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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212523/redox-regulation-in-metabolic-programming-and-inflammation
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Helen R Griffiths, Dan Gao, Chathyan Pararasa
Energy metabolism and redox state are intrinsically linked. In order to mount an adequate immune response, cells must have an adequate and rapidly available energy resource to migrate to the inflammatory site, to generate reactive oxygen species using NADPH as a cofactor and to engulf bacteria or damaged tissue. The first responder cells of the innate immune response, neutrophils, are largely dependent on glycolysis. Neutrophils are relatively short-lived, dying via apoptosis in the process of bacterial killing through production of hypochlorous acid and release of extracellular NETs...
February 12, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212503/lactobacillus-buchneri-s-layer-as-carrier-for-an-ara-h-2-derived-peptide-for-peanut-allergen-specific-immunotherapy
#2
Julia Anzengruber, Merima Bublin, Eva Bönisch, Bettina Janesch, Angelika Tscheppe, Matthias L Braun, Eva-Maria Varga, Christine Hafner, Heimo Breiteneder, Christina Schäffer
Peanut allergy is an IgE-mediated severe hypersensitivity disorder. The lack of a treatment of this potentially fatal allergy has led to intensive research on vaccine development. Here, we describe the design and initial characterization of a carrier-bound peptide derived from the most potent peanut allergen, Ara h 2, as a candidate vaccine. Based on the adjuvant capability of bacterial surface (S-) layers, a fusion protein of the S-layer protein SlpB from Lactobacillus buchneri CD034 and the Ara h 2-derived peptide AH3a42 was produced...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212428/a-novel-hemagglutinin-protein-produced-in-bacteria-protects-chickens-against-h5n1-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-viruses-by-inducing-h5-subtype-specific-neutralizing-antibodies
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Violetta Sączyńska, Agnieszka Romanik, Katarzyna Florys, Violetta Cecuda-Adamczewska, Małgorzata Kęsik-Brodacka, Krzysztof Śmietanka, Monika Olszewska, Katarzyna Domańska-Blicharz, Zenon Minta, Bogusław Szewczyk, Grażyna Płucienniczak, Andrzej Płucienniczak
The highly pathogenic (HP) H5N1 avian influenza viruses (AIVs) cause a mortality rate of up to 100% in infected chickens and pose a permanent pandemic threat. Attempts to obtain effective vaccines against H5N1 HPAIVs have focused on hemagglutinin (HA), an immunodominant viral antigen capable of eliciting neutralizing antibodies. The vast majority of vaccine projects have been performed using eukaryotic expression systems. In contrast, we used a bacterial expression system to produce vaccine HA protein (bacterial HA) according to our own design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212306/metabolic-effects-of-berries-with-structurally-diverse-anthocyanins
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John Overall, Sierra A Bonney, Mickey Wilson, Arnold Beermann, Mary H Grace, Debora Esposito, Mary Ann Lila, Slavko Komarnytsky
Overconsumption of energy dense foods and sedentary lifestyle are considered as major causes of obesity-associated insulin resistance and abnormal glucose metabolism. Results from both cohort studies and randomized trials suggested that anthocyanins from berries may lower metabolic risks, however these reports are equivocal. The present study was designed to examine effects of six berries with structurally diverse anthocyanin profiles (normalized to 400 µg/g total anthocyanin content) on development of metabolic risk factors in the C57BL/6 mouse model of polygenic obesity...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212267/effects-of-dietary-yogurt-on-the-healthy-human-gastrointestinal-gi-microbiome
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Daniel J Lisko, G Patricia Johnston, Carl G Johnston
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract performs key functions that regulate the relationship between the host and the microbiota. Research has shown numerous benefits of probiotic intake in the modulation of immune responses and human metabolic processes. However, unfavorable attention has been paid to temporal changes of the microbial composition and diversity of the GI tract. This study aimed to investigate the effects of yogurt consumption on the GI microbiome bacteria community composition, structure and diversity during and after a short-term period (42 days)...
