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International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202229/requirement-of-the-rna-binding-protein-smpb-during-intracellular-growth-of-listeria-monocytogenes
#1
Mobarak Abu Mraheil, Renate Frantz, Lisa Teubner, Heiko Wendt, Uwe Linne, Jessica Wingerath, Thomas Wirth, Trinad Chakraborty
Bacterial trans-translation is the main quality control mechanism employed to relieve stalled ribosomes. Trans-translation is mediated by the small protein B (SmpB) and transfer-mRNA (tmRNA) ribonucleoprotein complex, which interacts with translational complexes stalled at the 3' end of non-stop mRNAs to release the stalled ribosomes thereby targeting the nascent polypeptides and truncated mRNAs for degradation. The trans-translation system exists with a few exceptions in all bacteria. In the present study, we assessed the contribution of SmpB to the growth and virulence of Listeria monocytogenes, a human intracellular food-borne pathogen that colonizes host tissues to cause severe invasive infections...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179078/serum-resistance-and-phase-variation-of-a-nasopharyngeal-non-typeable-haemophilus-influenzae-isolate
#2
Sabine Lichtenegger, Isabelle Bina, Sanel Durakovic, Philippe Glaser, Sarah Tutz, Stefan Schild, Joachim Reidl
Haemophilus influenzae harbours a complex array of factors to resist human complement attack. As non-typeable H. influenzae (NTHi) strains do not possess a capsule, their serum resistance mainly depends on other mechanisms including LOS decoration. In this report, we describe the identification of a highly serum resistant, nasopharyngeal isolate (NTHi23) by screening a collection of 77 clinical isolates. For NTHi23, we defined the MLST sequence type 1133, which matches the profile of a previously published invasive NTHi isolate...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161108/rv0774c-an-iron-stress-inducible-extracellular-esterase-is-involved-in-immune-suppression-associated-with-altered-cytokine-and-tlr2-expression
#3
Arbind Kumar, Sukh Mahendra Singh, Ranvir Singh, Jagdeep Kaur
Tuberculosis, one of the leading cause of death from infectious diseases, is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The genome of M. tuberculosis has been sequenced and nearly 40% of the whole genome sequence was categorized as hypothetical. Rv0774c was annotated as membrane exported hypothetical protein in TB database. In silico analysis revealed that Rv0774c is a paralog of PE-PGRS multi gene family with 100 aa N-terminal domain similar to PE domain of PE-PGRS proteins. Its C-terminal domain is quite different from PGRS domain, having characteristic lipase signature GXSXG & HG and catalytic residues predicted for lipolytic activity...
January 22, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122677/colistin-and-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-oxytoca-harboring-blavim-2-and-an-insertion-in-the-mgrb-gene-isolated-from-blood-culture
#4
Michaela Simon, Holger Melzl, Andreas Hiergeist, Katharina Richert, Linda Falgenhauer, Yvonne Pfeifer, Roman G Gerlach, Kornelius Fuchs, Udo Reischl, André Gessner, Jonathan Jantsch
A carbapenemase-producing colistin-resistant Klebsiella oxytoca isolate was recovered from a blood culture of a female patient without previous report of risk factors to obtain multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli. A combination of biochemical and molecular methods was used to identify the resistance mechanism of this isolate. Carbapenemase production was mediated by Verona integron-encoded metallo-β-lactamase (VIM)-2. Colistin resistance was not due to plasmid- borne mcr-1 gene, but we found an integration of IS5-like sequence in the mgrB gene of K...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117265/the-extracellular-adherence-protein-eap-of-staphylococcus-aureus-acts-as-a-proliferation-and-migration-repressing-factor-that-alters-the-cell-morphology-of-keratinocytes
#5
Janina Eisenbeis, Henrik Peisker, Christian S Backes, Stephanie Bur, Sebastian Hölters, Nicolas Thewes, Markus Greiner, Christian Junker, Eva C Schwarz, Markus Hoth, Kerstin Junker, Klaus T Preissner, Karin Jacobs, Mathias Herrmann, Markus Bischoff
Staphyloccocus aureus is a major human pathogen and a common cause for superficial and deep seated wound infections. The pathogen is equipped with a large arsenal of virulence factors, which facilitate attachment to various eukaryotic cell structures and modulate the host immune response. One of these factors is the extracellular adherence protein Eap, a member of the "secretable expanded repertoire adhesive molecules" (SERAM) protein family that possesses adhesive and immune modulatory properties. The secreted protein was previously shown to impair wound healing by interfering with host defense and neovascularization...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024924/recognition-of-propionibacterium-acnes-by-human-tlr2-heterodimers
#6
Qi Su, Maria Grabowski, Günther Weindl
Propionibacterium acnes has been considered as a crucial contributor to the pathogenesis of acne vulgaris. The interaction between P. acnes and the host is mainly mediated by Toll like receptor (TLR) 2 recognition. TLR2 homodimers recognize P. acnes in mice, but here we describe the prerequisite of TLR2/1 and TLR2/6 heterodimers in human cells for P. acnes recognition. P. acnes-induced NF-κB and AP-1activation observed in HEK hTLR2-transfected but not control cells confirmed the specificity of TLR2 recognition...
