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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428293/draft-genome-sequence-of-bacillus-cereus-la2007-a-human-pathogenic-isolate-harboring-anthrax-like-plasmids
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Angela Pena-Gonzalez, Chung K Marston, Luis M Rodriguez-R, Cari B Kolton, Julia Garcia-Diaz, Amanda Theppote, Michael Frace, Konstantinos T Konstantinidis, Alex R Hoffmaster
We present the genome sequence of Bacillus cereus LA2007, a strain isolated in 2007 from a fatal pneumonia case in Louisiana. Sequence-based genome analysis revealed that LA2007 carries a plasmid highly similar to Bacillus anthracis pXO1, including the genes responsible for the production and regulation of anthrax toxin.
April 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426247/response-to-letter-on-immunoassays-for-field-screening-of-bacillus-anthracis-and-ricin
#2
Richard M Ozanich, Rachel A Bartholomew, Cynthia J Bruckner-Lea
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418740/immunoassays-for-field-screening-of-bacillus-anthracis-and-ricin
#3
Beuy Joob, Viroj Wiwanitkit
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418302/anthrax-cases-associated-with-animal-hair-shaving-brushes
#4
Christine M Szablewski, Kate Hendricks, William A Bower, Sean V Shadomy, Nathaniel Hupert
During the First World War, anthrax cases in the United States and England increased greatly and seemed to be associated with use of new shaving brushes. Further investigation revealed that the source material and origin of shaving brushes had changed during the war. Cheap brushes of imported horsehair were being made to look like the preferred badger-hair brushes. Unfortunately, some of these brushes were not effectively disinfected and brought with them a nasty stowaway: Bacillus anthracis. A review of outbreak summaries, surveillance data, and case reports indicated that these cases originated from the use of ineffectively disinfected animal-hair shaving brushes...
May 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415766/anti-proliferative-role-of-recombinant-lethal-toxin-of-bacillus-anthracis-on-primary-mammary-ductal-carcinoma-cells-revealing-its-therapeutic-potential
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Rekha Khandia, Bramhadev Pattnaik, Katherukamem Rajukumar, Atul Pateriya, Sandeep Bhatia, Harshad Murugkar, Anil Prakash, Hare Krishna Pradhan, Kuldeep Dhama, Ashok Munjal, Sunil K Joshi
Bacillus anthracis secretes three secretary proteins; lethal factor (LF), protective antigen (PA) and edema factor (EF). The LF has ability to check proliferation of mammary tumors, chiefly depending on mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway. Evaluation of therapeutic potential of recombinant LF (rLF), recombinant PA (rPA) and lethal toxin (rLF + rPA = LeTx) on the primary mammary ductal carcinoma cells revealed significant (p < 0.01) reduction in proliferation of tumor cells with mean inhibition indices of 28...
March 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415384/preparation-and-characterization-of-expanded-graphite-metal-oxides-for-antimicrobial-application
#6
Wei-Che Hung, Kuo-Hui Wu, Dong-Yi Lyu, Ken-Fa Cheng, Wen-Chien Huang
Composite materials based on expanded graphite (EG) and metal oxide (MO) particles was prepared by an explosive combustion and blending method. The objective of the study was to develop EG impregnated with metal oxide particulates (Ag2O, CuO and ZnO) and evaluate the level of protection the materials conferred against biological agents. The physical properties of the EG/MO composites were examined using SEM, EDX and XRD spectroscopy, and the results indicated that the MO particles were incorporated into the EG matrix after impregnation...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400473/tlr-sensing-of-bacterial-spore-associated-rna-triggers-host-immune-responses-with-detrimental-effects
#7
Min-Kyung Choo, Yasuyo Sano, Changhoon Kim, Kei Yasuda, Xiao-Dong Li, Xin Lin, Mary Stenzel-Poore, Lena Alexopoulou, Sankar Ghosh, Eicke Latz, Ian R Rifkin, Zhijian J Chen, George C Stewart, Hyonyong Chong, Jin Mo Park