February 15, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212153/new-therapies-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-exacerbations-of-bronchiectasis
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Hani Abo-Leyah, James D Chalmers
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Exacerbations of bronchiectasis have a major impact on quality of life, healthcare costs, and long-term risk of complications. Preventing exacerbations is one of the major goals of treatment. Bronchiectasis is increasingly recognized and the impact of bronchiectasis exacerbations on daily clinical practice is also increasing. RECENT FINDINGS: Preventing bronchiectasis exacerbations are dependent on appropriate risk assessment, identifying the patients at highest risk to rationally target preventive therapies...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212095/identifying-bacterial-essential-genes-based-on-a-feature-integrated-method
#7
Yan Lin, Fa-Zhan Zhang, Kai Xue, Yi-Zhou Gao, Feng-Biao Guo
Essential genes are those genes of an organism that are considered to be crucial for its survival. Identification of essential genes is therefore of great significance to advance our understanding of the principles of cellular life. We have developed a novel computational method, which can effectively predict bacterial essential genes by extracting and integrating homologous features, protein domain feature, gene intrinsic features and network topological features. By performing the principal component regression (PCR) analysis for Escherichia coli MG1655, we established a classification model with the average area under curve (AUC) value of 0...
February 15, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212019/complete-nutrient-removal-coupled-to-nitrous-oxide-production-as-a-bioenergy-source-by-denitrifying-polyphosphate-accumulating-organisms
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Han Gao, Miaomiao Liu, James S Griffin, Longcheng Xu, Da Xiang, Yaniv D Scherson, Wen-Tso Liu, George F Wells
Coupled Aerobic-anoxic Nitrous Decomposition Operation (CANDO) is a promising emerging bioprocess for wastewater treatment that enables direct energy recovery from nitrogen (N) in three steps: (1) ammonium oxidation to nitrite; (2) denitrification of nitrite to nitrous oxide (N2O); and (3) N2O conversion to N2 with energy generation. However, CANDO does not currently target phosphorus (P) removal. Here, we demonstrate that denitrifying polyphosphate accumulating organism (PAO) enrichment cultures are capable of catalyzing simultaneous biological N and P removal coupled to N2O generation in a 2nd generation CANDO process, CANDO+P...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211969/identifying-congruence-in-stream-assemblage-thresholds-in-response-to-nutrient-and-sediment-gradients-for-limit-setting
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Annika Wagenhoff, Joanne E Clapcott, Kelvin E M Lau, Gillian D Lewis, Roger G Young
The setting of numeric instream objectives (effects-based criteria) and catchment limits for major agricultural stressors, such as nutrients and fine sediment, is a promising policy instrument to prevent or reduce degradation of stream ecosystem health. We explored the suitability of assemblage thresholds, defined as a point at which a small increase in a stressor will result in a disproportionally large change in assemblage structure relative to other points across the stressor gradient, to inform instream nutrient and sediment objectives...
