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Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921012/expression-of-the-gene-for-autotransporter-autb-of-neisseria-meningitidis-affects-biofilm-formation-and-epithelial-transmigration
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Jesús Arenas, Fernanda L Paganelli, Patricia Rodríguez-Castaño, Sara Cano-Crespo, Arie van der Ende, Jos P M van Putten, Jan Tommassen
Neisseria meningitidis is a Gram-negative bacterium that resides as a commensal in the upper respiratory tract of humans, but occasionally, it invades the host and causes sepsis and/or meningitis. The bacterium can produce eight autotransporters, seven of which have been studied to some detail. The remaining one, AutB, has not been characterized yet. Here, we show that the autB gene is broadly distributed among pathogenic Neisseria spp. The gene is intact in most meningococcal strains. However, its expression is prone to phase variation due to slipped-strand mispairing at AAGC repeats located within the DNA encoding the signal sequence and is switched off in the vast majority of these strains...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921011/mechanisms-of-infectivity-and-evasion-derived-from-microvesicles-cargo-produced-by-trypanosoma-cruzi
#2
REVIEW
Bruna C Borges, Isadora A Uehara, Laysa O S Dias, Paula C Brígido, Claudio V da Silva, Marcelo J B Silva
Cell invasion by the intracellular protozoans requires interaction of proteins from both the host and the parasite. Many parasites establish chronic infections, showing they have the potential to escape the immune system; for example, Trypanosoma cruzi is an intracellular parasite that causes Chagas disease. Parasite internalization into host cell requires secreted and surface molecules, such as microvesicles. The release of microvesicles and other vesicles, such as exosomes, by different eukaryotic organisms was first observed in the late twentieth century...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921010/structural-insights-into-substrate-recognition-by-clostridium-difficile-sortase
#3
Jui-Chieh Yin, Chun-Hsien Fei, Yen-Chen Lo, Yu-Yuan Hsiao, Jyun-Cyuan Chang, Jay C Nix, Yuan-Yu Chang, Lee-Wei Yang, I-Hsiu Huang, Shuying Wang
Sortases function as cysteine transpeptidases that catalyze the covalent attachment of virulence-associated surface proteins into the cell wall peptidoglycan in Gram-positive bacteria. The substrate proteins targeted by sortase enzymes have a cell wall sorting signal (CWSS) located at the C-terminus. Up to date, it is still not well understood how sortases with structural resemblance among different classes and diverse species of bacteria achieve substrate specificity. In this study, we focus on elucidating the molecular basis for specific recognition of peptide substrate PPKTG by Clostridium difficile sortase B (Cd-SrtB)...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921009/adhesion-and-invasion-of-gastric-mucosa-epithelial-cells-by-helicobacter-pylori
#4
REVIEW
Ying Huang, Qi-Long Wang, Dan-Dan Cheng, Wen-Ting Xu, Nong-Hua Lu
Helicobacter pylori is the main pathogenic bacterium involved in chronic gastritis and peptic ulcer and a class 1 carcinogen in gastric cancer. Current research focuses on the pathogenicity of H. pylori and the mechanism by which it colonizes the gastric mucosa. An increasing number of in vivo and in vitro studies demonstrate that H. pylori can invade and proliferate in epithelial cells, suggesting that this process might play an important role in disease induction, immune escape and chronic infection. Therefore, to explore the process and mechanism of adhesion and invasion of gastric mucosa epithelial cells by H...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921008/age-related-differences-in-the-luminal-and-mucosa-associated-gut-microbiome-of-broiler-chickens-and-shifts-associated-with-campylobacter-jejuni-infection
#5
Wageha A Awad, Evelyne Mann, Monika Dzieciol, Claudia Hess, Stephan Schmitz-Esser, Martin Wagner, Michael Hess
