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  1. Effect of acriflavine on ultraviolet inactivation of Acholeplasma laidlawii

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    An increased sensitivity to inactivation was observed when ultraviolet light-irradiated Acholeplasma laidlawii cells were plated on medium containing either acriflavine or chloramphenicol. Chloramphenicol reduced liquid holding recovery (dark repair) to about 10 percent of that in untreated irradiated cells. In acriflavine treated cells no dark repair could be observed and there was a progressive degradation of cell DNA during holding. While the primary effect of acriflavine may be to inhibit excision repair, since ultraviolet-irradiated Mycoplasma gallisepticum (cells which lack an excision repair machanism) show a slight increase in inactivation when plated on medium containing acriflavine, the dye must also have some other effects on ultraviolet repair processes. Acriflavine treatment of A. laidlawii cells before ultraviolet irradiation has a protective effect, as seen by an increased cell survival. (Auth.)

  2. Acriflavine immobilized onto polyethyleneimine-wrapped carbon nanotubes/gold nanoparticles as an eletrochemical sensing platform

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    Azadeh Azadbakht; Amirreza Abbasi

    2016-02-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes wrapped by polyethyleneimine (PEI) and functionalized with a carboxylic acid group (CNT-COOH) were deposited with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) which has been utilized as a platform to immobilize poly(acriflavine)(PAF) and used as modified electrode (AuNPs/PEI/CNTCOOH/PAF). Electrocatalytic reduction of hydrogen peroxide(H2O2) on the surface of the modified electrode was investigated by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) methods. The cyclic voltammetric results indicated the ability of modified Au electrode to catalyze the reduction of H2O2. AuNPs/PEI/CNT-COOH nanocomposite combined the advantages of PEI, well dispersed CNT-COOH and in situ formed AuNPs, endowed with high stability to the enzyme-free sensor.

  3. Investigation on the inclusion and toxicity of acriflavine with cyclodextrins: A spectroscopic approach

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    Manivannan, C.; Meenakshi Sundaram, K.; Sundararaman, M.; Renganathan, R.

    2014-03-01

    Acriflavine hydrochloride (AFN) is a prospective drug worn in the eradication of HIV1 infection. The toxicity and adverse side effects renders the potent drug to limits its usage. However, to overcome the dilemma we have aimed to select carriers with great complexation efficiencies in different cyclodextrins (CDs) of varying cavity size. The interaction of AFN with α, β and γ-CDs were investigated using absorption and steady state as well as lifetime measurements. From the obtained data it was found that AFN fits in the cavity of α and β-CDs but unable to form inclusion complex with γ-CD. The effect of quencher molecules during the inclusion phenomena of AFN with CDs was explored via steady state measurements. The nature of binding forces responsible for the inclusion of AFN with CDs was discussed by using thermodynamic parameters. Using Benesi-Hildebrand equation the stoichiometry of AFN with CDs was predominantly found to be 1:1. To get deeper in situ, the in vitro toxicity of AFN and its complexation product were probed by Artemia salina sp. The toxicity of AFN was reduced when complexed with α and β-CDs.

  4. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-XTRO-01-0459 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available CBRC-XTRO-01-0459 ref|YP_524991.1| acriflavin resistance protein [Rhodoferax ferrireduce...ns T118] gb|ABD71460.1| acriflavin resistance protein [Rhodoferax ferrireducens DSM 15236] YP_524991.1 0.0 62% ...

  5. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-XTRO-01-0459 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available CBRC-XTRO-01-0459 ref|YP_286542.1| Acriflavin resistance protein [Dechloromonas aro...matica RCB] gb|AAZ48072.1| Acriflavin resistance protein [Dechloromonas aromatica RCB] YP_286542.1 0.0 62% ...

  6. NCBI nr-aa BLAST: CBRC-MDOM-03-0387 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available CBRC-MDOM-03-0387 ref|ZP_03672268.1| acriflavine resistance protein [Borrelia valaisi...ana VS116] gb|EEF81507.1| acriflavine resistance protein [Borrelia valaisiana VS116] ZP_03672268.1 0.024 22% ...

  7. A comparative study of quantitative stains for DNA in image cytometry.

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    Mikel, U V; Becker, R L

    1991-08-01

    In this study we examined the reproducibility of several stains used to measure nuclear DNA by image cytometry. The specimens were touch preparations of liver and testis from mouse and liver, intestine and brain from rat, fixed in either neutral formalin or Carnoy's solution. The tested stains included four Feulgen methods (pararosaniline, azure-A, thionin and acriflavine), the gallocyanine-chromalum stain and two fluorescent stains (acridine orange and propidium iodide). Absorbance measurements employed a video image analysis system; fluorescence measurements were from a scanning microspectrophotometer. The acriflavine-Feulgen stain was analyzed for both absorbance and fluorescence. All seven stains were quantitative for DNA and gave reproducible results. The absorbance measurements had a lower coefficient of variation (CV) than the fluorescence values. In a nested analysis of variance of the pararosaniline Feulgen stains, cell-to-cell variability accounted for 67% of the total variance; slide-to-slide, 9%; and batch-to-batch, 24%. These values did not change significantly when the staining was performed in an automatic staining machine. For DNA analysis using image cytometry, we conclude that the Feulgen staining technique is the most useful. In particular, acriflavine-Feulgen-stained cells fixed in Carnoy's fluid give the least variation between measurement values and the most accurate ratios between the separate ploidy groups. For fluorescence cytometry we recommend Carnoy's fixation and the acriflavine-Feulgen stain because of its narrow CV as compared to acridine orange and propidium iodide. PMID:1718295

  8. Contact dermatitis presenting as non-healing wound: case report

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    Leelavathi M

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Topical antiseptics are commonly used in the management of minor wounds, burns, and infected skin. These agents are widely used by health professionals and are often self-prescribed by patients as they are easily available over-the-counter. This case illustrates a 73 year old man who presented with a non-healing wound on his right forearm for 4 weeks. The wound started from an insect bite and progressively enlarged with increasing pruritus and burning sensation. Clinically an ill-defined ulcer with surrounding erythema and erosion was noted. There was a yellow crust overlying the center of the ulcer and the periphery was scaly. Further inquiry revealed history of self treatment with a yellow solution to clean his wound for 3 weeks. Patient was provisionally diagnosed to have allergic contact dermatitis secondary to acriflavine. Topical acriflavine was stopped and the ulcer resolved after treatment with non-occlusive saline dressing. Skin patch test which is the gold standard for detection and confirmation of contact dermatitis showed a positive reaction (2+ to acriflavine. Acriflavine is widely used as a topical antiseptic agent in this part of the world. Hence, primary care physicians managing a large variety of poorly healing wounds should consider the possibility of contact allergy in recalcitrant cases, not responding to conventional treatment. Patient education is an important aspect of management as this would help curb the incidence of future contact allergies.

  9. Enhancement of Singlet-Triplet Energy Transfer Between Dyes in a Polymer Film by Surface Plasmons of Gold Nanoparticles

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    Tsibul'nikova, A. V.; Bryukhanov, V. V.; Slezhkin, V. A.

