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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098535/outbreak-of-legionnaire-s-disease-caused-by-legionella-pneumophila-serogroups-1-and-13
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Toshiro Kuroki, Junko Amemura-Maekawa, Hitomi Ohya, Ichiro Furukawa, Miyuki Suzuki, Tomoka Masaoka, Kastuhiro Aikawa, Kazumi Hibi, Masatomo Morita, Ken-Ichi Lee, Makoto Ohnishi, Fumiaki Kura
In Japan, hot springs and public baths are the major sources of legionellosis. In 2015, an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease occurred among 7 patients who had visited a spa house. Laboratory investigation indicated that L. pneumophila serogroup 1 and 13 strains caused the outbreak and that these strains were genetically related.
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097816/effect-of-temperature-and-colonization-of-legionella-pneumophila-and-vermamoeba-vermiformis-on-bacterial-community-composition-of-copper-drinking-water-biofilms
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Helen Y Buse, Pan Ji, Vicente Gomez-Alvarez, Amy Pruden, Marc A Edwards, Nicholas J Ashbolt
It is unclear how the water-based pathogen, Legionella pneumophila (Lp), and associated free-living amoeba (FLA) hosts change or are changed by the microbial composition of drinking water (DW) biofilm communities. Thus, this study characterized the bacterial community structure over a 7-month period within mature (> 600-day-old) copper DW biofilms in reactors simulating premise plumbing and assessed the impact of temperature and introduction of Lp and its FLA host, Vermamoeba vermiformis (Vv), co-cultures (LpVv)...
January 18, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094205/legionnaires-disease-at-a-medical-center-in-southern-taiwan
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Tzu-Lun Hung, Ming-Chi Li, Li-Rong Wang, Ching-Chuan Liu, Chia-Wen Li, Po-Lin Chen, Ling-Shan Syue, Nan-Yao Lee, Wen-Chien Ko
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Legionella pneumophila had been recognized as a pathogen for both healthcare-associated and community-acquired pneumonia. We aimed to evaluate clinical features and outcomes of patients with Legionnaires' disease at a tertiary medical center in southern Taiwan. METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2013, a retrospective study of adult cases of Legionnaires' disease was conducted in a 1200-bed tertiary hospital. Their medical records were reviewed for further evaluation and analysis...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093834/seasonality-of-pathogens-causing-community-acquired-pneumonia
#4
Catia Cilloniz, Santiago Ewig, Albert Gabarrus, Miquel Ferrer, Jorge Puig de la Bella Casa, Josep Mensa, Antoni Torres
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Seasonal distribution of microbial aetiology in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) may add important information both for epidemiologists and clinicians. We investigate the seasonal distribution of microbial aetiology in CAP. METHODS: This prospective observational study was carried out in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain (January 2003-December 2014). RESULTS: We studied 4431 patients with CAP, of whom 2689 (61%) were males...
January 17, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074027/a-unique-cis-encoded-small-noncoding-rna-is-regulating-legionella-pneumophila-hfq-expression-in-a-life-cycle-dependent-manner
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Giulia Oliva, Tobias Sahr, Monica Rolando, Maike Knoth, Carmen Buchrieser
: Legionella pneumophila is an environmental bacterium that parasitizes protozoa, but it may also infect humans, thereby causing a severe pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. To cycle between the environment and a eukaryotic host, L. pneumophila is regulating the expression of virulence factors in a life cycle-dependent manner: replicating bacteria do not express virulence factors, whereas transmissive bacteria are highly motile and infective. Here we show that Hfq is an important regulator in this network...
January 10, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073586/experimental-comparison-of-point-of-use-filters-for%C3%A2-drinking-water-ultrafiltration
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M Totaro, P Valentini, B Casini, M Miccoli, A L Costa, A Baggiani
BACKGROUND: Waterborne pathogens such as Pseudomonas spp. and Legionella spp. may persist in hospital water networks despite chemical disinfection. Point-of-use filtration represents a physical control measure that can be applied in high-risk areas to contain the exposure to such pathogens. New technologies have enabled an extension of filters' lifetimes and have made available faucet hollow-fibre filters for water ultrafiltration. AIM: To compare point-of-use filters applied to cold water within their period of validity...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070335/prevalence-and-diversity-of-chlamydiales-and-other-amoeba-resisting-bacteria-in-domestic-drinking-water-systems
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J Lienard, A Croxatto, A Gervaix, Y Lévi, J-F Loret, K M Posfay-Barbe, G Greub
A growing number of human infections incriminate environmental bacteria that have evolved virulent mechanisms to resist amoebae and use them as a replicative niche. These bacteria are designated amoeba-resisting bacteria (ARB). Despite the isolation of these ARB in various human clinical samples, the possible source of infection remains undetermined in most cases. However, it is known that the ARB Legionella pneumophila, for instance, causes a respiratory infection in susceptible hosts after inhalation of contaminated water aerosols from various sources...
