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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340510/the-diverse-family-of-mmpl-transporters-in-mycobacteria-from-regulation-to-antimicrobial-developments
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REVIEW
Albertus Viljoen, Violaine Dubois, Fabienne Girard-Misguich, Mickael Blaise, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Laurent Kremer
Mycobacterial genomes contain large sets of loci encoding membrane proteins that belong to a family of multidrug resistance pumps designated Resistance-Nodulation-Cell Division (RND) permeases. Mycobacterial membrane protein Large (MmpL) transporters represent a subclass of RND transporters known to participate in the export of lipid components across the cell envelope. These surface-exposed lipids with unusual structures play key roles in the physiology of mycobacteria and/or can act as virulence factors and immunomodulators...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334803/statistical-analysis-of-genetic-interactions-in-tn-seq-data
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Michael A DeJesus, Subhalaxmi Nambi, Clare M Smith, Richard E Baker, Christopher M Sassetti, Thomas R Ioerger
Tn-Seq is an experimental method for probing the functions of genes through construction of complex random transposon insertion libraries and quantification of each mutant's abundance using next-generation sequencing. An important emerging application of Tn-Seq is for identifying genetic interactions, which involves comparing Tn mutant libraries generated in different genetic backgrounds (e.g. wild-type strain versus knockout strain). Several analytical methods have been proposed for analyzing Tn-Seq data to identify genetic interactions, including estimating relative fitness ratios and fitting a generalized linear model...
February 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334194/swga-a-primer-design-toolkit-for-selective-whole-genome-amplification
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Erik L Clarke, Sesh A Sundararaman, Stephanie N Seifert, Frederic D Bushman, Beatrice H Hahn, Dustin Brisson
Motivation: Population genomic analyses are often hindered by difficulties in obtaining sufficient numbers of genomes for analysis by DNA sequencing. Selective whole-genome amplification (SWGA) provides an efficient approach to amplify microbial genomes from complex backgrounds for sequence acquisition. However, the process of designing sets of primers for this method has many degrees of freedom and would benefit from an automated process to evaluate the vast number of potential primer sets...
February 27, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334088/relapse-re-infection-and-mixed-infections-in-tuberculosis-disease
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Amanda McIvor, Hendrik Koornhof, Bavesh Davandra Kana
Tuberculosis (TB) disease can be characterized by genotypic and phenotypic complexity in Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacilli within a single patient. This microbiological heterogeneity has become an area of intense study due its perceived importance in drug tolerance, drug resistance and as a surrogate measure of transmission rates. This review presents a descriptive analysis of research describing the prevalence of mixed strain TB infections in geographically distinct locations. Despite significant variation in disease burden and a rampant HIV-TB co-epidemic, there was no difference in the prevalence range of mixed infections reported in African countries when compared to the rest of the world...
February 18, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333978/association-between-genotype-and-drug-resistance-profiles-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strains-circulating-in-china-in-a-national-drug-resistance-survey
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Yang Zhou, Susan van den Hof, Shengfen Wang, Yu Pang, Bing Zhao, Hui Xia, Richard Anthony, Xichao Ou, Qiang Li, Yang Zheng, Yuanyuan Song, Yanlin Zhao, Dick van Soolingen
We describe the population structure of a representative collection of 3,133 Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates, collected within the framework of a national resistance survey from 2007 in China. Genotyping data indicate that the epidemic strains in China can be divided into seven major complexes, of which 92% belonged to the East Asian (mainly Beijing strains) or the Euro-American lineage. The epidemic Beijing strains in China are closely related to the Beijing B0/W148 strain earlier described in Russia and a large cluster of these strains has spread national wide...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333945/environmental-reservoirs-of-pathogenic-mycobacteria-across-the-ethiopian-biogeographical-landscape
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Hayley C King, Tanya Khera-Butler, Phillip James, Brian B Oakley, Girume Erenso, Abraham Aseffa, Rob Knight, Elizabeth M Wellington, Orin Courtenay
The Mycobacterium genus comprises over one-hundred-and-fifty recognised species, the majority of which reside in the environment and many of which can be pathogenic to mammals. Some species of environmental mycobacteria may interfere with BCG vaccination efficacy and in tuberculin test interpretation. Examining biogeographic trends in the distribution of members of the mycobacteria across a number of physicochemical and spatial gradients in soil and water environments across Ethiopia using oligotyping identified differential distributions of pathogenic and significant species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333340/evaluation-of-the-new-genotype-ntm-dr-kit-for-the-molecular-detection-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-non-tuberculous-mycobacteria
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Faiza Mougari, Jade Loiseau, Nicolas Veziris, Christine Bernard, Béatrice Bercot, Wladimir Sougakoff, Vincent Jarlier, Laurent Raskine, Emmanuelle Cambau
Objectives: Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are emerging pathogens causing difficult-to-treat infections. We tested a new assay (GenoType NTM-DR) that detects natural and acquired resistance mechanisms to macrolides and aminoglycosides in frequently isolated NTM species. Methods: Performance was assessed on 102 isolates including reference strains [16 Mycobacterium avium , 10 Mycobacterium intracellulare , 8 Mycobacterium chimaera , 15 Mycobacterium chelonae and 53 Mycobacterium abscessus (including subsp...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331837/public-health-relevance-of-non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-among-afb-positive-sputa
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Prabha Desikan, Karuna Tiwari, Nikita Panwalkar, Saima Khaliq, Manju Chourey, Reeta Varathe, Shaina Beg Mirza, Arun Sharma, Sridhar Anand, Manoj Pandey
BACKGROUND: Sputum smear microscopy for acid fast bacilli (AFB) is used by most public health programmes to detect tuberculosis. While most AFB in countries endemic for tuberculosis are Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), some may also be non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). The inability to differentiate NTM from MTB by sputum smear microscopy may lead to erroneous diagnoses of tuberculosis, leading in turn to inappropriate therapy. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of consecutive sputum samples received from November 2013 to March 2015 in the Department of Microbiology, Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre, Bhopal, India...
