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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511911/sulfonamide-inhibition-profiles-of-the-%C3%AE-carbonic-anhydrase-from-the-pathogenic-bacterium-francisella-tularensis-responsible-of-the-febrile-illness-tularemia
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Sonia Del Prete, Daniela Vullo, Sameh M Osman, Zeid AlOthman, Claudiu T Supuran, Clemente Capasso
A new β-class carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC 4.2.1.1) has been cloned, purified and characterized in the genome of the pathogenic bacterium Francisella tularensis responsible of the febrile illness tularemia. This enzyme, FtuβCA, showed a kcat of 9.8 ×10(5)s(-1) and a kcat/KM of 8.9 ×10(7)M(-1)s(-1) for the CO2 hydration, physiological reaction, being one of the most effective β-CAs known to date, with a catalytic activity only 1.68-times lower than that of the human(h) isoform hCA II. A panel of 39 simple aromatic and heterocyclic sulfonamides, as well as clinically used drugs incorporating sulfonamide/sulfamate zinc-binding groups, was used to investigate the inhibition profile of FtuβCA with these classes of derivatives...
May 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503372/endosymbiont-interference-and-microbial-diversity-of-the-pacific-coast-tick-dermacentor-occidentalis-in-san-diego-county-california
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Nikos Gurfield, Saran Grewal, Lynnie S Cua, Pedro J Torres, Scott T Kelley
The Pacific coast tick, Dermacentor occidentalis Marx, is found throughout California and can harbor agents that cause human diseases such as anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and rickettsiosis 364D. Previous studies have demonstrated that nonpathogenic endosymbiotic bacteria can interfere with Rickettsia co-infections in other tick species. We hypothesized that within D. occidentalis ticks, interference may exist between different nonpathogenic endosymbiotic or nonendosymbiotic bacteria and Spotted Fever group Rickettsia (SFGR)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486521/the-potential-for-flower-nectar-to-allow-mosquito-to-mosquito-transmission-of-francisella-tularensis
#3
Adam Kenney, Austin Cusick, Jessica Payne, Anna Gaughenbaugh, Andrea Renshaw, Jenna Wright, Roger Seeber, Rebecca Barnes, Aleksandr Florjanczyk, Joseph Horzempa
Francisella tularensis is disseminated in nature by biting arthropods such as mosquitoes. The relationship between mosquitoes and F. tularensis in nature is highly ambiguous, due in part to the fact that mosquitoes have caused significant tularemia outbreaks despite being classified as a mechanical vector of F. tularensis. One possible explanation for mosquitoes being a prominent, yet mechanical vector is that these insects feed on flower nectar between blood meals, allowing for transmission of F. tularensis between mosquitoes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480295/variation-in-tularemia-clinical-manifestations-arkansas-2009-2013
#4
Laura K Lester Rothfeldt, Richard F Jacobs, J Gary Wheeler, Susan Weinstein, Dirk T Haselow
BACKGROUND: Francisella tularensis, although naturally occurring in Arkansas, is also a Tier 1 select agent and potential bioterrorism threat. As such, tularemia is nationally notifiable and mandatorily reported to the Arkansas Department of Health. We examined demographic and clinical characteristics among reported cases and outcomes to improve understanding of the epidemiology of tularemia in Arkansas. METHODS: Surveillance records on all tularemia cases investigated during 2009-2013 were reviewed...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452732/-epizootological-and-epidemiological-characteristics-of-tularemia-in-georgia
#5
E Elashvili, I Velijanashvili
The appropriate data as well as archival materials about the spread of Tularemia disease have been studied over of period from 1991-2014 in Georgia in order to evaluate the current situation in Kartli lowland foci as well as the main reasons of disease agent circulation and maintenance in the study area. 54 (24.6%) out of 220 suspicious cases were laboratory confirmed during the study period. Most of confirmed cases - 32 (59.26%) have been detected in Shida Kartli focus among the old population during the outbreaks in the winter period...