    2015-04-01

    The effect of the plasmon energy generated in Ag citrate hydrosol and ablated Au nanoparticles on the singlettriplet electron energy transfer between rhodamine 6G (R6G) and acriflavine (ACF) molecules incorporated into polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films is studied. The increased efficiency of non-radiative energy transfer in the presence of Au nanoparticles and the increased lifetime of excited states of molecules are established.

  10. Development of a selective medium for detection and enumeration of Actinomyces viscosus and Actinomyces naeslundii in dental plaque.

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    Zylber, L J; Jordan, H. V.

    1982-01-01

    A selective medium (CFAT) was developed for the detection and enumeration of Actinomyces viscosus and Actinomyces naeslundii in dental plaque. Neutral acriflavin and potassium tellurite were used in combination with the known selective agents cadmium and fluoride to eliminate most of the competing plaque flora. Composition of CFAT per liter was as follows: Trypticase soy broth (BBL Microbiology Systems), 30 g; glucose, 5 g; agar, 15 g' cadmium sulfate, 13 mg; sodium fluoride, 85 mg; neutral a...

  11. Induction and Characterization of Mitochondrial DNA Mutants in Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii

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    Matagne, René-Fernand; Michel-Wolwertz, M.R.; Munaut, Carine; Duyckaerts, Claire; Sluse, Francis

    1989-01-01

    In addition to lethal minute colony mutations which correspond to loss of mitochondrial DNA, acriflavin induces in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii a low percentage of cells that grow in the light but do not divide under heterotrophic conditions. Two such obligate photoautotrophic mutants were shown to lack the cyanide-sensitive cytochrome pathway of the respiration and to have a reduced cytochrome c oxidase activity. In crosses to wild type, the mutations are transmitted almost exclusively from the...

  12. Mutagenesis and reparation processes in the methylotrophic bacterium Pseudomonas methanolica after UV irradiation

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    High resistance of cells of methylotrophic bacterium Pseudomonas methanolica to bactericidal and mutagenous effects of ultraviolet irradiation is shown as well as activity of reparation processes after UV irradiation. The presence of low photoreactivating activity in P. methanolica is shown as well. Observed recovery in innutritious medium and decrease of irradiated cells survival rates under effect of reparation inhibitors (coffeine and acriflavine) testify to activity of excision reparation and, perhaps, recombination branch of postreplicative reparation. No manifestation of inducible reparation system is discovered. It is concluded that increased resistance of P. methanolica cells to bactericidal and mutagenous effects of short-wave ultraviolet radiation is related to activity of exact reparation systems

  13. Host–guest composite materials of dyes loaded zeolite LTL for antenna applications

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    Insuwan, W. [Rajamangala University of Technology Isan Surin Campus, Facculty of Agriculture and Technology, Surin 32000 (Thailand); Jungsuttiwong, S. [Center for Organic Electronic and Alternative Energy, Department of Chemistry and Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Ubon Ratchathani University, Ubon Ratchathani 34190 (Thailand); Rangsriwatananon, K., E-mail: kunwadee@sut.ac.th [School of Chemistry, Institute of Science, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000 (Thailand)

    2015-05-15

    This research work directly focuses on a new feasible light harvesting antenna material constructed with Acridine hydrochloride (Ac)/Acriflavine hydrochloride (AF), as donor/acceptor for energy transfer, loaded on a round shape zeolite LTL (K-LTL and H-LTL). The energy transfer was monitored by absorption and fluorescence spectra while the calculated Förster distance (R{sub DA}) and Quenching efficiency (%Q) of Ac/AF on K-LTL and H-LTL varied between 22.0 Å to 19.6 Å and 71.4% to 65.5%, respectively. Also, it was found that the microenvironment of a solid host such as K-LTL and H-LTL has significantly influenced the fluorescence spectra of Ac/AF on H-LTL approximately 50 nm longer than that on K-LTL. - Highlights: • New antenna materials have been performed using dyes loaded on zeolite LTL. • Light emission takes place from acriflavine hydrochloride (AF) due to fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). • The microenvironment of zeolite LTL has significantly influenced the fluorescence spectra.

  14. Host–guest composite materials of dyes loaded zeolite LTL for antenna applications

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    This research work directly focuses on a new feasible light harvesting antenna material constructed with Acridine hydrochloride (Ac)/Acriflavine hydrochloride (AF), as donor/acceptor for energy transfer, loaded on a round shape zeolite LTL (K-LTL and H-LTL). The energy transfer was monitored by absorption and fluorescence spectra while the calculated Förster distance (RDA) and Quenching efficiency (%Q) of Ac/AF on K-LTL and H-LTL varied between 22.0 Å to 19.6 Å and 71.4% to 65.5%, respectively. Also, it was found that the microenvironment of a solid host such as K-LTL and H-LTL has significantly influenced the fluorescence spectra of Ac/AF on H-LTL approximately 50 nm longer than that on K-LTL. - Highlights: • New antenna materials have been performed using dyes loaded on zeolite LTL. • Light emission takes place from acriflavine hydrochloride (AF) due to fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). • The microenvironment of zeolite LTL has significantly influenced the fluorescence spectra

  15. DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN Staphylococcus aureus, S. intermedius AND S. hyicus USING PHENOTYPICAL TESTS AND PCR

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    E. A. GANDRA

    2009-01-01

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    The aim of this work was to compare the use of two phenotypical tests (beta-galactosidase and acriflavine sensitivity and PCR for the coa and nuc gene sequences, for the identification of three species of coagulase positive staphylococcus (CPS: S. aureus, S. intermedius and S. hyicus. Sixty five staphylococcus isolates, previously characterized as CPS through the coagulase, thermonuclease and catalase production tests and Gram staining, were identified at species level using the beta-galactosidase production tests and sensitivity to acriflavine (7 g.mL-1. At the same time, the DNA of these isolates was extracted and amplified by PCR, using primers for the coa gene, specific for S. aureus, and for the nuc gene, specific for S. intermedius and for S. hyicus. It was possible to differentiate the three species of Staphylococcus through phenotypical tests as well as through the molecular technique. There was no difference in discriminatory power between the two techniques used, but the reproducibility and reliability of the technique based on PCR make this technique more precise.

  16. Clinical use of a portable dual microscope system for smartphone (Conference Presentation)

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    Kurachi, Cristina; Brognara, Gabriel; Gómez-García, Pablo A.; Carbinatto, Fernanda; Silva, Eduardo V.; Lombardi, Wellington; Inada, Natália M.; Bagnato, Vanderlei S.

    2016-03-01

    Cervical cancer is still one of the most relevant women cancer types, since the 5-year survival rate is of only around 68%. Prevention and early diagnosis are the best strategies to improve cervical cancer prognosis. Conventional diagnosis procedure in Gynecology is mainly based on the macroscopic clinical evaluation, Pap smear cytology, and biopsy, if needed. A portable microscope with dual configuration and its use for diagnosis in Gynecology is investigated. The microscope has interchangeable parts that allow its use for cytopathology smear samples or in situ endoscopic tissue interrogation, both using acriflavine as a nuclei marker. Patients of the Women Ambulatory of the School of Medicine (UNIARA, Araraquara, Brazil) were interrogated during the colposcopy examination. The cervix was initially cleaned using an acetic acid solution, and a 0.05% (wt/vol) acriflavine in saline solution was topically applied at the tissue surface using a cotton swab. Microendoscopy images were taken from clinically normal cervix mucosa and from detected lesions. An image processing is performed to evaluate the cell nuclei morphology and the cytoplasm/nuclei ratio. The Pap smear results and the histology analyses are taken as gold standard for the diagnosis. Preliminary results in 5 patients demonstrated the potential use of our microscope at the clinical setting.

