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Travis E Wright, K Keely Boyle, Thomas R Duquin, John K Crane
BACKGROUND: Many studies have noted an increase in the number of recognized cases of invasive infections due to Propionibacterium acnes, especially after shoulder replacement surgery. The increase in the number of recognized cases of P. acnes, a nonspore-forming, anaerobic, Gram-positive organism, appears due to both an increase in the number of shoulder operations being performed and more specimens being sent for anaerobic cultures. Nevertheless, the optimal surgical and antibiotic management of P...
2016: Infectious Diseases
Hui Zhang, Zhihua Sun, Na Zhang, Zhiqiang Li, Pengyan Wang, Qiang Fu, Yan Ren, Xuehua Shao, Yu Zhang, Zhiru Guo, Chuangfu Chen
The goat pox chick embryo-attenuated virus (GTPV) has been developed as an effective vaccine that can elicit protective immune responses. It possesses a large genome and a robust ability to express exogenous genes. Thus, this virus is an ideal vector for recombinant live vaccines for infectious diseases in ruminant animals. In this study, we identified a novel bidirectional promoter region of GTPV through screening named PbVV(±). PbVV(±) is located between ETF-l and VITF-3, which are transcribed in opposite directions...
October 22, 2016: Archives of Microbiology
Michael van Straten, Svetlana Bardenstein, Gaby Keningswald, Menachem Banai
Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease that can cause severe illness in humans and considerable economic loss in the livestock industry. Although small ruminants are the preferential host for Brucella melitensis, this pathogen has emerged as a cause for Brucella outbreaks in cattle. S19 vaccination is implemented in many countries where B. abortus is endemic but its effectiveness against B. melitensis has not been validated. Here we show that vaccine effectiveness in preventing disease transmission between vaccinated and unvaccinated cohorts, as determined by seroconversion, was 87...
October 19, 2016: Vaccine
Elena García, Gerardo Espeso, Rocío Fernández, Ángel Gómez-Martín, José María Rodríguez-Linde, Christian De la Fe
Coxiella (C.) burnetii is the etiological agent of the zoonotic disease known a Q fever. This agent can infect multiple hosts although its pathogenic potential in wild ruminants has been poorly studied. The polymerase chain reaction and the serological test detected the presence of C. burnetii in a population of North African gazelles (n = 355), comprising dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas neglecta), dama gazelle (Nanger dama mhorr) and Cuvier's gazelle (Gazella cuvieri) which, some of them, they recently aborted...
September 19, 2016: Theriogenology
Daniel M Czyż, Neeta Jain-Gupta, Howard A Shuman, Sean Crosson
Brucella abortus is an intracellular bacterial pathogen and an etiological agent of the zoonotic disease known as brucellosis. Brucellosis can be challenging to treat with conventional antibiotic therapies and, in some cases, may develop into a debilitating and life-threatening chronic illness. We used multiple independent assays of in vitro metabolism and intracellular replication to screen a library of 480 known bioactive compounds for novel B. abortus anti-infectives. Eighteen non-cytotoxic compounds specifically inhibited B...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lis N Velásquez, M Ayelén Milillo, M Victoria Delpino, Aldana Trotta, Pablo Fernández, Roberto G Pozner, Roland Lang, Luciana Balboa, Guillermo H Giambartolomei, Paula Barrionuevo
Brucella abortus is an intracellular pathogen capable of surviving inside of macrophages. The success of B. abortus as a chronic pathogen relies on its ability to orchestrate different strategies to evade the adaptive CD4(+) T cell responses that it elicits. Previously, we demonstrated that B. abortus inhibits the IFN-γ-induced surface expression of MHC class II (MHC-II) molecules on human monocytes, and this phenomenon correlated with a reduction in antigen presentation. However, the molecular mechanisms, whereby B...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Meki Bilici, Fikri Demir, Murat Muhtar Yılmazer, Fatma Bozkurt, Volkan Tuzcu
BACKGROUND: The clinical spectrum of Brucella infection is quite diverse and characterized by multi-system involvement. Patients present with myocarditis, endocarditis, or pericarditis. Infective endocarditis is the most common cardiovascular complication in patients with brucellosis. Although conduction abnormalities are seen in cases with endocarditis, they are reported very rarely in the setting of cardiac Brucella infection. CASE REPORT: An eight and a half-year-old male patient was referred to our clinic due to inadequate response to cotrimaxazole plus streptomycin treatment at the 15th day of admission...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
Mohamed M El-Diasty, Heba A Ahmed, Ashraf E Sayour, Fatma I El Hofy, Asmaa B M B Tahoun, Saleh M Shafik
The objective of the present study was to estimate the seroprevalence of Brucella spp. in humans and cattle at Sharkia Governorate, Egypt. In addition, identification of Brucella spp. in milk samples by PCR and culture with the evaluation of the risk factors associated with Brucella spp. seroprevalence in humans were carried out. Overall, the seroprevalence of Brucella antibodies in the examined cattle was 23.8%, while in human participants it was 21%. The examination of 205 milk samples using PCR revealed that 6...
