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Water Sci Technol ; 82(6): 1009-1024, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33055392

RESUMO

In microalgae harvesting, flocculation is usually a compulsory preliminary step to further separation by sedimentation or flotation. For some microalgae species, and under certain growth conditions, flocculation can occur naturally. Natural flocculation presents many advantages as it does not require the addition of any flocculants to the culture medium and shows high efficiency rate. But because natural flocculation is so specific to the species and conditions, and thanks to the knowledge accumulated over the last years on flocculation mechanisms, researchers have developed strategies to induce this natural harvesting. In this review, we first decipher at the molecular scale the underlying mechanisms of natural flocculation and illustrate them by selected studies from the literature. Then we describe the developed strategies to induce natural flocculation that include the use of biopolymers, chemically modified or not, or involve mixed species cultures. But all these strategies need the addition of external compounds or microorganism which can present some issues. Thus alternative directions to completely eliminate the need for an external molecule, through genetic engineering of microalgae strains, are presented and discussed in the third part of this review.


Assuntos
Microalgas , Bioensaio , Biomassa , Meios de Cultura , Floculação
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J Contemp Dent Pract ; 21(7): 776-780, 2020 Jul 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33020362

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AIM: To evaluate the ability of osteogenic culture media in comparison with regular growth culture media in enhancing the osteoblastic cell differentiation of human periodontal ligament stem cells (hPDLSCs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro cultures of commercially obtained hPDLSCs were seeded onto xenograft bone blocks in both regular and osteogenic media. Confocal laser microscope images were obtained for cellular differentiation and adhesion, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images were obtained to validate the osteogenic differentiation by showing the morphological characteristics of the newly formed cells. RESULTS: Confocal laser microscope analysis showed positive staining for new bone cells with an increased signal intensity when samples were cultured in osteogenic culture media compared with regular culture media. These findings indicate the effect of the active ingredients of the osteogenic culture media in enhancing the osteogenic differentiation hPDLSC. Scanning electron microscopy images validated the osteogenic differentiation showing a flattened, polygonal morphology with multiple extending cytoplasmic processes of new cells. CONCLUSION: Xenograft bone blocks are biocompatible scaffold for the osteogenic differentiation of seeded hPDLSCs. Osteogenic culture media enhances and increases the osteogenic differentiation of hPDLSCs into new bone cells more than regular growth culture media. Periodontal ligament stem cells are a predictable biological input as a cell-based tissue-engineered construct and biologically acceptable when it is cultured in a suitable growth media that mimics the intended environment. CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Consideration of the clinical use of equine bone blocks and periodontal ligament stem cells in a suitable biological environment as a potential new option for bone regeneration techniques.


Assuntos
Osteogênese , Ligamento Periodontal , Animais , Células Cultivadas , Meios de Cultura , Cavalos , Humanos , Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura , Células-Tronco
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4989, 2020 10 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33020476

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We postulate that exit from pluripotency involves intermediates that retain pluripotency while simultaneously exhibiting lineage-bias. Using a MIXL1 reporter, we explore mesoderm lineage-bias within the human pluripotent stem cell compartment. We identify a substate, which at the single cell level coexpresses pluripotent and mesodermal gene expression programmes. Functionally these cells initiate stem cell cultures and exhibit mesodermal bias in differentiation assays. By promoting mesodermal identity through manipulation of WNT signalling while preventing exit from pluripotency using lysophosphatidic acid, we 'trap' and maintain cells in a lineage-biased stem cell state through multiple passages. These cells correspond to a normal state on the differentiation trajectory, the plasticity of which is evidenced by their reacquisition of an unbiased state upon removal of differentiation cues. The use of 'cross-antagonistic' signalling to trap pluripotent stem cell intermediates with different lineage-bias may have general applicability in the efficient production of cells for regenerative medicine.


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Reprogramação Celular , Mesoderma/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/citologia , Animais , Diferenciação Celular/genética , Linhagem Celular , Linhagem da Célula , Plasticidade Celular/genética , Autorrenovação Celular , Meios de Cultura , Células-Tronco Embrionárias/citologia , Células-Tronco Embrionárias/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0238452, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866191

RESUMO

The filamentous fungus Acremonium chrysogenum is the main industrial producer of cephalosporin C (CPC), one of the major precursors for manufacturing of cephalosporin antibiotics. The plasma membrane H+-ATPase (PMA) plays a key role in numerous fungal physiological processes. Previously we observed a decrease of PMA activity in A. chrysogenum overproducing strain RNCM 408D (HY) as compared to the level the wild-type strain A. chrysogenum ATCC 11550. Here we report the relationship between PMA activity and CPC biosynthesis in A. chrysogenum strains. The elevation of PMA activity in HY strain through overexpression of PMA1 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, under the control of the constitutive gpdA promoter from Aspergillus nidulans, results in a 1.2 to 10-fold decrease in CPC production, shift in beta-lactam intermediates content, and is accompanied by the decrease in cef genes expression in the fermentation process; the characteristic colony morphology on agar media is also changed. The level of PMA activity in A. chrysogenum HY OE::PMA1 strains has been increased by 50-100%, up to the level observed in WT strain, and was interrelated with ATP consumption; the more PMA activity is elevated, the more ATP level is depleted. The reduced PMA activity in A. chrysogenum HY strain may be one of the selected events during classical strain improvement, aimed at elevating the ATP content available for CPC production.


