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Acta Odontol Latinoam ; 33(2): 104-111, 2020 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32920612

RESUMO

Candida dubliniensis (Cd) and Candida albicans (Ca) are the most frequently isolated yeasts in HIV+ patients. Some of the enzymes produced by these yeasts are considered virulence factors since they contribute to pathogenicity of Candida spp. The aim of the present study was to compare production of enzymes such as phospholipase (Ph), proteinase (P), and hemolysin (H) by Cd and Ca strains isolated from periodontal HIV-positive patients receiving and not receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Subgingival biofilm samples were obtained using paper points, and a sample of oral mucosa was taken using a swab. Phenotypic and molecular methods were used to isolate 39 strains of Candida, including 25 strains of Cd and 14 strains of Ca, obtained from 33 periodontal pocket samples and 6 oral mucosa samples collected from 15 HIV+ patients (8 receiving and 7 not receiving HAART). Malt egg-yolk agar, albumin agar and blood agar were used to evaluate pH, P and H production respectively. The strains were inoculated in duplicate and incubated at 37 ºC. Colony and halo diameters were measured. A greater proportion of Ca was observed in patients not receiving HAART, and a higher proportion of Cd was observed in those under HAART, Chi2 p< 0.001. Phospholipase production was observed in 92.9% percent of isolated Ca strains but in none of the isolated Cd strains. Proteinase production was high in Ca and Cd strains isolated from patients not receiving HAART. Hemolysin production was observed in all the studied strains, though it was significantly higher (p=0.04) in Ca and Cd strains isolated from patients not receiving HAART. To sum up, the proportion of Candida dubliniensis strains was highest in the subgingival biofilm of patients receiving HAART, and Cd strains were found to express fewer virulence factors than Ca strains.


Assuntos
Terapia Antirretroviral de Alta Atividade/métodos , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Candida albicans/enzimologia , Candida albicans/isolamento & purificação , Candida/enzimologia , Candida/isolamento & purificação , Candidíase Bucal/microbiologia , Gengiva/microbiologia , Infecções por HIV/complicações , Candida/classificação , Candida/genética , Candida albicans/genética , Candidíase Bucal/complicações , Genótipo , Infecções por HIV/microbiologia , Humanos , Mucosa Bucal/microbiologia , Fenótipo , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Fatores de Virulência/genética
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J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol ; 39(2): 125-136, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32749122

RESUMO

Biofilms are a collective of multiple types of bacteria that develop on a variety of surfaces. Biofilm development results in heightened resistance to antibiotics. Quorum sensing plays an important role in biofilm development as it is one of the common communication mechanisms within cells, which balances and stabilizes the environment, when the amount of bacteria increases. Because of the important implications of the roles biofilms play in infectious diseases, it is crucial to investigate natural antibacterial agents that are able to regulate biofilm formation and development. Various studies have suggested that natural plant products have the potential to suppress bacterial growth and exhibit chemopreventive traits in the modulation of biofilm development. In this review, we discuss and collate potential antibiofilm drugs and biological molecules from natural sources, along with their underlying mechanisms of action. In addition, we also discuss the antibiofilm drugs that are currently under clinical trials and highlight their potential future uses.


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Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Biofilmes/efeitos dos fármacos , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções/tratamento farmacológico , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno , Humanos , Infecções/microbiologia , Extratos Vegetais/uso terapêutico , Percepção de Quorum/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008745, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32841296

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Production of an extracellular matrix is essential for biofilm formation, as this matrix both secures and protects the cells it encases. Mechanisms underlying production and assembly of matrices are poorly understood. Vibrio cholerae, relies heavily on biofilm formation for survival, infectivity, and transmission. Biofilm formation requires Vibrio polysaccharide (VPS), which is produced by vps gene-products, yet the function of these products remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate that the vps gene-products vpsO and vpsU encode respectively for a tyrosine kinase and a cognate tyrosine phosphatase. Collectively, VpsO and VpsU act as a tyrosine phosphoregulatory system to modulate VPS production. We present structures of VpsU and the kinase domain of VpsO, and we report observed autocatalytic tyrosine phosphorylation of the VpsO C-terminal tail. The position and amount of tyrosine phosphorylation in the VpsO C-terminal tail represses VPS production and biofilm formation through a mechanism involving the modulation of VpsO oligomerization. We found that tyrosine phosphorylation enhances stability of VpsO. Regulation of VpsO phosphorylation by the phosphatase VpsU is vital for maintaining native VPS levels. This study provides new insights into the mechanism and regulation of VPS production and establishes general principles of biofilm matrix production and its inhibition.