  17. ESQUEMA SIMPLIFICADO PARA IDENTIFICAÇÃO DE ESTAFILOCOCOS COAGULASE-POSITIVOS ISOLADOS DE MASTITE BOVINA SIMPLIFIED SCHEME FOR IDENTIFICATION OF COAGULASE-POSITIVE STAPHYLOCOCCI ISOLATED FROM BOVINE MASTITIS

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    Maria Aparecida Vasconcelos Paiva Brito

    2002-02-01

    Full Text Available Os testes de produção de acetoína, determinação da atividade da enzima beta-galactosidase e utilização anaeróbica do manitol em conjunto com a susceptibilidade à acriflavina foram avaliados para diferenciação de amostras de Staphylococcus coagulase-positivas (SCP isoladas de mastite bovina. As amostras foram classificadas no gênero Staphylococcus por meio da sensibilidade a furazolidona, resistência à bacitracina, produção de ácido em aerobiose a partir de glicerol na presença de 0,4mig m-1 de eritromicina e catalase, e foram positivas no teste de coagulase do plasma de coelho em tubos. A susceptibilidade à acriflavina foi testada em placas de ágar Baird Parker e ágar P com 7,0mig m-1 de acriflavina. Como controle dos testes, foram incluídas cinco amostras coagulase-negativas de S. hyicus isoladas de leite bovino e identificadas pelo sistema API Staph e a amostra de S. aureus ATCC 29213. Trinta e oito das 49 amostras de SCP foram identificadas como S. aureus e 11 como S. hyicus, não sendo identificada nenhuma como S. intermedius. O sistema API Staph foi empregado para confirmar a identificação das amostras coagulase-positivas de S. hyicus, sete amostras de S. aureus negativas no teste de produção de acetoína e quatro negativas na fermentação anaeróbica do manitol. Todas as amostras de S. aureus foram resistentes a acriflavina, enquanto as de S. hyicus foram sensíveis. Concluiu-se que a sensibilidade a acriflavina pode ser empregada juntamente com os testes de coagulase e produção de acetoína na diferenciação de SCP isolados de mastite bovina.Production of acetoin, acid production from mannitol under anaerobiosis and beta-galactosidase activity in addition to acriflavin susceptibility were evaluated to differentiate between coagulase-positive strains of Staphylococcus (CPS isolated from bovine mastitis. The strains were classified in the genus Staphylococcus by means of sensitivity to furazolidone, resistance

  18. Characterization of putative multidrug resistance transporters of the major facilitator-superfamily expressed in Salmonella Typhi

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    Shaheen, Aqsa; Ismat, Fouzia; Iqbal, Mazhar;

    2015-01-01

    Multidrug resistance mediated by efflux pumps is a well-known phenomenon in infectious bacteria. Although much work has been carried out to characterize multidrug efflux pumps in Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, such information is still lacking for many deadly pathogens. The aim......-hypersensitive Escherichia coli strain KAM42, and tested for transport of 25 antibacterial compounds, including representative antibiotics of various classes, antiseptics, dyes and detergents. Of the 15 tested putative transporters, STY0901, STY2458 and STY4874 exhibited a drug-resistance phenotype. Among these, STY4874...... conferred resistance to at least ten of the tested antimicrobials: ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, levofloxacin, kanamycin, streptomycin, gentamycin, nalidixic acid, chloramphenicol, ethidium bromide, and acriflavine, including fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which were drugs of choice to treat S. Typhi infections...

  19. Colony mutants of compatible nocardiae displaying variations in recombining capacity.

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    Brownell, G H; Walsh, R S

    1972-03-01

    Colonial morphology mutants of Nocardia erythropolis were isolated following ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The alleles rou-1/smo-1 were located by recombinant analysis and found to be linked to previously mapped characters. On the basis of recombinant class type patterns obtained from various selective characters it was postulated that the rou-1 allele may span a region of unique nucleotides in the Mat-Ce genome. Recombination frequencies of rou-1 and smo-2 bearing mutants of the Mat-Ce mating type were found to differ by over 1000 fold. Attempts to demonstrate that low recombination frequencies produced by the Smo mutants were due to Rec(-) genes were unsuccessful. No increased sensitivity to either UV or X irradiation was observed by the Smo mutants. Acriflavine treatment of either Rou or Smo colony mutants failed to accelerate reversion or to alter the recombining potentials of the mutants.

  20. The biological activity of quaternary ammonium salts (QASs

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    Ewa Obłąk

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Quaternary ammonium salts (QASs, especially those of cationic surfactant character, are applied as antibacterial and antifungal disinfectants. QASs affect lipid-enveloped viruses, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV and hepatitis B virus (HBV, but not non-enveloped viruses. These compounds are extensively used in domestic (as ingredients of shampoos, hair conditioners, agricultural (as fungicides, pesticides, insecticides, healthcare (as medications, and industrial applications (as biocides, fabric softeners, corrosion inhibitors. The extensive use of quaternary ammonium disinfectants in recent years has led to the development of resistance in microorganisms to these drugs. Thus [i]Staphylococcus[/i] [i]aureus[/i] strains contain the plasmid-carrying genes [i]qacA[/i] and [i]qacB [/i]encoding resistance to quaternary ammonium compounds and acriflavine. The membrane proteins QacA and QacB confer multidrug resistance by exporting the compound by the proton motive force which is generated by the transmembrane electrochemical proton gradient.

  1. Quantitative Segmentation of Fluorescence Microscopy Images of Heterogeneous Tissue: Application to the Detection of Residual Disease in Tumor Margins.

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    Jenna L Mueller

    Full Text Available To develop a robust tool for quantitative in situ pathology that allows visualization of heterogeneous tissue morphology and segmentation and quantification of image features.TISSUE EXCISED FROM A GENETICALLY ENGINEERED MOUSE MODEL OF SARCOMA WAS IMAGED USING A SUBCELLULAR RESOLUTION MICROENDOSCOPE AFTER TOPICAL APPLICATION OF A FLUORESCENT ANATOMICAL CONTRAST AGENT: acriflavine. An algorithm based on sparse component analysis (SCA and the circle transform (CT was developed for image segmentation and quantification of distinct tissue types. The accuracy of our approach was quantified through simulations of tumor and muscle images. Specifically, tumor, muscle, and tumor+muscle tissue images were simulated because these tissue types were most commonly observed in sarcoma margins. Simulations were based on tissue characteristics observed in pathology slides. The potential clinical utility of our approach was evaluated by imaging excised margins and the tumor bed in a cohort of mice after surgical resection of sarcoma.Simulation experiments revealed that SCA+CT achieved the lowest errors for larger nuclear sizes and for higher contrast ratios (nuclei intensity/background intensity. For imaging of tumor margins, SCA+CT effectively isolated nuclei from tumor, muscle, adipose, and tumor+muscle tissue types. Differences in density were correctly identified with SCA+CT in a cohort of ex vivo and in vivo images, thus illustrating the diagnostic potential of our approach.The combination of a subcellular-resolution microendoscope, acriflavine staining, and SCA+CT can be used to accurately isolate nuclei and quantify their density in anatomical images of heterogeneous tissue.

