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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208653/molecular-characterization-of-mycolactone-producing-mycobacteria-from-aquatic-environments-in-buruli-ulcer-non-endemic-areas-in-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire
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Marcellin B Tano, Christelle Dassi, Lydia Mosi, Marina Koussémon, Bassirou Bonfoh
Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), particularly mycolactone producing mycobacteria (MPM), are bacteria found in aquatic environments causing skin diseases in humans like Buruli ulcer (BU). Although the causative agent for BU, Mycobacterium ulcerans has been identified and associated with slow-moving water bodies, the real transmission route is still unknown. This study aimed to characterize MPMs from environmental aquatic samples collected in a BU non-endemic community, Adiopodoumé, in Côte d'Ivoire. Sixty samples were collected in four types of matrices (plant biofilms, water filtrate residues, plant detritus and soils) from three water bodies frequently used by the population...
February 11, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208046/mycobacterium-chimaera-and-cardiac-surgery
#2
Andrew J Stewardson, Rhonda L Stuart, Allen C Cheng, Paul Dr Johnson
There is an ongoing investigation into infections with non-tuberculous mycobacteria associated with contaminated heater-cooler units used in cardiac surgery. The overall risk is low, but surgical site and disseminated infections have been reported, including one possible case in Australia, mainly with surgery involving implantation of prosthetic material. Mycobacterium chimaera infection should be considered in patients who have previously undergone surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass and who present with cardiac or disseminated infection or sternal wound infection unresponsive to standard antibiotic therapy...
February 20, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205597/the-influence-of-accd5-on-accd6-carboxyltransferase-essentiality-in-pathogenic-and-non-pathogenic-mycobacterium
#3
Jakub Pawelczyk, Albertus Viljoen, Laurent Kremer, Jaroslaw Dziadek
Malonyl-coenzyme A (CoA) is a crucial extender unit for the synthesis of mycolic and other fatty acids in mycobacteria, generated in a reaction catalyzed by acetyl-CoA carboxylase. We previously reported on the essentiality of accD6Mtb encoding the functional acetyl-CoA carboxylase subunit in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Strikingly, the homologous gene in the fast-growing, non-pathogenic Mycobacterium smegmatis - (accD6Msm) appeared to be dispensable, and its deletion did not influence the cell lipid content...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202251/high-incidence-of-non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-positive-cultures-among-adolescent-with-cystic-fibrosis
#4
Zoé Cavalli, Quitterie Reynaud, Romain Bricca, Raphaële Nove-Josserand, Stéphane Durupt, Philippe Reix, Marie Perceval, Michèle Pérouse de Montclos, Gérard Lina, Isabelle Durieu
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the prevalence of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM)-positive cultures among our cystic fibrosis (CF) center patients, reviewed risk factors for NTM positivity, and determined its impact on lung function evolution. METHODS: From 2009 to 2014, CF adults and children attending the CF center of Lyon (France) and having at least one positive NTM isolate were included. Each case was matched by age and gender with two CF patients with no NTM isolate (controls)...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199712/clofazimine-mechanisms-of-action-in-mycobacteria-hiv-and-cancer
#5
William Levis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 12, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199374/a-novel-mycobacterial-in-vitro-infection-assay-identifies-differences-of-induced-macrophage-apoptosis-between-cd4-and-cd8-t-cells
#6
Vanesa Nkwouano, Sven Witkowski, Nidja Rehberg, Rainer Kalscheuer, Norman Nausch, Ertan Mayatepek, Marc Jacobsen
Macrophages are natural host cells for pathogenic mycobacteria, like Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb). Immune surveillance by T cells and interaction with M.tb infected macrophages is crucial for protection against M.tb reactivation and development of active tuberculosis. Several factors play a role in the control of M.tb infection but reliable biomarkers remain elusive. One major obstacle is the absence of functional in vitro assays which allow concomitant determination of i) mycobacterial eradication; ii) cytotoxic effects on host macrophages; and iii) effector T-cell functions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198348/down-regulation-of-pe11-a-cell-wall-associated-esterase-enhances-the-biofilm-growth-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-reduces-cell-wall-virulence-lipid-levels
#7
Shivangi Rastogi, Amit Kumar Singh, Garima Pant, Kalyan Mitra, Koneni V Sashidhara, Manju Y Krishnan
PE11 (Rv1169c or LipX) is a cell wall associated esterase/lipase of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Evidences suggest that PE11 is expressed by Mtb both in vitro and in vivo. Previous studies have shown that PE11 leads to modification in cell wall lipid content and enhanced virulence when expressed in the non-pathogenic surrogate Mycobacterium smegmatis. Since cell wall lipids often play different roles in pathogenic and non-pathogenic mycobacteria, we investigated the role of PE11 in its host, Mtb. Mtb with lowered expression of PE11 (PE11 knock-down) displayed significant changes in colony morphology and cell wall lipid profile, confirming the role of PE11 in cell wall architecture...