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Acremonium/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Cefalosporinas/biossíntese , Cefalosporinas/metabolismo , ATPases Translocadoras de Prótons/metabolismo , Adenosina Trifosfatases/metabolismo , Meios de Cultura/metabolismo , Fermentação/fisiologia , Regulação Fúngica da Expressão Gênica/fisiologia , beta-Lactamas/metabolismo
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Cochrane Database Syst Rev ; 9: CD007421, 2020 09 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32876946

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in the Cochrane Library (2010, Issue 7). To increase the success rate of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), adherence compounds such as hyaluronic acid (HA) have been introduced into subfertility management. Adherence compounds are added to the embryo transfer medium to increase the likelihood of embryo implantation, with the potential for higher clinical pregnancy and live birth rates. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether adding adherence compounds to embryo transfer media could improve pregnancy outcomes, including improving live birth and decreasing miscarriage, in women undergoing assisted reproduction. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group Trials Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, and PsycINFO electronic databases on 7 January 2020 for randomised controlled trials that examined the effects of adherence compounds in embryo transfer media on pregnancy outcomes. Furthermore, we communicated with experts in the field, searched trials registries, checked reference lists of relevant studies, and conference abstracts were handsearched. SELECTION CRITERIA: Only truly randomised controlled trials comparing embryo transfer media containing functional concentrations of adherence compounds to media with no or low adherence compound concentrations were included. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Two review authors selected trials for inclusion according to the above criteria, after which the same two review authors independently extracted data for subsequent analysis. Statistical analysis was performed according to the guidelines developed by Cochrane. We combined data to calculate pooled risk ratios (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). We assessed statistical heterogeneity using the I² statistic. We used GRADE methods to assess the overall quality of evidence for the main comparisons. MAIN RESULTS: We analysed 26 studies with a total of 6704 participants. Overall, the certainty of evidence was low to moderate: the main limitations were imprecision and/or heterogeneity. Compared to embryos transferred in media containing no or low (0.125 mg/mL) HA, the addition of functional (0.5 mg/mL) HA concentrations to the transfer media probably increases the live birth rate (RR 1.21, 95% CI 1.1 to 1.31; 10 RCTs, N = 4066; I² = 33%; moderate-quality evidence). This suggests that if the chance of live birth following no HA addition in media is assumed to be 33%, the chance following HA addition would be between 37% and 44%. The addition of HA may slightly decrease miscarriage rates (RR 0.82, 95% CI 0.67 to 1.00; 7 RCTs, N = 3091; I² = 66%; low-quality evidence). Nevertheless, when only studies with low risk of bias were included in the analysis, there was no conclusive evidence of a difference in miscarriage rates (RR 0.96, 95% CI 0.75 to 1.23; N = 2219; I² = 36%). Adding HA to transfer media probably results in an increase in both clinical pregnancy (RR 1.16, 95% CI 1.09 to 1.23; 17 studies, N = 5247; I² = 40%; moderate-quality evidence) and multiple pregnancy rates (RR 1.45, 95% CI 1.24 to 1.70; 7 studies, N = 3337; I² = 36%; moderate-quality evidence). We are uncertain of the effect of HA added to transfer media on the rate of total adverse events (RR 0.86, 95% CI 0.40 to 1.84; 3 studies, N = 1487; I² = 0%; low-quality evidence). AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: Moderate-quality evidence shows improved clinical pregnancy and live birth rates with the addition of HA as an adherence compound in embryo transfer media in ART. Low-quality evidence suggests that adding HA may slightly decrease miscarriage rates, but when only studies at low risk of bias were included in the analysis, the results were inconclusive. HA had no clear effect on the rate of total adverse events. The increase in multiple pregnancy rates may be due to combining an adherence compound and transferring more than one embryo. Further studies of adherence compounds with single embryo transfer need to be undertaken.


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Meios de Cultura/química , Implantação do Embrião/efeitos dos fármacos , Adesivo Tecidual de Fibrina/farmacologia , Ácido Hialurônico/farmacologia , Técnicas de Reprodução Assistida , Adesivos Teciduais/farmacologia , Aborto Espontâneo/epidemiologia , Adulto , Implantação do Embrião/fisiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Nascimento Vivo/epidemiologia , Gravidez , Gravidez Múltipla/estatística & dados numéricos , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4480, 2020 09 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32900992

RESUMO

Macroautophagy initiates by formation of isolation membranes, but the source of phospholipids for the membrane biogenesis remains elusive. Here, we show that autophagic membranes incorporate newly synthesized phosphatidylcholine, and that CTP:phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase ß3 (CCTß3), an isoform of the rate-limiting enzyme in the Kennedy pathway, plays an essential role. In starved mouse embryo fibroblasts, CCTß3 is initially recruited to autophagic membranes, but upon prolonged starvation, it concentrates on lipid droplets that are generated from autophagic degradation products. Omegasomes and isolation membranes emanate from around those lipid droplets. Autophagy in prolonged starvation is suppressed by knockdown of CCTß3 and is enhanced by its overexpression. This CCTß3-dependent mechanism is also present in U2OS, an osteosarcoma cell line, and autophagy and cell survival in starvation are decreased by CCTß3 depletion. The results demonstrate that phosphatidylcholine synthesis through CCTß3 activation on lipid droplets is crucial for sustaining autophagy and long-term cell survival.