  2. Gastric Tissue Damage Analysis Generated by Ischemia: Bioimpedance, Confocal Endomicroscopy, and Light Microscopy

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    Beltran, Nohra E.; Garcia, Laura E.; Garcia-Lorenzana, Mario

    2013-01-01

    The gastric mucosa ischemic tissular damage plays an important role in critical care patients' outcome, because it is the first damaged tissue by compensatory mechanism during shock. The aim of the study is to relate bioimpedance changes with tissular damage level generated by ischemia by means of confocal endomicroscopy and light microscopy. Bioimpedance of the gastric mucosa and confocal images were obtained from Wistar male rats during basal and ischemia conditions. They were anesthetized, and stain was applied (fluorescein and/or acriflavine). The impedance spectroscopy catheter was inserted and then confocal endomicroscopy probe. After basal measurements and biopsy, hepatic and gastric arteries clamping induced ischemia. Finally, pyloric antrum tissue was preserved in buffered formaldehyde (10%) for histology processing using light microscopy. Confocal images were equalized, binarized, and boundary defined, and infiltrations were quantified. Impedance and infiltrations increased with ischemia showing significant changes between basal and ischemia conditions (P < 0.01). Light microscopy analysis allows detection of general alterations in cellular and tissular integrity, confirming gastric reactance and confocal images quantification increments obtained during ischemia. PMID:23841094

  3. Quantification of mammalian sperm morphology by slit-scan flow cytometry

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    The head shapes of mammalian sperm have been measured by slit-scan flow cytometry (SSFCM). In this approach, the distribution of fluorescence along acriflavine stained mammalian sperm is recorded and used as a measure of head shape. Fluorescence profiles were measured for sperm from mice, rabbits, hamsters, and bulls, and for sperm from mice exposed to testicular x-irradiation from 0 to 900 rads. The profiles for sperm from nonirradiated animals were characteristic of each species and were reproducible from sperm to sperm. Some of the fluorescence profiles for sperm from the irradiated mice differed significantly from the profiles usually measured for sperm from exposed mice. An algorithm was developed to determine the frequency of these sperm. The estimated frequencies of atypical profiles correlated well (r . 0.99) with the frequencies of abnormally shaped sperm determined by microscopic scoring. The maximum SSFCM sensitivity (minimum detectable dose . 199 rad) was not as high as that for the visual assay (minimum detectable dose . 116 rad). However, only 100 profiles were measured by SSFCM at each dose while at least 500 sperm were scored visually at each dose. The sensitivity of the SSFCM assay should be increased substantially by measuring more profiles. The objective nature of SSFCM couple with the high correlation with results from the visually based assay of morphology suggests the use of SSFCM to measure frequencies of misshapen sperm when testing for mutagens or monitoring for effects of environmental contaminants

  4. Feasibility of confocal endomicroscopy in the diagnosis of pediatric gastrointestinal disorders

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    Krishnappa Venkatesh; Marta Cohen; Clair Evans; Peter Delaney; Steven Thomas; Christopher Taylor; Ashraf Abou-Taleb; Ralf Kiesslich; Mike Thomson

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the feasibility and utility of confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) in the description of normal gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa and in the diagnosis of GI disorders in children, in comparison to histology. METHODS: Forty-four patients (19 female) median age 10.9 years (range 0.7-16.6 years) with suspected or known GI pathology underwent esophago-gastroduodenoscopy (OGD) ( n = 36) and/or ileocolonoscopy (IC) ( n = 31) with CLE using sodium fluorescein and acriflavine as contrast agents. Histological sections were compared with same site confocal images by two experienced pediatric and GI histopathologists and endoscopists, respectively. RESULTS: Duodenum and ileum were intubated in all but one patient undergoing OGD and IC. The median procedure time was 16.4 min (range 7-25 min) for OGD and 27.9 min (range 15-45 min) for IC. A total of 4798 confocal images were compared with 153 biopsies from the upper GI tract from 36 procedures, and 4661 confocal images were compared with 188 biopsies from the ileocolon from 31 procedures. Confocal images were comparable to conventional histology both in normal and in pathological conditions such as esophagitis, Helicobacter pylori gastritis, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colonic heterotopia, and graft versus host disease. CONCLUSION: CLE offers the prospect of targeting biopsies to abnormal mucosa, thereby increasing diagnostic yield, reducing the number of biopsies, decreasing the burden on the histopathological services, and reducing costs.

  5. Role of novel multidrug efflux pump involved in drug resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae.

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    Vijaya Bharathi Srinivasan

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Multidrug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae have caused major therapeutic problems worldwide due to the emergence of the extended-spectrum β-lactamase producing strains. Although there are >10 major facilitator super family (MFS efflux pumps annotated in the genome sequence of the K. pneumoniae bacillus, apparently less is known about their physiological relevance. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Insertional inactivation of kpnGH resulting in increased susceptibility to antibiotics such as azithromycin, ceftazidime, ciprofloxacin, ertapenem, erythromycin, gentamicin, imipenem, ticarcillin, norfloxacin, polymyxin-B, piperacillin, spectinomycin, tobramycin and streptomycin, including dyes and detergents such as ethidium bromide, acriflavine, deoxycholate, sodium dodecyl sulphate, and disinfectants benzalkonium chloride, chlorhexidine and triclosan signifies the wide substrate specificity of the transporter in K. pneumoniae. Growth inactivation and direct fluorimetric efflux assays provide evidence that kpnGH mediates antimicrobial resistance by active extrusion in K. pneumoniae. The kpnGH isogenic mutant displayed decreased tolerance to cell envelope stressors emphasizing its added role in K. pneumoniae physiology. CONCLUSIONS AND SIGNIFICANCE: The MFS efflux pump KpnGH involves in crucial physiological functions besides being an intrinsic resistance determinant in K. pneumoniae.

  6. Anti-protozoal and anti-bacterial antibiotics that inhibit protein synthesis kill cancer subtypes enriched for stem cell-like properties.

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    Cuyàs, Elisabet; Martin-Castillo, Begoña; Corominas-Faja, Bruna; Massaguer, Anna; Bosch-Barrera, Joaquim; Menendez, Javier A

    2015-01-01

    Key players in translational regulation such as ribosomes might represent powerful, but hitherto largely unexplored, targets to eliminate drug-refractory cancer stem cells (CSCs). A recent study by the Lisanti group has documented how puromycin, an old antibiotic derived from Streptomyces alboniger that inhibits ribosomal protein translation, can efficiently suppress CSC states in tumorspheres and monolayer cultures. We have used a closely related approach based on Biolog Phenotype Microarrays (PM), which contain tens of lyophilized antimicrobial drugs, to assess the chemosensitivity profiles of breast cancer cell lines enriched for stem cell-like properties. Antibiotics directly targeting active sites of the ribosome including emetine, puromycin and cycloheximide, inhibitors of ribosome biogenesis such as dactinomycin, ribotoxic stress agents such as daunorubicin, and indirect inhibitors of protein synthesis such as acriflavine, had the largest cytotoxic impact against claudin-low and basal-like breast cancer cells. Thus, biologically aggressive, treatment-resistant breast cancer subtypes enriched for stem cell-like properties exhibit exacerbated chemosensitivities to anti-protozoal and anti-bacterial antibiotics targeting protein synthesis. These results suggest that old/existing microbicides might be repurposed not only as new cancer therapeutics, but also might provide the tools and molecular understanding needed to develop second-generation inhibitors of ribosomal translation to eradicate CSC traits in tumor tissues.

