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Mycobacterial disease

Yi-Lei Fan, Xiao-Hong Jin, Zhong-Ping Huang, Hai-Feng Yu, Zhi-Gang Zeng, Tao Gao, Lian-Shun Feng
Tuberculosis still remains one of the most common, communicable, and leading deadliest diseases known to mankind throughout the world. Drug-resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis which threatens to worsen the global tuberculosis epidemic has caused great concern in recent years. To overcome the resistance, the development of new drugs with novel mechanisms of actions is of great importance. Imidazole-containing derivatives endow with various biological properties, and some of them demonstrated excellent anti-tubercular activity...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Urmi Bajpai, Abhishek Kumar Mehta, Kandasamy Eniyan, Avni Sinha, Ankita Ray, Simran Virdi, Shazeb Ahmad, Aridni Shah, Deepanksha Arora, Devyani Marwaha, Gunjan Chauhan, Prarthna Saraswat, Punita Bathla, Ruchi Singh
Bacteriophages are being considered as a promising natural resource for the development of alternative strategies against mycobacterial diseases, especially in the context of the wide spread occurrence of drug-resistance amongst the clinical isolates of M. tuberculosis. However, there isn't much information documented on mycobacteriophages from India. Here, we report the isolation of 17 mycobacteriophages using M. smegmatis as the bacterial host where 9 phages also lyse M. tuberculosis H37Rv. We present detailed analysis of one of these mycobacteriophage (PDRPv)...
March 15, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Mariateresa Coppola, Susan J F van den Eeden, Naoko Robbins, Louis Wilson, Kees L M C Franken, Linda B Adams, Tom P Gillis, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Annemieke Geluk
Tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy still represent significant public health challenges, especially in low- and lower middle-income countries. Both poverty-related mycobacterial diseases require better tools to improve disease control. For leprosy, there has been an increased emphasis on developing tools for improved detection of infection and early diagnosis of disease. For TB, there has been a similar emphasis on such diagnostic tests, while increased research efforts have also focused on the development of new vaccines...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Theerasuk Kawamatawong, Jitsupa Onnipa, Thitiporn Suwatanapongched
Background: The prevalence rate of bronchiectasis in COPD is variable. Coexisting bronchiectasis and COPD may influence COPD severity and exacerbation. Objective: We investigated whether bronchiectasis is associated with frequent or severe COPD exacerbation. Lower airway bacterial and mycobacterial infections are a possible mechanism for bronchiectasis. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2013-2014. COPD exacerbations and hospitalizations were reviewed...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Amy P Hsu, Christa S Zerbe, Ladan Foruraghi, Nicole M Iovine, David M Mushatt, Laurianne Wild, Douglas B Kuhns, Steven M Holland
4 patients with adult-onset, disseminated mycobacterial infection had 5' UTR mutations in IKBKG without clear physical stigmata of NEMO deficiency. These mutations caused decreased levels of NEMO protein and Toll-like receptor driven cytokine production. 3 patients died from disseminated disease. These mutations may be missed by whole exome sequencing.
March 9, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Begoña Santiago-García, María José Mellado-Peña, Fernando Baquero-Artigao, Jesús Ruiz Contreras
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Fatemeh Riyahi Zaniani, Sharareh Moghim, Bahram Nasr Esfahani
Background: Increasing drug resistance is an important factor in the complexity of tuberculosis (TB) control. The identification of disease transmission type, recurrence of a previous infection, or new transmission of the disease is the key factor in the control of TB. In this study, we aimed to identify the genetic diversity of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates in Isfahan province of Iran through the mycobacterial interspersed repetitive unit-variable number tandem repeat (MIRU-VNTR) typing method based on 24 loci...
