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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333229/escherichia-coli-cattle-and-the-propagation-of-disease
#1
Richard A Stein, David E Katz
Several early models describing host-pathogen interaction have assumed that each individual host has approximately the same likelihood of becoming infected or of infecting others. More recently, a concept that has been increasingly emphasized in many studies is that for many infectious diseases, transmission is not homogeneous but highly skewed at the level of populations. In what became known as the "20/80 rule", about 20% of the hosts in a population were found to contribute to about 80% of the transmission potential...
March 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331096/comprehensive-transcriptome-analyses-reveal-that-potato-spindle-tuber-viroid-triggers-genome-wide-changes-in-alternative-splicing-inducible-trans-acting-activity-of-phasirnas-and-immune-responses
#2
Yi Zheng, Ying Wang, Biao Ding, Zhangjun Fei
Many pathogens express non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) during infection processes. In the most extreme case, pathogenic ncRNAs alone (such as viroids) can infect eukaryotic organisms leading to diseases. While a few of pathogenic ncRNAs have been implicated in regulating gene expression, functions of most pathogenic ncRNAs in host-pathogen interactions remain unclear. Here we employ potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd)-infecting tomato as a system to dissect host interactions with pathogenic ncRNAs, using comprehensive transcriptome analyses...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331077/novel-mechanisms-revealed-in-the-trachea-transcriptome-of-resistant-and-susceptible-chicken-lines-following-infection-with-newcastle-disease-virus
#3
Melissa S Deist, Rodrigo A Gallardo, David A Bunn, Terra R Kelly, Jack C M Dekkers, Huaijun Zhou, Susan J Lamont
Newcastle disease virus (NDV) has a devastating impact on poultry production in developing countries. This study examined the transcriptome of tracheal epithelial cells from two inbred chicken lines that differ in NDV susceptibility after challenge with a high-titer inoculum of lentogenic NDV. The Fayoumi line had a significantly lower NDV load post-challenge relative to the Leghorn line, demonstrating the Fayoumi's classification as a relatively NDV resistant breed. Examining the trachea transcriptome showed a large increase in immune cell infiltration in the trachea in both lines at all times post-infection...
March 22, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325762/a-genetic-screen-reveals-that-synthesis-of-1-4-dihydroxy-2-naphthoate-dhna-but-not-full-length-menaquinone-is-required-for-listeria-monocytogenes-cytosolic-survival
#4
Grischa Y Chen, Courtney E McDougal, Marc A D'Antonio, Jonathan L Portman, John-Demian Sauer
Through unknown mechanisms, the host cytosol restricts bacterial colonization; therefore, only professional cytosolic pathogens are adapted to colonize this host environment. Listeria monocytogenes is a Gram-positive intracellular pathogen that is highly adapted to colonize the cytosol of both phagocytic and nonphagocytic cells. To identify L. monocytogenes determinants of cytosolic survival, we designed and executed a novel screen to isolate L. monocytogenes mutants with cytosolic survival defects. Multiple mutants identified in the screen were defective for synthesis of menaquinone (MK), an essential molecule in the electron transport chain...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323070/urbanization-and-the-dynamics-of-rna-viruses-in-mallards-anas-platyrhynchos
#5
Michelle Wille, Kristine Lindqvist, Shaman Muradrasoli, Björn Olsen, Josef D Järhult
Urbanization is intensifying worldwide, and affects the epidemiology of infectious diseases. However, the effect of urbanization on natural host-pathogen systems remains poorly understood. Urban ducks occupy an interesting niche in that they directly interact with both humans and wild migratory birds, and either directly or indirectly with food production birds. Here we have collected samples from Mallards residing in a pond in central Uppsala, Sweden, from January 2013 to January 2014. This artificial pond is kept ice-free during the winter months, and is a popular location where the ducks are fed, resulting in a resident population of ducks year-round...
