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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743081/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-ppe44-rv2770c-is-involved-in-response-to-multiple-stresses-and-promotes-the-macrophage-expression-of-il-12-p40-and-il-6-via-the-p38-erk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-axis
#1
Zhaoxiao Yu, Chenhui Zhang, Mingliang Zhou, Qiming Li, Hui Li, Wei Duan, Xue Li, Yonghong Feng, Jianping Xie
Tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, remains a formidable threat to global public health. The successful intracellular persistence of M. tuberculosis significantly contributes to the intractability of tuberculosis. Proline-glutamic acid (PE) and proline-proline-glutamic acid (PPE) are mycobacterial exclusive protein families that widely reported to be involved in the bacterial virulence, physiology and interaction with host. Rv2770c (PPE44), a predicted virulence factor, was up-regulated upon the infected guinea pig lungs...
July 22, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742838/identification-of-novel-antigen-candidates-for-a-tuberculosis-vaccine-in-the-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#2
Henna Myllymäki, Mirja Niskanen, Kaisa Ester Oksanen, Eleanor Sherwood, Maarit Ahava, Mataleena Parikka, Mika Rämet
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health challenge and the development of a better vaccine takes center stage in fighting the disease. For this purpose, animal models that are capable of replicating the course of the disease and are suitable for the early-stage screening of vaccine candidates are needed. A Mycobacterium marinum infection in adult zebrafish resembles human TB. Here, we present a pre-clinical screen for a DNA-based tuberculosis vaccine in the adult zebrafish using an M. marinum infection model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742349/exploring-the-sponge-consortium-plakortis-symbiotica-xestospongia-deweerdtae-as-a-potential-source-of-antimicrobial-compounds-and-probing-the-pharmacophore-for-antituberculosis-activity-of-smenothiazole-a-by-diverted-total-synthesis
#3
Carlos Jiménez-Romero, Joanna E Rode, Yeiry M Pérez, Scott G Franzblau, Abimael D Rodríguez
Fractionation of the bioactive CHCl3-MeOH (1:1) extracts obtained from two collections of the sponge consortium Plakortis symbiotica-Xestospongia deweerdtae from Puerto Rico provided two new plakinidone analogues, designated as plakinidone B (2) and plakinidone C (3), as well as the known plakinidone (1), plakortolide F (4), and smenothiazole A (5). The structures of 1-5 were characterized on the basis of 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic, IR, UV, and HRMS analysis. The absolute configurations of plakinidones 2 and 3 were established through chemical correlation methods, VCD/ECD experiments, and spectroscopic data comparisons...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739828/mice-bone-marrow-sca-1-cd44-mesenchymal-stem-cells-kill-avirulent-mycobacteria-but-not-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-through-modulation-of-cathelicidin-expression-via-p38-mapk-dependent-pathway
#4
Sumanta Kumar Naik, Avinash Padhi, Geetanjali Ganguli, Srabasti Sengupta, Sanghamitra Pati, Dasarathi Das, Avinash Sonawane
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) primarily infects lung macrophages. However, recent study has shown that Mtb also infect and persist in dormant form inside the bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) even after successful antibiotic therapy. However, the mechanism(s) by which Mtb survives in BM-MSCs is still not known. Like macrophages, BM-MSCs do not contain a well-defined endocytic pathway, which is known to play a central role in the clearance of internalized mycobacteria. Here, we studied the fate of virulent and avirulent mycobacteria in Sca-1(+)/CD44(+) BM-MSCs...
July 24, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739786/benzoxazoles-phthalazinones-and-arylurea-based-compounds-with-impdh-independent-antibacterial-activity-against-francisella-tularensis
#5
Suresh Kumar Gorla, Yan Zhang, Meaghan M Rabideau, Aiping Qin, Shibin Chacko, Amanda L House, Corey R Johnson, Kavitha Mandapati, Hannah M Bernstein, Elizabeth S McKenney, Helena Boshoff, Minjia Zhang, Ian J Glomski, Joanna B Goldberg, Gregory D Cuny, Barbara J Mann, Lizbeth Hedstrom
Francisella tularensis is the causative agent of tularemia and a potential biowarfare agent. The virulence of F. tularensis is decreased by deletion of guaB, the gene encoding inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH), suggesting that this enzyme is a target for antibacterial design. Here we report that F. tularensis growth is blocked by inhibitors of bacterial IMPDHs. Seventeen compounds from two different frameworks, designated D and Q, display antibacterial activity with minimum inhibitory concentrations less than 1 μM...
July 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739784/assessment-of-bactericidal-drug-activity-and-treatment-outcome-in-a-mouse-tuberculosis-model-using-a-clinical-beijing-strain
#6
Bas C Mourik, Gerjo J de Knegt, Annelies Verbon, Johan W Mouton, Hannelore I Bax, Jurriaan E M de Steenwinkel
Objectives:Mycobacterium tuberculosis Beijing strains are associated with lower treatment success rates in tuberculosis patients. In contrast, laboratory strains such as H37Rv are often used in preclinical tuberculosis models. Therefore, we explored the impact of using a clinical Beijing strain on treatment outcome in our mouse tuberculosis model. Additionally, the predictive value of bactericidal activity on treatment outcome was assessed.Methods: BALB/c mice were infected with a Beijing strain and treated with one of ten different combinations of conventional anti-TB drugs...
