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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098940/characterization-of-date-deglet-nour-seed-free-and-bound-polyphenols-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#1
Sameera Sirisena, Dimitrios Zabaras, Ken Ng, Said Ajlouni
Date (Pheonix dactylifera L.) seeds are a valuable and abundant by-product with various potential food applications. Free polyphenols (FPPs) and bound polyphenols (BPPs) of date seeds from Deglet Nour variety grown in Australia were investigated using high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The FPP fraction contained the following main phenolic compounds per gram of date seed powder; procyanidin B1 (499.8 ± 7.8 μg), procyanidin B2 (288.6 ± 6.1 μg), catechin (167.6 ± 2.1 μg), epicatechin (39...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098784/fused-ring-oxazolopyrrolopyridopyrimidine-systems-with-gram-negative-activity
#2
Yiyuan Chen, Jonathan G Moloney, Kirsten E Christensen, Mark G Moloney
Fused polyheterocyclic derivatives are available by annulation of a tetramate scaffold, and been shown to have antibacterial activity against a Gram-negative, but not a Gram-positive, bacterial strain. While the activity is not potent, these systems are structurally novel showing, in particular, a high level of polarity, and offer potential for the optimization of antibacterial activity.
January 13, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098783/the-influence-of-the-toxin-antitoxin-mazef-on-growth-and-survival-of-listeria-monocytogenes-under-stress
#3
Thomas D Curtis, Ippei Takeuchi, Lone Gram, Gitte M Knudsen
A major factor in the resilience of Listeria monocytogenes is the alternative sigma factor B (σ(B)). Type II Toxin/Antitoxin (TA) systems are also known to have a role in the bacterial stress response upon activation via the ClpP or Lon proteases. Directly upstream of the σ(B) operon in L. monocytogenes is the TA system mazEF, which can cleave mRNA at UACMU sites. In this study, we showed that the mazEF TA locus does not affect the level of persister formation during treatment with antibiotics in lethal doses, but exerts different effects according to the sub-inhibitory stress added...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098781/distinct-neurotoxicity-profile-of-listeriolysin-o-from-listeria-monocytogenes
#4
Jana Maurer, Sabrina Hupp, Carolin Bischoff, Christina Foertsch, Timothy J Mitchell, Trinad Chakraborty, Asparouh I Iliev
Cholesterol-dependent cytolysins (CDCs) are protein toxins that originate from Gram-positive bacteria and contribute substantially to their pathogenicity. CDCs bind membrane cholesterol and build prepores and lytic pores. Some effects of the toxins are observed in non-lytic concentrations. Two pathogens, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Listeria monocytogenes, cause fatal bacterial meningitis, and both produce toxins of the CDC family-pneumolysin and listeriolysin O, respectively. It has been demonstrated that pneumolysin produces dendritic varicosities (dendrite swellings) and dendritic spine collapse in the mouse neocortex, followed by synaptic loss and astrocyte cell shape remodeling without elevated cell death...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098735/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-of-the-fovea-in-children-born-preterm
#5
Khalil Ghasemi Falavarjani, Nicholas A Iafe, Federico G Velez, Steven D Schwartz, Srinivas R Sadda, David Sarraf, Irena Tsui
PURPOSE: To compare the foveal avascular zone (FAZ) area measured by optical coherence tomography angiography in children who had been born preterm with age-matched controls. METHODS: In this cross-sectional observational comparative case series, 43 eyes of 26 children (28 eyes of 15 former preterm infants and 15 eyes of 11 former term infants) between the ages of 4 and 12 years old were included. Optical coherence tomography angiography with a scan size of 3 × 3 was performed for all eyes...
January 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098548/nosocomial-infections-with-imp-19-producing-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-linked-to-contaminated-sinks-france
#6
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/28098447/the-stories-tryptophans-tell-exploring-protein-dynamics-of-heptosyltransferase-i-from-escherichia-coli
#7
Joy M Cote, Carlos Andres Ramirez-Mondragon, Zarek S Siegel, Daniel Joseph Czyzyk, Jiali Gao, Yuk Yin Sham, Ishita Mukerji, Erika A Taylor
Heptosyltransferase I (HepI) catalyzes the addition of a single L-glycero-β-D-manno-heptose sugar (heptose) onto the membrane incorporated Kdo2-Lipid A as part of the biosynthesis of the core region of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Gram-negative bacteria with gene knockouts of HepI have reduced virulence with enhanced susceptibility to hydrophobic antibiotics, making design of inhibitors against HepI of interest. Previous studies have shown that HepI protein dynamics are partially rate limiting, and therefore disruption of protein dynamics might provide a new strategy for inhibiting HepI...
