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Kehilwe C Nakedi, Bridget Calder, Mousumi Barnejee, Alexander Giddey, Andrew Jm Nel, Shaun Garnett, Jonathan M Blackburn, Nelson A Da Cruz Soares
Mycobacterial Ser/Thr kinases play a critical role in bacterial physiology and pathogenesis. Linking kinases to the substrates they phosphorylate in vivo, thereby elucidating their exact functions, is still a challenge. The aim of this work was to associate protein phosphorylation in mycobacteria with important subsequent macro cellular events by identifying the physiological substrates of PknG in Mycobacterium bovis BCG.  The study compared the phosphoproteome dynamics during the batch growth of M. bovis BGC versus the respective PknG knock-out mutant (ΔPknG-BCG) strains...
March 16, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Amarateedha H Prak, Kristina M Dela Rosa
With skin lesions that have failed previous treatments, consideration for an atypical mycobacteria, specifically Mycobacterium marinum, infection should be suspected. Importance of the history cannot be stressed as this is a clue that the patient may have been inoculated and infected in the field environment. A marine with chronic right knee plaque for 3 yr that first appeared after a field exercise at The Basic School but worsened despite treatment with clindamycin, TMP-SMX, and incision and drainage in 2012...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Amanda Bonalume Cordeiro de Morais, Carmen Alicia Daza Bolaños, Ana Carolina Alves, Cássia Yumi Ikuta, Gustavo Henrique Batista Lara, Marcos Bryan Heinemann, Rogério Giuffrida, Fernando Paganini Listoni, Mateus de Souza Ribeiro Mioni, Rodrigo Garcia Motta, Shinji Takai, Márcio Garcia Ribeiro
Mycobacterium species and the virulence-associated proteins (vapA, vapB, and vapN genes) of Rhodococcus equi isolated from 330 lymph nodes of collared peccaries (Tayassu tajacu) and white-lipped peccaries (Tayassu pecari) intended for human consumption were investigated. Thirty-six (10.9%) R. equi strains were isolated; 3.3% (n = 11/330) were from white-lipped peccary lymph nodes, and 7.6% (25/330) were from collared peccary lymph nodes. Among the 11 isolates of R. equi from the white-lipped peccaries, 90...
March 15, 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Swati Jaiswal, Kishore K Srivastava
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) is a successful pathogen which increases persistence inside the host macrophage by subverting its defence mechanism. Mycobacteria regulate the pathogenesis and intracellular survival by controlling its interaction with host protein(s). Galectin 3 is a member of the β-galactoside binding gene family which is involved in several biological functions. In the present study we have expressed the mycobacterial protein tyrosine kinase (PtkA) in the cytosol of host macrophages through a eukaryotic promoter vector and found that it down-regulates Galectin 3...
March 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Nomakorinte Gcebe, Victor P M G Rutten, Nicolaas Gey van Pittius, Brendon Naicker, Anita L Michel
Some species of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) have been reported to be opportunistic pathogens of animals and humans. Recently there has been an upsurge in the number of cases of NTM infections, such that some NTM species are now recognized as pathogens of humans and animals. From a veterinary point of view, the major significance of NTM is the cross-reactive immune response they elicit against Mycobacterium bovis antigens, leading to misdiagnosis of bovine tuberculosis. Four NTM isolates were detected from a bovine nasal swab, soil and water, during an NTM survey in South Africa...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Víctor Vinuesa, Rafael Borrás, María Luisa Briones, María Ángeles Clari, Vicenta Cresencio, Estela Giménez, Carmen Muñoz, Rosa Oltra, Emilio Servera, Talia Scheelje, Carlos Tornero, David Navarro
The potential impact of routine real-time PCR testing of respiratory specimens from patients with presumptive tuberculosis in terms of diagnostic accuracy and time to tuberculosis treatment inception in low-prevalence settings remains largely unexplored. We conducted a prospective intervention cohort study. Respiratory specimens from 1,020 patients were examined by acid-fast bacilli smear microscopy, tested by the real-time Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex PCR assay (Abbott RealTi me MTB PCR) and cultured in mycobacterial media...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Ye-Jin Lee, Sung Koo Han, Ju Hee Park, Jung Kyu Lee, Deog Keom Kim, Hee Soon Chung, Eun Young Heo
Background/Aims: Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and tuberculosis (TB) have increased morbidity and a high risk of treatment failure or recurrence. It is important to manage both diseases simultaneously. Among anti-diabetic drugs, metformin inhibits intracellular growth of mycobacteria. Therefore, we examined the effects of metformin on TB treatment, especially in patients with DM. Methods: This retrospective cohort study included patients with culture-positive pulmonary TB diagnosed between 2011 and 2012...
