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Marisa Haenni, Maxime Bour, Pierre Châtre, Jean-Yves Madec, Patrick Plésiat, Katy Jeannot
Carbapenems are major antibiotics reserved to human medicine. This study aimed to investigate the mechanisms of carbapenem resistance of a selection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa veterinary strains from the French network Resapath. Thirty (5.7%) imipenem and/or meropenem non-susceptible P. aeruginosa of canine (n = 24), feline (n = 5), or bovine (n = 1) origin were identified in a large collection of 527 veterinary strains gathered by the Resapath. These resistant isolates belonged to 25 MultiLocus Sequence Types (MLST), of which 17 (68%) are shared with clinical (human) strains, such as high risk clones ST233 and ST395...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Saransh Jain, Vipin Ghosh P G
OBJECTIVE: Cochlear implants process the acoustic speech signal and convert it into electrical impulses. During this processing, many parameters contribute to speech perception. The available literature reviewed the effect of manipulating one or two such parameters on speech intelligibility, but multiple parameters are seldom manipulated. METHOD: Acoustic parameters, including pulse rate, number of channels, 'n of m', number of electrodes, and channel spacing, were manipulated in acoustic simulations of cochlear implant hearing and 90 different combinations were created...
October 16, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
Hanley J Ho, Yin Ying Chan, Muhamad Alif Bin Ibrahim, Anurupa A Wagle, Christina M Wong, Angela Chow
BACKGROUND: Adult influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates in Singapore are low, and factors influencing knowledge and attitudes of seniors towards influenza, pneumonia and their respective vaccines are not well-known. Our study aims to understand the barriers and facilitators towards getting influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations among seniors in Singapore, and subsequently inform the conduct of a relevant community-based educational intervention, as well as evaluate the intervention outcomes...
October 11, 2017: Vaccine
Carlos Juan, Gabriel Torrens, Mar González-Nicolau, Antonio Oliver
This review deeply addresses for the first time the diversity, regulation and mechanisms leading to mutational overexpression of intrinsic β-lactamases from non-fermenting and other non-Enterobacteriaceae Gram-negative opportunistic pathogens. After a general overview of the intrinsic β-lactamases described so far in these microorganisms, including circa. 60 species and 100 different enzymes, we review the wide array of regulatory pathways of these β-lactamases. They include diverse LysR-type regulators, which control the expression of β-lactamases from relevant nosocomial pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa or Stenothrophomonas maltophilia or two-component regulators, with special relevance in Aeromonas spp...
September 22, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
Richard T Marconi
The oral microbiome consists of a remarkably diverse group of 500-700 bacterial species. The microbial etiology of periodontal disease is similarly complex. Of the ~400 bacterial species identified in subgingival plaque, at least 50 belong to the genus Treponema. As periodontal disease develops and progresses, T. denticola transitions from a low to high abundance species in the subgingival crevice. Changes in the overall composition of the bacterial population trigger significant changes in the local physical, immunological and physiochemical conditions...
October 13, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Michelle M Gerst, Edward G Dudley, Lingzi Xiaoli, Ahmed E Yousef
Bacillus velezensis GF610 was isolated from soil in Illinois, USA, and found to produce amyloliquecidin GF610, a potent two-component antimicrobial peptide. We report here the GF610 strain draft genome sequence, which contains 4.29 Mb and an overall GC content of 45.91%.
October 12, 2017: Genome Announcements
Chen Cui, Changfeng Zeng, Chongqing Wang, Lixiong Zhang
Multiple emulsions can be obtained by binary and ternary liquid phase separation. And the use of the aqueous two-phase system provides a simple route to prepare W/W/O or W/W/W multiple emulsions. It is thus expected that we can fabricate more complex emulsions by using aqueous three-phase system. Herein, we present a simple and versatile method to generate complex emulsions based on phase separation in homogeneous droplets made up of aqueous three-phase system: poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and dextran (DEX) through extracting water from droplets...
October 12, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
M Yúfera, E Perera, J A Mata-Sotres, J Calduch-Giner, G Martínez-Rodríguez, J Pérez-Sánchez
The regulation of circadian gene expression remains largely unknown in farmed fish larvae. In this study, a high-density oligonucleotide microarray was used to examine the daily expression of 13,939 unique genes in whole gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) larvae with fast growth potentiality. Up to 2,229 genes were differentially expressed, and the first two components of Principal Component Analysis explained more than 81% of the total variance. Clustering analysis of differentially expressed genes identified 4 major clusters that were triggered sequentially, with a maximum expression at 0 h, 3 h, 9-15 h and 18-21 h zeitgeber time...
