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Cho Rong Lee, Changman Kim, Young Eun Song, Hyeonsung Im, You-Kwan Oh, Sunghoon Park, Jung Rae Kim
The biological conversion of carbon monoxide (CO) has been highlighted for the development of a C1 gas biorefinery process. Despite this, the toxicity and low reducing equivalent of CO uptake make biological conversion difficult. The use of synthetic co-cultures is an alternative way of enhancing the performance of CO bioconversion. This study evaluated a synthetic co-culture consisting of Citrobacter amalonaticus Y19 and Sporomusa ovata for acetate production from CO. In this consortium, the CO2 and H2 produced by the water-gas shift reaction of C...
March 2, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Pınar Sağıroğlu, Ufuk Hasdemir, Gülşen Altınkanat Gelmez, Burak Aksu, Onur Karatuna, Güner Söyletir
In this study, the performance of the "RESIST-3 O.K.N. K-SeT" (Coris BioConcept, Gembloux, Belgium) immunochromatographic assay was evaluated in 132 Klebsiella pneumoniae comprising 102 carbapenem resistant and 30 carbapenem susceptible isolates. Genotypically known isolates of Gram negative bacteria (n=22) including various species were also tested by the assay as controls. The isolates tested by the immunochromatographic assay and also were run PCR for blaKPC , blaIMP , blaVIM , blaNDM , and blaOXA-48 ...
March 1, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
Nicholas Agyepong, Usha Govinden, Alex Owusu-Ofori, Sabiha Yusuf Essack
Background: Multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria have emerged as major clinical and therapeutic dilemma in hospitals in Ghana.To describe the prevalence and profile of infections attributable to multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria among patients at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Methods: Bacterial cultures were randomly selected from the microbiology laboratory from February to August, 2015. Bacterial identification and minimum inhibitory concentrations were conducted using standard microbiological techniques and the Vitek-2 automated system...
2018: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Omnia A Shaker, Howayda E Gomaa, Shereen A ElMasry, Rania M Abdel Halim, Amany H Abdelrahman, Jackline S Kamal
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of MDI and temocillin disk (30 μg) for detection of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in comparison to real-time PCR. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty specimens submitted to the Microbiology Laboratory of Ain Shams University Hospitals and showed resistance to carbapenem drugs through routine culture and susceptibility testing, were assessed by both temocillin disk (30 μg) and MDI set to detect carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae ...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Inés Bado, Romina Papa Ezdra, Nicolás Cordeiro, Matilde Outeda, Leticia Caiata, Virginia García-Fulgueiras, Verónica Seija, Rafael Vignoli
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the present study was to characterise the mechanisms underlying quinolone and oxyimino-cephalosporin resistance in a Citrobacter freundii clinical isolate obtained from the ICU in Uruguay's University Hospital. METHODS: Citrobacter freundii strain CF638 was isolated from a urine culture. Identification and susceptibility testing were performed using the VITEK® 2 system, and MIC determination and disc diffusion assay, respectively. Resistance genes and mobile genetic elements were identified, by PCR and sequencing...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
Carmen Ventura, Carlos I Briones-Roblero, Emilio Hernández, Flor N Rivera-Orduña, Gerardo Zúñiga
Fruit flies are the most economically important group of phytophagous flies worldwide. Whereas the ecological role of bacteria associated with tephritid fruit fly species of the genera Bactrocera and Ceratitis has been demonstrated, the diversity of the bacterial community in Anastrepha has been poorly characterized. This study represents the first comprehensive analysis of the bacterial community in the gut of larvae and adults of Anastrepha ludens, A. obliqua, A. serpentina, and A. striata using 454 pyrosequencing...