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Autofagia/fisiologia , Colina-Fosfato Citidililtransferase/metabolismo , Fibroblastos/citologia , Fibroblastos/metabolismo , Animais , Autofagossomos/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Sobrevivência Celular , Colina-Fosfato Citidililtransferase/antagonistas & inibidores , Colina-Fosfato Citidililtransferase/genética , Meios de Cultura , Ativação Enzimática , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Humanos , Gotículas Lipídicas/metabolismo , Camundongos , Modelos Biológicos , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Murinas/citologia , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Murinas/metabolismo , Osteossarcoma/metabolismo , Osteossarcoma/patologia , Fosfatidilcolinas/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237748, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866195

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Soil microbiota are considered a source of undiscovered bioactive compounds, yet cultivation of most bacteria within a sample remains generally unsuccessful. Two main reasons behind the unculturability of bacteria are the presence of cells in a viable but not culturable state (such as dormant cells) and the failure to provide the necessary growth requirements in vitro (leading to the classification of some bacterial taxa as yet-to-be-cultured). The present work focuses on the development of a single procedure that helps distinguish between both phenomena of unculturability based on viability staining coupled with flow cytometry and fluorescence-activated cell sorting. In the selected soil sample, the success rate of cultured bacteria was doubled by selecting viable and metabolically active bacteria. It was determined that most of the uncultured fraction was not dormant or dead but likely required different growth conditions. It was also determined that the staining process introduced changes in the taxonomic composition of the outgrown bacterial biomass, which should be considered for further developments. This research shows the potential of flow cytometry and fluorescence-activated cell sorting applied to soil samples to improve the success rate of bacterial cultivation by estimating the proportion of dormant and yet-to-be-cultured bacteria and by directly excluding dormant cells from being inoculated into growth media.


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Bactérias/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Técnicas Microbiológicas/métodos , Microbiota/fisiologia , Microbiologia do Solo , Bactérias/química , Bactérias/genética , Biomassa , Separação Celular/métodos , Meios de Cultura , DNA Bacteriano/isolamento & purificação , Estudos de Viabilidade , Citometria de Fluxo/métodos , Corantes Fluorescentes/química , Filogenia , RNA Ribossômico 16S/genética , Análise de Sequência de DNA , Coloração e Rotulagem/métodos
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 205: 111267, 2020 Dec 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32992213

RESUMO

Arsenic is a common contaminant in gold mine soil and tailings. Microbes present an opportunity for bio-treatment of arsenic, since it is a sustainable and cost-effective approach to remove arsenic from water. However, the development of existing bio-treatment approaches depends on isolation of arsenic-resistant microbes from arsenic contaminated samples. Microbial cultures are commonly used in bio-treatment; however, it is not established whether the structure of the cultured isolates resembles the native microbial community from arsenic-contaminated soil. In this milieu, a culture-independent approach using Illumina sequencing technology was used to profile the microbial community in situ. This was coupled with a culture-dependent technique, that is, isolation using two different growth media, to analyse the microbial population in arsenic laden tailing dam sludge based on the culture-independent sequencing approach, 4 phyla and 8 genera were identified in a sample from the arsenic-rich gold mine. Firmicutes (92.23%) was the dominant phylum, followed by Proteobacteria (3.21%), Actinobacteria (2.41%), and Bacteroidetes (1.49%). The identified genera included Staphylococcus (89.8%), Pseudomonas (1.25), Corynebacterium (0.82), Prevotella (0.54%), Megamonas (0.38%) and Sphingomonas (0.36%). The Shannon index value (3.05) and Simpson index value (0.1661) indicated low diversity in arsenic laden tailing. The culture dependent method exposed significant similarities with culture independent methods at the phylum level with Firmicutes, Proteobacteria and Actinobacteria, being common, and Firmicutes was the dominant phylum whereas, at the genus level, only Pseudomonas was presented by both methods. It showed high similarities between culture independent and dependent methods at the phylum level and large differences at the genus level, highlighting the complementarity between the two methods for identification of the native population bacteria in arsenic-rich mine. As a result, the present study can be a resource on microbes for bio-treatment of arsenic in mining waste.


