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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231407/co-occurrence-and-hybridization-of-anther-smut-pathogens-specialized-on-dianthus-hosts
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Elsa Petit, Casey Silver, Amandine Cornille, Pierre Gladieux, Lisa Rosenthal, Emily Bruns, Sarah Yee, Janis Antonovics, Tatiana Giraud, Michael E Hood
Host specialization has important consequences for the diversification and ecological interactions of obligate pathogens. The anther-smut disease of natural plant populations, caused by Microbotryum fungi, has been characterized by specialized host-pathogen interactions, which contribute in part to the isolation among these numerous fungal species. This study investigated the molecular variation of Microbotryum pathogens within the geographic and host-specific distributions on wild Dianthus species in southern European Alps...
February 23, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224116/persistence-of-functional-protein-domains-in-mycoplasma-species-and-their-role-in-host-specificity-and-synthetic-minimal-life
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Tjerko Kamminga, Jasper J Koehorst, Paul Vermeij, Simen-Jan Slagman, Vitor A P Martins Dos Santos, Jetta J E Bijlsma, Peter J Schaap
Mycoplasmas are the smallest self-replicating organisms and obligate parasites of a specific vertebrate host. An in-depth analysis of the functional capabilities of mycoplasma species is fundamental to understand how some of simplest forms of life on Earth succeeded in subverting complex hosts with highly sophisticated immune systems. In this study we present a genome-scale comparison, focused on identification of functional protein domains, of 80 publically available mycoplasma genomes which were consistently re-annotated using a standardized annotation pipeline embedded in a semantic framework to keep track of the data provenance...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223455/acute-fetal-demise-with-first-trimester-maternal-infection-resulting-from-listeria-monocytogenes-in-a-nonhuman-primate-model
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Bryce Wolfe, Gregory J Wiepz, Michele Schotzko, Gennadiy I Bondarenko, Maureen Durning, Heather A Simmons, Andres Mejia, Nancy G Faith, Emmanuel Sampene, Marulasiddappa Suresh, Sophia Kathariou, Charles J Czuprynski, Thaddeus G Golos
Infection with Listeria monocytogenes during pregnancy is associated with miscarriage, preterm birth, and neonatal complications, including sepsis and meningitis. While the risk of these conditions is thought to be greatest during the third trimester of pregnancy, the determinants of fetoplacental susceptibility to infection, the contribution of gestational age, and the in vivo progression of disease at the maternal-fetal interface are poorly understood. We developed a nonhuman primate model of listeriosis to better understand antecedents of adverse pregnancy outcomes in early pregnancy...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223346/chlamydia-trachomatis-cellular-exit-alters-interactions-with-host-dendritic-cells
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Ashley M Sherrid, Kevin Hybiske
The strategies utilized by pathogens to exit host cells are an area of pathogenesis which has received surprisingly little attention, considering the necessity of this step for infections to propagate. Even less is known about how exit through these pathways affects downstream host-pathogen interactions and the generation of an immune response. Chlamydia exits host epithelial cells through two equally-active mechanisms: lysis and extrusion. Studies have characterized the outcome of interactions between host innate immune cells such as dendritic cells and macrophages and free, extracellular Chlamydia such as those resulting from lysis...
February 21, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222234/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-brassica-napus-leptosphaeria-maculans-pathosystem-identifies-receptor-signalling-and-structural-genes-underlying-plant-resistance
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Michael G Becker, Xuehua Zhang, Philip L Walker, Joey C Wan, Jenna L Millar, Deirdre Khan, Matthew J Granger, Jacob D Cavers, Ainsley C Chan, Dilantha W G Fernando, Mark F Belmonte
The hemibiotrophic fungal pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans is the causal agent of blackleg disease in Brassica napus (canola, oilseed rape) and causes significant yield loss worldwide. While genetic resistance has been used to mitigate the disease using traditional breeding strategies, there is little knowledge about the genes contributing to blackleg resistance. RNA sequencing and a streamlined bioinformatics pipeline identified unique genes and plant defense pathways specific to plant resistance in the B. napus-L...
