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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318141/zika-virus-induced-cellular-remodeling
#1
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 three-dimensional electron tomography to demonstrate the widespread remodeling 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...
March 20, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295924/flagellin-phase-dependent-swimming-on-epithelial-cell-surfaces-contributes-to-productive-salmonella-gut-colonization
#2
Julia A Horstmann, Erik Zschieschang, Theresa Truschel, Juana de Diego, Michele Lunelli, Manfred Rohde, Tobias May, Till Strowig, Theresia Stradal, Michael Kolbe, Marc Erhardt
The flagellum is a sophisticated nanomachine and an important virulence factor of many pathogenic bacteria. Flagellar motility enables directed movements towards host cells in a chemotactic process and near surface swimming on cell surfaces is crucial for selection of permissive entry sites. The long external flagellar filament is made of tens of thousands subunits of a single protein, flagellin, and many Salmonella serovars alternate expression of antigenically distinct flagellin proteins, FliC and FljB. However, the role of the different flagellin variants during gut colonization and host cell invasion remains elusive...
March 13, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296078/botulinum-neurotoxin-type-b-uses-a-distinct-entry-pathway-mediated-by-cdc42-into-intestinal-cells-versus-neuronal-cells
#3
Chloé Connan, Marie Voillequin, Carolina Varela Chavez, Christelle Mazuet, Christian Leveque, Sandrine Vitry, Alain Vandewalle, Michel R Popoff
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are responsible for severe flaccid paralysis by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junctions. BoNT/B most often induces mild forms of botulism with predominant dysautonomic symptoms. In food borne botulism and botulism by intestinal colonization such as infant botulism, which are the most frequent naturally acquired forms of botulism, the digestive tract is the main entry route of BoNTs into the organism. We previously showed that BoNT/B translocates through mouse intestinal barrier by an endocytosis-dependent mechanism and subsequently targets neuronal cells, mainly cholinergic neurons, in the intestinal mucosa and musculosa...
March 11, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273394/inhibition-of-type-i-interferon-induction-and-signalling-by-mosquito-borne-flaviviruses
#4
REVIEW
Stephanie L Cumberworth, Jordan J Clark, Alain Kohl, Claire L Donald
The Flavivirus genus (Flaviviridae family) contains a number of important human pathogens, including dengue and Zika viruses, which have the potential to cause severe disease. In order to efficiently establish a productive infection in mammalian cells, flaviviruses have developed key strategies to counteract host immune defences, including the type I interferon response. They employ different mechanisms to control interferon signal transduction and effector pathways and key research generated over the past couple of decades has uncovered new insights into their abilities to actively decrease interferon antiviral activity...
March 8, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256794/laser-capture-microdissection-enables-transcriptomic-analysis-of-dividing-and-quiescent-liver-stages-of-plasmodium-relapsing-species
#5
Roger Cubi, Shruthi S Vembar, Anne Biton, Jean-Francois Franetich, Mallaury Bordessoulles, Daniel Sossau, Gigliola Zhanghi, Henriette Bosson-Vanga, Magalie Benard, Alicia Moreno, Nathalie Dereuddre-Bosquet, Roger Le Grand, Artur Scherf, Dominique Mazier
Dormant liver stage forms (hypnozoites) of the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax present major hurdles to control and eradicate infection. Despite major research efforts, the molecular composition of hypnozoites remains ill defined. Here, we applied a combination of state-of-the-art technologies to generate the first transcriptome of hypnozoites. We developed a robust laser dissection microscopy protocol to isolate individual P. cynomolgi hypnozoites and schizonts from infected monkey hepatocytes and optimized RNA-seq analysis to obtain the first transcriptomes of these stages...
March 3, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252830/the-ralstonia-solanacearum-effector-ripak-suppresses-plant-hypersensitive-response-by-inhibiting-the-activity-of-host-catalases
#6
Yunhao Sun, Pai Li, Mengying Deng, Dong Shen, Guangyi Dai, Nan Yao, YongJun Lu
The destructive bacterial pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum delivers effector proteins via a type III secretion system for its pathogenesis of plant hosts. However, the biochemical functions of most of these effectors remain unclear. RipAK of R. solanacearum GMI1000 is a type III effector with unknown functions. Functional analysis demonstrated that in tobacco leaves, ripAK knockout bacteria produced an obvious hypersensitive response; also, infected tissues accumulated reactive oxygen species in a shorter period post-infection, compared with wild type...
March 2, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207988/the-role-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-dengue-virus-pathogenesis
#7
REVIEW
Nilanka Perera, Joanna L Miller, Nicole Zitzmann
Symptomatic dengue virus (DENV) infections range from mild fever to severe haemorrhagic disease and death. Host-viral interactions play a significant role in deciding the fate of the infection. The unfolded protein response (UPR) is a pro-survival cellular reaction induced in response to DENV mediated ER stress. The UPR has complex interactions with the cellular autophagy machinery, apoptosis and innate immunity. DENV has evolved to manipulate the UPR to facilitate its replication and to evade host immunity...
