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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932816/a-quorum-sensing-system-that-regulates-streptococcus-pneumoniae-biofilm-formation-and-surface-polysaccharide-production
#1
Roger Junges, Gabriela Salvadori, Sudhanshu Shekhar, Heidi A Åmdal, Jimstan N Periselneris, Tsute Chen, Jeremy S Brown, Fernanda C Petersen
Despite vaccines, Streptococcus pneumoniae kills more than a million people yearly. Thus, understanding how pneumococci transition from commensals to pathogens is particularly relevant. Quorum sensing regulates collective behaviors and thus represents a potential driver of commensal-to-pathogen transitions. Rgg/small hydrophobic peptide (SHP) quorum-sensing systems are widespread in streptococci, yet they remain largely uncharacterized in S. pneumoniae. Using directional transcriptome sequencing, we show that the S...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932815/a-multicenter-study-to-evaluate-the-performance-of-high-throughput-sequencing-for-virus-detection
#2
Arifa S Khan, Siemon H S Ng, Olivier Vandeputte, Aisha Aljanahi, Avisek Deyati, Jean-Pol Cassart, Robert L Charlebois, Lanyn P Taliaferro
The capability of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) for detection of known and unknown viruses makes it a powerful tool for broad microbial investigations, such as evaluation of novel cell substrates that may be used for the development of new biological products. However, like any new assay, regulatory applications of HTS need method standardization. Therefore, our three laboratories initiated a study to evaluate performance of HTS for potential detection of viral adventitious agents by spiking model viruses in different cellular matrices to mimic putative materials for manufacturing of biologics...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932814/the-gut-commensal-microbiome-of-drosophila-melanogaster-is-modified-by-the-endosymbiont-wolbachia
#3
Rama K Simhadri, Eva M Fast, Rong Guo, Michaela J Schultz, Natalie Vaisman, Luis Ortiz, Joanna Bybee, Barton E Slatko, Horacio M Frydman
Endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria and the gut microbiome have independently been shown to affect several aspects of insect biology, including reproduction, development, life span, stem cell activity, and resistance to human pathogens, in insect vectors. This work shows that Wolbachia bacteria, which reside mainly in the fly germline, affect the microbial species present in the fly gut in a lab-reared strain. Drosophila melanogaster hosts two main genera of commensal bacteria-Acetobacter and Lactobacillus. Wolbachia-infected flies have significantly reduced titers of Acetobacter...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932813/14-3-3-regulates-actin-filament-formation-in-the-deep-branching-eukaryote-giardia-lamblia
#4
Jana Krtková, Jennifer Xu, Marco Lalle, Melissa Steele-Ogus, Germain C M Alas, David Sept, Alexander R Paredez
The phosphoserine/phosphothreonine-binding protein 14-3-3 is known to regulate actin; this function has been previously attributed to sequestration of phosphorylated cofilin. 14-3-3 was identified as an actin-associated protein in the deep-branching eukaryote Giardia lamblia; however, Giardia lacks cofilin and all other canonical actin-binding proteins (ABPs). Thus, the role of G. lamblia 14-3-3 (Gl-14-3-3) in actin regulation was unknown. Gl-14-3-3 depletion resulted in an overall disruption of actin organization characterized by ectopically distributed short actin filaments...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932812/comparison-of-the-microbiota-of-older-adults-living-in-nursing-homes-and-the-community
#5
Mary-Claire Roghmann, Alison D Lydecker, Lauren Hittle, Robert T DeBoy, Rebecca G Nowak, J Kristie Johnson, Emmanuel F Mongodin
Our objective for this study was to characterize the microbial communities of the anterior nares (nose), posterior pharynx (throat), and skin of the femoral and subclavian areas in older adults from nursing homes and the community. Older adults (≥65 years) without antibiotic use for the past 3 months were recruited from nursing homes (NH; n = 16) and from the community (CB; n = 51). Specimens were taken from nose, throat, and skin sites for culture and bacterial profiling using 16S rRNA gene sequencing...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904996/environmental-and-genetic-determinants-of-biofilm-formation-in-paracoccus-denitrificans
#6
Santosh Kumar, Stephen Spiro
