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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635996/reply-to-engelthaler-and-meyer-furthering-the-continental-drift-speciation-hypothesis-in-the-pathogenic-cryptococcus-species-complexes
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Arturo Casadevall, Joudeh B Freij, Christopher Hann-Soden, John Taylor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630941/furthering-the-continental-drift-speciation-hypothesis-in-the-pathogenic-cryptococcus-species-complexes
#2
David M Engelthaler, Wieland Meyer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630940/fluconazole-induced-ploidy-change-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-results-from-the-uncoupling-of-cell-growth-and-nuclear-division
#3
Sophie Altamirano, Diana Fang, Charles Simmons, Shreyas Sridhar, Peipei Wu, Kaustuv Sanyal, Lukasz Kozubowski
Cryptococcus neoformans is a pathogenic yeast that causes lethal cryptococcal meningitis in immunocompromised patients. One of the challenges in treating cryptococcosis is the development of resistance to azole antifungals. Previous studies linked azole resistance to elevated numbers of copies of critical resistance genes in aneuploid cells. However, how aneuploidy is formed in the presence of azole drugs remains unclear. This study showed that treatment with inhibitory concentrations of an azole drug, fluconazole (FLC), resulted in a significant population of cells with increased DNA content, through the following defects: inhibition of budding, premature mitosis, and inhibition of cytokinesis followed by replication in the mother cell...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630939/retrospective-surveillance-of-wastewater-to-examine-seasonal-dynamics-of-enterovirus-infections
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Nichole E Brinkman, G Shay Fout, Scott P Keely
Enteroviruses are RNA viruses that are responsible for both mild gastroenteritis and mild respiratory illnesses as well as debilitating diseases such as meningitis and myocarditis. The disease burden of enteroviruses in the United States is difficult to assess because most infections are not recorded. Since infected individuals shed enterovirus in feces and urine, surveillance of municipal wastewater can reveal the diversity of enteroviruses circulating in human populations. Therefore, monthly municipal wastewater samples were collected for 1 year and enteroviruses were quantified by reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR and identified by next-generation, high-throughput sequencing...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612849/psyllids-it-s-what-s-on-the-inside-that-counts-community-cross-talk-facilitates-prophage-interactions
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Allison K Hansen, Isabel H Skidmore
Despite the availability of massive microbial community data sets (e.g., metagenomes), there is still a lack of knowledge on what molecular mechanisms facilitate cross talk between microbes and prophage within a community context. A study published in mSphere by Jain and colleagues (M. Jain, L. A. Fleites, and D. W. Gabriel, mSphere 2:e00171-17, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphereDirect.00171-17) reports on an intriguing new twist of how a prophage of the bacterium "Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus" may have its lytic cycle suppressed partly because of a protein that is expressed by a cooccurring bacterium, Wolbachia...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608866/a-small-wolbachia-protein-directly-represses-phage-lytic-cycle-genes-in-candidatus-liberibacter-asiaticus-within-psyllids
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Mukesh Jain, Laura A Fleites, Dean W Gabriel
Huanglongbing (HLB) is a severe disease of citrus caused by an uncultured alphaproteobacterium "Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus" and transmitted by Asian citrus psyllids (Diaphorina citri). Two prophage genomes, SC1 and SC2, integrated in "Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus" strain UF506 were described previously, and very similar prophages are found resident in the majority of "Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus" strains described worldwide. The SC1 lytic cycle is marked by upregulation of prophage late genes, including a functional holin (SC1_gp110); these late genes are activated when "Ca...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596991/long-persistence-of-a-streptococcus-pneumoniae-23f-clone-in-a-cystic-fibrosis-patient
#7
Martin Rieger, Harald Mauch, Regine Hakenbeck
Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates of serotype 23F with intermediate penicillin resistance were recovered on seven occasions over a period of 37 months from a cystic fibrosis patient in Berlin. All isolates expressed the same multilocus sequence type (ST), ST10523. The genome sequences of the first and last isolates, D122 and D141, revealed the absence of two phage-related gene clusters compared to the genome of another ST10523 strain, D219, isolated earlier at a different place in Germany. Genomes of all three strains carried the same novel mosaic penicillin-binding protein (PBP) genes, pbp2x, pbp2b, and pbp1a; these genes were distinct from those of other penicillin-resistant S...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596990/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-cerebral-malaria-patients-reveals-distinct-pathogenetic-processes-in-different-parts-of-the-brain
