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International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM

Sebastian Rahn, Anna Schuck, Mustafa Kondakci, Rainer Haas, Nicole Neuhausen, Klaus Pfeffer, Birgit Henrich
Fungal infections are recognized in an increasing number of patients with immunological deficits and are associated with high rates of mortality (Brown et al., 2012a). In this pilot-study, a rapid Real time PCR (fuPCR) was designed for the detection and differentiation of fungal pathogens in clinical specimens of haematological patients. The fuPCR, targeting the internal transcribed spacer region 2 (ITS2) of rDNA region, is comprised of seven multiplex reactions, which were shown to be specific and sensitive for a comprehensive spectrum of clinically relevant fungal species...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Luciana F Costa, Juliana P S Mol, Ana Patricia C Silva, Auricélio A Macêdo, Teane M A Silva, Geraldo E S Alves, Sebastian Winter, Maria G Winter, Eric M Velazquez, Mariana X Byndloss, Andreas J Bäumler, Renée M Tsolis, Tatiane A Paixão, Renato L Santos
Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium is able to expand in the lumen of the inflamed intestine through mechanisms that have not been fully resolved. Here we utilized streptomycin-pretreated mice and dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-treated mice to investigate how pathways for S. Typhimurium iron acquisition contribute to pathogen expansion in the inflamed intestine. Competitive infection with an iron uptake-proficient S. Typhimurium strain and mutant strains lacking tonB feoB, feoB, tonB or iroN in streptomycin pretreated mice demonstrated that ferric iron uptake requiring IroN and TonB conferred a fitness advantage during growth in the inflamed intestine...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Patricia Rubio Reyes, Natalie A Parlane, D Neil Wedlock, Bernd H A Rehm
Traditional approaches to vaccine development have failed to identify better vaccines to replace or supplement BCG for the control of tuberculosis (TB). Subunit vaccines offer a safer and more reproducible alternative for the prevention of diseases. In this study, the immunogenicity of bacterially derived polyester beads displaying three different Rv antigens of Mycobacterium tuberculosis was evaluated. Polyester beads displaying the antigens Rv1626, Rv2032, Rv1789, respectively, were produced in an endotoxin-free Escherichia coli strain...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Noha M Elhosseiny, Ossama M El-Tayeb, Aymen S Yassin, Stephen Lory, Ahmed S Attia
Acinetobacter baumannii infections are compounded with a striking lack of treatment options. In many Gram-negative bacteria, secreted proteins play an important early role in avoiding host defences. Typically, these proteins are targeted to the external environment or into host cells using dedicated transport systems. Despite the fact that medically relevant species of Acinetobacter possess a type II secretion system (T2SS), only recently, its significance as an important pathway for delivering virulence factors has gained attention...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Annegret Wiedemann, Anja Spadinger, Axel Löwe, Allison Seeger, Frank Ebel
Treatment of invasive fungal infections often fails due to the limited number of therapeutic options. In this study, we have analyzed the impact of agents activating the High Osmolarity Glycerol (HOG) pathway on molds that cause infections in humans and livestock. We found that agents like fludioxonil and iprodione, have a clear anti-fungal activity against pathogenic Aspergillus, Lichtheimia, Rhizopus and Scedosporium species. Only A. terreus turned out to be resistant to fludioxonil, even though it is sensitive to iprodione and able to adapt to hyperosmotic conditions...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Iryna Janssen, Paul Cooper, Katrin Gunka, Maja Rupnik, Daniela Wetzel, Ortrud Zimmermann, Uwe Groß
Since data about Clostridium difficile infection in sub-Saharan Africa are scarce, we determined its epidemiology and risk factors in a cross-sectional study in Eikwe, a rural community in Ghana. We tested stool samples from 176 hospitalized patients with diarrhoea and from 131 asymptomatic non-hospitalized individuals for C. difficile and some other enteric pathogens. The overall prevalence rate of C. difficile was 4.9% with ribotype 084 being predominant. With 75% of the isolates, a high rate of nontoxigenic strains was present in symptomatic patients, most of whom had no other identified enteric pathogens...
September 24, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Rhishita Chourashi, Moumita Mondal, Ritam Sinha, Anusuya Debnath, Suman Das, Hemanta Koley, Nabendu Sekhar Chatterjee
Vibrio cholera survival in an aquatic environment depends on chitin utilization pathway that requires two factors, chitin binding protein and chitinases. The chitinases and the chitin utilization pathway are regulated by a two-component sensor histidine kinase ChiS in V. cholerae. In recent studies these two factors are also shown to be involved in V. cholerae pathogenesis. However, the role played by their upstream regulator ChiS in pathogenesis is yet to be known. In this study, we investigated the activation of ChiS in presence of mucin and its functional role in pathogenesis...
