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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213104/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-virulent-bacteriophage-infecting-acinetobacter-johnsonii-from-activated-sludge
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Niansi Fan, Rong Qi, Min Yang
A double-stranded DNA phage named AJO1, infecting Acinetobacter johnsonii, which plays an important role in wastewater treatment, was isolated from activated sludge in a full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plant. Based on morphological taxonomy, AJO1, with an icosahedral head 55 ± 2 nm in diameter and a non-contractile tail 8 ± 2 nm in length, was classified as a member of the Podoviridae family. Bacterial infection characteristics were as follows: no polyvalent infectivity, optimal multiplicity of infection of 10(-2); eclipse and burst size of 30 min and 51...
February 14, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186116/targeting-of-phage-particles-towards-endothelial-cells-by-antibodies-selected-through-a-multi-parameter-selection-strategy
#2
Ole A Mandrup, Simon Lykkemark, Peter Kristensen
One of the hallmarks of cancer is sustained angiogenesis. Here, normal endothelial cells are activated, and their formation of new blood vessels leads to continued tumour growth. An improved patient condition is often observed when angiogenesis is prevented or normalized through targeting of these genomically stable endothelial cells. However, intracellular targets constitute a challenge in therapy, as the agents modulating these targets have to be delivered and internalized specifically to the endothelial cells...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179010/characterization-and-complete-genome-of-the-virulent-myoviridae-phage-jd007-active-against-a-variety-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-different-hospitals-in-shanghai-china
#3
Zelin Cui, Tingting Feng, Feifei Gu, Qingtian Li, Ke Dong, Yan Zhang, Yongzhang Zhu, Lizhong Han, Jinhong Qin, Xiaokui Guo
BACKGROUND: The implementation of phage therapy is re-emerging with the increase in widespread antibiotic-resistant bacteria. METHODS: Staphylococcus phage JD007 was characterized and its complete genome sequence analysed. RESULTS: Staphylococcus phage JD007 was classified as belonging to the Myoviridae family based on its morphology, as observed by transmission electron microscopy. Its lytic activity was stable between pH 5-11 and below 42 °C; moreover, an absorbance curve showed that nearly 90% of the viral particles had adsorbed to its host after a 20 min co-incubation...
February 8, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166465/isolation-and-characterization-of-large-marine-bacteriophage-myoviridae-vhkm4-infecting-vibrio-harveyi
#4
Tamrin M Lal, Motohiko Sano, Julian Ransangan
The causative agent responsible for vibriosis in tropical fish aquaculture, Vibrio harveyi, has become a major bacterial pathogen. Studies suggest that this bacterium has developed resistance to antibiotics commonly used in aquaculture. In view of this situation and the requirement for the proposed postantibiotic era, bacteriophage therapy seems to be a promising control strategy for fish vibriosis. In this study, a lytic Vibrio phage VhKM4 belonging to a member of large, marine Myoviridae was successfully isolated...
March 2017: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153726/k-ras-g12d-selective-inhibitory-peptides-generated-by-random-peptide-t7-phage-display-technology
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Kotaro Sakamoto, Yusuke Kamada, Tomoya Sameshima, Masahiro Yaguchi, Ayumu Niida, Shigekazu Sasaki, Masanori Miwa, Shoichi Ohkubo, Jun-Ichi Sakamoto, Masahiro Kamaura, Nobuo Cho, Akiyoshi Tani
Amino-acid mutations of Gly(12) (e.g. G12D, G12V, G12C) of V-Ki-ras2 Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog (K-Ras), the most promising drug target in cancer therapy, are major growth drivers in various cancers. Although over 30 years have passed since the discovery of these mutations in most cancer patients, effective mutated K-Ras inhibitors have not been marketed. Here, we report novel and selective inhibitory peptides to K-Ras(G12D). We screened random peptide libraries displayed on T7 phage against purified recombinant K-Ras(G12D), with thorough subtraction of phages bound to wild-type K-Ras, and obtained KRpep-2 (Ac-RRCPLYISYDPVCRR-NH2) as a consensus sequence...
