete resolution for at least two weeks. These may be due to relapse from incomplete treatment (persistence) or re-infection (new source). It may be difficult to distinguish between the two, where the same organism is cultured...
July 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782856/an-on-site-transformation-strategy-for-treatment-of-bacterial-infection
#11
Guo-Bin Qi, Di Zhang, Fu-Hua Liu, Zeng-Ying Qiao, Hao Wang
To date, numerous nanosystems have been developed as antibiotic replacements for bacterial infection treatment. However, these advanced systems are limited owing to their nontargeting accumulation and the consequent side effects. Herein, transformable polymer-peptide biomaterials have been developed that enable specific accumulation in the infectious site and long-term retention, resulting in enhanced binding capability and killing efficacy toward bacteria. The polymer-peptide conjugates are composed of a chitosan backbone and two functional peptides, i...
August 7, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780258/behavior-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-during-co-composting-of-swine-manure-with-chinese-medicinal-herbal-residues
#12
Li Zhang, Jie Gu, Xiaojuan Wang, Wei Sun, Yanan Yin, Yixin Sun, Aiyun Guo, Xiaxia Tuo
Swine manure is considered to be a reservoir for antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) but little is known about the variations in ARGs during the co-composting of swine manure with Chinese medicinal herbal residues (CMHRs). Thus, this study explored the effects of CMHRs on the variations in ARGs during co-composting with swine manure. The results showed that CMHRs could reduce effectively most of the targeted ARGs (0.18-2.82logs) and mobile genetic elements (MGEs) (0.47-3.34logs). The correlations indicated that CMHRs might decrease the spread of ARGs via horizontal gene transfer...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777084/the-role-of-conserved-surface-hydrophobic-residues-in-the-carbapenemase-activity-of-the-class-d-%C3%AE-lactamases
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Marta Toth, Clyde A Smith, Nuno T Antunes, Nichole K Stewart, Lauren Maltz, Sergei B Vakulenko
Carbapenem-hydrolyzing class D β-lactamases (CHDLs) produce resistance to the last-resort carbapenem antibiotics and render these drugs ineffective for the treatment of life-threatening infections. Here, it is shown that among the clinically important CHDLs, OXA-143 produces the highest levels of resistance to carbapenems and has the highest catalytic efficiency against these substrates. Structural data demonstrate that acylated carbapenems entirely fill the active site of CHDLs, leaving no space for water molecules, including the deacylating water...
August 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772176/distribution-of-antibiotics-in-alluvial-sediment-near-animal-breeding-areas-at-the-jianghan-plain-central-china
#14
Lei Tong, Liting Qin, Cong Xie, Hui Liu, Yanxin Wang, Chuan Guan, Shuangbing Huang
Antibiotics are increasingly detected in groundwater, but little is known about their presence in deep underground sediments. In this study, underground sediment samples were collected from pig farms, chicken houses, fishponds and riverbanks in a small region of the Jianghan Plain. Sixteen antibiotics were detected in different layers of sediments in various animal-breeding areas, with the riverbank containing the most pollution, followed by the fishpond, then the pig farm and the least being the chicken house...
July 28, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757508/in-vitro-synergistic-activities-of-cefazolin-and-nisin-a-against-mastitis-pathogens
#15
Kohei Kitazaki, Shoko Koga, Kohei Nagatoshi, Koichi Kuwano, Takeshi Zendo, Jiro Nakayama, Kenji Sonomoto, Hitoshi Ano, Hiromu Katamoto
First-generation cephalosporins such as cefazolin (CEZ) have been widely used for mastitis treatment in dairy cattle. However, the use of antibiotics results in the presence of antibiotic residues in milk, which is used for human consumption. Nisin A, a bacteriocin produced by Lactococcus lactis, has been used as a broad-spectrum food preservative for over 50 years. Therefore, a combination of CEZ and nisin A might provide an extended activity spectrum against mastitis pathogens and reduce the antibiotic dose for mastitis treatment...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756380/a-case-of-deep-infection-after-instrumentation-in-dorsal-spinal-surgery-the-management-with-antibiotics-and-negative-wound-pressure-without-removal-of-fixation
#16
Mauro Dobran, Fabrizio Mancini, Davide Nasi, Massimo Scerrati
Until today the role of spinal instrumentation in the presence of a wound infection has been widely discussed and recently many authors leave the hardware in place with appropriate antibiotic therapy. This is a case of a 65-year-old woman suffering from degenerative scoliosis and osteoporotic multiple vertebral collapses treated with posterior dorsolumbar stabilisation with screws and rods. Four months later, skin necrosis and infection appeared in the cranial wound with exposure of the rods. A surgical procedure of debridement of the infected tissue and package with a myocutaneous trapezius muscle flap was performed...
