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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433210/non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-an-emerging-threat
#1
Susana Martínez González, Arantxa Cano Cortés, Luis Alfonso Sota Yoldi, José María García García, Luz María Alba Álvarez, Juan José Palacios Gutiérrez
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) isolates are becoming more common. The main objective of our study was to establish the number and diversity of NTM species in our region and their distribution according to the source sample, age and gender of the patients, and to analyse clinically significant isolates. METHODOLOGY: Prospective study of all NTM isolated in Asturias from 2005 to 2012. Samples were processed following internationally accepted guidelines...
April 19, 2017: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428773/mutation-at-g103-of-mtbftsz-altered-their-sensitivity-to-coumarins
#2
Duggirala Sridevi, Karpagam U Sudhakar, Ragamanvitha Ananthathatmula, Rakesh P Nankar, Mukesh Doble
Coumarins are natural polyphenol lactones comprising of fused rings of benzene and α-pyrone. The current study demonstrates the inhibitory effect of coumarins with various substitutions on Mycobacterium smegmatis mc(2) 155. We also demonstrate the effect of pomegranate (Punica granatum) extract containing ellagic acid, on M. smegmatis as well as their affect on MtbFtsZ (FtsZ from Mycobacterium tuberculosis). The ellagic acid extracts from pomegranate peels inhibit mycobacteria with a MIC of 25 μM and 0.3 to 3...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428627/glucocorticoids-suppress-antimicrobial-autophagy-and-nitric-oxide-production-and-facilitate-mycobacterial-survival-in-macrophages
#3
Jinli Wang, Ruining Wang, Hui Wang, Xiaofan Yang, Jiahui Yang, Wenjing Xiong, Qian Wen, Li Ma
Chronic administration of glucocorticoids has been shown to render individuals highly susceptible to mycobacterial infection and lead to reactivation of latent bacilli. However, the effect of glucocorticoids on innate anti-mycobacterial defense, especially in macrophages remains largely unknown. Here, we found that glucocorticoids inhibited the innate immune response, antimicrobial nitric oxide production and autophagy in mycobacteria-challenged macrophages. Meanwhile, maturation and acidification of mycobacterial phagosomes were attenuated in RAW264...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428201/dihydrolipoamide-dehydrogenase-lpd-rv0462-specific-t-cell-recall-responses-are-higher-in-healthy-household-contacts-of-tb-a-novel-immunodominant-antigen-from-m-tuberculosis
#4
Santhi Devasundaram, Alamelu Raja
The partial effectiveness against pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB), displayed by the existing tuberculosis (TB) vaccine, bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), highlights the need for novel vaccines to replace or improve BCG. In TB immunology, antigen-specific cellular immune response is frequently considered indispensable. Latency-associated antigens are intriguing as targets for TB vaccine development. The mycobacterial protein, dihydrolipoamide dehydrogenase (Lpd; Rv0462), the third enzyme of the pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) complex, facilitates Mycobacterium tuberculosis to resist host reactive nitrogen intermediates...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419973/antibacterial-antifungal-and-antimycobacterial-compounds-from-cyanobacteria
#5
REVIEW
Shasank S Swain, Sudhir K Paidesetty, Rabindra N Padhy
Infections from multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogenic bacteria, fungi and Mycobacterium tuberculosis remain progressively intractable. The search of effective antimicrobials from other possible non-conventional sources against MDR pathogenic bacteria, fungi and mycobacteria is call of the day. This review considers 121 cyanobacterial compounds or cyano-compounds with antimicrobial activities. Chemical structures of cyano-compounds were retrieved from ChemSpider and PubChem databases and were visualized by the software ChemDraw Ultra...
April 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416541/efflux-attenuates-the-anti-bacterial-activity-of-q203-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#6
Jichan Jang, Ryangyeo Kim, Minjeong Woo, Jinsun Jeong, Da Eun Park, Guehye Kim, Vincent Delorme
New and improved treatments for tuberculosis (TB) are urgently needed. Recently, it has been demonstrated that verapamil, an efflux inhibitor, can reduce bacterial drug tolerance caused by efflux pump activity when administered in combination with available anti-tuberculosis agents. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of verapamil in combination with the anti-tuberculosis drug candidate Q203, which has recently been developed and is currently under clinical trials as a potential anti-tuberculosis agent...
