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We examined the penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) of certain field strains of Streptococcus suis, as well as those from laboratory variants having different degrees of resistance to penicillin. Results indicated that (i) S. suis possesses three distinct groups of PBPs, arbitrarily named here PBP 1, PBP 2, and PBP 3, with approximate molecular weights of(More)
A new reagent for the detection of penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) was developed. An N-hydroxysuccinimide ester of biotin was used to tag beta-lactam antibiotics with free side chain amino groups such as ampicillin (BIO-AMP), 6-aminopenicillanic acid (BIO-APA), and 7-aminocephalosporanic acid (BIO-ACA). Bacterial PBPs from cells or isolated cytoplasmic(More)
The ampD and ampE genes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 were cloned and characterized. These genes are transcribed in the same orientation and form an operon. The deduced polypeptide of P. aeruginosa ampD exhibited more than 60% similarity to the AmpD proteins of enterobacteria and Haemophilus influenzae. The ampD product transcomplemented Escherichia coli(More)
Addition of the iron chelators 2,2'-dipyridyl, deferoxamine mesylate or apo-transferrin to culture media affected the composition and the morphology of Pasteurella multocida cells. Cells grown under iron-restricted conditions expressed iron-regulated proteins and, in addition, iron deprivation markedly reduced the amount of capsular material covering the(More)
The nucleotide sequence of the ponA gene encoding the high molecular-mass penicillin-binding protein 1A (PBP1A) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) PAO1 was determined and characterized. The predicted PBP1A protein of 822 amino acids (aa) has a calculated molecular mass of 91.2 kDa corresponding to the size of the protein expressed in vitro and in vivo. A(More)
By using whole-cell labeling assay with 125I-penicillin V, we observed a reduction in the binding of the radiolabeled beta-lactam to four or five penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) in Haemophilus influenzae cells cultivated under specific conditions. PBPs 3A, 3B, 4, and 6 were altered after the growth of bacteria in diffusion chambers implanted in the(More)
The effects of subminimal inhibitory concentrations (subMICs) of certain antibiotics, namely penicillin G, tetracycline and trimethoprim/sulphamethoxazole, on the growth and morphology of Pasteurella multocida were evaluated. SubMICs of penicillin markedly reduced the growth of P. multocida. Tetracycline and trimethoprim/sulphamethoxazole had no effect on(More)
The use of new molecular typing methods for the characterization of Haemophilus influenzae strains is reported. Sixty-four isolates of H. influenzae originating from different types of infection and obtained from eight hospitals across Canada were first analysed for restriction polymorphism. Chromosomal DNA fragments generated by two different combinations(More)
Communication and cooperation among stakeholders and developers is a critical factor for success in requirements engineering [1], [2]. Usually studies in this field just point to the problems, but a comprehensive set of tools or techniques for improvement of communication skills is not given. This study contains summary of research in which the authors use(More)
Continuous change of requirements poses a challenge for every modern organization. Especially, ever changing regulatory requirements that affect business processes and, if not fulfilled, can cause an organization even legal problems. Also there is increased pressure on regulatory institutions when it comes to maintaining integrity and coherence of(More)