October 18, 2016: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Leonardo A Gómez, Francisco I Alvarez, Pablo A Fernández, Manuel R Flores, Raúl E Molina, Roberto F Coloma, Angel A Oñate
Immunogenicity induced by recombinant plasmids based on the BAB1_0267 and BAB1_0270 open reading frames (ORFs) of Brucella abortus 2308 was evaluated. Bioinformatics analyses indicate that the BAB1_0267 and BAB1_0270 ORFs encode a protein with a SH3 domain and a Zn-dependent metalloproteinase, respectively. Both ORFs have important effects on intracellular survival and replication of B. abortus 2308, mediated via professional and non-professional phagocytic cells. Our results show that immunization with the recombinant plasmid based on the BAB1_0267 ORF significantly increases the production of IgG1, levels of IFN-γ and the lymphoproliferative response of splenocytes...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Marcela Suárez-Esquivel, Nazareth Ruiz-Villalobos, Amanda Castillo-Zeledón, César Jiménez-Rojas, R Martin Roop Ii, Diego J Comerci, Elías Barquero-Calvo, Carlos Chacón-Díaz, Clayton C Caswell, Kate S Baker, Esteban Chaves-Olarte, Nicholas R Thomson, Edgardo Moreno, Jean J Letesson, Xavier De Bolle, Caterina Guzmán-Verri
Brucellosis is a bacterial infectious disease affecting a wide range of mammals and a neglected zoonosis caused by species of the genetically homogenous genus Brucella. As in most studies on bacterial diseases, research in brucellosis is carried out by using reference strains as canonical models to understand the mechanisms underlying host pathogen interactions. We performed whole genome sequencing analysis of the reference strain B. abortus 2308 routinely used in our laboratory, including manual curated annotation accessible as an editable version through a link at https://en...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Kristin Mühldorfer, Gudrun Wibbelt, Claudia A Szentiks, Dominik Fischer, Holger C Scholz, Michael Zschöck, Tobias Eisenberg
AIMS: Novel cases of Brucella infections in frogs are discussed together with results of published reports to extend our current knowledge on 'atypical' brucellae isolated from amphibians and discuss challenges we face on this extraordinary emerging group of pathogens. METHODS AND RESULTS: Since our first description, additional 14 isolates from 4 different frog species were collected. Novel isolates and a subset of Brucella isolates previously cultured from African bullfrogs were characterized by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and broth microdilution susceptibility testing...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Pedro F Soler-Lloréns, Chris R Quance, Sara D Lawhon, Tod P Stuber, John F Edwards, Thomas A Ficht, Suelee Robbe-Austerman, David O'Callaghan, Anne Keriel
Brucella are highly infectious bacterial pathogens responsible for brucellosis, a frequent worldwide zoonosis. The Brucella genus has recently expanded from 6 to 11 species, all of which were associated with mammals; The natural host range recently expanded to amphibians after some reports of atypical strains from frogs. Here we describe the first in depth phenotypic and genetic characterization of a Brucella strains isolated from a frog. Strain B13-0095 was isolated from a Pac-Man frog (Ceratophyrus ornate) at a veterinary hospital in Texas and was initially misidentified as Ochrobactrum anthropi...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
M E Elmardi, Y Al Hebaishi, S Al Kassab, K Dagriri, S Al Ghamdi, A Ahmed, A Al Fagih
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August 20, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
A Mailles, B Garin-Bastuji, J P Lavigne, M Jay, A Sotto, M Maurin, I Pelloux, D O'Callaghan, V Mick, V Vaillant, H De Valk
: Brucellosis is a bacterial zoonotic disease mainly transmitted to humans by ruminants. In France, brucellosis has disappeared from ruminants herds. Human brucellosis surveillance is performed through mandatory notification and the national reference center. METHODS: We report the results of human brucellosis surveillance from 2004 to 2013 with regards to epidemiological, clinical and microbiological data. RESULTS: A total of 250 cases were notified, making an annual incidence of 0...