March 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146150/a-cocktail-of-three-virulent-bacteriophages-prevents-vibrio-cholerae-infection-in-animal-models
#6
Minmin Yen, Lynne S Cairns, Andrew Camilli
Effective prevention strategies will be essential in reducing disease burden due to bacterial infections. Here we harness the specificity and rapid-acting properties of bacteriophages as a potential prophylaxis therapy for cholera, a severely dehydrating disease caused by Vibrio cholerae. To this end, we test a cocktail of three virulent phages in two animal models of cholera pathogenesis (infant mouse and rabbit models). Oral administration of the phages up to 24 h before V. cholerae challenge reduces colonization of the intestinal tract and prevents cholera-like diarrhea...
February 1, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139886/genomic-integration-of-the-full-length-dystrophin-coding-sequence-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#7
Alfonso P Farruggio, Mital S Bhakta, Haley du Bois, Julia Ma, Michele P Calos
We developed plasmid vectors that express the full-length human dystrophin coding sequence in human cells. Dystrophin, the protein mutated in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is extraordinarily large, providing challenges for cloning and plasmid production in E. coli. We expressed dystrophin from the strong, widely expressed CAG promoter, along with co-transcribed luciferase and mCherry marker genes useful for tracking plasmid expression. Introns were added at the 3' and 5' ends of the dystrophin sequence to prevent translation in E...
January 31, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128766/isolation-and-characterization-of-anti-ror1-single-chain-fragment-variable-antibodies-using-phage-display-technique
#8
Leili Aghebati Maleki, Vahid Younesi, Farhad Jadidi-Niaragh, Behzad Baradaran, Jafar Majidi, Mehdi Yousefi
Receptor tyrosine kinase-like orphan receptor (ROR1) belongs to one of the families of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs). RTKs are involved in the various physiologic cellular functions including proliferation, migration, survival, signaling and differentiation. Several RTKs are deregulated in various cancers implying the targeting potential of these molecules in cancer therapy. ROR1 has recently been shown to be expressed in various types of cancer cells but not in normal adult cells. Hence a molecular inhibitor of extracellular domain of ROR1 that inhibits ROR1-cell surface interaction is of great therapeutic importance...
January 20, 2017: Human Antibodies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127392/bacterial-competition-and-quorum-sensing-signalling-shape-the-eco-evolutionary-outcomes-of-model-in-vitro-phage-therapy
#9
Rachel Mumford, Ville-Petri Friman
The rapid rise of antibiotic resistance has renewed interest in phage therapy - the use of bacteria-specific viruses (phages) to treat bacterial infections. Even though phages are often pathogen-specific, little is known about the efficiency and eco-evolutionary outcomes of phage therapy in polymicrobial infections. We studied this experimentally by exposing both quorum-sensing (QS) signalling PAO1 and QS-deficient lasR Pseudomonas aeruginosa genotypes (differing in their ability to signal intraspecifically) to lytic PT7 phage in the presence and absence of two bacterial competitors: Staphylococcus aureus and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia-two bacteria commonly associated with P...
February 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120922/microencapsulation-with-alginate-caco3-a-strategy-for-improved-phage-therapy
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Joan Colom, Mary Cano-Sarabia, Jennifer Otero, Javier Aríñez-Soriano, Pilar Cortés, Daniel Maspoch, Montserrat Llagostera
Bacteriophages are promising therapeutic agents that can be applied to different stages of the commercial food chain. In this sense, bacteriophages can be orally administered to farm animals to protect them against intestinal pathogens. However, the low pH of the stomach, the activities of bile and intestinal tract enzymes limit the efficacy of the phages. This study demonstrates the utility of an alginate/CaCO3 encapsulation method suitable for bacteriophages with different morphologies and to yield encapsulation efficacies of ~100%...