  7. Photoprotection of Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki from ultraviolet irradiation

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    Irradiation of Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki HD1 at 300-350 nm for up to 12 hr using a photochemical reactor results in a rapid loss of its toxicity to larvae of Heliothis armigera. Photoprotection of the toxic component was obtained by adsorption of cationic chromophores such as acriflavin (AF), methyl green, and rhodamine B to B. thuringiensis. AF gave the best photoprotection and a level of 0.42 mmol/g dye absorbed per gram of B. thuringiensis was highly toxic even after 12 hr of ultraviolet (uv) irradiation as compared to the control (77.5 and 5% of insect mortality, respectively). Ultraviolet and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopic studies indicate molecular interactions between B. thuringiensis and AF. The nature of these interactions and energy or charge transfer as possible mechanisms of photoprotection are discussed. It is speculated that tryptophan residues are essential for the toxic effect of B. thuringiensis. It is suggested that photoprotection is attained as energy is transferred from the excited tryptophan moieties to the chromophore molecules

  8. Modulation of drug resistance in Staphylococcus aureus by a kaempferol glycoside from Herissantia tiubae (Malvaceae).

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    Falcão-Silva, Vivyanne S; Silva, Davi A; Souza, Maria de Fátima V; Siqueira-Junior, José P

    2009-10-01

    In an ongoing project to evaluate natural compounds isolated from plants from the Brazilian biodiversity as modulators of antibiotic resistance, kaempferol-3-O-beta-d-(6''-E-p-coumaroyl) glucopyranoside (tiliroside), isolated from Herissantia tiubae (Malvaceae) was investigated using the strain SA-1199B of Staphylococcus aureus, which overexpresses the norA gene encoding the NorA efflux protein which extrudes hydrophilic fluorquinolones and some biocides, such as benzalkonium chloride, cetrimide, acriflavine and ethidium bromide. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of the antibiotics and biocides were determined by the microdilution assay in the absence and in the presence of sub-inhibitory concentration of tiliroside. Although tiliroside did not display relevant antibacterial activity (MIC = 256 microg/mL), it modulated the activity of antibiotics, i.e. in combination with antibiotics a reduction in the MIC was observed for norfloxacin (16-fold), ciprofloxacin (16-fold), lomefloxacin (four-fold) and ofloxacin (two-fold), and an impressive reduction in the MICs for the biocides (up to 128-fold). The results presented here represent the first report of a kaempferol glycoside as a putative efflux pump inhibitor in bacteria. The present finding indicates that H. tiubae (and broadly Malvaceae) could serve as a source of plant-derived natural products that modulate bacterial resistance, i.e. a source of potential adjuvants of antibiotics.

  9. Gastric Tissue Damage Analysis Generated by Ischemia: Bioimpedance, Confocal Endomicroscopy, and Light Microscopy

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    Nohra E. Beltran

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    Full Text Available The gastric mucosa ischemic tissular damage plays an important role in critical care patients’ outcome, because it is the first damaged tissue by compensatory mechanism during shock. The aim of the study is to relate bioimpedance changes with tissular damage level generated by ischemia by means of confocal endomicroscopy and light microscopy. Bioimpedance of the gastric mucosa and confocal images were obtained from Wistar male rats during basal and ischemia conditions. They were anesthetized, and stain was applied (fluorescein and/or acriflavine. The impedance spectroscopy catheter was inserted and then confocal endomicroscopy probe. After basal measurements and biopsy, hepatic and gastric arteries clamping induced ischemia. Finally, pyloric antrum tissue was preserved in buffered formaldehyde (10% for histology processing using light microscopy. Confocal images were equalized, binarized, and boundary defined, and infiltrations were quantified. Impedance and infiltrations increased with ischemia showing significant changes between basal and ischemia conditions (. Light microscopy analysis allows detection of general alterations in cellular and tissular integrity, confirming gastric reactance and confocal images quantification increments obtained during ischemia.

  10. An ace up their sleeve: a transcriptomic approach exposes the AceI efflux protein of Acinetobacter baumannii and reveals the drug efflux potential hidden in many microbial pathogens

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    Karl A Hassan

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The era of antibiotics as a cure-all for bacterial infections appears to be coming to an end. The emergence of multidrug resistance in many hospital-associated pathogens has resulted in superbugs that are effectively untreatable. Multidrug efflux pumps are well known mediators of bacterial drug resistance. Genome sequencing efforts have highlighted an abundance of putative efflux pump genes in bacteria. However, it is not clear how many of these pumps play a role in antimicrobial resistance. Several studies have demonstrated that efflux pump genes that participate in drug resistance are typically under tight regulatory control and expressed only in response to their substrates. Consequently, changes in gene expression following antimicrobial shock treatments may be used to identify efflux pumps that mediate antimicrobial resistance, informing targeted functional analyses of these proteins. Using this approach we have characterised novel efflux pumps in both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Notably, we recently applied this strategy to characterise the AceI efflux pump from Acinetobacter. AceI is a prototype for a new family of multidrug efflux proteins that is conserved across many proteobacterial lineages. Different efflux pumps in this family have been shown to confer resistance to biocides including chlorhexidine, dequalinium, benzalkonium, proflavine and/or acriflavine. The discovery of this novel family of multidrug efflux proteins raises the possibility that additional undiscovered intrinsic resistance proteins may be encoded in the core genomes of pathogenic bacteria.

  11. Investigation of dye functional group on the photocatalytic degradation of dyes by nano-TiO2

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    The photocatalytic degradation of five anionic, eight cationic and three solvent dyes using combustion-synthesized nano-TiO2 (CS TiO2) and commercial Degussa P-25 TiO2 (DP-25) were evaluated to determine the effect of the functional group in the dye. The degradation of the dyes was quantified using the initial rate of decolorization and mineralization. The decolorization of the anionic dyes with CS TiO2 followed the order: indigo carmine > eosin Y > amido black 10B > alizarin cyanine green > orange G. The decolorization of the cationic dyes with DP-25 followed the order: malachite green > pyronin Y > rhodamine 6G > azure B > nile blue sulfate > auramine O ∼ acriflavine ∼ safranin O. CS TiO2 showed higher rates of decolorization and mineralization for all the anionic dyes compared to DP-25, while DP-25 was better in terms of decolorization for most of the cationic dyes. The solvent dyes exhibited adsorption dependent decolorization. The order of decolorization and mineralization of the anionic and cationic dyes (a) with CS TiO2 and DP-25 was different and correlated with the surface properties of these catalysts (b) were rationalized with the molecular structure of the dye and the degradation pathway of the dye.

