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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920212/inhibition-of-antigen-specific-and-non-specific-stimulation-of-bovine-t-and-b-cells-by-lymphostatin-from-attaching-and-effacing-escherichia-coli
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Robin L Cassady-Cain, Elizabeth A Blackburn, Charlotte R Bell, Elizaveta Elshina, Jayne C Hope, Mark P Stevens
Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) and enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) are enteric bacterial pathogens of worldwide importance. Most EPEC and non-O157 EHEC strains express lymphostatin (also known as LifA), a chromosomally-encoded 365 kDa protein. We previously demonstrated that lymphostatin is a putative glycosyltransferase that is important in intestinal colonisation of cattle by EHEC serogroup O5, O111 and O26 strains. However, the nature and consequences of the interaction between lymphostatin and immune cells from the bovine host are ill-defined...
December 5, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920211/outer-membrane-proteins-bb0405-and-bb0406-are-immunogenic-but-only-bb0405-is-required-for-borrelia-burgdorferi-infection
#2
Binu Shrestha, Melisha R Kenedy, Darrin R Akins
We recently identified the Borrelia burgdorferi outer membrane protein (OMP) BB0406 and found that the gene encoding this OMP was co-transcribed with the gene encoding the OMP BB0405. Interestingly, BB0405 and BB0406 share 59% similarity and are grouped into the same B. burgdorferi paralogous gene family. Given their overall similarity, it is plausible that both OMPs have similar or overlapping functions in this pathogenic spirochete. BB0405 has recently been shown to be required for mammalian infection despite the observations that BB0405 is poorly immunogenic and not recognized during mouse or human infection...
December 5, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895132/protection-against-streptococcus-pneumoniae-invasive-pathogenesis-by-a-protein-based-vaccine-is-achieved-by-suppression-of-nasopharyngeal-bacterial-density-during-influenza-a-virus-co-infection
#3
M Nadeem Khan, Qingfu Xu, Michael E Pichichero
An increase in Streptococcus pneumoniae (Spn) nasopharyngeal (NP) colonization density during a viral co-infection initiates pathogenesis. To mimic natural Spn pathogenesis, we commensally colonized the NP of adult C57BL/6 mice with Spn serotypes (STs) 6A or 8, and then co-infected with mouse-adapted H1N1 influenza A virus (PR/8/34). Spn established effective commensal colonization and Influenza co-infection caused Spn NP density to increase, resulting in bacteremia and mortality. We then studied histidine triad protein D (PhtD), a Spn adhesin vaccine candidate, for its ability to prevent invasive Spn disease in adult and infant mice...
November 28, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895131/the-p-falciparum-cell-traversal-protein-for-ookinetes-and-sporozoites-as-a-candidate-for-pre-erythrocytic-and-transmission-blocking-vaccines
#4
Diego A Espinosa, Joel Vega-Rodriguez, Yevel Flores-Garcia, Amy R Noe, Christian Muñoz, Russell Coleman, Torben Bruck, Keith Haney, Alex Stevens, Diane Retallack, Jeff Allen, Thomas S Vedvick, Christopher B Fox, Steven G Reed, Randall F Howard, Ahmed M Salman, Chris J Janse, Shahid M Khan, Fidel Zavala, Gabriel M Gutierrez
Recent studies have shown that immune responses against the Cell-Traversal Protein for Plasmodium Ookinetes and Sporozoites (CelTOS) can inhibit parasite infection. While these studies provide important evidence towards the development of vaccines targeting this protein, it remains unknown whether these responses could engage the P. falciparum CelTOS in vivo. Using a newly developed rodent malaria chimeric parasite expressing the P. falciparum CelTOS (PfCelTOS), we evaluated the protective effect of in vivo immune responses elicited by vaccination and assessed the neutralizing capacity of monoclonal antibodies specific against PfCelTOS...
November 28, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895130/metq-of-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-is-a-surface-expressed-antigen-that-elicits-bactericidal-and-functional-blocking-antibodies
#5
Evgeny A Semchenko, Christopher J Day, Kate L Seib
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea, is a growing public health threat for which a vaccine is urgently needed. We have characterized the functional role of the gonococcal MetQ protein, which is the methionine binding component of an ABC transporter system, and assessed its potential as a candidate antigen for inclusion in a gonococcal vaccine. MetQ is highly conserved in all strains investigated to date, it is localized on the bacterial surface, and it binds L-methionine with high affinity...
