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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144750/investigation-of-the-physical-and-bioactive-properties-of-bromo-and-iodo-containing-sponge-derived-compounds-possessing-an-oxyphenylethanamine-core
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Erin P McCauley, Hanh Lam, Nicholas Lorig-Roach, Justin Luu, Cameron Lloyd, Karen Tenney, Halina Pietraszkiewicz, Cristina Diaz, Frederick A Valeriote, Victoria Auerbuch, Phillip Crews
This research set out to identify compounds from marine sponges that can act as bacterial virulence blockers. Extracts from a total of 80 sponges collected from throughout Indonesia were screened in a high-throughput NF-κB-based screen that identifies compounds capable of inhibiting the bacterial type III secretion system (T3SS) in Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. An extract that was shown to inhibit T3SS-driven NF-κB expression was obtained from an Iotrochota cf. iota sponge and was the source of seven new bromo- and iodo-containing compounds, all of which contain a 2-(4-oxyphenyl)ethan-1-amine core...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142104/constraints-on-lateral-gene-transfer-in-promoting-fimbrial-usher-protein-diversity-and-function
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Christopher J Stubenrauch, Gordon Dougan, Trevor Lithgow, Eva Heinz
Fimbriae are long, adhesive structures widespread throughout members of the family Enterobacteriaceae. They are multimeric extrusions, which are moved out of the bacterial cell through an integral outer membrane protein called usher. The complex folding mechanics of the usher protein were recently revealed to be catalysed by the membrane-embedded translocation and assembly module (TAM). Here, we examine the diversity of usher proteins across a wide range of extraintestinal (ExPEC) and enteropathogenic (EPEC) Escherichia coli, and further focus on a so far undescribed chaperone-usher system, with this usher referred to as UshC...
November 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141986/arfgap1-restricts-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-entry-by-controlling-the-actin-cytoskeleton
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Ok-Ryul Song, Christophe J Queval, Raffaella Iantomasi, Vincent Delorme, Sabrina Marion, Romain Veyron-Churlet, Elisabeth Werkmeister, Michka Popoff, Isabelle Ricard, Samuel Jouny, Nathalie Deboosere, Frank Lafont, Alain Baulard, Edouard Yeramian, Laurent Marsollier, Eik Hoffmann, Priscille Brodin
The interaction of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) with pulmonary epithelial cells is critical for early stages of bacillus colonization and during the progression of tuberculosis. Entry of Mtb into epithelial cells has been shown to depend on F-actin polymerization, though the molecular mechanisms are still unclear. Here, we demonstrate that mycobacterial uptake into epithelial cells requires rearrangements of the actin cytoskeleton, which are regulated by ADP-ribosylation factor 1 (Arf1) and phospholipase D1 (PLD1), and is dependent on the M3 muscarinic receptor (M3R)...
November 15, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141768/rat-fall-surveillance-coupled-with-vector-control-and-community-education-as-a-plague-prevention-strategy-in-the-west-nile-region-uganda
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Karen A Boegler, Linda A Atiku, Russell E Enscore, Titus Apangu, Joseph Tendo Mpanga, Sarah Acayo, John Kaggwa, Paul S Mead, Brook M Yockey, Kiersten J Kugeler, Martin E Schriefer, Kalanthe Horiuchi, Kenneth L Gage, Rebecca J Eisen
Plague, primarily a disease of rodents, is most frequently transmitted by fleas and causes potentially fatal infections in humans. In Uganda, plague is endemic to the West Nile region. Primary prevention for plague includes control of rodent hosts or flea vectors, but targeting these efforts is difficult given the sporadic nature of plague epizootics in the region and limited resource availability. Here, we present a community-based strategy to detect and report rodent deaths (rat fall), an early sign of epizootics...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141705/phenotypic-and-molecular-genetic-characteristics-of-yersinia-pestis-at-an-emerging-natural-plague-focus-junggar-basin-china
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Yujiang Zhang, Tao Luo, Chao Yang, Xihong Yue, Rong Guo, Xinhui Wang, Mingde Buren, Yuqin Song, Ruifu Yang, Hanli Cao, Yujun Cui, Xiang Dai
The 15th natural plague focus in China, the Junggar Basin plague focus, is located near an important communication route connecting China and Central Asia and was discovered after 2005. To characterize the phenotypic and genetic diversity of the Yersinia pestis population in this newly established focus, we collected 25 Y. pestis strains from six counties across Junggar Basin in 2005-2006, and determined their biochemical features and genotypes based on multiple-locus variable number of tandem repeats analysis and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats analysis...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136536/on-the-bright-side-of-a-forest-pest-the-metabolic-potential-of-bark-beetles-bacterial-associates
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Anna Fabryová, Martin Kostovčík, Alexandra Díez-Méndez, Alejandro Jiménez-Gómez, Lorena Celador-Lera, Zaki Saati-Santamaría, Hana Sechovcová, Esther Menéndez, Miroslav Kolařik, Paula García-Fraile
Bark beetles reproduce and overwinter under the bark of trees, and are associated with bacteria that may influence the fitness of their hosts. As regard the aim of this study was to test the metabolic potential of bacterial strains, isolated from the bark beetle species Cryphalus piceae, Ips typographus and Pityophthorus pityophthorus and collected in the Czech Republic from fir, spruce and pine trees, respectively, to degrade plant cell compounds. The bacterial strains were identified as belonging to the genera Curtobacterium, Erwinia, Pantoea, Pseudomonas, Rahnella, Staphylococcus, and Yersinia...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136087/the-utility-and-perspectives-of-ngs-based-methods-in-bsl-3-and-bsl-4-laboratory-sequencing-and-analysis-strategies
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Tomasz Wolkowicz
Modern diagnostics is in general based on molecular biology methods. Nowadays sequencing-based methods, especially whole genome sequencing, are becoming increasingly important. Implementation of such methods into routine diagnostic of highly dangerous pathogens, like Bacillus anthracis, Francisella tularensis, Yersinia pestis, Ebola virus, MERS, Lassa virus etc. would be very helpful. The best diagnostic strategy would be the metagenomic sequencing directly from the clinical sample. Implementation of majority of currently available WGS platforms inside the BSL-3 or 4 laboratory is impractical because of the size of the equipment and time consuming wet lab part (e...