February 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450199/severe-glandular-tularemia-in-a-patient-treated-with-anti-tumour-necrosis-factor-for-psoriatic-arthritis
#6
Ruxandra Calin, Eric Caumes, Florence Reibel, Anzime Ali Mohamed, Florence Brossier, Violaine Foltz, Samia Boussouar, Bruno Fautrel, Max Maurin, Christine Katlama, Valérie Pourcher
A case of severe glandular tularemia in a patient receiving anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) therapy is reported here. The patient required prolonged treatment with doxycycline-ciprofloxacin due to early relapse after ciprofloxacin was stopped. Tularemia may have a more severe course in patients receiving anti-TNF. This may thus be an indication for more aggressive treatment.
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421167/iron-and-virulence-in-francisella-tularensis
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REVIEW
Girija Ramakrishnan
Francisella tularensis, the causative agent of tularemia, is a Gram-negative bacterium that infects a variety of cell types including macrophages, and propagates with great efficiency in the cytoplasm. Iron, essential for key enzymatic and redox reactions, is among the nutrients required to support this pathogenic lifestyle and the bacterium relies on specialized mechanisms to acquire iron within the host environment. Two distinct pathways for iron acquisition are encoded by the F. tularensis genome- a siderophore-dependent ferric iron uptake system and a ferrous iron transport system...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418764/disease-surveillance-of-california-ground-squirrels-spermophilus-beecheyi-in-a-drive-through-zoo-in-oregon-usa
#8
Julia Ter Beest, Andrew Cushing, Modesto McClean, Wendy Hsu, Robert Bildfell
Rodents and other small wild mammals are often considered to be pests and vectors for disease in zoos that house small populations of valuable threatened and endangered animals. In 2005, three nonhuman primates at a drive-through zoo in Oregon, USA, acquired tularemia from an unknown source. Due to an abundance of California ground squirrels ( Spermophilus beecheyi ) on zoo grounds, we instituted serosurveillance of this species from July through September 2008 to determine the prevalence of antibodies against pathogens considered to be potentially transmissible to collection animals...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405072/tularemia-presenting-as-pulmonary-nodules-in-an-immunocompromised-patient
#9
Tony Alias, Mohammad Kazem Fallahzadeh, Mezgebe Berhe
Tularemia is a zoonotic disease caused by Francisella tularensis that can be transmitted to humans when they handle rabbits, receive tick bites, consume contaminated water, or inhale aerosolized particles. We present the case of a 51-year-old white man with rheumatoid arthritis who was taking immunosuppressive medications and presented with tularemia. Our patient acquired the typhoidal form of tularemia, which is a severe systemic illness that manifests with fevers, headaches, myalgias, vomiting, diarrhea, and neurological symptoms, due to his immunocompromised state...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402703/molecular-detection-of-francisella-spp-among-ticks-attached-to-camels-in-egypt
#10
Nahed H Ghoneim, Khaled A Abdel-Moein, Hala M Zaher
This study was conducted to investigate the possible role of camels and attached ticks in the epidemiology of Francisella spp. including Francisella tularensis. For this purpose, a total of 319 ticks (248 Hyalomma dromedarii and 71 Amblyomma spp.) as well as 100 blood and 50 fecal samples collected from camels were screened for the presence of Francisella spp. by PCR through amplification of Francisella 16S rRNA gene. Positive samples were then tested for F. tularensis by PCR. In addition, serum samples from 75 camel abattoir workers were examined for the presence of IgG antibodies against F...
