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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103814/the-respiratory-microbiome-in-bronchial-mucosa-and-secretions-from-severe-ige-mediated-asthma-patients
#1
Laura Millares, Guadalupe Bermudo, Vicente Pérez-Brocal, Christian Domingo, Marian Garcia-Nuñez, Xavier Pomares, Andrés Moya, Eduard Monsó
BACKGROUND: The bronchial microbiome in chronic lung diseases presents an abnormal pattern, but its microbial composition and regional differences in severe asthma have not been sufficiently addressed. The aim of the study was to describe the bacterial community in bronchial mucosa and secretions of patients with severe chronic asthma chronically treated with corticosteroids in addition to usual care according to Global Initiative for Asthma. Bacterial community composition was obtained by 16S rRNA gene amplification and sequencing, and functional capabilities through PICRUSt...
January 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103800/chmob2-binds-to-chcbk1-and-promotes-virulence-and-conidiation-of-the-fungal-pathogen-colletotrichum-higginsianum
#2
Johannes Schmidpeter, Marlis Dahl, Jörg Hofmann, Christian Koch
BACKGROUND: Mob family proteins are conserved between animals, plants and fungi and are essential for the activation of NDR kinases that control crucial cellular processes like cytokinesis, proliferation and morphology. RESULTS: We identified a hypomorphic allele of ChMOB2 in a random insertional mutant (vir-88) of the hemibiotrophic ascomycete fungus Colletotrichum higginsianum. The mutant is impaired in conidiation, host penetration and virulence on Arabidopsis thaliana...
January 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103794/genomic-and-transcriptomic-comparison-between-staphylococcus-aureus-strains-associated-with-high-and-low-within-herd-prevalence-of-intra-mammary-infection
#3
E Capra, P Cremonesi, A Pietrelli, S Puccio, M Luini, A Stella, B Castiglioni
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus (Staph. aureus) is one of the major pathogens causing mastitis in dairy ruminants worldwide. The chronic nature of Staph. aureus infection enhances the contagiousness risk and diffusion in herds. In order to identify the factors involved in intra-mammary infection (IMI) and diffusion in dairy cows, we investigated the molecular characteristics of two groups of Staph. aureus strains belonging to ST8 and ST398, differing in clinical properties, through comparison of whole genome and whole transcriptome sequencing...
January 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100194/interspecies-transfer-of-vancomycin-erythromycin-and-tetracycline-resistance-among-enterococcus-species-recovered-from-agrarian-sources
#4
M Conwell, V Daniels, P J Naughton, J S G Dooley
BACKGROUND: Enterococci are now well recognised for their ability to transfer antibiotic resistance and for their association with nosocomial infections, but less is known regarding their relevance in the wider environment. Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium were isolated from a range of agrarian associated sources (low-flow water, septic tank, poultry litter, high flow water, slurry/soil) and were assessed for latent ability to transfer antimicrobial resistance. RESULTS: The isolates were tested for phenotypic clumping in the presence of cell-free supernatant from other isolates...
January 18, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095784/identification-of-a-novel-bovine-enterovirus-possessing-highly-divergent-amino-acid-sequences-in-capsid-protein
#5
Shinobu Tsuchiaka, Sayed Samim Rahpaya, Konosuke Otomaru, Hiroshi Aoki, Mai Kishimoto, Yuki Naoi, Tsutomu Omatsu, Kaori Sano, Sachiko Okazaki-Terashima, Yukie Katayama, Mami Oba, Makoto Nagai, Tetsuya Mizutani
BACKGROUND: Bovine enterovirus (BEV) belongs to the species Enterovirus E or F, genus Enterovirus and family Picornaviridae. Although numerous studies have identified BEVs in the feces of cattle with diarrhea, the pathogenicity of BEVs remains unclear. Previously, we reported the detection of novel kobu-like virus in calf feces, by metagenomics analysis. In the present study, we identified a novel BEV in diarrheal feces collected for that survey. Complete genome sequences were determined by deep sequencing in feces...
