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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106797/the-complex-relationship-between-virulence-and-antibiotic-resistance
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REVIEW
Meredith Schroeder, Benjamin D Brooks, Amanda E Brooks
Antibiotic resistance, prompted by the overuse of antimicrobial agents, may arise from a variety of mechanisms, particularly horizontal gene transfer of virulence and antibiotic resistance genes, which is often facilitated by biofilm formation. The importance of phenotypic changes seen in a biofilm, which lead to genotypic alterations, cannot be overstated. Irrespective of if the biofilm is single microbe or polymicrobial, bacteria, protected within a biofilm from the external environment, communicate through signal transduction pathways (e...
January 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090277/anti-quorum-sensing-activity-of-substances-isolated-from-wild-berry-associated-bacteria
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Suha M Abudoleh, Adel M Mahasneh
BACKGROUND: Quorum Sensing (QS) is a mechanism used by bacteria to determine their physiological activities and coordinate gene expression based on cell to cell signaling. Many bacterial physiological functions are under the regulation of quorum sensing such as virulence, luminescence, motility, sporulation and biofilm formation. The aim of the present study was to isolate and characterize Quorum Sensing Inhibitory (QSI) substances from epiphytic bacteria residing on wild berries surfaces...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081347/virulence-factors-biofilm-forming-ability-and-antimicrobial-resistance-of-urinary-escherichia-coli-strains-isolated-from-hospitalized-patients
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Barbara Kot, Jolanta Wicha, Agata Grużewska, Małgorzata Piechota, Katarzyna Wolska, Maria Obrębska
BACKGROUND/AIM: Escherichia coli is the most frequent cause of urinary tract infections. We investigated the possible associations between the origin of strains, antimicrobial resistance, the presence of urovirulence factors, and biofilm-forming ability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Antibiotic susceptibility of E. coli strains was tested by disk diffusion method. Hemagglutination assays were performed for phenotypic characterization of the cell surface. Multiplex PCR was used for detection of virulence genes and for determination of phylogenetic relationships...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081265/the-plasmin-sensitive-protein-pls-in-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-is-a-glycoprotein
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Isabelle Bleiziffer, Julian Eikmeier, Gottfried Pohlentz, Kathryn McAulay, Guoqing Xia, Muzaffar Hussain, Andreas Peschel, Simon Foster, Georg Peters, Christine Heilmann
Most bacterial glycoproteins identified to date are virulence factors of pathogenic bacteria, i.e. adhesins and invasins. However, the impact of protein glycosylation on the major human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus remains incompletely understood. To study protein glycosylation in staphylococci, we analyzed lysostaphin lysates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains by SDS-PAGE and subsequent periodic acid-Schiff's staining. We detected four (>300, ∼250, ∼165, and ∼120 kDa) and two (>300 and ∼175 kDa) glycosylated surface proteins with strain COL and strain 1061, respectively...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073812/the-conserved-hypothetical-protein-pspto_3957-is-essential-for-virulence-in-the-plant-pathogen-pseudomonas-syringae-pv-tomato-dc3000
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Katherine D'Amico, Melanie J Filiatrault
The plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae accounts for substantial crop losses and is considered an important agricultural issue. To better manage disease in the field, it is important to have an understanding of the underlying genetic mechanisms that mediate virulence. There are a substantial number of genes in sequenced bacterial genomes, including P. syringae, that encode for conserved hypothetical proteins; some of these have been functionally characterized in other Pseudomonads and have been demonstrated to play important roles in disease...
January 10, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069512/minocycline-enhances-the-mesenchymal-stromal-stem-cell-pro-healing-phenotype-in-triple-antimicrobial-loaded-hydrogels
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Alberto Daniel Guerra, Warren E Rose, Peiman Hematti, W John Kao
: Mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) have demonstrated pro-healing properties including an anti-inflammatory cytokine profile and the promotion of angiogenesis via expression of growth factors in pre-clinical models. MSCs encapsulated in poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGdA) and thiolated gelatin poly(ethylene glycol) (Gel-PEG-Cys) crosslinked hydrogels have led to controlled cellular presentation at wound sites with favorable wound healing outcomes. However, the therapeutic potential of MSC-loaded hydrogels may be limited by non-specific protein adsorption on the delivery matrix that could facilitate the initial adhesion of microorganisms and subsequent virulent biofilm formation...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062286/qseb-mediates-biofilm-formation-and-invasion-in-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi
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Ying Ji, Wenliang Li, Ying Zhang, Long Chen, Yiquan Zhang, Xueming Zheng, Xinxiang Huang, Bin Ni
QseB is a response regulator of the QseBC two-component system (TCS) which is associated with quorum sensing and functions as a global regulator of flagella, biofilm formation, and virulence. The function of QseB and its interaction with QseC has been the subject of study in some organisms, however, little work was done in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi). The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of QseB on biofilm formation and virulence in S. Typhi. It showed that the biofilm formation ability of qseC mutant was limited as compared to the wild type strain...
