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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644410/enhanced-antibacterial-activity-of-ent-labdane-derivatives-of-salvic-acid-7%C3%AE-hydroxy-8-17-ent-labden-15-oic-acid-effect-of-lipophilicity-and-the-hydrogen-bonding-role-in-bacterial-membrane-interaction
#1
Javier Echeverría, Alejandro Urzúa, Loreto Sanhueza, Marcela Wilkens
In the present study, the antibacterial activity of several ent-labdane derivatives of salvic acid (7α-hydroxy-8(17)-ent-labden-15-oic acid) was evaluated in vitro against the Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli and the Gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus. For all of the compounds, the antibacterial activity was expressed as the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) in liquid media and minimum inhibitory amount (MIA) in solid media. Structure activity relationships (SAR) were employed to correlate the effect of the calculated lipophilicity parameters (logPow) on the inhibitory activity...
June 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644084/comparison-of-two-methods-for-determining-prevalence-of-macrorhabdus-ornithogaster-in-a-flock-of-captive-budgerigars-melopsittacus-undulatus
#2
Patrick J Sullivan, Edward C Ramsay, Cheryl B Greenacre, Andrew C Cushing, Xiaojuan Zhu, Michael P Jones
Macrorhabdus ornithogaster is a yeast organism that infects multiple species of captive and wild birds. Diagnosis of infection in vivo has proven difficult historically, as shedding can be intermittent, and not all positive animals are clinically ill. We compared polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of cloacal swab samples and fecal Gram's stain (FGS) for diagnosis of active shedding of M ornithogaster in a captive flock of budgerigars ( Melopsittacus undulatus ). Of the 100 birds sampled, 57 (57%) were positive for M ornithogaster by PCR and 24 (24%) were positive for M ornithogaster by FGS...
June 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644060/lytic-transglycosylases-concinnity-in-concision-of-the-bacterial-cell-wall
#3
David A Dik, Daniel R Marous, Jed F Fisher, Shahriar Mobashery
The lytic transglycosylases (LTs) are bacterial enzymes that catalyze the non-hydrolytic cleavage of the peptidoglycan structures of the bacterial cell wall. They are not catalysts of glycan synthesis as might be surmised from their name. Notwithstanding the seemingly mundane reaction catalyzed by the LTs, their lytic reactions serve bacteria for a series of astonishingly diverse purposes. These purposes include cell-wall synthesis, remodeling, and degradation; for the detection of cell-wall-acting antibiotics; for the expression of the mechanism of cell-wall-acting antibiotics; for the insertion of secretion systems and flagellar assemblies into the cell wall; as a virulence mechanism during infection by certain Gram-negative bacteria; and in the sporulation and germination of Gram-positive spores...
June 23, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644011/development-of-silver-nanoparticles-decorated-emulsion-templated-hierarchically-porous-poly-1-vinylimidazole-beads-for-water-treatment
#4
Muhammad Ahmad Mudassir, Syed Zajif Hussain, Asma Rehman, Wasif Zaheer, Syeda Tasmia Asma, Asim Jilani, Mohammad Aslam, Haifei Zhang, Tariq Mahmood Ansari, Irshad Hussain
Water, the driver of nature, has always been polluted by the blind hurling of highly toxic contaminants, but human-friendly science continuously been presenting better avenues to help solve these challenging issues. In this connection, the present study introduces novel nanocomposites comprised of emulsion-templated hierarchically porous poly(1-vinylimidazole) beads loaded with the silver nanoparticles generated via an in-situ approach. These nanocomposites have been thoroughly characterized by FTIR, TGA, BET and FESEM...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642934/evaluation-of-the-antibacterial-and-antifungal-properties-of-phragmanthera-capitata-sprengel-balle-loranthaceae-a-mistletoe-growing-on-rubber-tree-using-the-dilution-techniques
#5
Franklin Uangbaoje Ohikhena, Olubunmi Abosede Wintola, Anthony Jide Afolayan
The alarming increase in multidrug resistance of pathogenic microorganisms to conventional drugs in recent years has prompted the search for new leads in alternative remedies in natural products. Hence, this study was aimed at evaluating the antimicrobial properties of Phragmanthera capitata, a parasitic mistletoe growing on rubber trees. The in vitro antimicrobial activities of the acetone, methanol, ethanol, and aqueous extracts were investigated using five gram-negative and five gram-positive bacteria and four fungi...