October 4, 2016: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
Ke Zhang, Hui Wang, Fei Guo, Li Yuan, Wanjiang Zhang, Yuanzhi Wang, Chuangfu Chen
Outer membrane proteins (OMPs) of microorganisms play important roles in directly interacting with host cells. Brucella species inhibit the apoptosis of host cells to benefit their own intracellular survival and replication. However, the association between OMP31 of Brucella and host cell apoptosis, and the underlying mechanism are unclear. In this study, an OMP31 gene deletion mutant based on B. melitensis 16M was constructed. Following the infection of RAW264.7 cells with B. melitensis 16M or the mutant strain, colony formation, apoptosis, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α levels and the levels of key downstream factors of the apoptosis pathways triggered by TNF-α, namely caspase-3, -8 and -9, cytochrome c, B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) and Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax) were detected...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Hui Zhang, Xiaoxia Dou, Zhiqiang Li, Yu Zhang, Jing Zhang, Fei Guo, Yuanzhi Wang, Zhen Wang, Tiansen Li, Xinli Gu, Chuangfu Chen
Brucellosis is primarily a disease of domestic animals in which the bacteria localizes to fetal tissues such as embryonic trophoblast cells and fluids containing erythritol, which stimulates Brucella spp. growth. The utilization of erythritol is a characteristic of the genus Brucella. The ery operon contains four genes (eryA, eryB, eryC and eryD) for the utilization of erythritol, and plays a major role in the survival and multiplication of Brucella spp. The objective of the present study was to conduct a preliminary characterization of differential genes expression of the ery operon at several time points after Brucella infected embryonic trophoblast cells (HPT-8 cells)...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Tao Li, Tao Liu, Zhensong Jiang, Xingang Cui, Jianmin Sun
The present study examined the histopathological and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of pyogenic, brucella and tuberculous spondylitis (PS, BS and TS, respectively). A total of 22 PS, 20 BS and 20 TS patients were included in the study. Histopathological examination was used to assess the lesion structure and composition, and the MRI observation identified the lesion location and signal features. The following histopathological and MRI features were identified significantly more in patients with PS than in patients with BS and TS: Predominant neutrophil infiltration, abnormal intervertebral disk signal, lesions on the ventral and lateral sides of the vertebral bodies, and thick and irregular abscess walls...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Amy Huei Teen Teh, Sui Mae Lee, Gary A Dykes
Campylobacter jejuni survival in aerobic environments has been suggested to be mediated by biofilm formation. Biofilm formation by eight C. jejuni strains under both aerobic and microaerobic conditions in different broths (Mueller-Hinton (MH), Bolton and Brucella) was quantified. The dissolved oxygen (DO) content of the broths under both incubation atmospheres was determined. Biofilm formation for all strains was highest in MH broth under both incubation atmospheres. Four strains had lower biofilm formation in MH under aerobic as compared to microaerobic incubation, while biofilm formation by the other four strains did not differ under the 2 atm...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Mohamed Barkallah, Yaakoub Gharbi, Sonia Zormati, Nesrine Karkouch, Zouhir Mallek, Michel Gautier, Radhouane Gdoura, Imen Fendri
In this study, we conducted an investigation to determine the true prevalence of bovine and ovine brucellosis in central-eastern Tunisia. A total of 1134 veterinary samples taken from 130 ruminant herds were screened for brucellosis using IS711-based real-time PCR assay. Sera collected from the ruminants were tested using the Rose Bengal test and indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Based on serological and molecular results, the true adjusted animal population level prevalence was 23.5 % in cattle, against 13...
October 1, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Akm Anisur Rahman, Dirk Berkvens, Claude Saegerman, David Fretin, Noor Muhammad, Akram Hossain, Emmanuel Abatih
INTRODUCTION: This study describes the seroprevalence of human brucellosis among pyretic patients and detection of Brucella abortus DNA from seropositive pyretic patients using real-time polymerase chain reaction (rtPCR) for the first time in Bangladesh. METHODOLOGY: Blood samples were collected from 300 pyretic patients from October 2007 to May 2008 and subjected to three serological tests: Rose-Bengal plate test (RBT), standard tube agglutination test (STAT), and indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (iELISA)...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
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