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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672089/genome-packaging-of-reovirus-is-mediated-by-the-scaffolding-property-of-the-microtubule-network
#1
Pranav N M Shah, Megan L Stanifer, Katharina Höhn, Ulrike Engel, Uta Haselmann, Ralf Bartenschlager, Hans-Georg Kräusslich, Jacomine Krijnse-Locker, Steeve Boulant
Reovirus replication occurs in the cytoplasm of the host cell, in virally induced mini-organelles called virus factories. Based on the serotype of the virus, the virus factories can manifest as filamentous (T1L strain) or globular structures (T3D strain). The filamentous factories morphology is dependent on the microtubule cytoskeleton; however, the exact function of the microtubule network in virus replication remains unknown. Using a combination of fluorescent microscopy, electron microscopy, and tomography of high-pressure frozen and freeze substituted cells, we determined the ultrastructural organization of reovirus factories...
July 3, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672057/intracellular-salmonella-metabolism
#2
REVIEW
Dirk Bumann, Joep Schothorst
Growth of Salmonella inside infected host cells is a key aspect of their ability to cause local enteritis or systemic disease. This growth depends on exploitation of host nutrients through a large Salmonella metabolism network with hundreds of metabolites and enzymes. Studies in cell culture infection models are unraveling more and more of the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms, but also show striking Salmonella metabolic plasticity depending on host cell line and experimental conditions. In vivo studies have revealed a qualitatively diverse, but quantitatively poor, host-Salmonella nutritional interface, which on one side makes Salmonella fitness largely resilient against metabolic perturbations, but on the other side severely limits Salmonella biomass generation and growth rates...
July 3, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671740/atp-prevents-woronin-bodies-from-sealing-septal-pores-in-unwounded-cells-of-the-fungus-zymoseptoria-tritici
#3
G Steinberg, M Schuster, C Hacker, S Kilaru, A Correia
Septa of filamentous ascomycetes are perforated by septal pores that allow communication between individual hyphal compartments. Upon injury, septal pores are plugged rapidly by Woronin bodies (WBs), thereby preventing extensive cytoplasmic bleeding. The mechanism by which WBs translocate into the pore is not known, but it has been suggested that wound-induced cytoplasmic bleeding "flushes" WBs into the septal opening. Alternatively, contraction of septum-associated tethering proteins may pull WBs into the septal pore...
July 3, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664674/adaptive-immunity-is-essential-in-preventing-recrudescence-of-plasmodium-yoelii-malaria-parasites-after-artesunate-treatment
#4
Carla Claser, Zi Wei Chang, Bruce Russell, Laurent Renia
Artemisinin based antimalarials, such as artesunate (ART), alone or in combination, are the mainstay of the therapy against malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum. However the emergence and spread of artemisinin resistance threatens the future success of its global malaria eradication. While much of the reported artemisinin resistance can be attributed to mutations intrinsic to the parasite, a significant proportion of treatment failures are thought to be due to other factors such as the host's immune system...
June 30, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656691/listeria-monocytogenes-cytosolic-metabolism-promotes-replication-survival-and-evasion-of-innate-immunity
#5
REVIEW
Grischa Y Chen, Daniel A Pensinger, John-Demian Sauer
Listeria monocytogenes, the causative agent of listeriosis, is an intracellular pathogen that is exquisitely evolved to survive and replicate in the cytosol of eukaryotic cells. Eukaryotic cells typically restrict bacteria from colonizing the cytosol, likely through a combination of cell autonomous defenses, nutritional immunity, and innate immune responses including induction of programmed cell death. This suggests that L. monocytogenes and other professional cytosolic pathogens possess unique metabolic adaptations, not only to support replication, but also to facilitate resistance to host-derived stresses/defenses and avoidance of innate immune activation...