February 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220417/steady-state-and-kinetics-based-affinity-determination-in-effector-effector-target-interactions
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André Reinhard, Thorsten Nürnberger
Dissecting the functional basis of pathogenicity and resistance in the context of plant innate immunity benefits greatly from detailed knowledge about biomolecular interactions, as both resistance and virulence depend on specific interactions between pathogen and host biomolecules. While in vivo systems provide biological context to host-pathogen interactions, these experiments typically cannot provide quantitative biochemical characterization of biomolecular interactions. However, in many cases, the biological function does not only depend on whether an interaction occurs at all, but rather on the "intensity" of the interaction, as quantified by affinity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220414/quantitative-analysis-of-ligand-induced-endocytosis-of-flagellin-sensing-2-using-automated-image-segmentation
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Michelle E Leslie, Antje Heese
Plants are equipped with a suite of plant pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) that must be properly trafficked to and from the plasma membrane (PM), which serves as the host-pathogen interface, for robust detection of invading pathogenic microbes. Recognition of bacterial flagellin, or the derived peptide flg22, is facilitated by the PM-localized PRR, FLAGELLIN SENSING 2 (FLS2). Upon flg22 binding, FLS2 is rapidly internalized from the PM into endosomal compartments and subsequently degraded. To understand better the integration of FLS2 endocytosis and signaling outputs, we developed methods for the quantitative analysis of FLS2 trafficking using freely available bioimage informatic tools...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217556/group-b-streptococcus-induces-neutrophil-recruitment-to-gestational-tissues-and-elaboration-of-extracellular-traps-and-nutritional-immunity
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Vishesh Kothary, Ryan S Doster, Lisa M Rogers, Leslie A Kirk, Kelli L Boyd, Joann Romano-Keeler, Kathryn P Haley, Shannon D Manning, David M Aronoff, Jennifer A Gaddy
Streptococcus agalactiae, or Group B Streptococcus (GBS), is a gram-positive bacterial pathogen associated with infection during pregnancy and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in neonates. Infection of the extraplacental membranes surrounding the developing fetus, a condition known as chorioamnionitis, is characterized histopathologically by profound infiltration of polymorphonuclear cells (PMNs, neutrophils) and greatly increases the risk for preterm labor, stillbirth, or neonatal GBS infection...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217138/using-population-and-comparative-genomics-to-understand-the-genetic-basis-of-effector-driven-fungal-pathogen-evolution
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REVIEW
Clémence Plissonneau, Juliana Benevenuto, Norfarhan Mohd-Assaad, Simone Fouché, Fanny E Hartmann, Daniel Croll
Epidemics caused by fungal plant pathogens pose a major threat to agro-ecosystems and impact global food security. High-throughput sequencing enabled major advances in understanding how pathogens cause disease on crops. Hundreds of fungal genomes are now available and analyzing these genomes highlighted the key role of effector genes in disease. Effectors are small secreted proteins that enhance infection by manipulating host metabolism. Fungal genomes carry 100s of putative effector genes, but the lack of homology among effector genes, even for closely related species, challenges evolutionary and functional analyses...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215157/glycans-in-infectious-diseases-a-molecular-recognition-perspective
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Luca Unione, Ana Gimeno, Pablo Valverde, Ilaria Calloni, Helena Coelho, Stefania Mirabella, Ana Poveda, Ana Arda, Jesús Jiménez-Barbero
The importance of glycans in infection processes has been demonstrated during the past few years. Indeed, it is today a hot topic with diverse branches and perspectives. The field is therefore attracting increased attention and it is expected that will provide spectacular developments. In this non-exhaustive review, we have focused on the molecular recognition aspects that involve the participation of glycans in different infection processes of paramount importance, with special attention to the applications of NMR spectroscopy and other biophysical techniques...
February 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213749/effect-of-continuous-sub-culturing-on-infectivity-of-clostridium-perfringens-atcc13124-in-mouse-gas-gangrene-model
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Ravi Bhushan Kumar, Syed Imteyaz Alam
Clostridium perfringens is a Validated Biological Agent and a pathogen of medical, veterinary, and military significance. Gas gangrene is the most destructive of all the clostridial diseases and is caused by C. perfringens type A strains wherein the infection spreads quickly (several inches per hour) with production of gas. Influence of repeated in vitro cultivation on the infectivity of C. perfringens was investigated by comparing the surface proteins of laboratory strain and repository strains of the bacterium using 2DE-MS approach...