March 2017: Germs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330892/in-vitro-susceptibility-testing-of-tedizolid-against-nontuberculous-mycobacteria
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Barbara A Brown-Elliott, Richard J Wallace
Tedizolid is a new oxazolidinone with improved in vitro and intracellular potency against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, including multidrug resistant strains, and some species of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) compared with linezolid.Using the current Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) recommended method of broth microdilution, susceptibility testing of 170 isolates of rapidly growing mycobacteria showed equivalent or lower (1- to 8-fold MIC50 and/or MIC90 values) for tedizolid compared to linezolid...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326308/infection-sources-of-a-common-non-tuberculous-mycobacterial-pathogen-mycobacterium-avium-complex
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REVIEW
Yukiko Nishiuchi, Tomotada Iwamoto, Fumito Maruyama
Numerous studies have revealed a continuous increase in the worldwide incidence and prevalence of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) diseases, especially pulmonary Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) diseases. Although it is not clear why NTM diseases have been increasing, one possibility is an increase of mycobacterial infection sources in the environment. Thus, in this review, we focused on the infection sources of pathogenic NTM, especially MAC. The environmental niches for MAC include water, soil, and dust...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323168/production-and-characterization-of-a-highly-pure-rna-polymerase-holoenzyme-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Omar Herrera-Asmat, Lucyna Lubkowska, Mikhail Kashlev, Carlos J Bustamante, Daniel G Guerra, Maria L Kireeva
Recent publications have shown that active RNA polymerase (RNAP) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MtbRNAP) can be produced by expressing all four subunits in a single recombinant Escherichia coli strain [1-3]. By reducing the number of plasmids and changing the codon usage of the Mtb genes in the co-expression system published by Banerjee et al. [1], we present a simplified, detailed and reproducible protocol for the purification of recombinant MtbRNAP containing the ω subunit. Moreover, we describe the formation of ternary elongation complexes (TECs) with a short fluorescence-labeled RNA primer and DNA oligonucleotides, suitable for transcription elongation studies...
March 17, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320532/atypical-histiocytosis-in-red-squirrels-sciurus-vulgaris
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S H Smith, K Stevenson, J Del-Pozo, S Moss, A Meredith
Four red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) were subjected to necropsy examination over a 3-year period as part of a broader surveillance study. The squirrels presented with cutaneous, subcutaneous and/or internal swellings and nodules that consisted microscopically of sheets of atypical round cells and multinucleated giant cells. There was moderate anisokaryosis with rare mitoses. Nuclei ranged from oval to indented or C-shaped and some were bizarre, twisted or multilobulated. Many giant cells also had a bizarre morphology, with anisokaryosis within individual cells...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320401/prevalence-of-tuberculous-lesion-in-cattle-slaughtered-in-mubende-district-uganda
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Daniel Pakasi Nalapa, Adrian Muwonge, Clovice Kankya, Francisco Olea-Popelka
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of gross pathology suggestive of bovine tuberculosis (TB-like lesions) and evaluate animal's characteristics associated with the risk of having bovine TB-like lesions among cattle slaughtered in Mubende district in the Uganda cattle corridor. METHOD: We conducted a cross sectional study in which 1,576 slaughtered cattle in Mubende district municipal abattoir underwent post-mortem inspection between August 2013 and January 2014...
March 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318570/rapid-diagnosis-of-tuberculosis-detection-of-drug-resistance-mechanisms
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Jesús Viñuelas-Bayón, María Asunción Vitoria, Sofía Samper
Tuberculosis is still a serious public health problem, with 10.8 million new cases and 1.8 million deaths worldwide in 2015. The diversity among members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, the causal agent of tuberculosis, is conducive to the design of different methods for rapid diagnosis. Mutations in the genes involved in resistance mechanisms enable the bacteria to elude the treatment. We have reviewed the methods for the rapid diagnosis of M. tuberculosis complex and the detection of susceptibility to drugs, both of which are necessary to prevent the onset of new resistance and to establish early, appropriate treatment...