July 28, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750094/crystal-structure-and-kinetic-analysis-of-the-class-b3-di-zinc-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-lra-12-from-an-alaskan-soil-metagenome
#17
María Margarita Rodríguez, Raphaël Herman, Barbara Ghiglione, Frédéric Kerff, Gabriela D'Amico González, Fabrice Bouillenne, Moreno Galleni, Jo Handelsman, Paulette Charlier, Gabriel Gutkind, Eric Sauvage, Pablo Power
We analyzed the kinetic properties of the metagenomic class B3 β-lactamase LRA-12, and determined its crystallographic structure in order to compare it with prevalent metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs) associated with clinical pathogens. We showed that LRA-12 confers extended-spectrum resistance on E. coli when expressed from recombinant clones, and the MIC values for carbapenems were similar to those observed in enterobacteria expressing plasmid-borne MBLs such as VIM, IMP or NDM. This was in agreement with the strong carbapenemase activity displayed by LRA-12, similar to GOB β-lactamases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747785/discovery-of-monoclonal-antibodies-cross-reactive-to-novel-subserotypes-of-k-pneumoniae-o3
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Luis M Guachalla, Katarina Stojkovic, Katharina Hartl, Marta Kaszowska, Yadhu Kumar, Benjamin Wahl, Tobias Paprotka, Eszter Nagy, Jolanta Lukasiewicz, Gábor Nagy, Valéria Szijártó
Klebsiella pneumoniae is responsible for nosocomial infections causing significant morbidity and mortality. Treatment of newly emerging multi-drug resistant strains is hampered due to severely limited antibiotic choices. Passive immunization targeting LPS O-antigens has been proposed as an alternative therapeutic option, given the limited variability of Klebsiella O-antigens. Here we report that the O3 serogroup, previously considered to have uniform O-antigen built of mannan, represents three different subtypes differing in the number of mannose residues within the O-antigen repeating units...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745223/structure-function-of-serine-and-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamases-and-their-inhibitors
#19
Parveen Salahuddin, Amit Kumar, Asad U Khan
Antibiotic resistance in gram-negative bacteria has emerged as a major health threat that occurs because these bacteria actively produce β-lactamases responsible for the inactivation of β-lactam antibiotics. The first β lactamase was reported in E. coli back in 1940, before the release of the first antibiotic penicillin in clinical settings. Later on, large numbers of β-lactamases have been discovered in Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria as well as mycobacteria. Currently, numerous three-dimensional structures of serine and metallo-β-lactamases have been solved...
July 24, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742861/targeting-the-permeability-barrier-and-peptidoglycan-recycling-pathways-to-disarm-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-against-the-innate-immune-system
#20
Gabriel Torrens, Marcelo Pérez-Gallego, Bartolomé Moya, Marta Munar-Bestard, Laura Zamorano, Gabriel Cabot, Jesús Blázquez, Juan A Ayala, Antonio Oliver, Carlos Juan
Antimicrobial resistance is a continuously increasing threat that severely compromises our antibiotic arsenal and causes thousands of deaths due to hospital-acquired infections by pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, situation further aggravated by the limited development of new antibiotics. Thus, alternative strategies such as those targeting bacterial resistance mechanisms, virulence or potentiating the activity of our immune system resources are urgently needed. We have recently shown that mutations simultaneously causing the peptidoglycan recycling blockage and the β-lactamase AmpC overexpression impair the virulence of P...
2017: PloS One
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