January 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117392/safety-assessment-of-staphylococcus-phages-of-the-family-myoviridae-based-on-complete-genome-sequences
#11
Zelin Cui, Xiaokui Guo, Ke Dong, Yan Zhang, Qingtian Li, Yongzhang Zhu, Lingbing Zeng, Rong Tang, Li Li
Staphylococcus phages of the Myoviridae family have a wide host range and potential applications in phage therapy. In this report, safety assessments of these phages were conducted based on their complete genome sequences. The complete genomes of Staphylococcus phages of the Myoviridae family were analyzed, and the Open Reading Frame (ORFs) were compared with a pool of virulence and antibiotic resistance genes using the BLAST algorithm. In addition, the lifestyle of the phages (virulent or temperate) was also confirmed using PHACTS...
January 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108235/the-use-of-bacteriophages-to-biocontrol-oral-biofilms
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Szymon P Szafrański, Andreas Winkel, Meike Stiesch
Infections induced by oral biofilms include caries, as well as periodontal, and peri-implant disease, and may influence quality of life, systemic health, and expenditure. As bacterial biofilms are highly resistant and resilient to conventional antibacterial therapy, it has been difficult to combat these infections. An innovative alternative to the biocontrol of oral biofilms could be to use bacteriophages or phages, the viruses of bacteria, which are specific, non-toxic, self-proliferating, and can penetrate into biofilms...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107434/anti-mrka-monoclonal-antibodies-reveal-distinct-structural-and-antigenic-features-of-mrka
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Qun Wang, Yan Chen, Romana Cvitkovic, Meghan E Pennini, Chew Shun Chang, Mark Pelletier, Jessica Bonnell, Adem C Koksal, Herren Wu, William F Dall'Acqua, C Kendall Stover, Xiaodong Xiao
Antibody therapy against antibiotics resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infections represents a promising strategy, the success of which depends critically on the ability to identify appropriate antibody targets. Using a target-agnostic strategy, we recently discovered MrkA as a potential antibody target and vaccine antigen. Interestingly, the anti-MrkA monoclonal antibodies isolated through phage display and hybridoma platforms all recognize an overlapping epitope, which opens up important questions including whether monoclonal antibodies targeting different MrkA epitopes can be generated and if they possess different protective profiles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105180/screening-specific-polypeptides-of-breast-cancer-stem-cells-from-a-phage-display-random-peptide-library
#14
Fei Liu, Chun-Ling Qi, Mian Kong, Ting-Ting Liu, Lei Li, Bao-Jiang Li
The present study aimed to identify polypeptides that specifically bond to breast cancer stem cells from a phage display random 12 peptide library, in addition to the affinity and specificity of polypeptides. A phage display random 12 peptide library was screened using breast cancer stem cells as targets isolated from the MDA-MB-231 cell line using the serum-free culture technique with hs578bst and MDA-MB-231 cells as subtract-screening cells. Positive and specific binding clones were amplified and sent for sequencing...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102347/low-level-predation-by-lytic-phage-phiipla-rodi-promotes-biofilm-formation-and-triggers-the-stringent-response-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Lucía Fernández, Silvia González, Ana Belén Campelo, Beatriz Martínez, Ana Rodríguez, Pilar García
An important lesson from the war on pathogenic bacteria has been the need to understand the physiological responses and evolution of natural microbial communities. Bacterial populations in the environment are generally forming biofilms subject to some level of phage predation. These multicellular communities are notoriously resistant to antimicrobials and, consequently, very difficult to eradicate. This has sparked the search for new therapeutic alternatives, including phage therapy. This study demonstrates that S...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101463/development-of-a-novel-human-single-chain-antibody-against-egfrviii-antigen-by-phage-display-technology
#16
Leila Rahbarnia, Safar Farajnia, Hossein Babaei, Jafar Majidi, Bahman Akbari, Shiva Ahdi Khosroshahi