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Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Polissacarídeos Bacterianos/biossíntese , Multimerização Proteica , Proteínas Tirosina Fosfatases/metabolismo , Vibrio cholerae/fisiologia , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Fosforilação/fisiologia , Polissacarídeos Bacterianos/genética , Proteínas Tirosina Fosfatases/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4087, 2020 08 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32796822

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By electronically wiring-up living cells with abiotic conductive surfaces, bioelectrochemical systems (BES) harvest energy and synthesize electric-/solar-chemicals with unmatched thermodynamic efficiency. However, the establishment of an efficient electronic interface between living cells and abiotic surfaces is hindered due to the requirement of extremely close contact and high interfacial area, which is quite challenging for cell and material engineering. Herein, we propose a new concept of a single cell electron collector, which is in-situ built with an interconnected intact conductive layer on and cross the individual cell membrane. The single cell electron collector forms intimate contact with the cellular electron transfer machinery and maximizes the interfacial area, achieving record-high interfacial electron transfer efficiency and BES performance. Thus, this single cell electron collector provides a superior tool to wire living cells with abiotic surfaces at the single-cell level and adds new dimensions for abiotic/biotic interface engineering.


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Eletroquímica/métodos , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Catálise , Eletrodos , Microscopia Eletroquímica de Varredura , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Shewanella/metabolismo , Shewanella/ultraestrutura
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0238386, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32853235

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Moving Bed Biofilm Reactors (MBBRs) can efficiently treat wastewater by incorporating suspended biocarriers that provide attachment surfaces for active microorganisms. The performance of MBBRs for wastewater treatment is, among other factors, contingent upon the characteristics of the surface area of the biocarriers. Thus, novel biocarrier topology designs can potentially increase MBBR performance in a significant manner. The goal of this work is to assess the performance of 3-D-printed biofilter media biocarriers with varying surface area designs for use in nitrifying MBBRs for wastewater treatment. Mathematical models, rendering, and 3D printing were used to design and fabricate gyroid-shaped biocarriers with a high degree of complexity at three different levels of specific surface area (SSA), generally providing greater specific surface areas than currently available commercial designs. The biocarriers were inoculated with a nitrifying bacteria community, and tested in a series of batch reactors for ammonia conversion to nitrate, in three different experimental configurations: constant fill ratio, constant total surface area, and constant biocarrier media count. Results showed that large and medium SSA gyroid biocarriers delivered the best ammonia conversion performance of all designs, and significantly better than that of a standard commercial design. The percentage of ammonia nitrogen conversion at 8 hours for the best performing biocarrier design was: 99.33% (large SSA gyroid, constant fill ratio), 94.74% (medium SSA gyroid, constant total surface area), and 92.73% (large SSA gyroid, constant biocarrier media count). Additionally, it is shown that the ammonia conversion performance was correlated to the specific surface area of the biocarrier, with the greatest rates of ammonia conversion (99.33%) and nitrate production (2.7 mg/L) for manufactured gyroid biocarriers with a specific surface area greater than 1980.5 m2/m3. The results suggest that the performance of commercial MBBRs for wastewater treatment can be greatly improved by manipulation of media design through topology optimization.


Assuntos
Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Reatores Biológicos/microbiologia , Águas Residuárias/análise , Águas Residuárias/microbiologia , Amônia/química , Bactérias/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Meios de Comunicação de Massa , Nitratos/química , Nitrificação/fisiologia , Nitrogênio/química , Impressão Tridimensional , Eliminação de Resíduos Líquidos/métodos
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 205: 111174, 2020 Dec 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32853867

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Smelting wastewater is characterized with high concentration of toxic heavy metals and high acidity, which must be properly treated before discharge. Here, bioelectrochemical system (BES) coupled with thermoelectric generator (TEG) was first demonstrated to simultaneously treat organic wastewater and smelting wastewater by utilizing the simulated waste heat that was abundant in smelting factories. By modulating the input voltage generated from simulated waste heat via TEG to 0, 1.0 and 2.0 V, almost all the Cu2+, Cd2+ and Co2+ in smelting wastewater were sequentially recovered with a respective rate of 121.17, 158.20 and 193.87 mg L-1 d-1. Cu2+ was bioelectrochemically recovered as Cu0. While, Cd2+ and Co2+ were recovered by electrodeposition as Cd(OH)2, CdCO3 or Co(OH)2 on cathodic surface. High throughput sequencing analysis showed that the microbial community of anodic biofilm was greatly shifted after successive treatment by batch-mode. Desulfovibrio (17.00%), Megasphaera (11.81%), Geobacter (10.36%) and Propionibacterium (8.64%) were predominant genera in anodic biofilm enriched from activated sludge in BES before treatment. After successive treatment by batch-mode, Geobacter (34.76%), Microbacter (8.60%) and Desulfovibrio (5.33%) were shifted as the major genera. Economic analysis revealed that it was feasible to use TEG to substitute electrical grid energy to integrate with BES for wastewater treatment. In addition, literature review indicated that it was not uncommon for the coexistence of waste heat with typical pollutants (e.g. heavy metal ions and various biodegradation-resistant organic wastes) that could be treated by BES in different kinds of factories or geothermal sites. This study provides novel insights to expand the application potentials of BES by integrating with TEG to utilize widespread waste heat.


