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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100313/rectinema-cohabitans-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-rod-shaped-spirochete-isolated-from-an-anaerobic-naphthalene-degrading-enrichment-culture
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Janina S Koelschbach, Housna Mouttaki, Carolin Pickl, Hermann J Heipieper, Reinhard Rachel, Paul A Lawson, Rainer U Meckenstock
The anaerobic, non-motile strain HMT was isolated from the naphthalene-degrading, sulfate-reducing enrichment culture N47. Since 20 years, strain HMT has been a stable member of culture N47 although it is neither able to degrade naphthalene nor to reduce sulfate in pure culture. The highest similarity of the 16S rRNA gene sequence of strain HMT (89%) is with a cultivated member of the family Spirochaetaceae, Treponema caldarium sp. strain H1T (DSM 7334T), an obligately anaerobic, thermophilic spirochete isolated from cyanobacterial mat samples collected at a freshwater hot spring in Oregon, USA...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079920/serum-microrna-profiles-in-patients-with-syphilis
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Ping Lu, Chang Fang, Qing Cheng, Wu-Jian Ke, Tao Huang, Jun Zhang, He-Ping Zheng, Bin Yang
Syphilis is an acute and chronic inflammatory disorder caused by the non-cultivatable spirochete Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum (T. pallidum).(1,2) T. pallidum does not produce any known toxic proteins; therefore, most of the symptoms and tissue damage related to syphilis are caused by activation of the host's inflammatory and immune responses,(3) thus suggesting that host genetics play an important role in regulating the progression of syphilis infection. MiRNAs are a class of 19- to 24-nt noncoding RNAs that influence many biological systems, including development, cellular differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis, metabolism, and the immune response;(4-6) they also play crucial roles during microbial infection...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077740/the-jarisch-herxheimer-reaction-after-antibiotic-treatment-of-spirochetal-infections-a-review-of-recent-cases-and-our-understanding-of-pathogenesis
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Thomas Butler
Within 24 hours after antibiotic treatment of the spirochetal infections syphilis, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and relapsing fever (RF), patients experience shaking chills, a rise in temperature, and intensification of skin rashes known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (JHR) with symptoms resolving a few hours later. Case reports indicate that the JHR can also include uterine contractions in pregnancy, worsening liver and renal function, acute respiratory distress syndrome, myocardial injury, hypotension, meningitis, alterations in consciousness, seizures, and strokes...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076897/microrna-expression-shows-inflammatory-dysregulation-and-tumor-like-proliferative-responses-in-joints-of-patients-with-post-infectious-lyme-arthritis
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Robert B Lochhead, Klemen Strle, Nancy D Kim, Minna J Kohler, Sheila L Arvikar, John M Aversa, Allen C Steere
OBJECTIVE: Lyme arthritis (LA) is caused by infection with Borrelia burgdorferi and usually resolves following spirochetal killing with antibiotics. However, in some patients, arthritis persists after antibiotic therapy. To provide insights into underlying pathogenic processes associated with post-infectious LA, we analyzed differences in microRNA expression between LA patients with active infection compared with those with post-infectious LA. METHODS: MicroRNA expression was assayed in synovial fluid (SF) from LA patients before and after oral and IV antibiotic therapy, and from synovial tissue from post-infectious LA patients obtained months after antibiotic therapy...
January 11, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069820/comprehensive-spatial-analysis-of-the-borrelia-burgdorferi-lipoproteome-reveals-a-compartmentalization-bias-toward-the-bacterial-surface
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Alexander S Dowdell, Maxwell D Murphy, Christina Azodi, Selene K Swanson, Laurence Florens, Shiyong Chen, Wolfram R Zückert
: The Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi is unique among bacteria in its large number of lipoproteins that are encoded by a small, exceptionally fragmented and predominantly linear genome. Peripherally anchored in either the inner or outer membrane and facing either the periplasm or the external environment, these lipoproteins assume varied roles. A prominent subset functioning as the apparent linchpins of the enzootic tick-vertebrate infection cycle has been explored as vaccine targets...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068192/induction-of-apoptosis-in-normal-human-dermal-fibroblasts-infected-with-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato
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Beata Rozwadowska, Marta Albertyńska, Hubert Okła, Krzysztof P Jasik, Andrzej S Swinarew, Urszula Mazurek, Sławomir Dudek, Danuta Urbańska-Jasik, Izabela Poprawa
The spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. can enter into different eukaryotic cells. Intracellular localization of bacteria may cause many changes in different cell pathways like apoptosis-mediated caspase cascade. The present studies focused on gene expression associated with caspase cascade after normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDF) infection with Borrelia garinii, Borrelia afzelii, and B. burgdorferi s.s. The use of oligonucleotide microarray technique enabled an expression level comparison of genes associated with caspase cascade in NHDF infected with spirochetes...