2017: TheScientificWorldJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642764/xylella-fastidiosa-host-range-and-advance-in-molecular-identification-techniques
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REVIEW
Paolo Baldi, Nicola La Porta
In the never ending struggle against plant pathogenic bacteria, a major goal is the early identification and classification of infecting microorganisms. Xylella fastidiosa, a Gram-negative bacterium belonging to the family Xanthmonadaceae, is no exception as this pathogen showed a broad range of vectors and host plants, many of which may carry the pathogen for a long time without showing any symptom. Till the last years, most of the diseases caused by X. fastidiosa have been reported from North and South America, but recently a widespread infection of olive quick decline syndrome caused by this fastidious pathogen appeared in Apulia (south-eastern Italy), and several cases of X...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642751/in-vitro-antimicrobial-activity-of-chlorquinaldol-against-microorganisms-responsible-for-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-comparative-evaluation-with-gentamicin-and-fusidic-acid
#7
Monica Bortolin, Alessandro Bidossi, Elena De Vecchi, Maura Avveniente, Lorenzo Drago
Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are a major therapeutic challenge for clinicians. The emergence of pathogens with decreased susceptibility to available therapies has become an emerging problem often associated with treatment failure. Hence, there is an urgent need for novel broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of chlorquinaldol as an alternative approach to currently used topical antibiotics for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642703/different-regulation-of-interleukin-1-production-and-activity-in-monocytes-and-macrophages-innate-memory-as-an-endogenous-mechanism-of-il-1-inhibition
#8
Mariusz P Madej, Elfi Töpfer, Diana Boraschi, Paola Italiani
Production and activity of interleukin (IL)-1β are kept under strict control in our body, because of its powerful inflammation-promoting capacity. Control of IL-1β production and activity allows IL-1 to exert its defensive activities without causing extensive tissue damage. Monocytes are the major producers of IL-1β during inflammation, but they are also able to produce significant amounts of IL-1 inhibitors such as IL-1Ra and the soluble form of the decoy receptor IL-1R2, in an auto-regulatory feedback loop...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642609/microbial-signatures-associated-with-oropharyngeal-and-oral-squamous-cell-carcinomas
#9
Sagarika Banerjee, Tian Tian, Zhi Wei, Kristen N Peck, Natalie Shih, Ara A Chalian, Bert W O'Malley, Gregory S Weinstein, Michael D Feldman, James Alwine, Erle S Robertson
The microbiome is fundamentally one of the most unique organs in the human body. Dysbiosis can result in critical inflammatory responses and result in pathogenesis contributing to neoplastic events. We used a pan-pathogen array technology (PathoChip) coupled with next-generation sequencing to establish microbial signatures unique to human oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas (OCSCC/OPSCC). Signatures for DNA and RNA viruses including oncogenic viruses, gram positive and negative bacteria, fungi and parasites were detected...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642496/nitrogen-enrichment-impacts-on-boreal-litter-decomposition-are-driven-by-changes-in-soil-microbiota-rather-than-litter-quality
#10
Nadia I Maaroufi, Annika Nordin, Kristin Palmqvist, Michael J Gundale
In nitrogen (N) limited boreal forests, N enrichment can impact litter decomposition by affecting litter quality and by changing the soil environment where litter decomposes. We investigated the importance of litter quality and soil factors on litter decomposition using a 2-year reciprocal transplant experiment for Picea abies needle litter, derived from plots subjected to 17 years of N addition, including control, low and high N treatments (ambient, 12.5 and 50 kg N ha(-1) yr(-1), respectively). Our data show that changes in soil factors were the main pathway through which N impacted litter decomposition, with rates reduced by ~15% when placed in high N relative to control plots, regardless of litter origin...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642371/electrostatic-interactions-between-the-ctx-phage-minor-coat-protein-and-the-bacterial-host-receptor-tola-drives-the-pathogenic-conversion-of-vibrio-cholerae