Assuntos
Reatores Biológicos/microbiologia , Técnicas Eletroquímicas/métodos , Metais Pesados/análise , Águas Residuárias/química , Poluentes Químicos da Água/análise , Purificação da Água/métodos , Fontes de Energia Bioelétrica , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Eletrodos , Geobacter/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Temperatura Alta , Esgotos/microbiologia
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(29): 17211-17220, 2020 07 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32611811

RESUMO

The bacterial second messenger cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP) regulates a wide range of cellular functions from biofilm formation to growth and survival. Targeting a second-messenger network is challenging because the system involves a multitude of components with often overlapping functions. Here, we present a strategy to intercept c-di-GMP signaling pathways by directly targeting the second messenger. For this, we developed a c-di-GMP-sequestering peptide (CSP) that was derived from a CheY-like c-di-GMP effector protein. CSP binds c-di-GMP with submicromolar affinity. The elucidation of the CSP⋅c-di-GMP complex structure by NMR identified a linear c-di-GMP-binding motif, in which a self-intercalated c-di-GMP dimer is tightly bound by a network of H bonds and π-stacking interactions involving arginine and aromatic residues. Structure-based mutagenesis yielded a variant with considerably higher, low-nanomolar affinity, which subsequently was shortened to 19 residues with almost uncompromised affinity. We demonstrate that endogenously expressed CSP intercepts c-di-GMP signaling and effectively inhibits biofilm formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the most widely used model for serious biofilm-associated medical implications.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , GMP Cíclico/análogos & derivados , GMP Cíclico/metabolismo , Peptídeos/metabolismo , Sistemas do Segundo Mensageiro , Transdução de Sinais , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Proteínas de Escherichia coli , Modelos Moleculares , Mutagênese , Peptídeos/química , Peptídeos/genética , Mutação Puntual , Conformação Proteica , Domínios Proteicos , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/metabolismo
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(29): 17249-17259, 2020 07 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32641516

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Control of infections caused by carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae continues to be challenging. The success of this pathogen is favored by its ability to acquire antimicrobial resistance and to spread and persist in both the environment and in humans. The emergence of clinically important clones, such as sequence types 11, 15, 101, and 258, has been reported worldwide. However, the mechanisms promoting the dissemination of such high-risk clones are unknown. Unraveling the factors that play a role in the pathobiology and epidemicity of K. pneumoniae is therefore important for managing infections. To address this issue, we studied a carbapenem-resistant ST-15 K. pneumoniae isolate (Kp3380) that displayed a remarkable adherent phenotype with abundant pilus-like structures. Genome sequencing enabled us to identify a chaperone-usher pili system (Kpi) in Kp3380. Analysis of a large K. pneumoniae population from 32 European countries showed that the Kpi system is associated with the ST-15 clone. Phylogenetic analysis of the operon revealed that Kpi belongs to the little-characterized γ2-fimbrial clade. We demonstrate that Kpi contributes positively to the ability of K. pneumoniae to form biofilms and adhere to different host tissues. Moreover, the in vivo intestinal colonizing capacity of the Kpi-defective mutant was significantly reduced, as was its ability to infect Galleria mellonella The findings provide information about the pathobiology and epidemicity of Kpi+ K. pneumoniae and indicate that the presence of Kpi may explain the success of the ST-15 clone. Disrupting bacterial adherence to the intestinal surface could potentially target gastrointestinal colonization.


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Fímbrias Bacterianas/genética , Klebsiella pneumoniae/genética , Chaperonas Moleculares/genética , Células A549 , Animais , Antibacterianos , Aderência Bacteriana/efeitos dos fármacos , Aderência Bacteriana/genética , Biofilmes/efeitos dos fármacos , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Carbapenêmicos/farmacologia , Linhagem Celular , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana Múltipla/genética , Células Epiteliais/microbiologia , Europa (Continente) , Feminino , Deleção de Genes , Genes Bacterianos/genética , Humanos , Infecções por Klebsiella , Klebsiella pneumoniae/citologia , Klebsiella pneumoniae/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Tipagem de Sequências Multilocus , Óperon , Filogenia
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Aquat Toxicol ; 226: 105559, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32652412

