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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736824/evaluation-of-lumazine-synthase-from-bacillus-anthracis-as-a-presentation-platform-for-polyvalent-antigen-display
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Yangjie Wei, Newton Wahome, Greta VanSlyke, Neal Whitaker, Prashant Kumar, Michael L Barta, Wendy L Picking, David B Volkin, Nicholas J Mantis, C Russell Middaugh
Polyvalent antigen display is an effective strategy to enhance the immunogenicity of subunit vaccines by clustering them in an array-like manner on a scaffold system. This strategy results in a higher local density of antigens, increased high avidity interactions with B cells and other antigen presenting cells, and therefore a more effective presentation of vaccine antigens. In the present study, we used lumazine synthase (LS), an icosahedral symmetry capsid derived from Bacillus anthracis, as a scaffold to present 60 copies of a linear B cell epitope (PB10) from the ricin toxin fused to the C terminus of LS via four different linkers...
July 24, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722623/the-use-of-xenosurveillance-to-detect-human-bacteria-parasites-and-viruses-in-mosquito-bloodmeals
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Joseph R Fauver, Alex Gendernalik, James Weger-Lucarelli, Nathan D Grubaugh, Doug E Brackney, Brian D Foy, Gregory D Ebel
Infectious disease surveillance is hindered by several factors, including limited infrastructure and geographic isolation of many resource-poor regions. In addition, the complexities of sample acquisition, processing, and analysis, even in developed regions, can be rate limiting. Therefore, new strategies to survey human populations for emerging pathogens are necessary. Xenosurveillance is a method that utilizes mosquitoes as sampling devices to search for genetic signatures of pathogens in vertebrates. Previously we demonstrated that xenosurveillance can detect viral RNA in both laboratory and field settings...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708938/interactions-between-quinolones-and-bacillus-anthracis-gyrase-and-the-basis-of-drug-resistance
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Rachel E Ashley, Robert Hunter Lindsey, Sylvia A McPherson, Charles L Turnbough, Robert J Kerns, Neil Osheroff
Gyrase appears to be the primary cellular target for quinolone antibacterials in multiple pathogenic bacteria, including Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax. Given the significance of this type II topoisomerase as a drug target, it is critical to understand how quinolones interact with gyrase and how specific mutations lead to resistance. However, these important issues have yet to be addressed for a canonical gyrase. Therefore, we utilized a mechanistic approach to characterize quinolone interactions with wild-type B...
July 14, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702375/a-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-is-involved-in-regulation-of-growth-and-spore-formation-of-bacillus-anthracis-pasteur-ii-strain
#4
Xudong Liang, Jin Zhu, Zhongzhi Zhao, Feng Zheng, Enmin Zhang, Jianchun Wei, Yon Ji, Yinduo Ji
Anthrax toxins and capsules, which are encoded by genes located on pXO1 and pXO2, respectively, are major virulence factors of Bacillus anthracis. Our previous studies demonstrated that exposure to high-temperatures is unable to abolish the pXO1 plasmid of the Pasteur II strain, but the growth of the strain was obviously slower than that of the Sterne strain and wild-type virulent strain. To elucidate a potential regulatory mechanism of slowing growth, we employed comparative genome and bioinformatic analysis and revealed a unique SNP (G to T) at the 143135 bp position in pXO1 that is possibly involved in the mediation of growth of Pasteur II...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701192/protection-of-farm-goats-by-combinations-of-recombinant-peptides-and-formalin-inactivated-spores-from-a-lethal-bacillus-anthracis-challenge-under-field-conditions
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Susanne M Koehler, Fatih Buyuk, Ozgur Celebi, Hayati Demiraslan, Mehmet Doganay, Mitat Sahin, Jens Moehring, Okechukwu C Ndumnego, Salih Otlu, Henriette van Heerden, Wolfgang Beyer
BACKGROUND: Bacillus (B.) anthracis, the causal agent of anthrax, is effectively controlled by the Sterne live spore vaccine (34F2) in animals. However, live spore vaccines are not suitable for simultaneous vaccination and antibiotic treatment of animals being at risk of infection in an outbreak situation. Non-living vaccines could close this gap. RESULTS: In this study a combination of recombinant protective antigen and recombinant Bacillus collagen-like antigen (rBclA) with or without formalin inactivated spores (FIS), targeted at raising an immune response against both the toxins and the spore of B...