November 28, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895129/the-predicted-lytic-transglycosylase-hpah-from-xanthomonas-campestris-pv-vesicatoria-associates-with-the-type-iii-secretion-system-and-promotes-effector-protein-translocation
#6
Jens Hausner, Nadine Hartmann, Michael Jordan, Daniela Büttner
Pathogenicity of the Gram-negative plant-pathogenic bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria depends on a type III secretion (T3S) system, which spans both bacterial membranes and translocates effector proteins into plant cells. The assembly of the T3S system presumably involves the predicted lytic transglycosylase (LT) HpaH, which is encoded adjacent to the T3S gene cluster. Bacterial LTs degrade peptidoglycan and often promote the formation of membrane-spanning macromolecular protein complexes. In the present study, we show that HpaH localizes to the bacterial periplasm and binds to peptidoglycan as well as to components of the T3S system including the predicted periplasmic inner rod proteins HrpB1 and HrpB2 as well as the pilus protein HrpE...
November 28, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895128/characterization-of-the-pathogenicity-of-streptococcus-intermedius-tyg1620-isolated-from-a-human-brain-abscess-based-on-the-complete-genome-sequence-with-transcriptome-analysis-and-transposon-mutagenesis-in-a-murine-subcutaneous-abscess-model
#7
Noriko Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Yutaka Sugi, Nobuhiro Kawakami, Yumiko Ogasawara, Kengo Kato, Akifumi Yamashita, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Makoto Kuroda
Streptococcus intermedius is known to cause periodontitis and pyogenic infections in the brain and liver. Here we report the complete genome sequence of strain TYG1620 (genome size: 2,006,877 bp; GC content: 37.6%; 2,020 predicted ORFs) isolated from a brain abscess in an infant. Comparative genome analysis of S. intermedius genome sequences suggested that TYG1620 carries a notable type VII secretion system (T7SS), two long-repeat regions and 19 ORFs for cell-wall-anchored proteins (CWAPs). To elucidate genes responsible for the pathogenicity of TYG1620, transcriptome analysis was performed in a murine subcutaneous abscess model...
November 28, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895127/the-pathogenic-potential-of-proteus-mirabilis-is-enhanced-by-other-uropathogens-during-polymicrobial-urinary-tract-infection
#8
Chelsie E Armbruster, Sara N Smith, Alexandra O Johnson, Valerie DeOrnellas, Kathryn A Eaton, Alejandra Yep, Lona Mody, Weisheng Wu, Harry L T Mobley
Urinary catheter use is prevalent in health care settings, and polymicrobial colonization by urease-positive organisms, such as Proteus mirabilis and Providencia stuartii, commonly occurs with long-term catheterization. We previously demonstrated that coinfection with P. mirabilis and P. stuartii increased overall urease activity in vitro and disease severity in a model of urinary tract infection (UTI). In this study, we expanded these findings to a murine model of catheter-associated UTI (CAUTI), delineated the contribution of enhanced urease activity to coinfection pathogenesis, and screened for enhanced urease activity with other common CAUTI pathogens...
November 28, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872242/systematic-analysis-of-two-component-systems-in-citrobacter-rodentium-reveals-positive-and-negative-roles-in-virulence
#9
Jenny-Lee Thomassin, Jean-Mathieu Leclerc, Natalia Giannakopoulou, Lei Zhu, Kristiana Salmon, Andrea Portt, France Daigle, Hervé Le Moual, Samantha Gruenheid
Citrobacter rodentium is a murine pathogen used to model intestinal infections caused by the human diarrheal pathogens enterohaemorrhagic and enteropathogenic Escherichia coli During infection bacteria use two-component systems (TCSs) to detect changing environmental cues within the host, allowing for rapid adaptation by altering the expression of specific genes. In this study, 26 TCSs were identified in C. rodentium and qPCR analysis showed that they are all expressed during murine infection. These TCSs were individually deleted and the in vitro and in vivo effects were analyzed to determine the functional consequences...
November 21, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872241/the-type-iii-effector-nled-from-enteropathogenic-e-coli-differentiates-between-host-substrates-p38-and-jnk
#10
Kristina Creuzburg, Cristina Giogha, Tania Wong Fok Lung, Nichollas E Scott, Sabrina Mühlen, Elizabeth L Hartland, Jaclyn S Pearson
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) is a gastrointestinal pathogen that utilises a type III secretion system (T3SS) to inject an array of virulence effector proteins into host enterocytes to subvert numerous cellular processes for successful colonisation and dissemination. The T3SS effector NleD is a 28 kDa zinc metalloprotease that is translocated into host enterocytes where it directly cleaves and inactivates the MAP kinase signaling proteins, JNK and p38. Here a library of 91 random transposon based, in-frame, linker insertion mutants of NleD were tested for their ability to cleave JNK and p38 during transient transfection of cultured epithelial cells...