RESUMO

High nitrate (NO3--N) concentration is a growing aquatic risk concern worldwide. However, adverse effects of high NO3--N concentration on submerged macrophytes-epiphytic biofilms are unclear. In this study, the alterations in physiological changes, biofilms formation and chemical compositions were investigated on leaves of Vallisneria asiatica exposed to different NO3--N concentrations. The findings showed that 10 mg L-1NO3--N resulted in low photosynthetic efficiency by inhibiting chlorophyll content 26.2 % and decreased intrinsic efficiency of photosystem II significantly at 14th day post treatment. Malondialdehyde, several antioxidant enzyme activities (i.e., superoxide dismutase, peroxidase and catalase), and secondary metabolites (i.e., phenolic compounds and anthocyanin) were all significantly up-regulated with 10 mg L-1NO3--N, implied oxidative stress were stimulated. However, no significant alterations in these indicators were observed with 5 mg L-1NO3--N. Compared to control, 10 mg L-1NO3--N concentration significantly stimulated microbes growth in biofilm and reduced the roughness of leaf-biofilms surface, but it had little effect on the biofilms distribution (from single clone to blocks) as revealed by scanning electron microscope and multifractal analysis. Results from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the percentage of P, Cl, K and the ratio of O1 (-O-) /O2 (C = O) were higher in leaves of control than treatments with 10 mg L-1NO3--N, indicating that 10 mg L-1NO3--N concentration exhibited significant inhibition of chemical activity and nutrient uptake of the leaf surfaces. Overall, these results demonstrated that high NO3--N does stimulate the biofilm growth and can cause negative impacts on submerged macrophytes growth.


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Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Hydrocharitaceae/efeitos dos fármacos , Nitratos/toxicidade , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Folhas de Planta/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Biofilmes/efeitos dos fármacos , Catalase/metabolismo , Clorofila/metabolismo , Hydrocharitaceae/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Hydrocharitaceae/metabolismo , Hydrocharitaceae/microbiologia , Malondialdeído/metabolismo , Peroxidases/metabolismo , Fotossíntese/efeitos dos fármacos , Folhas de Planta/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Folhas de Planta/metabolismo , Folhas de Planta/microbiologia , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo
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J Med Microbiol ; 69(8): 1079-1088, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32729813

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Introduction. Linezolid-resistant (LZR) Staphylococcus capitis has recently emerged in our hospital, and its potential resistance mechanisms are still not clear.Aim. This study aimed to investigate the epidemiology, clinical and genetic characteristics, resistance mechanisms and biofilm formation capacity of LZR S. capitis isolated from patients at Huashan Hospital, Shanghai, PR China between 2012 and 2018.Methodology. Strains were subjected to antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) with antibiotics using the broth microdilution method according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines. The presence of cfr, optrA and poxtA, as well as mutations in the 23S ribosomal (r)RNA and ribosomal proteins, was investigated using PCR and sequencing techniques. The genetic relationship between isolates was analysed using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole-genome sequencing (WGS). Biofilm biomasses were detected by using crystal violet staining.Results. Twenty-one LZR S. capitis strains displayed MICs of 32-512 µg ml-1. All LZR strains showed G2576T and C2104T mutations in the 23S rRNA V region. Besides G2576T and C2104T, no base mutations were detected in the V region. The cfr was detected in 12 strains, while optrA and poxtA were not amplified in 21 S. capitis strains. PFGE showed that the LZR S. capitis strains belonged to a single clone. The phylogenetic tree showed that 20 LZR S. capitis strains were highly similar to LNZR-1, isolated from Harbin (located in the north of China) in 2013, which showed resistance to linezolid.Conclusions. In this research, cfr-negative strains displayed linezolid MICs of 32 µg ml-1. In comparison, cfr-positive strains exhibited linezolid MICs of 128-512 µg ml-1, indicating that high levels of linezolid resistance appear to be related to the presence of cfr. The outbreak of LZR S. capitis in our hospital needs to be monitored closely.


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Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Linezolida/farmacologia , Infecções Estafilocócicas/epidemiologia , Staphylococcus capitis/efeitos dos fármacos , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , China/epidemiologia , DNA Bacteriano/isolamento & purificação , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/genética , Eletroforese em Gel de Campo Pulsado , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação , Oxazolidinonas/farmacologia , RNA Ribossômico 23S/genética , Infecções Estafilocócicas/microbiologia , Staphylococcus capitis/genética , Staphylococcus capitis/fisiologia , Sequenciamento Completo do Genoma , Adulto Jovem
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 453, 2020 Jun 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32600258

