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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299535/differential-ability-of-pandemic-and-seasonal-h1n1-influenza-a-viruses-to-alter-the-function-of-human-neutrophils
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Natalia Malachowa, Brett Freedman, Daniel E Sturdevant, Scott D Kobayashi, Vinod Nair, Friederike Feldmann, Tregei Starr, Olivia Steele-Mortimer, John C Kash, Jeffery K Taubenberger, Heinz Feldmann, Frank R DeLeo
Neutrophils are essential cells of host innate immunity. Although the role of neutrophils in defense against bacterial and fungal infections is well characterized, there is a relative paucity of information about their role against viral infections. Influenza A virus (IAV) infection can be associated with secondary bacterial coinfection, and it has long been posited that the ability of IAV to alter normal neutrophil function predisposes individuals to secondary bacterial infections. To better understand this phenomenon, we evaluated the interaction of pandemic or seasonal H1N1 IAV with human neutrophils isolated from healthy persons...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299534/stability-of-the-influenza-virus-hemagglutinin-protein-correlates-with-evolutionary-dynamics
#2
Eili Y Klein, Deena Blumenkrantz, Adrian Serohijos, Eugene Shakhnovich, Jeong-Mo Choi, João V Rodrigues, Brendan D Smith, Andrew P Lane, Andrew Feldman, Andrew Pekosz
Protein thermodynamics are an integral determinant of viral fitness and one of the major drivers of protein evolution. Mutations in the influenza A virus (IAV) hemagglutinin (HA) protein can eliminate neutralizing antibody binding to mediate escape from preexisting antiviral immunity. Prior research on the IAV nucleoprotein suggests that protein stability may constrain seasonal IAV evolution; however, the role of stability in shaping the evolutionary dynamics of the HA protein has not been explored. We used the full coding sequence of 9,797 H1N1pdm09 HA sequences and 16,716 human seasonal H3N2 HA sequences to computationally estimate relative changes in the thermal stability of the HA protein between 2009 and 2016...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299533/cooperating-h3n2-influenza-virus-variants-are-not-detectable-in-primary-clinical-samples
#3
Katherine S Xue, Alexander L Greninger, Ailyn Pérez-Osorio, Jesse D Bloom
The high mutation rates of RNA viruses lead to rapid genetic diversification, which can enable cooperative interactions between variants in a viral population. We previously described two distinct variants of H3N2 influenza virus that cooperate in cell culture. These variants differ by a single mutation, D151G, in the neuraminidase protein. The D151G mutation reaches a stable frequency of about 50% when virus is passaged in cell culture. However, it is unclear whether selection for the cooperative benefits of D151G is a cell culture phenomenon or whether the mutation is also sometimes present at appreciable frequency in virus populations sampled directly from infected humans...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299532/microbiota-reconstitution-does-not-cause-bone-loss-in-germ-free-mice
#4
Darin Quach, Fraser Collins, Narayanan Parameswaran, Laura McCabe, Robert A Britton
Annually, an estimated 2 million osteoporotic fractures occur in the United States alone. Osteoporosis imparts a great burden on the health care system. The identification of novel regulators of bone health is critical for developing more effective therapeutics. A previous study on the colonization of germ-free (GF) mice with a microbial community has demonstrated that bacterial colonization dramatically increases bone loss. We therefore investigated the impact of multiple microbial communities in different mice to understand how generalizable the impact of bacterial colonization is on bone health...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299531/improving-virus-taxonomy-by-recontextualizing-sequence-based-classification-with-biologically-relevant-data-the-case-of-the-alphacoronavirus-1-species
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Gary R Whittaker, Nicole M André, Jean Kaoru Millet