July 12, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696235/evaluation-of-combination-drug-therapy-for-treatment-of-antibiotic-resistant-inhalation-anthrax-in-a-murine-model
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H S Heine, S V Shadomy, A E Boyer, L Chuvala, R Riggins, A Kesterson, J Myrick, J Craig, M G Candela, J R Barr, K Hendricks, W A Bower, H Walke, G L Drusano
Bacillus anthracis is considered a likely agent to be used as a bioweapon and use of a strain resistance to the first-line antimicrobial treatments is a concern. We determined treatment efficacy against a ciprofloxacin-resistant (C(r)) strain of B. anthracis (C(r) Ames) in a murine inhalational anthrax model. Ten groups of 46 BALB/c mice were exposed by inhalation to 7-35 LD50 of B. anthracis C(r) Ames spores. Commencing at 36 hours (h) post-exposure, groups were administered intraperitoneal doses of sterile water for injections (SWI) and ciprofloxacinalone (control groups), or ciprofloxacin combined with two antimicrobials including meropenem/linezolid, meropenem/clindamycin, meropenem/rifampin, meropenem/doxycycline, penicillin/linezolid, penicillin/doxycycline, rifampin/linezolid, or rifampin/clindamycin at appropriate dosing intervals(6 or 12 hours) for the respective antibiotics...
July 10, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694806/a-bivalent-anthrax-plague-vaccine-that-can-protect-against-two-tier-1-bioterror-pathogens-bacillus-anthracis-and-yersinia-pestis
#7
Pan Tao, Marthandan Mahalingam, Jingen Zhu, Mahtab Moayeri, Michelle L Kirtley, Eric C Fitts, Jourdan A Andersson, William S Lawrence, Stephen H Leppla, Ashok K Chopra, Venigalla B Rao
Bioterrorism remains as one of the biggest challenges to global security and public health. Since the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001 in the United States, Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis, the causative agents of anthrax and plague, respectively, gained notoriety and were listed by the CDC as Tier-1 biothreat agents. Currently, there is no Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccine against either of these threats for mass vaccination to protect general public, let alone a bivalent vaccine. Here, we report the development of a single recombinant vaccine, a triple antigen consisting of all three target antigens, F1 and V from Y...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692329/surrogate-strains-of-human-pathogens-for-field-release
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Sangjin Park, Chang-Hwan Kim, Seong Tae Jeong, Sang Yup Lee
Surrogate microorganisms, in short surrogates, are an essential part of pathogen research. Compared to surrogates used in controlled laboratory environments, surrogates for field release are restricted by concerns about human and environmental safety. For field research of food-borne pathogens, strains of an attenuated pathogen or strains of genetically close non-pathogenic species have been used as surrogates. Genetic modification is usually performed to attenuate virulence, through for examples deletion of genes of virulence and transcriptional regulators and removal of virulence plasmids, and to facilitate detection and monitoring through observing antibiotic resistance, fluorescence, and bioluminescence...
July 10, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687228/effect-of-replacing-main-chain-ureas-with-thiourea-and-guanidinium-surrogates-on-the-bactericidal-activity-of-membrane-active-oligourea-foldamers
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Stéphanie Antunes, Jean-Philippe Corre, Guillain Mikaty, Céline Douat, Pierre L Goossens, Gilles Guichard
Membrane-active foldamers have recently emerged as potential mimics of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). Amphiphilic cationic helical N,N'-linked oligoureas are one such class of AMP mimics with activities in vitro against a broad range of bacteria including Bacillus anthracis, a Gram-positive sporulating bacillus and causing agent of anthrax. Here we have used site-selective chemical modifications of the oligourea backbone to gain additional insight into the relationship between structure and function and modulate anthracidal activity...