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INTRODUCTION: Uropathogenic E. coli is the leading cause of Urinary tract infections (UTIs), contributing to 80-90% of all community-acquired and 30-50% of all hospital-acquired UTIs. Biofilm forming Uropathogenic E. coli are associated with persistent and chronic inflammation leading to complicated and or recurrent UTIs. Biofilms provide an environment for poor antibiotic penetration and horizontal transfer of virulence genes which favors the development of Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO). Understanding biofilm formation and antimicrobial resistance determinants of Uropathogenic E. coli strains will provide insight into the development of treatment options for biofilm-associated UTIs. The aim of this study was to determine the biofilm forming capability, presence of virulence genes and antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of Uropathogenic E. coli isolates in Uganda. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study carried in the Clinical Microbiology and Molecular biology laboratories at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. We randomly selected 200 Uropathogenic E. coli clinical isolates among the stored isolates collected between January 2018 and December 2018 that had significant bacteriuria (> 105 CFU). All isolates were subjected to biofilm detection using the Congo Red Agar method and Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed using the Kirby disk diffusion method. The isolates were later subjected PCR for the detection of Urovirulence genes namely; Pap, Fim, Sfa, Afa, Hly and Cnf, using commercially designed primers. RESULTS: In this study, 62.5% (125/200) were positive biofilm formers and 78% (156/200) of these were multi-drug resistant (MDR). The isolates were most resistant to Trimethoprim sulphamethoxazole and Amoxicillin (93%) followed by gentamycin (87%) and the least was imipenem (0.5%). Fim was the most prevalent Urovirulence gene (53.5%) followed by Pap (21%), Sfa (13%), Afa (8%), Cnf (5.5%) and Hyl (0%). CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrate a high prevalence of biofilm-forming Uropathogenic E. coli strains that are highly associated with the MDR phenotype. We recommend routine surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and biofilm formation to understand the antibiotics suitable in the management of biofilm-associated UTIs.


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Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Infecções por Escherichia coli/epidemiologia , Infecções Urinárias/epidemiologia , Escherichia coli Uropatogênica/genética , Escherichia coli Uropatogênica/patogenicidade , Estudos Transversais , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana Múltipla/genética , Infecções por Escherichia coli/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Escherichia coli/microbiologia , Humanos , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Fenótipo , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Prevalência , Uganda/epidemiologia , Infecções Urinárias/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções Urinárias/microbiologia , Escherichia coli Uropatogênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Escherichia coli Uropatogênica/isolamento & purificação , Virulência/genética , Fatores de Virulência/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0236441, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32701973

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Biofilms are microbial communities embedded in an extracellular polymeric matrix and display an enhanced tolerance to the action of antimicrobials. The emergence of novel functionalised nanoparticles is considered a promising avenue for the development of biofilm-specific antimicrobial technologies. However, there is a gap in the understanding of interactions between nanoparticles and the biofilm matrix. Particularly, questions are raised on how nanoparticle charge and surface groups play a role in aggregation when in contact with biofilm components. Herein we present the synthesis of four types of silica nanoparticles and undertake an analysis of their interactions with Pseudomonas fluorescens biofilm matrix. The effect of the biofilm matrix components on the charge and aggregation of the nanoparticles was assessed. Additionally, the study focused on the role of matrix proteins, with the in-depth characterisation of the protein corona of each nanoparticle by Liquid Chromatography with Tandem Mass Spectrometry experiments. The protein corona composition is dependent on the nanoparticle type; non-functionalised nanoparticles show less protein selectivity, whereas carboxylate-functionalised nanoparticles prefer proteins with a higher isoelectric point. These outcomes provide insights into the field of biofilm-nanoparticle interactions that can be valuable for the design of new nano-based targeting systems in future anti-biofilm applications.


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Biofilmes/efeitos dos fármacos , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Pseudomonas fluorescens/efeitos dos fármacos , Dióxido de Silício/farmacologia , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Cromatografia Líquida , Humanos , Coroa de Proteína/química , Mapas de Interação de Proteínas/efeitos dos fármacos , Pseudomonas fluorescens/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Dióxido de Silício/química , Espectrometria de Massas em Tandem
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PLoS Genet ; 16(7): e1008779, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32730248

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Staphylococcus aureus is an opportunistic pathogen that can grow in a wide array of conditions: on abiotic surfaces, on the skin, in the nose, in planktonic or biofilm forms and can cause many type of infections. Consequently, S. aureus must be able to adapt rapidly to these changing growth conditions, an ability largely driven at the posttranscriptional level. RNA helicases of the DEAD-box family play an important part in this process. In particular, CshA, which is part of the degradosome, is required for the rapid turnover of certain mRNAs and its deletion results in cold-sensitivity. To understand the molecular basis of this phenotype, we conducted a large genetic screen isolating 82 independent suppressors of cold growth. Full genome sequencing revealed the fatty acid synthesis pathway affected in many suppressor strains. Consistent with that result, sublethal doses of triclosan, a FASII inhibitor, can partially restore growth of a cshA mutant in the cold. Overexpression of the genes involved in branched-chain fatty acid synthesis was also able to suppress the cold-sensitivity. Using gas chromatography analysis of fatty acids, we observed an imbalance of straight and branched-chain fatty acids in the cshA mutant, compared to the wild-type. This imbalance is compensated in the suppressor strains. Thus, we reveal for the first time that the cold sensitive growth phenotype of a DEAD-box mutant can be explained, at least partially, by an improper membrane composition. The defect correlates with an accumulation of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex mRNA, which is inefficiently degraded in absence of CshA. We propose that the resulting accumulation of acetyl-CoA fuels straight-chained fatty acid production at the expense of the branched ones. Strikingly, addition of acetate into the medium mimics the cshA deletion phenotype, resulting in cold sensitivity suppressed by the mutations found in our genetic screen or by sublethal doses of triclosan.


