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Şiran Keske, Burak Zabun, Kahraman Aksoy, Füsun Can, Erhan Palaoğlu, Önder Ergönül
Background: We aimed to detect the etiological agents of acute diarrhea by molecular gastrointestinal pathogen test (MGPT) and to assess its impact on antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP). Methods: This is a prospective, observational study and was conducted between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2017. We included consequent patients, who had acute diarrhea. At the end of 2015, we implemented ASP in acute diarrhea and we compared the outcomes in pre-ASP and post-ASP. An FDA-cleared multiplexed gastrointestinal PCR panel system, BioFire filmArray (Idaho Technology, Salt Lake City, UT) which detects twenty pathogens in stool was used...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Cameron S Runte, Umang Jain, Landon J Getz, Sabrina Secord, Asaomi Kuwae, Akio Abe, Jason J LeBlanc, Andrew W Stadnyk, James B Kaper, Anne-Marie Hansen, Nikhil A Thomas
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) use a type 3 secretion system (T3SS) for injection of effectors into host cells and intestinal colonization. Here, we demonstrate that the multicargo chaperone CesT has two strictly conserved tyrosine phosphosites, Y152 and Y153, that regulate differential effector secretion in EPEC. Conservative substitution of both tyrosine residues to phenylalanine strongly attenuated EPEC type 3 effector injection into host cells, and limited Tir effector mediated intimate adherence during infection...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
Ximena Blanco Crivelli, María P Bonino, Paula Von Wernich Castillo, Armando Navarro, Osvaldo Degregorio, Adriana Bentancor
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) are pathovars of E. coli that impact human health by causing childhood diseases. In this work, 118 synanthropic rodents of the genus Rattus from Buenos Aires, Argentina were evaluated as EPEC and STEC carriers. Rectal swab samples from captured animals were evaluated by conventional PCR to detect the presence of the eae , stx 1, stx 2, and rfb O157 genes. Twenty-one isolates were obtained (17 EPEC isolates from seven animals and four STEC isolates from the same animal)...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Domonkos Sváb, Linda Falgenhauer, Manfred Rohde, Judit Szabó, Trinad Chakraborty, István Tóth
During recent years, interest in the use of bacteriophages as biocontrol agents against foodborne pathogens has increased, particularly for members of the family Enterobacteriaceae, with pathogenic Escherichia coli, Shigella, and Salmonella strains among them. Here, we report the isolation and characterisation of 12 novel T5-like bacteriophages from confiscated food samples. All bacterophages effectively lysed E. coli K-12 strains and were able to infect pathogenic E. coli strains representing enterohaemorrhagic (EHEC), enteropathogenic (EPEC), enterotoxigenic (ETEC), and enteroinvasive (EIEC) pathotypes, Shigella dysenteriae, S...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Mosab A Adam, Ji Wang, Khalid-A Enan, Hongwei Shen, Hao Wang, Abdel R El Hussein, Azza B Musa, Isam M Khidir, Xuejun Ma
Diarrheal disease is a major public health problem for children in developing countries. Knowledge of etiology that causes diarrheal illness is essential to implement public health measures to prevent and control this disease. Published studies regarding the situation of childhood diarrhea in Sudan is scanty. This study aims to investigate viral and bacterial etiology and related clinical and epidemiological factors in children with acute diarrhea in Khartoum State, Sudan. A total of 437 fecal samples were collected from hospitalized children <5 years old with acute diarrhea, viral and bacterial pathogens were investigated by using two-tube multiplex RT-PCR...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Anand Prakash Singh, Swati Sharma, Kirti Pagarware, Rafay Anwar Siraji, Imran Ansari, Anupam Mandal, Pangertoshi Walling, Saima Aijaz
Enteropathogenic E. coli infection is characterized by rapid onset of diarrhea but the underlying mechanisms are not well defined. EPEC targets the tight junctions which selectively regulate the permeability of charged and uncharged molecules. Cooperative actions of the EPEC effectors EspF and Map have been reported to mediate tight junction disruption. To analyze the individual contributions of EspF and Map, we generated in vitro models where EspF and Map, derived from the EPEC strain E2348/69, were constitutively expressed in epithelial cells...
February 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
Madhumanti Halder, Subham Mookerjee, Prasenjit Batabyal, Anup Palit
Diarrhoea remains a global public health enigma raising deep concerns for the health planners since contaminated potable water often spoils the community health structure. We hereby report a 6-year odd continuing outbreak surveillance report based on potable water indices, during which 264 water samples were screened from different districts of West Bengal, India. Samples were analysed for the presence of different enteropathogenic bacterial species by conventional molecular tools and their sensitivity to antibiotics...
