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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424696/spirochetal-lipoproteins-and-immune-evasion
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Alexei Christodoulides, Ani Boyadjian, Theodoros Kelesidis
Spirochetes are a major threat to public health. However, the exact pathogenesis of spirochetal diseases remains unclear. Spirochetes express lipoproteins that often determine the cross talk between the host and spirochetes. Lipoproteins are pro-inflammatory, modulatory of immune responses, and enable the spirochetes to evade the immune system. In this article, we review the modulatory effects of spirochetal lipoproteins related to immune evasion. Understanding lipoprotein-induced immunomodulation will aid in elucidating innate pathogenesis processes and subsequent adaptive mechanisms potentially relevant to spirochetal disease vaccine development and treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418310/diagnosis-and-management-of-borrelia-turicatae-infection-in-febrile-soldier-texas-usa
#2
Anna M Christensen, Elizabeth Pietralczyk, Job E Lopez, Christopher Brooks, Martin E Schriefer, Edward Wozniak, Benjamin Stermole
In August 2015, a soldier returned from field exercises in Texas, USA, with nonspecific febrile illness. Culture and sequencing of spirochetes from peripheral blood diagnosed Borrelia turicatae infection. The patient recovered after receiving doxycycline. No illness occurred in asymptomatic soldiers potentially exposed to the vector tick and prophylactically given treatment.
May 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414665/a-case-of-early-neurosyphilis
#3
M Walker, R Wisler, J Simmons, A Johnson
INTRODUCTION: Neurosyphilis is an infection of the central nervous system by Treponema pallidum, which can occur after the initial syphilis infection. Although commonly associated with late stage disease, patients with early neurosyphilis may present with acute syphilitic meningitis, meningovascular syphilis, or uveitis. CASE: A 28 year old man with a past medical history of HIV (CD4 364);, and recent diagnosis of uveitis presented to the Emergency Department with a positive RPR result...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405553/lyme-disease-a-case-report-with-typical-and-atypical-lesions
#4
Anuj Sharma, Sandesh Guleria, Reena Sharma, Anita Sharma
Lyme disease is a multisystem infectious disease caused by the spirochete "Borrelia burgdorferi," which is transmitted by "Ixodes" tick, with skin being the most common and earliest organ to be affected. Diagnosis of erythema chronicum migrans (ECM), which is the characteristic lesion of early disease, may help in early treatment and prevention of complications. Here, we are reporting a case of Lyme disease in a 10-year-old young boy from a non-endemic zone of Himachal Pradesh, who presented with typical as well as atypical ECM lesions...
March 2017: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399709/treponema-pallidum-ssp-pallidum-identification-by-real-time-pcr-targetting-the-pola-gene-in-paraffin-embedded-samples-positive-by-immunohistochemistry
#5
A Gama, E M Carrillo-Casas, R Hernández-Castro, V A Vázquez-Aceituno, S Toussaint-Caire, J Xicohtencatl-Cortes, R Fernández-Martínez, G Moreno-Coutiño
Syphilis is a systemic and sexually transmitted infection caused by Treponema pallidum ssp. pallidum. This spirochete causes different clinical and subclinical stages depending on the duration of infection and immune status of the host. Several tests have been developed for diagnosis, and are classified into direct and indirect methods. The first one includes dark field microscopy, direct fluorescent antibody test in fluids or tissue, and molecular biology techniques. In the indirect method (serologic), the routine tests are used, and are divided in two categories: non-treponemal and treponemal ones...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399292/an-in-vitro-blood-feeding-method-revealed-differential-borrelia-turicatae-spirochaetales-spirochaetaceae-gene-expression-after-spirochete-acquisition-and-colonization-in-the-soft-tick-ornithodoros-turicata-acari-argasidae
#6
Girish Neelakanta, Hameeda Sultana, Daniel E Sonenshine, Richard T Marconi
In the Midwestern, Southwestern, and Southern part of the United States, the soft tick Ornithodoros turicata transmits the spirochete Borrelia turicatae, the causative agent of relapsing fever in humans. In this study, we report a simplified and an efficient method of in vitro feeding to evaluate O. turicata-B. turicatae interactions. Both nymphal and adult female ticks successfully acquired spirochetes upon in vitro feeding on the B. turicatae-infected blood. We also noted transstadial transmission of spirochetes to adult ticks that were molted from nymphs fed on B...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396443/plasma-fibronectin-stabilizes-borrelia-burgdorferi-endothelial-interactions-under-vascular-shear-stress-by-a-catch-bond-mechanism
#7
Alexandra F Niddam, Rhodaba Ebady, Anil Bansal, Anne Koehler, Boris Hinz, Tara J Moriarty
Bacterial dissemination via the cardiovascular system is the most common cause of infection mortality. A key step in dissemination is bacterial interaction with endothelia lining blood vessels, which is physically challenging because of the shear stress generated by blood flow. Association of host cells such as leukocytes and platelets with endothelia under vascular shear stress requires mechanically specialized interaction mechanisms, including force-strengthened catch bonds. However, the biomechanical mechanisms supporting vascular interactions of most bacterial pathogens are undefined...