January 3, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056745/exploiting-quorum-sensing-inhibition-for-the-control-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-acinetobacter-baumannii-biofilms
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Israel Castillo-Juarez, Luis Esaú López-Jácome, Gloria Soberón-Chávez, María Tomás, Jintae Lee, Paulina Castañeda-Tamez, Iván Ángelo Hernández-Bárragan, Martha Yumiko Cruz-Muñiz, Toshinari Maeda, Thomas K Wood, Rodolfo García-Contreras
Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii are two of the main bacteria responsible for nosocomial infections; both organisms are resistant to several classes of antibiotics making their infections very difficult to treat. Moreover, they possess a remarkable ability to form biofilms, which further enhances their antimicrobial resistance. Both organisms coordinate their formation of biofilms and their expression of virulence factors through quorum sensing, a system that regulates gene expression at high cell densities and that plays a key role in the establishment of bacterial infections...
January 5, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046077/an-oxygen-sensing-two-component-system-in-the-burkholderia-cepacia-complex-regulates-biofilm-intracellular-invasion-and-pathogenicity
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Matthew M Schaefers, Tiffany L Liao, Nicole M Boisvert, Damien Roux, Deborah Yoder-Himes, Gregory P Priebe
Burkholderia dolosa is a member of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC), which is a group of bacteria that cause chronic lung infection in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and can be associated with outbreaks carrying high morbidity and mortality. While investigating the genomic diversity of B. dolosa strains collected from an outbreak among CF patients, we previously identified fixL as a gene showing signs of strong positive selection. This gene has homology to fixL of the rhizobial FixL/FixJ two-component system...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045163/crispr-cas9-technology-applications-in-genome-engineering-development-of-sequence-specific-antimicrobials-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
César de la Fuente-Núñez, Timothy K Lu
The development of CRISPR-Cas9 technology has revolutionized our ability to edit DNA and to modulate expression levels of genes of interest, thus providing powerful tools to accelerate the precise engineering of a wide range of organisms. In addition, the CRISPR-Cas system can be harnessed to design "precision" antimicrobials that target bacterial pathogens in a DNA sequence-specific manner. This capability will enable killing of drug-resistant microbes by selectively targeting genes involved in antibiotic resistance, biofilm formation and virulence...
January 3, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039075/comparative-genome-analysis-of-multiple-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecium-isolated-from-two-fatal-cases
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Shu Yong Lim, Kien-Pong Yap, Cindy Shuan Ju Teh, Kartini Abdul Jabar, Kwai Lin Thong
Enterococcus faecium is both a commensal of the human intestinal tract and an opportunistic pathogen. The increasing incidence of enterococcal infections is mainly due to the ability of this organism to develop resistance to multiple antibiotics, including vancomycin. The aim of this study was to perform comparative genome analyses on four vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREfm) strains isolated from two fatal cases in a tertiary hospital in Malaysia. Two sequence types, ST80 and ST203, were identified which belong to the clinically important clonal complex (CC) 17...
December 28, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038909/beta-lactamase-producing-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-phenotypic-characteristics-and-molecular-identification-of-virulence-genes
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Waheed Ullah, Muhammad Qasim, Hazir Rahman, Yan Jie, Noor Muhammad
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes common infections in immunocompromised and cystic fibrosis patients. However, drug resistance capability and release of virulence factors play a key role in bacterial pathogenicity. METHODS: Beta-lactamase-producing clinical isolates of P. aeruginosa were screened for biofilm formation and pigment production. Subsequently, all the isolates were subjected to the detection of six virulence genes (OprI, OprL, LasB, PlcH, ExoS, and ToxA)...
December 27, 2016: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034598/carbapenem-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-association-with-virulence-genes-and-biofilm-formation
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Iara Rossi Gonçalves, Raquel Cristina Cavalcanti Dantas, Melina Lorraine Ferreira, Deivid William da Fonseca Batistão, Paulo Pinto Gontijo-Filho, Rosineide Marques Ribas
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen that causes frequently nosocomial infections, currently becoming more difficult to treat due to the various resistance mechanisms and different virulence factors. The purpose of this study was to determine the risk factors independently associated with the development of bacteremia by carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa, the frequency of virulence genes in metallo-β-lactamases producers and to evaluate their ability to produce biofilm. We conducted a case-control study in the Uberlândia Federal University - Hospital Clinic, Brazil...