January 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095773/dietary-pea-fiber-increases-diversity-of-colonic-methanogens-of-pigs-with-a-shift-from-methanobrevibacter-to-methanomassiliicoccus-like-genus-and-change-in-numbers-of-three-hydrogenotrophs
#6
Yuheng Luo, Hong Chen, Bing Yu, Jun He, Ping Zheng, Xiangbing Mao, Gang Tian, Jie Yu, Zhiqing Huang, Junqiu Luo, Daiwen Chen
BACKGROUND: Pea fiber (PF) is a potential fibrous supplement in swine production. The influence of dietary PF on microbial community in the colon of pigs remains largely unexplored. Methanogens in the hindgut of monogastric animals play important roles in degradation of dietary fibers and efficient removal of microbial metabolic end product H2. Understanding the impact of dietary PF on the structure of colonic methanogens may help understand the mechanisms of microbe-mediated physiological functions of PF...
January 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088177/a-novel-quantitative-pcr-detects-babesia-infection-in-patients-not-identified-by-currently-available-non-nucleic-acid-amplification-tests
#7
Lavoisier Akoolo, Samantha Schlachter, Rasel Khan, Laura Alter, Albert D Rojtman, Kristine Gedroic, Purnima Bhanot, Nikhat Parveen
BACKGROUND: Ticks transmit Babesia microti, the causative agents of babesiosis in North America and Europe. Babesiosis is now endemic in Northeastern USA and affects people of all ages. Babesia species infect erythrocytes and can be transmitted through blood transfusion. Whole blood and blood products, which are not tested for Babesia, can cause transfusion-transmitted babesiosis (TTB) resulting in severe consequences in the immuno-compromised patients. The purpose of this study was epidemiological evaluation of babesiosis in a tick-infested state...
January 14, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086793/methicillin-resistance-and-virulence-genes-in-invasive-and-nasal-staphylococcus-epidermidis-isolates-from-neonates
#8
Vivian Carolina Salgueiro, Natalia Lopes Pontes Iorio, Marcelle Cristina Ferreira, Raiane Cardoso Chamon, Kátia Regina Netto Dos Santos
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus epidermidis is an opportunistic pathogen involved in hospital-acquired infections, particularly in those related to medical devices. This study characterized 50 genetically unrelated S. epidermidis isolates from bloodstream infections (BSIs, n = 31) and nares (n = 19) of neonates in relation to staphylococcal chromosomal cassette mec (SCCmec) type, biofilm production and associated genes, and the arginine catabolic mobile elements (ACME), in order to detect virulence factors that could discriminate a potential invasiveness isolate or predict an increasing pathogenicity...
January 13, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077083/evaluation-of-the-line-probe-assay-for-the-rapid-detection-of-bacterial-meningitis-pathogens-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-samples-from-children
#9
Ahmet Soysal, Demet Gedikbasi Toprak, Salih Türkoğlu, Mustafa Bakir
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to compare the diagnostic performance of the line probe assay (LPA) with conventional multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for Streptococcus pneumoniae as well as real-time PCR for Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from children during the multicenter national surveillance of bacterial meningitis between the years 2006 and 2009 in Turkey. RESULTS: During the study period 1460 subjects were enrolled and among them 841 (57%) met the criteria for probable bacterial meningitis...
January 11, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068902/bacterial-microbiota-of-kazakhstan-cheese-revealed-by-single-molecule-real-time-smrt-sequencing-and-its-comparison-with-belgian-kalmykian-and-italian-artisanal-cheeses
#10
Jing Li, Yi Zheng, Haiyan Xu, Xiaoxia Xi, Qiangchuan Hou, Shuzhen Feng, Laga Wuri, Yanfei Bian, Zhongjie Yu, Lai-Yu Kwok, Zhihong Sun, Tiansong Sun
BACKGROUND: In Kazakhstan, traditional artisanal cheeses have a long history and are widely consumed. The unique characteristics of local artisanal cheeses are almost completely preserved. However, their microbial communities have rarely been reported. The current study firstly generated the Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) sequencing bacterial diversity profiles of 6 traditional artisanal cheese samples of Kazakhstan origin, followed by comparatively analyzed the microbiota composition between the current dataset and those from cheeses originated from Belgium, Russian Republic of Kalmykia (Kalmykia) and Italy...