December 12, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965080/influence-of-platelet-rich-plasma-on-the-immune-response-of-human-monocyte-derived-dendritic-cells-and-macrophages-stimulated-with-aspergillus-fumigatus
#7
Kristin Czakai, Marcus Dittrich, Martin Kaltdorf, Tobias Müller, Sven Krappmann, Anette Schedler, Michael Bonin, Sybille Dühring, Stefan Schuster, Cornelia Speth, Günter Rambach, Hermann Einsele, Thomas Dandekar, Jürgen Löffler
Dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages (MΦ) are critical for protection against pathogenic fungi including Aspergillus fumigatus. To analyze the role of platelets in the innate immune response, human DCs and MΦs were challenged with A. fumigatus in presence or absence of human platelet rich plasma (PRP). Gene expression analyses and functional investigations were performed. A systems biological approach was used for initial modelling of the DC - A. fumigatus interaction. DCs in a quiescent state together with different corresponding activation states were validated using gene expression data from DCs and MΦ stimulated with A...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017539/staphylococcus-aureus-from-the-german-general-population-is-highly-diverse
#8
Karsten Becker, Frieder Schaumburg, Christian Fegeler, Alexander W Friedrich, Robin Köck
OBJECTIVES: This prospective cohort study evaluates colonization dynamics and molecular characteristics of methicillin-susceptible and - resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA/MRSA) in a German general population. METHODS: Nasal swabs of 1878 non-hospitalized adults were screened for S. aureus. Participants were screened thrice in intervals of 6-8 months. Isolates were characterized by spa and agr typing, mecA and mecC possession, respectively, and PCRs targeting virulence factors...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955998/high-level-methicillin-resistance-correlates-with-reduced-staphylococcus-aureus-endothelial-cell-damage
#9
Kati Seidl, Michèle Leemann, Miguel Palheiros Marques, Carole Rachmühl, Nadja Leimer, Federica Andreoni, Yvonne Achermann, Annelies S Zinkernagel
There has been controversy about the intrinsic virulence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as compared to methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA). To address this discrepancy, the intrinsic virulence of 42 MRSA and 40 MSSA clinical isolates was assessed by testing endothelial cell (EC) damage, a surrogate marker for virulence in blood stream infections. Since these clinical isolates represent a heterogeneous group, well characterized S. aureus laboratory strains with SCCmec loss- and gain-of-function mutations were used in addition...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939177/the-er-mitochondria-encounter-structure-contributes-to-hyphal-growth-mitochondrial-morphology-and-virulence-of-the-pathogenic-mold-aspergillus-fumigatus
#10
Bernadette Geißel, Mirjam Penka, Michael Neubauer, Johannes Wagener
Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal pathogen and the primary causative species of invasive aspergillosis, a systemic disease associated with high mortality rates. Treatment of invasive fungal infection relies on a very limited number of antifungal drug classes. In order to extend the spectrum of antifungal drugs novel target structures have to be identified. The ER-mitochondria encounter structure (ERMES), a recently discovered tether that links mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum, is a potential drug target based on its absence in Metazoa...