Assuntos
Actinobacteria/efeitos dos fármacos , Arsênico/toxicidade , Firmicutes/efeitos dos fármacos , Metagenômica/métodos , Proteobactérias/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes do Solo/toxicidade , Actinobacteria/citologia , Actinobacteria/genética , Arsênico/análise , Biodegradação Ambiental , Meios de Cultura/química , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/efeitos dos fármacos , Firmicutes/citologia , Firmicutes/genética , Ouro , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Microbiota/efeitos dos fármacos , Microbiota/genética , Mineração , Proteobactérias/citologia , Proteobactérias/genética , RNA Ribossômico 16S/genética , Solo/química , Microbiologia do Solo , Poluentes do Solo/análise
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Rev. Asoc. Odontol. Argent ; 108(2): 46-51, mayo-ago. 2020. tab
Artigo em Espanhol | LILACS | ID: biblio-1121108

RESUMO

Objetivos: Comparar ex vivo la eficacia del instrumento XP-endo Finisher y del sistema EndoActivator en la reducción/eliminación del biofilm microbiano en conductos radiculares infectados. Materiales y métodos: Se utilizaron 23 premolares inferiores humanos extraídos cuya longitud fue estandarizada en 17 mm. Todos los conductos se prepararon con el sistema WaveOne Gold Medium (#35.06). Los dientes se esterilizaron, se inocularon con Enterococcus faecalis y se separaron en dos grupos experimentales de 10 piezas cada uno. De los 3 dientes remanentes, 1 fue utilizado como control positivo y 2, como controles negativos. En el grupo 1, las soluciones irrigantes se agitaron con XP-endo Finisher. En el grupo 2, se utilizó EndoActivator. Se tomaron muestras antes de la contaminación, luego de esta y después de la agitación de los irrigantes mediante conos de papel estériles. La carga microbiana fue sembrada en agar sangre y los conos se cultivaron en caldo tripteína de soja. La remoción de la carga microbiana se determinó por la presencia o ausencia de turbiedad del medio. Las unidades formadoras de colonias (UFC) remanentes se cuantificaron y los resultados se categorizaron como R1 (≤10 UFC) o R2 (>10 UFC). Los datos fueron analizados mediante la prueba de Fisher. Resultados: No hubo diferencias significativas entre XP-endo Finisher y EndoActivator (P>0,05). El número de usos no influyó sobre la capacidad operativa de ambos instrumentos (AU)


Aim: To compare ex vivo the effectiveness of the XP-endo Finisher and the EndoActivator in biofilm reduction/ removal from infected root canals. Materials and methods: Twenty three extracted human single-rooted lower premolars were selected and standardised to 17 mm in length. All the canals were prepared with WaveOne Gold Medium reciprocating files (#35.06). The teeth were autoclaved and inoculated with Enterococcus faecalis. The infected teeth were then assigned to 2 experimental groups of 10 teeth each according to the final irrigation/agitation protocol. Of the three remaining teeth, one was used as a positive control, and the other two were used as negative controls. In Group 1 the irrigating solutions were agitated with XP-endo Finisher while in Group 2 the EndoActivator was used. All root canals were sampled before and after contamination, and again after irrigant agitation with sterile paper points. The microbial load was spread on blood agar plates and the paper points were cultured in sterile trypticase soy broth. The removal of the microbial load was determined by visual observation of the turbidity of the media and by quantification of the number of colony-forming units (UFC). The results were categorized as R1 (≤10 UFC) or R2 (>10 UFC). Data were analysed by the Fisher's exact test at P<0.05. Results: No significant differences was found between XP-endo Finisher and EndoActivator (P>0.05) regarding their effectiveness in the reduction/removal of the microbial biofilm. The number of uses of both instruments did not affect their operative performance (AU) Conclusion: XPF and EA were both equally effective for microbial biofilm reduction/removal from ex vivo infected root canals (AU)


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Irrigantes do Canal Radicular/química , Equipamentos Odontológicos de Alta Rotação , Biofilmes , Instrumentos Odontológicos , Cavidade Pulpar/microbiologia , Técnicas In Vitro , Contagem de Colônia Microbiana/métodos , Eficácia , Análise Estatística , Enterococcus faecalis/isolamento & purificação , Meios de Cultura
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 202: 110953, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32800227

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Heavy metal acclimated bacteria are profoundly the preferred choice for bioremediation studies. Bacteria get acclimated to toxic concentrations of heavy metals by induction of specific enzymes and genetic selection favoring new metabolic abilities leading to activation of one or several of resistance mechanisms creating bacterial populations with differences in resistance profile and/or level. Therefore, to use in bioremediation processes, it is important to discriminate acclimated bacterial populations and choose a more resistant strain. In this study, we discriminated heavy metal acclimated bacteria by using Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and multivariate analysis methods namely Hierarchical Cluster Analysis (HCA), Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Soft Independent Modeling of Class Analogy (SIMCA). Two acclimation methods, acute and gradual, were used which cause differences in molecular changes resulting in bacterial populations with different molecular and resistance profiles. Brevundimonas sp., Gordonia sp., and Microbacterium oxydans were exposed to the toxic concentrations of Cd (30 µg/ml) or Pb (90 µg/ml) by using broth medium as a growth media. Our results revealed that PCA and HCA clearly discriminated the acute-acclimated, gradual-acclimated, and control bacteria from each other in protein, carbohydrate, and whole spectral regions. Furthermore, we classified acclimated (acute and gradual) and control bacteria more accurately by using SIMCA with 99.9% confidence. This study demonstrated that heavy metal acclimated and control group bacteria can be discriminated by using chemometric analysis of FTIR spectra in a powerful, cost-effective, and handy way. In addition to the determination of the most appropriate acclimation procedure, this approach can be used in the detection of the most resistant bacterial strains to be used in bioremediation studies.