January 2017: New Microbes and New Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069647/ribosomal-mutations-conferring-macrolide-resistance-in-legionella-pneumophila
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Ghislaine Descours, Christophe Ginevra, Nathalie Jacotin, Françoise Forey, Joëlle Chastang, Elisabeth Kay, Jerome Etienne, Gérard Lina, Patricia Doublet, Sophie Jarraud
OBJECTIVES: Monitoring the emergence of antibiotic resistance is a recent issue in the treatment of Legionnaires' disease. Macrolides are recommended as first-line therapy but resistance mechanisms have not been studied in Legionella species. Our aim was to determine the molecular basis of macrolide resistance in L. pneumophila METHODS: Twelve independent lineages were propagated under erythromycin or azithromycin pressure towards a high-level macrolide resistance from a common susceptible L...
January 9, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063015/innate-immunity-against-legionella-pneumophila-during-pulmonary-infections-in-mice
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REVIEW
Bonggoo Park, Gayoung Park, Jiyoung Kim, Seon Ah Lim, Kyung-Mi Lee
Legionella pneumophila is an etiological agent of the severe pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease (LD). This gram-negative bacterium is thought to replicate naturally in various freshwater amoebae, but also replicates in human alveolar macrophages. Inside host cells, legionella induce the production of non-endosomal replicative phagosomes by injecting effector proteins into the cytosol. Innate immune responses are first line defenses against legionella during early phases of infection, and distinguish between legionella and host cells using germline-encoded pattern recognition receptors such as Toll-like receptors , NOD-like receptors, and RIG-I-like receptors, which sense pathogen-associated molecular patterns that are absent in host cells...
January 6, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062459/biofilm-composition-and-threshold-concentration-for-growth-of-legionella-pneumophila-on-surfaces-exposed-to-flowing-warm-tap-water-without-disinfectant
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Dick van der Kooij, Geo L Bakker, Ronald Italiaander, Harm R Veenendaal, Bart A Wullings
: Legionella pneumophila in potable-water installations poses a potential health risk, but quantitative information about its replication in biofilms in relation to water quality is scarce. Therefore, biofilm formation on surfaces of glass and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) in contact with tap water at 34-39°C was investigated under controlled hydraulic conditions in a model system inoculated with biofilm-grown L. pneumophila The biofilm on glass (average steady-state concentration: 23 ± 9 pg ATP cm(-2)) exposed to treated aerobic groundwater [0...
January 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062161/-rapid-diagnostic-test-for-respiratory-infections
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José María Marimón, José María Navarro-Marí
Acute respiratory infections are the second cause of morbidity and mortality in children and adults worldwide, being viruses, bacteria and fungi involved in their etiology. The rapid diagnosis allows for a better clinical management of the patient, for adopting public health measures and for controlling possible outbreaks. The main etiologic agents can be diagnosed within the first hours after the onset of symptoms with antigen detection techniques, primarily immunochromatography. Results are obtained in 15-30minutes, with 70-90% sensitivity and >95% specificity for the diagnosis of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila serogroup O1 infections from urine, Streptococcus pyogenes from throat swabs and respiratory syncytial virus from nasopharyngeal aspirates...
January 3, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059171/comparison-of-sputum-microbiome-of-legionellosis-associated-patients-and-other-pneumonia-patients-indications-for-polybacterial-infections
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Hila Mizrahi, Avi Peretz, René Lesnik, Yana Aizenberg-Gershtein, Sara Rodríguez-Martínez, Yehonatan Sharaby, Nina Pastukh, Ingrid Brettar, Manfred G Höfle, Malka Halpern
Bacteria of the genus Legionella cause water-based infections resulting in severe pneumonia. Here we analyze and compare the bacterial microbiome of sputum samples from pneumonia patients in relation to the presence and abundance of the genus Legionella. The prevalence of Legionella species was determined by culture, PCR, and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). Nine sputum samples out of the 133 analyzed were PCR-positive using Legionella genus-specific primers. Only one sample was positive by culture. Illumina MiSeq 16S rRNA gene sequencing analyses of Legionella-positive and Legionella-negative sputum samples, confirmed that indeed, Legionella was present in the PCR-positive sputum samples...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041930/a-single-legionella-effector-catalyzes-a-multistep-ubiquitination-pathway-to-rearrange-tubular-endoplasmic-reticulum-for-replication
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Kristin M Kotewicz, Vinay Ramabhadran, Nicole Sjoblom, Joseph P Vogel, Eva Haenssler, Mengyun Zhang, Jessica Behringer, Rebecca A Scheck, Ralph R Isberg
Intracellular pathogens manipulate host organelles to support replication within cells. For Legionella pneumophila, the bacterium translocates proteins that establish an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated replication compartment. We show here that the bacterial Sde proteins target host reticulon 4 (Rtn4) to control tubular ER dynamics, resulting in tubule rearrangements as well as alterations in Rtn4 associated with the replication compartment. These rearrangements are triggered via Sde-promoted ubiquitin transfer to Rtn4, occurring almost immediately after bacterial uptake...