November 21, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872240/the-staphylococcus-aureus-airsr-two-component-system-mediates-reactive-oxygen-species-resistance-via-transcriptional-regulation-of-staphyloxanthin-production
#11
Jeffrey W Hall, Junshu Yang, Haiyong Guo, Yinduo Ji
Staphylococcus aureus is an important opportunistic pathogen and etiologically agent of many hospital- and community-acquired infections. The golden pigment, staphyloxanthin, of S. aureus colonies distinguishes it from other staphylococci and related Gram-positive cocci. Staphyloxanthin is the product of a series of biosynthetic steps that produce a unique membrane-embedded C (30) golden carotenoid and is an important antioxidant. We observed a strain with an inducible airR overexpression cassette had noticeably increased staphyloxanthin production compared to the wild-type strain under aerobic culturing conditions...
November 21, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872239/experimental-infection-of-pig-tailed-macaques-macaca-nemestrina-with-mycoplasma-genitalium
#12
Gwendolyn E Wood, Dorothy L Patton, Peter K Cummings, Stefanie L Iverson-Cabral, Patricia A Totten
Mycoplasma genitalium is an underappreciated cause of human reproductive tract disease, characterized by persistent, often asymptomatic, infection. Building on our previous experiments using a single female pig-tailed macaque as a model for M. genitalium infection (G. E. Wood, S. L. Iverson-Cabral, D. L. Patton, P. K. Cummings, Y. T. Cosgrove Sweeney, and P. A. Totten, Infect Immun 81:2938-2951, 2013, doi: 10.1128/IAI.01322-12), we cervically inoculated eight additional animals, two of which were simultaneously inoculated in salpingeal tissue autotransplanted into abdominal pockets...
November 21, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872238/phagosomal-neutralization-by-the-fungal-pathogen-candida-albicans-induces-macrophage-pyroptosis
#13
Slavena Vylkova, Michael C Lorenz
The interaction of Candida albicans with the innate immune system is the key determinant of the pathogen/commensal balance and has selected for adaptations that facilitate the utilization of nutrients commonly found within the host, including proteins and amino acids; many of the catabolic pathways needed to assimilate these compounds are required for persistence in the host. We have shown that C. albicans co-opts amino acid catabolism to generate and excrete ammonia, which raises extracellular pH, both in vitro and in vivo and induces hyphal morphogenesis...
November 21, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872237/flagellin-mediated-protection-against-intestinal-yersinia-pseudotuberculosis-infection-does-not-require-interleukin-22
#14
Rémi Porte, Laurye Van Maele, Natalia Muñoz-Wolf, Benoit Foligné, Laure Dumoutier, Julien Tabareau, Delphine Cayet, Pierre Gosset, Nicolas Jonckheere, Isabelle Van Seuningen, A José Chabalgoity, Michel Simonet, Mohamed Lamkanfi, Jean-Christophe Renauld, Jean-Claude Sirard, Christophe Carnoy
Signaling through toll-like receptors (TLRs), the main receptors in innate immunity, is essential for the defense of mucosal surfaces. It was previously shown that systemic TLR5 stimulation by bacterial flagellin induces an immediate, transient interleukin-22 (IL-22)-dependent antimicrobial response to bacterial or viral infections of the mucosa. This process was dependent on the activation of type 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILCs). The objective of the present study was to analyze the effects of flagellin treatment in a murine model of oral infection with Yersinia pseudotuberculosis (an invasive, Gram-negative, enteropathogenic bacterium that targets the small intestine)...
November 21, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849183/contribution-of-asparagine-catabolism-to-salmonella-virulence
#15
Patrick A McLaughlin, Michael McClelland, Hee-Jeong Yang, Steffen Porwollik, Lydia Bogomolnaya, Juei-Suei Chen, Helene Andrews-Polymenis, Adrianus W M van der Velden
Salmonellae are pathogenic bacteria that cause significant morbidity and mortality in humans worldwide. Salmonellae establish infection and avoid clearance by the immune system by mechanisms that are not well understood. We previously showed that L-Asparaginase II produced by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (S Typhimurium) inhibits T cell responses and mediates virulence. In addition, we previously showed that asparagine deprivation such as that mediated by L-Asparaginase II of S Typhimurium causes suppression of activation-induced T cell metabolic reprogramming...
