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Maria Del Mar Cendra, Myron Christodoulides, Parwez Hossain
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the principal cause of bacterial keratitis worldwide and overstimulation of the innate immune system by this organism is believed to contribute significantly to sight loss. In the current study, we have used primary human corneal fibroblast (hCF) cells as an ex vivo model of corneal infection to examine the role of P. aeruginosa flagellum and type three secretion system (TTSS) in inducing inflammasome-associated molecules that trigger IL-1β and IL-18 production during the early stages of the infection...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Chih-Ying Chien, Yu-Hsien Chen, Shih-Tsung Han, Gerald N Blaney, Ting-Shuo Huang, Kuan-Fu Chen
BACKGROUND: Traumatic rib fractures can cause chest complications that need further treatment and hospitalization. We hypothesized that an increase in the number of displaced rib fractures will be accompanied by an increase in chest complications. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the trauma registry between January 2013 and May 2015 in a teaching hospital in northeastern Taiwan. Patients admitted with chest trauma and rib fractures without concomitant severe brain, splenic, pelvic or liver injuries were included...
February 28, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Christopher T Parker, Regan Russell, Jacqueline W Njoroge, Angel G Jimenez, Ron Taussig, Vanessa Sperandio
The histidine sensor kinase (HK) QseC senses autoinducer 3 (AI-3) and the adrenergic hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. Upon sensing these signals, QseC acts through three response regulators (RRs) to regulate the expression of virulence genes in enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC). The QseB, QseF, and KdpE RRs that are phosphorylated by QseC constitute a tripartite signaling cascade having different and overlapping targets, including flagella and motility, the type three secretion system encoded by the locus of enterocyte effacement (LEE), and Shiga toxin...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
Achiraya Siriphap, Pimlapas Leekitcharoenphon, Rolf S Kaas, Chonchanok Theethakaew, Frank M Aarestrup, Orasa Sutheinkul, Rene S Hendriksen
Cholera is still an important public health problem in several countries, including Thailand. In this study, a collection of clinical and environmental V. cholerae serogroup O1, O139, and non-O1/non-O139 strains originating from Thailand (1983 to 2013) was characterized to determine phenotypic and genotypic traits and to investigate the genetic relatedness. Using a combination of conventional methods and whole genome sequencing (WGS), 78 V. cholerae strains were identified. WGS was used to determine the serogroup, biotype, virulence, mobile genetic elements, and antimicrobial resistance genes using online bioinformatics tools...
2017: PloS One
Wen Tyng Kang, Kumutha Malar Vellasamy, Lakshminarayanan Rajamani, Roger W Beuerman, Jamuna Vadivelu
Melioidosis, an infection caused by the facultative intracellular pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei, has been classified as an emerging disease with the number of patients steadily increasing at an alarming rate. B. pseudomalleipossess various virulence determinants that allow them to invade the host and evade the host immune response, such as the type III secretion systems (TTSS). The products of this specialized secretion system are particularly important for the B. pseudomallei infection. Lacking in one or more components of the TTSS demonstrated different degrees of defects in the intracellular lifecycle of B...
2016: PeerJ
Kyungmin Jo, Eun Jin Kim, Hyun Jin Yu, Cheol-Heui Yun, Dong Wook Kim
When Shigella infect host cells, various effecter molecules are delivered into the cytoplasm of the host cell through the type III secretion system (TTSS) to facilitate their invasion process and control the host immune responses. Among these effectors, the S. flexneri effector OspF dephosphorylates mitogen-activated protein kinases and translocates itself to the nucleus, thus preventing histone H3 modification to regulate expression of proinflammatory cytokines. Despite the critical role of OspF, the mechanism by which it localizes in the nucleus has remained to be elucidated...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Gopalsamy Gnanasekaran, Eun Jung Na, Han Young Chung, Suyeon Kim, You-Tae Kim, Woori Kwak, Heebal Kim, Sangryeol Ryu, Sang Ho Choi, Ju-Hoon Lee
Yersinia enterocolitica is a well-known foodborne pathogen causing gastrointestinal infections worldwide. The strain Y. enterocolitica FORC_002 was isolated from the gill of flatfish (plaice) and its genome was sequenced. The genomic DNA consists of 4,837,317 bp with a GC content of 47.1%, and is predicted to contain 4,221 open reading frames, 81 tRNA genes, and 26 rRNA genes. Interestingly, genomic analysis revealed pathogenesis and host immune evasion-associated genes encoding guanylate cyclase (Yst), invasin (Ail and Inv), outer membrane protein (Yops), autotransporter adhesin A (YadA), RTX-like toxins, and a type III secretion system...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
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 iron sulfur cluster (ISC) and sulfur mobilization (SUF). 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 31, 2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
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