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na·no·bac·te·ri·um

 (năn′ə-băk-tîr′ē-əm)
n. pl. na·no·bac·te·ri·a (-tîr′ē-ə)
A calcified, crystalline particle smaller than 200 nanometers in diameter (the diameter of the smallest bacteria), hypothesized to be a self-replicating microorganism that can cause pathogenic calcification, as in arteriosclerosis and kidney stones.
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On the other hand, nanobacteria is claimed to form apatite structures serving as a crystallization center for stone formation [60].
Intracellular co-localization of SPLUNC1 protein with nanobacteria in nasopharyngeal carcinoma epithelia HNE1 cells depended on the bactericidal permeability increasing protein domain.
Young et al., "Characterization of granulations of calcium and apatite in serum as pleomorphic mineralo-protein complexes and as precursors of putative nanobacteria," PLoS ONE, vol.
Sommer, "Nanobacteria associated calcific aortic valve stenosis," The Journal of Heart Valve Disease, vol.
To find out more about the ecological side of things, I talked to Dunn, author of Every Living Thing: Man's Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys; The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners that Shape Who We Are Today; and his most recent book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery.
The Oxfordian nanobacteria reported in this paper are comparable in size with published examples of nanobacteria bodies mentioned by Schrieber and Arnott (2003).
(83) Although processing can remove most of the FBS prior to clinical use, trace bovine proteins may remain sufficient to trigger an immune response and some contaminants (such as viruses, prions, and nanobacteria) are impossible to remove.
In the second activity, students research one of the following controversial discoveries: nanobacteria (Young & Martel, 2009), the "fossilized Martian bacteria" observed on the meteorite ALH84001 (McKay et al., 1996), or Craig Venter's 2010 announcement of the first creation of "synthetic life" (Gibson et al., 2010).
Results of serologic testing for nanobacteria were also unconfirmed because they were based on nonspecific antibodies (3).
Detection of nanobacteria infection in type III prostatitis.
(21) Nanobacteria have also been hypothesized as an etiologic cause of sarcoidosis.
Indeed, she discovered that nanobacteria is found in kidney stones.