November 14, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849182/innate-immune-memory-contributes-to-host-defense-against-recurrent-skin-and-skin-structure-infections-caused-by-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#16
Liana C Chan, Siyang Chaili, Scott G Filler, Lloyd S Miller, Norma V Solis, Huiyuan Wang, Colin W Johnson, Hong K Lee, Luis F Diaz, Michael R Yeaman
Staphylococcus aureus is the leading cause of skin and skin structure infections (SSSI). The high frequency of recurring SSSI due to S. aureus, including methicillin-resistant (MRSA) strains, despite high titers of specific antibody and circulating T cells, implies that traditional adaptive immunity imparts incomplete protection. We hypothesized that innate immune memory contributes to protective host defense against recurring MRSA infection. To test this hypothesis, SSSI was induced in wild-type and rag1(-/-) mice in BALB/c and C57BL/6 backgrounds...
November 14, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849181/nadph-oxidase-contributes-to-resistance-against-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans-induced-periodontitis-in-mice
#17
Antje Bast, Helen Kubis, Birte Holtfreter, Silvia Ribback, Heiner Martin, Helen C Schreiner, Malte J Dominik, Katrin Breitbach, Frank Dombrowski, Thomas Kocher, Ivo Steinmetz
Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is a Gram-negative commensal bacterium of the oral cavity which has been associated with the pathogenesis of periodontitis with severe alveolar bone destruction. The role of host factors such as reactive oxygen and nitrogen intermediates in periodontal A. actinomycetemcomitans infection and progression to periodontitis is still ill-defined. Therefore, this study aimed to analyse the role of NADPH oxidase and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in a murine model of A...
November 14, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849180/calcium-enhances-bile-salt-dependent-virulence-activation-in-vibrio-cholerae
#18
Amanda J Hay, Menghua Yang, Xiaoyun Xia, Zhi Liu, Justin Hammons, William Fenical, Jun Zhu
Vibrio cholerae is the causative bacteria of the diarrheal disease cholera, but also persists in aquatic environments where it displays an expression profile that is distinct from that during infection. Upon entry into the host, a tightly regulated circuit coordinates induction of two major virulence factors: cholera toxin (CT) and a toxin co-regulated pilus (TCP). It has been shown that a set of bile salts, including taurocholate (TC), serve as host signals to activate V. cholerae virulence through inducing the activity of a transmembrane virulence regulator TcpP...
November 14, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849179/%C3%A3-glucan-unmasking-in-some-candida-albicans-mutants-correlates-with-increases-in-cell-wall-surface-roughness-and-decreases-in-cell-wall-elasticity
#19
Sahar Hasim, David P Allison, Scott T Retterer, Alex Hopke, Robert T Wheeler, Mitchel J Doktycz, Todd B Reynolds
Candida albicans is among the most common human fungal pathogens, causing a broad range of infections including life threatening systemic infections. The cell wall of C. albicans is the interface between the fungus and the innate immune system. The cell wall is composed of an outer layer enriched in mannosylated glycoproteins (mannan) and an inner layer enriched in ß- (1, 3)-glucan and chitin. Detection of C. albicans by Dectin-1, a C-type signaling lectin specific for ß- (1, 3)-glucan, is important for the innate immune system to recognize systemic fungal infections...
November 14, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849178/modulation-of-pertussis-and-adenylate-cyclase-toxins-by-sigma-factor-rpoe-in-bordetella-pertussis
#20
Mariette Barbier, Dylan Boehm, Emel Sen-Kiliç, Claire Bonnin, Theo Pinheiro, Casey Hoffman, Mary Gray, Erik Hewlett, F Heath Damron
Bordetella pertussis is a human pathogen that can infect the respiratory tract and cause the disease known as whooping cough. B. pertussis uses pertussis toxin (PT) and adenylate cyclase toxin (ACT) to kill and modulate host cells to allow the pathogen to survive and persist. B. pertussis encodes many uncharacterized transcription factors and very little is known about their functions. RpoE is a sigma factor which in other bacteria, responds to oxidative, heat, and other environmental stresses. RseA is a negative regulator of RpoE that sequesters the sigma factor to regulate gene expression based on conditions...
November 14, 2016: Infection and Immunity
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