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Debika Datta, Preeti Khatri, Ambika Singh, Dhira Rani Saha, Gaurav Verma, Rajagopal Raman, Shibnath Mazumder
Mycobacterium fortuitum is a natural fish pathogen. It induces apoptosis in headkidney macrophages (HKM) of catfish, Clarias sp though the mechanism remains largely unknown. We observed M. fortuitum triggers calcium (Ca2+ ) insult in the sub-cellular compartments which elicits pro-apototic ER-stress factor CHOP. Alleviating ER-stress inhibited CHOP and attenuated HKM apoptosis implicating ER-stress in the pathogenesis of M. fortuitum . ER-stress promoted calpain activation and silencing the protease inhibited caspase-12 activation...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Laura Reisfeld, Cássia Yumi Ikuta, Laura Ippolito, Bruna Silvatti, José Soares Ferreira Neto, José Luiz Catão-Dias, Fernando C W Rosas, José Anselmo Neto, Vera M F da Silva
An adult male Amazonian manatee Trichechus inunguis under human care presented with 3 circular cutaneous lesions on the dorsal aspect of the rostrum and between the nostrils (plenum). Initially these lesions were superficial, hypopigmented, without warmth and non-painful. Microbiological cultures of skin swabs isolated Candida sp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and topical treatment with antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic medication was instituted. This treatment strategy did not lead to any clinical improvement, and after 6 mo, the lesions progressed to a confluent abscess (5...
March 5, 2018: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Yan Cao, Lei Wang, Ping Ma, Wenting Fan, Bing Gu, Shaoqing Ju
Mycobacterium species are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The present study was carried out to systematically evaluate the accuracy of Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectroscopy (MALDI-TOF MS) for the identification of clinical pathogenic mycobacteria. After a rigid selection process, 19 articles involving 2,593 mycobacteria isolates were included. The pooled result agreed with the reference method identification for 85% of the isolates to genus level, with 71% (95% CI of 69% to 72%) correct to the species level...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Radhey S Gupta, Brian Lo, Jeen Son
The genus Mycobacterium contains 188 species including several major human pathogens as well as numerous other environmental species. We report here comprehensive phylogenomics and comparative genomic analyses on 150 genomes of Mycobacterium species to understand their interrelationships. Phylogenetic trees were constructed for the 150 species based on 1941 core proteins for the genus Mycobacterium , 136 core proteins for the phylum Actinobacteria and 8 other conserved proteins. Additionally, the overall genome similarity amongst the Mycobacterium species was determined based on average amino acid identity of the conserved protein families...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Kyle C Costa, Leon S Moskatel, Lucas A Meirelles, Dianne K Newman
Phenazines are a class of bacterially-produced redox-active metabolites that are found in natural, industrial, and clinical environments. In Pseudomonas spp., phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA)--the precursor of all phenazine metabolites--facilitates nutrient acquisition, biofilm formation, and competition with other organisms. While the removal of phenazines negatively impacts these activities, little is known about the genes or enzymes responsible for phenazine degradation by other organisms. Here, we report that the first step of PCA degradation by Mycobacterium fortuitum is catalyzed by a [underln]ph[/underln]enazine [underln]d[/underln]egrading decarboxylase (PhdA)...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
Sung-Man Oh, Yun-Ji Lim, Ji-Ae Choi, Junghwan Lee, Soo-Na Cho, Dam Go, Seon-Hwa Kim, Chang-Hwa Song
Mycobacterium fortuitum (MF), a rapidly growing nontuberculosis mycobacterium, is recognized as an important human pathogen. We investigated whether the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response is associated with the apoptosis of MF-infected macrophages. The expression of ER molecular chaperones was significantly induced by MF infection. We found that MF-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation plays a critical role in the induction of ER stress-mediated apoptosis. Excess TNF-α in the ER led to ER stress-mediated apoptosis during MF infection...