February 24, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Laurie Pinaud, Philippe J Sansonetti, Armelle Phalipon
Microbial pathogens possess a diversity of weapons that disrupt host homeostasis and immune defenses, thus resulting in the establishment of infection. The best-characterized system mediating bacterial protein delivery into target eukaryotic cells is the type III secretion system (T3SS) expressed by Gram-negative bacteria, including the human enteric pathogens Shigella, Salmonella, Yersinia, and enteropathogenic/enterohemorragic Escherichia coli (EPEC/EHEC). The emerging global view is that these T3SS-bearing pathogens share similarities in their ability to target key cellular pathways such as the cell cytoskeleton, trafficking, cell death/survival, and the NF-κB and MAPK signaling pathways...
February 21, 2018: Trends in Microbiology
Li Lei, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Shucheng Huang, Lihong Zhang, Lei Wang, Khalid Mehmood, Hui Zhang, Xiaole Tong, Meng Wang, Jiakui Li
This study was conducted to test the distribution of diarrheagenic Escherichia coli (DEC) associated genes in fecal isolates from diarrheic yaks of a high remote region of China. Briefly, we obtained 203 fecal samples from diarrheic adult yaks and E. coli strains were isolated and identified via standard methods The antibiotic sensitivity of isolates was determined via disk diffusion method and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to detect the DEC virulence associated genes. Results of the current study showed a high rate of resistance to tetracycline (93...
February 19, 2018: Acta Tropica
Elodie Barbau-Piednoir, Sarah Denayer, Nadine Botteldoorn, Katelijne Dierick, Sigrid C J De Keersmaecker, Nancy H Roosens
A detection and discrimination system for five Escherichia coli pathotypes, based on a combination of 13 SYBR® Green qPCR, has been developed, i.e., combinatory SYBR® Green qPCR screening system for pathogenic E. coli (CoSYPS Path E. coli). It allows the discrimination on isolates and the screening of potential presence in food of the following pathotypes of E. coli: shigatoxigenic (STEC) (including enterohemorrhagic (EHEC)), enteropathogenic (EPEC), enteroaggregative (EAggEC), enteroaggregative shigatoxigenic (EAggSTEC), and enteroinvasive (EIEC) E...
February 20, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Klara Ceberio, Itziar Aduriz, Arantza Díaz de Ilarraza, Ines Garcia-Azkoaga
In this paper we present the coreferential tagging of part of the EPEC Corpus of Basque. Although coreference is a pragmatic linguistic phenomenon highly dependent on the situational context, it shows some language-specific patterns that vary according to the features of each language. Due to the fact that Basque is not an Indo-European language, it differs considerably in grammar from the languages spoken in surrounding areas. We will explain these features and the decisions made in each case. After describing the criteria defined for coreferential tagging in Basque, the annotation process will be explained...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
Sarah E Kralicek, Mai Nguyen, Ki-Jong Rhee, Rocio Tapia, Gail Hecht
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) is a foodborne pathogen that uses a type III secretion system to translocate effector molecules into host intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) subverting several host cell processes and signaling cascades. Interestingly, EPEC infection induces only modest intestinal inflammation in the host. The homologous EPEC effector proteins, NleH1 and NleH2, suppress the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathway and apoptosis in vitro. Increased apoptosis and activation of NF-κB and MAP kinases (MAPK) contribute to the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD)...
February 2, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Yu Zhou, Xuhui Zhu, Hongyan Hou, Yanfang Lu, Jing Yu, Lie Mao, Liyan Mao, Ziyong Sun
BACKGROUND: Diarrhea is the leading infectious cause of childhood morbidity and mortality. Among bacterial agents, diarrheagenic Escherichia coli (DEC) is the major causal agent of childhood diarrhea in developing countries, particularly in children under the age of 5 years. Here, we performed a hospital-based prospective study to explore the pathotype distribution, epidemiological characteristics and antibiotic resistance patterns of DEC from < 5-year-old diarrheal children. METHODS: Between August 2015 and September 2016, 684 stool samples were collected from children (< 5 years old) with acute diarrhea...