April 12, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401066/importance-of-metabolic-adaptations-in-francisella-pathogenesis
#11
REVIEW
Jason Ziveri, Monique Barel, Alain Charbit
Francisella tularensis is a highly infectious Gram-negative bacterium and the causative agent of the zoonotic disease tularemia. This bacterial pathogen can infect a broad variety of animal species and can be transmitted to humans in numerous ways with various clinical outcomes. Although, Francisella possesses the capacity to infect numerous mammalian cell types, the macrophage constitutes the main intracellular niche, used for in vivo bacterial dissemination. To survive and multiply within infected macrophages, Francisella must imperatively escape from the phagosomal compartment...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398677/preparing-for-biological-threats-addressing-the-needs-of-pregnant-women
#12
REVIEW
Amelia K Watson, Sascha Ellington, Christina Nelson, Tracee Treadwell, Denise J Jamieson, Dana M Meaney-Delman
Intentional release of infectious agents and biological weapons to cause illness and death has the potential to greatly impact pregnant women and their fetuses. We review what is known about the maternal and fetal effects of seven biological threats: Bacillus anthracis (anthrax); variola virus (smallpox); Clostridium botulinum toxin (botulism); Burkholderia mallei (glanders) and Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis); Yersinia pestis (plague); Francisella tularensis (tularemia); and Rickettsia prowazekii (typhus)...
March 15, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396776/tularemia-presenting-as-suspected-necrotic-arachnidism
#13
Heather F Sateia, Michael T Melia, Joseph Cofrancesco
The true danger of the spider bite stems from misdiagnosis and resultant delay in proper treatment of entities that, unlike spider bites, are not self-limited. Obtaining a complete exposure and travel history is central to the development of an accurate and appropriate differential diagnosis.
April 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394614/a-synthetic-macromolecular-antibiotic-platform-for-inhalable-therapy-against-aerosolized-intracellular-alveolar-infections
#14
Debobrato Das, Jasmin Chen, Selvi Srinivasan, Abby Michelle Kelly, Brian Lee, Hye-Nam Son, Frank Radella, Timothy E West, Daniel M Ratner, Anthony J Convertine, Shawn J Skerrett, Patrick S Stayton
Lung-based intracellular bacterial infections remain one of the most challenging infectious disease settings. For example, the current standard for treating Franciscella tularensis pneumonia (tularemia) relies on prolonged administration of oral and intravenous antibiotics that poorly achieve and sustain pulmonary drug bioavailability. Inhalable antibiotic formulations are approved and in clinical development for upper respiratory infections, but sustained drug dosing from inhaled antibiotics against alveolar intracellular infections remains a current unmet need...
April 10, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372827/expansion-and-retention-of-pulmonary-cd4-t-cells-after-prime-boost-vaccination-correlates-with-improved-longevity-and-strength-of-immunity-against-tularemia
#15
Lydia M Roberts, Tara D Wehrly, Deborah D Crane, Catharine M Bosio
Francisella tularensis subsp. tularensis strain SchuS4 (Ftt) is a highly virulent intracellular bacterium. Inhalation of 10 or fewer organisms results in an acute and potentially lethal disease called pneumonic tularemia. Ftt infections occur naturally in the U.S. and Ftt was developed as a bioweapon. Thus, there is a need for vaccines that protect against this deadly pathogen. Although a live vaccine strain of Francisella tularensis (LVS) exists, LVS fails to generate long-lived protective immunity against modest challenge doses of Ftt...
March 31, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357328/francisella-iglg-protein-and-the-duf4280-proteins-paar-like-proteins-in-non-canonical-type-vi-secretion-systems
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COMMENT
Claire Lays, Eric Tannier, Thomas Henry
Type VI secretion systems (T6SS) are bacterial molecular machines translocating effector proteins into target cells. T6SS are widely present in Gram-negative bacteria where they predominantly act to kill neighboring bacteria. This secretion system is reminiscent of the tail of contractile bacteriophages and consists of a contractile sheath anchored in the bacterial envelope and an inner tube made of stacks of the Hcp protein. The Hcp tube is capped with a VgrG trimer and a spike protein termed PAAR, which acts as the membrane-puncturing device...