Despite the importance of gut microbiota for broiler performance and health little is known about the composition of this ecosystem, its development and response towards bacterial infections. Therefore, the current study was conducted to address the composition and structure of the microbial community in broiler chickens in a longitudinal study from day 1 to day 28 of age in the gut content and on the mucosa. Additionally, the consequences of a Campylobacter (C.) jejuni infection on the microbial community were assessed...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917375/recombinant-lipoprotein-rv1016c-derived-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-is-a-tlr-2-ligand-that-induces-macrophages-apoptosis-and-inhibits-mhc-ii-antigen-processing
#6
Haibo Su, Shenglin Zhu, Lin Zhu, Wei Huang, Honghai Wang, Zhi Zhang, Ying Xu
TLR2-dependent cellular signaling in Mycobacterium tuberculosis-infected macrophages causes apoptosis and inhibits class II major histocompatibility complex (MHC-II) molecules antigen processing, leading to evasion of surveillance. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) lipoproteins are an important class of Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligand, and identified as specific components that mediate these effects. In this study, we identified and characterized MTB lipoprotein Rv1016c (lpqT) as a cell wall associated-protein that was exposed on the cell surface and enhanced the survival of recombinants M...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917374/identification-and-characterization-of-staphylococcus-aureus-strains-with-an-incomplete-hemolytic-phenotype
#7
Haifang Zhang, Yi Zheng, Huasheng Gao, Ping Xu, Min Wang, Aiqing Li, Minhui Miao, Xiaofang Xie, Yimai Deng, Huiqin Zhou, Hong Du
Staphylococcus aureus is a common pathogen causing both hospital and community-acquired infections. Hemolysin is one of the important virulence factors for S. aureus and causes the typical β-hemolytic phenotype which is called complete hemolytic phenotype as well. Recently, S. aureus with an incomplete hemolytic phenotype (SIHP) was isolated from clinical samples. To study the microbiologic characteristics of SIHP, the special hemolytic phenotype of SIHP was verified on the sheep blood agar plates supplied by different manufacturers...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917373/are-escherichia-coli-pathotypes-still-relevant-in-the-era-of-whole-genome-sequencing
#8
REVIEW
Roy M Robins-Browne, Kathryn E Holt, Danielle J Ingle, Dianna M Hocking, Ji Yang, Marija Tauschek
The empirical and pragmatic nature of diagnostic microbiology has given rise to several different schemes to subtype E.coli, including biotyping, serotyping, and pathotyping. These schemes have proved invaluable in identifying and tracking outbreaks, and for prognostication in individual cases of infection, but they are imprecise and potentially misleading due to the malleability and continuous evolution of E. coli. Whole genome sequencing can be used to accurately determine E. coli subtypes that are based on allelic variation or differences in gene content, such as serotyping and pathotyping...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909689/dysbiotic-bacterial-and-fungal-communities-not-restricted-to-clinically-affected-skin-sites-in-dandruff
#9
Renan C Soares, Pedro H Camargo-Penna, Vanessa C S de Moraes, Rodrigo De Vecchi, Cécile Clavaud, Lionel Breton, Antonio S K Braz, Luciana C Paulino
Dandruff is a prevalent chronic inflammatory skin condition of the scalp that has been associated with Malassezia yeasts. However, the microbial role has not been elucidated yet, and the etiology of the disorder remains poorly understood. Using high-throughput 16S rDNA and ITS1 sequencing, we characterized cutaneous bacterial and fungal microbiotas from healthy and dandruff subjects, comparing scalp and forehead (lesional and non-lesional skin sites). Bacterial and fungal communities from dandruff analyzed at genus level differed in comparison with healthy ones, presenting higher diversity and greater intragroup variation...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909688/the-danger-signal-extracellular-atp-is-an-inducer-of-fusobacterium-nucleatum-biofilm-dispersal
#10
Qinfeng Ding, Kai Soo Tan
