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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225785/betel-nut-chewing-oral-premalignant-lesions-and-the-oral-microbiome
#1
Brenda Y Hernandez, Xuemei Zhu, Marc T Goodman, Robert Gatewood, Paul Mendiola, Katrina Quinata, Yvette C Paulino
Oral cancers are attributed to a number of causal agents including tobacco, alcohol, human papillomavirus (HPV), and areca (betel) nut. Although betel nut chewing has been established as an independent cause of oral cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis are poorly understood. An investigation was undertaken to evaluate the influence of betel nut chewing on the oral microbiome and oral premalignant lesions. Study participants were recruited from a dental clinic in Guam. Structured interviews and oral examinations were performed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225165/the-contrasting-role-of-th17-immunity-in-human-health-and-disease
#2
Edwin Hoe, Jeremy Anderson, Jordan Nathanielsz, Zheng Quan Toh, Rachel Marimla, Anne Balloch, Paul V Licciardi
The human immune system is a tightly regulated network that protects the host from disease. An important aspect of this is the balance between pro-inflammatory Th17 cells and anti-inflammatory Treg cells in maintaining immune homeostasis. Foxp3+ Treg are critical for sustaining immune tolerance through IL-10 and TGF-β while RORγt+ Th17 cells promote immunopathology and auto-inflammatory diseases through the actions of IL-17A, IL-21 and IL-22. Therefore, the imbalance between Treg and Th17 cells can result in serious pathology in many organs and tissues in the body...
February 22, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224653/air-sacculitis-in-three-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta-and-one-japanese-macaque-m-%C3%A2-fuscata
#3
Cassandra O Cullin, Lois M A Colgin, Anne D Lewis
Bacterial infection of the laryngeal air sacs (air sacculitis) is infrequently reported in nonhuman primates, where it leads to chronic respiratory disease. It is particularly uncommon in macaques; however, we report here suppurative air sacculitis with extension to adjacent cervical tissues in three rhesus macaques and one Japanese macaque. Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus sp., and an anaerobic bacterium were isolated.
February 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223973/a-perspective-study-of-koumiss-microbiome-by-metagenomics-analysis-based-on-single-cell-amplification-technique
#4
Guoqiang Yao, Jie Yu, Qiangchuan Hou, Wenyan Hui, Wenjun Liu, Lai-Yu Kwok, Bilige Menghe, Tiansong Sun, Heping Zhang, Wenyi Zhang
Koumiss is a traditional fermented dairy product and a good source for isolating novel bacteria with biotechnology potential. In the present study, we applied the single-cell amplification technique in the metagenomics analysis of koumiss. This approach aimed at detecting the low-abundant bacteria in the koumiss. Briefly, each sample was first serially diluted until reaching the level of approximately 100 cells. Then, three diluted bacterial suspensions were randomly picked for further study. By analyzing 30 diluted koumiss suspensions, a total of 24 bacterial species were identified...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223392/streptococcus-mitis-and-s-oralis-lack-a-requirement-for-cdsa-the-enzyme-required-for-synthesis-of-major-membrane-phospholipids-in-bacteria
#5
Hannah M Adams, Luke R Joyce, Ziqiang Guan, Ronda L Akins, Kelli L Palmer
Synthesis and integrity of the cytoplasmic membrane is fundamental to cellular life. Experimental evolution studies have hinted at unique physiology in the Gram-positive bacteria Streptococcus mitis and S. oralis These organisms commonly cause bacteremia and infectious endocarditis (IE) but are rarely investigated in mechanistic studies of physiology and evolution. Unlike other Gram-positive pathogens, high-level (MIC ≥ 256 μg/mL) daptomycin resistance rapidly emerges in S. mitis and S. oralis after a single drug exposure...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223386/surveillance-of-omadacycline-activity-tested-against-clinical-isolates-from-a-global-north-america-europe-latin-america-and-asia-western-pacific-collection-2010-2011
#6
Michael A Pfaller, Michael D Huband, Paul R Rhomberg, Robert K Flamm
