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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637172/identification-of-four-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-systems-in-actinobacillus-pleuropneumoniae
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Chengkun Zheng, Xigong Zhao, Ting Zeng, Manman Cao, Jiali Xu, Guolin Shi, Jinquan Li, Huanchun Chen, Weicheng Bei
Toxin-antitoxin systems are small genetic elements that are widely prevalent in the genomes of bacteria and archaea. These modules have been identified in various bacteria and proposed to play an important role in bacterial physiology and virulence. However, their presence in the genomes of Actinobacillus species has received no attention. In this study, we describe the identification of four type II TA systems in Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, the causative agent of porcine pleuropneumonia. Reverse transcription PCR analysis revealed that the genes encoding the toxin and antitoxin are co-transcribed...
June 20, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621109/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-gb-lp1-isolated-from-traditional-korean-fermented-food
#2
Jihyun Yu, Sojin Ahn, Kwondo Kim, Kelsey Caetano-Anolles, Chanho Lee, Jungsun Kang, Kyungjin Cho, SookHee Yoon, Dae-Kyung Kang, Heebal Kim
As probiotics play an important role in maintaining a healthy gut flora environment through antitoxin activity and inhibition of pathogen colonization, they have been of interest to the medical research community for quite some time now. Probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacillus plantarum, which can be found in fermented food, are of particular interest given their easy accessibility. We performed whole genome sequencing and genomic analysis on a GB-LP1 strain of L. plantarum isolated from Korean traditional fermented food; this strain is well known for its functions in immune response, suppression of pathogen growth and anti-toxin effects...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620370/environmental-t4-family-bacteriophages-evolve-to-escape-abortive-infection-via-multiple-routes-in-a-bacterial-host-employing-altruistic-suicide-through-type-iii-toxin-antitoxin-systems
#3
Bihe Chen, Chidiebere Akusobi, Xinzhe Fang, George P C Salmond
Abortive infection is an anti-phage mechanism employed by a bacterium to initiate its own death upon phage infection. This reduces, or eliminates, production of viral progeny and protects clonal siblings in the bacterial population by an act akin to an "altruistic suicide." Abortive infection can be mediated by a Type III toxin-antitoxin system called ToxINPa consisting of an endoribonuclease toxin and RNA antitoxin. ToxINPa is a heterohexameric quaternary complex in which pseudoknotted RNA inhibits the toxicity of the toxin until infection by certain phages causes destabilization of ToxINPa, leading to bacteriostasis and, eventually, lethality...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612721/-addiction-of-toxin-antitoxin-systems-to-a-chaperone-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#4
Patricia Bordes, Pierre Genevaux
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575517/comprehensive-classification-of-the-pin-domain-like-superfamily
#5
Dorota Matelska, Kamil Steczkiewicz, Krzysztof Ginalski
PIN-like domains constitute a widespread superfamily of nucleases, diverse in terms of the reaction mechanism, substrate specificity, biological function and taxonomic distribution. Proteins with PIN-like domains are involved in central cellular processes, such as DNA replication and repair, mRNA degradation, transcription regulation and ncRNA maturation. In this work, we identify and classify the most complete set of PIN-like domains to provide the first comprehensive analysis of sequence-structure-function relationships within the whole PIN domain-like superfamily...
May 31, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575388/functional-details-of-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-vapbc26-toxin-antitoxin-system-based-on-a-structural-study-insights-into-unique-binding-and-antibiotic-peptides
#6
Sung-Min Kang, Do-Hee Kim, Ki-Young Lee, Sung Jean Park, Hye-Jin Yoon, Sang Jae Lee, Hookang Im, Bong-Jin Lee
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are essential for bacterial persistence under stressful conditions. In particular, Mycobacterium tuberculosis express VapBC TA genes that encode the stable VapC toxin and the labile VapB antitoxin. Under normal conditions, these proteins interact to form a non-toxic TA complex, but the toxin is activated by release from the antitoxin in response to unfavorable conditions. Here, we present the crystal structure of the M. tuberculosis VapBC26 complex and show that the VapC26 toxin contains a pilus retraction protein (PilT) N-terminal (PIN) domain that is essential for ribonuclease activity and that, the VapB26 antitoxin folds into a ribbon-helix-helix DNA-binding motif at the N-terminus...