March 8, 2018: Current Microbiology
Cameron S Runte, Umang Jain, Landon J Getz, Sabrina Secord, Asaomi Kuwae, Akio Abe, Jason J LeBlanc, Andrew W Stadnyk, James B Kaper, Anne-Marie Hansen, Nikhil A Thomas
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) use a type 3 secretion system (T3SS) for injection of effectors into host cells and intestinal colonization. Here, we demonstrate that the multicargo chaperone CesT has two strictly conserved tyrosine phosphosites, Y152 and Y153, that regulate differential effector secretion in EPEC. Conservative substitution of both tyrosine residues to phenylalanine strongly attenuated EPEC type 3 effector injection into host cells, and limited Tir effector mediated intimate adherence during infection...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
Torunn Pedersen, John Osei Sekyere, Usha Govinden, Krishnee Moodley, Audun Sivertsen, Ørjan Samuelsen, Sabiha Yusuf Essack, Arnfinn Sundsfjord
Whole-genome sequence analyses revealed the presence of bla NDM-1 ( n =31), bla GES-5 ( n =8), bla OXA-232 ( n =1), or bla NDM-5 ( n =1) in extensively drug-resistant and pandrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae isolated from in-patients in 10 private hospitals (2012-2013) in Durban, South Africa. Two novel NDM-1 encoding plasmids from Klebsiella pneumoniae were closed by PacBio sequencing. In p19-10_01 (IncFIB(K), 223.434 bp) bla NDM-1 was part of a Tn 1548 -like structure (16.276 bp) delineated by IS 26 The multireplicon plasmid p18-43_01 (IncR_1/IncFIB(pB171)/IncFII(Yp); 212...
March 5, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Etinosa O Igbinosa, Jana Rathje, Diana Habermann, Erik Brinks, Gyu-Sung Cho, Charles M A P Franz
In this work, we report the draft whole-genome sequence of the multiply antibiotic-resistant Citrobacter portucalensis strain MBTC-1222 isolated from the uziza leafy vegetable in Nigeria. Sequence analysis showed the assembled genome size to be 4,881,935 bp, containing 4,603 protein-coding genes, 131 pseudogenes, 7 rRNAs, 74 tRNAs, and 9 noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs).
March 1, 2018: Genome Announcements
Ji Yun Bae, Chang Kyung Kang, Su Jin Choi, Eunyoung Lee, Pyoeng Gyun Choe, Wan Beom Park, Nam Joong Kim, Eui Chong Kim, Myoung Don Oh
At an intensive care unit, four neonates died consecutively within 80 minutes. Citrobacter freundii was isolated from blood samples of the 4 patients. It was also cultured from the leftover SMOFlipid that had been infused intravenously into the patients. In this in vitro study, we evaluated the bacterial growth kinetics and change in size of fat globules in SMOFlipid contaminated with C. freundii. Following the growth of bacteria, pH of SMOFlipid decreased to < 6, and the number of fat globules larger than 5 μm increased...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Abdurahman H Hirad, Javed Ahmad, Abdulaziz A Alkhedhairy, Ali H Bahkali, Shams T Khan
Customary consumption of unpasteurized milk by the population in the central Najed region of Saudi Arabia may pose a health risk. Therefore, 80 camel milk samples were collected aseptically from seven different stations of Riyadh region. The biochemical and microbiological properties of these milk samples were determined. Nutrient agar and brain heart infusion agar were used to determine mesophilic aerobic counts (MACs). The MAC in each mL of milk varied from 60 to 16 × 104  CFU/mL on nutrient agar. Based on the colony morphology, 176 colonies were collected from different samples, and these isolates were de-replicated into 80 unique isolates using rep-PCR analysis...
March 2018: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
Ryota Gomi, Tomonari Matsuda, Masaki Yamamoto, Pei-Hsin Chou, Michio Tanaka, Satoshi Ichiyama, Minoru Yoneda, Yasufumi Matsumura
Wastewater is considered a major source of antibiotic-resistant bacteria released into the environment. Here, we characterized carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in wastewater by whole-genome analysis. Wastewater samples (n = 40) were collected from municipal wastewater treatment plants and hospital wastewater in Japan and Taiwan. Samples were screened for CPE using selective media, and the obtained isolates were sequenced using an Illumina MiSeq. The isolates (n = 45) included the following microorganisms: Klebsiella quasipneumoniae (n = 12), Escherichia coli (n = 10), Enterobacter cloacae complex (n = 10), Klebsiella pneumoniae (n = 8), Klebsiella variicola (n = 2), Raoultella ornithinolytica (n = 1), Citrobacter freundii (n = 1), and Citrobacter amalonaticus (n = 1)...
February 26, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Marion L Chevallier, Myriel Cooper, Steffen Kümmel, Agnès Barbance, Denis Le Paslier, Hans Hermann Richnow, Pierre-Loïc Saaidi, Lorenz Adrian
Chlordecone is a synthetic organochlorine pesticide, extensively used in banana plantations of the French West Indies from 1972 to 1993. Due to its environmental persistence and bioaccumulation, it has dramatic public health and socio-economic impact. Here we describe a method for carbon-directed compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA) for chlordecone and apply it to monitor biotic and abiotic reductive transformation reactions, selected on the basis of their distinct product profiles (polychloroindenes versus lower chlorinated hydrochlordecones)...