February 16, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205319/the-plasmodium-rhoptry-associated-protein-complex-is-important-for-parasitophorous-vacuole-membrane-structure-and-intraerythrocytic-parasite-growth
#8
Sreejoyee Ghosh, Kit Kennedy, Paul Sanders, Kathryn Matthews, Stuart A Ralph, Natalie A Counihan, Tania F de Koning-Ward
Plasmodium parasites must invade erythrocytes in order to cause the disease malaria. The invasion process involves the coordinated secretion of parasite proteins from apical organelles that include the rhoptries. The rhoptry is comprised of two compartments, the neck and the bulb. Rhoptry neck proteins are involved in host cell adhesion and formation of the tight junction that forms between the invading parasite and erythrocyte, whereas the role of rhoptry bulb proteins remains ill-defined due to the lack of functional studies...
February 15, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186697/complement-activated-vitronectin-enhances-the-invasion-of-non-phagocytic-cells-by-bacterial-pathogens-burkholderia-and-klebsiella
#9
Yi Han Tan, Akshamal Gamage, Yunn-Hwen Gan
Burkholderia pseudomallei is a serum-resistant Gram-negative bacterium capable of causing disseminated infections with metastatic complications. However, their interaction with non-phagocytic cells is poorly understood. We observed that exposure of B. pseudomallei and the closely related yet avirulent B. thailandensis to human plasma increased epithelial cell invasion by >20 fold. Enhanced invasion was primarily driven by a plasma factor which required a functional complement cascade, but surprisingly, was downstream of C3 mediated opsonisation...
February 10, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125161/a-fibronectin-binding-protein-fbpa-of-weissella-cibaria-inhibits-colonization-and-infection-of-staphylococcus-aureus-in-mammary-glands
#10
Liangliang Wang, Wei Si, Huping Xue, Xin Zhao
Staphylococcus aureus is a frequent cause of infections in both humans and animals. Probiotics are known to inhibit colonization of pathogens on host tissues. However, mechanisms for the inhibition are still elusive due to complex host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions. Here we show that reduced abilities of S. aureus to infect mammary glands in the presence of Weissella cibaria were correlated with its poor adherence to mammary epithelial cells. Such inhibition by Weissella cibaria isolates was at least partially attributed to a fibronectin-binding protein (FbpA) on this lactic acid bacterium...
January 26, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117938/noncanonical-inflammasomes-antimicrobial-defense-that-does-not-play-by-the-rules
#11
REVIEW
Shauna M Crowley, Bruce A Vallance, Leigh A Knodler
Although much research has focused on defining the actions of caspase-1 containing canonical inflammasomes in promoting host defense, noncanonical inflammasomes have received comparatively little attention. Exciting new concepts have recently emerged detailing their atypical mechanism of activation, importance in defending against cytosolic Gram-negative pathogens, and role in innate immune defenses of nonmyeloid cells, which has revamped interest in the study of noncanonical inflammmasomes. Here, we will discuss these latest findings about caspase-4, -5, and -11 containing inflammasomes in the context of their role in pathogen elimination in mice and humans...
January 24, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114750/acidic-and-uncharged-polar-residues-in-the-consensus-motifs-of-the-yeast-ca-2-transporter-gdt1p-are-required-for-calcium-transport
#12
Anne-Sophie Colinet, Louise Thines, Antoine Deschamps, Gaëlle Flémal, Didier Demaegd, Pierre Morsomme
The UPF0016 family is a recently identified group of poorly characterized membrane proteins whose function is conserved through evolution and that are defined by the presence of one or two copies of the E-ϕ-G-D-[KR]-[TS] consensus motif in their transmembrane domain. We previously showed that two members of this family, the human TMEM165 and the budding yeast Gdt1p, are functionally related and are likely to form a new group of Ca(2+) transporters. Mutations in TMEM165 have been demonstrated to cause a new type of rare human genetic diseases denominated as Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation...
January 23, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111881/helicobacter-hepaticus-cytolethal-distending-toxin-promotes-intestinal-carcinogenesis-in-129rag2-deficient-mice
#13
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...
January 23, 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
#14
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 one 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...