May 31, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574452/two-synechococcus-genes-two-different-effects-on-cyanophage-infection
#7
Ayalla Fedida, Debbie Lindell
Synechococcus is an abundant marine cyanobacterium that significantly contributes to primary production. Lytic phages are thought to have a major impact on cyanobacterial population dynamics and evolution. Previously, an investigation of the transcriptional response of three Synechococcus strains to infection by the T4-like cyanomyovirus, Syn9, revealed that while the transcript levels of the vast majority of host genes declined soon after infection, those for some genes increased or remained stable. In order to assess the role of two such host-response genes during infection, we inactivated them in Synechococcus sp...
June 2, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569348/black-tar-heroin-skin-popping-as-a-cause-of-wound-botulism
#8
Ihtesham A Qureshi, Mohtashim A Qureshi, Mohammad Rauf Afzal, Alberto Maud, Gustavo J Rodriguez, Salvador Cruz-Flores, Darine Kassar
BACKGROUND: Botulism is a rare potentially fatal and treatable disorder caused by a bacteria-produced toxin that affects the presynaptic synaptic membrane resulting in a characteristic neuromuscular dysfunction. It is caused by either the ingestion of the toxin or the bacteria, inhalation, or wound infection. We present our observations with a descriptive case series of wound botulism secondary to black tar heroin (BTH) injection. METHODS: We report a retrospective single-center case series of 15 consecutive cases of wound botulism presenting to University Medical Center of El Paso...
May 31, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567044/curcumin-promotes-the-clearance-of-listeria-monocytogenes-both-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-by-reducing-listeriolysin-o-oligomers
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Xuan Zhou, Bing Zhang, Yumei Cui, Shuiye Chen, Zihao Teng, Gejin Lu, Jianfeng Wang, Xuming Deng
The pore-forming toxin listeriolysin O (LLO), an essential virulence factor that is secreted by Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes), is responsible for bacterial breaching at the phagosomal membranes and subsequent release into the cytoplasm; it cannot be recognized by the host immune system. The vital role that LLO plays in bacterial pathogenicity and evading host immune clearance makes this virulence a promising target for addressing L. monocytogenes infection. In this study, we hypothesized that curcumin, a polyphenol derived from turmeric that could effectively inhibit LLO pore-forming activity, might be useful in the prevention or treatment of L...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560584/rna-based-regulation-in-type-i-toxin-antitoxin-systems-and-its-implication-for-bacterial-persistence
#10
REVIEW
Bork A Berghoff, E Gerhart H Wagner
Bacterial dormancy is a valuable survival strategy upon challenging environmental conditions. Dormant cells tolerate the consequences of high stress levels and may re-populate the environment upon return to favorable conditions. Antibiotic-tolerant bacteria-termed persisters-regularly cause relapsing infections, increase the likelihood of antibiotic resistance, and, therefore, earn increasing attention. Their generation often depends on toxins from chromosomal toxin-antitoxin systems. Here, we review recent insights concerning RNA-based control of toxin synthesis, and discuss possible implications for persister generation...
May 30, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559487/a-toxin-involved-in-salmonella-persistence-regulates-its-activity-by-acetylating-its-cognate-antitoxin-a-modification-reversed-by-cobb-sirtuin-deacetylase
#11
Chelsey M VanDrisse, Anastacia R Parks, Jorge C Escalante-Semerena
Bacterial toxin-antitoxin systems trigger the onset of a persister state by inhibiting essential cellular processes. The TacT toxin of Salmonella enterica is known to induce a persister state in macrophages through the acetylation of aminoacyl-tRNAs. Here, we show that the TacT toxin and the TacA antitoxin work as a complex that modulates TacT activity via the acetylation state of TacA. TacT acetylates TacA at residue K44, a modification that is removed by the NAD(+)-dependent CobB sirtuin deacetylase. TacA acetylation increases the activity of TacT, downregulating protein synthesis...
