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Alexandra Vergnes, Julie P M Viala, Rabah Ouadah-Tsabet, Bérengère Pocachard, Laurent Loiseau, Stéphane Méresse, Frédéric Barras, Laurent Aussel
Iron-sulfur (Fe-S)-containing proteins contribute to various biological processes, including redox reactions or regulation of gene expression. Living organisms have evolved by developing distinct biosynthetic pathways to assemble these clusters, including ISC (Iron Sulfur Cluster) and SUF (Sulfur mobilization). Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is an intracellular pathogen responsible for a wide range of infections, from gastroenteritis to severe systemic diseases. Salmonella possesses all known prokaryotic systems to assemble Fe-S clusters, including ISC and SUF...
October 5, 2016: Cellular Microbiology
Carola Biancalani, Matteo Cerboneschi, Francesco Tadini-Buoninsegni, Margherita Campo, Arianna Scardigli, Annalisa Romani, Stefania Tegli
Protection of plants against bacterial diseases still mainly relies on the use of chemical pesticides, which in Europe correspond essentially to copper-based compounds. However, recently plant diseases control is oriented towards a rational use of molecules and extracts, generally with natural origin, with lower intrinsic toxicity and a reduced negative environmental impact. In this work, polyphenolic extracts from vegetable no food/feed residues of typical Mediterranean crops, as Olea europaea, Cynara scolymus, and Vitis vinifera were obtained and their inhibitory activity on the Type Three Secretion System (TTSS) and the Quorum Sensing (QS) of the Gram-negative phytopathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas savastanoi pv...
2016: PloS One
Matteo Cerboneschi, Francesca Decorosi, Carola Biancalani, Maria Vittoria Ortenzi, Sofia Macconi, Luciana Giovannetti, Carlo Viti, Beatrice Campanella, Massimo Onor, Emilia Bramanti, Stefania Tegli
The plant pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas savastanoi, the causal agent of olive and oleander knot disease, uses the so-called "indole-3-acetamide pathway" to convert tryptophan to indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) via a two-step pathway catalyzed by enzymes encoded by the genes in the iaaM/iaaH operon. Moreover, pathovar nerii of P. savastanoi is able to conjugate IAA to lysine to generate the less biologically active compound IAA-Lys via the enzyme IAA-lysine synthase encoded by the iaaL gene. Interestingly, iaaL is now known to be widespread in many Pseudomonas syringae pathovars, even in the absence of the iaaM and iaaH genes for IAA biosynthesis...
November 2016: Research in Microbiology
Wen-Tyng Kang, Kumutha Malar Vellasamy, Jamuna Vadivelu
Burkholderia pseudomallei, the etiological agent for melioidosis, is known to secrete a type III secretion system (TTSS) protein into the host's internal milieu. One of the TTSS effector protein, BipC, has been shown to play an important role in the B. pseudomallei pathogenesis. To identify the host response profile that was directly or indirectly regulated by this protein, genome-wide transcriptome approach was used to examine the gene expression profiles of infected mice. The transcriptome analysis of the liver and spleen revealed that a total of approximately 1,000 genes were transcriptionally affected by BipC...
2016: Scientific Reports
Ermin Schadich, Petr Džubák, Marián Hajdúch
Virulence capsular polysaccharide (Vi antigen) and Salmonella`s Pathogenicity Island type 1 and 2 (SPI-1 and SPI-2 TTSS) are important membrane virulence factors of human restricted pathogen S. Typhi. The Vi antigen modulates different proinflammatory signaling pathways in infected macrophages, microfold epithelial and dendritic cells. SPI-2 TTSS and its effectors are required for promoting bacterial intracellular survival, replication and apoptosis while SPI-1 and its effectors are associated with invasion of microfold epithelial cells...
August 29, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Isidro Martínez Casas, María Auxiliadora Amador Marchante, Mihai Paduraru, Ana Isabel Fabregues Olea, Andreu Nolasco, Juan Carlos Medina
OBJECTIVE: To determine the predictive and diagnostic value of thorax trauma severity score (TTSS) in a population of thoracic trauma patients admitted to a secondary level trauma center. METHODS: A Retrospective analysis of patients admitted over a period of two years with IDC-9 codes related to thoracic trauma was undertaken. The association of TTSS with complications and mortality was evaluated. We also determined the predictive value of TTSS using receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC)...