July 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739782/co-administration-of-allopurinol-to-increase-anti-mycobacterial-efficacy-of-pyrazinamide-evaluation-in-a-whole-blood-bactericidal-activity-model
#7
Claire M Naftalin, Rupangi Verma, Meera Gurumurthy, Qingshu Lu, Matthew Zimmerman, Benjamin Chaik Meng Yeo, Kin Hup Tan, Wenwei Lin, Buduo Yu, Véronique Dartois, Nicholas I Paton
Co-administering pyrazinamide (PZA) with the xanthine oxidase inhibitor, allopurinol, increases systemic levels of the active metabolite, pyrazinoic acid (POA), but effects on bactericidal activity against tuberculosis are unknown. We randomized healthy volunteers to take a single dose of PZA (either 10mg/kg or 25mg/kg) and the same dose 7 days later co-administered with allopurinol (100mg daily, 2 days before to 1 day after PZA dose). Blood was drawn at intervals to 48 hours after each PZA dose and drug levels were measured using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
July 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739593/pillars-article-the-kinetics-of-emergence-and-loss-of-mediator-t-lymphocytes-acquired-in-response-to-infection-with-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-j-immunol-1987-138-293-298
#8
Ian M Orme
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739592/defining-the-kinetics-phenotype-and-function-of-t-cells-induced-by-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-pillar-of-immunity-to-tuberculosis
#9
Andrea M Cooper
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739566/loculated-empyema-due-to-tuberculosis-in-a-child
#10
Pierre Goussard, Julie Morrison, Ilse Nadine Appel, Savvas Andronikou
A 9-year-old girl from black ethnic origin presented with a history of fever, cough, loss of weight and right-sided chest wall pain for 2 weeks. Chest X-ray demonstrated an effusion, which was shown to be loculated on chest CT scan. She was not responding to medical treatment and at thoracotomy loculated pus was drained. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) was cultured from the pus. TB is a rare cause of loculated empyema with an overlapping clinical and radiological picture with pyogenic infections.
July 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739421/whole-genome-sequencing-of-mycobacterium-bovis-to-obtain-molecular-fingerprints-in-human-and-cattle-isolates-from-baja-california-mexico
#11
Sarai Estrella Sandoval-Azuara, Ricardo Perea-Jacobo, Raquel Muñiz-Salazar, Suelee Robbe-Austerman, Alejandro Perera-Ortiz, Gilberto López-Valencia, Doris M Bravo, Alejandro Sanchez-Flores, Daniela Miranda-Guzmán, Carlos Alberto Flores-López, Roberto Zenteno-Cuevas, Rafael Laniado-Laborín, Fabiola Lafarga de la Cruz, Tod P Stuber
OBJECTIVES: To determine genetic diversity by comparing the whole genome sequences of M. bovis cattle and human isolates from Baja California. METHODS: We used a whole genome sequencing strategy to obtain the molecular fingerprints of 172 isolates of Mycobacterium bovis from Baja California, Mexico, of which 155 were isolated from cattle, and 17 were isolated from humans. We characterized spoligotypes in silico and evaluated single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) differences between the isolates...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739268/xpert%C3%A2-mtb-rif-usefulness-for-the-diagnosis-of-tuberculosis-and-resistance-to-rifampicin
#12
REVIEW
Andrea Vergara Gómez, Julià González-Martín, Alberto L García-Basteiro
The advent of the Xpert® MTB/RIF technique was a revolution in the diagnosis of tuberculosis, especially in areas with high incidence and low resources. It allows the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and simultaneously the most common resistance mutations to rifampicin in less than 2h. For respiratory samples the sensitivity is very high, but it decreases for extrapulmonary samples and children. Although it is faster and simpler than conventional methods, it presents some limitations and new and better techniques are needed to reduce the number of cases and deaths caused by tuberculosis...
July 21, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737960/optimization-and-interpretation-of-serial-quantiferon-testing-to-measure-acquisition-of-m-tuberculosis-infection
#13
Elisa Nemes, Virginie Rozot, Hennie Geldenhuys, Nicole Bilek, Simbarashe Mabwe, Deborah Abrahams, Lebohang Makhethe, Mzwandile Erasmus, Alana Keyser, Asma Toefy, Yolundi Cloete, Frances Ratangee, Thomas Blauenfeldt, Morten Ruhwald, Gerhard Walzl, Bronwyn Smith, Andre G Loxton, Willem A Hanekom, Jason R Andrews, Maria D Lempicki, Ruth Ellis, Ann M Ginsberg, Mark Hatherill, Thomas J Scriba
RATIONALE: Conversion from a negative to positive QuantiFERON-TB test is indicative of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) infection, which predisposes to tuberculosis disease. Interpretation of serial tests is confounded by immunological and technical variability. OBJECTIVES: To improve consistency of serial QuantiFERON-TB testing algorithms and provide a data-driven definition of conversion. METHODS: Sources of QuantiFERON-TB variability were assessed and optimal procedures identified...