April 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389959/motility-of-spirochetes
#8
Shuichi Nakamura, Md Shafiqul Islam
Spirochetes are bacteria distinguished by an undulate or helical cell body and intracellular flagellar called periplasmic flagella or endoflagella. Spirochetes translate by rotating the cell body. In this chapter, we show a method for simultaneous measurement of the cell body rotation and swimming speed in individual spirochete cells. We also describe a simple chemotaxis assay capable of observing the response of spirochete in real time under a microscope and quantitatively evaluating the response magnitude to attractants and repellents...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389958/in-situ-structural-analysis-of-the-spirochetal-flagellar-motor-by-cryo-electron-tomography
#9
Shiwei Zhu, Zhuan Qin, Juyu Wang, Dustin R Morado, Jun Liu
The bacterial flagellar motor is a large multi-component molecular machine. Structural determination of such a large complex is often challenging and requires extensive structural analysis in situ. Cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) has emerged as a powerful technique that enables us to visualize intact flagellar motors in cells with unprecedented details. Here, we detail the procedure beginning with sample preparation, followed by data acquisition, tomographic reconstruction, sub-tomogram analysis, and ultimately visualization of the intact spirochetal flagellar motor in Borrelia burgdorferi...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376307/comparative-bacterial-community-analysis-in-relatively-pristine-and-anthropogenically-influenced-mangrove-ecosystems-on-the-red-sea
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Riaz Ullah, Muhammad Yasir, Imran Khan, Fehmida Bibi, Sayed Sartaj Sohrab, Ahmed Al-Ansari, Fahad Al-Abbasi, Abdulmohsin Al-Sofyani, Ihsanullah Daur, Seon Woo Lee, Esam I Azhar
Mangrove habitats are ecologically important ecosystems that are under severe pressure worldwide because of environmental changes and human activities. In this study, 16S rRNA gene amplicon deep-sequencing was used to compare bacterial communities in Red Sea mangrove ecosystems at anthropogenically influenced coastal sites and a relatively pristine island site. In total, 32 phyla were identified from the mangrove rhizospheres, with Proteobacteria predominating at each of the studied sites; however, the relative abundance was significantly decreased at the coastal sites (Mastorah, MG-MS and Ar-Rayis, MG-AR) compared with the pristine island site near Dhahban (MG-DBI)...
April 4, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363959/microbiota-analysis-of-environmental-slurry-and-its-potential-role-as-a-reservoir-of-bovine-digital-dermatitis-pathogens
#11
Kirstine Klitgaard, Mikael L Strube, Anastasia Isbrand, Tim K Jensen, Martin W Nielsen
At present, very little information exists regarding what role the environmental slurry may play as an infection reservoir and/or route of transmission for bovine digital dermatitis (DD), a disease which is a global problem in dairy herds. To investigate, if DD-related bacteria belong to the indigenous microbiota of the dairy herd environment, we used deep amplicon sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene in 135 slurry samples collected from different sites in 22 dairy farms, with and without DD-infected cows. Both the general bacterial populations as well as digital dermatitis-associated Treponema were targeted in this study...
March 31, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361038/tick-thioester-containing-proteins-and-phagocytosis-do-not-affect-transmission-of-borrelia-afzelii-from-the-competent-vector-ixodes-ricinus
#12
Veronika Urbanová, Ondřej Hajdušek, Helena Hönig Mondeková, Radek Šíma, Petr Kopáček
The present concept of the transmission of Lyme disease from Borrelia-infected Ixodes sp. ticks to the naïve host assumes that a low number of spirochetes that manage to penetrate the midgut epithelium migrate through the hemocoel to the salivary glands and subsequently infect the host with the aid of immunomodulatory compounds present in tick saliva. Therefore, humoral and/or cellular immune reactions within the tick hemocoel may play an important role in tick competence to act as a vector for borreliosis...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357375/syphilis-re-emergence-of-an-old-foe
#13
REVIEW
Lola V Stamm
Syphilis is caused by infection with Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum, a not-yet-cultivable spiral-shaped bacterium that is usually transmitted by sexual contact with an infected partner or by an infected pregnant woman to her fetus. There is no vaccine to prevent syphilis. Diagnosis and treatment of infected individuals and their contacts is key to syphilis control programs that also include sex education and promotion of condom use to prevent infection. Untreated syphilis can progress through four stages: primary (chancre, regional lymphadenopathy), secondary (disseminated skin eruptions, generalized lymphadenopathy), latent (decreased re-occurrence of secondary stage manifestations, absence of symptoms), and tertiary (gummas, cardiovascular syphilis and late neurological symptoms)...