Plaque biofilm is the primary etiological agent of periodontal disease. Biofilm formation progresses through multiple developmental stages beginning with bacterial attachment to a surface, followed by development of microcolonies and finally detachment and dispersal from a mature biofilm as free planktonic bacteria. Tissue damage arising from inflammatory response to biofilm is one of the hallmark features of periodontal disease. A consequence of tissue damage is the release of ATP from within the cell into the extracellular space...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900287/n-acetylglucosamine-mediated-expression-of-naga-and-nagb-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#11
Muhammad Afzal, Sulman Shafeeq, Irfan Manzoor, Birgitta Henriques-Normark, Oscar P Kuipers
In this study, we have explored the transcriptomic response of Streptococcus pneumoniae D39 to N-acetylglucosamine (NAG). Transcriptome comparison of S. pneumoniae D39 wild-type grown in chemically defined medium (CDM) in the presence of 0.5% NAG to that grown in the presence of 0.5% glucose revealed elevated expression of many genes/operons, including nagA, nagB, manLMN, and nanP. We have further confirmed the NAG-dependent expression of nagA, nagB, manLMN, and nanP by β-galactosidase assays. nagA, nagB and glmS are putatively regulated by a transcriptional regulator NagR...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900286/selective-and-efficient-elimination-of-vibrio-cholerae-with-a-chemical-modulator-that-targets-glucose-metabolism
#12
Young Taek Oh, Hwa Young Kim, Eun Jin Kim, Junhyeok Go, Wontae Hwang, Hyoung Rae Kim, Dong Wook Kim, Sang Sun Yoon
Vibrio cholerae, a Gram-negative bacterium, is the causative agent of pandemic cholera. Previous studies have shown that the survival of the seventh pandemic El Tor biotype V. cholerae strain N16961 requires production of acetoin in a glucose-rich environment. The production of acetoin, a neutral fermentation end-product, allows V. cholerae to metabolize glucose without a pH drop, which is mediated by the production of organic acid. This finding suggests that inhibition of acetoin fermentation can result in V...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900285/a-t4ss-effector-targets-host-cell-alpha-enolase-contributing-to-brucella-abortus-intracellular-lifestyle
#13
María I Marchesini, Susana M Morrone Seijo, Francisco F Guaimas, Diego J Comerci
Brucella abortus, the causative agent of bovine brucellosis, invades and replicates within cells inside a membrane-bound compartment known as the Brucella containing vacuole (BCV). After trafficking along the endocytic and secretory pathways, BCVs mature into endoplasmic reticulum-derived compartments permissive for bacterial replication. Brucella Type IV Secretion System (VirB) is a major virulence factor essential for the biogenesis of the replicative organelle. Upon infection, Brucella uses the VirB system to translocate effector proteins from the BCV into the host cell cytoplasm...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896220/anti-immune-strategies-of-pathogenic-fungi
#14
REVIEW
Caroline M Marcos, Haroldo C de Oliveira, Wanessa de Cássia M Antunes de Melo, Julhiany de Fátima da Silva, Patrícia A Assato, Liliana Scorzoni, Suélen A Rossi, Ana C A de Paula E Silva, Maria J S Mendes-Giannini, Ana M Fusco-Almeida
Pathogenic fungi have developed many strategies to evade the host immune system. Multiple escape mechanisms appear to function together to inhibit attack by the various stages of both the adaptive and the innate immune response. Thus, after entering the host, such pathogens fight to overcome the immune system to allow their survival, colonization and spread to different sites of infection. Consequently, the establishment of a successful infectious process is closely related to the ability of the pathogen to modulate attack by the immune system...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891323/reduced-cx3cl1-secretion-contributes-to-the-susceptibility-of-oral-leukoplakia-associated-fibroblasts-to-candida-albicans
#15
Ran Cheng, Duo Li, Xueke Shi, Qinghong Gao, Changlei Wei, Xiaoyu Li, Yan Li, Hongmei Zhou
Candida leukoplakia (OLK) is a kind of oral leukoplakia combined with chronic candidal infection, which plays an important role in the malignant transformation of OLK. However, little is known about the etiology, including susceptibility of leukoplakia to candidal adhesion, invasion and infection. Some antimicrobial peptides secreted by oral epithelial cells or fibroblasts potentially have antifungal activities against Candida albicans (C. albicans). In this study, we established three co-culture models to simulate different C...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891322/epigenetics-in-schistosomes-what-we-know-and-what-we-need-know