June 27, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656597/adherens-junctions-and-desmosomes-are-damaged-by-entamoeba-histolytica-participation-of-ehcpadh-complex-and-ehcp112-protease
#6
Elizabeth Hernández-Nava, Patricia Cuellar, Porfirio Nava, Bibiana Chávez-Munguía, Michael Schnoor, Esther Orozco, Abigail Betanzos
Entamoeba histolytica trophozoites adhere to epithelium at the cell-cell contact and perturb tight junctions (TJs) disturbing the transepithelial electrical resistance. Behind TJs are the adherens junctions (AJs) that reinforce them; and the desmosomes (DSMs) that maintain the epithelium integrity. The damage produced to AJs and DMSs by this parasite is unknown. Here, we studied the effect of the trophozoites, the EhCPADH complex and the EhCP112 recombinant enzyme (rEhCP112) on AJ and DSM proteins. We found that trophozoites degraded β-cat, E-cad, Dsp l/ll and Dsg-2 with the participation of EhCPADH and EhCP112...
June 27, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655069/delivery-of-parasite-cdg7_flc_0990-rna-transcript-into-intestinal-epithelial-cells-during-cryptosporidium-parvum-infection-suppresses-host-cell-gene-transcription-through-epigenetic-mechanisms
#7
Yang Wang, Ai-Yu Gong, Shibin Ma, Xiqiang Chen, Juliane K Strauss-Soukup, Xian-Ming Chen
Cryptosporidial infection causes dysregulated transcription of host genes key to intestinal epithelial homeostasis, but the underlying mechanisms remain obscure. Previous studies demonstrate that several C. parvum RNA transcripts are selectively delivered into epithelial cells during host cell invasion and may modulate gene transcription in infected cells. We report here that C. parvum infection suppresses the transcription of LRP5, SLC7A8, and IL33 genes in infected intestinal epithelium. Trans-suppression of these genes in infected host cells is associated with promoter enrichment of suppressive epigenetic markers (i...
June 27, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643392/retroviruses-and-microtubule-associated-motor-proteins
#8
REVIEW
Gloria Arriagada
Retroviruses are obligate intracellular parasites of eukaryotic cells. After reverse transcription, the viral DNA contained in the preintegration complex (PIC) is delivered to the nucleus of the host cell, where it integrates. Before reaching the nucleus, the incoming particle and the PIC must travel throughout the cytoplasm. Likewise the newly synthesized viral proteins and viral particles must transit the cytoplasm during exit. The cytoplasm is a crowded environment and simple diffusion is difficult. Therefore, viruses have evolved to utilize the cellular mechanisms of movement through the cytoplasm, where microtubules are the roads, and the ATP dependent motors dynein and kinesin are the vehicles for retrograde and anterograde trafficking...
June 22, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622430/enterohaemorrhagic-escherichia-coli-produces-outer-membrane-vesicles-as-an-active-defense-system-against-antimicrobial-peptide-ll-37
#9
Akiko Urashima, Ayano Sanou, Hilo Yen, Toru Tobe
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are important components of the innate immune system. Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), a food-borne pathogen causing serious diarrheal diseases, must overcome attack by AMPs. Here, we show that resistance of EHEC against human cathelicidin LL-37, a primary AMP, was enhanced by butyrate, which has been shown to act as a stimulant for the expression of virulence genes. The increase of resistance depended on the activation of the ompT gene, which encodes the outer membrane protease OmpT for LL-37...
June 16, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618160/vaccinia-virus-a11-is-required-for-membrane-rupture-and-viral-membrane-assembly
#10
Cristina Suarez, Simone Hoppe, Esthel Pénard, Paul Walther, Jacomine Krijnse Locker
While most enveloped viruses acquire their membrane from the host by budding or a wrapping process, collective data argue that nucleo-cytoplasmic large DNA viruses (NCLDVs) may be an exception. The prototype member of NCLDVs, vaccinia virus (VACV) may induce rupture of ER-derived membranes to build an open membrane sphere that closes after DNA uptake. This unconventional membrane assembly pathway is also used by at least three other members of the NCLDVs. In this study we identify the VACV gene product of A11, as required for membrane rupture, hence for VACV-membrane assembly and virion formation...