2018: Advanced Biomedical Research
Chi Yang, Shaojun Zhang, Lan Yao, Lin Fan
Objective To investigate the diagnostic efficacy of an interferon-γ release assay, T-SPOT® . TB, for diagnosing active tuberculosis (TB) and to identify risk factors for false-negative results. Methods This retrospective study enrolled consecutive patients with active TB and with non-TB respiratory diseases to evaluate the risk factors for false-negative results when using the T-SPOT® . TB assay for the diagnosis of active TB. Patients with active TB were categorized as having confirmed pulmonary TB, clinically diagnosed pulmonary TB or extrapulmonary TB (EPTB)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Sibel Kara, Nazan Sen, Ebru Kursun, Hakan Yabanoğlu, Sedat Yıldırım, Şule Akçay, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary infections are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in solid-organ transplant recipients despite enhanced facilities for perioperative care. The aim of this study was to evaluate the demographic characteristics, clinical course, and outcomes of renal transplant recipients with pneumonia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The medical records of all renal transplant recipients from January 2010 to December 2014 were retrospectively reviewed, and patients diagnosed with pneumonia according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria were evaluated...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Sally A F El-Sahrigy, Azza M O Abdel Rahman, Dalia Y Samaha, Nesrine A Mohamed, Sally M Saber, Hala A Talkhan, Ghada A Ismail, Essam M Ibraheem, Emad M Riad
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) remains a huge worldwide burden, despite extensive vaccination coverage with the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), the only vaccine available against this disease, indicating that BCG-driven immunity is inadequate to protect the human population against TB. This underscore the critical necessitate to develop an improved TB vaccine, based on a better understanding of host-pathogen interactions and immune responses during mycobacterial infection. AIM OF THE WORK: To examine whether the exogenous addition of IFN-β could improve dendritic cell (DC) response to Mycobacterium bovis (M...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Immunological Methods
Violeta D Alvarez-Jiménez, Kahiry Leyva-Paredes, Mariano García-Martínez, Luis Vázquez-Flores, Víctor Gabriel García-Paredes, Marcia Campillo-Navarro, Israel Romo-Cruz, Víctor Hugo Rosales-García, Jessica Castañeda-Casimiro, Sirenia González-Pozos, José Manuel Hernández, Carlos Wong-Baeza, Blanca Estela García-Pérez, Vianney Ortiz-Navarrete, Sergio Estrada-Parra, Jeanet Serafín-López, Isabel Wong-Baeza, Rommel Chacón-Salinas, Iris Estrada-García
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). In the lungs, macrophages and neutrophils are the first immune cells that have contact with the infecting mycobacteria. Neutrophils are phagocytic cells that kill microorganisms through several mechanisms, which include the lytic enzymes and antimicrobial peptides that are found in their lysosomes, and the production of reactive oxygen species. Neutrophils also release extracellular vesicles (EVs) (100-1,000 nm in diameter) to the extracellular milieu; these EVs consist of a lipid bilayer surrounding a hydrophilic core and participate in intercellular communication...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Khalid Gafoor, Shalin Patel, Francis Girvin, Nishant Gupta, David Naidich, Stephen Machnicki, Kevin K Brown, Atul Mehta, Bryan Husta, Jay Ryu, George Sarosi, Tomas Franquet, Johny Verschakelen, Takeshi Johkoh, William Travis, Suhail Raoof
Cavities are occasionally encountered on thoracic imaging. Their differential diagnosis is large and includes, among others, various infections, autoimmune conditions and primary and metastatic malignancies. We offer an algorithmic approach to their evaluation by initially excluding mimics of cavities then broadly classifying them according to the duration of clinical symptoms and radiological abnormalities.. An acute or subacute process (<12 weeks) suggests common bacterial and uncommon nocardial and fungal causes of pulmonary abscesses, necrotizing pneumonias, and septic emboli...
March 5, 2018: Chest
Xavier Carette, John Platig, David C Young, Michaela Helmel, Albert T Young, Zhe Wang, Lakshmi-Prasad Potluri, Cameron Stuver Moody, Jumei Zeng, Sladjana Prisic, Joseph N Paulson, Jan Muntel, Ashoka V R Madduri, Jorge Velarde, Jacob A Mayfield, Christopher Locher, Tiansheng Wang, John Quackenbush, Kyu Y Rhee, D Branch Moody, Hanno Steen, Robert N Husson
Tuberculosis is the leading killer among infectious diseases worldwide. Increasing multidrug resistance has prompted new approaches for tuberculosis drug development, including targeted inhibition of virulence determinants and of signaling cascades that control many downstream pathways. We used a multisystem approach to determine the effects of a potent small-molecule inhibitor of the essential Mycobacterium tuberculosis Ser/Thr protein kinases PknA and PknB. We observed differential levels of phosphorylation of many proteins and extensive changes in levels of gene expression, protein abundance, cell wall lipids, and intracellular metabolites...
March 6, 2018: MBio
Partosch Falko, Mielke Hans, Stahlmann Ralf, Gundert-Remy Ursula
Mycobacterial diseases remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Rifampicin and ethambutol are among the drugs recommended by WHO as first line treatment. In this work, we addressed the question whether doses of the two anti-tuberculosis agents ethambutol and rifampicin transferred to a nursed infant could be of health concerns when the mother is under treatment. We used the approach of pharmacokinetic modelling using a structural model with two interconnected organisms, the first one being the organism of the nursing mother, the second one being the organism of the nursed child...
