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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351189/the-role-of-cadaverine-synthesis-on-pneumococcal-capsule-and-protein-expression
#1
Mary F Nakamya, Moses B Ayoola, Seongbin Park, Leslie A Shack, Edwin Swiatlo, Bindu Nanduri
Invasive infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a commensal in the nasopharynx, pose significant risk to human health. Limited serotype coverage by the available polysaccharide-based conjugate vaccines coupled with increasing incidence of antibiotic resistance complicates therapeutic strategies. Bacterial physiology and metabolism that allows pathogens to adapt to the host are a promising avenue for the discovery of novel therapeutics. Intracellular polyamine concentrations are tightly regulated by biosynthesis, transport and degradation...
January 19, 2018: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348527/the-human-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptor-antagonist-dicyclomine-targets-signal-transduction-genes-and-inhibits-the-virulence-factors-in-the-human-pathogen-candida-albicans
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Awad Ali, Ashwini Jadhav, Priyanka Jangid, Rajendra Patil, Amruta Shelar, Sankunny Mohan Karuppayil
Dicyclomine is a human muscarinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist used for the treatment of abdominal cramps. We are reporting here that dicyclomine can inhibit the in vitro growth and virulence factors of the human pathogen Candida albicans very effectively. Dicyclomine inhibited adhesion, early biofilm, mature biofilm, and planktonic growth. Yeast to hyphal form transition of C. albicans in various inducer media such as serum, proline, glucose, and N-acetylglucosamine was inhibited. Dicyclomine also could kill C...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346648/esrb-negatively-regulates-expression-of-the-glutamine-sythetase-glna-in-the-fish-pathogen-edwardsiella-piscicida
#3
Yunpeng Guan, Kaiyu Yin, Mian Zhou, Minjun Yang, Yuanxing Zhang, Xiaohong Liu, Qiyao Wang
Edwardsiella piscicida is a gram-negative bacterial pathogen invading a wide range of fish species. Response regulator EsrB is essential for activation of type III and type VI secretion systems (T3/T6SS). In this study, proteomes of the wild type E. piscicida EIB202 and a ΔesrB mutant strains were compared to identify the regulon components of EsrB cultured in DMEM allowing T3/T6SS expression. As a result, 19 proteins showed different expression, which were identified to be associated with T3/T6SS, related to amino acid transport and metabolism, and energy production...
January 15, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346379/a-putative-lateral-flagella-of-the-cystic-fibrosis-pathogen-burkholderia-dolosa-regulates-swimming-motility-and-host-cytokine-production
#4
Damien Roux, Matthew Schaefers, Bradley S Clark, Molly Weatherholt, Diane Renaud, David Scott, John J LiPuma, Gregory Priebe, Craig Gerard, Deborah R Yoder-Himes
Burkholderia dolosa caused an outbreak in the cystic fibrosis clinic at Boston Children's Hospital and was associated with high mortality in these patients. This species is part of a larger complex of opportunistic pathogens known as the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc). Compared to other species in the Bcc, B. dolosa is highly transmissible; thus understanding its virulence mechanisms is important for preventing future outbreaks. The genome of one of the outbreak strains, AU0158, revealed a homolog of the lafA gene encoding a putative lateral flagellin, which, in other non-Bcc species, is used for movement on solid surfaces, attachment to host cells, or movement inside host cells...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345518/bacterial-pathogenesis-and-interleukin-17-interconnecting-mechanisms-of-immune-regulation-host-genetics-and-microbial-virulence-that-influence-severity-of-infection
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Michelle N Chamoun, Antje Blumenthal, Matthew J Sullivan, Mark A Schembri, Glen C Ulett
Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine involved in the control of many different disorders, including autoimmune, oncogenic, and diverse infectious diseases. In the context of infectious diseases, IL-17 protects the host against various classes of microorganisms but, intriguingly, can also exacerbate the severity of some infections. The regulation of IL-17 expression stems, in part, from the activity of Interleukin-23 (IL-23), which drives the maturation of different classes of IL-17-producing cells that can alter the course of infection...
