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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344335/influenza-a-virus-hemagglutinin-and-neuraminidase-act-as-novel-motile-machinery
#1
Tatsuya Sakai, Shin I Nishimura, Tadasuke Naito, Mineki Saito
Influenza A virus (IAV) membrane proteins hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) are determinants of virus infectivity, transmissibility, pathogenicity, host specificity, and major antigenicity. HA binds to a virus receptor, a sialoglycoprotein or sialoglycolipid, on the host cell and mediates virus attachment to the cell surface. The hydrolytic enzyme NA cleaves sialic acid from viral receptors and accelerates the release of progeny virus from host cells. In this study, we identified a novel function of HA and NA as machinery for viral motility...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342661/climate-change-and-human-infectious-diseases-a-synthesis-of-research-findings-from-global-and-spatio-temporal-perspectives
#2
Lu Liang, Peng Gong
The life cycles and transmission of most infectious agents are inextricably linked with climate. In spite of a growing level of interest and progress in determining climate change effects on infectious disease, the debate on the potential health outcomes remains polarizing, which is partly attributable to the varying effects of climate change, different types of pathogen-host systems, and spatio-temporal scales. We summarize the published evidence and show that over the past few decades, the reported negative or uncertain responses of infectious diseases to climate change has been growing...
March 22, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295937/integrating-phylogenetic-and-ecological-distances-reveals-new-insights-into-parasite-host-specificity
#3
Nicholas J Clark, Sonya M Clegg
The range of hosts a pathogen infects (host specificity) is a key element of disease risk that may be influenced by both shared phylogenetic history and shared ecological attributes of prospective hosts. Phylospecificity indices quantify host specificity in terms of host relatedness, but can fail to capture ecological attributes that increase susceptibility. For instance, similarity in habitat niche may expose phylogenetically unrelated host species to similar pathogen assemblages. Using a recently proposed method that integrates multiple distances, we develop a new index to assess the relative contributions of host phylogenetic and functional distances to pathogen host specificity (functional-phylogenetic host specificity)...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259139/infectious-keratoconjunctivitis-in-wild-caprinae-merging-field-observations-and-molecular-analyses-sheds-light-on-factors-shaping-outbreak-dynamics
#4
Giuseppina Gelormini, Dominique Gauthier, Edy M Vilei, Jean-Paul Crampe, Joachim Frey, Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis
BACKGROUND: Infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) is an ocular infectious disease caused by Mycoplasma conjunctivae which affects small domestic and wild mountain ruminants. Domestic sheep maintain the pathogen but the detection of healthy carriers in wildlife has raised the question as to whether M. conjunctivae may also persist in the wild. Furthermore, the factors shaping the dynamics of IKC outbreaks in wildlife have remained largely unknown. The aims of this study were (1) to verify the etiological role of M...
March 4, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217110/intra-species-and-inter-kingdom-signaling-of-legionella-pneumophila
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REVIEW
Ramon Hochstrasser, Hubert Hilbi
The ubiquitous Gram-negative bacterium Legionella pneumophila parasitizes environ mental amoebae and, upon inhalation, replicates in alveolar macrophages, thus causing a life-threatening pneumonia called "Legionnaires' disease." The opportunistic pathogen employs a bi-phasic life cycle, alternating between a replicative, non-virulent phase and a stationary, transmissive/virulent phase. L. pneumophila employs the Lqs (Legionella quorum sensing) system as a major regulator of the growth phase switch. The Lqs system comprises the autoinducer synthase LqsA, the homologous sensor kinases LqsS and LqsT, as well as a prototypic response regulator termed LqsR...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215351/a-genomic-comparison-of-putative-pathogenicity-related-gene-families-in-five-members-of-the-ophiostomatales-with-different-lifestyles
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Ljerka Lah, Ulrike Löber, Tom Hsiang, Stefanie Hartmann
Ophiostomatoid fungi are vectored by their bark-beetle associates and colonize different host tree species. To survive and proliferate in the host, they have evolved mechanisms for detoxification and elimination of host defence compounds, efficient nutrient sequestration, and, in pathogenic species, virulence towards plants. Here, we assembled a draft genome of the spruce pathogen Ophiostoma bicolor. For our comparative and phylogenetic analyses, we mined the genomes of closely related species (Ophiostoma piceae, Ophiostoma ulmi, Ophiostoma novo-ulmi, and Grosmannia clavigera)...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215292/emergent-role-of-coronin-1a-in-neuronal-signaling
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M Martorella, K Barford, B Winkler, C D Deppmann
The Coronin family of proteins were first noted for their role in pathogen-host interactions and for modulating actin dynamics. Recently, however, Coronins have been found in a greater variety of cell types, and novel roles for the Coronins within the nervous system have been discovered. In the immune system, Coronin-1a enables Mycobacterium tuberculosis to evade lysosomal destruction. This activity appears to be analogous to protection of the NGF-TrkA signaling endosome during sympathetic nervous system development that is required for survival signaling...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211474/dissection-of-genomic-features-and-variations-of-three-pathotypes-of-puccinia-striiformis-through-whole-genome-sequencing