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Aclimatação/efeitos dos fármacos , Actinobacteria/efeitos dos fármacos , Caulobacteraceae/efeitos dos fármacos , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/efeitos dos fármacos , Metais Pesados/toxicidade , Actinobacteria/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Biodegradação Ambiental , Caulobacteraceae/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Análise por Conglomerados , Meios de Cultura , Análise Multivariada , Análise de Componente Principal , Espectroscopia de Infravermelho com Transformada de Fourier
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Water Res ; 183: 116102, 2020 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32745672

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We report the existence and resuscitation of viable but nonculturable (VBNC) Escherichia coli O157:H7 cells in drinking water induced by the common point-of-use disinfection treatments of boiling or microwaving. Tap water and saline samples containing E. coli O157:H7 culturable cells from a bovine isolate or two clinical isolates were boiled (1, 10, or 15 min) on a hot plate or microwaved (1.5 min) to reach boiling. No culturable E. coli O157:H7 cells were observed in the treated samples using conventional plating methods. In samples boiled for 1 or 10 min, two viability assays separately detected that 2-5.5% of the cells retained an intact membrane, while 28 to 87 cells out of the initial 108 cells retained both measurable intracellular esterase activity and membrane integrity. In samples boiled for 15 min, no viable cells were detected. The microwaved samples contained 6-10% of cells with an intact membrane, while 21 to 108 cells out of the initial 108 cells retained both membrane integrity and esterase activity. The number of viable cells retaining both metabolic activity and membrane integrity were consistent in all samples, supporting the survival of a small number of E. coli O157:H7 cells in the VBNC state after boiling for 1 or 10 min or microwaving. Furthermore, the VBNC E. coli O157:H7 cells regained growth at 37 °C in culture media containing autoinducers produced by common non-pathogenic E. coli, commonly present in the human intestine, and norepinephrine. The resuscitated cells were culturable on conventional plates and expressed mRNA encoding the E. coli O157 lipopolysaccharide gene (rfbE) and the H7 flagellin gene (fliC). This study highlights potential concerns for public health risk management of VBNC E. coli O157:H7 in drinking water disinfected by heat treatment at point-of-use. The public health significance of these concerns warrants further investigation.


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Escherichia coli O157 , Animais , Bovinos , Contagem de Células , Contagem de Colônia Microbiana , Meios de Cultura , Humanos , Micro-Ondas , Água
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Methods Mol Biol ; 2203: 241-261, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32833217

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Coronavirus entry encompasses the initial steps of infection, from virion attachment to genome release. Advances in fluorescent labeling of viral and cellular components and confocal imaging enable broad spectrum studies on this process. Here, we describe methods for visualization of coronavirus entry into immortalized cell lines and 3D tissue culture models.


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Coronavirus/patogenicidade , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/fisiologia , Microscopia Confocal/métodos , Linhagem Celular , Coronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Meios de Cultura/química , Endocitose , Humanos , Proteínas do Nucleocapsídeo/metabolismo , Ácidos Tri-Iodobenzoicos/química , Internalização do Vírus
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236822, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764772

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Various marine fungi have been shown to produce interesting, bioactive compounds, but scaling up the production of these compounds can be challenging, particularly because little is generally known about how the producing organisms grow. Here we assessed the suitability of using 100-well BioScreen plates or 96-well plates incubated in a robot hotel to cultivate eight filamentous marine fungi, six sporulating and two non-sporulating, to obtain data on growth and substrate (glucose, xylose, galactose or glycerol) utilisation in a high throughput manner. All eight fungi grew in both cultivation systems, but growth was more variable and with more noise in the data in the Cytomat plate hotel than in the BioScreen. Specific growth rates between 0.01 (no added substrate) and 0.07 h-1 were measured for strains growing in the BioScreen and between 0.01 and 0.27 h-1 for strains in the plate hotel. Three strains, Dendryphiella salina LF304, Penicillium chrysogenum KF657 and Penicillium pinophilum LF458, consistently had higher specific growth rates on glucose and xylose in the plate hotel than in the BioScreen, but otherwise results were similar in the two systems. However, because of the noise in data from the plate hotel, the data obtained from it could only be used to distinguish between substrates which did or did not support growth, whereas data from BioScreen also provided information on substrate preference. Glucose was the preferred substrate for all strains, followed by xylose and galactose. Five strains also grew on glycerol. Therefore it was important to minimise the amount of glycerol introduced with the inoculum to avoid misinterpreting the results for growth on poor substrates. We concluded that both systems could provide physiological data with filamentous fungi, provided sufficient replicates are included in the measurements.