January 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196957/a-novel-small-molecule-inhibitor-of-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-demethylmenaquinone-methyltransferase-meng-is-bactericidal-to-both-growing-and-nutritionally-deprived-persister-cells
#8
Paridhi Sukheja, Pradeep Kumar, Nisha Mittal, Shao-Gang Li, Eric Singleton, Riccardo Russo, Alexander L Perryman, Riju Shrestha, Divya Awasthi, Seema Husain, Patricia Soteropoulos, Roman Brukh, Nancy Connell, Joel S Freundlich, David Alland
Active tuberculosis (TB) and latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection both require lengthy treatments to achieve durable cures. This problem has partly been attributable to the existence of nonreplicating M. tuberculosis "persisters" that are difficult to kill using conventional anti-TB treatments. Compounds that target the respiratory pathway have the potential to kill both replicating and persistent M. tuberculosis and shorten TB treatment, as this pathway is essential in both metabolic states. We developed a novel respiratory pathway-specific whole-cell screen to identify new respiration inhibitors...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196707/antimicrobial-activity-of-rhodanine-3-acetic-acid-derivatives
#9
Martin Krátký, Jarmila Vinšová, Jiřina Stolaříková
Twenty-four 2-(4-oxo-2-thioxothiazolidin-3-yl)acetic acid (rhodanine-3-acetic acid)-based amides, esters and 5-arylalkylidene derivatives were synthesized, characterized and evaluated as potential antimicrobial agents against a panel of bacteria, mycobacteria and fungi. All of the derivatives were active against mycobacteria. N-(4-Chlorophenyl)-2-[5-(2-hydroxybenzylidene)-4-oxo-2-thioxothiazolidin-3-yl]acetamide demonstrated the highest activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis with minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of 8-16μM...
February 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195652/identification-of-the-anti-mycobacterial-functional-properties-of-piperidinol-derivatives
#10
Collette S Guy, Esther Tichauer, Gemma L Kay, Daniel J Phillips, Trisha L Bailey, James Harrison, Christopher M Furze, Andrew D Millard, Matthew I Gibson, Mark J Pallen, Elizabeth Fullam
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health threat and is now the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent worldwide. The current TB drug regimen is inadequate and new anti-tubercular agents are urgently required to be able to successfully combat the increasing prevalence of drug-resistant TB. The purpose of this study was to investigate a piperidinol compound derivative that is highly active against the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacillus. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The antibacterial properties of the piperidinol compound and its corresponding bis-Mannich base analogue were evaluated against Mycobacterium smegmatis and Gram-negative organisms...