Omadacycline is a broad spectrum aminomethylcycline in late-stage clinical development for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections and community-acquired pneumonia as both an oral and intravenous, once-daily formulation. In this report omadacycline and comparators were tested against 69,246 non-duplicate bacterial isolates collected prospectively during 2010 and 2011 from medical centers in Asia-Pacific (11,397 isolates), Europe (23,490 isolates), Latin America (8,038 isolates) and North America (26,321 isolates)...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223356/molecular-insights-into-hydrogen-peroxide-sensing-mechanism-of-the-metalloregulator-mntr-in-controlling-bacterial-resistance-to-oxidative-stresses
#7
Zhaoyuan Chen, Xinhui Wang, Fan Yang, Qingqing Hu, Huichun Tong, Xiuzhu Dong
Manganese contributes to anti-oxidative stress particularly in catalase-devoid bacteria, and DtxR family metalloregulators, through sensing cellular Mn(2+) content, regulate its homeostasis. Here, we show that metalloregulator MntR (So-MntR) functions dually as Mn(2+) and H2O2 sensors in mediating H2O2 resistance by an oral streptococcus. H2O2 disrupted So-MntR's binding to Mn(2+) transporter mntABC promoter, and induced disulfide-linked dimerization of the protein. Mass spectrometry identified Cys11-Cys156 and Cys11-Cys11 disulfide-linked peptides in H2O2 treated So-MntR...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223347/intact-pneumococci-trigger-transcription-of-interferon-related-genes-in-human-monocytes-while-fragmented-autolyzed-bacteria-subvert-this-response
#8
Susann Skovbjerg, Rickard Nordén, Anna Martner, Ebba Samuelsson, Lars Hynsjö, Agnes E Wold
A peculiar trait of pneumococci (Streptococcus pneumoniae) is their propensity to undergo spontaneous lysis during stationary growth due to activation of the enzyme autolysin (LytA) that fragments the peptidoglycan cell wall. The fragments that are generated upon autolysis impair phagocytosis and reduce production of IL-12 and IFN-γ by human leukocytes in response to intact pneumococci, thereby impeding crucial host defenses. The objective was to identify additional monocyte genes whose transcription is induced by intact pneumococci, and subverted by autolyzed bacteria...
February 21, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223069/evaluation-of-antibacterial-potential-and-toxicity-of-plant-volatile-compounds-using-new-broth-microdilution-volatilization-method-and-modified-mtt-assay
#9
Marketa Houdkova, Johana Rondevaldova, Ivo Doskocil, Ladislav Kokoska
With aim to develop effective proof-of-concept approach which can be used in a development of new preparations for the inhalation therapy, we designed a new screening method for simple and rapid simultaneous determination of antibacterial potential of plant volatiles in the liquid and the vapour phase at different concentrations. In addition, EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) capmat™ as vapour barrier cover was used as reliable modification of thiazolyl blue tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay for cytotoxicity testing of volatiles on microtiter plates...
February 18, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222919/specific-infectious-organisms-associated-with-poor-outcomes-in-treatment-for-hip-periprosthetic-infection
#10
Daniel J Cunningham, Joseph J Kavolus, Michael P Bolognesi, Samuel S Wellman, Thorsten M Seyler
BACKGROUND: Periprosthetic hip infection treatment remains a significant challenge for orthopedics. Some studies have suggested that methicillin resistance and gram-negative organism type are associated with increased treatment failure. The aim of this research is to determine if specific organisms were associated with poor outcomes in treatment for hip periprosthetic infection. METHODS: Records were reviewed of all patients between 2005 and 2015 who underwent treatment for infected partial or total hip arthroplasty...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222388/microbial-profile-of-dental-plaque-associated-to-white-spot-lesions-in-orthodontic-patients-immediately-after-the-bracket-removal
#11
Moniek W Beerens, Jacob M Ten Cate, Monique H van der Veen
OBJECTIVE: Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) is suggested to predict caries risk in young children. Such a tool would be valuable in orthodontic patients undergoing treatment with fixed appliances. In this cross-sectional study the applicability of DGGE and conventional microbiology for caries risk assessment in orthodontic patients were assessed. DESIGN: Dental plaque was obtained from orthodontic patients immediately prior to bracket removal. Presence of white spot lesions (WSL) was assessed immediately post debracketing...