March 5, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Ana Esteve-Solé, Ithaisa Sologuren, María Teresa Martínez-Saavedra, Àngela Deyà-Martínez, Carmen Oleaga-Quintas, Rubén Martinez-Barricarte, Andrea Martin-Nalda, Manel Juan, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Carlos Rodriguez-Gallego, Laia Alsina, Jacinta Bustamante
The integrity of the interferon (IFN)-γ circuit is necessary to mount an effective immune response to intra-macrophagic pathogens, especially Mycobacteria. Inherited monogenic defects in this circuit that disrupt the production of, or response to, IFN-γ underlie a primary immunodeficiency known as Mendelian susceptibility to mycobacterial disease (MSMD). Otherwise healthy patients display a selective susceptibility to clinical disease caused by poorly virulent mycobacteria such as BCG (bacille Calmette-Guérin) vaccines and environmental mycobacteria, and more rarely by other intra-macrophagic pathogens, particularly Salmonella and M...
March 4, 2018: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Mousumi Sarkar Saha, Shilpee Pal, Indrani Sarkar, Ayan Roy, Pradeep K Das Mohapatra, Arnab Sen
Mycobacterium is gram positive, slow growing, disease causing Actinobacteria. Beside potential pathogenic species, Mycobacterium also contains opportunistic pathogens as well as free living non-pathogenic species. Disease related various analyses on Mycobacterium tuberculosis are very widespread. However, genomic study of overall Mycobacterium species for understanding the selection pressure on genes as well as evolution of the organism is still illusive. MLSA and 16s rDNA based analysis has been generated for 241 Mycobacterium strains and a detailed analysis of codon and amino acid usage bias of mycobacterial genes, their functional analysis have been done...
February 28, 2018: Genomics
Dehua Liu, Ben Chung-Lap Chan, Ling Cheng, Miranda Sin-Man Tsang, Jing Zhu, Chun-Wai Wong, Delong Jiao, Helen Yau-Tsz Chan, Ping Chung Leung, Christopher Wai-Kei Lam, Chun Kwok Wong
The immune system responds to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) infection by forming granulomas to quarantine the bacteria from spreading. Granuloma-mediated inflammation is a cause of lung destruction and disease transmission. Sophora flavescens (SF) has been demonstrated to exhibit bactericidal activities against MTB. However, its immune modulatory activities on MTB-mediated granulomatous inflammation have not been reported. In the present study, we found that flavonoids from Sophora flavescens (FSF) significantly suppressed the pro-inflammatory mediators released from mouse lung alveolar macrophages (MH-S) upon stimulation by trehalose dimycolate (TDM), the most abundant lipoglycan on MTB surface...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kiel Hards, Gregory M Cook
From the war on drug resistance, through cancer biology, even to agricultural and environmental protection: there is a huge demand for rapid and effective solutions to control infections and diseases. The development of small molecule inhibitors was once an accepted "one-size fits all" approach to these varied problems, but persistence and resistance threaten to return society to a pre-antibiotic era. Only five essential cellular targets in bacteria have been developed for the majority of our clinically-relevant antibiotics...
January 2018: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
Christian David Sánchez-Barinas, Marisol Ocampo, Magnolia Vanegas, Jeimmy Johana Castañeda-Ramirez, Manuel Alfonso Patarroyo, Manuel Elkin Patarroyo
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the causative agent of tuberculosis, a disease causing major mortality worldwide. As part of a systematic methodology for studying M. tuberculosis surface proteins which might be involved in host-pathogen interactions, our group found that LpqG surface protein (Rv3623) found in M. tuberculosis complex strains was located on the mycobacterial envelope and that peptide 16661 (21 SGCDSHNSGSLGADPRQVTVY40 ) had high specific binding to U937 monocyte-derived macrophages and inhibited mycobacterial entry to such cells in a concentration-dependent way...
February 27, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Mireille Kamariza, Peyton Shieh, Christopher S Ealand, Julian S Peters, Brian Chu, Frances P Rodriguez-Rivera, Mohammed R Babu Sait, William V Treuren, Neil Martinson, Rainer Kalscheuer, Bavesh D Kana, Carolyn R Bertozzi
Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death from an infectious bacterial disease. Poor diagnostic tools to detect active disease plague TB control programs and affect patient care. Accurate detection of live Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of TB, could improve TB diagnosis and patient treatment. We report that mycobacteria and other corynebacteria can be specifically detected with a fluorogenic trehalose analog. We designed a 4- N,N -dimethylamino-1,8-naphthalimide-conjugated trehalose (DMN-Tre) probe that undergoes >700-fold increase in fluorescence intensity when transitioned from aqueous to hydrophobic environments...
February 28, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
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