Purpose: EGFRvIII as the most common mutant variant of the epidermal growth factor receptor is resulting from deletion of exons 2-7 in the coding sequence and junction of exons 1 and 8 through a novel glycine residue. EGFRvIII is highly expressed in glioblastoma, carcinoma of the breast, ovary, and lung but not in normal cells. The aim of the present study was identification of a novel single chain antibody against EGFRvIII as a promising target for cancer therapy. Methods: In this study, a synthetic peptide corresponding to EGFRvIII protein was used for screening a naive human scFv phage library...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096488/novel-superspreader-bacteriophages-promote-horizontal-gene-transfer-by-transformation
#17
Eric C Keen, Valery V Bliskovsky, Francisco Malagon, James D Baker, Jeffrey S Prince, James S Klaus, Sankar L Adhya
: Bacteriophages infect an estimated 10(23) to 10(25) bacterial cells each second, many of which carry physiologically relevant plasmids (e.g., those encoding antibiotic resistance). However, even though phage-plasmid interactions occur on a massive scale and have potentially significant evolutionary, ecological, and biomedical implications, plasmid fate upon phage infection and lysis has not been investigated to date. Here we show that a subset of the natural lytic phage population, which we dub "superspreaders," releases substantial amounts of intact, transformable plasmid DNA upon lysis, thereby promoting horizontal gene transfer by transformation...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096486/phage-derived-protein-induces-increased-platelet-activation-and-is-associated-with-mortality-in-patients-with-invasive-pneumococcal-disease
#18
Rahajeng N Tunjungputri, Fredrick M Mobegi, Amelieke J Cremers, Christa E van der Gaast-de Jongh, Gerben Ferwerda, Jacques F Meis, Nel Roeleveld, Stephen D Bentley, Alexander S Pastura, Sacha A F T van Hijum, Andre J van der Ven, Quirijn de Mast, Aldert Zomer, Marien I de Jonge
: To improve our understanding about the severity of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), we investigated the association between the genotype of Streptococcus pneumoniae and disease outcomes for 349 bacteremic patients. A pneumococcal genome-wide association study (GWAS) demonstrated a strong correlation between 30-day mortality and the presence of the phage-derived gene pblB, encoding a platelet-binding protein whose effects on platelet activation were previously unknown. Platelets are increasingly recognized as key players of the innate immune system, and in sepsis, excessive platelet activation contributes to microvascular obstruction, tissue hypoperfusion, and finally multiorgan failure, leading to mortality...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090795/isolation-and-characterization-of-anti-c-met-single-chain-fragment-variable-scfv-antibodies
#19
Elmira Safaie Qamsari, Zahra Sharifzadeh, Salman Bagheri, Farhad Riazi-Rad, Vahid Younesi, Mohsen Abolhassani, Sepideh Safaei Ghaderi, Behzad Baradaran, Mohammad Hossein Somi, Mehdi Yousefi
The receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) Met is the cell surface receptor for hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) involved in invasive growth programs during embryogenesis and tumorgenesis. There is compelling evidence suggesting important roles for c-Met in colorectal cancer proliferation, migration, invasion, angiogenesis, and survival. Hence, a molecular inhibitor of an extracellular domain of c-Met receptor that blocks c-Met-cell surface interactions could be of great thera-peutic importance. In an attempt to develop molecular inhibitors of c-Met, single chain variable fragment (scFv) phage display libraries Tomlinson I + J against a specific synthetic oligopeptide from the extracellular domain of c-Met receptor were screened; selected scFv were then characterized using various immune techniques...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090632/identification-of-highly-selective-mmp-14-inhibitory-fabs-by-deep-sequencing
#20
Tyler Lopez, Dong Hyun Nam, Evan Kaihara, Zahid Mustafa, Xin Ge
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-14 is an important target for cancer treatment due to its critical roles in tumor invasion and metastasis. Previous failures of all compound-based broad-spectrum MMP inhibitors in clinical trials suggest that selectivity is the key for a successful therapy. With inherent high specificity, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) therefore arise as attractive inhibitors able to target the particular MMP of interest. As a routine screening method, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) have been applied to panned phage libraries for the isolation of mAbs inhibiting MMP-14...
January 16, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
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