February 23, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Tracy H Hazen, Roberta T Mettus, Christi L McElheny, Sarah L Bowler, Yohei Doi, David A Rasko
We report here the draft genome sequences of four bla KPC -containing bacteria identified as Klebsiella aerogenes , Citrobacter freundii , and Citrobacter koseri Additionally, we report the draft genome sequence of a K. aerogenes strain that did not contain a bla KPC gene but was isolated from the patient who had the bla KPC-2 -containing K. aerogenes strain.
February 22, 2018: Genome Announcements
Matheus D Baldissera, Carine F Souza, Guerino B Junior, Karen Luise S Moreira, Marcelo L da Veiga, Maria Izabel U M da Rocha, Bernardo Baldisserotto
The precise coupling of spatially separated intracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-producing and ATP-consuming, catalyzed by creatine kinase (CK), adenylate kinase (AK), and pyruvate kinase (PK), is a critical process in the bioenergetics of tissues with high energy demand, such as the branchial tissue. The effects of Citrobacter freundii infection on gills remain poorly understood, limited only to histopathological studies. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate whether experimental infection by C...
February 19, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Kyle Burrows, Frann Antignano, Alistair Chenery, Michael Bramhall, Vladimir Korinek, T Michael Underhill, Colby Zaph
The intestinal immune system must be able to respond to a wide variety of infectious organisms while maintaining tolerance to non-pathogenic microbes and food antigens. The Vitamin A metabolite all-trans-retinoic acid (atRA) has been implicated in the regulation of this balance, partially by regulating innate lymphoid cell (ILC) responses in the intestine. However, the molecular mechanisms of atRA-dependent intestinal immunity and homeostasis remain elusive. Here we define a role for the transcriptional repressor Hypermethylated in cancer 1 (HIC1, ZBTB29) in the regulation of ILC responses in the intestine...
February 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Melina Ruggiero, Delphine Girlich, Laura Dabos, Pablo Power, Thierry Naas, Gabriel Gutkind
The bla PER-2 harboring plasmid pCf587 (191,541 bp) belongs to lineage IncA/C1 and is closely related to pRA1. It contains a large resistance island including the bla PER-2 gene between two copies of IS Kox2 -like elements, the toxin-antitoxin module pemK-pemI, several other resistance genes inserted within a Tn 2 transposon, a Tn 21 -like structure, and a class 1 integron. pCf587 belongs into ST 13, a new pMLST.
February 20, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Jun Liu, Hanying Zhu, Jiawen Qian, Ermeng Xiong, Lumin Zhang, Yan-Qing Wang, Yiwei Chu, Hiromi Kubagawa, Takeshi Tsubata, Ji-Yang Wang
The marginal zone B cells (MZB) are located at the interface between the circulation and lymphoid tissue and as a gatekeeper play important roles in both innate and adaptive immune responses. We have previously found that MZB are significantly reduced in mice deficient in the IgM Fc receptor (FcμR) but how FcμR regulates the development and function of MZB remains unknown. In this study, we found that both marginal zone precursor (MZP) and MZB were decreased in FcμR -/- mice. The reduction of MZP and MZB was not due to impaired proliferation of these cells but rather due to their increased death...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
M Nour, A Alaidarous
Bacterial meningitis poses enormous healthcare challenges due to a high mortality, morbidity and sequelae. Neisseria (N.) meningitidis, Haemophilus (H.) influenzae, Streptococcus (S.) pneumoniae and S. agalactiae remain among the most prevalent infectious agents that cause bacterial meningitis in children. The objective of this study was the simultaneous detection of these pathogens in suspected cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) by using multiplex polymerase chain reaction (mPCR) and compare PCR results with standard diagnostics currently used in clinical practice...
February 15, 2018: Current Research in Translational Medicine
Khwaja Salahuddin Siddiqi, Azamal Husen, Rifaqat A K Rao
Use of silver and silver salts is as old as human civilization but the fabrication of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) has only recently been recognized. They have been specifically used in agriculture and medicine as antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidants. It has been demonstrated that Ag NPs arrest the growth and multiplication of many bacteria such as Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Citrobacter koseri, Salmonella typhii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and fungus Candida albicans by binding Ag/Ag + with the biomolecules present in the microbial cells...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
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