December 22, 2016: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040888/a-seasonal-assessment-of-opportunistic-premise-plumbing-pathogens-in-roof-harvested-rainwater-tanks
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Kerry A Hamilton, Warish Ahmed, Andrew Palmer, Kylie Smith, Simon Toze, Charles N Haas
A seasonal study on the occurrence of six opportunistic premise plumbing pathogens (OPPPs) in 24 roof-harvested rainwater (RHRW) tanks repeatedly sampled over six monthly sampling events (n = 144) from August 2015 to March 2016 was conducted using quantitative qPCR. Fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Enterococcus spp. were enumerated using culture-based methods. All tank water samples over the six events were positive for at least one OPPP (Legionella spp., Legionella pneumophila, Mycobacterium avium, Mycobacterium intracellulare, Pseudmonas aeruginosa, or Acanthamoeba spp...
January 2, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034914/the-regulation-of-acute-immune-responses-to-the-bacterial-lung-pathogen-legionella-pneumophila
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REVIEW
Andrew Stephen Brown, Chao Yang, Elizabeth Louise Hartland, Ian Richard van Driel
Legionella pneumophila causes Legionnaires' disease, a severe and potentially fatal bacterial pneumonia in immunocompromised individuals. Despite the understanding that a robust inflammatory response is important for control of L. pneumophila infection, our understanding of the network of molecular and cellular events within the lung that function to clear the bacterium is not clearly understood. This review compiles our understanding of the various molecular and cellular pathways stimulated upon infection with L...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032346/mannose-binding-lectin-and-l-ficolin-polymorphisms-in-patients-with-community-acquired-pneumonia-caused-by-intracellular-pathogens
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Gijs van Kempen, Sabine Meijvis, Hendrik Endeman, Bart Vlaminckx, Bob Meek, Ben de Jong, Ger T Rijkers, Willem Jan Bos
Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is the leading infectious disease requiring hospitalisation in the Western World. Genetic variability affecting the host response to infection may play a role in susceptibility and outcome in CAP patients. Mannose binding lectin (MBL) and L-ficolin (L-FCN) are two important activators of the complement system and they can enhance phagocytosis by opsonisation. In a prospective cohort of 505 Dutch CAP patients and 227 controls we studied whether polymorphisms in the MBL (MBL2) and FCN (FCN2) genes influenced susceptibility and outcome...
December 29, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029443/-presence-of-legionella-spp-in-household-drinking-water-reservoirs-in-resistencia-chaco-argentina-preliminary-report
#17
Liliana S Lösch, Luis A Merino
Legionella spp. is an environmental bacterium that can survive in a wide range of physicochemical conditions and may colonize distribution systems of drinking water and storage tanks. Legionella pneumophila is the major waterborne pathogen that can cause 90% of Legionnaires' disease cases. The aim of this study was to detect the presence of Legionella spp. in household drinking water tanks in the city of Resistencia, Chaco. The detection of Legionella in water samples was performed by culture methods as set out in ISO 11731:1998...
October 2016: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029126/legionella-risk-management-and-control-in-potable-water-systems-argument-for-the-abolishment-of-routine-testing
#18
Harriet Whiley
Legionella is an opportunistic pathogen of public health significance. One of the main sources of Legionella is potable water systems. As a consequence of aging populations there is an increasing demographic considered at high risk for Legionellosis and, as such, a review of the guidelines is required. Worldwide, Legionella has been detected from many potable water sources, suggesting it is ubiquitous in this environment. Previous studies have identified the limitations of the current standard method for Legionella detection and the high possibility of it returning both false negative and false positive results...
December 24, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026092/dipolar-relaxation-dynamics-at-the-active-site-of-an-atpase-regulated-by-membrane-lateral-pressure
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Elisabeth Fischermeier, Petr Pospíšil, Ahmed Sayed, Martin Hof, Marc Solioz, Karim Fahmy
The active transport of ions across biological membranes requires their hydration shell to interact with the interior of membrane proteins. However, the influence of the external lipid phase on internal dielectric dynamics is hard to access by experiment. Using the octahelical transmembrane architecture of the copper-transporting P1B -type ATPase from Legionella pneumophila as a model structure, we have established the site-specific labeling of internal cysteines with a polarity-sensitive fluorophore. This enabled dipolar relaxation studies in a solubilized form of the protein and in its lipid-embedded state in nanodiscs...
December 27, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026026/mams-are-attractive-targets-for-bacterial-repurposing-of-the-host-cell-mam-functions-might-be-key-for-undermining-an-infected-cell
#20
Pedro Escoll, Monica Rolando, Carmen Buchrieser
Pathogenic bacteria frequently target the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria in order to exploit host functions. ER-mitochondria inter-organelle communication is topologically sub-compartmentalized at mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAMs). MAMs are specific membranous microdomains with unique regulatory functions such as lipid synthesis and trafficking, calcium homeostasis, mitochondrial morphology, inflammasome activation, autophagosome formation, and apoptosis. These important cellular processes are all modulated by pathogens to subvert host functions and promote infection, thus it is tempting to assume that pathogenic bacteria target MAMs to subvert these different pathways in their hosts...
December 27, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
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