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Ascomicetos/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Penicillium/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Água do Mar/microbiologia , Ascomicetos/efeitos dos fármacos , Ascomicetos/isolamento & purificação , Meios de Cultura/química , Meios de Cultura/farmacologia , Glucose/farmacologia , Glicerol/farmacologia , Penicillium/efeitos dos fármacos , Penicillium/isolamento & purificação , Xilose/farmacologia
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APMIS ; 128(10): 552-557, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32794590

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Barbour-Stoenner-Kelly II (BSK-II) and BSK-H media were used for cultivation and isolation of fastidious Borrelia species - the causative agents of Lyme borreliosis. Culture media have a limited shelf life and require adequate storage. Our goal was to assess how the growth of Borrelia would be affected by prolonged storage of media and inadequate storage conditions (BSK-H stored at +4 °C for 2.5 years and BSK-II stored at -20 °C for 11 years). Growth of different Borrelia afzelii, Borrelia garinii, Borrelia lusitaniae and Borrelia valaisiana strains was assessed during 2 weeks of incubation at 33 °C. Monitored parameters included cell count per mL, morphology and motility. The results of this study have shown weaker growth of borrelia strains in BSK-H at +4 °C (median final cell number of 1.5 × 106 /mL) than in BSK-II at -20 °C (median final cell number of 7.75 × 106 /mL) and in fresh BSK-H media (median final cell number of 8.95 × 106 /mL). Duration of storage of media had no impact on Borrelia morphology and motility. Our results indicate that temperature of -20 °C is optimal for long-term storage of medium, BSK-II stored for 11 years provided effective support to growth of Borrelia and may be employed for cultivation.


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Borrelia burgdorferi/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Meios de Cultura , Técnicas Microbiológicas/métodos , Técnicas Microbiológicas/normas
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 204: 111042, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32738626

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Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have received considerable attention in recent years because of their adverse effects on marine breeding industries and human health. In this study, a reliable method for the analysis of extracellular PSP toxins in the culture medium of marine toxic dinoflagellates was developed for the first time using graphitized carbon black-solid-phase extraction and hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography-high-resolution mass spectrometry. The limit of quantification of typical PSP toxins in algal culture medium ranged from 0.072 µg/L to 0.151 µg/L under optimal conditions. Satisfactory absolute recoveries (87.5%-102.4%), precision (relative standard deviation ≤ 7.6%), and linearity (R2 ≥ 0.9998) were also achieved. In addition, the proposed method was applied to screen and determine the extracellular PSP toxins of two typical toxigenic dinoflagellates, Alexandrium minutum and Alexandrium tamarense. The total concentrations of the extracellular PSP toxins in A. minutum and A. tamarense over the whole growth period were within 2.0-735.5 and 2.0-19.2 µg/L, respectively. The concentrations of extracellular PSP toxins varied remarkably in the different growth stages of A. minutum and A. tamarense, and the contents of some extracellular PSP toxins were substantially higher than those of intracellular PSP toxins. Therefore, the extracellular PSP toxins released by toxigenic red tide algae cannot be ignored, and their environmental fate, bioavailability, and potential harm to aquatic environment need to be investigated in future studies.


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Cromatografia Líquida/métodos , Meios de Cultura/química , Dinoflagelados/metabolismo , Toxinas Marinhas/análise , Espectrometria de Massas/métodos , Extração em Fase Sólida/métodos , Interações Hidrofóbicas e Hidrofílicas , Intoxicação por Frutos do Mar , Fuligem/química
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236164, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32760085

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Hyaluronan (HA) is a nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan that has been widely used for biomedical applications. Here, we have analyzed the effect of HA on the rescue of primary cells under stress as well as its potential to recover muscle atrophy and validated the developed model in vitro using primary muscle cells derived from rats. The potentials of different HAs were elucidated through comparative analyses using pharmaceutical grade a) high (HHA) and b) low molecular weight (LHA) hyaluronans, c) hybrid cooperative complexes (HCC) of HA in three experimental set-ups. The cells were characterized based on the expression of myogenin, a muscle-specific biomarker, and the proliferation was analyzed using Time-Lapse Video Microscopy (TLVM). Cell viability in response to H2O2 challenge was evaluated by 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazole-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, and the expression of the superoxide dismutase enzyme (SOD-2) was assessed by western blotting. Additionally, in order to establish an in vitro model of atrophy, muscle cells were treated with tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), along with hyaluronans. The expression of Atrogin, MuRF-1, nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B-cells (NF-kB), and Forkhead-box-(Fox)-O-3 (FoxO3a) was evaluated by western blotting to elucidate the molecular mechanism of atrophy. The results showed that HCC and HHA increased cell proliferation by 1.15 and 2.3 folds in comparison to un-treated cells (control), respectively. Moreover, both pre- and post-treatments of HAs restored the cell viability, and the SOD-2 expression was found to be reduced by 1.5 fold in HA-treated cells as compared to the stressed condition. Specifically in atrophic stressed cells, HCC revealed a noteworthy beneficial effect on the myogenic biomarkers indicating that it could be used as a promising platform for tissue regeneration with specific attention to muscle cell protection against stressful agents.