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Kanti Kiran, Hukam C Rawal, Himanshu Dubey, R Jaswal, Subhash C Bhardwaj, P Prasad, Dharam Pal, B N Devanna, Tilak R Sharma
Stripe rust of wheat, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, is one of the important diseases of wheat. We used NGS technologies to generate a draft genome sequence of two highly virulent (46S 119 and 31) and a least virulent (K) pathotypes of P. striiformis from the Indian subcontinent. We generated ~24,000-32,000 sequence contigs (N50;7.4-9.2 kb), which accounted for ~86X-105X sequence depth coverage with an estimated genome size of these pathotypes ranging from 66.2-70.2 Mb. A genome-wide analysis revealed that pathotype 46S 119 might be highly evolved among the three pathotypes in terms of year of detection and prevalence...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152050/draft-genome-sequence-of-karnal-bunt-pathogen-tilletia-indica-of-wheat-provides-insights-into-the-pathogenic-mechanisms-of-quarantined-fungus
#9
Anil Kumar, Vishakha Pandey, Manoj Singh, Dinesh Pandey, M S Saharan, Soma S Marla
Karnal bunt disease in wheat is caused by hemibiotrophic fungus, Tilletia indica that has been placed as quarantine pest in more than 70 countries. Despite its economic importance, little knowledge about the molecular components of fungal pathogenesis is known. In this study, first time the genome sequence of T. indica has been deciphered for unraveling the effectors' functions of molecular pathogenesis of Karnal bunt disease. The T. indica genome was sequenced employing hybrid approach of PacBio Single Molecule Real Time (SMRT) and Illumina HiSEQ 2000 sequencing platforms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123094/species-decline-under-nitrogen-fertilization-increases-community-level-competence-of-fungal-diseases
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Xiang Liu, Shengman Lyu, Dexin Sun, Corey J A Bradshaw, Shurong Zhou
The artificial fertilization of soils can alter the structure of natural plant communities and exacerbate pathogen emergence and transmission. Although the direct effects of fertilization on disease resistance in plants have received some research attention, its indirect effects of altered community structure on the severity of fungal disease infection remain largely uninvestigated. We designed manipulation experiments in natural assemblages of Tibetan alpine meadow vegetation along a nitrogen-fertilization gradient over 5 years to compare the relative importance of direct and indirect effects of fertilization on foliar fungal infections at the community level...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097092/comparative-interactomics-for-virus-human-protein-protein-interactions-dna-viruses-versus-rna-viruses
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Saliha Durmuş, Kutlu Ö Ülgen
Viruses are obligatory intracellular pathogens and completely depend on their hosts for survival and reproduction. The strategies adopted by viruses to exploit host cell processes and to evade host immune systems during infections may differ largely with the type of the viral genetic material. An improved understanding of these viral infection mechanisms is only possible through a better understanding of the pathogen-host interactions (PHIs) that enable viruses to enter into the host cells and manipulate the cellular mechanisms to their own advantage...
January 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087594/a-human-proteome-array-approach-to-identifying-key-host-proteins-targeted-by-toxoplasma-kinase-rop18
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Zhaoshou Yang, Yongheng Hou, Taofang Hao, Hee-Sool Rho, Jun Wan, Yizhao Luan, Xin Gao, Jianping Yao, Aihua Pan, Zhi Xie, Jiang Qian, Wanqin Liao, Heng Zhu, Xingwang Zhou
Toxoplasma kinase ROP18 is a key molecule responsible for the virulence of Toxoplasma gondii; however, the mechanisms by which ROP18 exerts parasite virulence via interaction with host proteins remain limited to a small number of identified substrates. To identify a broader array of ROP18 substrates we successfully purified bioactive mature ROP18 and used it to probe a human proteome array. Sixty-eight new putative host targets were identified. Functional annotation analysis suggested that these proteins have a variety of functions including metabolic process, kinase activity and phosphorylation, cell growth, apoptosis and cell death, and immunity, indicating a pleiotropic role of ROP18 kinase...
January 13, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045572/rna-seq-unveils-new-attributes-of-the-heterogeneous-salmonella-host-cell-communication
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Francisco García-Del Portillo, M Graciela Pucciarelli
High-throughput RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) has uncovered hundreds of small RNAs and complex modes of RNA regulation in every bacterium analyzed to date. This complexity agrees with the adaptability of most bacteria to varied environments including, in the case of pathogens, the new niches encountered in the host. Recent RNA-Seq studies have analyzed simultaneously gene expression in the intracellular pathogen Salmonella enterica and infected host cells at population and single-cell level. Distinct polarization states or interferon responses in the infected macrophage were linked to variable growth rates or activities of defined virulence regulators in intra-phagosomal bacteria...