March 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322291/genomic-innovations-linked-to-infection-strategies-across-emerging-pathogenic-chytrid-fungi
#6
Rhys A Farrer, An Martel, Elin Verbrugghe, Amr Abouelleil, Richard Ducatelle, Joyce E Longcore, Timothy Y James, Frank Pasmans, Matthew C Fisher, Christina A Cuomo
To understand the evolutionary pathways that lead to emerging infections of vertebrates, here we explore the genomic innovations that allow free-living chytrid fungi to adapt to and colonize amphibian hosts. Sequencing and comparing the genomes of two pathogenic species of Batrachochytrium to those of close saprophytic relatives reveals that pathogenicity is associated with remarkable expansions of protease and cell wall gene families, while divergent infection strategies are linked to radiations of lineage-specific gene families...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321417/technologies-for-proteome-wide-discovery-of-extracellular-host-pathogen-interactions
#7
REVIEW
Nadia Martinez-Martin
Pathogens have evolved unique mechanisms to breach the cell surface barrier and manipulate the host immune response to establish a productive infection. Proteins exposed to the extracellular environment, both cell surface-expressed receptors and secreted proteins, are essential targets for initial invasion and play key roles in pathogen recognition and subsequent immunoregulatory processes. The identification of the host and pathogen extracellular molecules and their interaction networks is fundamental to understanding tissue tropism and pathogenesis and to inform the development of therapeutic strategies...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321154/host-pathogen-interactions-in-helicobacter-pylori-related-gastric-cancer
#8
EDITORIAL
Magdalena Chmiela, Zuzanna Karwowska, Weronika Gonciarz, Bujana Allushi, Paweł Stączek
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), discovered in 1982, is a microaerophilic, spiral-shaped gram-negative bacterium that is able to colonize the human stomach. Nearly half of the world's population is infected by this pathogen. Its ability to induce gastritis, peptic ulcers, gastric cancer and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma has been confirmed. The susceptibility of an individual to these clinical outcomes is multifactorial and depends on H. pylori virulence, environmental factors, the genetic susceptibility of the host and the reactivity of the host immune system...
March 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319831/structure-based-prediction-of-host-pathogen-protein-interactions
#9
REVIEW
Rachelle Mariano, Stefan Wuchty
The discovery, validation, and characterization of protein-based interactions from different species are crucial for translational research regarding a variety of pathogens, ranging from the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum to HIV-1. Here, we review recent advances in the prediction of host-pathogen protein interfaces using structural information. In particular, we observe that current methods chiefly perform machine learning on sequence and domain information to produce large sets of candidate interactions that are further assessed and pruned to generate final, highly probable sets...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317029/listeriomics-an-interactive-web-platform-for-systems-biology-of-listeria
#10
Christophe Bécavin, Mikael Koutero, Nicolas Tchitchek, Franck Cerutti, Pierre Lechat, Nicolas Maillet, Claire Hoede, Hélène Chiapello, Christine Gaspin, Pascale Cossart
As for many model organisms, the amount of Listeria omics data produced has recently increased exponentially. There are now >80 published complete Listeria genomes, around 350 different transcriptomic data sets, and 25 proteomic data sets available. The analysis of these data sets through a systems biology approach and the generation of tools for biologists to browse these various data are a challenge for bioinformaticians. We have developed a web-based platform, named Listeriomics, that integrates different tools for omics data analyses, i...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306723/the-redefinition-of-helicobacter-pylori-lipopolysaccharide-o-antigen-and-core-oligosaccharide-domains
#11
Hong Li, Tiandi Yang, Tingting Liao, Aleksandra W Debowski, Hans-Olof Nilsson, Alma Fulurija, Stuart M Haslam, Barbara Mulloy, Anne Dell, Keith A Stubbs, Barry J Marshall, Mohammed Benghezal