January 18, 2018: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345052/hpap-a-novel-regulatory-protein-with-atpase-and-phosphatase-activity-contributes-to-full-virulence-in-xanthomonas-campestris-pv-campestris
#6
Ping Cui, Rui-Fang Li, Da-Pei Zhang, Ji-Liang Tang, Guang-Tao Lu
The ability of the bacterial phytopathogen Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (Xcc) to cause disease is dependent on the type III secretion system (T3SS). Proteins of the Xcc T3SS are encoded by hrp (hypersensitive response and pathogenicity) genes and whose expression is mainly controlled by the regulators HrpG and HrpX. Here, we describe the identification and characterization of a previously unknown regulatory protein (named HpaP), which plays important role in hrp gene expression and virulence in Xcc...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343644/identification-of-genes-required-for-mycobacterium-abscessus-growth-in-vivo-with-a-prominent-role-of-the-esx-4-locus
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Laura Laencina, Violaine Dubois, Vincent Le Moigne, Albertus Viljoen, Laleh Majlessi, Justin Pritchard, Audrey Bernut, Laura Piel, Anne-Laure Roux, Jean-Louis Gaillard, Bérengère Lombard, Damarys Loew, Eric J Rubin, Roland Brosch, Laurent Kremer, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Fabienne Girard-Misguich
Mycobacterium abscessus, a rapidly growing mycobacterium (RGM) and an opportunistic human pathogen, is responsible for a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations ranging from pulmonary to skin and soft tissue infections. This intracellular organism can resist the bactericidal defense mechanisms of amoebae and macrophages, an ability that has not been observed in other RGM. M. abscessus can up-regulate several virulence factors during transient infection of amoebae, thereby becoming more virulent in subsequent respiratory infections in mice...
January 17, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342160/expression-of-the-lux-genes-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae-modulates-pilus-expression-and-virulence
#8
Jenny A Herbert, Andrea M Mitchell, Ryan Ritchie, Jiangtao Ma, Kirsty Ross-Hutchinson, Timothy J Mitchell
Bioluminescence has been harnessed for use in bacterial reporter systems and for in vivo imaging of infection in animal models. Strain Xen35, a bioluminescent derivative of Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 4 strain TIGR4 was previously constructed for use for in vivo imaging of infections in animal models. We have shown that strain Xen35 is less virulent than its parent TIGR4 and that this is associated with the expression of the genes for bioluminescence. The expression of the luxA-E genes in the pneumococcus reduces virulence and down regulates the expression of the pneumococcal pilus...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341217/acetoacetate-and-ethyl-acetoacetate-as-novel-inhibitors-of-bacterial-biofilm
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S M Horne, M Schroeder, J Murphy, B M Prüβ
Acetoacetate (AAA) was identified as a biofilm inhibitor in a previous study, where the effect of 190 carbon and nitrogen sources on biofilm amounts by Escherichia coli O157:H7 was determined. With this study, we tested the effect of AAA on growth and biofilm amounts of Cronobacter sakazakii, Serratia marcescens, and Yersinia enterocolitica. AAA reduced growth and biofilm amounts of the three pathogens, albeit at rather high concentrations of 10 to 35 mg ml-1 . AAA at a concentration of 5 mg ml-1 reduced Y...