January 9, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061865/proteomic-analysis-of-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-etec-in-neutral-and-alkaline-conditions
#11
Lucia Gonzales-Siles, Roger Karlsson, Diarmuid Kenny, Anders Karlsson, Åsa Sjöling
BACKGROUND: Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a major cause of diarrhea in children and travelers to endemic areas. Secretion of the heat labile AB5 toxin (LT) is induced by alkaline conditions. In this study, we determined the surface proteome of ETEC exposed to alkaline conditions (pH 9) as compared to neutral conditions (pH 7) using a LPI Hexalane FlowCell combined with quantitative proteomics. Relative quantitation with isobaric labeling (TMT) was used to compare peptide abundance and their corresponding proteins in multiple samples at MS/MS level...
January 7, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061817/the-rumen-microbial-metaproteome-as-revealed-by-sds-page
#12
Timothy J Snelling, R John Wallace
BACKGROUND: Ruminal digestion is carried out by large numbers of bacteria, archaea, protozoa and fungi. Understanding the microbiota is important because ruminal fermentation dictates the efficiency of feed utilisation by the animal and is also responsible for major emissions of the greenhouse gas, methane. Recent metagenomic and metatranscriptomic studies have helped to elucidate many features of the composition and activity of the microbiota. The metaproteome provides complementary information to these other -omics technologies...
January 7, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061812/improving-the-production-of-acetyl-coa-derived-chemicals-in-escherichia-coli-bl21-de3-through-iclr-and-arca-deletion
#13
Min Liu, Yamei Ding, Hailin Chen, Zhe Zhao, Huizhou Liu, Mo Xian, Guang Zhao
BACKGROUND: Acetyl-CoA-derived chemicals are suitable for multiple applications in many industries. The bio-production of these chemicals has become imperative owing to the economic and environmental problems. However, acetate overflow is the major drawback for acetyl-CoA-derived chemicals production. Approaches for overcoming acetate overflow may be beneficial for the production of acetyl-CoA-derived chemicals. RESULTS: In this study, a transcriptional regulator iclR was knocked out in E...
January 7, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061810/pyviko-an-automated-python-tool-to-design-gene-knockouts-in-complex-viruses-with-overlapping-genes
#14
Louis J Taylor, Klaus Strebel
BACKGROUND: Gene knockouts are a common tool used to study gene function in various organisms. However, designing gene knockouts is complicated in viruses, which frequently contain sequences that code for multiple overlapping genes. Designing mutants that can be traced by the creation of new or elimination of existing restriction sites further compounds the difficulty in experimental design of knockouts of overlapping genes. While software is available to rapidly identify restriction sites in a given nucleotide sequence, no existing software addresses experimental design of mutations involving multiple overlapping amino acid sequences in generating gene knockouts...
January 7, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061803/evaluation-of-mlva-for-epidemiological-typing-and-outbreak-detection-of-esbl-producing-escherichia-coli-in-sweden
#15
Lisa Helldal, Nahid Karami, Christina Welinder-Olsson, Edward R B Moore, Christina Åhren
BACKGROUND: To identify the spread of nosocomial infections and halt outbreak development caused by Escherichia coli that carry multiple antibiotic resistance factors, such as extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) and carbapenemases, is becoming demanding challenges due to the rapid global increase and constant and increasing influx of these bacteria from the community to the hospital setting. Our aim was to assess a reliable and rapid typing protocol for ESBL-E. coli, with the primary focus to screen for possible clonal relatedness between isolates...