February 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194371/non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-in-south-african-wildlife-neglected-pathogens-and-potential-impediments-for-bovine-tuberculosis-diagnosis
#11
Nomakorinte Gcebe, Tiny M Hlokwe
Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are not only emerging and opportunistic pathogens of both humans and animals, but from a veterinary point of view some species induce cross-reactive immune responses that hamper the diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in both livestock and wildlife. Little information is available about NTM species circulating in wildlife species of South Africa. In this study, we determined the diversity of NTM isolated from wildlife species from South Africa as well as Botswana. Thirty known NTM species and subspecies, as well as unidentified NTM, and NTM closely related to Mycobacterium goodii/Mycobacterium smegmatis were identified from 102 isolates cultured between the years 1998 and 2010, using a combination of molecular assays viz PCR and sequencing of different Mycobacterial house-keeping genes as well as single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194149/superoxide-generation-and-its-involvement-in-the-growth-of-mycobacterium-smegmatis
#12
Amar M Yeware, Ketaki D Shurpali, Meghana C Athalye, Dhiman Sarkar
Superoxide generation is inevitable in aerobic organisms, most of which have developed mechanisms to detoxify superoxides. However, its significance has not been clearly understood in mycobacteria. This study demonstrates that NADH oxidase is the major source of superoxide in Mycobacterium smegmatis and elucidates the involvement of superoxide in M. smegmatis growth. The maximum inhibition of superoxide generation was observed in the presence of diphenyleneiodonium chloride (DPI), an NADH oxidase inhibitor, compared to other standard inhibitors...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193903/structural-analysis-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-homologues-of-the-eukaryotic-proteasome-assembly-chaperone-2-pac2
#13
Lin Bai, Jordan B Jastrab, Marta Isasa, Kuan Hu, Hongjun Yu, Steven P Gygi, K Heran Darwin, Huilin Li
A previous bioinformatics analysis identified the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) proteins Rv2125 and Rv2714 as orthologs of the eukaryotic proteasome assembly chaperone 2 (PAC2). We set out to investigate whether Rv2125 or Rv2714 could function in proteasome assembly. We solved the crystal structure of Rv2125 at 3.0 Å resolution, which showed an overall fold similar to that of the PAC2 family proteins that include the archaeal PbaB and the yeast Pba1. However, Rv2125 and Rv2714 formed trimers, whereas PbaB forms tetramers and Pba1 dimerizes with Pba2...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190461/detection-of-mycobacterium-chelonae-mycobacterium-abscessus-group-and-mycobacterium-fortuitum-complex-by-a-multiplex-real-time-pcr-directly-from-clinical-samples-using-the-bd-max-system
#14
Talita T Rocchetti, Suzane Silbert, Alicia Gostnell, Carly Kubasek, Antonio C Campos Pignatari, Raymond Widen
A new multiplex PCR test was designed to detect Mycobacterium chelonae, Mycobacterium abscessus group, and Mycobacterium fortuitum complex on the BD MAX System. A total of 197 clinical samples previously submitted for mycobacterial culture were tested using the new protocol. Samples were first treated with proteinase K, and then each sample was inoculated into the BD MAX Sample Buffer Tube. Extraction and multiplex PCR were performed by the BD MAX System, using the BD MAX ExK TNA-3 extraction kit and BD TNA Master Mix, along with specific in-house designed primers and probes for each target...
March 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189510/evaluation-of-tnf-alpha-gene-g308a-and-mbl2-gene-codon-54-polymorphisms-in-turkish-patients-with-tuberculosis
#15
Esma Ceylan, Mutlu Karkucak, Hikmet Coban, Mehmet Karadag, Tahsin Yakut
OBJECTIVE: MBL acts as a binding protein that enables uptake of mycobacteria into macrophages. And, TNF-alpha is an important cytokine that is involved in control of mycobacterial infections both in-vivo and in-vitro. A large number of genetic factors exerting susceptibility to tuberculosis has been identified, among which mannose-binding lectin and tumor necrosis factor-alpha call attention. The objective of this study is to compare the frequency of TNF-alpha and MBL gene polymorphisms between patients diagnosed with tuberculosis and healthy volunteers in Turkey, and determine the association between tuberculosis and TNF-alpha gene (G308A) and MBL2 gene codon 54 polymorphisms...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189438/-use-of-the-xpert-%C3%A2-mtb-rif-test-in-routine-screening-of-new-cases-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-an-endemic-area
#16
K Horo, R N'Guessan, M-O Koffi, N Kouamé-N'Takpé, A Koné, K Samaké, L Koffi, B J M Ahui, C V Brou-Gode, A N'Gom, B A Kouassi, N Koffi, E Aka-Danguy
BACKGROUND: Developed initially for the diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, the Xpert(®) MTB/RIF test has shown to be useful for the diagnosis of tuberculosis, especially among HIV-infected subjects. The objective of the study was to determine the contribution of the Xpert(®) MTB/RIF test for routine pulmonary tuberculosis diagnosis in an endemic area. METHODOLOGY: We undertook a prospective study among patients presenting with cough and sputum. The sputum was submitted to microscopic examination, to the Xpert(®) MTB/RIF test and cultured by the Mycobacteria growth indicator tube (MGIT) technique...
