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BMC Microbiology

Xu'ai Lin, Guohui Xiao, Dongjiao Luo, Liangliang Kong, Xu Chen, Dexter Sun, Jie Yan
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis is an important reemerging zoonosis, with more than half a million cases reported annually, and is caused by pathogenic Leptospira species. Development of a universal vaccine is one of the major strategic goals to overcome the disease burden of leptospirosis. In this study, a chimeric multi-epitope protein-based vaccine was designed and tested for its potency to induce a specific immune response and provide protection against L. interrogans infection. RESULTS: The protein, containing four repeats of six T- and B-cell combined epitopes from the leptospiral outer membrane proteins, OmpL1, LipL32 and LipL21, was expressed and purified...
October 14, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Andrea Carolina Torres, Verónica Vannini, Julieta Bonacina, Graciela Font, Lucila Saavedra, María Pía Taranto
BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that most vitamins are present in a variety of foods, malnutrition, unbalanced diets or insufficient intake of foods are still the cause of vitamin deficiencies in humans in some countries. Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is a complex compound that is only naturally produced by bacteria and archea. It has been reported that certain strains belonging to lactic acid bacteria group are capable of synthesized water-soluble vitamins such as those included in the B-group, as vitamin B12...
October 13, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Maxime Maréchal, Ana Amoroso, Cécile Morlot, Thierry Vernet, Jacques Coyette, Bernard Joris
BACKGROUND: Proteins from the LytR-CpsA-Psr family are found in almost all Gram-positive bacteria. Although LCP proteins have been studied in other pathogens, their functions in enterococci remain uncharacterized. The Psr protein from Enterococcus hirae, here renamed LcpA, previously associated with the regulation of the expression of the low-affinity PBP5 and β-lactam resistance, has been characterized. RESULTS: LcpA protein of E. hirae ATCC 9790 has been produced and purified with and without its transmembrane helix...
October 12, 2016: BMC Microbiology
H Diao, H L Yan, Y Xiao, B Yu, J Yu, J He, P Zheng, B H Zeng, H Wei, X B Mao, D W Chen
BACKGROUND: The present study was conducted to compare the differences in gut microbiota composition and gut-phenotypes among pig breeds, and determine whether these differences would transmit to mice colonized with fecal microbiota of different pig breeds. A total of 24 1-day-old germ-free BALB/C mice were divided into 3 groups (TFM, YFM and RFM), which were transplanted with intact fecal microbiota of Tibetan pig (TP), Yorkshire pig (YP) and Rongchang pig (RP), respectively. RESULTS: Results showed that different pig breeds exhibited distinct gut microbiota profile based on high-throughput pyrosequencing...
October 11, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Tejaswini Kulkarni, Chihiro Aikawa, Takashi Nozawa, Kazunori Murase, Fumito Maruyama, Ichiro Nakagawa
BACKGROUND: Group A Streptococcus (GAS; Streptococcus pyogenes) causes a range of mild to severe infections in humans. It can also colonize healthy persons asymptomatically. Therefore, it is important to study GAS carriage in healthy populations, as carriage of it might lead to subsequent disease manifestation, clonal spread in the community, and/or diversification of the organism. Throat swab culture is the gold standard method for GAS detection. Advanced culture-independent methods provide rapid and efficient detection of microorganisms directly from clinical samples...
October 11, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Pushpa Bhawan Mal, Kauser Jabeen, Joveria Farooqi, Magnus Unemo, Erum Khan
BACKGROUND: Accurate detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae antimicrobial resistance is essential for appropriate management and prevention of spread of infection in the community. In this study Calibrated Dichotomous Sensitivity (CDS) and Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) disc diffusion methods were compared with minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) by Etest in Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates from Karachi, Pakistan. CDS and CLSI disc diffusion techniques, and Etest for ceftriaxone, penicillin G, spectinomycin and ciprofloxacin against 100 isolates from years 2012-2014 were performed...
October 10, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Dorit Lubitz, Volker F Wendisch
BACKGROUND: Corynebacterium glutamicum is a well-studied bacterium which naturally overproduces glutamate when induced by an elicitor. Glutamate production is accompanied by decreased 2-oxoglutatate dehydrogenase activity. Elicitors of glutamate production by C. glutamicum analyzed to molecular detail target the cell envelope. RESULTS: Ciprofloxacin, an inhibitor of bacterial DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV, was shown to inhibit growth of C. glutamicum wild type with concomitant excretion of glutamate...