January 9, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060928/synanthropic-mammals-as-potential-hosts-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-panama
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Sergio E Bermúdez, Nicole Gottdenker, Aparna Krishnvajhala, Amy Fox, Hannah K Wilder, Kadir González, Diorene Smith, Marielena López, Milixa Perea, Chystrie Rigg, Santiago Montilla, José E Calzada, Azael Saldaña, Carlos M Caballero, Job E Lopez
Synanthropic wild mammals can be important hosts for many vector-borne zoonotic pathogens. The aim of this study was determine the exposure of synanthropic mammals to two types of tick-borne pathogens in Panama, spotted fever group Rickettsia (SFGR) and Borrelia relapsing fever (RF) spirochetes. One hundred and thirty-one wild mammals were evaluated, including two gray foxes, two crab-eating foxes (from zoos), four coyotes, 62 opossum and 63 spiny rats captured close to rural towns. To evaluate exposure to SFGR, serum samples from the animals were tested by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) using Rickettsia rickettsii and Candidatus Rickettsia amblyommii antigen...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057067/lyme-disease-risk-in-southern-california-abiotic-and-environmental-drivers-of-ixodes-pacificus-acari-ixodidae-density-and-infection-prevalence-with-borrelia-burgdorferi
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Andrew J MacDonald, David W Hyon, John B Brewington, Kerry E O'Connor, Andrea Swei, Cheryl J Briggs
BACKGROUND: Tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, are emerging across the northern hemisphere. In order to manage emerging diseases and predict where emergence will likely occur, it is necessary to understand the factors influencing the distribution, abundance and infection prevalence of vector species. In North America, Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease and is transmitted by blacklegged ticks. This study aimed to explore the abiotic and environmental drivers of density and infection prevalence of western blacklegged ticks (Ixodes pacificus) in southern California, an understudied and densely populated region of North America...
January 5, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056764/temperature-dependent-srna-transcriptome-of-the-lyme-disease-spirochete
#9
Niko Popitsch, Ivana Bilusic, Philipp Rescheneder, Renée Schroeder, Meghan Lybecker
BACKGROUND: Transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi from its tick vector to a vertebrate host requires extensive reprogramming of gene expression. Small regulatory RNAs (sRNA) have emerged in the last decade as important regulators of bacterial gene expression. Despite the widespread observation of sRNA-mediated gene regulation, only one sRNA has been characterized in the Lyme disease spirochete B. burgdorferi. We employed an sRNA-specific deep-sequencing approach to identify the small RNA transcriptome of B...
January 5, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055580/diagnosing-borreliosis
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Sally J Cutler, Nataliia Rudenko, Maryna Golovchenko, Wibke J Cramaro, Josiane Kirpach, Sara Savic, Iva Christova, Ana Amaro
Borrelia species fall into two groups, the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl) complex, the cause of Lyme borreliosis (also known as Lyme disease), and the relapsing fever group. Both groups exhibit inter- and intraspecies diversity and thus have variations in both clinical presentation and diagnostic approaches. A further layer of complexity is derived from the fact that ticks may carry multiple infectious agents and are able to transmit them to the host during blood feeding, with potential overlapping clinical manifestations...