July 2016: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
Chao Wang, Xiaoling Liu, Jing Wang, Jianuan Zhou, Zining Cui, Lian-Hui Zhang
The type III secretion system (TTSS) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a key virulence determinant for infection of eukaryotic hosts. Based on the findings that spermidine-mediated host-pathogen signalling is important for activation of type III secretion systems (TTSS), in this study, we designed, synthesized and evaluated a series of polyamine derivatives for their potentials in inhibiting the expression TTSS in P. aeruginosa. In vitro assay of 15 compounds synthesized in this study unveiled stringent structural requirements for TTSS-inhibitory activity...
2016: Scientific Reports
Mingyang Cai, Fan Gao, Wange Lu, Kai Wang
: Circularized Chromosome Conformation Capture followed by deep sequencing (4C-Seq) is a powerful technique to identify genome-wide partners interacting with a pre-specified genomic locus. Here, we present a computational and statistical approach to analyze 4C-Seq data generated from both enzyme digestion and sonication fragmentation-based methods. We implemented a command line software tool and a web interface called w4CSeq, which takes in the raw 4C sequencing data (FASTQ files) as input, performs automated statistical analysis and presents results in a user-friendly manner...
November 1, 2016: Bioinformatics
Linglin Zhang, Meng Mei, Chan Yu, Wenwen Shen, Lixin Ma, Jiewang He, Li Yi
Yersinia species are bacterial pathogens that can cause plague and intestinal diseases after invading into human cells through the Three Secretion System (TTSS). The effect of pathogenesis is mediated by Yersinia outer proteins (Yop) and manifested as down-regulation of the cytokine genes expression by inhibiting nuclear factor-κ-gene binding (NF-κB) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways. In addition, its pathogenesis can also manipulate the disorder of host innate immune system and cell death such as apoptosis, pyroptosis, and autophagy...
2016: Polish Journal of Microbiology
Ronald A Kastelein, Lean Helder-Hoek, Jennifer Covi, Robin Gransier
High intensity underwater sounds may cause temporary hearing threshold shifts (TTSs) in harbor porpoises, the magnitude of which may depend on the exposure duration. After exposure to playbacks of pile driving sounds, TTSs in two porpoises were quantified at 4 and 8 kHz with a psychophysical technique. At 8 kHz, the pile driving sounds caused the highest TTS. Pile driving sounds had the following: pulse duration 124 ms, rate 2760 strikes/h, inter-pulse interval 1.3 s, duty cycle ∼9.5%, average received single-strike unweighted broadband sound exposure level (SELss) 145 dB re 1 μPa(2)s, exposure duration range 15-360 min (cumulative SEL range: 173-187 dB re 1 μPa(2)s)...
May 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Jun Okuda, Yusuke Takeuchi, Masashi Yasuda, Toshihiro Nakai
The Type III secretion system (TTSS) is essential for the intracellular replication of Edwardsiella tarda in phagocytes of fish and mammals, and a hypothetical gene (orf13) located in the TTSS gene cluster is required for intracellular replication and virulence of E. tarda. Here, we show that under TTSS-inducing conditions, the protein ORF13 was secreted into culture supernatant. Then, using a yeast 2-hybrid screen, we show that the mammalian factor Cugbp2, which regulates apoptosis in breast cancer cells, directly interacts with ORF13...
May 3, 2016: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Silvia Gómez-Zorrilla, Carlos Juan, Gabriel Cabot, Mariana Camoez, Fe Tubau, Antonio Oliver, M Angeles Dominguez, Javier Ariza, Carmen Peña
The biological cost of multidrug resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) remains unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between pathogenicity and the resistance profile of different PA strains, including the most common epidemic high-risk clones. Nine PA strains were studied, including two reference strains, PAO1 and PA14 [both susceptible to all antipseudomonals (multiS)], and seven clinical strains comprising three clinical multiS strains, a non-clonal multidrug-resistant (MDR) strain and the high-risk MDR clones ST111, ST235 and ST175...
May 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Hamouda Elabed, Abderrahmen Merghni, Rim Hamza, Amina Bakhrouf, Kamel Gaddour
INTRODUCTION: The pathogenic bacterium Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium elicits a variety of genetic programs to adapt to stress conditions encountered within hostile environments such as host phagocytes and preserved food. METHODOLOGY: In this work, differential display (DD) methodology was used to investigate the effect of one month starvation in a salty microcosm (0.5 M NaCl) on transcript profiling in a Salmonella Typhimurium LT2 strain. cDNA fragments resulting from differentially expressed mRNA were eluted from the gel, re-amplified, cloned, and then sequenced...