The genome of the denitrifying bacterium Paracoccus denitrificans predicts the expression of a small heme-containing nitric oxide (NO) binding protein, H-NOX. The genome organization and prior work in other bacteria suggest that H-NOX interacts with a diguanylate cyclase that cyclizes GTP to make cyclic di-GMP (cdGMP). Since cdGMP frequently regulates attached growth as a biofilm, we first established conditions for biofilm development by P. denitrificans. We found that adhesion to a polystyrene surface is strongly stimulated by the addition of 10 mM Ca(2+) to rich media...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904995/distribution-of-o-acetylated-sialic-acids-among-target-host-tissues-for-influenza-virus
#7
Brian R Wasik, Karen N Barnard, Robert J Ossiboff, Zahra Khedri, Kurtis H Feng, Hai Yu, Xi Chen, Daniel R Perez, Ajit Varki, Colin R Parrish
Sialic acids (Sias) are important glycans displayed on the cells and tissues of many different animals and are frequent targets for binding and modification by pathogens, including influenza viruses. Influenza virus hemagglutinins bind Sias during the infection of their normal hosts, while the encoded neuraminidases and/or esterases remove or modify the Sia to allow virion release or to prevent rebinding. Sias naturally occur in a variety of modified forms, and modified Sias can alter influenza virus host tropisms through their altered interactions with the viral glycoproteins...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904994/n-acetylglucosamine-metabolism-promotes-survival-of-candida-albicans-in-the-phagosome
#8
Elisa M Vesely, Robert B Williams, James B Konopka, Michael C Lorenz
Phagocytosis by innate immune cells is one of the most effective barriers against the multiplication and dissemination of microbes within the mammalian host. Candida albicans, a pathogenic yeast, has robust mechanisms that allow survival upon macrophage phagocytosis. C. albicans survives in part because it can utilize the alternative carbon sources available in the phagosome, including carboxylic acids and amino acids. Furthermore, metabolism of these compounds raises the pH of the extracellular environment, which combats the acidification and maturation of the phagolysosome...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875178/genetic-validation-of-leishmania-donovani-lysyl-trna-synthetase-shows-that-it-is-indispensable-for-parasite-growth-and-infectivity
#9
Sanya Chadha, N Arjunreddy Mallampudi, Debendra K Mohapatra, Rentala Madhubala
Leishmania donovani is a protozoan parasite that causes visceral leishmaniasis. Increasing resistance and severe side effects of existing drugs have led to the need to identify new chemotherapeutic targets. Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) are ubiquitous and are required for protein synthesis. aaRSs are known drug targets for bacterial and fungal pathogens. Here, we have characterized and evaluated the essentiality of L. donovani lysyl-tRNA synthetase (LdLysRS). Two different coding sequences for lysyl-tRNA synthetases are annotated in the Leishmania genome database...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875177/the-potential-therapeutic-agent-mepacrine-protects-caco-2-cells-against-clostridium-perfringens-enterotoxin-action
#10
John C Freedman, Matthew R Hendricks, Bruce A McClane
Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin (CPE) causes the diarrhea associated with a common bacterial food poisoning and many antibiotic-associated diarrhea cases. The severity of some CPE-mediated disease cases warrants the development of potential therapeutics. A previous study showed that the presence of mepacrine inhibited CPE-induced electrophysiology effects in artificial lipid bilayers lacking CPE receptors. However, that study did not assess whether mepacrine inactivates CPE or, instead, inhibits a step in CPE action...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875176/lactoferricin-peptides-increase-macrophages-capacity-to-kill-mycobacterium-avium
#11
Tânia Silva, Ana C Moreira, Kamran Nazmi, Tânia Moniz, Nuno Vale, Maria Rangel, Paula Gomes, Jan G M Bolscher, Pedro N Rodrigues, Margarida Bastos, Maria Salomé Gomes
Mycobacterial infections cause a significant burden of disease and death worldwide. Their treatment is long, toxic, costly, and increasingly prone to failure due to bacterial resistance to currently available antibiotics. New therapeutic options are thus clearly needed. Antimicrobial peptides represent an important source of new antimicrobial molecules, both for their direct activity and for their immunomodulatory potential. We have previously reported that a short version of the bovine antimicrobial peptide lactoferricin with amino acids 17 to 30 (LFcin17-30), along with its variants obtained by specific amino acid substitutions, killed Mycobacterium avium in broth culture...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875175/importance-of-resolving-fungal-nomenclature-the-case-of-multiple-pathogenic-species-in-the-cryptococcus-genus