The spores of pathogenic bacteria are involved in host entry and the initial encounter with the host immune system. How bacterial spores interact with host immunity, however, remains poorly understood. Here, we show that the spores of Bacillus anthracis (BA), the etiologic agent of anthrax, possess an intrinsic ability to induce host immune responses. This immunostimulatory activity is attributable to high amounts of RNA present in the spore surface layer. RNA-sensing TLRs, TLR7, and TLR13 in mice and their human counterparts, are responsible for detecting and triggering the host cell response to BA spores, whereas TLR2 mediates the sensing of vegetative BA...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398677/preparing-for-biological-threats-addressing-the-needs-of-pregnant-women
#8
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Amelia K Watson, Sascha Ellington, Christina Nelson, Tracee Treadwell, Denise J Jamieson, Dana M Meaney-Delman
Intentional release of infectious agents and biological weapons to cause illness and death has the potential to greatly impact pregnant women and their fetuses. We review what is known about the maternal and fetal effects of seven biological threats: Bacillus anthracis (anthrax); variola virus (smallpox); Clostridium botulinum toxin (botulism); Burkholderia mallei (glanders) and Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis); Yersinia pestis (plague); Francisella tularensis (tularemia); and Rickettsia prowazekii (typhus)...
March 15, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374254/bacteriophage-t4-as-a-nanoparticle-platform-to-display-and-deliver-pathogen-antigens-construction-of-an-effective-anthrax-vaccine
#9
Pan Tao, Qin Li, Sathish B Shivachandra, Venigalla B Rao
Protein-based subunit vaccines represent a safer alternative to the whole pathogen in vaccine development. However, limitations of physiological instability and low immunogenicity of such vaccines demand an efficient delivery system to stimulate robust immune responses. The bacteriophage T4 capsid-based antigen delivery system can robustly elicit both humoral and cellular immune responses without any adjuvant. Therefore, it offers a strong promise as a novel antigen delivery system. Currently Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, is a serious biothreat agent and no FDA-approved anthrax vaccine is available for mass vaccination...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343781/sublingual-targeting-of-sting-with-3-3-cgamp-promotes-systemic-and-mucosal-immunity-against-anthrax-toxins
#10
Tara L Martin, Junbae Jee, Eunsoo Kim, Haley E Steiner, Estelle Cormet-Boyaka, Prosper N Boyaka
Anthrax is caused by Bacillus anthracis, a zoonotic bacterial pathogen affecting humans and livestock worldwide. The current human anthrax vaccine, anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA), is an injected vaccine with a cumbersome administration schedule and fails to promote mucosal immunity. Bacterial enterotoxins, which stimulate production of the cyclic nucleotide cAMP are effective experimental mucosal vaccine adjuvants, but their inherent toxicity has precluded their use in humans. We investigated whether cyclic dinucleotides that target Stimulator of Interferon Gamma Genes (STING) in mammalian cells could represent an alternative to bacterial enterotoxins as adjuvant for sublingual immunization and promotion of mucosal immunity and secretory IgA responses in addition to systemic immunity...
April 25, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342664/a-novel-live-attenuated-anthrax-spore-vaccine-based-on-an-acapsular-bacillus-anthracis-sterne-strain-with-mutations-in-the-htra-lef-and-cya-genes
#11
Theodor Chitlaru, Ma'ayan Israeli, Shahar Rotem, Uri Elia, Erez Bar-Haim, Sharon Ehrlich, Ofer Cohen, Avigdor Shafferman
We recently reported the development of a novel, next-generation, live attenuated anthrax spore vaccine based on disruption of the htrA (High Temperature Requirement A) gene in the Bacillus anthracis Sterne veterinary vaccine strain. This vaccine exhibited a highly significant decrease in virulence in murine, guinea pig and rabbit animal models yet preserved the protective value of the parental Sterne strain. Here, we report the evaluation of additional mutations in the lef and cya genes, encoding for the toxin components lethal factor (LF) and edema factor (EF), to further attenuate the SterneΔhtrA strain and improve its compatibility for human use...