April 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414774/mycobacterium-marinum-antagonistically-induces-an-autophagic-response-while-repressing-the-autophagic-flux-in-a-torc1-and-esx-1-dependent-manner
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Elena Cardenal-Muñoz, Sonia Arafah, Ana Teresa López-Jiménez, Sébastien Kicka, Alexandra Falaise, Frauke Bach, Olivier Schaad, Jason S King, Monica Hagedorn, Thierry Soldati
Autophagy is a eukaryotic catabolic process also participating in cell-autonomous defence. Infected host cells generate double-membrane autophagosomes that mature in autolysosomes to engulf, kill and digest cytoplasmic pathogens. However, several bacteria subvert autophagy and benefit from its machinery and functions. Monitoring infection stages by genetics, pharmacology and microscopy, we demonstrate that the ESX-1 secretion system of Mycobacterium marinum, a close relative to M. tuberculosis, upregulates the transcription of autophagy genes, and stimulates autophagosome formation and recruitment to the mycobacteria-containing vacuole (MCV) in the host model organism Dictyostelium...
April 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413773/a-m-%C3%A2-avium-complex-spondylodiscitis-in-a-middle-aged-woman-with-diabetes
#8
Irini Gerogianni, Stylianos Boutlas, Theophilos Karachalios, Eythymia Petinaki, Marianna Vlychou, K I Gourgoulianis
Spondylodiscitis, the inflammation of the vertebral bodies and the intervertebral disk space, is the reason for low back pain in a minority of cases. This is caused by various pathogens. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is responsible for 17-39% of all the cases of spondylodiscitis. On the contrast, spondylodiscitis from non tuberculous mycobacteria is extremely rare in literature. We describe a 68 -year old diabetic woman which is the first case of bone marrow involvement by M. intracellulare (member of M avium complex)with spondylodiscitis...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413105/investigation-of-omnigene%C3%A2-sputum-performance-in-delayed-tuberculosis-testing-by-smear-culture-and-xpert-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-rif-assays-in-uganda
#9
Cassandra D Kelly-Cirino, P S Curry
OMNIgene·SPUTUM (OM-S) is a sample transport reagent designed to work with all tuberculosis diagnostics while eliminating the need for cold chain. OM-S-treated sputum samples were assayed in several tests after multiday holds. Raw sputa from 100 patients underwent direct smear microscopy, were manually split and assigned to the OM-S group [OM-S added at collection (no other processing required) and tested after 0- to 5-day holds at room temperature] or standard-of-care (SOC) group (NaOH/N-acetyl l-cysteine decontamination, all tested on day of collection)...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404571/early-detection-of-circulating-antigen-and-igm-associated-immune-complexes-during-experimental-mycobacterium-bovis-infection-in-cattle
#10
Konstantin P Lyashchenko, Rena Greenwald, Alina Sikar-Gang, Archana A Sridhara, Ashley Johnathan, Paul Lambotte, Javan Esfandiari, Mayara F Maggioli, Tyler C Thacker, Mitchell V Palmer, W Ray Waters
The presence of circulating antigen in cattle experimentally infected with Mycobacterium bovis was demonstrated using dual-path platform (DPP) technology. The antigen-capture immunoassays employed rabbit polyclonal antibody recognizing predominantly M. tuberculosis complex-specific epitopes and were able to detect soluble substances and whole cells of mycobacteria. The antigen found in serum appeared to be mostly bound to IgM, but not to IgG, within the immune complexes formed at early stages of M. bovis infection...