October 29, 2016: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348839/long-range-dispersal-moved-francisella-tularensis-into-western-europe-from-the-east
#17
Chinmay Dwibedi, Dawn Birdsell, Adrian Lärkeryd, Kerstin Myrtennäs, Caroline Öhrman, Elin Nilsson, Edvin Karlsson, Christian Hochhalter, Andrew Rivera, Sara Maltinsky, Brittany Bayer, Paul Keim, Holger C Scholz, Herbert Tomaso, Matthias Wittwer, Christian Beuret, Nadia Schuerch, Paola Pilo, Marta Hernández Pérez, David Rodriguez-Lazaro, Raquel Escudero, Pedro Anda, Mats Forsman, David M Wagner, Pär Larsson, Anders Johansson
For many infections transmitting to humans from reservoirs in nature, disease dispersal patterns over space and time are largely unknown. Here, a reversed genomics approach helped us understand disease dispersal and yielded insight into evolution and biological properties of Francisella tularensis, the bacterium causing tularemia. We whole-genome sequenced 67 strains and characterized by single-nucleotide polymorphism assays 138 strains, collected from individuals infected 1947-2012 across Western Europe. We used the data for phylogenetic, population genetic and geographical network analyses...
December 2016: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336603/high-quality-draft-genome-sequence-of-francisella-tularensis-subsp-holarctica-strain-08t0073-isolated-from-a-wild-european-hare
#18
Anne Busch, Prasad Thomas, Kerstin Myrtennäs, Mats Forsman, Silke Braune, Martin Runge, Herbert Tomaso
Here, we report a high-quality draft genome sequence of Francisella tularensis subsp. holarctica strain 08T0073, isolated from the cadaver of a wild European hare (Lepus europaeus) found near Helmstedt, Lower Saxony, Germany, in 2007. In Germany, infected hares are a major source of tularemia in humans.
March 23, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328947/a-spontaneous-mutation-in-kdsd-a-biosynthesis-gene-for-3-deoxy-d-manno-octulosonic-acid-occurred-in-a-ciprofloxacin-resistant-strain-of-francisella-tularensis-and-caused-a-high-level-of-attenuation-in-murine-models-of-tularemia
#19
Taylor Chance, Jennifer Chua, Ronald G Toothman, Jason T Ladner, Jonathan E Nuss, Jo Lynne Raymond, Fabrice V Biot, Samandra Demons, Lynda Miller, Stephanie Halasohoris, Sherry Mou, Galina Koroleva, Sean Lovett, Gustavo Palacios, Nicholas J Vietri, Patricia L Worsham, Christopher K Cote, Todd M Kijek, Joel A Bozue
Francisella tularensis, a gram-negative facultative intracellular bacterial pathogen, is the causative agent of tularemia and able to infect many mammalian species, including humans. Because of its ability to cause a lethal infection, low infectious dose, and aerosolizable nature, F. tularensis subspecies tularensis is considered a potential biowarfare agent. Due to its in vitro efficacy, ciprofloxacin is one of the antibiotics recommended for post-exposure prophylaxis of tularemia. In order to identify therapeutics that will be efficacious against infections caused by drug resistant select-agents and to better understand the threat, we sought to characterize an existing ciprofloxacin resistant (CipR) mutant in the Schu S4 strain of F...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293231/isolation-of-francisella-tularensis-and-yersinia-pestis-from-blood-cultures-by-plasma-purification-and-immunomagnetic-separation-accelerates-antibiotic-susceptibility-determination
#20
Ronit Aloni-Grinstein, Ofir Schuster, Shmuel Yitzhaki, Moshe Aftalion, Sharon Maoz, Ida Steinberger-Levy, Raphael Ber
The early symptoms of tularemia and plague, which are caused by Francisella tularensis and Yersinia pestis infection, respectively, are common to other illnesses, resulting in a low index of suspicion among clinicians. Moreover, because these diseases can be treated only with antibiotics, rapid isolation of the bacteria and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) are preferable. Blood cultures of patients may serve as a source for bacteria isolation. However, due to the slow growth rates of F. tularensis and Y...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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