February 1, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Lance W Noll, Jay N Worley, Xun Yang, Pragathi B Shridhar, Justin B Ludwig, Xiaorong Shi, Jianfa Bai, Doina Caragea, Jianghong Meng, T G Nagaraja
Escherichia coli O103, harbored in the hindgut and shed in the feces of cattle, can be enterohemorrhagic (EHEC), enteropathogenic (EPEC), or putative non-pathotype. The genetic diversity particularly that of virulence gene profiles within O103 serogroup is likely to be broad, considering the wide range in severity of illness. However, virulence descriptions of the E. coli O103 strains isolated from cattle feces have been primarily limited to major genes, such as Shiga toxin and intimin genes. Less is known about the frequency at which other virulence genes exist or about genes associated with the mobile genetic elements of E...
2018: PloS One
Nutan Thakur, Swapnil Jain, Harish Changotra, Rahul Shrivastava, Yashwant Kumar, Neelam Grover, Jitendraa Vashistt
BACKGROUND: Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli (DEC) signifies as an important etiological agent of moderate-to-severe diarrhea. This study was primarily focused on molecular identification of DEC pathotypes; their association with serogroups and estimates of resistance profiles against different antibiotics regime. METHODS: Five hundred seventy-two stool specimens from diarrhea patients were investigated for DEC pathotypes. Molecular pathotypes were identified by amplification of virulence genes associated with distinct pathotypes followed by sequencing...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
Aamer Imdad, Monique A Foster, Junaid Iqbal, Christopher Fonnesbeck, Daniel C Payne, Chengxian Zhang, James D Chappell, Natasha Halasa, Oscar G Gómez-Duarte
BACKGROUND: Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli (DEC) are an important cause of acute gastroenteritis in children; however, there is limited information available on the epidemiology, phylogenetics, serotyping, and antibiotic susceptibility of DEC in children in the United States. The aim of this study was to determine the molecular epidemiology of DEC among children with and without acute gastroenteritis in Davidson County, Tennessee. METHODS: This prospective, frequency matched, case-control study recruited subjects 15 days to 17 years of age and detected DEC with polymerase chain reaction from stool samples...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Maarten F de Jong, Neal M Alto
The enteric attaching and effacing (A/E) pathogens EHEC and EPEC and invasive pathogens EIEC and Shigella encode Type III secretion systems (T3SS) used to inject effector proteins into human host cells during infection. Among these are a group of effectors required for NF-κB mediated host immune evasion. Recent studies have identified several effector proteins from A/E pathogens and EIEC/Shigella that are involved in suppression of NF-κB and uncovered their cellular and molecular functions. A novel mechanism among these effectors from both groups of pathogens is to coordinate effector function during infection...
January 16, 2018: Infection and Immunity
Hamid Staji, Pietro Badagliacca, Taghi Zahraei Salehi, Federica Lopes, Mariangela Iorio, Alfreda Tonelli, Luc Masson
An oligonucleotide DNA microarray targeting 348 virulence factors and genetic markers was used in the pathotyping, serotyping and phylogrouping of 51 Escherichia coli strains isolated from faecal samples. The samples were collected from diarrhoeic 1 to 30 days old calves located at 14 farms in the Tehran province, Iran. Positive microarray signals for genes encoding the Locus of Enterocyte E acement (LEE), the Type III Secretion System (TTSS), and the absence of EPEC adherence factor (EAF) permitted the pathotyping of 25 strains as atypical Enteropathogenic (aEPEC) or Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC)...
December 29, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
D Thiry, K De Rauw, S Takaki, J-N Duprez, A Iguchi, D Piérard, N Korsak, J G Mainil
AIMS: The purpose of this survey was to estimate the respective prevalence of the "gang of seven" and "non-gang of seven" serotypes of Shigatoxigenic and enteropathogenic Escherichia coli and to identify the O80:H2 serotype in 245 intestinal contents collected at two slaughterhouses in Belgium in 2014. METHODS AND RESULTS: After overnight enrichment growth the 69 intestinal contents testing positive with PCR targeting the eae, stx1 and stx2 genes were inoculated onto four agar media...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Meztlli O Gaytán, Julia Monjarás Feria, Eduardo Soto, Norma Espinosa, Julia M Benítez, Dimitris Georgellis, Bertha González-Pedrajo
Type three secretion systems (T3SSs) are virulence determinants employed by several pathogenic bacteria as molecular syringes to inject effector proteins into host cells. Diarrhea-producing enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) uses a T3SS to colonize the intestinal tract. T3S is a highly coordinated process that ensures hierarchical delivery of three classes of substrates: early (inner rod and needle subunits), middle (translocators), and late (effectors). Translocation of effectors is triggered upon host-cell contact in response to different environmental cues, such as calcium levels...
December 26, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
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