February 9, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222125/streptococcus-sanguinis-induces-neutrophil-cell-death-by-production-of-hydrogen-peroxide
#12
Ryuichi Sumioka, Masanobu Nakata, Nobuo Okahashi, Yixuan Li, Satoshi Wada, Masaya Yamaguchi, Tomoko Sumitomo, Mikako Hayashi, Shigetada Kawabata
Streptococcus is the dominant bacterial genus in the human oral cavity and a leading cause of infective endocarditis. Streptococcus sanguinis belongs to the mitis group of streptococci and produces hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) by the action of SpxB, a pyruvate oxidase. In this study, we investigated the involvement of SpxB in survival of S. sanguinis in human blood and whether bacterial H2O2 exhibits cytotoxicity against human neutrophils. Results of a bactericidal test with human whole blood revealed that the spxB mutation in S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221890/enhanced-control-of-listeria-monocytogenes-by-enterococcus-faecium-ke82-a-multiple-enterocin-producing-strain-in-different-milk-environments
#13
Elpiniki Vandera, Alexandra Lianou, Athanasia Kakouri, Jinbo Feng, Anna-Irini Koukkou, John Samelis
Enterococcus faecium KE82, isolated from traditional Greek Graviera cheese, was identified in pure broth cultures in vitro as a multiple enterocin-producing bacterial strain possessing the structural entA, entB, and entP enterocin genes. E. faecium KE82 was further assessed for in situ antilisterial activity in raw milk (RM) and commercially thermized milk (TM; 63°C for 30 s) in the presence of the indigenous microbiota and in sterile raw milk (SRM; 121°C for 5 min) with or without the addition of two commercial starter culture (CSC) strains Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactococcus lactis ...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221753/structure-activity-relationships-of-the-competence-stimulating-peptides-csps-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae-reveal-motifs-critical-for-intra-group-and-cross-group-comd-receptor-activation
#14
Yifang Yang, Bimal Koirala, Lucia A Sanchez, Naiya R Phillips, Sally R Hamry, Yftah Tal-Gan
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a highly recombinogenic human pathogen that utilizes the competence stimulating peptide (CSP)-based quorum sensing (QS) circuitry to acquire antibiotic resistance genes from the environment and initiate its attack on the human host. Modulation of QS in this bacterium, either inhibition or activation, can therefore be used to attenuate S. pneumoniae infectivity and slow down pneumococcal resistance development. In this study we set to determine the molecular mechanism that drives CSP:receptor binding and identify CSP-based QS modulators with distinct activity profiles...