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Sanjib Mohanty, Laura A Benjamin, Megharay Majhi, Premanand Panda, Sam Kampondeni, Praveen K Sahu, Akshaya Mohanty, Kishore C Mahanta, Rajyabardhan Pattnaik, Rashmi R Mohanty, Sonia Joshi, Anita Mohanty, Ian W Turnbull, Arjen M Dondorp, Terrie E Taylor, Samuel C Wassmer
The mechanisms underlying the rapidly reversible brain swelling described in patients with cerebral malaria (CM) are unknown. Using a 1.5-Tesla (T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, we undertook an observational study in Rourkela, India, of 11 Indian patients hospitalized with CM and increased brain volume. Among the 11 cases, there were 5 adults and 6 children. All patients had reduced consciousness and various degrees of cortical swelling at baseline. The latter was predominately posterior in distribution...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593195/lake-bacterial-assemblage-composition-is-sensitive-to-biological-disturbance-caused-by-an-invasive-filter-feeder
#9
Vincent J Denef, Hunter J Carrick, Joann Cavaletto, Edna Chiang, Thomas H Johengen, Henry A Vanderploeg
One approach to improve forecasts of how global change will affect ecosystem processes is to better understand how anthropogenic disturbances alter bacterial assemblages that drive biogeochemical cycles. Species invasions are important contributors to global change, but their impacts on bacterial community ecology are rarely investigated. Here, we studied direct impacts of invasive dreissenid mussels (IDMs), one of many invasive filter feeders, on freshwater lake bacterioplankton. We demonstrated that direct effects of IDMs reduced bacterial abundance and altered assemblage composition by preferentially removing larger and particle-associated bacteria...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593194/fine-scale-structure-analysis-shows-epidemic-patterns-of-clonal-complex-95-a-cosmopolitan-escherichia-coli-lineage-responsible-for-extraintestinal-infection
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David M Gordon, Sarah Geyik, Olivier Clermont, Claire L O'Brien, Shiwei Huang, Charmalie Abayasekara, Ashwin Rajesh, Karina Kennedy, Peter Collignon, Paul Pavli, Christophe Rodriguez, Brian D Johnston, James R Johnson, Jean-Winoc Decousser, Erick Denamur
The Escherichia coli lineage known as clonal complex 95 (CC95) is a cosmopolitan human-associated lineage responsible for a significant fraction of extraintestinal infections of humans. Whole-genome sequence data of 200 CC95 strains from various origins enabled determination of the CC95 pangenome. The pangenome analysis revealed that strains of the complex could be assigned to one of five subgroups that vary in their serotype, extraintestinal virulence, virulence gene content, and antibiotic resistance gene profile...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567445/unique-features-of-aeromonas-plasmid-pac3-and-expression-of-the-plasmid-mediated-quinolone-resistance-genes
#11
Dae-Wi Kim, Cung Nawl Thawng, Sang Hee Lee, Chang-Jun Cha
A highly fluoroquinolone-resistant isolate of Aeromonas species was isolated from a wastewater treatment plant and found to possess multiple resistance mechanisms, including mutations in gyrA and parC, efflux pumps, and plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance (PMQR) genes. Complete sequencing of the IncU-type plasmid, pAC3, present in the strain revealed a circular plasmid DNA 15,872 bp long containing two PMQR genes [qnrS2 and aac(6')-Ib-cr]. A mobile insertion cassette element containing the qnrS2 gene and a typical miniature inverted-repeat transposable element (MITE) structure was identified in the plasmid...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567444/toxoplasma-gondii-maf1b-binds-the-host-cell-mib-complex-to-mediate-mitochondrial-association
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Felice D Kelly, Brian M Wei, Alicja M Cygan, Michelle L Parker, Martin J Boulanger, John C Boothroyd
Many diverse intracellular pathogens, such as Legionella pneumophila, Chlamydia psittaci, Encephalitozoon sp., and Toxoplasma gondii, manipulate and relocate host cell organelles, including mitochondria. Toxoplasma tachyzoites use a secreted protein, mitochondrial association factor 1b (MAF1b), to drive the association between the host mitochondria and the membrane of the parasitophorous vacuole, in which the parasites grow. The identity of the host partner in this interaction, however, has not previously been identified...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567443/correction-for-miyoshi-akiyama-et-al-comparative-genome-analysis-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-escherichia-coli-sequence-type-131-strains-from-nepal-and-japan
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Tohru Miyoshi-Akiyama, Jatan Bahadur Sherchan, Yohei Doi, Maki Nagamatsu, Jeevan B Sherchand, Sarmila Tandukar, Norio Ohmagari, Teruo Kirikae, Hiroshi Ohara, Kayoko Hayakawa
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00289-16.].