April 12, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400668/nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infection-of-the-musculoskeletal-system-in-immunocompetent-hosts
#11
Manit K Gundavda, Hitendra G Patil, Vikas M Agashe, Rajeev Soman, Camilla Rodriques, Ramesh B Deshpande
BACKGROUND: Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) were considered saprophytic organisms for many years but now are recognized as human pathogens. Although humans are routinely exposed to NTM, the rate of clinical infection is low. Such infections usually occur in the elderly and in patients who are immunocompromised. However, there has been an increasing incidence in recent years of infections in immunocompetent hosts. NTM infections in immunocompetent individuals are secondary to direct inoculation either contamination from surgical procedures or penetrating injuries rather than hematogenous dissemination...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400527/targeting-energy-metabolism-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-a-new-paradigm-in-antimycobacterial-drug-discovery
#12
REVIEW
Dirk Bald, Cristina Villellas, Ping Lu, Anil Koul
Drug-resistant mycobacterial infections are a serious global health challenge, leading to high mortality and socioeconomic burdens in developing countries worldwide. New innovative approaches, from identification of new targets to discovery of novel chemical scaffolds, are urgently needed. Recently, energy metabolism in mycobacteria, in particular the oxidative phosphorylation pathway, has emerged as an object of intense microbiological investigation and as a novel target pathway in drug discovery. New classes of antibacterials interfering with elements of the oxidative phosphorylation pathway are highly active in combating dormant or latent mycobacterial infections, with a promise of shortening tuberculosis chemotherapy...
April 11, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400297/characterization-of-ecca3-a-cbbx-family-atpase-from-the-esx-3-secretion-pathway-of-m-tuberculosis
#13
Amit Gaur, Vijay Kumar Sharma, Sonal Shree, Niyati Rai, Ravishankar Ramachandran
EccA family proteins are conserved components of ESX secretion pathways in M. tuberculosis H37Rv. Here, we report the characterization of EccA3 (Rv0282), a CbbX family AAA (ATPases Associated with diverse cellular Activities) protein from the ESX-3 pathway that is required for in vitro growth of mycobacteria, secretion of virulence factors, and acquisition of iron and zinc. EccA3 is a thermostable ATPase with a molecular weight of ~68kDa. It exists as a dodecamer in the apo form and associates as a hexamer in the presence of ATP...
April 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399124/dual-color-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-fish-assays-for-detecting-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-mycobacterium-avium-complexes-and-related-pathogens-in-cultures
#14
Jyotsna Shah, Helena Weltman, Patricia Narciso, Christina Murphy, Akhila Poruri, Shrikala Baliga, Leesha Sharon, Mary York, Gail Cunningham, Steve Miller, Luz Caviedes, Robert Gilman, Edward Desmond, Ranjan Ramasamy
Two rapid dual color fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assays were evaluated for detecting M. tuberculosis and related pathogens in cultures. The MN Genus-MTBC FISH assay uses an orange fluorescent probe specific for the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and a green fluorescent probe specific for the Mycobacterium and Nocardia genera (MN Genus) to detect and distinguish MTBC from other Mycobacteria and Nocardia. A complementary MTBC-MAC FISH assay uses green and orange fluorescent probes specific for the MTBC and M...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396544/synthetic-p-ppgpp-analogue-inhibitor-of-stringent-response-in-mycobacteria
#15
Kirtimaan Syal, Kelly Flentie, Neerupma Bhardwaj, Krishnagopal Maiti, Narayanaswamy Jayaraman, Christina L Stallings, Dipankar Chatterji
Bacteria elicit an adaptive response against hostile conditions such as starvation and other kind of stresses. Their ability to survive such conditions depends on, in part, stringent response pathways. (p)ppGpp, considered to be the master regulator of stringent response, is a novel target for inhibiting the survival of the bacteria. In mycobacteria, the (p)ppGpp synthetase activity of bifunctional Rel is critical for its stress response and persistence inside the host. Our aim was to design an inhibitor of (p)ppGpp synthesis, follow efficiency through enzyme kinetics, and assess its phenotypic effects in mycobacteria...