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Laetitia Houot, Romain Navarro, Matthieu Nouailler, Denis Duché, Françoise Guerlesquin, Roland Lloubes
Vibrio cholerae is a natural inhabitant of aquatic environments and converts to a pathogen upon infection by a filamentous phage, CTXφ, that transmits the cholera toxin encoding genes. This toxigenic conversion of V. cholerae has evident implication in both genome plasticity and epidemic risk, but the early stages of the infection have not been thoroughly studied. CTXφ transit across the bacterial periplasm requires binding between the minor coat protein named pIII and a bacterial inner-membrane receptor, TolA, which is part of the conserved Tol-Pal molecular motor...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642368/the-influence-of-disulfide-bonds-on-the-mechanical-stability-of-proteins-is-context-dependent
#12
Aitor Manteca, Álvaro Alonso-Caballero, Marie Fertin, Simon Poly, David De Sancho, Raul Perez-Jimenez
Disulfide bonds play a crucial role in proteins, modulating their stability and constraining their conformational dynamics. A particularly important case is that of proteins that need to withstand forces arising from their normal biological function and that are often disulfide bonded. However, the influence of disulfides on the overall mechanical stability of proteins is poorly understood. Here, we used single-molecule force spectroscopy (smFS) to study the role of disulfide bonds in different mechanical proteins in terms of their unfolding forces...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642298/does-acid-base-equilibrium-correlate-with-remnant-liver-volume-during-stepwise-liver-resection
#13
Mohammad Golriz, Sepehr Abbasi, Parham Fathi, Ali Majlesara, Thorsten Brenner, Arianeb Mehrabi
Small for size and flow syndrome (SFSF) is one of the most challenging complications following extended hepatectomy (EH). After EH, hepatic artery flow decreases and portal vein flow increases per 100 gram remnant liver volume (RLV). This causes hypoxia followed by metabolic acidosis. A correlation between acidosis and post-hepatectomy liver failure has been postulated, but not studied systematically in a large animal model or clinical setting. In our study, we performed stepwise liver resections on nine pigs to defined SFSF limits as follows: step 1: segment II/III resection, step 2: segment IV resection, step 3: segment V/VIII resection (RLV: 75%, 50% and 25% respectively)...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642145/new-and-improved-a-review-of-novel-antibiotics-for-gram-positive-bacteria
#14
REVIEW
Mohamed Abbas, Mical Paul, Angela Huttner
BACKGROUND: The number of antibiotics in the pipeline targeting Gram-positive pathogens has increased in recent years. AIMS: This narrative review aims to provide a summary of existing evidence on efficacy, microbiologic spectrum, and safety of novel systemic antibiotics that have either recently been licenced or completed phase III trials, and possess activity predominantly against Gram-positive organisms. SOURCES: A review of the published literature via the MEDLINE database was performed...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642142/epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-bloodstream-infections-in-177-severe-burn-patients-from-an-industrial-disaster-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
#15
Chenqi Tang, Junqiang Li, Beiming Shou, Bohan Pan, Tiansheng Chen, Yongqiang Xiao, Xiaopeng Zheng, Shichu Xiao, Qian Tan, Zhaofan Xia
OBJECTIVES: To determine the characteristics of bloodstream infections (BSIs) and to evaluate the impact of BSIs on mortality in severe burn patients. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted in 20 tertiary hospitals. A total of 185 Patients who experienced a massive dust explosion in eastern China were included. RESULTS: After exclusion, 177 patients were analyzed. The median total body surface area (TBSA) burned was 95% (interquartile range [IQR], 85%-98%)...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642139/clinical-characteristics-and-epidemiology-of-sepsis-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-in-the-era-of-multi-drug-resistant-organisms-a-retrospective-review