January 16, 2018: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339761/new-virulence-factor-csk29544_02616-as-lpxa-binding-partner-in-cronobacter-sakazakii
#10
Seongok Kim, Hyunjin Yoon, Sangryeol Ryu
Cronobacter sakazakii is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause meningitis and necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants, but its virulence determinants remain largely unknown. In this study, a transposon-mediated random-mutant library of C. sakazakii was used to identify new virulence factors. Compared to wild-type bacteria, a mutant lacking CSK29544_02616 (referred to as labp) was defective in invasion into intestinal epithelial cells (by at least 1000-fold) and showed less phagocytosis by macrophages (by at least 50-fold)...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339431/molecular-insights-into-function-and-competitive-inhibition-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-multiple-virulence-factor-regulator
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Tomoe Kitao, Francois Lepine, Seda Babloudi, Frederick Walte, Stefan Steinbacher, Klaus Maskos, Michael Blaesse, Michele Negri, Michael Pucci, Bob Zahler, Antonio Felici, Laurence G Rahme
New approaches to antimicrobial drug discovery are urgently needed to combat intractable infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria. Multiple virulence factor regulator (MvfR or PqsR), a Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum sensing transcription factor, regulates functions important in both acute and persistent infections. Recently identified non-ligand-based benzamine-benzimidazole (BB) inhibitors of MvfR suppress both acute and persistent P. aeruginosa infections in mice without perturbing bacterial growth...
January 16, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339429/the-biochemistry-of-sensing-enteric-pathogens-regulate-type-iii-secretion-in-response-to-environmental-and-host-cues
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Nicole J De Nisco, Giomar Rivera-Cancel, Kim Orth
Enteric pathogens employ sophisticated strategies to colonize and infect mammalian hosts. Gram-negative bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter jejuni, are among the leading causes of gastrointestinal tract infections worldwide. The virulence strategies of many of these Gram-negative pathogens rely on type III secretion systems (T3SSs), which are macromolecular syringes that translocate bacterial effector proteins directly into the host cytosol. However, synthesis of T3SS proteins comes at a cost to the bacterium in terms of growth rate and fitness, both in the environment and within the host...
January 16, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339148/biochemical-characterization-of-campylobacter-jejuni-pnpase-an-exoribonuclease-important-for-bacterial-pathogenicity
#13
Jorge Casinhas, Rute G Matos, Nabila Haddad, Cecília M Arraiano
Bacteria need to promptly respond to environmental changes. Ribonucleases (RNases) are key factors in the adaptation to new environments by enabling a rapid adjustment in RNA levels. The exoribonuclease polynucleotide phosphorylase (PNPase) is essential for low-temperature cell survival, affects the synthesis of proteins involved in virulence and has an important role in swimming, cell adhesion/invasion ability, and chick colonization in C. jejuni. However, the mechanism of action of this ribonuclease is not yet known...
January 12, 2018: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338542/the-novel-microtubule-associated-cap-glycine-protein-cgp1-governs-growth-differentiation-and-virulence-of-cryptococcus-neoformans
#14
Li Li Wang, Kyung-Tae Lee, Kwang-Woo Jung, Dong-Gi Lee, Yong-Sun Bahn
Microtubules are involved in mechanical support, cytoplasmic organization, and several cellular processes by interacting with diverse microtubule-associated proteins such as plus-end tracking proteins, motor proteins, and tubulin-folding cofactors. A number of the cytoskeleton-associated proteins (CAPs) contain the CAP-glycine-rich (CAP-Gly) domain, which is evolutionarily conserved and generally considered to bind to α-tubulin to regulate the function of microtubules. However, there has been a dearth of research on CAP-Gly proteins in fungal pathogens, including Cryptococcus neoformans, which is a global cause of fatal meningoencephalitis in immunocompromised patients...
January 17, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334418/antimicrobial-and-stress-responses-to-increased-temperature-and-bacterial-pathogen-challenge-in-the-holobiont-of-a-reef-building-coral
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Jeroen A J M van de Water, Maryam Chaib De Mares, Groves B Dixon, Jean-Baptiste Raina, Bette L Willis, David G Bourne, Madeleine J H van Oppen
Global increases in coral disease prevalence have been linked to ocean warming through changes in coral-associated bacterial communities, pathogen virulence and immune system function. However, the interactive effects of temperature and pathogens on the coral holobiont are poorly understood. Here, we assessed three compartments of the holobiont (host, Symbiodinium, bacterial community) of the coral Montipora aequituberculata challenged with the pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus and the commensal bacterium Oceanospirillales sp...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334195/exoproteome-profiling-reveals-the-involvement-of-the-foldase-prsa-in-the-cell-surface-properties-and-pathogenesis-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#16
Mei-Hui Lin, Chi-Chun Li, Jwu-Ching Shu, Hao-Wei Chu, Chao-Chin Liu, Chih-Ching Wu
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterial pathogen that produces and exports many virulence factors that cause diseases in human. PrsA, a membrane-bound foldase, is expressed ubiquitously in Gram-positive bacteria and required for the folding of exported proteins into a stable and active structure. To understand the involvement of PrsA in post-translocational protein folding in S. aureus, a PrsA-deficient mutant of S. aureus HG001 was constructed. Using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ)-based mass spectrometry analyses, the exoproteomes of PrsA mutant and wild type S...