Helicobacter pylori lipopolysaccharide promotes chronic gastric colonisation through O-antigen host mimicry and resistance to mucosal antimicrobial peptides mediated primarily by modifications of the lipid A. The structural organisation of the core and O-antigen domains of H. pylori lipopolysaccharide remains unclear, as the O-antigen attachment site has still to be identified experimentally. Here, structural investigations of lipopolysaccharides purified from two wild-type strains and the O-antigen ligase mutant revealed that the H...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303346/high-throughput-sequencing-identifies-hiv-1-replication-and-latency-related-mirnas-in-cd4-t-cell-lines
#12
Xiangyun Lu, Jin Yang, Haibo Wu, Zongxing Yang, Changzhong Jin, Juan Wang, Linfang Cheng, Xiaorong Peng, Fumin Liu, Xiuming Peng, Sujing Ji, Huilin Ou, Tiansheng Xie, Hangping Yao, Nanping Wu
MicroRNAs are potent gene expression regulators involved in regulating various biological processes, including host-pathogen interactions. In this study, we used high-throughput sequencing to investigate cellular miRNA signatures related to HIV-1 replication and latent infection in CD4(+) T cell lines, which included HIV-1-replicating H9/HTLV-IIIB, HIV-1-latently-infected CEM-Bru cells, and their parental uninfected H9 and CEM-SS cells. Relatively few miRNAs were found to be modulated by HIV-1 replication or latent infection, while the cell-lineage-specific miRNA difference was more pronounced, irrespective of HIV-1 infection...
March 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303104/mathematical-modeling-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-colonization-invasive-infection-and-treatment
#13
Elisa Domínguez-Hüttinger, Neville J Boon, Thomas B Clarke, Reiko J Tanaka
Streptococcus pneumoniae (Sp) is a commensal bacterium that normally resides on the upper airway epithelium without causing infection. However, factors such as co-infection with influenza virus can impair the complex Sp-host interactions and the subsequent development of many life-threatening infectious and inflammatory diseases, including pneumonia, meningitis or even sepsis. With the increased threat of Sp infection due to the emergence of new antibiotic resistant Sp strains, there is an urgent need for better treatment strategies that effectively prevent progression of disease triggered by Sp infection, minimizing the use of antibiotics...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301990/risk-factors-for-community-acquired-bacterial-meningitis
#14
Lene Fogt Lundbo, Thomas Benfield
BACKGROUND: Bacterial meningitis is a significant burden of disease and mortality in all age groups worldwide despite the development of effective conjugated vaccines. The pathogenesis of bacterial meningitis is based on complex and incompletely understood host-pathogen interactions. Some of these are pathogen-specific, while some are shared between different bacteria. METHODS: We searched the database PubMed to identify host risk factors for bacterial meningitis caused by the pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae type b, because they are three most common causative bacteria beyond the neonatal period...
June 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301166/brachyspira-hyodysenteriae-infection-regulates-mucin-glycosylation-synthesis-inducing-an-increased-expression-of-core-2-o-glycans-in-porcine-colon
#15
Vignesh Venkatakrishnan, Macarena Paz Quintana-Hayashi, Maxime Mahu, Freddy Haesebrouck, Frank Pasmans, Sara K Lindén
Brachyspira hyodysenteriae causes swine dysentery (SD), leading to global financial losses to the pig industry. Infection with this pathogen results in an increase of B. hyodysenteriae binding sites on mucins, along with increased colonic mucin secretion. We here predict that B. hyodysenteriae modifies the glycosylation pattern of the porcine intestinal mucus layer to optimize its host niche. We characterized the swine colonic mucin O-glycome and identified the differences in glycosylation between B. hyodysenteriae infected and non-infected pigs...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300772/immune-response-to-coccidioidomycosis-and-the-development-of-a-vaccine
#16
REVIEW
Natalia Castro-Lopez, Chiung-Yu Hung
Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection caused by Coccidioides posadasii and Coccidioides immitis. It is estimated that 150,000 new infections occur in the United States each year. The incidence of this infection continues to rise in endemic regions. There is an urgent need for the development of better therapeutic drugs and a vaccine against coccidioidomycosis. This review discusses the features of host innate and adaptive immune responses to Coccidioides infection. The focus is on the recent advances in the immune response and host-pathogen interactions, including the recognition of spherules by the host and defining the signal pathways that guide the development of the adaptive T-cell response to Coccidioides infection...