#16
Dawood Yusef, Tala Shalakhti, Samah Awad, Hana'a Algharaibeh, Wasim Khasawneh
BACKGROUND: Sepsis in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) remains one of the most significant causes of morbidity and mortality, especially for preterm newborns. Multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) are emerging as important pathogens that cause neonatal sepsis in NICU. Therefore, studying the epidemiology, clinical features, and outcome caused by MDROs vs. non-MDROs, and identifying risk factors that may predispose patients to sepsis by MDROs are important. METHODS: Episodes of blood culture-proven sepsis (age: 0-90 days) in the NICU at our institution from January 2012 to December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
June 9, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642073/synthesis-of-biogenic-ag-pd-core-shell-nanoparticles-having-anti-cancer-anti-microbial-functions
#17
Wafa I Abdel-Fattah, M M Eid, Sh I Abd El-Moez, E Mohamed, Ghareib W Ali
Biogenic Ag@Pd core-shell nanoparticles were greenly synthesized within two plant extracts aiming at enhanced anticancer/bactericidal functions. These functions were verified for the two Pd@Ag biogenic core-shell nanoparticles (BCSnp) with constant Pd to several Ag contents. BCSnp were synthesized within two extracts of Almond nuts and Black Berry fruits, four samples each, through simple, low cost and echo friendly microwave route. The BCSnp Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) was detected via UV/visible spectrophotometer...
June 19, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641525/1-1%C3%AA-carbonyldiimidazole-cdi-mediated-facile-synthesis-structural-characterization-antimicrobial-activity-and-in-silico-studies-of-coumarin-3-carboxamide-derivatives
#18
Uzma Salar, Khalid Mohammed Khan, Muhammad Imran Fakhri, Shafqat Hussain, Saima Tauseef, Shagufta Ameer, Abdul Wadood, Huma Khan, Shahnaz Perveen
BACKGROUND: Despite of the availability of variety of antibacterial agents, re-emergance of pathogenic bacteria is still a serious medical concern. So, identification of new, safer, and selective antibacterial agents is the key interest in the medicinal chemistry research. METHOD: To explore the antimicrobial activity of coumarin-3-carboxamides for a range of bacterial and fungal strains, twenty eight derivatives were synthesized by the reaction of coumarin-3-carboxylic acid with a variety of aniline derivatives in the presence of 1,1ꞌ-carbonyldiimidazole (CDI)...
June 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640920/pathogen-specific-mortality-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants-with-primary-bloodstream-infection
#19
Brar C Piening, Christine Geffers, Petra Gastmeier, Frank Schwab
OBJECTIVE: Mortality in very low birth weight infants following microbiology confirmed primary bloodstream infections varies with the type of causative pathogen. Given evidence from other studies that infections with gram negative bacteria and fungi cause a higher case fatality risk. We tried to confirm this in a nation-wide multi-center trial. METHODS: A cohort of 55,465 very low birth weight infants from 242 neonatal departments participating in the German national neonatal infection surveillance system NEO-KISS was used to investigate differences in the case fatality risk of microbiology confirmed primary bloodstream infections according to individual pathogens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640915/physiological-and-genomic-features-of-a-novel-violacein-producing-bacterium-isolated-from-surface-seawater
#20
Yue-Hong Wu, Hong Cheng, Lin Xu, Xiong-Bin Jin, Chun-Sheng Wang, Xue-Wei Xu
Strains JW1T and JW3, isolated from surface seawater of the Arabian Sea, were subjected to polyphasic taxonomic analysis. Cells of both strains were Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, and rod-shaped. They formed violet pigment and produced violacein. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strains JW1T and JW3 showed high 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with Pseudoalteromonas byunsanensis JCM12483T (98.2%), P. shioyasakiensis SE3T (97.8%), P. arabiensis JCM 17292T (97.3%), and P. gelatinilytica NH153T (97...
2017: PloS One
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