The difficulties related to virus taxonomy have been amplified by recent advances in next-generation sequencing and metagenomics, prompting the field to revisit the question of what constitutes a useful viral classification. Here, taking a challenging classification found in coronaviruses, we argue that consideration of biological properties in addition to sequence-based demarcations is critical for generating useful taxonomy that recapitulates complex evolutionary histories. Within the Alphacoronavirus genus, the Alphacoronavirus 1 species encompasses several biologically distinct viruses...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299530/evidence-that-the-plasmodium-falciparum-protein-sortilin-potentially-acts-as-an-escorter-for-the-trafficking-of-the-rhoptry-associated-membrane-antigen-to-the-rhoptries
#6
Stéphanie Hallée, Justin A Boddey, Alan F Cowman, Dave Richard
The rhoptry organelle is critical for the invasion of an erythrocyte by the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Despite their critical roles, the mechanisms behind their biogenesis are still poorly defined. Our earlier work had suggested that the interaction between the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored rhoptry-associated membrane antigen (RAMA) and the soluble rhoptry-associated protein 1 was involved in the transport of the latter from the Golgi apparatus to the rhoptry. However, how this protein complex could interact with the intracellular trafficking machinery was unknown at this stage...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299529/studying-the-symbiotic-bacterium-xenorhabdus-nematophila-in-individual-living-steinernema-carpocapsae-nematodes-using-microfluidic-systems
#7
Matthew D Stilwell, Mengyi Cao, Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Douglas B Weibel
Animal-microbe symbioses are ubiquitous in nature and scientifically important in diverse areas, including ecology, medicine, and agriculture. Steinernema nematodes and Xenorhabdus bacteria compose an established, successful model system for investigating microbial pathogenesis and mutualism. The bacterium Xenorhabdus nematophila is a species-specific mutualist of insect-infecting Steinernema carpocapsae nematodes. The bacterium colonizes a specialized intestinal pocket within the infective stage of the nematode, which transports the bacteria between insects that are killed and consumed by the pair for reproduction...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299528/human-clade-2-3-4-4-a-h5n6-influenza-virus-lacks-mammalian-adaptation-markers-and-does-not-transmit-via-the-airborne-route-between-ferrets
#8
Sander Herfst, Chris K P Mok, Judith M A van den Brand, Stefan van der Vliet, Miruna E Rosu, Monique I Spronken, Zifeng Yang, Dennis de Meulder, Pascal Lexmond, Theo M Bestebroer, J S Malik Peiris, Ron A M Fouchier, Mathilde Richard
Since their emergence in 1997, A/H5N1 influenza viruses of the A/goose/Guangdong/1/96 lineage have diversified in multiple genetic and antigenic clades upon continued circulation in poultry in several countries in Eurasia and Africa. Since 2009, reassortant viruses carrying clade 2.3.4.4 hemagglutinin (HA) and internal and neuraminidase (NA) genes of influenza A viruses of different avian origin have been detected, yielding various HA-NA combinations, such as A/H5N1, A/H5N2, A/H5N3, A/H5N5, A/H5N6, and A/H5N8...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299527/a-single-amino-acid-change-in-the-marburg-virus-glycoprotein-arises-during-serial-cell-culture-passages-and-attenuates-the-virus-in-a-macaque-model-of-disease
#9
Kendra J Alfson, Laura E Avena, Jenny Delgado, Michael W Beadles, Jean L Patterson, Ricardo Carrion, Anthony Griffiths
Marburg virus (MARV) causes disease with high case fatality rates, and there are no approved vaccines or therapies. Licensing of MARV countermeasures will likely require approval via the FDA's Animal Efficacy Rule, which requires well-characterized animal models that recapitulate human disease. This includes selection of the virus used for exposure and ensuring that it retains the properties of the original isolate. The consequences of amplification of MARV for challenge studies are unknown. Here, we serially passaged and characterized MARV through 13 passes from the original isolate...