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Ácido Hialurônico/farmacologia , Fibras Musculares Esqueléticas/efeitos dos fármacos , Atrofia Muscular/terapia , Medicina Regenerativa/métodos , Animais , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Meios de Cultura/metabolismo , Géis , Humanos , Ácido Hialurônico/química , Peróxido de Hidrogênio/toxicidade , Microscopia Intravital , Peso Molecular , Fibras Musculares Esqueléticas/patologia , Atrofia Muscular/patologia , Miogenina/análise , Miogenina/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Cultura Primária de Células , Ratos , Superóxido Dismutase/análise , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo , Imagem com Lapso de Tempo , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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Bull Environ Contam Toxicol ; 105(3): 397-404, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32747993

RESUMO

Sensitivity of tropical freshwater microalgae (Mesotaenium sp., Chlorococcum sp. and Scenedesmus sp.) to environmentally relevant concentrations of hexavalent chromium (Cr6+) and cadmium (Cd2+) was compared individually in three growth media viz. Bold's Basal Medium (BBM), Test Medium 1 (TM1) and Test Medium 2 (TM2) based on fluorescence reduction. Free metal content of growth media was determined by Visual MINTEQ (version 3.1). After 24 h, relative fluorescence of microalgae in the three media decreased with increased metal concentration showing a concentration dependent graded toxicity response. All microalgae were more sensitive to the metals when grown in TM1, when compared, more sensitive to Cr6+ than Cd2+. Metal speciation indicated that TM1 and TM2 media have higher percentage of bioavailable Cd2+ than BBM, and chromium was present mainly as CrO42- and HCrO4-. The results suggest that the TM1 medium is more suitable under short term exposure of microalgae to metals in environmental monitoring.


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Cádmio/toxicidade , Cromo/toxicidade , Microalgas/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Cádmio/análise , Cromo/análise , Meios de Cultura , Monitoramento Ambiental/métodos , Água Doce , Scenedesmus , Poluentes Químicos da Água/análise
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236700, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32750088

RESUMO

Mycobacterial culture remains the gold standard for the diagnosis of tuberculosis. However, an appropriate digestion and decontamination method (DDM) is essential for the effective recovery of tubercle bacilli in culture. Therefore, the current study was designed to compare the performance of papain-cetylpyridinium chloride [papain-CPC] and pepsin-cetylpyridinium chloride [pepsin-CPC] DDMs against N-acetyl L-Cysteine-sodium hydroxide (NALC-NaOH) DDM for recovery of mycobacteria from clinically suspected pulmonary tuberculosis cases. To evaluate papain-CPC, pepsin-CPC and NALC-NaOH DDMs, sputum samples (N = 1381) were cultured on Löwenstein-Jensen medium and the results were compared. The papain-CPC DDM showed sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of 100%, 93.27%, 71.7%, and 100%, respectively as compared to NALC-NaOH DDM. Similarly, pepsin-CPC DDM demonstrated sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of 98.94%, 94.7%, 76.11%, and 99.81%, respectively. In summary, both papain-CPC and pepsin-CPC DDMs are highly sensitive and specific techniques for recovery of mycobacteria as compared to NALC-NaOH DDM. However, when the overall performances of all DDMs compared, papain-CPC DDM isolated increased number of mycobacterial isolates with comparatively higher numbers of colonies on LJ media than both pepsin-CPC and NALC-NaOH DDMs, indicating its potential to replace the NALC-NaOH DDM for recovery of mycobacteria from sputum samples.


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Técnicas Bacteriológicas/métodos , Meios de Cultura/química , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/isolamento & purificação , Escarro/microbiologia , Tuberculose Pulmonar/microbiologia , Acetilcisteína/química , Cetilpiridínio/química , Humanos , Papaína/química , Pepsina A/química , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Manejo de Espécimes
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Cochrane Database Syst Rev ; 8: CD013063, 2020 Aug 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32797689

