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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645155/features-of-genomic-organization-in-a-nucleotide-resolution-molecular-model-of-the-escherichia-coli-chromosome
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William C Hacker, Shuxiang Li, Adrian H Elcock
We describe structural models of the Escherichia coli chromosome in which the positions of all 4.6 million nucleotides of each DNA strand are resolved. Models consistent with two basic chromosomal orientations, differing in their positioning of the origin of replication, have been constructed. In both types of model, the chromosome is partitioned into plectoneme-abundant and plectoneme-free regions, with plectoneme lengths and branching patterns matching experimental distributions, and with spatial distributions of highly-transcribed chromosomal regions matching recent experimental measurements of the distribution of RNA polymerases...
June 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644872/helicobacter-pylori-gene-silencing-in-vivo-demonstrates-urease-is-essential-for-chronic-infection
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Aleksandra W Debowski, Senta M Walton, Eng-Guan Chua, Alfred Chin-Yen Tay, Tingting Liao, Binit Lamichhane, Robyn Himbeck, Keith A Stubbs, Barry J Marshall, Alma Fulurija, Mohammed Benghezal
Helicobacter pylori infection causes chronic active gastritis that after many years of infection can develop into peptic ulceration or gastric adenocarcinoma. The bacterium is highly adapted to surviving in the gastric environment and a key adaptation is the virulence factor urease. Although widely postulated, the requirement of urease expression for persistent infection has not been elucidated experimentally as conventional urease knockout mutants are incapable of colonization. To overcome this constraint, conditional H...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644830/optimal-chemotactic-responses-in-stochastic-environments
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Martin Godány, Bhavin S Khatri, Richard A Goldstein
Although the "adaptive" strategy used by Escherichia coli has dominated our understanding of bacterial chemotaxis, the environmental conditions under which this strategy emerged is still poorly understood. In this work, we study the performance of various chemotactic strategies under a range of stochastic time- and space-varying attractant distributions in silico. We describe a novel "speculator" response in which the bacterium compare the current attractant concentration to the long-term average; if it is higher then they tumble persistently, while if it is lower than the average, bacteria swim away in search of more favorable conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640897/impact-of-selected-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-pharmaceuticals-on-microbial-community-assembly-and-activity-in-sequencing-batch-reactors
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Cong Jiang, Jinju Geng, Haidong Hu, Haijun Ma, Xingsheng Gao, Hongqiang Ren
This study covers three widely detected non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals (NSAIDs), diclofenac (DCF), ibuprofen (IBP) and naproxen (NPX), as NSAIDs pollutants. The objective is to evaluate the impact of NSAIDs at their environmental concentrations on microbial community assembly and activity. The exposure experiments were conducted under three conditions (5 μg L-1 DCF, 5 μg L-1 DCF+5 μg L-1 IBP and 5 μg L-1 DCF+5 μg L-1 IBP+ 5 μg L-1 NPX) in sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) for 130 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637861/epidemic-and-endemic-pathogen-dynamics-correspond-to-distinct-host-population-microbiomes-at-a-landscape-scale
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Andrea J Jani, Roland A Knapp, Cheryl J Briggs
Infectious diseases have serious impacts on human and wildlife populations, but the effects of a disease can vary, even among individuals or populations of the same host species. Identifying the reasons for this variation is key to understanding disease dynamics and mitigating infectious disease impacts, but disentangling cause and correlation during natural outbreaks is extremely challenging. This study aims to understand associations between symbiotic bacterial communities and an infectious disease, and examines multiple host populations before or after pathogen invasion to infer likely causal links...
June 28, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636922/an-experimental-framework-for-quantifying-bacterial-tolerance
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Asher Brauner, Noam Shoresh, Ofer Fridman, Nathalie Q Balaban
Antibiotic tolerance and persistence are often associated with treatment failure and relapse, yet are poorly characterized. In distinction from resistance, which is measured using the minimum inhibitory concentration metric, tolerance and persistence values are not currently evaluated in the clinical setting, and so are overlooked when a course of treatment is prescribed. In this article, we introduce a metric and an automated experimental framework for measuring tolerance and persistence. The tolerance metric is the minimum duration for killing 99% of the population, MDK99, which can be evaluated by a statistical analysis of measurements performed manually or using a robotic system...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636668/microbiota-in-anorexia-nervosa-the-triangle-between-bacterial-species-metabolites-and-psychological-tests
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Francesca Borgo, Alessandra Riva, Alberto Benetti, Maria Cristina Casiraghi, Sara Bertelli, Stefania Garbossa, Simona Anselmetti, Silvio Scarone, Antonio E Pontiroli, Giulia Morace, Elisa Borghi
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a psychiatric disease with devastating physical consequences, with a pathophysiological mechanism still to be elucidated. Metagenomic studies on anorexia nervosa have revealed profound gut microbiome perturbations as a possible environmental factor involved in the disease. In this study we performed a comprehensive analysis integrating data on gut microbiota with clinical, anthropometric and psychological traits to gain new insight in the pathophysiology of AN. Fifteen AN women were compared with fifteen age-, sex- and ethnicity-matched healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634574/reducing-viability-bias-in-analysis-of-gut-microbiota-in-preterm-infants-at-risk-of-nec-and-sepsis