#12
Ferry Hagen, H Thorsten Lumbsch, Valentina Arsic Arsenijevic, Hamid Badali, Sebastien Bertout, R Blake Billmyre, M Rosa Bragulat, F Javier Cabañes, Mauricio Carbia, Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Sudha Chaturvedi, Vishnu Chaturvedi, Min Chen, Anuradha Chowdhary, Maria-Francisca Colom, Oliver A Cornely, Pedro W Crous, Maria S Cuétara, Mara R Diaz, Ana Espinel-Ingroff, Hamed Fakhim, Rama Falk, Wenjie Fang, Patricia F Herkert, Consuelo Ferrer Rodríguez, James A Fraser, Josepa Gené, Josep Guarro, Alexander Idnurm, María-Teresa Illnait-Zaragozi, Ziauddin Khan, Kantarawee Khayhan, Anna Kolecka, Cletus P Kurtzman, Katrien Lagrou, Wanqing Liao, Carlos Linares, Jacques F Meis, Kirsten Nielsen, Tinashe K Nyazika, Weihua Pan, Marina Pekmezovic, Itzhack Polacheck, Brunella Posteraro, Flavio de Queiroz Telles, Orazio Romeo, Manuel Sánchez, Ana Sampaio, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Pojana Sriburee, Takashi Sugita, Saad J Taj-Aldeen, Masako Takashima, John W Taylor, Bart Theelen, Rok Tomazin, Paul E Verweij, Retno Wahyuningsih, Ping Wang, Teun Boekhout
Cryptococcosis is a major fungal disease caused by members of the Cryptococcus gattii and Cryptococcus neoformans species complexes. After more than 15 years of molecular genetic and phenotypic studies and much debate, a proposal for a taxonomic revision was made. The two varieties within C. neoformans were raised to species level, and the same was done for five genotypes within C. gattii. In a recent perspective (K. J. Kwon-Chung et al., mSphere 2:e00357-16, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphere.00357-16), it was argued that this taxonomic proposal was premature and without consensus in the community...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861524/deep-sequencing-of-rna-from-blood-and-oral-swab-samples-reveals-the-presence-of-nucleic-acid-from-a-number-of-pathogens-in-patients-with-acute-ebola-virus-disease-and-is-consistent-with-bacterial-translocation-across-the-gut
#13
Miles W Carroll, Sam Haldenby, Natasha Y Rickett, Bernadett Pályi, Isabel Garcia-Dorival, Xuan Liu, Gary Barker, Joseph Akoi Bore, Fara Raymond Koundouno, E Diane Williamson, Thomas R Laws, Romy Kerber, Daouda Sissoko, Nóra Magyar, Antonino Di Caro, Mirella Biava, Tom E Fletcher, Armand Sprecher, Lisa F P Ng, Laurent Rénia, N'faly Magassouba, Stephan Günther, Roman Wölfel, Kilian Stoecker, David A Matthews, Julian A Hiscox
In this study, samples from the 2013-2016 West African Ebola virus outbreak from patients in Guinea with Ebola virus disease (EVD) were analyzed to discover and classify what other pathogens were present. Throat swabs were taken from deceased EVD patients, and peripheral blood samples were analyzed that had been taken from patients when they presented at the treatment center with acute illness. High-throughput RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) and bioinformatics were used to identify the potential microorganisms. This approach confirmed Ebola virus (EBOV) in all samples from patients diagnosed as acute positive for the virus by quantitative reverse transcription-PCR in deployed field laboratories...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861523/monodeuterated-methane-an-isotopic-tool-to-assess-biological-methane-metabolism-rates
#14
Jeffrey J Marlow, Joshua A Steele, Wiebke Ziebis, Silvan Scheller, David Case, Linda M Reynard, Victoria J Orphan
Biological methane oxidation is a globally relevant process that mediates the flux of an important greenhouse gas through both aerobic and anaerobic metabolic pathways. However, measuring these metabolic rates presents many obstacles, from logistical barriers to regulatory hurdles and poor precision. Here we present a new approach for investigating microbial methane metabolism based on hydrogen atom dynamics, which is complementary to carbon-focused assessments of methanotrophy. The method uses monodeuterated methane (CH3D) as a metabolic substrate, quantifying the aqueous D/H ratio over time using off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861522/a-serendipitous-mutation-reveals-the-severe-virulence-defect-of-a-klebsiella-pneumoniae-fepb-mutant
#15
Michelle Palacios, Christopher A Broberg, Kimberly A Walker, Virginia L Miller