March 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335365/antibacterial-properties-of-visible-light-responsive-carbon-containing-titanium-dioxide-photocatalytic-nanoparticles-against-anthrax
#12
Der-Shan Sun, Jyh-Hwa Kau, Hsin-Hsien Huang, Yao-Hsuan Tseng, Wen-Shiang Wu, Hsin-Hou Chang
The bactericidal activity of conventional titanium dioxide (TiO₂) photocatalyst is effective only on irradiation by ultraviolet light, which restricts the applications of TiO₂ for use in living environments. Recently, carbon-containing TiO₂ nanoparticles [TiO₂(C) NP] were found to be a visible-light-responsive photocatalyst (VLRP), which displayed significantly enhanced antibacterial properties under visible light illumination. However, whether TiO₂(C) NPs exert antibacterial properties against Bacillus anthracis remains elusive...
December 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331957/digital-triplex-dna-assay-based-on-plasmonic-nanocrystals
#13
Guohua Li, Liang Zhu, Yonghong He, Hui Tan, Shuqing Sun
A new analytical method has been developed to detect three kinds of DNA simultaneously based on magnetic beads and color-encoded plasmonic nanocrystals. Magnetic beads modified with capture DNA are employed to collect the specific target DNA, and color-encoded plasmonic nanocrystals are applied to signal the target through DNA hybridization. As a proof of concept, three types of representative metal nanocrystals of gold nanoparticle (AuNP), gold nanorod (AuNR), and gold/silver nanoparticle (Au/AgNP) were employed to signal three dissimilar virus-related protective antigen genes, Ebola virus (EV), Variola virus (VV), and Bacillus anthracis (BA), respectively...
March 22, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331641/penicillin-susceptible-oxidase-negative-nonhemolytic-nonmotile-bacillus-megaterium-in-disguise-of-bacillus-anthracis
#14
Shih Keng Loong, Boon Teong Teoh, Jefree Johari, Chee Sieng Khor, Juraina Abd-Jamil, Siti Sarah Nor'e, Nur Izyan Samsudin, Noor Syahida Azizan, Che Norainon Yaacob, Asma Anati CheMatSeri, Nur Hidayana Mahfodz, Sazaly AbuBakar
Bacillus anthracis is a bacterial pathogen of major concern. The spores of this bacteria can survive harsh environmental conditions for extended periods and are well recognized as a potential bioterror weapon with significant implications. Accurate and timely identification of this Bacillus species in the diagnostic laboratory is essential for disease and public health management. Biosafety Level 3 measures and ciprofloxacin treatment were instituted when B. anthracis was suspected from a patient with gangrenous foot...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326781/the-berkeleylactones-antibiotic-macrolides-from-fungal-coculture
#15
Andrea A Stierle, Donald B Stierle, Daniel Decato, Nigel D Priestley, Jeremy B Alverson, John Hoody, Kelly McGrath, Dorota Klepacki
A carefully timed coculture fermentation of Penicillium fuscum and P. camembertii/clavigerum yielded eight new 16-membered-ring macrolides, berkeleylactones A-H (1, 4, 6-9, 12, 13), as well as the known antibiotic macrolide A26771B (5), patulin, and citrinin. There was no evidence of the production of the berkeleylactones or A26771B (5) by either fungus when grown as axenic cultures. The structures were deduced from analyses of spectral data, and the absolute configurations of compounds 1 and 9 were determined by single-crystal X-ray crystallography...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300596/combined-virtual-screening-mmpbsa-molecular-docking-and-dynamics-studies-against-deadly-anthrax-an-in-silico-effort-to-inhibit-bacillus-anthracis-nucleoside-hydrolase
#16
Masoumeh Karami, Chiya Jalali, Sako Mirzaie