October 7, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Cristian Gustavo Aguilera Rossi, Paulino Gómez-Puertas, Juan Alfonso Ayala Serrano
BACKGROUND: Community and nosocomial infections by Pseudomonas aeruginosa still create a major therapeutic challenge. The resistance of this opportunist pathogen to β-lactam antibiotics is determined mainly by production of the inactivating enzyme AmpC, a class C cephalosporinase with a regulation system more complex than those found in members of the Enterobacteriaceae family. This regulatory system also participates directly in peptidoglycan turnover and recycling. One of the regulatory mechanisms for AmpC expression, recently identified in clinical isolates, is the inactivation of LMM-PBP4 (Low-Molecular-Mass Penicillin-Binding Protein 4), a protein whose catalytic activity on natural substrates has remained uncharacterized until now...
October 6, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Jiaojiao Niu, Zhongwen Rang, Chao Zhang, Wu Chen, Feng Tian, Huaqun Yin, Linjian Dai
BACKGROUND: The interaction mechanism between crop and soil microbial communities is a key issue in both agriculture and soil ecology. However, how soil microbial communities respond to crop planting and ultimately affect crop health still remain unclear. In this research, we explored how soil microbial communities shifted during tobacco cultivation under different rotation systems (control, maize rotation, lily rotation and turnip rotation). RESULTS: Our analyses showed that soil microbial communities had a general response pattern to tobacco planting, as the abundances of Proteobacteria and Planctomycetes increased while Acidobacteria and Verrucomicrobia decreased during tobacco cultivation, no matter which rotation system was adopted...
October 6, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Isabel E Olivera, Katrina C Fins, Sara A Rodriguez, Sumayyah K Abiff, Jaime L Tartar, Aurélien Tartar
BACKGROUND: Although interest in animal pathogenic oomycetes is increasing, the molecular basis mediating oomycete-animal relationships remains virtually unknown. Crinkler (CRN) genes, which have been traditionally associated with the cytotoxic activity displayed by plant pathogenic oomycetes, were recently detected in transcriptome sequences from the entomopathogenic oomycete Lagenidium giganteum, suggesting that these genes may represent virulence factors conserved in both animal and plant pathogenic oomycetes...
October 6, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Catherine E Isom, Smita K Menon, Leonard M Thomas, Ann H West, George B Richter-Addo, Elizabeth A Karr
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile is a spore-forming obligate anaerobe that can remain viable for extended periods, even in the presence of antibiotics, which contributes to the persistence of this bacterium as a human pathogen during host-to-host transmission and in hospital environments. We examined the structure and function of a gene product with the locus tag CDR20291_0991 (cdPadR1) as part of our broader goal aimed at elucidating transcription regulatory mechanisms involved in virulence and antibiotic resistance of the recently emergent hypervirulent C...
October 4, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Walid Mohamed, Eugen Domann, Trinad Chakraborty, Gopala Mannala, Katrin S Lips, Christian Heiss, Reinhard Schnettler, Volker Alt
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus is the principle causative pathogen of osteomyelitis and implant-associated bone infections. It is able to invade and to proliferate inside osteoblasts thus avoiding antibiotic therapy and the host immune system. Therefore, development of alternative approaches to stimulate host innate immune responses could be beneficial in prophylaxis against S. aureus infection. TLR9 is the intracellular receptor which recognizes unmethylated bacterial CpG-DNA and activates immune cells...
October 3, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Cristina Rodriguez, Bernard Taminiau, Nicolas Korsak, Véronique Avesani, Johan Van Broeck, Philippe Brach, Michel Delmée, Georges Daube
BACKGROUND: Increasing age, several co-morbidities, environmental contamination, antibiotic exposure and other intestinal perturbations appear to be the greatest risk factors for C. difficile infection (CDI). Therefore, elderly care home residents are considered particularly vulnerable to the infection. The main objective of this study was to evaluate and follow the prevalence of C. difficile in 23 elderly care home residents weekly during a 4-month period. A C. difficile microbiological detection scheme was performed along with an overall microbial biodiversity study of the faeces content by 16S rRNA gene analysis...