January 19, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095608/esx-1-and-phthiocerol-dimycocerosates-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-act-in-concert-to-cause-phagosomal-rupture-and-host-cell-apoptosis
#15
Jacques Augenstreich, Ainhoa Arbues, Roxane Simeone, Evert Haanappel, Alice Wegener, Fadel Sayes, Fabien Le Chevalier, Christian Chalut, Wladimir Malaga, Christophe Guilhot, Roland Brosch, Catherine Astarie-Dequeker
Although phthiocerol dimycocerosates (DIM) are major virulence factors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of human tuberculosis, little is known about their mechanism of action. Localized in the outer membrane of mycobacterial pathogens, DIM are predicted to interact with host cell membranes. Interaction with eukaryotic membranes is a property shared with another virulence factor of Mtb, the early secretory antigenic target EsxA (also known as ESAT-6). This small protein, which is secreted by the type VII secretion system ESX-1 (T7SS/ESX-1), is involved in phagosomal rupture and cell death induced by virulent mycobacteria inside host phagocytes...
January 17, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095607/heat-shock-protein-70-promotes-coxsackievirus-b3-translation-initiation-and-elongation-via-akt-mtorc1-pathway-depending-on-activation-of-p70s6k-and-cdc2
#16
Fengping Wang, Ye Qiu, Huifang M Zhang, Paul Hanson, Xin Ye, Guangze Zhao, Ronald Xie, Lei Tong, Decheng Yang
We previously demonstrated that coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) infection upregulated heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) and promoted CVB3 multiplication. Here, we report the underlying mechanism by which Hsp70 enhances viral RNA translation. By using an Hsp70-overexpressing cell line infected with CVB3, we found that Hsp70 enhanced CVB3 VP1 translation at two stages. First, Hsp70 induced upregulation of VP1 translation at the initiation stage via upregulation of internal ribosome entry site trans-acting factor lupus autoantigen protein and activation of eIF4E binding protein 1, a cap-dependent translation suppressor...
January 17, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092693/pathogenic-streptococcus-strains-employ-novel-escape-strategy-to-inhibit-bacteriostatic-effect-mediated-by-mammalian-peptidoglycan-recognition-protein
#17
Jing Wang, Youjun Feng, Changjun Wang, Swaminath Srinivas, Chen Chen, Hui Liao, Elaine He, Shibo Jiang, Jiaqi Tang
Pathogenic streptococcal species are responsible for some of the most lethal and prevalent animal and human infections. Previous reports have identified a candidate pathogenicity island (PAI) in two highly virulent clinical isolates of Streptococcus suis type 2 (SS2), a causative agent of high-mortality streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS). This PAI contains a Type-IVC secretion system C subgroup (Type-IVC secretion system) that is involved in the secretion of unknown pathogenic effectors that are responsible for STSS caused by highly virulent strains of SS2...
January 16, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078755/modulation-of-host-cell-sumoylation-facilitates-efficient-development-of-plasmodium-berghei-and-toxoplasma-gondii
#18
Mulaka Maruthi, Dipti Singh, Segireddy Rameswara Reddy, Babu S Mastan, Satish Mishra, Kota Arun Kumar
SUMOylation is a reversible post translational modification of proteins that regulates protein stabilization, nucleocytoplasmic transport, and protein-protein interactions. Several viruses and bacteria modulate host SUMOylation machinery for efficient infection. Plasmodium sporozoites are infective forms of malaria parasite that invade mammalian hepatocytes and transforms into exoerythrocytic forms (EEFs). Here, we show that during EEF development, the distribution of SUMOylated proteins in host cell nuclei was significantly reduced and expression of the SUMOylation enzymes was downregulated...
January 12, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076662/vps13f-links-bacterial-recognition-and-intracellular-killing-in-dictyostelium
#19
Jade Leiba, Ayman Sabra, Romain Bodinier, Anna Marchetti, Wanessa C Lima, Astrid Melotti, Jackie Perrin, Frederic Burdet, Marco Pagni, Thierry Soldati, Emmanuelle Lelong, Pierre Cosson
Bacterial sensing, ingestion and killing by phagocytic cells are essential processes to protect the human body from infectious microorganisms. The cellular mechanisms involved in intracellular killing, their relative importance, and their specificity towards different bacteria are however poorly defined. In this study, we used Dictyostelium discoideum, a phagocytic cell model amenable to genetic analysis, to identify new gene products involved in intracellular killing. A random genetic screen led us to identify the role of Vps13F in intracellular killing of Klebsiella pneumoniae...
January 11, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076660/influenza-a-virus-ns1-protein-induced-jnk-activation-and-apoptosis-are-not-functionally-linked
#20
Wolfgang Nacken, Viktor Wixler, Christina Ehrhardt, Stephan Ludwig
Expression of the influenza A virus (IAV) nonstructural protein (NS1) results in the activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). Both NS1 and JNK are involved in apoptosis induction. To investigate their interrelationship, we stably expressed a tamoxifen inducible NS1 oestrogen receptor fusion-protein (NS1ERT) in mammalian cells. Upon tamoxifen stimulation, NS1ERT-expressing cells partially rescued the attenuated replication of NS1-deficient IAVs and also inhibited interferon up-regulation, confirming the functional competence of NS1ERT...
January 11, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
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