September 19, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Nicole S Armbruster, Jennifer R Richardson, Jens Schreiner, Juliane Klenk, Manina Günter, Stella E Autenrieth
Dendritic cells (DCs) are key players of the immune system and thus a target for immune evasion by pathogens. We recently showed that the virulence factor phenol-soluble modulin (PSM) produced by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains induces tolerogenic DCs upon Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 activation via the p38-CREB-IL-10 pathway. Here, we addressed the question whether this tolerogenic phenotype of DCs induced by PSMs is specific for TLR2 activation. Therefore, bone marrow-derived DCs were treated with various ligands for extracellular and intracellular TLRs simultaneously with PSMα3...
September 3, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Anne Gründel, Enno Jacobs, Roger Dumke
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a major cause of community-acquired respiratory infections worldwide. Due to the strongly reduced genome, the number of virulence factors expressed by this cell wall-less pathogen is limited. To further understand the processes during host colonization, we investigated the interactions of the previously confirmed surface-located glycolytic enzymes of M. pneumoniae (pyruvate dehydrogenase A-C [PdhA-C], glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase [GapA], lactate dehydrogenase [Ldh], phosphoglycerate mutase [Pgm], pyruvate kinase [Pyk] and transketolase [Tkt]) to the human extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins fibrinogen (Fn), fibronectin (Fc), lactoferrin (Lf), laminin (Ln) and vitronectin (Vc), respectively...
September 3, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Shivani Chopra, Kusum Harjai, Sanjay Chhibber
MRSA is the predominant pathogen responsible for fatal burn wound infection in patients. Antibiotic resistance and its ability to form biofilms on the surface of burn wounds limit the use of antibiotics to contain this pathogen. The results of present study have shown that single dose of combination therapy of endolysin MR-10 (50μg/s.c) and minocycline (50mg/kg/orally) resulted in 100% survival of group of mice with systemic MRSA infection. Maximum reduction in bacterial load in various organs was observed in the group that received combination therapy...
September 1, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Linyan Cao, Chun-Hui Gao, Jiade Zhu, Liping Zhao, Qingfa Wu, Min Li, Baolin Sun
The CRISPR-Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats [CRISPR]-CRISPR associated proteins [Cas]) system can provide prokaryote with immunity against invading mobile genetic elements (MGEs) such as phages and plasmids, which are the main sources of staphylococcal accessory genes. To date, only a few Staphylococcus aureus strains containing CRISPR-Cas systems have been identified, but no functional study in these strains has been reported. In this study, 6 clinical isolates of S. aureus with type III-A CRISPR-Cas systems were identified, and whole-genome sequencing and functional study were conducted subsequently...
August 30, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Qiong Liu, Qing Liu, Jie Yi, Kang Liang, Tian Liu, Kenneth L Roland, Yanlong Jiang, Qingke Kong
Salmonella enterica cause diarrheal and systemic diseases and are of considerable concern worldwide. Vaccines that are cross-protective against multiple serovars could provide effective control of Salmonella-mediated diseases. Bacteria-derived outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) are highly immunogenic and are capable of eliciting protective immune responses. Alterations in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) length can result in outer membrane remodeling and composition of outer membrane proteins (OMPs) changing. In this study, we investigated the impact of truncated LPS on both the production and immunogenicity of Salmonella OMVs, including the ability of OMVs to elicit cross-protection against challenge by heterologous Salmonella strains...
August 25, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Andrea Brenciani, Gianluca Morroni, Marina Mingoia, Pietro E Varaldo, Eleonora Giovanetti
This study investigated the stability or instability - i.e. the ability or inability to undergo excision in circular form - of the four cargo regions (cr1 to cr4) of the novel cfr-carrying, multiresistance plasmid pSP01, arboured by a clinical Staphylococcus epidermidis isolate. Only cr4 proved unstable. The stability of cr1 and cr2 was substantially expected. Insertion sequences (ISs) played an important role in the stability of cr3 (the cfr gene context) and in the instability of cr4. Whereas the stability of cfr genetic contexts is associated with the presence of a single IS copy (istAS-istBS in cr3), their instability is associated with two identical, flanking ISs with the same orientation...
August 17, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Xiaomei Yan, Zongwei Li, Monika A Chlebowicz, Xiaoxia Tao, Ming Ni, Yuan Hu, Zhen Li, Hajo Grundmann, Susan Murray, Ben Pascoe, Samuel K Sheppard, Xiaochen Bo, Jan Maarten van Dijl, Pengcheng Du, Minli Zhang, Yuanhai You, Xiaojie Yu, Fanliang Meng, Shengqi Wang, Jianzhong Zhang
Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) was used to investigate the genetic features of the recently identified lsa(E) gene in porcine S. aureus ST9 isolates. Three quinupristin/dalfopristin-resistant isolates harboring the lsa(E) gene (two MRSA and one MSSA) were sequenced. Phylogenetic analysis of 184S. aureus genomes showed that ST9 porcine isolates belong to a distinct sequence cluster. Further analysis showed that all isolates were deficient in the recently described type IV restriction-modification system and SCCmec type XII was identified in the two MRSA isolates, which included a rare class C2 mec gene complex...