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567442/genomewide-mutational-diversity-in-escherichia-coli-population-evolving-in-prolonged-stationary-phase
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Savita Chib, Farhan Ali, Aswin Sai Narain Seshasayee
Prolonged stationary phase is an approximation of natural environments presenting a range of stresses. Survival in prolonged stationary phase requires alternative metabolic pathways for survival. This study describes the repertoire of mutations accumulating in starving Escherichia coli populations in lysogeny broth. A wide range of mutations accumulates over the course of 1 month in stationary phase. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) constitute 64% of all mutations. A majority of these mutations are nonsynonymous and are located at conserved loci...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529976/de-novo-generation-and-characterization-of-new-zika-virus-isolate-using-sequence-data-from-a-microcephaly-case
#15
Yin Xiang Setoh, Natalie A Prow, Nias Peng, Leon E Hugo, Gregor Devine, Jessamine E Hazlewood, Andreas Suhrbier, Alexander A Khromykh
Zika virus (ZIKV) has recently emerged and is the etiological agent of congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a spectrum of congenital abnormalities arising from neural tissue infections in utero. Herein, we describe the de novo generation of a new ZIKV isolate, ZIKVNatal, using a modified circular polymerase extension reaction protocol and sequence data obtained from a ZIKV-infected fetus with microcephaly. ZIKVNatal thus has no laboratory passage history and is unequivocally associated with CZS. ZIKVNatal could be used to establish a fetal brain infection model in IFNAR(-/-) mice (including intrauterine growth restriction) without causing symptomatic infections in dams...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529975/phylogenetic-analyses-suggest-that-factors-other-than-the-capsid-protein-play-a-role-in-the-epidemic-potential-of-gii-2-norovirus
#16
Kentaro Tohma, Cara J Lepore, Lauren A Ford-Siltz, Gabriel I Parra
Norovirus is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide. For over two decades, a single genotype (GII.4) has been responsible for most norovirus-associated cases. However, during the winter of 2014 to 2015, the GII.4 strains were displaced by a rarely detected genotype (GII.17) in several countries of the Asian continent. Moreover, during the winter of 2016 to 2017, the GII.2 strain reemerged as predominant in different countries worldwide. This reemerging GII.2 strain is a recombinant virus that presents a GII...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529974/a-glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored-carbonic-anhydrase-related-protein-of-toxoplasma-gondii-is-important-for-rhoptry-biogenesis-and-virulence
#17
Nathan M Chasen, Beejan Asady, Leandro Lemgruber, Rossiane C Vommaro, Jessica C Kissinger, Isabelle Coppens, Silvia N J Moreno
Carbonic anhydrase-related proteins (CARPs) have previously been described as catalytically inactive proteins closely related to α-carbonic anhydrases (α-CAs). These CARPs are found in animals (both vertebrates and invertebrates) and viruses as either independent proteins or domains of other proteins. We report here the identification of a new CARP (TgCA_RP) in the unicellular organism Toxoplasma gondii that is related to the recently described η-class CA found in Plasmodium falciparum. TgCA_RP is posttranslationally modified at its C terminus with a glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor that is important for its localization in intracellular tachyzoites...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497121/implementation-of-isavuconazole-in-a-fluorescence-based-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-kit-allowing-simultaneous-detection-of-all-four-currently-licensed-mold-active-triazoles
#18
René Jørgensen, Siri Rytcher Andersen, Karen Marie Thyssen Astvad, Maiken Cavling Arendrup
Isavuconazole (ISZ) is a newly available broad-spectrum triazole agent recently approved for the treatment of both invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis. The aim of this study was to develop a simple and reliable method for therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of ISZ in human plasma samples. The method involves using a kit from ChromSystems intended for TDM of itraconazole (ITZ), posaconazole (PSZ), and voriconazole (VRZ) in serum/plasma for sample preparation and high-performance liquid chromatography, using fluorescence detection with emission and excitation wavelengths set to 261 and 366 nm, respectively...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497120/analysis-of-light-and-carbon-specific-transcriptomes-implicates-a-class-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors-in-cellulose-sensing
#19
Eva Stappler, Christoph Dattenböck, Doris Tisch, Monika Schmoll
In fungi, most metabolic processes are subject to regulation by light. Trichoderma reesei is adapted to degradation of plant cell walls and regulates production of the required enzymes in a manner dependent on the nutrient source and the light status. Here we investigated the interrelated relevance of two regulation levels of the transcriptome of T. reesei: light regulation and carbon source-dependent control. We show that the carbon source (cellulose, lactose, sophorose, glucose, or glycerol) is the major source of variation, with light having a modulating effect on transcript regulation...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497119/aedes-aegypti-piwi4-is-a-noncanonical-piwi-protein-involved-in-antiviral-responses
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Margus Varjak, Kevin Maringer, Mick Watson, Vattipally B Sreenu, Anthony C Fredericks, Emilie Pondeville, Claire L Donald, Jelle Sterk, Joy Kean, Marie Vazeille, Anna-Bella Failloux, Alain Kohl, Esther Schnettler
The small interfering RNA (siRNA) pathway is a major antiviral response in mosquitoes; however, another RNA interference pathway, the PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathway, has been suggested to be antiviral in mosquitoes. Piwi4 has been reported to be a key mediator of this response in mosquitoes, but it is not involved in the production of virus-specific piRNAs. Here, we show that Piwi4 associates with members of the antiviral exogenous siRNA pathway (Ago2 and Dcr2), as well as with proteins of the piRNA pathway (Ago3, Piwi5, and Piwi6) in an Aedes aegypti-derived cell line, Aag2...
May 2017: MSphere
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