November 26, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018312/enzyme-mediated-quenching-of-the-pseudomonas-quinolone-signal-pqs-promotes-biofilm-formation-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-increasing-iron-availability
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Beatrix Tettmann, Christine Niewerth, Frank Kirschhöfer, Anke Neidig, Andreas Dötsch, Gerald Brenner-Weiss, Susanne Fetzner, Joerg Overhage
The 2-alkyl-3-hydroxy-4(1H)-quinolone 2,4-dioxygenase HodC was previously described to cleave the Pseudomonas quinolone signal, PQS, which is exclusively used in the complex quorum sensing (QS) system of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic pathogen employing QS to regulate virulence and biofilm development. Degradation of PQS by exogenous addition of HodC to planktonic cells of P. aeruginosa attenuated production of virulence factors, and reduced virulence in planta. However, proteolytic cleavage reduced the efficacy of HodC...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017482/presence-of-environmental-coagulase-positive-staphylococci-their-clonal-relationship-resistance-factors-and-ability-to-form-biofilm
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Norma Velázquez-Guadarrama, Alma L Olivares-Cervantes, Eva Salinas, Leticia Martínez, Magdalena Escorcia, Ricardo Oropeza, Irma Rosas
Coagulase-positive staphylococci (CoPS) are opportunistic pathogens carrying various mechanisms of resistance that have a large number of virulence factors, and whose ability to induce illness is associated with the host. This study aimed to investigate the presence of environmental coagulase-positive staphylococci, their susceptibility profile, clonal relationship and ability to form biofilm. The 16S rRNA genes from CoPS isolates were analyzed, and their antibiotic susceptibility was evaluated using the agar dilution method in accordance with Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines...
December 22, 2016: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011696/genotypic-characterization-and-biofilm-formation-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli
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C Picozzi, D Antoniani, I Vigentini, R Foschino
Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are recognized as one of the most dangerous food-borne pathogens. The production of Shiga toxins together with intimin protein are among the main virulence factors. However, the ability to form biofilm can protect bacteria against environmental factors (i.e. desiccation, exposure to UV rays, predation, etc) and sanitization procedures (cleaning, rinsing, chlorination), increasing their survival on food products and in manufacturing plants. Forty-five isolates collected from food and fecal samples were genotyped by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis with XbaI restriction enzyme and investigated by searching for toxins (stx1, stx2) and intimin (eae) genes and serogroup (O157, O26, O145, O111, O103 and O104)...
December 22, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010054/several-hfq-dependent-alterations-in-physiology-of-yersinia-enterocolitica-o-3-are-mediated-by-derepression-of-the-transcriptional-regulator-rovm
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Katarzyna Leskinen, Maria I Pajunen, Markku Varjosalo, Helena Fernández-Carrasco, José A Bengoechea, Mikael Skurnik
In bacteria, the RNA chaperone Hfq enables pairing of small regulatory RNAs with their target mRNAs and therefore is a key player of post-transcriptional regulation network. As a global regulator, Hfq is engaged in the adaptation to external environment, regulation of metabolism and bacterial virulence. In this study we used RNA-sequencing and quantitative proteomics (LC-MS/MS) to elucidate the role of this chaperone in the physiology and virulence of Yersinia enterocolitica serotype O:3. This global approach revealed the profound impact of Hfq on gene and protein expression...
December 23, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005941/norlichexanthone-reduces-virulence-gene-expression-and-biofilm-formation-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Mara Baldry, Anita Nielsen, Martin S Bojer, Yu Zhao, Cathrine Friberg, Dan Ifrah, Nina Glasser Heede, Thomas O Larsen, Hanne Frøkiær, Dorte Frees, Lixin Zhang, Huanqin Dai, Hanne Ingmer
Staphylococcus aureus is a serious human pathogen and antibiotic resistant, community-associated strains, such as the methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strain USA300, continue to spread. To avoid resistance, anti-virulence therapy has been proposed where toxicity is targeted rather than viability. Previously we have shown that norlichexanthone, a small non-reduced tricyclic polyketide produced by fungi and lichens, reduces expression of hla encoding α-hemolysin as well as the regulatory RNAIII of the agr quorum sensing system in S...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995873/the-crispr-cas-system-presents-multiple-transcriptional-units-including-antisense-rnas-that-are-expressed-in-minimal-medium-and-up-regulated-by-ph-in-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi
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Liliana Medina-Aparicio, Javier Esteban Rebollar-Flores, América Abigail Beltrán-Luviano, Alejandra Vázquez Ramos, Rosa María Gutíerrez-Ríos, Leticia Olvera, Edmundo Calva, Ismael Hernández Lucas
The CRISPR-Cas system is involved in bacterial immunity, virulence, gene regulation, biofilm formation and sporulation. In Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi this system consists of five transcriptional units including antisense RNAs. It was determined that these genetic elements are expressed in minimal medium and are up-regulated by pH. In addition, a transcriptional characterization of cas3 and ascse2-1 is included herein.
December 20, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992644/a-genome-scale-modeling-approach-to-quantify-biofilm-component-growth-of-salmonella-typhimurium
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Nicholas Ribaudo, Xianhua Li, Brett Davis, Thomas K Wood, Zuyi Jacky Huang
Salmonella typhimurium (S. typhimurium) is an extremely dangerous foodborne bacterium that infects both animal and human subjects, causing fatal diseases around the world. Salmonella's robust virulence, antibiotic-resistant nature, and capacity to survive under harsh conditions are largely due to its ability to form resilient biofilms. Multiple genome-scale metabolic models have been developed to study the complex and diverse nature of this organism's metabolism; however, none of these models fully integrated the reactions and mechanisms required to study the influence of biofilm formation...
January 2017: Journal of Food Science
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