#16
REVIEW
Weiwei Liu
Schistosomes are metazoan parasites and can cause schistosomiasis. Epigenetic modifications include DNA methylation, histone modifications and non-coding RNAs. Some enzymes involved in epigenetic modification and microRNA processes have been developed as drugs to treat the disease. Compared with humans and vertebrates, an in-depth understanding of epigenetic modifications in schistosomes is starting to be realized. DNA methylation, histone modifications and non-coding RNAs play important roles in the development and reproduction of schistosomes and in interactions between the host and schistosomes...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891321/protective-immunity-elicited-by-oral-immunization-of-mice-with-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-braun-lipoprotein-lpp-and-acetyltransferase-msbb-mutants
#17
Tatiana E Erova, Michelle L Kirtley, Eric C Fitts, Duraisamy Ponnusamy, Wallace B Baze, Jourdan A Andersson, Yingzi Cong, Bethany L Tiner, Jian Sha, Ashok K Chopra
We evaluated the extent of attenuation and immunogenicity of the ΔlppAB and ΔlppAB ΔmsbB mutants of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium when delivered to mice by the oral route. These mutants were deleted either for the Braun lipoprotein genes (lppA and lppB) or in combination with the msbB gene, which encodes an acetyltransferase required for lipid A modification of lipopolysaccharide. Both the mutants were attenuated (100% animal survival) and triggered robust innate and adaptive immune responses. Comparable levels of IgG and its isotypes were produced in mice infected with wild-type (WT) S...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878107/imaging-the-nadh-nad-homeostasis-for-understanding-the-metabolic-response-of-mycobacterium-to-physiologically-relevant-stresses
#18
Shabir A Bhat, Iram K Iqbal, Ashwani Kumar
The NADH:NAD(+) ratio is the primary indicator of the metabolic state of bacteria. NAD(H) homeostasis is critical for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) survival and is thus considered an important drug target, but the spatio-temporal measurements of NAD(H) remain a challenge. Genetically encoded fluorescent biosensors of the NADH:NAD(+) ratios were recently described, paving the way for investigations of the metabolic state of pathogens during infection. Here we have adapted the genetically encoded biosensor Peredox for measurement of the metabolic state of Mtb in vitro and during infection of macrophage cells...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867910/intrinsically-disordered-side-of-the-zika-virus-proteome
#19
Rajanish Giri, Deepak Kumar, Nitin Sharma, Vladimir N Uversky
Over the last few decades, concepts of protein intrinsic disorder have been implicated in different biological processes. Recent studies have suggested that intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) provide structural plasticity and functional diversity to viral proteins that are involved in rapid replication and immune evasion in host cells. In case of Zika virus, the roles of protein intrinsic disorder in mechanisms of pathogenesis are not completely understood. In this study, we have analyzed the prevalence of intrinsic disorder in Zika virus proteome (strain MR 766)...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857935/synchronous-disease-kinetics-in-a-murine-model-for-enterohemorrhagic-e-coli-infection-using-food-borne-inoculation
#20
Laurice J Flowers, Elsa N Bou Ghanem, John M Leong
Upon colonization of the intestinal epithelium, the attaching and effacing (AE) pathogen Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) effaces microvilli and forms pedestal-like structures beneath the adherent bacterium. The production of one of its virulence factors, the phage-encoded Shiga toxin (Stx) results in systemic disease, including the development of renal failure. Although EHEC does not productively infect conventional mice, EHEC infection can be modeled in mice utilizing a derivative of the natural murine AE pathogen Citrobacter rodentium (CR)...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
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