October 11, 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211942/antifungal-activity-change-of-streptomyces-rimosus-my02-mediated-by-confront-culture-with-other-microorganism
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Jicheng Yu, Qiu Liu, Chao Chen, Xiaohui Qi
Streptomyces rimosus can produce antibacterial and antifungal antibiotics, which have important applications in medicine and agriculture. Seventy-nine microbial strains were employed to assay interaction between S. rimosus MY02 and different fungi, actinomyces, and bacteria when confront cultured on solid media. The results showed that the presence of a microorganism might affect the activity of another one. When S. rimosus MY02 confront cultured with other microorganisms, the inductive effect might be positive or negative...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211914/eco-evolutionary-feedbacks-can-rescue-cooperation-in-microbial-populations
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Clara Moreno-Fenoll, Matteo Cavaliere, Esteban Martínez-García, Juan F Poyatos
Bacterial populations whose growth depends on the cooperative production of public goods are usually threatened by the rise of cheaters that do not contribute but just consume the common resource. Minimizing cheater invasions appears then as a necessary mechanism to maintain these populations. However, that invasions result instead in the persistence of cooperation is a prospect that has yet remained largely unexplored. Here, we show that the demographic collapse induced by cheaters in the population can actually contribute to the rescue of cooperation, in a clear illustration of how ecology and evolution can influence each other...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211849/improvement-of-multiple-agronomic-traits-by-a-disease-resistance-gene-via-cell-wall-reinforcement
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Keming Hu, Jianbo Cao, Jie Zhang, Fan Xia, Yinggen Ke, Haitao Zhang, Wenya Xie, Hongbo Liu, Ying Cui, Yinglong Cao, Xinli Sun, Jinghua Xiao, Xianghua Li, Qinglu Zhang, Shiping Wang
The major disease resistance gene Xa4 confers race-specific durable resistance against Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, which causes the most damaging bacterial disease in rice worldwide. Although Xa4 has been one of the most widely exploited resistance genes in rice production worldwide, its molecular nature remains unknown. Here we show that Xa4, encoding a cell wall-associated kinase, improves multiple traits of agronomic importance without compromising grain yield by strengthening the cell wall via promoting cellulose synthesis and suppressing cell wall loosening...
February 17, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211844/a-tool-named-iris-for-versatile-high-throughput-phenotyping-in-microorganisms
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George Kritikos, Manuel Banzhaf, Lucia Herrera-Dominguez, Alexandra Koumoutsi, Morgane Wartel, Matylda Zietek, Athanasios Typas
Advances in our ability to systematically introduce and track controlled genetic variance in microorganisms have, in the past decade, fuelled high-throughput reverse genetics approaches. When coupled to quantitative readouts, such approaches are extremely powerful at elucidating gene function and providing insights into the underlying pathways and the overall cellular network organization. Yet, until now, all efforts to quantify microbial macroscopic phenotypes have been restricted to monitoring growth in a small number of model microorganisms...
February 17, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211702/antimicrobial-effect-of-biocompatible-silicon-nanoparticles-activated-by-therapeutic-ultrasound
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Svetlana N Shevchenko, Markus Burkhardt, Eugene V Sheval, Ulyana A Natashina, Christina Große, Alexander L Nikolaev, Alexander V Gopin, Ute Neugebauer, Andrew A Kudryavtsev, Vladimir Sivakov, Liubov Andreevna Osminkina
In this study, we report on a method for suppressing of Escherichia coli (E.coli) vitality by means of therapeutic ultrasound irradiation (USI) using biocompatible silicon nanoparticles as cavitation sensitizers. Silicon nanoparticles without (SiNPs) and with polysaccharide (dextran) coating (DSiNPs) were used. Both types of nanoparticles were non-toxic to Hep 2 cells up to concentration of 2 mg/ml. The treatment of bacteria with nanoparticles and application of 1 W/cm2 USI resulted in reduction of their viability up to 35% and 72% for SiNPs and DSiNPs, respectively...