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Gregory R Young, Darren L Smith, Nicholas D Embleton, Janet E Berrington, Edward C Schwalbe, Stephen P Cummings, Christopher J van der Gast, Clare Lanyon
Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and sepsis are serious diseases of preterm infants that can result in feeding intolerance, the need for bowel resection, impaired physiological and neurological development, and high mortality rates. Neonatal healthcare improvements have allowed greater survival rates in preterm infants leading to increased numbers at risk of developing NEC and sepsis. Gut bacteria play a role in protection from or propensity to these conditions and have therefore, been studied extensively using targeted 16S rRNA gene sequencing methods...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630195/topical-antimicrobial-treatments-can-elicit-shifts-to-resident-skin-bacterial-communities-and-reduce-colonization-by-staphylococcus-aureus-competitors
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Adam J SanMiguel, Jacquelyn S Meisel, Joseph Horwinski, Qi Zheng, Elizabeth A Grice
The skin microbiome is a complex ecosystem with important implications for cutaneous health and disease. Topical antibiotics and antiseptics are often employed to preserve the balance of this population, and inhibit colonization by more pathogenic bacteria. Despite their widespread use, however, the impact of these interventions on broader microbial communities remains poorly understood. Here we report the longitudinal effects of topical antibiotics and antiseptics on skin bacterial communities and their role in Staphylococcus aureus colonization resistance...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630188/identification-of-a-novel-antibacterial-compound-1-2-4-dichlorophenethyl-amino-3-phenoxypropan-2-ol-active-against-persisters-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Veerle Liebens, Valerie Defraine, Wouter Knapen, Toon Swings, Serge Beullens, Romu Corbau, Arnaud Marchand, Patrick Chaltin, Maarten Fauvart, Jan Michiels
Antibiotics typically fail to completely eradicate a bacterial population, leaving a small fraction of transiently antibiotic-tolerant persister cells intact. Persisters are therefore seen as a major cause of treatment failure and greatly contribute to the recalcitrant nature of chronic infections. The current report is focused on Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a Gram-negative pathogen belonging to the notorious ESKAPE group and, due to an increasing resistance against most conventional antibiotics, posing a serious threat to human health...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628661/elimination-of-persistent-vaccine-bacteria-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-in-the-guts-of-immunized-mice-by-inducible-expression-of-truncated-ynce
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Yiran Wang, Jianhua Li, Kun Xiong, Zhijin Chen, Chunping Zheng, Yong Tan, Yanguang Cong
Orally administered vaccine bacteria usually persist for a period of time in the intestinal tracts of immunized individuals, and are excreted in feces to the environment resulting in a potential biosafety issue. The releasing risk can be minimized by immediate elimination of the persistent vaccine bacteria once adequate protective immune responses have been elicited by the vaccine bacteria. In a previous study, inducible expression of truncated yncE gene (yncE*) was found lethal to host bacteria. This feature has an application potential in biosafety control...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628613/immunosuppressive-and-angiogenic-cytokine-profile-associated-with-bartonella-bacilliformis-infection-in-post-outbreak-and-endemic-areas-of-carrion-s-disease-in-peru
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Maria J Pons, Cláudia Gomes, Ruth Aguilar, Diana Barrios, Miguel Angel Aguilar-Luis, Joaquim Ruiz, Carlota Dobaño, Juana Del Valle-Mendoza, Gemma Moncunill
Analysis of immune responses in Bartonella bacilliformis carriers are needed to understand acquisition of immunity to Carrion's disease and may allow identifying biomarkers associated with bacterial infection and disease phases. Serum samples from 144 healthy subjects from 5 villages in the North of Peru collected in 2014 were analyzed. Four villages had a Carrion's disease outbreak in 2013, and the other is a traditionally endemic area. Thirty cytokines, chemokines and growth factors were determined in sera by fluorescent bead-based quantitative suspension array technology, and analyzed in relation to available data on bacteremia quantified by RT-PCR, and IgM and IgG levels measured by ELISA against B...
June 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626609/detection-and-drug-resistance-profile-of-escherichia-coli-from-subclinical-mastitis-cows-and-water-supply-in-dairy-farms-in-saraburi-province-thailand
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Woranich Hinthong, Natapol Pumipuntu, Sirijan Santajit, Suphang Kulpeanprasit, Shutipen Buranasinsup, Nitat Sookrung, Wanpen Chaicumpa, Pisinee Aiumurai, Nitaya Indrawattana
Subclinical mastitis is a persistent problem in dairy farms worldwide. Environmental Escherichia coli is the bacterium predominantly responsible for this condition. In Thailand, subclinical mastitis in dairy cows is usually treated with various antibiotics, which could lead to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. E. coli is also a reservoir of many antibiotic resistance genes, which can be conveyed to other bacteria. In this study, the presence of E. coli in milk and water samples was reported, among which enteropathogenic E...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625898/doctor-says-you-are-cured-but-you-still-feel-the-pain-borrelia-dna-persistence-in-lyme-disease
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REVIEW
Jorge Cervantes
Lyme disease is a zoonosis caused by infection with Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb). A great amount of research has attempted to elucidate the mechanisms by which Bb causes inflammation and chronic symptomatology in some patients. Patients often seek unconventional treatments that lack scientific evidence, as medical care is unable to effectively explain and treat their illness. Bb-DNA can persist for long periods of time in some individuals, even after antibiotic therapy. Herein, scientific rationale is presented for a new therapeutic approach against remaining bacterial DNA, and/or increasing the ability of human macrophages to remove extracellular Bb DNA...