May 30, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558642/hth-xre-toxin-antitoxin-loci-and-many-unevaluated-toxin-antitoxin-loci-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-b136-33-bioinformatics-analysis
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Mina Mahmoodi, Mahsa Jalili, Zahra Chavak, Nasrin Valizadeh, Nourkhoda Sadeghifard, Iraj Pakzad, Marayam Mohammadian, Mehrnoush Safikhanimoslem, Abbas Maleki, Sobhan Ghafourian
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is responsible for many infections and also many antibiotic resistance genes existed in this bacterium. Some focused to toxin antitoxin systems demonstrated these systems as regulon of this properties of P. aeruginosa. Therefore, in an analysis we tried to evaluate the potent TA loci and suggest some of them for experimental analysis. For this reasons, RASTA databases were subjected and our results demonstrated hth-xre as dominant known and many unknown TA loci. Despite of distribution of TA loci in all scores but obtained results of hth-xre TA loci suggested these unknown TA loci may be helpful for further both bioinformatics and experimental analysis...
May 30, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555060/role-of-homologous-fc-fragment-in-the-potency-and-efficacy-of-anti-botulinum-antibody-preparations
#13
Amram Torgeman, Eyal Ozeri, Alon Ben David, Eran Diamant, Osnat Rosen, Arieh Schwartz, Ada Barnea, Arik Makovitzki, Avishai Mimran, Ran Zichel
The only approved treatment for botulism relies on passive immunity which is mostly based on antibody preparations collected from hyper-immune horses. The IgG Fc fragment is commonly removed from these heterologous preparations to reduce the incidence of hyper-sensitivity reactions. New-generation therapies entering the pipeline are based on a combination of humanized monoclonal antibodies (MAbs), which exhibit improved safety and pharmacokinetics. In the current study, a systematic and quantitative approach was applied to measure the direct contribution of homologous Fc to the potency of monoclonal and polyclonal antitoxin preparations in mice...
May 29, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548657/the-endobacterium-of-an-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungus-modulates-the-expression-of-its-toxin-antitoxin-systems-during-the-life-cycle-of-its-host
#14
Alessandra Salvioli di Fossalunga, Justine Lipuma, Francesco Venice, Laurence Dupont, Paola Bonfante
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are widespread root symbionts that perform important ecological services, such as improving plant nutrient and water acquisition. Some AMF from the Gigasporaceae family host a population of endobacteria, Candidatus Glomeribacter gigasporarum (Cagg). The analysis of the Cagg genome identified six putative toxin-antitoxin modules (TAs), consisting of pairs of stable toxins and unstable antitoxins that affect diverse physiological functions. Sequence analysis suggested that these TA modules were acquired by horizontal transfer...
May 26, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543534/a-chimeric-protein-of-cfa-i-cs6-subunits-and-ltb-sta-toxoid-could-protect-immunized-mice-against-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli
#15
Narges Zeinalzadeh, Ali Hatef Salmanian, Goli Goujani, Jafar Amani, Ghasem Ahangari, Asal Akhavian, Mahyat Jafari
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia Coli (ETEC) strains are the most common bacteria causing diarrhea in children in developing countries and travelers to these areas. Colonization factors (CFs) and enterotoxins are the main virulence determinants in ETEC pathogenesis. Heterogeneity of CFs commonly considered as the bottleneck to achieve an effective vaccine. On the other hand, it is believed that a broad spectrum protection against ETEC would be available when the anti-CF and anti-enterotoxin immunity were induced simultaneously...