February 17, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211052/life-history-strategy-determines-constraints-on-immune-function
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Benjamin J Parker, Seth M Barribeau, Alice M Laughton, Lynn H Griffin, Nicole M Gerardo
1)Determining the factors governing investment in immunity is critical for understanding host-pathogen ecological and evolutionary dynamics. Studies often consider disease resistance in the context of life-history theory, with the expectation that investment in immunity will be optimized in anticipation of disease risk. Immunity, however, is constrained by context-dependent fitness costs. How the costs of immunity vary across life-history strategies has yet to be considered. 2)Pea aphids are typically unwinged but produce winged offspring in response to high population densities and deteriorating conditions...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209879/host-pathogen-point-counterpoint
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EDITORIAL
Pamela J Hines
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207848/resolving-host-pathogen-interactions-by-dual-rna-seq
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REVIEW
Alexander J Westermann, Lars Barquist, Jörg Vogel
The transcriptome is a powerful proxy for the physiological state of a cell, healthy or diseased. As a result, transcriptome analysis has become a key tool in understanding the molecular changes that accompany bacterial infections of eukaryotic cells. Until recently, such transcriptomic studies have been technically limited to analyzing mRNA expression changes in either the bacterial pathogen or the infected eukaryotic host cell. However, the increasing sensitivity of high-throughput RNA sequencing now enables "dual RNA-seq" studies, simultaneously capturing all classes of coding and noncoding transcripts in both the pathogen and the host...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202767/genotype-specific-evolution-of-hepatitis-e-virus
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Adam B Brayne, Bethany L Dearlove, James S Lester, Sergei L Kosakovsky Pond, Simon D W Frost
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is the most common cause of acute viral hepatitis globally. HEV comprises four genotypes with different geographic distributions and host ranges. We utilise this natural case-control study for investigating the evolution of zoonotic viruses compared to single host viruses, using 244 near full length HEV genomes. Genome wide estimates of dN/dS located a region of overlapping reading frames, which is subject to positive selection in genotypes 3 and 4. The open reading frames (ORFs) involved have functions related to host-pathogen interaction, so genotype specific evolution of these regions may reflect their fitness...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202055/harmonizing-methods-for-wildlife-abundance-estimation-and-pathogen-detection-in-europe-a-questionnaire-survey-on-three-selected-host-pathogen-combinations
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Jana Sonnenburg, Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis, Thijs Kuiken, Ezio Ferroglio, Rainer G Ulrich, Franz J Conraths, Christian Gortázar, Christoph Staubach
BACKGROUND: The need for wildlife health surveillance as part of disease control in wildlife, domestic animals and humans on the global level is widely recognized. However, the objectives, methods and intensity of existing wildlife health surveillance programs vary greatly among European countries, resulting in a patchwork of data that are difficult to merge and compare. This survey aimed at evaluating the need and potential for data harmonization in wildlife health in Europe. The specific objective was to collect information on methods currently used to estimate host abundance and pathogen prevalence...
February 16, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199342/meta-qtl-for-resistance-to-white-mold-in-common-bean
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Renato C C Vasconcellos, O Blessing Oraguzie, Alvaro Soler, Haidar Arkwazee, James R Myers, Juan J Ferreira, Qijian Song, Phil McClean, Phillip N Miklas
White mold, caused by the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary, is a major disease that limits common bean production and quality worldwide. The host-pathogen interaction is complex, with partial resistance in the host inherited as a quantitative trait with low to moderate heritability. Our objective was to identify meta-QTL conditioning partial resistance to white mold from individual QTL identified across multiple populations and environments. The physical positions for 37 individual QTL were identified across 14 recombinant inbred bi-parental populations (six new, three re-genotyped, and five from the literature)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198346/characterization-of-two-new-putative-adhesins-of-leptospira-interrogans
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Jupciana M Figueredo, Gabriela H Siqueira, Gisele O de Souza, Marcos B Heinemann, Silvio A Vasconcellos, Erica G B Chapola, Ana L T O Nascimento
We here report the characterization of two novel proteins encoded by the genes LIC11122 and LIC12287, identified in the genome sequences of Leptospira interrogans, annotated, respectively, as a putative sigma factor and a hypothetical protein. The CDSs LIC11122 and LIC12287 have signal peptide SPII and SPI and are predicted to be located mainly at the cytoplasmic membrane of the bacteria. The genes were cloned and the proteins expressed using Escherichia coli. Proteinase K digestion showed that both proteins are surface exposed...
January 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197924/sumoylation-as-an-integral-mechanism-in-bacterial-infection-and-disease-progression
#19
Chittur V Srikanth, Smriti Verma
Post translational modification pathways regulate fundamental processes of cells and thus govern vital functions. Among these, particularly the modification with Small Ubiquitin-like Modifiers (SUMO) is being recognized as a pathway crucial for cell homeostasis and health. Understandably, bacterial pathogens intervene with the SUMO pathway of the host for ensuring successful infection. Among the bacterial pathogens known to target host sumoylation varied points of intervention are utilized. Majority of them including Salmonella Typhimurium, Shigella flexneri and Listeria monocytogenes target the E2 conjugating enzyme Ubc9...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196982/gene-expression-host-pathogen-duels-revealed-by-dual-rna-seq-in-vivo
#20
Darren J Burgess
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Nature Reviews. Genetics
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