February 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220899/group-a-streptococcal-m1-protein-provides-resistance-against-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-histones
#15
Simon Döhrmann, Christopher N LaRock, Ericka L Anderson, Jason N Cole, Brinda Ryali, Chelsea Stewart, Poochit Nonejuie, Joe Pogliano, Ross Corriden, Partho Ghosh, Victor Nizet
Histones are essential elements of chromatin structure and gene regulation in eukaryotes. An unexpected attribute of these nuclear proteins is their antimicrobial activity. A framework for histone release and function in host defense in vivo was revealed with the discovery of neutrophil extracellular traps, a specialized cell death process in which DNA-based structures containing histones are extruded to ensnare and kill bacteria. Investigating the susceptibility of various Gram-positive pathogens to histones, we found high-level resistance by one leading human pathogen, group A Streptococcus (GAS)...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220445/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antibacterial-effect-of-nz2114-against-streptococcus-suis-type-2-infection-in-mice-peritonitis-models
#16
Jian Jiao, Ruoyu Mao, Da Teng, Xiumin Wang, Ya Hao, Na Yang, Xiao Wang, Xingjun Feng, Jianhua Wang
NZ2114 is a promising candidate for therapeutic application owing to potent activity to gram-positive bacterium such as Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. This work is the first report to describe the in vitro and in vivo antibacterial characteristics of NZ2114 against Streptococcus suis. It exhibited strong antimicrobial activity against S. suis type 2 strains CVCC 606, CVCC 3309, and CVCC 3928 at a low minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 0.03-0.06 μM. The NZ2114 killed over 99.9% of tested S...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219739/gapa-a-potential-vaccine-candidate-antigen-against-streptococcus-agalactiae-in-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#17
Ze Zhang, Angen Yu, Jiangfeng Lan, Hua Zhang, Minqiang Hu, Jiewei Cheng, Lijuan Zhao, Li Lin, Shun Wei
Streptococcosis due to the bacterium Streptococcus agalactiae (S. agalactiae) has resulted in enormous economic losses in aquaculture worldwide, especially in the tilapia culture industry. Previously, there were limited vaccines that could be employed against streptococcosis in tilapia. This study aimed to develop a vaccine candidate using the glyceraldehyde-phosphate dehydrogenase protein (GapA) of S. agalactiae encoded by the gapA gene. Tilapia were intraperitoneally injected with PBS, PBS + Freund's adjuvant, PBS + Montanide's adjuvant, GapA + Freund's adjuvant, GapA + Montanide's adjuvant, killed S...
February 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219415/genotyping-and-investigating-capsular-polysaccharide-synthesis-gene-loci-of-non-serotypeable-streptococcus-suis-isolated-from-diseased-pigs-in-canada
#18
Han Zheng, Xiaotong Qiu, David Roy, Mariela Segura, Pengchen Du, Jianguo Xu, Marcelo Gottschalk
Streptococcus suis (S. suis) is an important swine pathogen and an emerging zoonotic agent. Most clinical S. suis strains express capsular polysaccharides (CPS), which can be typed by antisera using the coagglutination test. In this study, 79 S. suis strains recovered from diseased pigs in Canada and which could not be typed using antisera were further characterized by capsular gene typing and sequencing. Four patterns of cps locus were observed: (1) fifteen strains were grouped into previously reported serotypes but presented several mutations in their cps loci, when compared to available data from reference strains; (2) seven strains presented a complete deletion of the cps locus, which would result in an inability to synthesize capsule; (3) forty-seven strains were classified in recently described novel cps loci (NCLs); and (4) ten strains carried novel NCLs not previously described...
February 20, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219342/effects-of-exposure-to-streptococcus-iniae-on-microrna-expression-in-the-head-kidney-of-genetically-improved-farmed-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#19
Jun Qiang, Fanyi Tao, Jie He, Lanyi Sun, Pao Xu, Wenjin Bao
BACKGROUND: Genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT, Oreochromis niloticus) are susceptible to infection by Streptococcus iniae when maintained in modern intensive culture systems. GIFT are commercially important fishes that are cultured widely in southern China. The role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the regulatory response of GIFT to S. iniae infection has been underestimated and has not yet been well studied. Head kidney has an important immune function in teleost fishes. The main aim of this study was to determine the possible function of miRNAs in head kidney of S...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219188/-change-of-prognosis-and-pathogens-in-adult-patients-with-severe-community-acquired-pneumonia-during-different-periods
#20
L Zhang, P Ning, F Rong, Z C Gao
Objective: To compare the change of prognosis and pathogens of adult patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) requiring admission to Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU) during different period, and estimate the risk factors of severe CAP. Methods: The clinical data of 186 patients with severe CAP admission to RICU was collected and assessed the trend in outcomes of these patients during three time periods: Period Ⅰ (January 1 2000 to October 31 2006), Period Ⅱ (November 1 2006 to December 31 2010), and Period Ⅲ (January 1 2011 to December 31 2015), analyzed the risk factors by Cox Proportional Hazards regression, and compared the pathogens detection...
February 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
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