February 26, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Tatjana Adzic-Vukicevic, Aleksandra Barac, Ana Blanka-Protic, Marija Laban-Lazovic, Bojana Lukovic, Vesna Skodric-Trifunovic, Salvatore Rubino
INTRODUCTION: Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are ubiquitous organisms associated with various infections. The aim of the study was to determine the most relevant clinical characteristics of NTM during the 7-year period. METHODOLOGY: A retrospective study of NTM infections was conducted between January 2009 and December 2016. The American Thoracic Society/Infectious Disease Society of America criteria were used to define cases of pulmonary or an extrapulmonary site...
February 23, 2018: Infection
Brett C Neill, Nathan C Bahr, Zachary Bryan, Daniel J Aires
Weight loss clinics are common in the United States.  Unfortunately, some offer dubious weight loss methods such as self-administered human chorionic gonadotropic (HCG) injections. HCG products are unregulated, yet, widely available. Infection is among the risks potentially associated with this treatment.  We report a case of skin infection caused by Mycobacterium fortuitum after HCG injection.
August 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
T Gracia-Cazaña, A Milagro, F Queipo, Y Gilaberte
Actinic keratoses are cutaneous lesions that appear as the result of the proliferation of atypical keratinocytes. These lesions are considered pre-malignant and they can progress to squamous cell carcinoma. Ingenol mebutate has been approved as an effective treatment for AK on the face and trunk. We studied the local skin reactions to this therapy. Data about local skin reactions were collected in a series of 5 patients with photographic documentation, a visual analog scale, and a ranking of satisfaction of the patient...
September 19, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
Chunrong Lin, Chad Russell, Bruce Soll, Dominic Chow, Sapna Bamrah, Richard Brostrom, Wesley Kim, Jerry Scott, Matthew J Bankowski
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) respiratory infections represent a growing public health problem in many countries. However, there are limited published epidemiologic studies for the Western Pacific region. We reviewed respiratory specimens submitted to Diagnostic Laboratory Services in Hawaii, USA, for culture of Mycobacterium tuberculosis during August 2007-December 2011 to determine the NTM isolation rate. We observed a statistically significant increase in the rate of specimens with NTM isolated in respiratory culture (adjusted rate ratio per year 1...
March 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Frances M Entwistle, Peter J Coote
PURPOSE: To evaluate the suitability of Galleria mellonella larvae as an in vivo model and drug-screening tool for mycobacteria infections. METHODOLOGY: Larvae were infected using a range of inoculum sizes from a variety of rapid-growing mycobacteria, including strains of M. fortuitum, M. marinum and M. aurum. Larval survival, internal bacterial burden and the effects of amikacin, ciprofloxacin, ethambutol, isoniazid and rifampicin treatment on larval survival were measured over 144 h...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Andrea Sala, Clotilde Silvia Cabassi, Davide Santospirito, Eugenia Polverini, Sara Flisi, Sandro Cavirani, Simone Taddei
Naja atra subsp. atra cardiotoxin 1 (CTX-1), produced by Chinese cobra snakes, belonging to Elapidae family, is included in the three-finger toxin family and exerts high cytotoxicity and antimicrobial activity too. Using as template mainly the tip and the subsequent β-strand of the first "finger" of this toxin, different sequences of 20 amino acids linear peptides have been designed in order to avoid toxic effects but to maintain or even strengthen the partial antimicrobial activity already seen for the complete toxin...
2018: PloS One
S Nandi, S Ahmed, A K Saxena
The virulence of tuberculosis infections resistant to conventional combination drug regimens cries for the design of potent fluoroquinolone compounds to be used as second line antimycobacterial chemotherapeutics. One of the most effective in silico methods is combinatorial design and high throughput screening by a ligand-based pharmacophore prior to experiment. The combinatorial design of a series of 3850 fluoroquinolone and isothiazoloquinolone compounds was then screened virtually by applying a topological descriptor based quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR) for predicting highly active congeneric quinolone leads against Mycobacterium fortuitum and Mycobacterium smegmatis...