January 2018: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285523/acknowledgment-of-ad-hoc-reviewers
#10
EDITORIAL
Michael J Imperiale
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276774/effect-of-environmental-factors-and-an-emerging-parasitic-disease-on-gut-microbiome-of-wild-salmonid-fish
#11
Anti Vasemägi, Marko Visse, Veljo Kisand
The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of fish supports a dynamic microbial ecosystem that is intimately linked to host nutrient acquisition, epithelial development, immune system priming, and disease prevention, and we are far from understanding the complex interactions among parasites, symbiotic gut bacteria, and host fitness. Here, we analyzed the effects of environmental factors and parasitic burdens on the microbial composition and diversity within the GIT of the brown trout (Salmo trutta). We focused on the emerging dangerous salmonid myxozoan parasite Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, which causes proliferative kidney disease in salmonid fish, to demonstrate the potential role of GIT micobiomes in the modulation of host-parasite relationships...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276773/comparison-of-zoonotic-bacterial-agents-in-fleas-collected-from-small-mammals-or-host-seeking-fleas-from-a-ugandan-region-where-plague-is-endemic
#12
Ying Bai, Lynn M Osikowicz, Michael Y Kosoy, Rebecca J Eisen, Linda A Atiku, Joseph T Mpanga, Karen A Boegler, Russell E Enscore, Kenneth L Gage
Fleas (n = 407) were collected from small mammals trapped inside huts and surroundings of homesteads in five villages within the Arua and Zombo districts of Uganda. The most common flea species were Dinopsyllus lypusus (26%) and Xenopsylla cheopis (50%). Off-host fleas (n = 225) were collected inside huts by using Kilonzo flea traps. The majority of the off-host fleas were Ctenocephalides felis (80%). All fleas were examined for the presence of Bartonella spp., Rickettsia spp., and Yersinia spp. Bartonella DNA was detected in 91 fleas, with an overall prevalence of 14%...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242838/a-dirichlet-multinomial-bayes-classifier-for-disease-diagnosis-with-microbial-compositions
#13
Xiang Gao, Huaiying Lin, Qunfeng Dong
Dysbiosis of microbial communities is associated with various human diseases, raising the possibility of using microbial compositions as biomarkers for disease diagnosis. We have developed a Bayes classifier by modeling microbial compositions with Dirichlet-multinomial distributions, which are widely used to model multicategorical count data with extra variation. The parameters of the Dirichlet-multinomial distributions are estimated from training microbiome data sets based on maximum likelihood. The posterior probability of a microbiome sample belonging to a disease or healthy category is calculated based on Bayes' theorem, using the likelihood values computed from the estimated Dirichlet-multinomial distribution, as well as a prior probability estimated from the training microbiome data set or previously published information on disease prevalence...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242837/the-human-gut-microbial-metabolome-modulates-fungal-growth-via-the-tor-signaling-pathway
#14
Carlos García, Faiza Tebbji, Michelle Daigneault, Ning-Ning Liu, Julia R Köhler, Emma Allen-Vercoe, Adnane Sellam
Candida albicans is well known as a major human fungal pathogen, but it is also a permanent resident of healthy gastrointestinal tracts. Recent studies have shown that the human gut microbial metabolome represents an interesting source of bioactive molecules with a significant degree of chemical diversity. Some of these bioactive molecules may have useful antivirulence activities. For instance, intestinal bacterial species belonging to the Lachnospiraceae family were found to secrete molecules that attenuate Salmonella pathogenicity and repress the expression of virulence genes...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242836/vaccination-with-a-recombinant-h7-hemagglutinin-based-influenza-virus-vaccine-induces-broadly-reactive-antibodies-in-humans
#15
Daniel Stadlbauer, Arvind Rajabhathor, Fatima Amanat, Daniel Kaplan, Abusaleh Masud, John J Treanor, Ruvim Izikson, Manon M Cox, Raffael Nachbagauer, Florian Krammer