  12. APPLICATION OF METAL RESISTANT BACTERIA BY MUTATIONAL ENHANCMENT TECHNIQUE FOR BIOREMEDIATION OF COPPER AND ZINC FROM INDUSTRIAL WASTES

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    M. R. Shakibaie ، A. Khosravan ، A. Frahmand ، S. Zare

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available In this research, using mutation in the metal resistant bacteria, the bioremediation of the copper and zinc from copper factory effluents was investigated. Wastewater effluents from flocculation and rolling mill sections of a factory in the city of Kerman were collected and used for further experiments. 20 strains of Pseudomonas spp. were isolated from soil and effluents surrounding factory and identified by microbiological methods. Minimum inhibitory concentrations for copper (Cu and zinc (Zn were determined by agar dilution method. Those strains that exhibited highest minimum inhibitory concentrations values to the metals (5mM were subjected to 400-3200 mg/L concentrations of the three mutagenic agents, acriflavine, acridine orange and ethidium bromide. After determination of subinhibitory concentrations, the minimum inhibitory concentrations values for copper and zinc metal ions were again determined, which showed more than 10 fold increase in minimum inhibitory concentrations value (10 mM for Cu and 20 mM for Zn with P≤0.05. The atomic absorption spectroscopy of dried biomass obtained from resistant strains after exposure to mutagenic agents revealed that strains 13 accumulate the highest amount of intracellular copper (0.35% Cu/mg dried biomass and strain 10 showed highest accumulation of zinc (0.3% Zn/mg dried biomass respectively with P≤0.05. From above results it was concluded that the treatment of industrial waste containing heavy metals by artificially mutated bacteria may be appropriate solution for effluent disposal problems.

  13. Photoprotection of Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki from ultraviolet irradiation

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    Cohen, E.; Rozen, H.; Joseph, T.; Braun, S.; Margulies, L. (Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot (Israel))

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    Irradiation of Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki HD1 at 300-350 nm for up to 12 hr using a photochemical reactor results in a rapid loss of its toxicity to larvae of Heliothis armigera. Photoprotection of the toxic component was obtained by adsorption of cationic chromophores such as acriflavin (AF), methyl green, and rhodamine B to B. thuringiensis. AF gave the best photoprotection and a level of 0.42 mmol/g dye absorbed per gram of B. thuringiensis was highly toxic even after 12 hr of ultraviolet (uv) irradiation as compared to the control (77.5 and 5% of insect mortality, respectively). Ultraviolet and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopic studies indicate molecular interactions between B. thuringiensis and AF. The nature of these interactions and energy or charge transfer as possible mechanisms of photoprotection are discussed. It is speculated that tryptophan residues are essential for the toxic effect of B. thuringiensis. It is suggested that photoprotection is attained as energy is transferred from the excited tryptophan moieties to the chromophore molecules.

  14. Nitrogen laser irradiation (337 nm) causes temporary inactivation of clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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    Dube, Alok; Jayasankar, K; Prabakaran, L; Kumar, V; Gupta, P K

    2004-01-01

    We have investigated the effect of nitrogen laser irradiation (337 nm) on viability of clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Bacteria were exposed to a nitrogen laser (average power 2.0 mW) in vitro at power density of 70 +/- 0.7 W/m2 for 0-30 min, and the cell viability was determined by luciferase reporter phage (LRP) assay. Immediately after laser exposure, all the clinical isolates investigated showed a dose-dependent decrease in cell viability. However, when the laser-exposed isolates were incubated in broth medium for 3 days, most of these showed significant recovery from laser-induced damage. Addition of 5.0 microg/ml acriflavine (a DNA repair inhibitor) in the incubation medium had no significant effect on recovery. This suggests that DNA damage may not be involved in the cell inactivation. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies using 5-doxyl strearic acid (5-DS) as a probe suggest alterations in lipid regions of the cell wall. Implications of these results for understanding therapeutic effect of nitrogen laser on drug-resistant tuberculosis are discussed. PMID:15278725

  15. Culture of a high-chlorophyll-producing and halotolerant Chlorella vulgaris.

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    Nakanishi, Koichi; Deuchi, Keiji

    2014-05-01

    In order to increase the value of freshwater algae as raw ingredients for health foods and feed for seawater-based farmed fish, we sought to breed high-chlorophyll halotolerant Chlorella with the objective of generating strains with both high chlorophyll concentrations (≥ 5%) and halotolerance (up to 1% NaCl). We used the Chlorella vulgaris K strain in our research institute culture collection and induced mutations with UV irradiation and acriflavine which is known to effect mutations of mitochondrial DNA that are associated with chlorophyll production. Screenings were conducted on seawater-based "For Chlorella spp." (FC) agar medium, and dark-green-colored colonies were visually selected by macroscopic inspection. We obtained a high-chlorophyll halotolerant strain (designated C. vulgaris M-207A7) that had a chlorophyll concentration of 6.7% (d.m.), a level at least three-fold higher than that of K strain. This isolate also exhibited a greater survival rate in seawater that of K strain.

  16. Combination and monotherapy of Leishmania major infection in BALB/c mice using plant extracts and herbicides

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    Judith A. Makwali , Frederick M.E. Wanjala , Josyline C. Kaburi , Johnstone Ingonga , Wabwoba W. Byrum & Christopher O. Anjili

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Background & objectives: Leishmaniasis is a growing health problem in many parts of the world. Efforts to findnew chemotherapeutics for leishmaniasis remain a priority. This study was carried out to determine the effect ofcombination and monotherapies using plant extracts and herbicides on Leishmania major infection in BALB/cmice.Methods: The herbicides and saponin extract were purchased from Sigma. Roots of Plumbago capensis werecollected from Karura forest, Nairobi, Kenya. Plant extractions were done in KEMRI at Center for TraditionalMedicines and Drugs Research.Results: Lesion sizes after infection of BALB/c mice were similar in all the experimental groups till the onset oftherapeutic treatments (p >0.05. At 15 days post-treatment, significant differences (p < 0.05 were discerned inthe lesion sizes of the BALB/c mice in all the mono- and combined-treated groups. However, the combinedtherapies caused total elimination of the parasites from the lesions and significantly reduced parasite burden inliver and spleen compared to the untreated controls at the end of the experiment.Interpretation & conclusion: The results of this study demonstrate that combination therapy using alternativeadministration of saponin, acriflavine, trifluralin and plumbagin is effective in treating L. major infection inmice. In this regard, an investigation into the efficacy of these combined therapies against other Leishmaniastrains should be explored further. Furthermore, studies with these combination therapies should be done onnon-human primates such as the vervet monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops.

  17. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the multidrug efflux transporter NorM from Neisseria gonorrhoeae

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    Su, C.C.; Long, F.; McDermott, G.; Shafer, W.M.; Yu, E.W. (Emory-MED); (UCSF); (Iowa State)

    2008-06-03

    The crystallization and preliminary X-ray data analysis of the NorM multidrug efflux pump produced by Neisseria gonorrhoeae are reported. NorM is a cytoplasmic membrane protein that consists of 459 amino-acid residues. It is a member of the recently classified multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) family of transporters and recognizes a number of cationic toxic compounds such as ethidium bromide, acriflavin, 2-N-methylellipticinium and ciprofloxacin. Recombinant NorM protein was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified by metal-affinity and gel-filtration chromatography. The protein was crystallized using hanging-drop vapor diffusion. X-ray diffraction data were collected from cryocooled crystals at a synchrotron light source. The best crystal diffracted anisotropically to 3.8 {angstrom} and diffraction data were complete to 6.5 {angstrom} resolution. The space group was determined to be C2, with unit-cell parameters a = 81.5, b = 164.4, c = 111.5 {angstrom}.