February 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211545/the-effect-of-gut-microbiome-on-tolerance-to-morphine-mediated-antinociception-in-mice
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Minho Kang, Ryan A Mischel, Sukhada Bhave, Essie Komla, Alvin Cho, Charity Huang, William L Dewey, Hamid I Akbarali
There is growing appreciation for the importance of gastrointestinal microbiota in many physiological and pathophysiological processes. While morphine and other narcotics are the most widely prescribed therapy for moderate to severe pain clinically, they have been noted to alter microbial composition and promote bacterial translocation to other tissues. Here we examined the pharmacodynamic properties of chronic morphine in mice following bacterial depletion with oral gavage of an antibiotic cocktail (ABX). ABX significantly reduced gut bacteria and prevented chronic morphine induced increases in gut permeability, colonic mucosal destruction, and colonic IL-1β expression...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211492/the-propensity-of-the-bacterial-rodlin-protein-rdlb-to-form-amyloid-fibrils-determines-its-function-in-streptomyces-coelicolor
#16
Wen Yang, Joost Willemse, Elizabeth B Sawyer, Fei Lou, Weibin Gong, Hong Zhang, Sally L Gras, Dennis Claessen, Sarah Perrett
Streptomyces bacteria form reproductive aerial hyphae that are covered with a pattern of pairwise aligned fibrils called rodlets. The presence of the rodlet layer requires two homologous rodlin proteins, RdlA and RdlB, and the functional amyloid chaplin proteins, ChpA-H. In contrast to the redundancy shared among the eight chaplins, both RdlA and RdlB are indispensable for the establishment of this rodlet structure. By using a comprehensive biophysical approach combined with in vivo characterization we found that RdlB, but not RdlA, readily assembles into amyloid fibrils...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211364/antibacterial-effect-of-novel-biodegradable-and-bioresorbable-plda-mg-composites
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M C Fernández-Calderón, S C Cifuentes, M A Pacha-Olivenza, A M Gallardo-Moreno, L Saldaña, J L González-Carrasco, M T Blanco, N Vilaboa, M L González-Martín, C Pérez-Giraldo
Polylactic acid/Mg composites have been recently proposed for biodegradable osteosynthesis devices because, with regards to the neat polymer, they combine an enhanced biocompatibility and bioactivity with better mechanical properties, particularly creep strength. A question still arises about their bacterial behavior. For this purpose, composites of poly-L-D-lactic acid (PLDA) loaded with 1 and 10 wt.% of Mg microparticles were evaluated using Staphylococcus epidermidis, with special emphasis on the study of bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation...
February 17, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211336/immobilized-and-mgso4-induced-cost-effective-bacterial-disintegration-of-waste-activated-sludge-for-effective-anaerobic-digestion
#18
U Ushani, J Rajesh Banu, S Kavitha, S Kaliappan, Ick Tae Yeom
In this study, an attempt was made to disintegrate waste activated sludge (WAS) in a cost-effective way. During the first phase of this study, effective break down of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) was performed by deflocculating WAS with 0.1 g/g SS of MgSO4. Deflocculation rate was 92% with discharge rate of extractable EPS at 185 mg/L. In the second phase, effective bacterial cell disintegration was obtained at 36 h post treatment. Maximum solubilization of deflocculated sludge was approximately 21%, which was higher than that of flocculated sludge (14...
February 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211331/sulfamethoxazole-and-cod-increase-abundance-of-sulfonamide-resistance-genes-and-change-bacterial-community-structures-within-sequencing-batch-reactors
#19
Xueping Guo, Weihai Pang, Chunling Dou, Daqiang Yin
The abundant microbial community in biological treatment processes in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) may potentially enhance the horizontal gene transfer of antibiotic resistance genes with the presence of antibiotics. A lab-scale sequencing batch reactor was designed to investigate response of sulfonamide resistance genes (sulI, sulII) and bacterial communities to various concentrations of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) of wastewater. The SMX concentrations (0.001 mg/L, 0.1 mg/L and 10 mg/L) decreased with treatment time and higher SMX level was more difficult to remove...
February 1, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211307/local-and-systemic-changes-associated-with-long-term-percutaneous-static-implantation-of-titanium-alloys-in-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
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Galit H Frydman Robert P Marini Vasudevan Bakthavatchalu Kathleen E Biddle Sureshkumar Muthupalani Charles R Vanderburg Barry Lai Pavan K Bendapudi Ronald G Tompkins And James G Fox
Metal alloys are frequently used as implant materials in veterinary medicine. Recent studies suggest that many alloys induce both local and systemic inflammatory responses. In this study, 37 rhesus macaques with long-term skull-anchored percutaneous titanium alloy implants (duration, 0 to 14 y) were evaluated for changes in their hematology, coagulation, and serum chemistry profiles. Negative controls (n = 28) did not have implants. Macaques with implants had higher plasma D-dimer and lower antithrombin III concentrations than nonimplanted animals...
February 16, 2017: Comparative Medicine
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