July 24, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737941/unveiling-the-catalytic-role-of-b-block-histidine-in-the-n-s-acyl-shift-step-of-protein-splicing
#14
Jon I Mujika, Xabier Lopez
Protein splicing is a post-translational modification that involves the excision of a segment denoted as intein and the joining of its two flanking segments. The process is auto-catalytic, making inteins appealing for many applications in biotechnology, bioengineering, or medicine. The canonical mechanism of protein splicing is composed of four sequential steps, and is initialized by an N-S or N-O acyl shift to form a linear ester. It is well established that a histidine, the most conserved amino acid in all inteins catalyzes this initial step, even though its role remains to be understood...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736556/ras-signaling-inhibitors-attenuate-disease-in-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-via-targeting-pathogenic-antigen-specific-th17-type-cells
#15
Morad Zayoud, Victoria Marcu-Malina, Einav Vax, Jasmine Jacob-Hirsch, Galit Elad-Sfadia, Iris Barshack, Yoel Kloog, Itamar Goldstein
The Ras family of GTPases plays an important role in signaling nodes downstream to T cell receptor and CD28 activation, potentially lowering the threshold for T-cell receptor activation by autoantigens. Somatic mutation in NRAS or KRAS may cause a rare autoimmune disorder coupled with abnormal expansion of lymphocytes. T cells from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients show excessive activation of Ras/MEK/ERK pathway. The small molecule farnesylthiosalicylic acid (FTS) interferes with the interaction between Ras GTPases and their prenyl-binding chaperones to inhibit proper plasma membrane localization...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736436/heterogeneity-in-tuberculosis
#16
REVIEW
Anthony M Cadena, Sarah M Fortune, JoAnne L Flynn
Infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), results in a range of clinical presentations in humans. Most infections manifest as a clinically asymptomatic, contained state that is termed latent TB infection (LTBI); a smaller subset of infected individuals present with symptomatic, active TB. Within these two seemingly binary states, there is a spectrum of host outcomes that have varying symptoms, microbiologies, immune responses and pathologies. Recently, it has become apparent that there is diversity of infection even within a single individual...
July 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735303/acid-fast-bacterium-detection-and-identification-from-paraffin-embedded-tissues-using-a-pcr-pyrosequencing-method
#17
Jian R Bao, Richard B Clark, Ronald N Master, Kileen L Shier, Lynn L Eklund
AIMS: Acid-fast bacterium (AFB) identification from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues is challenging and may not be readily available to the clinical laboratory. A method to detect and identify AFB from FFPE tissues using PCR and pyrosequencing (PCR-Seq) was developed and evaluated. METHODS: The method was validated using spiked cell-clotted paraffin blocks before use with patients' specimens. DNA was extracted from tissue sections, and a 16S rRNA gene fragment was amplified and a signature sequence was produced on a PyroMark ID system...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735047/sesamol-exhibits-potent-antimycobacterial-activity-underlying-mechanisms-and-impact-on-virulence-traits
#18
Sandeep Hans, Sharda Sharma, Saif Hameed, Zeeshan Fatima
OBJECTIVES: Novel strategies to overcome multidrug resistance (MDR) in Tuberculosis (TB) still remain a concern. Usage of natural compounds nowadays to surmount the increasing burden of MDR-TB has shown promising results. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antimycobacterial potential of sesamol (Ses) a natural phenolic compound against Mycobacterium smegmatis, a surrogate for MTB and its underlying mechanism of action along with its effect on mycobacterial virulence traits. METHODS: Cell surface phenotypes were estimated microscopically and spectrophotometrically respectively...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734764/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-beijing-like-strains-revealed-specific-genetic-variations-associated-with-virulence-and-drug-resistance
#19
Juan Germán Rodríguez-Castillo, Camilo Pino, Luis Fernando Niño, Juan Carlos Rozo, Claudia Llerena-Polo, Carlos A Parra-López, Andreas Tauch, Martha Isabel Murcia-Aranguren
Isolates of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis lineage 2/East-Asian are considered one of the most successful strains due to their increased pathogenicity, hyper-virulence associated with drug resistance, and high transmission. Recent studies in Colombia have shown that the Beijing-like genotype is associated with multidrug-resistance and high prevalence in the southwest of the country, but the genetic basis of its success in dissemination is unknown. In contribution to this matter, we obtained the whole sequences of six genomes of clinical isolates assigned to the Beijing-like genotype...
July 19, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734517/tuberculosis-in-children
#20
REVIEW
Tania A Thomas
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the leading cause of death worldwide from a single bacterial pathogen. The World Health Organization estimates that annually 1 million children have tuberculosis (TB) disease and many more harbor a latent form. Accurate estimates are hindered by under-recognition and challenges in diagnosis. To date, an accurate diagnostic test to confirm TB in children does not exist. Treatment is lengthy but outcomes are generally favorable with timely initiation. With the End TB Strategy, there is an urgent need for improved diagnostics and treatment to prevent the unnecessary morbidity and mortality from TB in children...
August 2017: Pediatric Clinics of North America
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