October 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Leifeng Zhang, Yanming Che, Jibiao Wang, Qijin Chen
Atomic Fermi gases have been an ideal platform for simulating conventional and engineering exotic physical systems owing to their multiple tunable control parameters. Here we investigate the effects of mixed dimensionality on the superfluid and pairing phenomena of a two-component ultracold atomic Fermi gas with a short-range pairing interaction, while one component is confined on a one-dimensional (1D) optical lattice whereas the other is in a homogeneous 3D continuum. We study the phase diagram and the pseudogap phenomena throughout the entire BCS-BEC crossover, using a pairing fluctuation theory...
October 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Kazuya U Kobayashi, Rei Kurita
The formation of a transient stagnant domain in the presence of thermal convection was previously reported near the sol-gel transition temperature of a gelatin solution. The transient stagnant domain is observed near a critical Rayleigh number where a "roll" pattern is usually stable. It is important to understand the origin of the transient stagnant domain formation since it induces a large deformation of convection patterns; the nature of the formation of the transient stagnant domain remains unclear. Here, we observe thermal convection using several different fluids and find that stagnant domain formation is ubiquitous in two component mixtures...
October 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jyl S Matson, Jonathan Livny, Victor J DiRita
The epidemic pathogen Vibrio cholerae senses and responds to different external stresses it encounters in the aquatic environment and in the human host. One stress that V. cholerae encounters in the host is exposure to antimicrobial peptides on mucosal surfaces. We used massively parallel cDNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) to quantitatively identify the transcriptome of V. cholerae grown in the presence and absence of sub-lethal concentrations of the antimicrobial peptide polymyxin B. We evaluated the transcriptome of both wild type V...
2017: PloS One
Jayraj V Vaghasiya, Keval K Sonigara, Thomas Beuvier, Alain Gibaud, Saurabh S Soni
A novel saturated heterocyclic organic ionic crystal, piperidinium iodide (PiHI), is synthesized by a facile route and applied as a solid electrolyte in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (ss-DSSCs). Upon addition of a small quantity of iodine, PiHI self-assembles into a 1D lamellar micro crystalline structure that shows anisotropic conductivity. The two-component PiHI was characterized by using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, steady state voltammetry, FT-IR, and Raman spectroscopy. Wide angle X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement confirms the presence of long range 1D lamellar channels that pave the way for the diffusion of the redox couple I(-)/I3(-) and exhibit high anisotropic conductivity...
October 11, 2017: Nanoscale
Jiefei Wang, Yong Zhong, Xiao Wang, Weitao Yang, Feng Bai, Bingbo Zhang, Leanne Alarid, Kaifu Bian, Hongyou Fan
Structurally controlled nanoparticles, such as core-shell nanocomposite particles by combining two or more compositions possess enhanced or new functionalities that benefited from synergistic coupling of the two components. Here we report new nanocomposite particles with self-assembled porphyrin arrays as the core surrounded by amorphous silica as the shell. Synthesis of such nanocomposite nanoparticles was conducted through a combined surfactant micelle confined self-assembly and silicate sol-gel process using optically active porphyrin as a functional building block...
October 11, 2017: Nano Letters
L A Ferreira, V N Uversky, B Y Zaslavsky
Solvent properties of water in aqueous solutions of polyethylene glycols of various molecular weights, l-proline, betaine, and a series of chlorides of varied concentrations are assayed using three solvatochromic dyes. The properties include solvent dipolarity/polarizability, hydrogen bond donor acidity, and hydrogen bond acceptor basicity. These properties are also evaluated in mixtures of two polymers, polymer and osmolyte, and two osmolytes. It is shown that linear combinations of solvent dipolarity/polarizability and hydrogen bond donor acidity assayed in individual solutions of crowders strongly correlate with the effects of the crowders on the stability of various proteins and nucleic acids reported in the literature...