Anthrax is a deadly disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a dangerous biological warfare agent employed for both military and terrorist purposes. A critical selective target for chemotherapy against this disease is nucleoside hydrolase (NH), an enzyme still not found in mammals. In the current study, we have performed molecular docking and dynamics studies, aiming to propose the new potent inhibitors of B. anthracis NH among National Cancer Institute (NCI) Diversity Set. We also analyzed the principal interactions of proposed compounds with the active site residues of NH and the relevant factors to biological activity...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299860/poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-fuels-the-tricarboxylic-acid-cycle-and-de-novo-lipid-biosynthesis-during-bacillus-anthracis-sporulation
#17
Marat R Sadykov, Jong-Sam Ahn, Todd J Widhelm, Valerie M Eckrich, Jennifer L Endres, Adam Driks, Gregory E Rutkowski, Kevin L Wingerd, Kenneth W Bayles
Numerous bacteria accumulate poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) as an intracellular reservoir of carbon and energy in response to imbalanced nutritional conditions. In Bacillus spp., where PHB biosynthesis precedes the formation of the dormant cell type called the spore (sporulation), the direct link between PHB accumulation and efficiency of sporulation was observed in multiple studies. Although the idea of PHB as an intracellular carbon and energy source fueling sporulation was proposed several decades ago, the mechanisms underlying PHB contribution to sporulation have not been defined...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298443/a-four-gene-operon-in-bacillus-cereus-produces-two-rare-spore-decorating-sugars
#18
Zi Li, Thiya Mukherjee, Kyle Bowler, Sholeh Namdari, Zachary Snow, Sarah Prestridge, Alexandra Carlton, Maor Bar-Peled
Bacterial glycan structures on cell surfaces are critical for cell-cell recognition and adhesion and in host-pathogen interactions. Accordingly, unraveling the sugar composition of bacterial cell surfaces can shed light on bacterial growth and pathogenesis. Here, we found that two rare sugars with a 3-C-methyl-6-deoxy-hexose structure were linked to spore glycan in Bacillus cereus ATCC 14579 and ATCC 10876. Moreover, we identified a four-gene operon in B. cereus ATCC 14579 that encodes proteins with the following sequential enzyme activities as determined by mass spectrometry and one- and two-dimensional NMR methods: CTP:glucose-1-phosphate cytidylyltransferase, a CDP-Glc 4,6-dehydratase, an NADH-dependent SAM:C-methyltransferase, and an NADPH-dependent CDP-3-C-methyl-6-deoxy-hexose 4-reductase...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294483/the-detection-and-quantification-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-spores-from-soil-and-swabs-using-quantitative-pcr-as-a-model-system-for-routine-diagnostics-of-bacillus-anthracis
#19
Vera Sedlackova, Radka Dziedzinska, Vladimir Babak, Petr Kralik
AIMS: To optimize the DNA isolation for the routine detection and quantification of bacillary spores in soil and swabs. The procedure is primarily intended for diagnostics of Bacillus anthracis spores, but due to its high pathogenicity B. thuringiensis served as its surrogate organism. METHODS AND RESULTS: Various commercial kits for soils and swabs in combination with quantitative PCR were tested with different results. The PowerSoil DNA kit and the Ultra Clean Microbial DNA kit gave the best results for the extraction from soil and swabs, respectively...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288571/in-vivo-characterization-of-an-hfq-protein-encoded-by-the-bacillus-anthracis-virulence-plasmid-pxo1
#20
Andrea B Keefer, Eugenia K Asare, Andrei P Pomerantsev, Mahtab Moayeri, Craig Martens, Stephen F Porcella, Susan Gottesman, Stephen H Leppla, Catherine E Vrentas
BACKGROUND: Bacterial Hfq proteins post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression, primarily by mediating the interaction between sRNAs (small RNAs) and their target mRNAs. The role of Hfq-based regulation has been well defined in Gram-negative bacteria, but comparatively less is known about the impact of Hfq proteins in Gram-positive species. The Gram-positive pathogen Bacillus anthracis (causative agent of anthrax) is distinct in that it expresses three homologs of Hfq: Hfq1 and Hfq2 from the chromosome, and Hfq3 from the pXO1 virulence plasmid...
March 14, 2017: BMC Microbiology
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