November 27, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916384/antimicrobial-resistance-and-molecular-subtypes-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi-isolates-from-kolkata-india-over-a-15-years-period-1998-2012
#11
Surojit Das, Sriparna Samajpati, Ujjwayini Ray, Indranil Roy, Shanta Dutta
Typhoid fever, caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi), remains an unresolved public health problem in India. Emergence of antimicrobial resistant strains poses a great concern for typhoid treatment and influences reshaping of current S. Typhi population. We included representative S. Typhi strains (n=164) from retrospective studies, both community and hospital based, conducted at National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata during 15 years period (1998-2012) to analyze their antimicrobial resistance (AMR) profiles, mechanism of AMR and molecular subtypes of the strains...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989665/the-cell-wall-precursor-lipid-ii-acts-as-a-molecular-signal-for-the-ser-thr-kinase-pknb-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#12
Patrick Hardt, Ina Engels, Marvin Rausch, Mike Gajdiss, Hannah Ulm, Peter Sass, Knut Ohlsen, Hans-Georg Sahl, Gabriele Bierbaum, Tanja Schneider, Fabian Grein
The assembly of the bacterial cell wall requires synchronization of a multitude of biosynthetic machineries and regulatory networks. The eukaryotic-like serine/threonine kinase PknB has been implicated in coordinating cross-wall formation, autolysis and cell division in Staphylococcus aureus. However, the signal molecule sensed by this kinase remained elusive so far. Here, we provide compelling biochemical evidence that PknB interacts with the ultimate cell wall precursor lipid II, triggering kinase activity...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931949/differentiation-of-staphylococcus-argenteus-formerly-staphylococcus-aureus-clonal-complex-75-by-mass-spectrometry-from-s-aureus-using-the-first-strain-isolated-from-a-wild-african-great-ape
#13
Dominik Schuster, Jasmin Rickmeyer, Mike Gajdiss, Thorsten Thye, Stephan Lorenzen, Marion Reif, Michaele Josten, Christiane Szekat, Luís D R Melo, Ricarda M Schmithausen, Florian Liégeois, Hans-Georg Sahl, Jean-Paul J Gonzalez, Michael Nagel, Gabriele Bierbaum
The species Staphylococcus argenteus was separated recently from Staphylococcus aureus (Tong S.Y., F. Schaumburg, M.J. Ellington, J. Corander, B. Pichon, F. Leendertz, S.D. Bentley, J. Parkhill, D.C. Holt, G. Peters, and P.M. Giffard, 2015). The objective of this work was to characterise the genome of a non-human S. argenteus strain, which had been isolated from the faeces of a wild-living western lowland gorilla in Gabon, and analyse the spectrum of this species in matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825516/adaptation-of-escherichia-coli-traversing-from-the-faecal-environment-to-the-urinary-tract
#14
Karen L Nielsen, Marc Stegger, Paul A Godfrey, Michael Feldgarden, Paal S Andersen, Niels Frimodt-Møller
The majority of extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) causing urinary tract infections (UTI) are found in the patient's own gut flora, but only limited knowledge is available on the potential adaptation that may occur in the bacteria in order to traverse the perineum and successfully infect the urinary tract. Here, matching pairs of faecal and UTI isolates from 42 patients were compared pairwise using in-depth whole-genome sequencing to investigate whether genetic changes were evident for successful colonization in these two different environments...
December 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765533/a-novel-comprehensive-set-of-fungal-real-time-pcr-assays-fupcr-for-the-detection-of-fungi-in-immunocompromised-haematological-patients-a-pilot-study
#15
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...
December 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760693/iron-acquisition-pathways-and-colonization-of-the-inflamed-intestine-by-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium
#16
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...
December 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756533/immunogencity-of-antigens-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-self-assembled-as-particulate-vaccines
#17
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...
December 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713027/the-secretome-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-atcc-17978-type-ii-secretion-system-reveals-a-novel-plasmid-encoded-phospholipase-that-could-be-implicated-in-lung-colonization
#18
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...
December 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713026/agents-that-activate-the-high-osmolarity-glycerol-pathway-as-a-means-to-combat-pathogenic-molds
#19
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...
December 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693000/high-prevalence-of-nontoxigenic-clostridium-difficile-isolated-from-hospitalized-and-non-hospitalized-individuals-in-rural-ghana
#20
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...
December 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
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