  18. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the multidrug efflux transporter NorM from Neisseria gonorrhoeae

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    Su, Chih-Chia [Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Long, Feng [Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Interdepartmental Graduate Program, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); McDermott, Gerry [Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143 (United States); Shafer, William M. [Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia 30322 (United States); Laboratories of Microbial Pathogenesis, VA Medical Center, Decatur, Georgia 30033 (United States); Yu, Edward W., E-mail: ewyu@iastate.edu [Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Interdepartmental Graduate Program, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States)

    2008-04-01

    The multidrug efflux transporter NorM from N. gonorrhoeae has been crystallized and X-ray diffraction data have been collected to a resolution of 6.5 Å. The crystallization and preliminary X-ray data analysis of the NorM multidrug efflux pump produced by Neisseria gonorrhoeae are reported. NorM is a cytoplasmic membrane protein that consists of 459 amino-acid residues. It is a member of the recently classified multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) family of transporters and recognizes a number of cationic toxic compounds such as ethidium bromide, acriflavin, 2-N-methylellipticinium and ciprofloxacin. Recombinant NorM protein was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified by metal-affinity and gel-filtration chromatography. The protein was crystallized using hanging-drop vapor diffusion. X-ray diffraction data were collected from cryocooled crystals at a synchrotron light source. The best crystal diffracted anisotropically to 3.8 Å and diffraction data were complete to 6.5 Å resolution. The space group was determined to be C2, with unit-cell parameters a = 81.5, b = 164.4, c = 111.5 Å.

  19. Lignification of developing maize ( Zea mays L. endosperm transfer cells and starchy endosperm cells

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    Sara eRocha

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Endosperm transfer cells in maize have extensive cell wall ingrowths that play a key role in kernel development. Although the incorporation of lignin would support this process, its presence in these structures has not been reported in previous studies. We used potassium permanganate staining combined with transmission electron microscopy – energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry as well as acriflavine staining combined with confocal laser scanning microscopy to determine whether the most basal endosperm transfer cells (MBETCs contain lignified cell walls, using starchy endosperm cells for comparison. We investigated the lignin content of ultrathin sections of MBETCs treated with hydrogen peroxide. The lignin content of transfer and starchy cell walls was also determined by the acetyl bromide method. Finally, the relationship between cell wall lignification and MBETC growth/flange ingrowth orientation was evaluated. MBETC walls and ingrowths contained lignin throughout the period of cell growth we monitored. The same was true of the starchy cells, but those underwent an even more extensive growth period than the transfer cells. Both the reticulate and flange ingrowths were also lignified early in development. The significance of the lignification of maize endosperm cell walls is discussed in terms of its impact on cell growth and flange ingrowth orientation.

  20. Anti-protozoal and anti-bacterial antibiotics that inhibit protein synthesis kill cancer subtypes enriched for stem cell-like properties

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    Cuyàs, Elisabet; Martin-Castillo, Begoña; Corominas-Faja, Bruna; Massaguer, Anna; Bosch-Barrera, Joaquim; Menendez, Javier A

    2015-01-01

    Key players in translational regulation such as ribosomes might represent powerful, but hitherto largely unexplored, targets to eliminate drug-refractory cancer stem cells (CSCs). A recent study by the Lisanti group has documented how puromycin, an old antibiotic derived from Streptomyces alboniger that inhibits ribosomal protein translation, can efficiently suppress CSC states in tumorspheres and monolayer cultures. We have used a closely related approach based on Biolog Phenotype Microarrays (PM), which contain tens of lyophilized antimicrobial drugs, to assess the chemosensitivity profiles of breast cancer cell lines enriched for stem cell-like properties. Antibiotics directly targeting active sites of the ribosome including emetine, puromycin and cycloheximide, inhibitors of ribosome biogenesis such as dactinomycin, ribotoxic stress agents such as daunorubicin, and indirect inhibitors of protein synthesis such as acriflavine, had the largest cytotoxic impact against claudin-low and basal-like breast cancer cells. Thus, biologically aggressive, treatment-resistant breast cancer subtypes enriched for stem cell-like properties exhibit exacerbated chemosensitivities to anti-protozoal and anti-bacterial antibiotics targeting protein synthesis. These results suggest that old/existing microbicides might be repurposed not only as new cancer therapeutics, but also might provide the tools and molecular understanding needed to develop second-generation inhibitors of ribosomal translation to eradicate CSC traits in tumor tissues. PMID:25970790

  1. The TolC Homologue of Brucella suis Is Involved in Resistance to Antimicrobial Compounds and Virulence▿

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    Posadas, Diana M.; Martín, Fernando A.; Sabio y García, Julia V.; Spera, Juan M.; Delpino, M. Victoria; Baldi, Pablo; Campos, Eleonora; Cravero, Silvio L.; Zorreguieta, Angeles

    2007-01-01

    Brucella spp., like other pathogens, must cope with the environment of diverse host niches during the infection process. In doing this, pathogens evolved different type of transport systems to help them survive and disseminate within the host. Members of the TolC family have been shown to be involved in the export of chemically diverse molecules ranging from large protein toxins to small toxic compounds. The role of proteins from the TolC family in Brucella and other α-2-proteobacteria has been explored little. The gene encoding the unique member of the TolC family from Brucella suis (BepC) was cloned and expressed in an Escherichia coli mutant disrupted in the gene encoding TolC, which has the peculiarity of being involved in diverse transport functions. BepC fully complemented the resistance to drugs such as chloramphenicol and acriflavine but was incapable of restoring hemolysin secretion in the tolC mutant of E. coli. An insertional mutation in the bepC gene strongly affected the resistance phenotype of B. suis to bile salts and toxic chemicals such as ethidium bromide and rhodamine and significantly decreased the resistance to antibiotics such as erythromycin, ampicillin, tetracycline, and norfloxacin. Moreover, the B. suis bepC mutant was attenuated in the mouse model of infection. Taken together, these results suggest that BepC-dependent efflux processes of toxic compounds contribute to B. suis survival inside the host. PMID:17088356

  2. High resolution DNA content measurements of mammalian sperm

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    Pinkel, D.; Lake, S.; Gledhill, B.L.; Van Dilla, M.A.; Stephenson, D.; Watchmaker, G.

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    The high condensation and flat shape of the mammalian sperm nucleus present unique difficulties to flow cytometric measurement of DNA content. Chromatin compactness makes quantitative fluorescent staining for DNA difficult and causes a high index of refraction. The refractive index makes optical measurements sensitive to sperm head orientation. We demonstrate that the optical problems can be overcome using the commercial ICP22 epiillumination flow cytometer (Ortho Instruments, Westwood, MA) or a specially built cell orientating flow cytometer (OFCM). The design and operation of the OFCM are described. Measurements of the angular dependence of fluorescence from acriflavine stained rabbit sperm show that it is capable of orienting flat sperm with a tolerance of +-7/sup 0/. Differences in the angular dependence for the similarly shaped bull and rabbit sperm allow discrimination of these cells. We show that DNA staining with 4-6 diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) or an ethidium bromide mithramycin combination allows resolution of the X and Y populations in mouse sperm. They have also been successful with sperm from the bull, ram, rabbit, and boar. Reliable results with human sperm are not obtained. The accuracy of the staining and measurement techniques are verified by the correct determination of the relative content of these two populations in sperm from normal mice and those with the Cattanach (7 to X) translocation. Among the potential uses of these techniques are measurement of DNA content errors induced in sperm due to mutagen exposure, and assessment of the fractions of X and Y sperm in semen that may have one population artifically enriched.