May 23, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536673/two-partner-secretion-combining-efficiency-and-simplicity-in-the-secretion-of-large-proteins-for-bacteria-host-and-bacteria-bacteria-interactions
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REVIEW
Jeremy Guérin, Sarah Bigot, Robert Schneider, Susan K Buchanan, Françoise Jacob-Dubuisson
Initially identified in pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria, the two-partner secretion (TPS) pathway, also known as Type Vb secretion, mediates the translocation across the outer membrane of large effector proteins involved in interactions between these pathogens and their hosts. More recently, distinct TPS systems have been shown to secrete toxic effector domains that participate in inter-bacterial competition or cooperation. The effects of these systems are based on kin vs. non-kin molecular recognition mediated by specific immunity proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536573/mqsr-mqsa-toxin-antitoxin-system-regulates-persistence-and-biofilm-formation-in-pseudomonas-putida-kt2440
#17
Chenglong Sun, Yunxue Guo, Kaihao Tang, Zhongling Wen, Baiyuan Li, Zhenshun Zeng, Xiaoxue Wang
Bacterial toxin/antitoxin (TA) systems have received increasing attention due to their prevalence, diverse structures, and important physiological functions. In this study, we identified and characterized a type II TA system in a soil bacterium Pseudomonas putida KT2440. This TA system belongs to the MqsR/MqsA family. We found that PP_4205 (MqsR) greatly inhibits cell growth in P. putida KT2440 and Escherichia coli, the antitoxin PP_4204 (MqsA) neutralizes the toxicity of the toxin MqsR, and the two genes encoding them are co-transcribed...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533235/the-tet39-determinant-and-the-msre-mphe-genes-in-acinetobacter-plasmids-are-each-part-of-discrete-modules-flanked-by-inversely-oriented-pdif-xerc-xerd-sites
#18
Grace A Blackwell, Ruth M Hall
The tet39 tetracycline resistance determinant and the macrolide resistance genes msrE and mphE were found in an 18.2 kb plasmid, pS30-1, recovered from a GC2 Acinetobacter baumannii isolate from Singapore, that conferred resistance to tetracycline and erythromycin. pS30-1 also contains mobA and mobC genes encoding MOBQ family proteins but attempts to mobilise pS30-1 utilising a co-resident conjugative repAci6 plasmid were unsuccessful. Eight pdif sites, consisting of inversely-oriented binding sites for the XerC and XerD recombinases separated by 6 bp, were detected in pS30-1...
May 22, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533087/a-rele-pare-superfamily-toxin-in-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-has-dna-nicking-endonuclease-activity
#19
Jing Zhang, Hironori Ito, Madoka Hino, Makoto Kimura
Type II toxins in toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems fold into a similar fold and belong to the RelE/ParE superfamily. However, they display two distinct biochemical activities: RelE toxins are mRNA interferases, while ParE toxins are DNA gyrase (Gyr) inhibitors. Previously, we found a TA system, vp1842/vp1843, on the Vibrio parahaemolyticus genome whose toxin Vp1843 belongs to the RelE/ParE toxin superfamily. Vp1843, unlike RelE toxins, has neither protein synthesis inhibitory activity nor ribonuclease activity...
July 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533000/clinical-immunological-and-microbiological-predictors-of-poor-outcome-in-clostridium-difficile-infection
#20
E Reigadas, L Alcalá, M Marín, A Martín, E Bouza
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) causes increased morbidity and mortality. Clinical data cannot clearly predict poor CDI outcome. Data on the value of microbiological predictors is scarce. OBJECTIVE: To identify early predictors of poor outcome of CDI. METHODS: We prospectively included patients with CDI aged >2years. Clinical, immunological (Toxin B IgG/Ig A and Toxin A IgG/Ig A), microbiological factors (bacterial load, toxin quantification, sporulation, germination, and metronidazole susceptibility) were evaluated to identify early independent predictors of poor outcome...
May 11, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
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