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RNA Helicases DEAD-box/genética , Ácidos Graxos/metabolismo , Infecções Estafilocócicas/genética , Staphylococcus aureus/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Ácidos Graxos/genética , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica/genética , Humanos , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Infecções Estafilocócicas/microbiologia , Infecções Estafilocócicas/patologia , Staphylococcus aureus/patogenicidade
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Chemosphere ; 260: 127514, 2020 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32688309

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The main aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of an air membrane bioreactor (aMBR) for the treatment of gas-phase methanol. A laboratory-scale hollow fiber aMBR was operated for 150 days, at inlet methanol concentrations varying between 2 and 30 g m-3 and at empty bed residence times (EBRT) of 30, 10 and 5 s. Under steady-state conditions, a maximum methanol removal efficiency (RE) of 98% was obtained at an EBRT of 30 s and a decrease in RE of methanol was observed at lower EBRTs. On increasing the inlet loading rate, some portion of gas-phase MeOH was stripped into the liquid phase due to its solubility in water. Under transient conditions, the MeOH removal efficiency dropped from an average value of 95%-90% after 5 h of 10-fold shock load and dropped from an average value of 95%-88% under 5-fold increase in shock load. During transient-state tests, the aMBR performed well under different upset loading conditions and a drop in RE of ∼ 5-10% was observed. However, the aMBR performance was restored within 1-2 days when pre-shock conditions were restored. The results from microbial structure analysis revealed a big shift of the dominant methanol degrader, from Candida boidinii strain TBRC 217 to Xanthobacter sp. and Fusicolla sp., respectively.


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Poluentes Atmosféricos/análise , Reatores Biológicos/microbiologia , Membranas Artificiais , Metanol/análise , Biodegradação Ambiental , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Candida/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Desenho de Equipamento , Filtração/métodos , Xanthobacter/crescimento & desenvolvimento
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0236599, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32722685

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The increasing prevalence of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as components of new functional materials has the unintended consequence of causing increases in CNT concentrations in aqueous environments. Aqueous systems are reservoirs for bacteria, including human and animal pathogens, that can form biofilms. At high concentrations, CNTs have been shown to display biocidal effects; however, at low concentrations, the interaction between CNTs and bacteria is more complicated, and antimicrobial action is highly dependent upon the properties of the CNTs in suspension. Here, impact of low concentrations of multiwalled CNTs (MWCNTs) on the biofilm-forming opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa is studied. Using phase contrast and confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, and antibiotic tolerance assays, it is found that sub-lethal concentrations (2 mg/L) of MWCNTs promote aggregation of P. aeruginosa into multicellular clusters. However, the antibiotic tolerance of these "young" bacterial-CNT aggregates is similar to that of CNT-free cultures. Overall, our results indicate that the co-occurrence of MWCNTs and P. aeruginosa in aqueous systems, which promotes the increased number and size of bacterial aggregates, could increase the dose to which humans or animals are exposed.


Assuntos
Antibacterianos/química , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Nanotubos de Carbono/química , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/efeitos dos fármacos , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/fisiologia , Biofilmes/efeitos dos fármacos , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Suspensões
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0236842, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32730363

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Cyanobacteria can form biofilms in nature, which have ecological roles and high potential for practical applications. In order to study them we need biofilm models that contain healthy cells and can withstand physical manipulations needed for structural studies. At present, combined studies on the structural and physiological features of axenic cyanobacterial biofilms are limited, mostly due to the shortage of suitable model systems. Here, we present a simple method to establish biofilms using the cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC6803 under standard laboratory conditions to be directly used for photosynthetic activity measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). We found that glass microfiber filters (GMF) with somewhat coarse surface features provided a suitable skeleton to form Synechocystis PCC6803 biofilms. Being very fragile, untreated GMFs were unable to withstand the processing steps needed for SEM. Therefore, we used polyhydroxybutyrate coating to stabilize the filters. We found that up to five coats resulted in GMF stabilization and made possible to obtain high resolution SEM images of the structure of the surface-attached cells and the extensive exopolysaccharide and pili network, which are essential features of biofilm formation. By using pulse-amplitude modulated variable chlorophyll fluorescence imaging, it was also demonstrated that the biofilms contain photosynthetically active cells. Therefore, the Synechocystis PCC6803 biofilms formed on coated GMFs can be used for both structural and functional investigations. The model presented here is easy to replicate and has a potential for high-throughput studies.