June 15, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618099/epec-effector-espf-promotes-crumbs3-endocytosis-and-disrupts-epithelial-cell-polarity
#11
Rocio Tapia, Sarah E Kralicek, Gail A Hecht
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) uses a type three secretion system to inject effector proteins into host intestinal epithelial cells causing diarrhea. EPEC infection redistributes basolateral proteins β1-integrin and Na(+) /K(+) ATPase to the apical membrane of host cells. The Crumbs (Crb) polarity complex (Crb3/Pals1/Patj) is essential for epithelial cell polarization and tight junction (TJ) assembly. Here we demonstrate that EPEC displaces Crb3 and Pals1 from the apical membrane to the cytoplasm of cultured intestinal epithelial cells and colonocytes of infected mice...
June 15, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580630/the-midgut-microbiota-plays-an-essential-role-in-sand-fly-vector-competence-for-leishmania-major
#12
Isabelle Louradour, Carolina Cunha Monteiro, Ehud Inbar, Kashinath Ghosh, Richard Merkhofer, Phillip Lawyer, Andrea Paun, Margery Smelkinson, Nagila Secundino, Michael Lewis, Dinesh Erram, Ludek Zurek, David Sacks
For many arthropod vectors, the diverse bacteria and fungi that inhabit the gut can negatively impact pathogen colonization. Our attempts to exploit antibiotic treatment of colonized Phlebotomus duboscqi sand flies in order to improve their vector competency for Leishmania major resulted instead in flies that were refractory to the development of transmissible infections due to the inability of the parasite to survive and to colonize the anterior midgut with infective, metacyclic stage promastigotes. The parasite survival and development defect could be overcome by feeding the flies on different symbiont bacteria but not by feeding them on bacterial supernatants or replete medium...
June 5, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573684/lc3-association-with-the-parasitophorous-vacuole-membrane-of-plasmodium-berghei-liver-stages-follows-a-non-canonical-autophagy-pathway
#13
Rahel Wacker, Nina Eickel, Jacqueline Schmuckli-Maurer, Takeshi Annoura, Livia Niklaus, Shahid M Khan, Jun-Lin Guan, Volker T Heussler
Eukaryotic cells can employ autophagy to defend themselves against invading pathogens. Upon infection by Plasmodium berghei sporozoites, the host hepatocyte targets the invader by labelling the parasitophorous vacuole membrane (PVM) with the autophagy marker protein LC3. Until now it has not been clear whether LC3 recruitment to the PVM is mediated by fusion of autophagosomes or by direct incorporation. To distinguish between these possibilities, we knocked out genes that are essential for autophagosome formation and for direct LC3 incorporation into membranes...
June 1, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544363/expression-patterns-of-sterol-transporters-npc1-and-npc2-in-the-cnidarian-dinoflagellate-symbiosis
#14
Vincent Dani, Fabrice Priouzeau, Marjolijn Mertz, Magali Mondin, Sophie Pagnotta, Sandra Lacas-Gervais, Simon K Davy, Cécile Sabourault
The symbiotic interaction between cnidarians (e.g. corals and sea anemones) and photosynthetic dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium is triggered by both host-symbiont recognition processes and metabolic exchange between the two partners. The molecular communication is crucial for homeostatic regulation of the symbiosis, both under normal conditions and during stresses that further lead to symbiosis collapse. It is therefore important to identify and fully characterize the key players of this intimate interaction at the symbiotic interface...
May 22, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544656/the-cellular-ceramide-transport-protein-cert-promotes-chlamydia-psittaci-infection-and-controls-bacterial-sphingolipid-uptake
#15
Sophia Koch-Edelmann, Sebastian Banhart, Essa M Saied, Laura Rose, Lukas Aeberhard, Michael Laue, Joerg Doellinger, Christoph Arenz, Dagmar Heuer
Chlamydiaceae are bacterial pathogens that cause diverse diseases in humans and animals. Despite their broad host and tissue tropism, all Chlamydia species share an obligate intracellular cycle of development and have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to interact with their eukaryotic host cells. Here, we have analysed interactions of the zoonotic pathogen Chlamydia psittaci with a human epithelial cell line. We found that C. psittaci recruits the ceramide transport protein (CERT) to its inclusion. Chemical inhibition and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockout of CERT showed that CERT is a crucial factor for C...