January 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054584/inefficient-co-feeding-transmission-of-borrelia-afzelii-in-two-common-european-songbirds
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Dieter J A Heylen, Hein Sprong, Aleksandra Krawczyk, Natalie Van Houtte, Dolores Genné, Andrea Gomez-Chamorro, Kees van Oers, Maarten J Voordouw
The spirochete bacterium Borrelia afzelii is the most common cause of Lyme borreliosis in Europe. This tick-borne pathogen can establish systemic infections in rodents but not in birds. However, several field studies have recovered larval Ixodes ricinus ticks infected with B. afzelii from songbirds suggesting successful transmission of B. afzelii. We reviewed the literature to determine which songbird species were the most frequent carriers of B. afzelii-infected I. ricinus larvae and nymphs. We tested experimentally whether B...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053185/macrophage-ltb4-drives-efficient-phagocytosis-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-via-blt1-or-blt2
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Yan Zhang, Rachel M Olson, Charles R Brown
Unresolved experimental Lyme arthritis in C3H 5-LOX-/- mice is associated with impaired macrophage phag-ocytosis of Borrelia burgdorferi. In the present study, we further investigated the effects of the 5-LOX metabolite, LTB4, on phagocytosis of B. burgdorferi. Bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDM) from 5-LOX-/- mice were defective in the uptake and killing of B. burgdorferi from the earliest stages of spirochete internali-zation. BMDM from mice deficient for the LTB4 high-affinity receptor (BLT1-/-) were also unable to efficiently phagocytose B...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040562/enzootic-origins-for-clinical-manifestations-of-lyme-borreliosis
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Setareh Jahfari, Aleksandra Krawczyk, E Claudia Coipan, Manoj Fonville, Joppe W Hovius, Hein Sprong, Katsuhisa Takumi
Both early localized and late disseminated forms of Lyme borreliosis are caused by Borrelia burgdorferi senso lato. Differentiating between the spirochetes that only cause localized skin infection from those that cause disseminated infection, and tracing the group of medically-important spirochetes to a specific vertebrate host species, are two critical issues in disease risk assessment and management. Borrelia burgdorferi senso lato isolates from Lyme borreliosis cases with distinct clinical manifestations (erythema migrans, neuroborreliosis, acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans, and Lyme arthritis) and isolates from Ixodes ricinus ticks feeding on rodents, birds and hedgehogs were typed to the genospecies level by sequencing part of the intergenic spacer region...
December 28, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036244/viscosity-dependent-variations-in-the-cell-shape-and-swimming-manner-of-leptospira
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Kyosuke Takabe, Hajime Tahara, Md Shafiqul Islam, Samia Affroze, Seishi Kudo, Shuichi Nakamura
Spirochetes are spiral or flat-wave-shaped Gram-negative bacteria that have periplasmic flagella (PF) between the peptidoglycan layer and outer membrane. Rotation of the PF transforms the cell body shape periodically, allowing the cell to swim in aqueous environments. Because the virulence of motility-deficient mutants of pathogenic species is drastically attenuated, motility is thought to be an essential virulence factor in spirochetes. However, it remains unknown how motility practically contributes to the infection process...
December 30, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032111/epidemiological-study-of-endemic-relapsing-fever-in-hamadan-province-west-of-iran
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Mansour Nazari, Ali Najafi
BACKGROUND: Endemic relapsing fever remains under diagnosed in our area according to a low index of suspicion among clinicians, as well as its difficult diagnosis. The goal of this study was to present the epidemiological aspects of the disease in western Iran. METHODS: In this analytical-descriptive cross-sectional study, the epidemiological and clinical aspects of relapsing fever were investigated in Hamadan Province, western Iran from 1999 to 2013. A confirmed patient was defined as a person who had both febrile illness and detected spirochetes by Wright-Giemsa or dark-field microscopy in a peripheral blood smear...