June 15, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623407/diagnosis-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-a-multifocal-cutaneous-orf-virus-with-mixed-bacterial-infection-outbreak-in-goats-in-fujian-province-china
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Xuelin Chi, Xiancheng Zeng, Shuhong Luo
Outbreaks of orf virus on goat farms are common in China. In this study, we investigated a severe multifocal cutaneous orf virus outbreak with a correlative mixed bacterial infection which persisted for up to 6 months, and which had a high morbidity (93.7%) and mortality (15%) among kids in a herd of crossbreed goats in Fujian province in China. The disease was diagnosed as an orf virus (ORFV XD strain) infection associating with Streptococcus pluranimalium and Staphylococcus, identified using standard virological and bacteriological techniques...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622574/analysis-of-adipose-tissue-immune-gene-expression-after-vaccination-of-rainbow-trout-with-adjuvanted-bacterins-reveals-an-association-with-side-effects
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Kimberly A Veenstra, Tiehui Wang, Ayham Alnabulsi, Alex Douglas, K Spencer Russell, Lincoln Tubbs, Juliette Ben Arous, Christopher J Secombes
Most existing fish vaccines are presented in the form of oil-based emulsions delivered by intraperitoneal injection. Whilst very effective they are frequently associated with inflammatory responses that can result in clinically significant side-effects often involving the adipose tissue that is in direct contact with the vaccine. To explore the potential of immune gene expression changes in the adipose tissue of fish to be markers of vaccination efficacy or development of side-effects we have studied the response to a bacterial (Aeromonas salmonicida) vaccine administered with two different adjuvants...
June 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622363/acyloxyacyl-hydrolase-promotes-the-resolution-of-lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-lung-injury
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Benkun Zou, Wei Jiang, Han Han, Jing Li, Weiying Mao, Zihui Tang, Qian Yang, Guojun Qian, Jing Qian, Wenjiao Zeng, Jie Gu, Tianqing Chu, Ning Zhu, Wenhong Zhang, Dapeng Yan, Rui He, Yiwei Chu, Mingfang Lu
Pulmonary infection is the most common risk factor for acute lung injury (ALI). Innate immune responses induced by Microbe-Associated Molecular Pattern (MAMP) molecules are essential for lung defense but can lead to tissue injury. Little is known about how MAMP molecules are degraded in the lung or how MAMP degradation/inactivation helps prevent or ameliorate the harmful inflammation that produces ALI. Acyloxyacyl hydrolase (AOAH) is a host lipase that inactivates Gram-negative bacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide, or LPS)...
June 16, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619147/detection-of-mycoplasma-hyopneumoniae-in-naturally-infected-gilts-over-time
#18
Karine L Takeuti, David E S N de Barcellos, Anne C de Lara, Cintia F Kunrath, Maria Pieters
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae causes a chronic respiratory infection in pigs and its transmission occurs mainly by direct contact and by vertical transmission (sow-to-piglet). The objective of this study was to assess the detection dynamics and persistence of M. hyopneumoniae natural infection in replacement gilts. Forty-four twenty-day-old gilts were selected from a M. hyopneumoniae positive farm and followed up to one day prior to their first weaning. Laryngeal swabs were collected every 30days, starting at day 20, for M...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616645/groundwater-contamination-with-2-6-dichlorobenzamide-bam-and-perspectives-for-its-microbial-removal
#19
REVIEW
Lea Ellegaard-Jensen, Benjamin Horemans, Bart Raes, Jens Aamand, Lars Hestbjerg Hansen
The pesticide metabolite 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM) is very persistent in both soil and groundwater and has become one of the most frequently detected groundwater micropollutants. BAM is not removed by the physico-chemical treatment techniques currently used in drinking water treatment plants (DWTP); therefore, if concentrations exceed the legal threshold limit, it represents a sizeable problem for the stability and quality of drinking water production, especially in places that depend on groundwater for drinking water...
July 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616070/persistence-of-antibiotic-resistance-plasmids-in-bacterial-biofilms
#20
Benjamin J Ridenhour, Genevieve A Metzger, Michael France, Karol Gliniewicz, Jack Millstein, Larry J Forney, Eva M Top
The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance is a crisis in health care today. Antibiotic resistance is often horizontally transferred to susceptible bacteria by means of multidrug resistance plasmids that may or may not persist in the absence of antibiotics. Because bacterial pathogens often grow as biofilms, there is a need to better understand the evolution of plasmid persistence in these environments. Here we compared the evolution of plasmid persistence in the pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii when grown under antibiotic selection in biofilms versus well-mixed liquid cultures...
July 2017: Evolutionary Applications
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