February 2018: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
Ajoy Kumar Verma, Rohit Sarin, Vijay Kumar Arora, Gavish Kumar, Jyoti Arora, Paras Singh, Vithal Prasad Myneedu
BACKGROUND: The rapid grower mycobacteria have emerged as significant group of human pathogen amongst the Runyon group IV organisms that are capable of causing infection in both the healthy and immunocompromised hosts. Study aimed to identification of species amongst rapid grower non tuberculous mycobacterial isolates by polymerase chain reaction - restriction enzyme analysis (PRA). Analysis and comparison of results with standard biochemical tests. METHODS: Rapid grower non tuberculous mycobacteria had been collected from liquid culture section during the study period...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
Ngula Monde, Musso Munyeme, Adrian Muwonge, John Bwalya Muma, Sydney Malama
BACKGROUND: The non-tuberculous mycobacteria include those mycobacterium species that are not members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, the causative agent of pulmonary tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae. In Zambia, Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria are gaining recognition as pathogens of public health significance. However, there is scanty information on the isolation and speciation of these organisms for better patient management, consequently reducing the burden of these infections...
January 8, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Jean-Philippe Mocho, Darren J Martin, Mollie E Millington, Yolanda Saavedra Torres
Health monitoring systems are developed and used in zebrafish research facilities because pathogens of Danio rerio such as Aeromonas hydrophila, Mycobacterium spp., and Pseudocapillaria tomentosa have the potential to impair animal welfare and research. The fish are typically analyzed post mortem to detect microbes. The use of sentinels is a suggested way to improve the sensitivity of the surveillance and to reduce the number of animals to sample. The setting of a pre-filtration sentinel tank out of a recirculating system is described...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Edyta Łukowska-Chojnacka, Anna Kowalkowska, Agnieszka Napiórkowska
Novel benzoxazole derivatives were synthesized, and their antitubercular activity against sensitive and drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains (M. tuberculosis H37 Rv, M. tuberculosis sp. 210, M. tuberculosis sp. 192, Mycobacterium scrofulaceum, Mycobacterium intracellulare, Mycobacterium fortuitum, Mycobacterium avium, and Mycobacterium kansasii) was evaluated. The chemical step included preparation of ketones, alcohols, and esters bearing benzoxazole moiety. All racemic mixtures of alcohols and esters were separated in Novozyme SP 435-catalyzed transesterification and hydrolysis, respectively...
December 23, 2017: Chirality
Bharti Chogtu, Daliparty Vasudev Malik, Rahul Magazine, Vishnu Prasad Shenoy
Non Tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) are a group of rapidly growing mycobacteria and are generally considered to be of low virulence. Of late, there has been an increase in incidence of infections due to these organisms. Among them, Mycobacterium fortuitum, M. chelonae and M. abscessus are the common species which have been identified. Though they are occasionally implicated in pulmonary infections, NTM are very commonly associated with cutaneous infections, especially surgical site infections. Identification of NTM infection at such sites should be suspected when there is delayed healing of the wound...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Kennedy Kwasi Addo, Samuel Ofori Addo, Gloria Ivy Mensah, Lydia Mosi, Frank Adae Bonsu
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and Non-tuberculosis Mycobacterium (NTM) infections differ clinically, making rapid identification and drug susceptibility testing (DST) very critical for infection control and drug therapy. This study aims to use World Health Organization (WHO) approved line probe assay (LPA) to differentiate mycobacterial isolates obtained from tuberculosis (TB) prevalence survey in Ghana and to determine their drug resistance patterns. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted whereby a total of 361 mycobacterial isolates were differentiated and their drug resistance patterns determined using GenoType Mycobacterium Assays: MTBC and CM/AS for differentiating MTBC and NTM as well MTBDRplus and NTM-DR for DST of MTBC and NTM respectively...
December 2, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
M J Nasiri, H Dabiri, A A I Fooladi, S Amini, G Hamzehloo, M M Feizabadi
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) can cause disease which can be indistinguishable from tuberculosis (TB), posing a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, particularly in low- and middle-income settings. We aimed to investigate the mycobacterial agents associated with presumptive clinical pulmonary TB in Iran. A total of 410 mycobacterial isolates, obtained between March 2014 and January 2016, from 7600 clinical samples taken from consecutive cases of presumptive diagnosis of TB were identified. Phenotypic and molecular tests were used to identify the isolated organisms to the species level...
January 2018: New Microbes and New Infections
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