June 27, 2016: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331202/immune-evasion-of-borrelia-miyamotoi-cbia-a-novel-outer-surface-protein-exhibiting-complement-binding-and-inactivating-properties
#14
Florian Röttgerding, Alex Wagemakers, Joris Koetsveld, Volker Fingerle, Michael Kirschfink, Joppe W Hovius, Peter F Zipfel, Reinhard Wallich, Peter Kraiczy
Borrelia (B.) miyamotoi, an emerging tick-borne relapsing fever spirochete, resists complement-mediated killing. To decipher the molecular principles of immune evasion, we sought to identify determinants contributing to complement resistance. Employing bioinformatics, we identified a gene encoding for a putative Factor H-binding protein, termed CbiA (complement binding and inhibitory protein A). Functional analyses revealed that CbiA interacted with complement regulator Factor H (FH), C3, C3b, C4b, C5, and C9...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303833/antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-leptospira-spp-isolated-from-environmental-human-and-animal-sources-in-malaysia
#15
Douadi Benacer, Siti Nursheena Mohd Zain, Peck Toung Ooi, Kwai Lin Thong
Leptospirosis is a zoonosis with worldwide distribution caused by pathogenic spirochetes of the genus Leptospira. The aim of this study was to evaluate the susceptibility of isolates obtained from different hosts. A total of 65 Leptospira isolates from humans (n = 1), zoonoses (rat, n = 60; dog, n = 1; swine, n = 1) and environment (n = 2) were tested against six antibiotics. All the isolates were resistant to trimethoprim and sulphamethoxazole and had high MIC toward chloramphenicol (MIC90: 6.25 μg/ml). All except one environment isolate were sensitive to ampicillin, doxycycline and penicillin G...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303129/there-is-a-method-to-the-madness-strategies-to-study-host-complement-evasion-by-lyme-disease-and-relapsing-fever-spirochetes
#16
REVIEW
Ashley L Marcinkiewicz, Peter Kraiczy, Yi-Pin Lin
Lyme disease and relapsing fever are caused by various Borrelia species. Lyme disease borreliae, the most common vector-borne pathogens in both the U.S. and Europe, are transmitted by Ixodes ticks and disseminate from the site of tick bites to tissues leading to erythema migrans skin rash, arthritis, carditis, and neuroborreliosis. Relapsing fever borreliae, carried by ticks and lice, trigger reoccurring fever episodes. Following transmission, spirochetes survive in the blood to induce bacteremia at the early stages of infection, which is thought to promote evasion of the host complement system...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300642/distribution-and-phylogeny-of-brachyspira-spp-in-human-intestinal-spirochetosis-revealed-by-fish-and-16s-rrna-gene-analysis
#17
Pablo Rojas, Annett Petrich, Julia Schulze, Alexandra Wiessner, Christoph Loddenkemper, Hans-Jörg Epple, William Sterlacci, Michael Vieth, Judith Kikhney, Annette Moter
During six years as German National Consultant Laboratory for Spirochetes we investigated 149 intestinal biopsies from 91 patients, which were histopathologically diagnosed with human intestinal spirochetosis (HIS), using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) combined with 16S rRNA gene PCR and sequencing. Aim of this study was to complement histopathological findings with FISH and PCR for definite diagnosis and species identification of the causative pathogens. HIS is characterized by colonization of the colonic mucosa of the human distal intestinal tract by Brachyspira spp...
March 12, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296262/the-c-terminal-region-of-the-major-outer-sheath-protein-of-treponema-denticola-inhibits-neutrophil-chemotaxis
#18
M M Jones, S T Vanyo, M B Visser
Treponema denticola is an oral spirochete strongly associated with severe periodontal disease. A prominent virulence factor, the major outer sheath protein (Msp), disorients neutrophil chemotaxis by altering the cellular phosphoinositide balance, leading to impairment of downstream chemotactic events including actin rearrangement, Rac1 activation, and Akt activation in response to chemoattractant stimulation. The specific regions of Msp responsible for interactions with neutrophils remain unknown. In this study, we investigated the inhibitory effect of truncated Msp regions on neutrophil chemotaxis and associated signaling pathways...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294067/the-infectious-etiology-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#19
Marta Sochocka, Katarzyna Zwolińska, Jerzy Leszek
Inflammation is a part of the first line of defense of the body against invasive pathogens, and plays a crucial role in tissue regeneration and repair. A proper inflammatory response ensures the suitable resolution of inflammation and elimination of harmful stimuli, but when the inflammatory reactions are inappropriate it can lead to damage of the surrounding normal cells. The relationship between infections and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) etiology, especially late-onset AD (LOAD) has been continuously debated over the past three decades...
March 13, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291747/crystallization-of-fcpa-from-leptospira-a-novel-flagellar-protein-that-is-essential-for-pathogenesis
#20
Fabiana San Martin, Ariel E Mechaly, Nicole Larrieux, Elsio A Wunder, Albert I Ko, Mathieu Picardeau, Felipe Trajtenberg, Alejandro Buschiazzo
The protein FcpA is a unique component of the flagellar filament of spirochete bacteria belonging to the genus Leptospira. Although it plays an essential role in translational motility and pathogenicity, no structures of FcpA homologues are currently available in the PDB. Its three-dimensional structure will unveil the novel motility mechanisms that render pathogenic Leptospira particularly efficient at invading and disseminating within their hosts, causing leptospirosis in humans and animals. FcpA from L. interrogans was purified and crystallized, but despite laborious attempts no useful X ray diffraction data could be obtained...
March 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
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