March 16, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298443/a-four-gene-operon-in-bacillus-cereus-produces-two-rare-spore-decorating-sugars
#17
Zi Li, Thiya Mukherjee, Kyle Bowler, Sholeh Namdari, Zachary Snow, Sarah Prestridge, Alexandra Carlton, Maor Bar-Peled
Bacterial glycan structures on cell surfaces are critical for cell-cell recognition and adhesion and in host-pathogen interactions. Accordingly, unraveling the sugar composition of bacterial cell surfaces can shed light on bacterial growth and pathogenesis. Here, we found that two rare sugars with a 3-C-methyl-6-deoxy-hexose structure were linked to spore glycan in Bacillus cereus ATCC 14579 and ATCC 10876. Moreover, we identified a four-gene operon in B. cereus ATCC 14579 that encodes proteins with the following sequential enzyme activities as determined by mass spectrometry and one- and two-dimensional NMR methods: CTP:glucose-1-phosphate cytidylyltransferase, a CDP-Glc 4,6-dehydratase, an NADH-dependent SAM:C-methyltransferase, and an NADPH-dependent CDP-3-C-methyl-6-deoxy-hexose 4-reductase...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294433/transcriptional-regulation-of-adhesive-properties-of-bacillus-subtilis-to-extracellular-matrix-proteins-through-the-fibronectin-binding-protein-yloa
#18
Facundo Rodriguez Ayala, Carlos Bauman, Marco Bartolini, Ester Saball, Marcela Salvarrey, Cecilia Leñini, Sebastián Cogliati, Mark Strauch, Roberto Grau
Bacterial adherence to extracellular matrix proteins (ECMp) plays important roles during host-pathogen interaction, however its genetic regulation remains poorly understood. yloA of the model bacterium Bacillus subtilis shows high homology to genes encoding fibronectin-binding proteins of Gram-positive pathogens. Here, we characterized the regulatory network of YloA-dependent adhesive properties of the probiotic B. subtilis natto (Bsn). YloA-proficient, but not YloA-deficient, Bsn specifically bound to ECMp in a concentration-dependent manner and were proficient in biofilm formation...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294222/comparison-of-leptospira-interrogans-and-leptospira-biflexa-genomes-analysis-of-potential-leptospiral-host-interactions
#19
Prachi Mehrotra, Gayatri Ramakrishnan, Gunasekaran Dhandapani, Narayanaswamy Srinivasan, Madathiparambil G Madanan
Leptospirosis, a potentially life-threatening disease, remains the most widespread zoonosis caused by pathogenic species of Leptospira. The pathogenic spirochaete, Leptospira interrogans, is characterized by its ability to permeate human host tissues rapidly and colonize multiple organs in the host. In spite of the efforts taken to comprehend the pathophysiology of the pathogen and the heterogeneity posed by L. interrogans, the current knowledge on the mechanism of pathogenesis is modest. In an attempt to contribute towards the same, we demonstrate the use of an established structure-based protocol coupled with information on subcellular localization of proteins and their tissue-specificity, in recognizing a set of 49 biologically feasible interactions potentially mediated by proteins of L...
March 15, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288575/lactobacillus-derived-extracellular-vesicles-enhance-host-immune-responses-against-vancomycin-resistant-enterococci
#20
Ming Li, Kiho Lee, Min Hsu, Gerard Nau, Eleftherios Mylonakis, Bharat Ramratnam
BACKGROUND: Probiotic bacteria are known to modulate host immune responses against various pathogens. Recently, extracellular vesicles (EVs) have emerged as potentially important mediators of host-pathogen interactions. In this study, we explored the role of L. plantarum derived EVs in modulating host responses to vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) using both Caenorhabditis elegans and human cells. RESULTS: Our previous work has shown that probiotic conditioning C...
March 14, 2017: BMC Microbiology
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