Klebsiella pneumoniae is considered a significant public health threat because of the emergence of multidrug-resistant strains and the challenge associated with treating life-threatening infections. Capsule, siderophores, and adhesins have been implicated as virulence determinants of K. pneumoniae, yet we lack a clear understanding of how this pathogen causes disease. In a previous screen for virulence genes, we identified a potential new virulence locus and constructed a mutant (smr) with this locus deleted...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861521/options-for-synthetic-dna-order-screening-revisited
#16
Diane DiEuliis, Sarah R Carter, Gigi Kwik Gronvall
Gene synthesis providers affiliated with the International Gene Synthesis Consortium (IGSC) voluntarily screen double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) synthesis orders over 200 bp to check for matches to regulated pathogens and to screen customers. Questions have been raised, however, about the continuing feasibility and effectiveness of screening. There are technical challenges (e.g., oligonucleotides and tracts of DNA less than 200 bp are not screened) and corporate challenges (e.g., the costs of screening are high, but other costs are dropping, so screening is an increasing portion of operating costs)...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861520/arginine-exposure-decreases-acidogenesis-in-long-term-oral-biofilm-microcosms
#17
Ruth G Ledder, Hitesh Mistry, Prem K Sreenivasan, Gavin Humphreys, Andrew J McBain
Arginine is an important pH-elevating agent in the oral cavity. It has been incorporated in oral hygiene formulations to mitigate sensitivity and to prevent caries. In this investigation, the effects of sustained arginine dosing of dental plaque microcosms on bacteriological composition and pH were evaluated under controlled conditions. Plaque microcosms were established in constant-depth film fermentors (CDFFs) using salivary inocula and fed continuously with artificial saliva. To simulate resting and cariogenic states, the CDFFs were supplemented with sterile water or 5% sucrose, respectively...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861519/an-aptamer-based-biosensor-for-the-azole-class-of-antifungal-drugs
#18
Gregory R Wiedman, Yanan Zhao, Arkady Mustaev, Jinglei Ping, Ramya Vishnubhotla, A T Charlie Johnson, David S Perlin
This technical report describes the development of an aptamer for sensing azole antifungal drugs during therapeutic drug monitoring. Modified synthetic evolution of ligands through exponential enrichment (SELEX) was used to discover a DNA aptamer recognizing azole class antifungal drugs. This aptamer undergoes a secondary structural change upon binding to its target molecule, as shown through fluorescence anisotropy-based binding measurements. Experiments using circular dichroism spectroscopy revealed a unique G-quadruplex structure that was essential and specific for binding to the azole antifungal target...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861518/butyrate-supplementation-at-high-concentrations-alters-enteric-bacterial-communities-and-reduces-intestinal-inflammation-in-mice-infected-with-citrobacter-rodentium
#19
Janelle A Jiminez, Trina C Uwiera, D Wade Abbott, Richard R E Uwiera, G Douglas Inglis
Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid by-product of the microbial fermentation of dietary fermentable materials in the large intestine; it is the main energy source for enterocyte regeneration, modulates the enteric microbial community, and contributes to increasing host health via mechanisms that are relatively poorly defined. Limited research has examined the therapeutic potential of butyrate using models of enteric inflammation incited by pathogenic organisms. We used Citrobacter rodentium to incite acute Th1/Th17 inflammation to ascertain the impact of butyrate on the host-microbiota relationship...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861517/the-microtubule-stabilizing-protein-clasp1-associates-with-the-theileria-annulata-schizont-surface-via-its-kinetochore-binding-domain
#20
Sandra Huber, Romina Theiler, Daniel de Quervain, Olga Wiens, Tulin Karangenc, Volker Heussler, Dirk Dobbelaere, Kerry Woods
Theileria is an apicomplexan parasite whose presence within the cytoplasm of a leukocyte induces cellular transformation and causes uncontrolled proliferation and clonal expansion of the infected cell. The intracellular schizont utilizes the host cell's own mitotic machinery to ensure its distribution to both daughter cells by associating closely with microtubules (MTs) and incorporating itself within the central spindle. We show that CLASP1, an MT-stabilizing protein that plays important roles in regulating kinetochore-MT attachment and central spindle positioning, is sequestered at the Theileria annulata schizont surface...
July 2017: MSphere
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