Assuntos
Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura/métodos , Polissacarídeos Bacterianos/metabolismo , Synechocystis/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Synechocystis/ultraestrutura , Membrana Celular/ultraestrutura , Polissacarídeos Bacterianos/ultraestrutura , Synechocystis/metabolismo
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(32): 19446-19454, 2020 08 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32723829

RESUMO

Antimicrobial peptides are important candidates for developing new classes of antibiotics because of their potency against antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Current research focuses on topical applications and it is unclear how to design peptides with systemic efficacy. To address this problem, we designed two potent peptides by combining database-guided discovery with structure-based design. When bound to membranes, these two short peptides with an identical amino acid composition can adopt two distinct amphipathic structures: A classic horizontal helix (horine) and a novel vertical spiral structure (verine). Their horizontal and vertical orientations on membranes were determined by solid-state 15N NMR data. While horine was potent primarily against gram-positive pathogens, verine showed broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. Both peptides protected greater than 80% mice from infection-caused deaths. Moreover, horine and verine also displayed significant systemic efficacy in different murine models comparable to conventional antibiotics. In addition, they could eliminate resistant pathogens and preformed biofilms. Significantly, the peptides showed no nephrotoxicity to mice after intraperitoneal or intravenous administration for 1 wk. Our study underscores the significance of horine and verine in fighting drug-resistant pathogens.


Assuntos
Antibacterianos/química , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Peptídeos Catiônicos Antimicrobianos/química , Peptídeos Catiônicos Antimicrobianos/farmacologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Antibacterianos/metabolismo , Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Peptídeos Catiônicos Antimicrobianos/metabolismo , Peptídeos Catiônicos Antimicrobianos/uso terapêutico , Bactérias/efeitos dos fármacos , Bactérias/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Infecções Bacterianas/tratamento farmacológico , Biofilmes/efeitos dos fármacos , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Bases de Dados de Proteínas , Desenho de Fármacos , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Interações Hidrofóbicas e Hidrofílicas , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Transgênicos , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Resultado do Tratamento
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0235283, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32614918

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Recurrent caries, the development of carious lesions at the interface between the restorative material and the tooth structure, is highly prevalent and represents the primary cause for failure of dental restorations. Correspondingly, we exploited the self-assembly and strong antibiofilm activity of amphipathic antimicrobial peptides (AAMPs) to form novel coatings on dentin that aimed to prevent recurrent caries at susceptible cavosurface margins. AAMPs are alternative to traditional antimicrobial agents and antibiotics with the ability to target the complex and heterogeneous organization of microbial communities. Unlike approaches that have focused on using these AAMPs in aqueous solutions for a transient activity, here we assess the effects on microcosm biofilms of a long-acting AAMPs-based antibiofilm coating to protect the tooth-composite interface. Genomewise, we studied the impact of AAMPs coatings on the dental plaque microbial community. We found that non-native all D-amino acids AAMPs coatings induced a marked shift in the plaque community and selectively targeted three primary acidogenic colonizers, including the most common taxa around Class II composite restorations. Accordingly, we investigated the translational potential of our antibiofilm dentin using multiphoton pulsed near infra-red laser for deep bioimaging to assess the impact of AAMPs-coated dentin on plaque biofilms along dentin-composite interfaces. Multiphoton enabled us to record the antibiofilm potency of AAMPs-coated dentin on plaque biofilms throughout exaggeratedly failed interfaces. In conclusion, AAMPs-coatings on dentin showed selective and long-acting antibiofilm activity against three dominant acidogenic colonizers and potential to resist recurrent caries to promote and sustain the interfacial integrity of adhesive-based interfaces.


Assuntos
Anti-Infecciosos/administração & dosagem , Peptídeos Catiônicos Antimicrobianos/administração & dosagem , Biofilmes/efeitos dos fármacos , Placa Dentária/tratamento farmacológico , Anti-Infecciosos/farmacologia , Peptídeos Catiônicos Antimicrobianos/farmacologia , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Materiais Revestidos Biocompatíveis/química , Dentina/química , Dentina/microbiologia , Durapatita/química , Humanos , Proteínas Imobilizadas/administração & dosagem , Proteínas Imobilizadas/farmacologia , Microbiota/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0232549, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32484808