January 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098428/the-self-sufficient-p450-rhf-expressed-in-a-whole-cell-system-selectively-catalyses-the-5-hydroxylation-of-diclofenac
#8
Jan M Klenk, Bernd A Nebel, Joanne L Porter, Justyna K Kulig, Shaneela A Hussain, Sven M Richter, Michele Tavanti, Nicholas J Turner, Martin A Hayes, Bernhard Hauer, Sabine L Flitsch
P450 monooxygenases are able to catalyse the highly regio- and stereoselective oxidations of many organic molecules. However, the scale-up of such bio-oxidations remains challenging due to the often-low activity, level of expression and stability of P450 biocatalysts. Despite these challenges they are increasingly desirable as recombinant biocatalysts, particularly for the production of drug metabolites. Diclofenac is a widely used anti-inflammatory drug that is persistent in the environment along with the 4'- and 5-hydroxy metabolites...
January 18, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098416/motuporamine-derivatives-as-antimicrobial-agents-and-antibiotic-enhancers-against-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria
#9
Diane Borselli, Marine Blanchet, Jean-Michel Bolla, Aaron Muth, Kristen Skruber, Otto Phanstiel, Jean Michel Brunel
Dihydromotuporamine C and its derivatives were evaluated for their in vitro antimicrobial activities and antibiotic enhancement properties against Gram-negative bacteria and clinical isolates. The mechanism of action of one of these derivatives, MOTU-N44, was investigated against Enterobacter aerogenes by using fluorescent dyes to evaluate outer-membrane depolarization and permeabilization. Its efficiency correlated with inhibition of dye transport, thus suggesting that these molecules inhibit drug transporters by de-energization of the efflux pump rather than by direct interaction of the molecule with the pump...
January 18, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097898/two-approaches-to-the-use-of-benzo-c-1-2-oxaboroles-as-active-fragments-for-synthetic-transformation-of-clarithromycin
#10
Gennady B Lapa, Elena P Mirchink, Elena B Isakova, Maria N Preobrazhenskaya
Clarithromycin (active against Gram positive infections) and 1-hydroxy-1,3-dihydrobenzo[c][1,2]oxaborole derivatives (effective for Gram negative microbes) are the ligands of bacterial RNA. The antimicrobial activities of these benzoxaboroles linked with clarithromycin at 9 or 4″ position were compared. Two synthetic pathways for these conjugates were elaborated. First pathway explored the substitution of the C-9 carbonyl group of macrolactone's cycle via oxime linker, the second direction used the modification of the 4″-O-group of cladinose via the formation of carbamates of benzoxaboroles...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097724/unphosphorylated-eiia-ntr-induces-clpap-mediated-degradation-of-rpos-in-azotobacter-vinelandii
#11
Luis Felipe Muriel-Millán, Soledad Moreno, Ramsés Gallegos-Monterrosa, Guadalupe Espín
The nitrogen-related phosphotransferase system (PTS(Ntr) ) is composed of the EI(Ntr) , NPr and EIIA(Ntr) proteins that form a phosphorylation cascade from phosphoenolpyruvate. PTS(Ntr) is a global regulatory system present in most Gram-negative bacteria that controls some pivotal processes such as potassium and phosphate homeostasis, virulence, nitrogen fixation and ABC transport activation. In the soil bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii, unphosphorylated EIIA(Ntr) negatively regulates the expression of genes related to the synthesis of the bioplastic polyester poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) and cyst-specific lipids alkylresorcinols (ARs)...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097714/photoantimicrobial-biohybrids-by-supramolecular-immobilization-of-cationic-phthalocyanines-onto-cellulose-nanocrystals
#12
Eduardo Anaya-Plaza, Eveline van de Winckel, Joona Mikkilä, Jani-Markus Malho, Olli Ikkala, Oscar Gulías, Roger Bresolí-Obach, Montserrat Agut, Santi Nonell, Tomás Torres, Mauri A Kostiainen, Andrés de la Escosura
The development of photoactive and biocompatible nanostructures is a highly desirable goal to address the current threat of antibiotic resistance. Here, we describe a novel supramolecular biohybrid nanostructure based on the non-covalent immobilization of cationic zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) derivatives onto unmodified cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), following an easy and straightforward protocol, in which binding is driven by electrostatic interactions. These non-covalent biohybrids show strong photodynamic activity against S...
January 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097636/andrographolide-antibacterial-activity-against-common-bacteria-of-human-health-concern-and-possible-mechanism-of-action
#13
Malabika Banerjee, Debaprasad Parai, Subrata Chattopadhyay, Samir Kumar Mukherjee
Increasing bacterial resistance to common drugs is a major public health concern for the treatment of infectious diseases. Certain naturally occurring compounds of plant sources have long been reported to possess potential antimicrobial activity. This study was aimed to investigate the antibacterial activity and possible mechanism of action of andrographolide (Andro), a diterpenoid lactone from a traditional medicinal herb Andrographis paniculata. Extent of antibacterial action was assessed by minimal bactericidal concentration method...