Human influenza virus infections with avian subtype H7N9 viruses are a major public health concern and have encouraged the development of effective H7 prepandemic vaccines. In this study, baseline and postvaccination serum samples of individuals aged 18 years and older who received a recombinant H7 hemagglutinin vaccine with and without an oil-in-water emulsion (SE) adjuvant were analyzed using a panel of serological assays. While only a small proportion of individuals seroconverted to H7N9 as measured by the conventional hemagglutination inhibition assay, our data show strong induction of anti-H7 hemagglutinin antibodies as measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242835/characterization-of-the-mechanisms-of-daptomycin-resistance-among-gram-positive-bacterial-pathogens-by-multidimensional-lipidomics
#16
Kelly M Hines, Adam Waalkes, Kelsi Penewit, Elizabeth A Holmes, Stephen J Salipante, Brian J Werth, Libin Xu
Previous work suggests that altered lipid metabolism may be associated with daptomycin resistance in Gram-positive pathogens, but lipidomic changes underlying resistance are not fully understood. We performed untargeted lipidomics by using three-dimensional hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography-ion mobility-mass spectrometry (HILIC-IM-MS) to characterize alterations in the lipidomes of daptomycin-susceptible and -resistant isogenic strain pairs of Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Corynebacterium striatum...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242834/novel-its1-fungal-primers-for-characterization-of-the-mycobiome
#17
Mykhaylo Usyk, Christine P Zolnik, Hitesh Patel, Michael H Levi, Robert D Burk
Studies of the human microbiome frequently omit characterization of fungal communities (the mycobiome), which limits our ability to investigate how fungal communities influence human health. The internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1) region of the eukaryotic ribosomal cluster has features allowing for wide taxonomic coverage and has been recognized as a suitable barcode region for species-level identification of fungal organisms. We developed custom ITS1 primer sets using iterative alignment refinement. Primer performance was evaluated using in silico testing and experimental testing of fungal cultures and human samples...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242833/put3-positively-regulates-proline-utilization-in-candida-albicans
#18
Walters Aji Tebung, Raha Parvizi Omran, Debra L Fulton, Joachim Morschhäuser, Malcolm Whiteway
The zinc cluster transcription factor Put3 was initially characterized in Saccharomyces cerevisiae as the transcriptional activator of PUT1 and PUT2, two genes acting early in the proline assimilation pathway. We have used phenotypic studies, transcription profiling, and chromatin immunoprecipitation with microarray technology (ChIP-chip) to establish that unlike S. cerevisiae, which only uses proline as a nitrogen source, Candida albicans can use proline as a nitrogen source, a carbon source, or a source of both nitrogen and carbon...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242832/persistence-of-supplemented-bifidobacterium-longum-subsp-infantis-evc001-in-breastfed-infants
#19
Steven A Frese, Andra A Hutton, Lindsey N Contreras, Claire A Shaw, Michelle C Palumbo, Giorgio Casaburi, Gege Xu, Jasmine C C Davis, Carlito B Lebrilla, Bethany M Henrick, Samara L Freeman, Daniela Barile, J Bruce German, David A Mills, Jennifer T Smilowitz, Mark A Underwood
Attempts to alter intestinal dysbiosis via administration of probiotics have consistently shown that colonization with the administered microbes is transient. This study sought to determine whether provision of an initial course of Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis (B. infantis) would lead to persistent colonization of the probiotic organism in breastfed infants. Mothers intending to breastfeed were recruited and provided with lactation support. One group of mothers fed B. infantis EVC001 to their infants from day 7 to day 28 of life (n = 34), and the second group did not administer any probiotic (n = 32)...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242831/novel-concepts-for-hiv-vaccine-vector-design
#20
REVIEW
Quazim A Alayo, Nicholas M Provine, Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster
The unprecedented challenges of developing effective vaccines against intracellular pathogens such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis have resulted in more rational approaches to vaccine development. Apart from the recent advances in the design and selection of improved epitopes and adjuvants, there are also ongoing efforts to optimize delivery platforms. Viral vectors are the best-characterized delivery tools because of their intrinsic adjuvant capability, unique cellular tropism, and ability to trigger robust adaptive immune responses...
November 2017: MSphere
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