January 2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
Danae Schulz, Maryam Zaringhalam, F Nina Papavasiliou, Hee-Sook Kim
Trypanosoma brucei is a protozoan parasite that lacks many transcription factors found in other eukaryotes, such as those whose binding demarcates enhancers. T. brucei retains histone variants and modifications, however, and it is hypothesized that it relies on epigenetic marks to define transcription-related boundaries. The histone H3 variant (H3.V) and an alternate nucleotide, base J (ß-D-glucosyl-hydroxymethyluracil), are two chromatin marks found at both transcription termination sites (TTSs) and telomeres...
January 2016: PLoS Genetics
Puthayalai Treerat, Priyangi Alwis, Tanya D'Cruze, Meabh Cullinane, Jamunarani Vadivelu, Rodney J Devenish, Mark Prescott, Ben Adler, John D Boyce
Many Gram-negative pathogens use a type III secretion system (TTSS) for the injection of bacterial effector proteins into host cells. The injected effector proteins play direct roles in modulation of host cell pathways for bacterial benefit. Burkholderia pseudomallei, the causative agent of melioidosis, expresses three different TTSSs. One of these systems, the TTSS3, is essential for escape from host endosomes and therefore intracellular survival and replication. Here we have characterized three putative TTSS3 proteins; namely BapA, BapB and BapC...
2015: PloS One
Alexander Supin, Vladimir Popov, Dmitry Nechaev, Evgenia Sysueva, Viatcheslav Rozhnov
Both the level and duration of fatiguing sounds influence temporary threshold shifts (TTSs) in odontocetes. These two parameters were combined into a sound exposure level (SEL). In the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas, TTSs were investigated at various sound pressure level (SPL)-to-duration ratios at a specific SEL. At low SPL-to-duration ratios, the dependence was positive: shorter high-level sounds produced greater TTSs than long low-level sounds of the same SEL. At high SPL-to-duration ratios, the dependence was negative: long low-level sounds produced greater TTSs than short high-level sounds of the same SEL...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Vladimir Popov, Alexander Supin, Dmitry Nechaev, Evgenia Sysueva, Viatcheslav Rozhnov
In belugas (Delphinapterus leucas), substantial (10-15 dB) differences in temporary threshold shifts (TTSs) were observed between the first and subsequent experimental sessions in the same subjects. In the first session (naïve subject state), the TTSs produced by exposure to fatiguing noises were larger than the TTSs produced in subsequent sessions (experienced subject state). After one to two sessions, the TTSs stabilized. The baseline hearing thresholds did not differ between the naïve and experienced states...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Ronald A Kastelein, Robin Gransier, Lean Hoek
The effects of exposure to continuous and intermittent anthropogenic sounds on temporary hearing threshold shifts (TTSs) in a harbor porpoise were investigated by testing hearing before and after exposure to 1- to 2-kHz downsweeps of 1 s, without harmonics, presented as paired-intermittent and continuous-exposure combinations with identical cumulative sound exposure levels (SEL(cum)). Exposure to intermittent sounds resulted in lower TTSs than exposure to continuous sounds with the same SEL(cum). Therefore, the hearing of marine mammals is at less risk from intermittent anthropogenic noises than from continuous ones at the same received sound pressure level and duration...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Bobo Wang, Bo Li, Ying Liang, Jing Li, Lang Gao, Lin Chen, Kangmin Duan, Lixin Shen
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an important human pathogen which adapts to changing environment, such as temperature variations and entering host by regulating their gene expression. Here, we report that gene PA0011 in P. aeruginosa PAO1, which encodes a 2-OH-lauroytransferase participating in lipid A biosynthesis, is involved in carbapenem resistance and virulence in a temperature-regulated manner in PAO1. The expression of PA0011 was higher at an environment temperature (21 °C) than that at a body temperature (37 °C)...
February 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Masahiro Ishida, Hiroyuki Takeuchi, Hiromi Endo, Jun-Ichi Yamaguchi
In vitro skin permeation studies have been commonly conducted to predict in vivo permeability for the development of transdermal therapeutic systems (TTSs). We clarified the impact of humidity on in vitro human skin permeation of two TTSs having different breathability and then elucidated the predictability of in vivo permeability based on in vitro experimental data. Nicotinell(®) TTS(®) 20 and Frandol(®) tape 40mg were used as model TTSs in this study. The in vitro human skin permeation experiments were conducted under humidity levels similar to those used in clinical trials (approximately 50%) as well as under higher humidity levels (approximately 95%)...
December 2015: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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