January 17, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
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
#14
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/28096976/effect-of-handrubbing-using-locally-manufactured-alcohol-based-handrubs-in-paediatric-wards-in-harare-zimbabwe
#15
Muchaneta Gudza-Mugabe, Marcelyn T Magwenzi, Hilda A Mujuru, Mutsa Bwakura-Dangarembizi, Valerie Robertson, Alexander M Aiken
We assessed bacterial contamination of hands of adults present in paediatric wards in two tertiary-care hospitals in Harare, Zimbabwe and the microbiologic efficacy of locally-manufactured alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR). During unannounced visits, samples were collected using hand-print and hand-rinse methods. Samples were collected from 152 individuals (16 nurses, 10 doctors, 28 students, 86 parents/guardians, 12 others). Contamination of hands with Gram-negative bacteria was found in 91% of adults tested with a mean of 14...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096686/peptide-consensus-sequence-determination-for-the-enhancement-of-the-antimicrobial-activity-and-selectivity-of-antimicrobial-peptides
#16
Ammar Almaaytah, Ya'u Ajingi, Ahmad Abualhaijaa, Shadi Tarazi, Nizar Alshar'i, Qosay Al-Balas
The rise of multidrug-resistant bacteria is causing a serious threat to the world's human population. Recent reports have identified bacterial strains displaying pan drug resistance against antibiotics and generating fears among medical health specialists that humanity is on the dawn of entering a post-antibiotics era. Global research is currently focused on expanding the lifetime of current antibiotics and the development of new antimicrobial agents to tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistance. In the present study, we designed a novel consensus peptide named "Pepcon" through peptide consensus sequence determination among members of a highly homologous group of scorpion antimicrobial peptides...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096612/effect-of-feeding-acacia-nilotica-pod-meal-on-hematobiochemical-profile-and-fecal-egg-count-in-goats
#17
Jitendra Kumar Paswan, Kaushalendra Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Chandramoni, Abhishek Kumar, Deepak Kumar, Ajit Kumar
AIM: This study was conducted to observe the effect of feeding Acacia nilotica pod meal on hematobiochemical profile and gastrointestinal parasitic load in growing goats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To experiment was conducted for a period of 3-month on 24 male goats (3½ month old, average body weight [BW] 6.50±1.50 kg), distributed into four groups of six animals each. The experimental animals were fed graded level of A. nilotica pod meal (0%, 10%, 20% and 30%) mixed in concentrate mixture equivalent to tannin concentration of 0%, 1...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096545/thiazomycin-nocathiacin-and-analogs-show-strong-activity-against-clinical-strains-of-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#18
Sheo B Singh, Libo Xu, Peter T Meinke, Natalia Kurepina, Barry N Kreiswirth, David B Olsen, Katherine Young
Thiazolyl peptides are a class of natural products with potent Gram-positive antibacterial activities. Lack of aqueous solubility precluded this class of compounds from advancing to clinical evaluations. Nocathiacins and thiazomycins are sub-classes of thiazolyl peptides that are endowed with structural features amenable for chemical modifications. Semi-synthetic modifications of nocathiacin led to a series of analogs with improved water solubility, while retaining potency and antibacterial spectrum. We studied the activities of a selection of two natural products (nocathiacin and thiazomycin) as well as seven polar semi-synthetic analogs against twenty clinical strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with MDR phenotypes...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096487/a-clostridium-difficile-specific-gel-forming-protein-required-for-optimal-spore-germination
#19
M Lauren Donnelly, William Li, Yong-Qing Li, Lauren Hinkel, Peter Setlow, Aimee Shen
: Clostridium difficile is a Gram-positive spore-forming obligate anaerobe that is a leading cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea worldwide. In order for C. difficile to initiate infection, its aerotolerant spore form must germinate in the gut of mammalian hosts. While almost all spore-forming organisms use transmembrane germinant receptors to trigger germination, C. difficile uses the pseudoprotease CspC to sense bile salt germinants. CspC activates the related subtilisin-like protease CspB, which then proteolytically activates the cortex hydrolase SleC...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096310/characterization-of-the-dtdp-fuc3n-and-dtdp-qui3n-biosynthetic-pathways-in-campylobacter-jejuni-81116%C3%A2
#20
Zack Z Li, Alexander S Riegert, Marie-France Goneau, Anna M Cunningham, Evgeny Vinogradov, Jianjun Li, Ian C Schoenhofen, James B Thoden, Hazel M Holden, Michel Gilbert
The Gram-negative bacterium Campylobacter jejuni 81116 (Penner serotype HS:6) has a class E lipooligosaccharide (LOS) biosynthesis locus containing 19 genes, which encode for 11 putative glycosyltransferases, 1 lipid A acyltransferase and 7 enzymes thought to be involved in the biosynthesis of dideoxyhexosamine (ddHexN) moieties. Although the LOS outer core structure of C. jejuni 81116 is still unknown, recent mass spectrometry analyses suggest that it contains acetylated forms of two ddHexN residues. For this investigation, five of the genes encoding enzymes reportedly involved in the biosyntheses of these sugar residues were examined, rmlA, rmlB, wlaRA, wlaRB and wlaRG Specifically, these genes were cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli, and the corresponding enzymes were purified and tested for biochemical activity...
January 16, 2017: Glycobiology
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