March 15, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317808/isolation-and-characterization-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-from-patients-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-ghana
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Isaac Darko Otchere, Adwoa Asante-Poku, Stephen Osei-Wusu, Samuel Yaw Aboagye, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) species are assuming public health importance in pulmonary diseases; they are increasingly being isolated, and importantly, most NTMs do not respond to routine tuberculosis (TB) drugs. This study aimed to identify NTMs isolated from pulmonary TB cases and also determine their susceptibility to streptomycin (STR), isoniazid (INH), and rifampicin (RIF). METHODS: A total of 1755 mycobacterial isolates, obtained between August 2012 and July 2014, from 2036 smear-positive pulmonary cases were identified using polymerase chain reaction amplification of IS6110, and hsp65 gene sequencing analysis...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317798/nontuberculous-mycobacterial-species-and-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-coinfection-in-patients-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-dr-soetomo-hospital-surabaya-indonesia
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Ni Made Mertaniasih, Deby Kusumaningrum, Eko Budi Koendhori, Tutik Kusmiati, Desak Nyoman Surya Suameitria Dewi
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to analyze the detection of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) species derived from sputum specimens of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) suspects. Increasing prevalence and incidence of pulmonary infection by NTM species have widely been reported in several countries with geographical variation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2014 and September 2015, sputum specimens from chronic pulmonary TB suspect patients were analyzed...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303781/delays-in-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-afb-smear-negative-patients-with-pneumonia
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Z X Zhang, L-H Sng, Y Yong, L M Lin, T W Cheng, N H Seong, F K Yong
<h2>BACKGROUND:</h2><p>Diagnostic and treatment delays increase the severity and transmission of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). This study aimed to evaluate TB diagnostic and treatment delays in acid-fast bacilli (AFB) smear-negative patients.</p><h2>METHODS:</h2><p>This was a retrospective observational study. Patients with positive AFB culture of <i>Mycobacterium tuberculosis</i> complex (MTC) were selected from among hospitalised patients with a diagnosis of pneumonia...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294596/the-macrolide-toxin-mycolactone-promotes-bim-dependent-apoptosis-in-buruli-ulcer-through-inhibition-of-mtor
#18
Raphael Bieri, Nicole Scherr, Thérèse Ruf, Jean-Pierre Dangy, Philipp Gersbach, Matthias Gehringer, Karl-Heinz Altmann, Gerd Pluschke
Mycolactone, the macrolide exotoxin produced by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is central to the pathogenesis of the chronic necrotizing skin disease Buruli ulcer (BU). Here we show that mycolactone acts as an inhibitor of the mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway by interfering with the assembly of the two distinct mTOR protein complexes mTORC1 and mTORC2, which regulate different cellular processes. Inhibition of the assembly of the rictor containing mTORC2 complex by mycolactone prevents phosphorylation of the serine/threonine protein kinase Akt...
March 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294485/structure-of-the-complex-between-a-heparan-sulfate-octasaccharide-and-mycobacterial-heparin-binding-hemagglutinin
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Teng-Yi Huang, Deli Irene, Medel Manuel L Zulueta, Tzu-Jui Tai, Shih-Han Lain, Cheng-Po Cheng, Ping-Xi Tsai, Shu-Yi Lin, Zhi-Geng Chen, Chiao-Chu Ku, Chwan-Deng Hsiao, Chia-Lin Chyan, Shang-Cheng Hung
Heparin-binding hemagglutinin (HBHA) is a 199 amino acid virulence factor at the envelope of Mycobacterium tuberculosis that contributes to latent tuberculosis. The binding of HBHA to respiratory epithelial cells, which leads to extrapulmonary dissemination of the pathogen, is mediated by cell-surface heparan sulfate (HS). We report the structural characterization of the HBHA/HS complex by NMR spectroscopy. To develop a model for the molecular recognition, the first chemically synthesized uniformly (13) C- and (15) N-labeled HS octasaccharide and a uniformly (13) C- and (15) N-labeled form of HBHA were prepared...
March 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293236/interferon-lambda-modulating-immunity-in-infectious-diseases
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REVIEW
Mohammedyaseen Syedbasha, Adrian Egli
Interferon lambdas (IFN-λs; IFNL1-4) modulate immunity in the context of infections and autoimmune diseases, through a network of induced genes. IFN-λs act by binding to the heterodimeric IFN-λ receptor (IFNLR), activating a STAT phosphorylation-dependent signaling cascade. Thereby hundreds of IFN-stimulated genes are induced, which modulate various immune functions via complex forward and feedback loops. When compared to the well-characterized IFN-α signaling cascade, three important differences have been discovered...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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