April 29, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680972/non-toxin-producing-bacillus-cereus-strains-belonging-to-the-b-%C3%A2-anthracis-clade-isolated-from-the-international-space-station
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Kasthuri Venkateswaran, Nitin K Singh, Aleksandra Checinska Sielaff, Robert K Pope, Nicholas H Bergman, Sandra P van Tongeren, Nisha B Patel, Paul A Lawson, Masataka Satomi, Charles H D Williamson, Jason W Sahl, Paul Keim, Duane Pierson, Jay Perry
In an ongoing Microbial Observatory investigation of the International Space Station (ISS), 11 Bacillus strains (2 from the Kibo Japanese experimental module, 4 from the U.S. segment, and 5 from the Russian module) were isolated and their whole genomes were sequenced. A comparative analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequences of these isolates showed the highest similarity (>99%) to the Bacillus anthracis-B. cereus-B. thuringiensis group. The fatty acid composition, polar lipid profile, peptidoglycan type, and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight profiles were consistent with the B...
May 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675870/urea-derived-graphitic-carbon-nitride-u-g-c3n4-films-with-highly-enhanced-antimicrobial-and-sporicidal-activity
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John H Thurston, Necia M Hunter, Lacey J Wayment, Kenneth A Cornell
In this manuscript, we describe the fabrication of photoactive biocidal or sporicidal films from urea-derived graphitic carbon nitride (u-g-C3N4). Co-deposited films of u-g-C3N4 and Escherichia coli O157:H7 (IC50=14.1±0.2mJ) or Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin resistant IC50=33.5±0.2mJ, methicillin sensitive IC50=42.7±0.5mJ) demonstrated significantly enhanced bactericidal behavior upon administration of visible radiation (400nm≤λ≤426nm). In all cases, complete eradication of the microbial sample was realized upon administration of 100mJ of visible radiation, while no antimicrobial activity was observed for non-irradiated samples...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674946/toxin-transport-by-a-b-type-of-toxins-in-eukaryotic-target-cells-and-its-inhibition-by-positively-charged-heterocyclic-molecules
#12
Roland Benz, Holger Barth
A-B types of toxins are among the most potent bacterial protein toxins produced by gram-positive bacteria. Prominent examples are the tripartite anthrax toxin of Bacillus anthracis and the different A-B type clostridial toxins that are the causative agents of severe human and animal diseases and could serve as biological weapons. The components of all these toxins comprise one binding/transport (B) subunit and one or two separate, non-linked enzymatically active (A) subunits. The A and B subunits are separately produced and secreted by the pathogenic gram-positive bacteria and must assemble on the surface of eukaryotic target cells to form biologically active toxin complexes...
July 4, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672846/molecular-modeling-of-the-catalytic-domain-of-cyaa-deepened-the-knowledge-of-its-functional-dynamics
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Thérèse E Malliavin
Although CyaA has been studied for over three decades and revealed itself to be a very good prototype for developing various biotechnological applications, only a little is known about its functional dynamics and about the conformational landscape of this protein. Molecular dynamics simulations helped to clarify the view on these points in the following way. First, the model of interaction between AC and calmodulin (CaM) has evolved from an interaction centered on the surface between C-CaM hydrophobic patch and the α helix H of AC, to a more balanced view, in which the C-terminal tail of AC along with the C-CaM Calcium loops play an important role...
June 26, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660315/characterization-of-the-dihydroorotase-from-methanococcus-jannaschii
#14
Jacqueline Vitali, Aditya K Singh, Michael J Colaneri
The gene that codes for the putative dihydroorotase in the hyperthermophilic archaeon Methanococcus jannaschii was subcloned in pET-21a and expressed in Escherichia coli. A purification protocol was devised. The purity of the protein was evaluated by SDS-PAGE and the protein was confirmed by sequencing using LC-MS. The calculated molecular mass is 48104 Da. SEC-LS suggested that the protein is a monomer in solution. ICP-MS showed that there are two Zn ions per monomer. Kinetic analysis of the recombinant protein gave hyperbolic kinetics with Vmax = 12...
