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The susceptibility to 30 antimicrobial agents was determined by the disk diffusion method for a collection of 172 enterococcal strains, including 96 isolates from dairy sources, 50 isolates of human and veterinary origin, and 26 reference strains from 24 different enterococcal species. Results were analysed by hierarchic numerical methods to cluster strains(More)
Metal ions, in particular manganese, are important modulators of bacterial pathogenicity. However, little is known about the role of manganese-dependent proteins in the nosocomial pathogen Enterococcus faecalis, a major cause of bacterial endocarditis. The present study demonstrates that the DtxR/MntR family metalloregulator EfaR of E. faecalis controls the(More)
Recombinant Lactobacillus leichmannii ribonucleosidetriphosphate reductase (RTPR, E.C.1.17.4.2) constitutively expressed by E. coli HB101 pSQUIRE has been purified from sonicated cell material in a one-step procedure by PEG 4000 (16% (w/w))/phosphate (7% (w/w)) liquid-liquid extraction. A high yield of 75.1% RTPR in the top phase and a partitioning of 8.5:1(More)
Twelve phenolic compounds, including three stilbenes, two flavonoids, two coumarins, one neolignan, and four lignans, isolated from Euphorbia and Pycnanthus species or obtained by derivatization, were assayed for their potential antineoplastic efficacy in three human cancer cell lines: gastric (EPG85-257), pancreatic (EPP85-181), and colon (HT-29)(More)
A total of 109 enterococcal isolates from dairy food products and from human and dog infections, isolated in Portugal, and 26 type and reference strains of the genus Enterococcus were screened for vancomycin resistance. MIC values, both for vancomycin and teicoplanin, were determined. The genetic relatedness of isolates carrying either vanA and/or vanB was(More)
The dichloromethane, methanol and aqueous ethanol extracts of the stem bark of Pycnanthus angolensis were evaluated for their in vitro activity against the 3D7 Plasmodium falciparum strain. The CH (2)Cl (2) extract was the most active showing an IC (50) = 1.6 microg/mL. From this extract, a new dibenzylbutane lignan, threo-4,4'-dihydroxy-3-methoxylignan ((More)
The reaction of [MoO(2)Cl(2)(di-tBu-bipy)] (1) (di-tBu-bipy = 4,4'-di-tert-butyl-2,2'-bipyridine) with water at 100-120 °C in a Teflon-lined stainless steel autoclave, in an open reflux system, or in a microwave synthesis system gave the octanuclear complex [Mo(8)O(22)(OH)(4)(di-tBu-bipy)(4)] (2) as a microcrystalline powder in good yields. Single crystals(More)
BACKGROUND Chemoprevention is a promising new approach to cancer prevention. Since the beginning of chemoprevention studies, short-term in vitro models used in the study of carcinogenesis have been applied in the identification of antitumor-promoting agents. MATERIALS AND METHODS The lignans threo-4,4'-dihydroxy-3-methoxylignan, (-)-dihydroguaiaretic(More)
Interesting biological activities have been found for numerous marine compounds. In fact, screening of phylogenetically diverse marine microorganisms from extreme environments revealed to be a rational approach for the discovery of novel molecules with relevant bioactivities for industries such as pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical. Nevertheless, marine(More)