April 10, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394313/structure-of-the-mycobacterial-esx-5-type-vii-secretion-system-membrane-complex-by-single-particle-analysis
#16
Katherine S H Beckham, Luciano Ciccarelli, Catalin M Bunduc, Haydyn D T Mertens, Roy Ummels, Wolfgang Lugmayr, Julia Mayr, Mandy Rettel, Mikhail M Savitski, Dmitri I Svergun, Wilbert Bitter, Matthias Wilmanns, Thomas C Marlovits, Annabel H A Parret, Edith N G Houben
Mycobacteria are characterized by their impermeable outer membrane, which is rich in mycolic acids(1). To transport substrates across this complex cell envelope, mycobacteria rely on type VII (also known as ESX) secretion systems(2). In Mycobacterium tuberculosis, these ESX systems are essential for growth and full virulence and therefore represent an attractive target for anti-tuberculosis drugs(3). However, the molecular details underlying type VII secretion are largely unknown, due to a lack of structural information...
April 10, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393860/mycobacterium-llatzerense-a-waterborne-mycobacterium-that-resists-phagocytosis-by-acanthamoeba-castellanii
#17
Vincent Delafont, Ascel Samba-Louaka, Emmanuelle Cambau, Didier Bouchon, Laurent Moulin, Yann Héchard
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are environmental bacteria increasingly associated to public health problems. In water systems, free-living amoebae (FLA) feed on bacteria by phagocytosis, but several bacteria, including many NTM, are resistant to this predation. Thus, FLA can be seen as a training ground for pathogenic bacteria. Mycobacterium llatzerense was previously described as frequently associated with FLA in a drinking water network. The present study aimed to characterize the interactions between M...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392781/a-cassette-containing-thiostrepton-gentamicin-resistance-genes-and-dif-sequences-is-effective-in-construction-of-recombinant-mycobacteria
#18
Julius Mugweru, Gaelle Makafe, Yuanyuan Cao, Yang Zhang, Bangxing Wang, Shaobo Huang, Moses Njire, Chiranjibi Chhotaray, Yaoju Tan, Xinjie Li, Jianxiong Liu, Shouyong Tan, Jiaoyu Deng, Tianyu Zhang
The genetic manipulation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome is limited by the availability of selection markers. Spontaneous resistance mutation rate of M. tuberculosis to the widely used kanamycin is relatively high which often leads to some false positive transformants. Due to the few available markers, we have created a cassette containing thiostrepton resistance gene (tsr) for selection in M. tuberculosis and M. bovis BCG, and gentamicin resistance gene (aacC1) for Escherichia coli and M. smegmatis mc(2)155, flanked with dif sequences recognized by the Xer system of mycobacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391322/evolutionary-thrift-mycobacteria-repurpose-plasmid-diversity-during-adaptation-of-type-vii-secretion-systems
#19
Tatum D Mortimer, Alexandra M Weber, Caitlin S Pepperell
Mycobacteria have a distinct secretion system, termed type VII (T7SS), which is encoded by paralogous chromosomal loci (ESX) and associated with pathogenesis, conjugation, and metal homeostasis. Evolution of paralogous gene families is of interest because duplication is an important mechanism by which novel genes evolve, but there are potential conflicts between adaptive forces that stabilize duplications and those that enable evolution of new functions. Our objective was to delineate the adaptive forces underlying diversification of T7SS...
March 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387180/mycobacterium-marinum
#20
Alexandra Aubry, Faiza Mougari, Florence Reibel, Emmanuelle Cambau
Mycobacterium marinum is a well-known pathogenic mycobacterium for skin and soft tissue infections and is associated with fishes and water. Among nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), it is the leading cause of extrarespiratory human infections worldwide. In addition, there is a specific scientific interest in M. marinum because of its genetic relatedness to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and because experimental infection of M. marinum in fishes mimics tuberculosis pathogenesis. Microbiological characteristics include the fact that it grows in 7 to 14 days with photochromogenic colonies and is difficult to differentiate from Mycobacterium ulcerans and other mycolactone-producing NTM on a molecular basis...
April 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
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