October 11, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
Eduard Forcadell, David Torrents-Rodas, Devi Treen, Miquel A Fullana, Miquel Tortella-Feliu
Attentional control (AC) and fear extinction learning are known to be involved in pathological anxiety. In this study we explored whether individual differences in non-emotional AC were associated with individual differences in the magnitude and gradient of fear extinction (learning and recall). In 50 individuals with fear of spiders, we collected measures of non-emotional AC by means of self-report and by assessing the functioning of the major attention networks (executive control, orienting, and alerting)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
Cota Navin Gupta, Eduardo Castro, Srinivas Rachkonda, Theo G M van Erp, Steven Potkin, Judith M Ford, Daniel Mathalon, Hyo Jong Lee, Bryon A Mueller, Douglas N Greve, Ole A Andreassen, Ingrid Agartz, Andrew R Mayer, Julia Stephen, Rex E Jung, Juan Bustillo, Vince D Calhoun, Jessica A Turner
Clinical and cognitive symptoms domain-based subtyping in schizophrenia (Sz) has been critiqued due to the lack of neurobiological correlates and heterogeneity in symptom scores. We, therefore, present a novel data-driven framework using biclustered independent component analysis to detect subtypes from the reliable and stable gray matter concentration (GMC) of patients with Sz. The developed methodology consists of the following steps: source-based morphometry (SBM) decomposition, selection and sorting of two component loadings, subtype component reconstruction using group information-guided ICA (GIG-ICA)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Kyung Moon, Richard P Bonocora, David D Kim, Qing Chen, Joseph T Wade, Scott Stibitz, Deborah M Hinton
Nearly all virulence factors in Bordetella pertussis are activated by a master two-component system, BvgAS, composed of the sensor kinase BvgS and the response regulator BvgA. When BvgS is active, BvgA is phosphorylated (BvgA~P), and virulence-activated genes (vags) are expressed [Bvg(+) mode]. When BvgS is inactive and BvgA is not phosphorylated, virulence-repressed genes (vrgs) are induced [Bvg(-) mode]. Here, we have used transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq) and reverse transcription-quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) to define the BvgAS-dependent regulon of B...
October 10, 2017: MBio
Yongfei Cai, Mingyang Su, Ashfaq Ahmad, Xiaojie Hu, Jiayan Sang, Lingyuan Kong, Xingqiang Chen, Chen Wang, Jianwei Shuai, Aidong Han
Two-component systems (TCSs) are key elements in bacterial signal transduction in response to environmental stresses. TCSs generally consist of sensor histidine kinases (SKs) and their cognate response regulators (RRs). Many SKs exhibit autokinase, phosphoryltransferase and phosphatase activities, which regulate RR activity through a phosphorylation and dephosphorylation cycle. However, how SKs perform different enzymatic activities is poorly understood. Here, several crystal structures of the minimal catalytic region of WalK, an essential SK from Lactobacillus plantarum that shares 60% sequence identity with its homologue VicK from Streptococcus mutans, are presented...
October 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
Takehiko Mima, Kazuyoshi Gotoh, Yumiko Yamamoto, Keiko Maeda, Taku Shirakawa, Shunsuke Matsui, Yumi Murata, Takaki Koide, Hiroshi Tokumitsu, Osamu Matsushita
Vibrio alginolyticus is an opportunistic pathogen in both humans and marine animals. Collagenase encoded by colA is considered to be one of the virulence factors. Expression of colA is regulated by multiple environmental factors, e.g., temperature, growth phase, and substrate. To elucidate the mechanism of regulation of colA expression, transposon mutagenesis was performed. VarS, a sensor histidine kinase of the two-component regulatory system, was demonstrated to regulate the expression of colA. VarA, a cognate response regulator of VarS, was also identified and shown to be involved in the regulation of colA expression...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
Aizhen Yang, Fengwu Chen, Chao He, Junsong Zhou, Yi Lu, Jihong Dai, Raymond B Birge, Yi Wu
Apoptotic cells, by externalizing phosphatidylserine (PS) as a hallmark feature, are procoagulant. However, the mechanism by which apoptotic cells activate coagulation system remains unknown. Intrinsic coagulation pathway is initiated by coagulation factor XII (FXII) of contact activation system. The purpose of this study was to determine whether FXII is involved in procoagulant activity of apoptotic cells. Using western blotting and chromogenic substrate assay, we found that incubation with apoptotic cells, but not with viable cells, resulted in rapid cleavage and activation of FXII in the presence of prekallikrein and high molecular weight kininogen (HK), other two components of contact activation system...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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