January 3, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040530/correlation-of-cell-surface-proteins-of-distinct-beauveria-bassiana-cell-types-and-adaption-to-varied-environment-and-interaction-with-the-host-insect-cell-surface-associated-proteins-of-b-bassiana
#14
Zhi Yang, Hongyan Jiang, Xin Zhao, Zhuoyue Lu, Zhibing Luo, Xuebing Li, Jing Zhao, Yongjun Zhang
The insect fungal pathogen Beauveria bassiana produces a number of distinct cell types that include aerial conidia, blastospores and haemolymph-derived cells, termed hyphal bodies, to adapt varied environment niches and within the host insect. These cells display distinct biochemical properties and surface structures, and a highly ordered outermost brush-like structure uniquely present on hyphal bodies, but not on any in vitro cells. Here, we found that the outermost structure on the hyphal bodies mainly consisted of proteins associated to structural wall components in that most of it could be removed by dithiothreitol (DTT) or proteinase K...
December 28, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035238/manipulating-virulence-factor-availability-can-have-complex-consequences-for-infections
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Michael Weigert, Adin Ross-Gillespie, Anne Leinweber, Gabriella Pessi, Sam P Brown, Rolf Kümmerli
Given the rise of bacterial resistance against antibiotics, we urgently need alternative strategies to fight infections. Some propose we should disarm rather than kill bacteria, through targeted disruption of their virulence factors. It is assumed that this approach (i) induces weak selection for resistance because it should only minimally impact bacterial fitness, and (ii) is specific, only interfering with the virulence factor in question. Given that pathogenicity emerges from complex interactions between pathogens, hosts and their environment, such assumptions may be unrealistic...
January 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032207/vector-borne-pathogen-and-host-evolution-in-a-structured-immuno-epidemiological-system
#16
Hayriye Gulbudak, Vincent L Cannataro, Necibe Tuncer, Maia Martcheva
Vector-borne disease transmission is a common dissemination mode used by many pathogens to spread in a host population. Similar to directly transmitted diseases, the within-host interaction of a vector-borne pathogen and a host's immune system influences the pathogen's transmission potential between hosts via vectors. Yet there are few theoretical studies on virulence-transmission trade-offs and evolution in vector-borne pathogen-host systems. Here, we consider an immuno-epidemiological model that links the within-host dynamics to between-host circulation of a vector-borne disease...
December 28, 2016: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031793/phylogenetic-congruence-between-subtropical-trees-and-their-associated-fungi
#17
Xubing Liu, Minxia Liang, Rampal S Etienne, Gregory S Gilbert, Shixiao Yu
Recent studies have detected phylogenetic signals in pathogen-host networks for both soil-borne and leaf-infecting fungi, suggesting that pathogenic fungi may track or coevolve with their preferred hosts. However, a phylogenetically concordant relationship between multiple hosts and multiple fungi in has rarely been investigated. Using next-generation high-throughput DNA sequencing techniques, we analyzed fungal taxa associated with diseased leaves, rotten seeds, and infected seedlings of subtropical trees...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013457/selective-evolution-of-toll-like-receptors-3-7-8-and-9-in-bats
#18
Haiying Jiang, Juan Li, Linmiao Li, Xiujuan Zhang, Lihong Yuan, Jinping Chen
Previous studies have shown that bats are reservoirs of a large number of viruses, many of which cause illness and mortality in humans and other animals. However, these bat-associated pathogens cause little, if any, clinicopathology in bats. This long-term adaptation should be reflected somewhat in the immune system. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are the first line of immune defense against pathogens in vertebrates. Therefore, this study focuses on the selection of TLRs involved in virus recognition. The coding sequences of TLR3, TLR7, TLR8, and TLR9 were sequenced in ten bats...
December 24, 2016: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999962/human-lung-ex-vivo-infection-models
#19
REVIEW
Andreas C Hocke, Norbert Suttorp, Stefan Hippenstiel
Pneumonia is counted among the leading causes of death worldwide. Viruses, bacteria and pathogen-related molecules interact with cells present in the human alveolus by numerous, yet poorly understood ways. Traditional cell culture models little reflect the cellular composition, matrix complexity and three-dimensional architecture of the human lung. Integrative animal models suffer from species differences, which are of particular importance for the investigation of zoonotic lung diseases. The use of cultured ex vivo infected human lung tissue may overcome some of these limitations and complement traditional models...
December 20, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994211/proteome-changes-in-penicillium-expansum-grown-in-a-medium-derived-from-host-plant
#20
Xiaoshuang Xia, Huan Li, Fei Liu, Ye Zhang, Qi Zhang, Yun Wang, Peiwu Li
Penicillium expansum causes blue mould rot, a prevalent post-harvest disease of pome fruit, and is also the main producer of the patulin. However, knowledge on the molecular mechanisms involved in this pathogen-host interaction remains largely unknown. In this work, a two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE)-based proteomic approach was applied to probe changes in P. expansum cultivated in apple juice medium, which was used to mimic the in planta condition. The results showed that pH value and reducing sugar content in the apple juice medium decreased whereas the patulin content increased with the growing of P...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
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