January 6, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056814/competition-assays-and-physiological-experiments-of-soil-and-phyllosphere-yeasts-identify-candida-subhashii-as-a-novel-antagonist-of-filamentous-fungi
#16
Maja Hilber-Bodmer, Michael Schmid, Christian H Ahrens, Florian M Freimoser
BACKGROUND: While recent advances in next generation sequencing technologies have enabled researchers to readily identify countless microbial species in soil, rhizosphere, and phyllosphere microbiomes, the biological functions of the majority of these species are unknown. Functional studies are therefore urgently needed in order to characterize the plethora of microorganisms that are being identified and to point out species that may be used for biotechnology or plant protection. Here, we used a dual culture assay and growth analyses to characterise yeasts (40 different isolates) and their antagonistic effect on 16 filamentous fungi; comprising plant pathogens, antagonists, and saprophytes...
January 5, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056811/evaluation-of-a-broad-ranging-and-convenient-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-using-the-lysate-of-infected-cells-with-five-serotypes-of-orientia-tsutsugamushi-a-causative-agent-of-scrub-typhus
#17
Motohiko Ogawa, Masaaki Satoh, Masayuki Saijo, Shuji Ando
BACKGROUND: Scrub typhus is a mite-borne rickettsiosis caused by infection of Orientia tsutsugamushi, which is endemic to several Asia-Pacific Rim countries, including Japan. Although micro-indirect immunofluorescent assay (micro-IFA) is the standard method for the serological diagnosis of scrub typhus, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is considered to be more objective, by providing digitized results as opposed to being subject to the judgment of the evaluator as in micro-IFA...
January 5, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056807/evaluating-decontamination-protocols-for-the-isolation-of-mycobacterium-ulcerans-from-swabs
#18
Enid Owusu, Mercy J Newman, Amos Akumwena, Elizabeth Bannerman, Gerd Pluschke
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium ulcerans (M. ulcerans) is the causative agent of Buruli Ulcer (BU) disease. In order to inhibit the growth of the microbial contaminants during culture of M. ulcerans, it is necessary to decontaminate BU samples with effective chemical agents. This study aimed at investigating some selected chemicals as potential decontamination agents for the isolation of M. ulcerans from swabs. RESULTS: Povidone iodine at 0.5 and 1% exhibited the lowest contamination and recovery rate for microbial contaminants and M...
January 5, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056796/the-fecal-presence-of-enterotoxin-and-f4-genes-as-an-indicator-of-efficacy-of-treatment-with-colistin-sulfate-in-pigs
#19
Mohamed Rhouma, John Morris Fairbrother, William Thériault, Francis Beaudry, Nadia Bergeron, Sylvette Laurent-Lewandowski, Ann Letellier
BACKGROUND: Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) strains producing multiple enterotoxins are important causes of post-weaning diarrhea (PWD) in pigs. The aim of the present study was to investigate the fecal presence of ETEC enterotoxin as well as F4 and F18 genes as an indicator of colistin sulfate (CS) efficacy for treatment of PWD in pigs. Forty-eight piglets were weaned at the age of 21 days, and were divided into four groups: challenged treated, challenged untreated, unchallenged treated, and unchallenged untreated...
January 5, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056789/evolutionary-diversification-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-an-artificial-sputum-model
#20
Emily V Davies, Chloe E James, Michael A Brockhurst, Craig Winstanley
BACKGROUND: During chronic lung infections of cystic fibrosis patients Pseudomonas aeruginosa populations undergo extensive evolutionary diversification. However, the selective drivers of this evolutionary process are poorly understood. To test the effects of temperate phages on diversification in P. aeruginosa biofilms we experimentally evolved populations of P. aeruginosa for approximately 240 generations in artificial sputum medium with or without a community of three temperate phages...
January 5, 2017: BMC Microbiology
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