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Prodigiosin is an important secondary metabolite produced by Serratia marcescens. It can help strains resist stresses from other microorganisms and environmental factors to achieve self-preservation. Prodigiosin is also a promising secondary metabolite due to its pharmacological characteristics. However, pigmentless S. marcescens mutants always emerge after prolonged starvation, which might be a way for the bacteria to adapt to starvation conditions, but it could be a major problem in the industrial application of S. marcescens. To identify the molecular mechanisms of loss of prodigiosin production, two mutants were isolated after 16 days of prolonged incubation of wild-type (WT) S. marcescens 1912768R; one mutant (named 1912768WR) exhibited reduced production of prodigiosin, and a second mutant (named 1912768W) was totally defective. Comparative genomic analysis revealed that the two mutants had either mutations or deletions in rpoS. Knockout of rpoS in S. marcescens 1912768R had pleiotropic effects. Complementation of rpoS in the ΔrpoS mutant further confirmed that RpoS was a positive regulator of prodigiosin production and that its regulatory role in prodigiosin biosynthesis was opposite that in Serratia sp. ATCC 39006, which had a different type of pig cluster; further, rpoS from Serratia sp. ATCC 39006 and other strains complemented the prodigiosin defect of the ΔrpoS mutant, suggesting that the pig promoters are more important than the genes in the regulation of prodigiosin production. Deletion of rpoS strongly impaired the resistance of S. marcescens to stresses but increased membrane permeability for nutritional competence; competition assays in rich and minimum media showed that the ΔrpoS mutant outcompeted its isogenic WT strain. All these data support the idea that RpoS is pleiotropic and that the loss of prodigiosin biosynthesis in S. marcescens 1912768R during prolonged incubation is due to a mutation in rpoS, which appears to be a self-preservation and nutritional competence (SPANC) trade-off.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Enzimas/metabolismo , Prodigiosina/biossíntese , Serratia marcescens/fisiologia , Sideróforos/biossíntese , Fator sigma/metabolismo , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Permeabilidade da Membrana Celular/fisiologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Movimento/fisiologia , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Fator sigma/genética , Estresse Fisiológico
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Cochrane Database Syst Rev ; 6: CD009528, 2020 06 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32520436

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Clinicians typically select the antibiotics used to treat pulmonary infections in people with cystic fibrosis based on the results of antimicrobial susceptibility testing performed on bacteria traditionally grown in a planktonic mode (grown in a liquid). However, there is considerable evidence to suggest that Pseudomonas aeruginosa actually grows in a biofilm (or slime layer) in the airways of people with cystic fibrosis with chronic pulmonary infections. Therefore, choosing antibiotics based on biofilm rather than conventional antimicrobial susceptibility testing could potentially improve response to treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in people with cystic fibrosis. This is an update of a previously published Cochrane Review. OBJECTIVES: To compare biofilm antimicrobial susceptibility testing-driven therapy to conventional antimicrobial susceptibility testing-driven therapy in the treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in people with cystic fibrosis. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis Trials Register, compiled from electronic database searches and handsearching of journals and conference abstract books. Most recent search: 07 April 2020. We also searched two ongoing trials registries and the reference lists of relevant articles and reviews. Most recent searches: 07 April 2020 and 05 September 2017. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of antibiotic therapy based on biofilm antimicrobial susceptibility testing compared to antibiotic therapy based on conventional antimicrobial susceptibility testing in the treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa pulmonary infection in people with cystic fibrosis. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Two authors independently selected RCTs, assessed their risk of bias and extracted data from eligible trials. Additionally, the review authors contacted the trial investigators to obtain further information. The quality of the evidence was assessed using the GRADE criteria. MAIN RESULTS: The searches identified two multicentre, double-blind RCTs eligible for inclusion in the review with a total of 78 participants (adults and children); one RCT was undertaken in people who were clinically stable, the second was in people experiencing pulmonary exacerbations. Both RCTs prospectively assessed whether the use of biofilm antimicrobial susceptibility testing improved microbiological and clinical outcomes in participants with cystic fibrosis who were infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The primary outcome was the change in sputum Pseudomonas aeruginosa density from the beginning to the end of antibiotic therapy. Although the intervention was shown to be safe, the data from these two RCTs did not provide evidence that biofilm susceptibility testing was superior to conventional susceptibility testing either in terms of microbiological or lung function outcomes. One of the trials also measured risk and time to subsequent exacerbation as well as quality of life measures and did not demonstrate any difference between groups in these outcomes. Both RCTs had an overall low risk of bias and the quality of the evidence using GRADE criteria was deemed to be moderate to high for the outcomes selected. AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: The current evidence is insufficient to recommend choosing antibiotics based on biofilm antimicrobial susceptibility testing rather than conventional antimicrobial susceptibility testing in the treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa pulmonary infections in people with cystic fibrosis. Biofilm antimicrobial susceptibility testing may be more appropriate in the development of newer, more effective formulations of drugs which can then be tested in clinical trials.


Assuntos
Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Biofilmes/efeitos dos fármacos , Fibrose Cística/complicações , Infecções por Pseudomonas/tratamento farmacológico , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções Respiratórias/tratamento farmacológico , Adolescente , Adulto , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana/métodos , Infecções por Pseudomonas/complicações , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/fisiologia , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto , Infecções Respiratórias/microbiologia , Escarro/microbiologia
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