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BACKGROUND: Despite substantial improvements in the success of assisted reproduction techniques (ART), live birth rates may remain consistently low, and practitioners may look for innovative treatments to improve the outcomes. The injection of embryo culture supernatant in the endometrial cavity can be undertaken at various time intervals before embryo transfer. It provides an altered endometrial environment through the secretion of factors considered to facilitate implantation. It is proposed that injection of the supernatant into the endometrial cavity prior to embryo transfer will stimulate the endometrium and provide better conditions for implantation to take place. An increased implantation rate would subsequently increase rates of clinical pregnancy and live birth, but current robust evidence on the efficacy of injected embryo culture supernatant is lacking. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of endometrial injection of embryo culture supernatant before embryo transfer in women undergoing ART. SEARCH METHODS: Our search strategies were designed with the help of the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group Information Specialist. We sought to identify all published and unpublished randomised controlled trials (RCTs) meeting inclusion criteria. Searches were performed on 2 December 2019. We searched the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group Specialised Register of controlled trials, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, trials registries and grey literature. We made further searches in the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) fertility assessment and treatment guidelines. We handsearched reference lists of relevant systematic reviews and RCTs, together with searches of PubMed and Google for any recent trials that have not yet been indexed in the major databases. We had no language or location restrictions. SELECTION CRITERIA: We included RCTs testing the use of endometrial injection of embryo culture supernatant before embryo transfer during an ART cycle, compared with the non-use of this intervention, the use of placebo or the use of any other similar drug. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Two review authors independently selected studies, assessed risk of bias, extracted data from studies and attempted to contact the authors where data were missing. We pooled studies using a fixed-effect model. Our primary outcomes were live birth/ongoing pregnancy and miscarriage. We performed statistical analysis using Review Manager 5. We assessed evidence quality using GRADE methods. MAIN RESULTS: We found five RCTs suitable for inclusion in the review (526 women analysed). We made two comparisons: embryo culture supernatant use versus standard care or no intervention; and embryo culture supernatant use versus culture medium. All studies were published as full-text articles. Data derived from the reports or through direct communication with investigators were available for the final meta-analysis performed. The GRADE evidence quality of studies ranged from very low-quality to moderate-quality. Factors reducing evidence quality included high risk of bias due to lack of blinding, unclear risk of publication bias and selective outcome reporting, serious inconsistency among study outcomes, and serious imprecision due to wide confidence intervals (CIs) and low numbers of events. Comparison 1. Endometrial injection of embryo culture supernatant before embryo transfer versus standard care or no intervention: One study reported live birth only and two reported the composite outcome live birth and ongoing pregnancy. We are uncertain whether endometrial injection of embryo culture supernatant before embryo transfer during an ART cycle improves live birth/ongoing pregnancy rates compared to no intervention (odds ratio (OR) 1.11, 95% CI 0.73 to 1.70; 3 RCTs; n = 340, I2 = 84%; very low-quality evidence). Results suggest that if the chance of live birth/ongoing pregnancy following placebo or no treatment is assumed to be 42%, the chance following the endometrial injection of embryo culture supernatant before embryo transfer would vary between 22% and 81%. We are also uncertain whether the endometrial injection of embryo culture supernatant could decrease miscarriage rates, compared to no intervention (OR 0.89, 95% CI 0.44 to 1.78, 4 RCTs, n = 430, I2 = 58%, very low-quality evidence). Results suggest that if the chance of miscarriage following placebo or no treatment is assumed to be 9%, the chance following injection of embryo culture supernatant would vary between 3% and 30%. Concerning the secondary outcomes, we are uncertain whether the injection of embryo culture supernatant prior to embryo transfer could increase clinical pregnancy rates (OR 1.13, 95% CI 0.80 to 1.61; 5 RCTs; n = 526, I2 = 0%; very low-quality evidence), decrease ectopic pregnancy rates (OR 0.32, 95% CI 0.01 to 8.24; n = 250; 2 RCTs; I2 = 41%; very low-quality evidence), decrease multiple pregnancy rates (OR 0.70, 95% CI 0.26 to 1.83; 2 RCTs; n = 150; I2 = 63%; very low-quality evidence), or decrease preterm delivery rates (OR 0.63, 95% CI 0.17 to 2.42; 1 RCT; n = 90; I2 = 0%; very low-quality evidence), compared to no intervention. Finally, there may have been little or no difference in foetal abnormality rates between the two groups (OR 3.10, 95% CI 0.12 to 79.23; 1 RCT; n = 60; I2 = 0%; low-quality evidence). Comparison 2. Endometrial injection of embryo culture supernatant versus endometrial injection of culture medium before embryo transfer We are uncertain whether the use of embryo culture supernatant improves clinical pregnancy rates, compared to the use of culture medium (OR 1.09, 95% CI 0.48 to 2.46; n = 96; 1 RCT; very low-quality evidence). No study reported live birth/ongoing pregnancy, miscarriage, ectopic or multiple pregnancy, preterm delivery or foetal abnormalities. AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: We are uncertain whether the addition of endometrial injection of embryo culture supernatant before embryo transfer as a routine method for the treatment of women undergoing ART can improve pregnancy outcomes. This conclusion is based on current available data from five RCTs, with evidence quality ranging from very low to moderate across studies. Further large well-designed RCTs reporting on live births and adverse clinical outcomes are still required to clarify the exact role of endometrial injection of embryo culture supernatant before embryo transfer.


Assuntos
Meios de Cultura , Técnicas de Cultura Embrionária , Endométrio , Infertilidade Feminina/terapia , Técnicas de Reprodução Assistida , Aborto Espontâneo/epidemiologia , Viés , Transferência Embrionária , Feminino , Humanos , Injeções/métodos , Nascimento Vivo , Gravidez , Taxa de Gravidez , Gravidez Ectópica/epidemiologia , Gravidez Múltipla/estatística & dados numéricos , Nascimento Prematuro/epidemiologia , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto
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Virology ; 548: 39-48, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32838945

RESUMO

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV)-2 is the agent responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic. SARS-CoV-2 is closely related to SARS-CoV, which caused the 2003 SARS outbreak. Although numerous reagents were developed to study SARS-CoV infections, few have been applicable to evaluating SARS-CoV-2 infection and immunity. Current limitations in studying SARS-CoV-2 include few validated assays with fully replication-competent wild-type virus. We have developed protocols to propagate, quantify, and work with infectious SARS-CoV-2. Here, we describe: (1) virus stock generation, (2) RT-qPCR quantification of SARS-CoV-2 RNA; (3) detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigen by flow cytometry, (4) quantification of infectious SARS-CoV-2 by focus-forming and plaque assays; and (5) validated protocols for virus inactivation. Collectively, these methods can be adapted to a variety of experimental designs, which should accelerate our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 biology and the development of effective countermeasures against COVID-19.


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Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Cultura de Vírus/métodos , Inativação de Vírus , Animais , Antígenos Virais/análise , Betacoronavirus/genética , Betacoronavirus/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Contenção de Riscos Biológicos , Meios de Cultura , Citometria de Fluxo , RNA Viral/análise , Ratos , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Via Transcriptase Reversa , Células Vero , Ensaio de Placa Viral , Replicação Viral
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