December 2016: Journal of Arthropod-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030649/whole-genome-sequence-and-comparative-genomics-of-the-novel-lyme-borreliosis-causing-pathogen-borrelia-mayonii
#16
Luke C Kingry, Dhwani Batra, Adam Replogle, Lori A Rowe, Bobbi S Pritt, Jeannine M Petersen
Borrelia mayonii, a Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl) genospecies, was recently identified as a cause of Lyme borreliosis (LB) among patients from the upper midwestern United States. By microscopy and PCR, spirochete/genome loads in infected patients were estimated at 105 to 106 per milliliter of blood. Here, we present the full chromosome and plasmid sequences of two B. mayonii isolates, MN14-1420 and MN14-1539, cultured from blood of two of these patients. Whole genome sequencing and assembly was conducted using PacBio long read sequencing (Pacific Biosciences RSII instrument) followed by hierarchical genome-assembly process (HGAP)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009086/1-2-diacylglycerol-choline-phosphotransferase-catalyzes-the-final-step-in-the-unique-treponema-denticola-phosphatidylcholine-biosynthesis-pathway
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Miguel Ángel Vences-Guzmán, M Paula Goetting-Minesky, Ziqiang Guan, Santiago Castillo-Ramirez, Luz América Córdoba-Castro, Isabel M López-Lara, Otto Geiger, Christian Sohlenkamp, J Christopher Fenno
Treponema denticola synthesizes phosphatidylcholine through a licCA-dependent CDP-choline pathway identified only in the genus Treponema. However, the mechanism of conversion of CDP-choline to phosphatidylcholine remained unclear. We report here characterization of TDE0021 (herein designated cpt) encoding a 1,2-diacylglycerol choline phosphotransferase homologous to choline phosphotransferases that catalyze the final step of the highly conserved Kennedy pathway for phosphatidylcholine synthesis in eukaryotes...
December 23, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005031/-follow-up-of-patients-with-ixodes-tick-borne-borrelioses-caused-by-borrelia-miyamotoi-or-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato
#18
L I Bagautdinova, A E Platonov, D S Sarksyan, O V Stukolova, G A Shipulin, V V Maleev, M V Dudarev
: Ixodes tick-borne borrelioses (ITBB) are caused by two different spirochetes: Borrelia from the group of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, the agents of the classic Lyme borreliosis (LB), and Borrelia miyamotoi that belongs to the group of Borrelia causing tick-borne relapsing fevers. ITBB caused by B. miyamotoi (BM-ITBB) is a previously unknown infectious disease discovered in Russia. It is known that the LB sequelae may reduce the long-term life guality of convalescents. AIM: To study the follow-up of those who have recovered from new BM-ITBB infection in comparison with persons who have had LB...
2016: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995301/borrelia-miyamotoi-and-co-infection-with-borrelia-afzelii-in-ixodes-ricinus-ticks-and-rodents-from-slovakia
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Zuzana Hamšíková, Claudia Coipan, Lenka Mahríková, Lenka Minichová, Hein Sprong, Mária Kazimírová
Borrelia miyamotoi causes relapsing fever in humans. The occurrence of this spirochete has been reported in Ixodes ricinus and wildlife, but there are still gaps in the knowledge of its eco-epidemiology and public health impact. In the current study, questing I. ricinus (nymphs and adults) and skin biopsies from rodents captured in Slovakia were screened for the presence of B. miyamotoi and Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. DNA. The prevalence of B. miyamotoi and B. burgdorferi s.l. in questing ticks was 1.7 and 16...
December 19, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986725/imaging-borrelia-turicatae-producing-green-fluorescent-protein-reveals-persistent-colonization-of-ornithodoros-turicata-midgut-and-salivary-glands-from-nymphal-acquisition-through-transmission
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Aparna Krishnavajhala, Hannah K Wilder, William K Boyle, Ashish Damania, Justin A Thornton, Adalberto A Pérez de León, Pete D Teel, Job E Lopez
: Relapsing fever (RF) spirochetes colonize and are transmitted to mammals primarily by Ornithodoros ticks, and little is known regarding the pathogen's life cycle in the vector. To further understand vector colonization and transmission of RF spirochetes, Borrelia turicatae expressing a green fluorescent protein (GFP) marker (B. turicatae-gfp) was generated. The transformants were evaluated during the tick-mammalian infectious cycle, from the third nymphal instar to adult stage. B. turicatae-gfp remained viable for at least 18 months in starved fourth stage nymphal ticks, and the studies indicated that spirochete populations persistently colonized the tick midgut and salivary glands...
December 16, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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