October 1, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Marianna Roselli, Alberto Finamore, Ulla Hynönen, Airi Palva, Elena Mengheri
BACKGROUND: The role of Lactobacillus cell wall components in the protection against pathogen infection in the gut is still largely unexplored. We have previously shown that L. amylovorus DSM 16698(T) is able to reduce the enterotoxigenic F4(+) Escherichia coli (ETEC) adhesion and prevent the pathogen-induced membrane barrier disruption through the regulation of IL-10 and IL-8 expression in intestinal cells. We have also demonstrated that L. amylovorus DSM 16698(T) protects host cells through the inhibition of NF-kB signaling...
September 29, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Sara Arbulu, Juan J Jiménez, Loreto Gútiez, Cristina Campanero, Rosa Del Campo, Luis M Cintas, Carmen Herranz, Pablo E Hernández
BACKGROUND: Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are part of the gut microbiota and produce ribosomally synthesized antimicrobial peptides or bacteriocins with interest as natural food preservatives and therapeutic agents. Bacteriocin-producing LAB are also attractive as probiotics. Griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus subspecies fulvus) are scavenger birds that feed almost exclusively on carrion without suffering apparent ill effects. Therefore, griffon vultures might be considered a reservoir of bacteriocin-producing lactic acid bacteria (LAB) with potential biotechnological applications...
September 29, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Xiaodong Liu, Yantao Luo, Zhefei Li, Gehong Wei
BACKGROUND: Serine/threonine protein kinases are highly conserved kinases with a wide distribution in microbes and with multiple functions. Mesorhizobium alhagi CCNWXJ12-2, a α-proteobacterium which could be able to form symbiosis with Alhagi sparsifolia in northwest of China, contains a putative PrkA-family serine protein kinase, PrkA. In our previous study, the expression of prkA was found to be downregulated in high-salt conditions. To elucidate the function of M. alhagi PrkA, a prkA deletion mutant was constructed and the phenotypes of the mutant were analyzed...
September 29, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Jayne Manning, Eileen M Dunne, Philip A Wescombe, John D F Hale, E Kim Mulholland, John R Tagg, Roy M Robins-Browne, Catherine Satzke
BACKGROUND: Pneumococcal adherence to the nasopharyngeal epithelium is a critical step in colonisation and disease. The probiotic bacterium, Streptococcus salivarius, can inhibit pneumococcal adherence to epithelial cells in vitro. We investigated the mechanism(s) of inhibition using a human pharyngeal epithelial cell line (Detroit 562) following pre-administration of two different strains of S. salivarius. RESULTS: Whilst the bacteriocin-encoding megaplasmids of S...
September 29, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Ken-Ichi Mori, Akihiro Matsumoto, Noboru Maki, Yuki Ichikawa, Eiji Tanaka, Shintaro Yagi
BACKGROUND: Despite the high prevalence of genotype 1b hepatitis C virus (HCV) among patients, a cell culture system that permits entire viral life cycle of genotype 1b isolates is limited. To develop a cell-cultured hepatitis C virus (HCVcc) of genotype 1b, the proper combination of HCV genomic variants and host cells is essential. HCV genomes isolated from patients with distinctive symptoms may provide the variants required to establish an HCVcc of genotype 1b. RESULTS: We first established subgenomic replicons in Huh7 cells using HCV cDNAs isolated from two patients: one with fulminant hepatitis after liver transplantation (TPF1) and another with acute hepatitis and moderate symptoms (sAH)...
September 27, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Lin Li, Guoqiang Zhang, Qinhong Wang
BACKGROUND: Microalgae, which can absorb carbon dioxide and then transform it into lipid, are promising candidates to produce renewable energy, especially biodiesel. The paucity of genomic information, however, limits the development of genome-based genetic modification to improve lipid production in many microalgae. Here, we describe the de novo sequencing, transcriptome assembly, annotation and differential expression analysis for Chlorella sorokiniana cultivated in different conditions to reveal the change of genes expression associated with lipid accumulation and photosynthetic carbon fixation...
September 26, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Elisa Zanaboni, Vanessa Arato, Mariagrazia Pizza, Anja Seubert, Rosanna Leuzzi
BACKGROUND: Pertussis or whooping cough is an acute respiratory illness caused by the Gram-negative pathogen Bordetella pertussis. Despite high vaccination coverage whooping cough is currently re-emerging in many developed countries. Although the causes of pertussis resurgence are matter of debate, emerging evidences suggest that acellular vaccines efficiently protect against the hallmark symptoms of pertussis disease but fail to prevent colonization. This presumably impacts on increased risk of bacterial transmission and consequent spread throughout the population...
September 15, 2016: BMC Microbiology
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