March 16, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Ibrahim Abubakar, Rishi K Gupta, Molebogeng X Rangaka, Marc Lipman
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March 14, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Joanna Hołówka, Damian Trojanowski, Mateusz Janczak, Dagmara Jakimowicz, Jolanta Zakrzewska-Czerwińska
The bacterial chromosome undergoes dynamic changes in response to ongoing cellular processes and adaptation to environmental conditions. Among the many proteins involved in maintaining this dynamism, the most abundant is the nucleoid-associated protein (NAP), HU. In mycobacteria, the HU homolog, HupB, possesses an additional C-terminal domain that resembles that of eukaryotic histones H1/H5. Recently, we demonstrated that the highly abundant HupB occupies the entirety of the M. smegmatis chromosome and exhibits a bias from the origin ( oriC ) to the terminus ( ter )...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
Zhirui Wang, Tong Xie, Cheng Mu, Rui Sun, Chunhua Wang, Hui Zhao, Hanfang Ju
Ofloxacin (OFX) resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) isolates have been increasingly observed worldwide, complicating tuberculosis control. This study investigated the performance of sequencing which could predict OFX resistance in MTB isolates from positive Bactec MGIT 960 cultures. A total of 214 Bactec MGIT 960 positive cultures were identified by p-nitrobenzoic-acid and thiophene-2-carboxylic hydrazide. Drug susceptibility testing was performed using the proportion method and sequencing. The sequence results were compared with the results of the proportion method to analyze the consistency between the results...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Divya Arora, Yogesh Chawla, Basanti Malakar, Archana Singh, Vinay Kumar Nandicoori
The cell wall of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is a complex structure that protects the pathogen in hostile environments. Peptidoglycan (PG), which helps determine the morphology of the cell envelope, undergoes substantial remodeling under stress. This meshwork of linear chains of sugars, crosslinked through attached peptides, is generated through the sequential action of enzymes termed transglycosylases and transpeptidases. The Mtb genome encodes two classical transglycosylases and four transpeptidases, the functions of which are not fully elucidated...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Gopinath Viswanathan, Md Jafurulla, G Aditya Kumar, Tirumalai R Raghunand, Amitabha Chattopadhyay
Mycobacteria are intracellular pathogens that can invade and survive within host macrophages. Mycobacterial infections remain a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide, with serious concerns of emergence of multi and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis. While significant advances have been made in identifying mycobacterial virulence determinants, the detailed molecular mechanism of internalization of mycobacteria into host cells remains poorly understood. Although several studies have highlighted the crucial role of sphingolipids in mycobacterial growth, persistence and establishment of infection, the role of sphingolipids in the entry of mycobacteria into host cells is not known...
March 8, 2018: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes, Irlan Almeida Freires, Jessica K Kajfasz, Dicler Barbieri, James H Miller, José A Lemos, Jacqueline Abranches
We report the whole genome sequence (WGS) of the serotype e Cbm+ strain LAR01 of Streptococcus mutans, a dental pathogen frequently associated with extra-oral infections. The LAR01 genome is a single circular chromosome of 2.1 Mb with a GC content of 36.96%. The genome contains 15 PTS gene clusters, 7 cell wall-anchored (LPxTG) proteins, all genes required for the development of natural competence and genes coding for mutacins VI and K8. Interestingly, the cbm gene is genetically linked to a putative type VII secretion system that has been found in Mycobacteria and few other gram-positive bacteria...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Oral Microbiology
Aaron Korkegian, Theresa O'Malley, Yi Xia, Yasheen Zhou, David S Carter, Bjorn Sunde, Lindsay Flint, Dean Thompson, Thomas R Ioerger, Jim Sacchettini, M R K Alley, Tanya Parish
We identified a series of novel 7-phenyl benzoxaborole compounds with activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Compounds had a range of activity with inhibitory concentrations (IC90 ) as low as 5.1 μM and no cytotoxicity against eukaryotic cells (IC50  > 50 μM). Compounds were active against intracellular mycobacteria cultured in THP-1 macrophages. We isolated and characterized resistant mutants with mutations in NADH dehydrogenase (Ndh) or the regulatory protein Mce3R. Mutations suggest that Ndh may be the target of this series...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