January 15, 2018: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331510/effects-of-sub-minimum-inhibitory-concentrations-of-lemon-essential-oil-on-the-acid-tolerance-and-biofilm-formation-of-streptococcus-mutans
#17
Yanwei Sun, Sijia Chen, Chen Zhang, Yali Liu, Li Ma, Xiangyu Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Lemon essential oil (LEO) is a kind of secondary metabolite from lemon peels and has been found to inhibit cariogenic bacteria for decades. However, its effects on main cariogenic virulence factors are rarely reported. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of sub-minimum inhibitory concentrations (sub-MICs) of LEO on the acid tolerance and biofilm formation of Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) and preliminarily reveal the possible underlying mechanisms. DESIGNS: Effects of LEO on the acid tolerance and biofilm formation of S...
December 29, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329682/feline-coronavirus-insights-into-viral-pathogenesis-based-on-the-spike-protein-structure-and-function
#18
Javier A Jaimes, Gary R Whittaker
Feline coronavirus (FCoV) is an etiological agent that causes a benign enteric illness and the fatal systemic disease feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). The FCoV spike (S) protein is considered the viral regulator for binding and entry to the cell. This protein is also involved in FCoV tropism and virulence, as well as in the switch from enteric disease to FIP. This regulation is carried out by spike's major functions: receptor binding and virus-cell membrane fusion. In this review, we address important aspects in FCoV genetics, replication and pathogenesis, focusing on the role of S...
January 9, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327969/atozf1-positively-regulates-defense-against-bacterial-pathogens-and-npr1-independent-salicylic-acid-signaling
#19
Nidhi Singh, Swadhin Swain, Anupriya Singh, Ashis Kumar Nandi
Plant hormone salicylic acid (SA) plays critical roles in defense signaling against biotrophic pathogens. Pathogen inoculation leads to SA accumulation in plants. SA activates a transactivator protein NPR1, which, in turn, transcriptionally activates many defense response genes. Reports also suggest the presence of NPR1-independent pathways for SA signaling in Arabidopsis. Here, we report the characterization of a zinc-finger protein-coding gene AtOZF1 that positively influences NPR1-independent SA signaling...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327729/h5n1-influenza-virus-specific-mirna-like-small-rna-increases-cytokine-production-and-mouse-mortality-via-targeting-poly-rc-binding-protein-2
#20
Xihan Li, Zheng Fu, Hongwei Liang, Yanbo Wang, Xian Qi, Meng Ding, Xinlei Sun, Zhen Zhou, Ying Huang, Hongwei Gu, Limin Li, Xi Chen, Donghai Li, Quan Zhao, Fenyong Liu, Hua Wang, Jin Wang, Ke Zen, Chen-Yu Zhang
Infection of H5N1 influenza virus causes the highest mortality among all influenza viruses. The mechanisms underlying such high viral pathogenicity are incompletely understood. Here, we report that the H5N1 influenza virus encodes a microRNA-like small RNA, miR-HA-3p, which is processed from a stem loop-containing viral RNA precursor by Argonaute 2, and plays a role in enhancing cytokine production during H5N1 infection. Mechanistic study shows that miR-HA-3p targets poly(rC)-binding protein 2 (PCBP2) and suppresses its expression...
January 12, 2018: Cell Research
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