August 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654701/correction-comparison-of-french-and-worldwide-bacillus-anthracis-strains-favors-a-recent-post-columbian-origin-of-the-predominant-north-american-clade
#15
Gilles Vergnaud, Guillaume Girault, Simon Thierry, Christine Pourcel, Nora Madani, Yann Blouin
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146216.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649408/ser-thr-protein-kinase-prkc-mediated-regulation-of-groel-is-critical-for-biofilm-formation-in-bacillus-anthracis
#16
Gunjan Arora, Andaleeb Sajid, Richa Virmani, Anshika Singhal, C M Santosh Kumar, Neha Dhasmana, Tanya Khanna, Abhijit Maji, Richa Misra, Virginie Molle, Dörte Becher, Ulf Gerth, Shekhar C Mande, Yogendra Singh
PrkC is a conserved Ser/Thr protein kinase encoded in Bacillus anthracis genome. PrkC is shown to be important for B. anthracis pathogenesis, but little is known about its other functions and phosphorylated substrates. Systemic analyses indicate the compelling role of PrkC in phosphorylating multiple substrates, including the essential chaperone GroEL. Through mass spectrometry, we identified that PrkC phosphorylates GroEL on six threonine residues that are distributed in three canonical regions. Phosphorylation facilitates the oligomerization of GroEL to the physiologically active tetradecameric state and increases its affinity toward the co-chaperone GroES...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648290/milk-originated-bacillus-cereus-sensu-lato-strains-harbouring-bacillus-anthracis-like-plasmids-are-genetically-and-phenotypically-diverse
#17
Marek Bartoszewicz, Paulina Sylwia Marjańska
Bacillus cereus sensu lato is widely distributed in food products, including raw and processed milk. Plasmids often determine bacterial virulence and toxicity, but their role in the evolution of B. cereus sensu lato is only partly known. Here, we observed that nearly 8% of B. cereus sensu lato isolates were positive for pXO1-like plasmids and 12% for pXO2-like plasmids in raw and ultra-heat-treated (UHT) milk from one dairy plant. However, pXO1-like plasmids were significantly more frequent in raw milk, while pXO2-like plasmids were more frequent in processed milk...
October 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646570/inactivation-of-bacillus-spores-in-wash-waters-using-dilute-chlorine-bleach-solutions-at-different-temperatures-and-ph-levels
#18
Vicente J Gallardo, Donald A Schupp, John L Heckman, E Radha Krishnan, Eugene W Rice
Inactivation of Bacillus globigii spores in wash water was studied to simulate chlorine inactivation of Bacillus anthracis spores in water generated in during biological clean ups. Eight waters were studied, with six containing detergent. Chlorine levels were approximately 3,000 mg/L. Results across different waters showed decreasing inactivation with increasing pH. Inactivation did not appear to be influenced by chemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, turbidity, or dissolved solids. Inactivation efficacy was expressed as the time calculated to yield 6 log10 inactivation at 3,000 mg NaOCl/L...
June 23, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645183/in-defense-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-the-safest-and-most-successful-microbial-insecticide-available-to-humanity-a-response-to-efsa
#19
Ben Raymond, Brian A Federici
The Bacillus cereus group contains vertebrate pathogens such as Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus cereus and the invertebrate pathogen Bacillus thuringiensis. Microbial biopesticides based on B. thuringiensis (Bt) are widely recognized as being among the safest and least environmentally damaging insecticidal products available. Nevertheless, a recent food poisoning incident prompted a European Food Safety Authority review which argued that B. thuringiensis poses a health risk equivalent to B. cereus, a causative agent of diarrhoea...
June 22, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625989/rapid-high-throughput-identification-of-anthrax-causing-and-emetic-bacillus-cereus-group-genome-assemblies-using-btyper-a-computational-tool-for-virulence-based-classification-of-bacillus-cereus-group-isolates-using-nucleotide-sequencing-data
#20
Laura M Carroll, Jasna Kovac, Rachel A Miller, Martin Wiedmann
The Bacillus cereus group comprises nine species, several of which are pathogenic. Differentiating between isolates that may cause disease and those that do not is a matter of public health and economic importance, but can be particularly challenging due to the high genomic similarity of the group. To this end, we have developed BTyper, a computational tool that employs a combination of (i) virulence gene-based typing, (ii) multi-locus sequence typing (MLST), (iii) panC clade typing, and (iv) rpoB allelic typing to rapidly classify B...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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