May 19, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477431/ehrho1-regulates-plasma-membrane-blebbing-through-pi3-kinase-in-entamoeba-histolytica
#16
Ravi Bharadwaj, Ranjana Arya, M Shahid Mansuri, Sudha Bhattacharya, Alok Bhattacharya
The protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica causes amoebiasis, a major public health problem in developing countries. Motility of E. histolytica is important for its pathogenesis. Blebbing is an essential process contributing to cellular motility in many systems. In mammalian cells, formation of plasma membrane blebs is regulated by Rho-GTPases through its effectors, such as Rho kinase, mDia1, and acto-myosin proteins. In this study, we have illuminated the role of EhRho1 in bleb formation and motility of E...
May 6, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476074/down-the-rabbit-hole-is-necroptosis-truly-an-innate-response-to-infection
#17
Jaclyn S Pearson, James M Murphy
Pathogenic microbes have evolved countless sophisticated mechanisms to subvert host immune responses and cause disease. Understanding evasion strategies employed by pathogens has led to numerous discoveries on specific host cell processes that are critical for controlling infection. Programmed cell death (PCD) is a key host defence to microbial infection, as well as being critical for organ development and cellular homeostasis in multicellular organisms. Much of our current understanding of PCD as a host response to infection has stemmed from the discovery and study of viral inhibitors of apoptosis, and more recently viral inhibition of the newly characterised from of PCD termed necroptosis, the mechanisms of which are still under intense investigation...
May 5, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318141/zika-virus-induced-cellular-remodelling
#18
Evan D Rossignol, Kristen N Peters, John H Connor, Esther Bullitt
Zika virus (ZIKV) has been associated with morbidities such as Guillain-Barré, infant microcephaly, and ocular disease. The spread of this positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus and its growing public health threat underscore gaps in our understanding of basic ZIKV virology. To advance knowledge of the virus replication cycle within mammalian cells, we use serial section 3-dimensional electron tomography to demonstrate the widespread remodelling of intracellular membranes upon infection with ZIKV. We report extensive structural rearrangements of the endoplasmic reticulum and reveal stages of the ZIKV viral replication cycle...
August 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111881/helicobacter-hepaticus-cytolethal-distending-toxin-promotes-intestinal-carcinogenesis-in-129rag2-deficient-mice
#19
Zhongming Ge, Yan Feng, Lili Ge, Nicola Parry, Sureshkumar Muthupalani, James G Fox
Multiple pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria produce the cytolethal distending toxin (CDT) with activity of DNase I; CDT can induce DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), G2/M cell cycle arrest, and apoptosis in cultured mammalian cells. However, the link of CDT to in vivo tumorigenesis is not fully understood. In this study, 129/SvEv Rag2(-/-) mice were gavaged with wild-type Helicobacter hepatics 3B1(Hh) and its isogenic cdtB mutant HhcdtBm7, followed by infection for 10 and 20 weeks (WPI). HhCDT deficiency did not affect cecal colonization levels of HhcdtBm7, but attenuated severity of cecal pathology in HhcdtBm7-infected mice...
July 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103630/orientia-tsutsugamushi-ank9-is-a-multifunctional-effector-that-utilizes-a-novel-grip-like-golgi-localization-domain-for-golgi-to-endoplasmic-reticulum-trafficking-and-interacts-with-host-copb2
#20
Andrea R Beyer, Kyle G Rodino, Lauren VieBrock, Ryan S Green, Brittney K Tegels, Lee D Oliver, Richard T Marconi, Jason A Carlyon
Orientia tsutsugamushi causes scrub typhus, a potentially fatal infection that afflicts 1 million people annually. This obligate intracellular bacterium boasts one of the largest microbial arsenals of ankyrin repeat-containing protein (Ank) effectors, most of which target the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) by undefined mechanisms. Ank9 is the only one proven to function during infection. Here, we demonstrate that Ank9 bears a motif that mimics the GRIP domain of eukaryotic golgins and is necessary and sufficient for its Golgi localization...
July 2017: Cellular Microbiology
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