Rajendra Kumar Angara, Suhail Yousuf, Shailesh Kumar Gupta, Akash Ranjan
leuCD operon encodes isopropylmalate isomerase (IPMI), an essential enzyme in leucine biosynthesis. Leucine biosynthesis is one of the essential metabolic pathways for Mycobacterium tuberculosis survival inside the macrophage. In this study, we identified an IclR like transcription regulator, Rv2989 involved in regulation of leuCD expression. Further, we have shown that the Rv2989 binding site overlaps with the promoter region of leuCD, indicating its direct involvement in the regulation of this operon. Ectopic expression of Rv2989 in M...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
Ratikorn Gamngoen, Chanyanuch Putim, Parichat Salee, Ponrut Phunpae, Bordin Butr-Indr
Drug resistance to Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a major health problem worldwide. Mycobacterium tuberculosis can progress to be mono-drug resistant or multi-drug resistant by improper treatment. The chemical stress of M. tuberculosis was performed in this study. Rv0559c is an unknown secreted protein. Rv0560c is a putative benzoquinone methyltransferase of M. tuberculosis cell. Rv0559c gene is located downstream of Rv0560c gene. Both genes respond to salicylate stress. Drug susceptible, isoniazid resistant, rifampicin resistant and multi-drug resistant phenotypes of M...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
Nastassja L Kriel, James Gallant, Niël van Wyk, Paul van Helden, Samantha L Sampson, Robin M Warren, Monique J Williams
Nucleoid associated proteins (NAPs) are known organisers of chromosomal structure and regulators of transcriptional expression. The number of proposed NAPs in mycobacteria are significantly lower than the number identified in other organisms. An interesting feature of mycobacterial NAPs is their low sequence similarity with those in other species, a property that has hindered their identification. In this review, we discuss the current evidence for the proposed classification of six mycobacterial proteins, Lsr2, EspR, mIHF, HupB, MDP2 and NapM, as NAPs in mycobacterial species with an emphasis on their roles in modulating chromosome structure and transcriptional regulation...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
Amandeep Singh, M Vijayan, Umesh Varshney
In addition to the canonical Single Stranded DNA Binding (SSBa) protein, many bacterial species, including mycobacteria, have a paralogous SSBb. The SSBb proteins have not been well characterized. While in B. subtilis, SSBb has been shown to be involved in genetic recombination; in S. coelicolor it mediates chromosomal segregation during sporulation. Sequence analysis of SSBs from mycobacterial species suggests low conservation of SSBb proteins, as compared to the conservation of SSBa proteins. Like most bacterial SSB proteins, M...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
E O Roos, F Olea-Popelka, P Buss, L-M de Klerk-Lorist, D Cooper, P D van Helden, S D C Parsons, M A Miller
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB), caused by Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis), has been reported in many species including suids. Wild boar are important maintenance hosts of the infection with other suids, that is domestic and feral pigs, being important spillover hosts in the Eurasian ecosystem and in South Africa, warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus) may play a similar role in M. bovis-endemic areas. However, novel diagnostic tests for warthogs are required to investigate the epidemiology of bTB in this species. Recent studies have demonstrated that serological assays are capable of discriminating between M...
March 8, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Violeta D Alvarez-Jiménez, Kahiry Leyva-Paredes, Mariano García-Martínez, Luis Vázquez-Flores, Víctor Gabriel García-Paredes, Marcia Campillo-Navarro, Israel Romo-Cruz, Víctor Hugo Rosales-García, Jessica Castañeda-Casimiro, Sirenia González-Pozos, José Manuel Hernández, Carlos Wong-Baeza, Blanca Estela García-Pérez, Vianney Ortiz-Navarrete, Sergio Estrada-Parra, Jeanet Serafín-López, Isabel Wong-Baeza, Rommel Chacón-Salinas, Iris Estrada-García
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). In the lungs, macrophages and neutrophils are the first immune cells that have contact with the infecting mycobacteria. Neutrophils are phagocytic cells that kill microorganisms through several mechanisms, which include the lytic enzymes and antimicrobial peptides that are found in their lysosomes, and the production of reactive oxygen species. Neutrophils also release extracellular vesicles (EVs) (100-1,000 nm in diameter) to the extracellular milieu; these EVs consist of a lipid bilayer surrounding a hydrophilic core and participate in intercellular communication...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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