August 10, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
M Krutova, O Nyc, J Matejkova, F Allerberger, M H Wilcox, E J Kuijper
Clostridium difficile is a leading nosocomial pathogen and molecular typing is a crucial part of monitoring its occurrence and spread. Over a three-year period (2013-2015), clinical C. difficile isolates from 32 Czech hospitals were collected for molecular characterisation. Of 2201 C. difficile isolates, 177 (8%) were non-toxigenic, 2024 (92%) were toxigenic (tcdA and tcdB) and of these, 677 (33.5%) carried genes for binary toxin production (cdtA, cdtB). Capillary-electrophoresis (CE) ribotyping of the 2201 isolates yielded 166 different CE-ribotyping profiles, of which 53 were represented by at least two isolates for each profile...
August 5, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Juraj Bosák, Lenka Micenková, Magda Doležalová, David Šmajs
Interactions of colicins U and Y with the OmpA (Outer membrane protein A) receptor molecule were studied using site-directed mutagenesis and colicin binding assay. A systematic mutagenesis of the colicin-susceptible OmpA sequence from Escherichia coli (OmpAEC) to the colicin-resistant OmpA sequence from Serratia marcescens (OmpASM) was performed in regions corresponding to extracellular OmpA loops 1-4. Susceptibility to colicins U and Y was significantly affected by the OmpA mutation in loop 1. As with functional analysis, a decrease in binding capacity of His-tagged colicin U was found for recombinant OmpA with a mutated segment in loop 1 compared to control OmpAEC...
August 2, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Katharina Pressler, Dina Vorkapic, Sabine Lichtenegger, Gerald Malli, Benjamin P Barilich, Fatih Cakar, Franz G Zingl, Joachim Reidl, Stefan Schild
The facultative human pathogen Vibrio cholerae has to adapt to different environmental conditions along its lifecycle by means of transcriptional, translational and post-translational regulation. This study provides a first comprehensive analysis regarding the contribution of the cytoplasmic AAA+ proteases Lon, ClpP and HslV to distinct features of V. cholerae behaviour, including biofilm formation, motility, cholera toxin expression and colonization fitness in the mouse model. While absence of HslV did not yield to any altered phenotype compared to wildtype, absence of Lon or ClpP resulted in significantly reduced colonization in vivo...
September 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Julian Weiser, Hanae A Henke, Nina Hector, Anna Both, Martin Christner, Henning Büttner, Jeffery B Kaplan, Holger Rohde
Biofilm-associated Staphylococcus epidermidis implant infections are notoriously reluctant to antibiotic treatment. Here we studied the effect of sub-inhibitory concentrations of penicillin, oxacillin, vancomycin, daptomycin, linezolid and tigecycline on S. epidermidis 1585 biofilm formation, expression of extracellular matrix binding protein (Embp) and potential implications for S. epidermidis - macrophage interactions. Penicillin, vancomycin, daptomycin, and linezolid had no biofilm augmenting effect at any of the concentrations tested...
September 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Yuehua Ke, Wenna Li, Yufei Wang, Mingjuan Yang, Jinpeng Guo, Shaoxia Zhan, Xinying Du, Zhoujia Wang, Min Yang, Juan Li, Wenfeng Li, Zeliang Chen
Brucella spp. avoid host immune recognition and thus, weaken the immune response to infection. The Toll/interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) domain-containing protein (TcpB/Btp1) of Brucella spp. is thought to be involved in blocking host innate immune responses by binding to adaptors downstream of Toll-like receptors. In this study, based on the observation that TcpB binds to the host target proteins, MAL, through the TIR domain, we examined decoy peptides from TcpB TIR domains and found that TB-8 and TB-9 substantially inhibit lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced signaling in vitro and in vivo...
September 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Janine Rasch, Stefanie Krüger, Dominique Fontvieille, Can M Ünal, Rolf Michel, Aurélie Labrosse, Michael Steinert
Legionella pneumophila, the causative agent of Legionnaireś disease, is naturally found in aquatic habitats. The intracellular life cycle within protozoa pre-adapted the "accidental" human pathogen to also infect human professional phagocytes like alveolar macrophages. Previous studies employing the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans suggest that also nematodes might serve as a natural host for L. pneumophila. Here, we report for the first time from a natural co-habitation of L. pneumophila and environmental nematode species within biofilms of a warm water spring...
September 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
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