February 8, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185617/mycobacterium-kansasii
#17
James C Johnston, Leslie Chiang, Kevin Elwood
The incidence of Mycobacterium kansasii varies widely over time and by region, but this organism remains one of the most clinically relevant isolated species of nontuberculous mycobacteria. In contrast to other common nontuberculous mycobacteria, M. kansasii is infrequently isolated from natural water sources or soil. The major reservoir appears to be tap water. Infection is likely acquired through the aerosol route, with low infectivity in regions of endemicity. Human-to-human transmission is thought not to occur...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182785/virulence-and-immunogenicity-of-genetically-defined-human-and-porcine-isolates-of-m-avium-subsp-hominissuis-in-an-experimental-mouse-infection
#18
Nicolas Bruffaerts, Christelle Vluggen, Virginie Roupie, Lucille Duytschaever, Christophe Van den Poel, Joseph Denoël, Ruddy Wattiez, Jean-Jacques Letesson, David Fretin, Leen Rigouts, Ophélie Chapeira, Vanessa Mathys, Claude Saegerman, Kris Huygen
Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (Mah) represents a health concern for humans and to a lesser extent for pigs, but its zoonotic potential remains elusive. Using multispacer sequence typing (MST) we previously identified 49 different genotypes of Mah among Belgian clinical and porcine isolates, with 5 MSTs shared by both hosts. Using experimental intranasal infection of BALB/c mice, we compared the virulence and immunogenicity of porcine and clinical human isolates with shared genotype or with a genotype only found in humans or pigs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180188/imidazoles-induce-reactive-oxygen-species-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-which-is-not-associated-with-cell-death
#19
Heather A Howell Wescott, David M Roberts, Christian L Allebach, Rachel Kokoczka, Tanya Parish
Azoles are a class of antimicrobial drugs used clinically to treat yeast and fungal infections. Against pathogenic yeast and fungi, azoles act by inhibiting the activity of the cytochrome P450 Cyp51, which is involved in the synthesis of a critical component of the yeast and fungal cell membrane. Azoles have antibacterial activity, including against mycobacteria, but the basis for this activity is not well-understood. We demonstrated that imidazoles are bactericidal to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. A marked increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) was observed within imidazole-treated M...
January 31, 2017: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178706/coexistent-sarcoidosis-and-tuberculosis-a-case-report
#20
Cristiano Carbonelli, Ernesto Giuffreda, Antonio Palmiotti, Domenico Loizzi, Filippo Lococo, Elisiana Carpagnano, Donato Lacedonia, Francesco Sollitto, Maria Pia Foschino
Necrotizing granulomatous diseases of the lungs are usually dependent on a narrow range of differential diagnoses. Tuberculosis (TB) is responsible for the largest number of cases, while necrotizing sarcoidosis is generally considered a rare and easily distinguishable disease substantially based on histological features. However, this entity has become a viable diagnosis in the absence of mycobacteria isolation or when a remarkable clinical improvement cannot be achieved with the combination of anti-TB drugs at full dosage...
February 9, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
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