  3. In vivo subsurface morphological and functional cellular and subcellular imaging of the gastrointestinal tract with confocal mini-microscopy

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    Martin Goetz; Beena Memadathil; Stefan Biesterfeld; Constantin Schneider; Sebastian Gregor; Peter R Galle; Markus F Neurath; Ralf Kiesslich

    2007-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate a newly developed hand-held confocal probe for in vivo microscopic imaging of the complete gastrointestinal tract in rodents.METHODS: A novel rigid confocal probe (diameter 7 mm) was designed with optical features similar to the flexible endomicroscopy system for use in humans using a 488 nm single line laser for fluorophore excitation.Light emission was detected at 505 to 750 nm. The field of view was 475 μm × 475 μm. Optical slice thickness was 7 μm with a lateral resolution of 0.7 μm. Subsurface serial images at different depths (surface to 250 μm)were generated in real time at 1024 × 1024 pixels (0.8 frames/s) by placing the probe onto the tissue in gentle,stable contact. Tissue specimens were sampled for histopathological correlation.RESULTS: The esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine and meso, liver, pancreas and gall bladder were visualised in vivo at high resolution in n = 48 mice.Real time microscopic imaging with the confocal minimicroscopy probe was easy to achieve. The different staining protocols (fluorescein, acriflavine, FITC-labelled dextran and L. esculentum lectin) each highlighted specific aspects of the tissue, and in vivo imaging correlated excellently with conventional histology. In vivo blood flow monitoring added a functional quality to morphologic imaging.CONCLUSION: Confocal microscopy is feasible in vivo allowing the visualisation of the complete GI tract at high resolution even of subsurface tissue structures.The new confocal probe design evaluated in this study is compatible with laparoscopy and significantly expands the field of possible applications to intra-abdominal organs. It allows immediate testing of new in vivo staining and application options and therefore permits rapid transfer from animal studies to clinical use in patients.

  4. Distribution of Listeria spp. in confectioners' pastries from western France: comparison of enrichment methods.

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    Ferron, P; Michard, J

    1993-06-01

    Three hundred samples of pastry from 100 different suppliers in western France, including butter-cream, whipped dairy cream and custard filled cakes from each supplier, were collected and tested for the occurrence of Listeria spp. in 25 g samples. Listeria spp. were detected in 21.7% of he samples: Listeria monocytogenes in 13.7%, Listeria innocua in 10% and Listeria seeligeri in 2.3%. Thirteen samples were contaminated with two species simultaneously. The frequency of contaminated samples was not related to the composition of the pastry filling used, but it seemed to increase with the number of aerobic contaminant microorganisms in the dairy cream-based samples. The contamination rate was dependent on the place of manufacture. The numbers of Listeria spp. and Listeria monocytogenes were estimated on positive samples at the 25 g level as follows: < 0.3/g, Listeria spp. in 47 samples, L monocytogenes in 27; 0.3-30/g, Listeria spp. in 13, L. monocytogenes in nine; 30-300/g, L. monocytogenes in one; 300-3000/g; L. monocytogenes in three; 700,000/g, L. monocytogenes in one. Various detection methods were tested, including two enrichments broths tested in parallel: a modified LEB broth using 10 mg/l acriflavine-HCl and the UVM 1 broth, with incubation at 30 degrees C and streaking onto PALCAM agar. The enrichment procedures were: (a) primary enrichment of 25 g sample and plating after 48 h and 7 days; (b) secondary enrichment by subculturing the primary enrichment broths incubated for 24 h and 6 days, into fresh enrichment broth, then plating after 24 h incubation; (c) pre-enrichment of 25 g sample for 24 h in the basal enrichment broths without inhibitors, followed by subculturing in complete broths which were plated after 24 h and 6 days incubation. In all cases, UVM performed better than the LEB broth. It was unnecessary to extend the primary enrichment period beyond 48 h. Secondary enrichments inoculated from 24-h incubated primary enrichments gave a slightly better

  5. Reversion to virulence evaluation of a 9R vaccine strain of Salmonella enterica serovar gallinarum in commercial brown layers

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    reaction or clinical alteration because of the vaccine. We only managed to re-isolate the vaccine strain in the inocula made from organs of birds in group 1. We confirmed the isolation by means of biochemical tests, serology, and acriflavine agglutination test. All other cultures made from organs or feces, from all the other experimental groups did not show any growth of the vaccine strain or any other Salmonella serovar, suggesting that the vaccinated birds did not shed the SG9R vaccine strain. No bird presented any clinical symptoms or died during the trials, and no gross lesions were observed in the post-mortem examinations. Under the controlled conditions and time-frame of the present experiment, it was possible to conclude that the rough 9R strain of Salmonella Gallinarum present in the vaccine Cevac S. Gallinarum (Ceva Campinas Ltda. - Campinas, SP - Brazil did not revert to virulence.

  6. A STUDY OF SEX CHEROMATIN FORM BUCCAL SMEAR

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    Full Text Available The determination of sex of an individual is an important subject in Forensic Medicine and Criminology and in Civil Law. The determination of sex is necessary in both living and the dead bodies. The expert opinion of the medico legal specialist regarding positive identification of an individual will be required for the following reasons. For the identification of the sex of individual whether living or dead , For deciding cases relating to legitimacy, divorce, paternity, affiliation, marriage, education, im potence, right to disposal of property, and in intersex condition & in cases of concealed sex. Determination of sex will be done by presumptive, probable and certain signs of sex. Sex chromatin is a planoconvex mass of about 1 micron in diameter lying near nuclear membrane - Barr body. In the buccal smear the percentage of the nuclei containing chromatin body ranges from 0 to 4 in males & 20n to 80 in females . In females neutrophil leucocytes contain a small nuclear attachment of drum stick form - David son bo dy in up to 6% of cell . This is absent in males . Exact sex determination can be made by using a single specimen of buccal smear , saliva or hair follicle, by the combined treatment of quinacrinedi hydrochloride staining for Y chromosome which is seen as bright florescent body in the nuclei of male cell & florescent feulgen reaction using acriflavin Schiff reagent for X chromosomes , which is seen as bright yellow spot in the nuclei . The percentage of quanacrine positive bodies ranges from 45 to 80% in male s , and 0 to 4% in females . With feulgen reaction technique florescent bodies are found in 50 to 70 % of cell in females, and 0 to 2% in males. Determination of sex chromatin pattern was done by examination of oral smears technique on 50 males and 50 female s who have attended the Casualty of Government General Hospital, Ananthapuramu., A. P . , in the Dept . of forensic Medicine from 17 - 06 - 2012 to 30 - 12 - 2014. Slides were