November 10, 2017: Briefings in Functional Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133155/a-prospective-study-of-travellers-diarrhoea-analysis-of-pathogen-findings-by-destination-in-various-sub-tropical-regions
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Tinja Lääveri, Katri Vilkman, Sari H Pakkanen, Juha Kirveskari, Anu Kantele
OBJECTIVES: Eighty million travellers visiting (sub)tropical regions contract travellers' diarrhoea (TD) each year, yet prospective data comparing the prevalence of TD pathogens in various geographical regions are scarce. Our recent study employing modern molecular methods found enteropathogenic (EPEC) and enteroaggregative (EAEC) Escherichia coli to be the most frequent pathogens, followed by enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) and Campylobacter. We revisited our data to compare the findings by geographical region...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129538/pneumonia-in-the-tropics-report-from-the-task-force-on-tropical-diseases-by-the-world-federation-of-societies-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine
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Mohd Basri Mat Nor, Guy A Richards, Steve McGloughlin, Pravin R Amin
The aetiology of community acquired pneumonia varies according to the region in which it is acquired. This review discusses those causes of CAP that occur in the tropics and might not be readily recognizable when transplanted to other sites. Various forms of pneumonia including the viral causes such as influenza (seasonal and avian varieties), the coronaviruses and the Hantavirus as well as bacterial causes, specifically the pneumonic form of Yersinia pestis and melioidosis are discussed.
November 3, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126113/bacteria-associated-with-decomposing-dead-wood-in-a-natural-temperate-forest
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Vojtech Tláskal, Petra Zrustová, Tomáš Vrška, Petr Baldrian
Dead wood represents an important pool of organic matter in forests and is one of the sources of soil formation. It has been shown to harbour diverse communities of bacteria, but their roles in this habitat are still poorly understood. Here, we describe the bacterial communities in the dead wood of Abies alba, Picea abies and Fagus sylvatica in a temperate natural forest in Central Europe. An analysis of environmental factors showed that decomposing time along with pH and water content were the strongest drivers of community composition...
November 8, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124413/assessment-of-bacterial-diversity-in-hyalomma-aegyptium-h-marginatum-and-h-excavatum-ticks-through-tag-encoded-pyrosequencing
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Adem Keskin, Ahmet Bursali, David E Snow, Scot E Dowd, Saban Tekin
Ticks are among the most significant human-biting ectoparasites and they play a major role in transmission of many pathogenic agents to humans. In the present study, three species of Hyalomma ticks, Hyalomma aegyptium, H. marginatum and H. excavatum, were examined for the presence of zoonotic bacteria, both male and female ticks alike. Examination of microbial diversity with tag-encoded pyrosequencing indicates that H. marginatum and H. excavatum were more diversity rich than H. aegyptium. Although numerous pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacterial genera were detected, including Acidovorax, Bacillus, Bacteroides, Bdellovibrio, Clostridium, Curvibacter, Escherichia, Flavobacterium, Limnohabitans, Paenibacillus, Ralstonia, Sarcina, Sediminibacterium, Segetibacter Stenotrophomonas and Variovorax, the predominant zoonotic bacteria represented in these ticks were genera Borrelia, Francisella, and Rickettsia...
November 9, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114402/comparative-scaffolding-and-gap-filling-of-ancient-bacterial-genomes-applied-to-two-ancient-yersinia-pestis-genomes
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Nina Luhmann, Daniel Doerr, Cedric Chauve
Yersinia pestis is the causative agent of the bubonic plague, a disease responsible for several dramatic historical pandemics. Progress in ancient DNA (aDNA) sequencing rendered possible the sequencing of whole genomes of important human pathogens, including the ancient Y. pestis strains responsible for outbreaks of the bubonic plague in London in the 14th century and in Marseille in the 18th century, among others. However, aDNA sequencing data are still characterized by short reads and non-uniform coverage, so assembling ancient pathogen genomes remains challenging and often prevents a detailed study of genome rearrangements...
September 2017: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108975/rapid-detection-of-food-borne-salmonella-contamination-using-imbs-qpcr-method-based-on-pagc-gene
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Jiashun Wang, Yi Li, Jia Chen, Deping Hua, Yi Li, Hui Deng, Ying Li, Zhixuan Liang, Jinhai Huang
Detection of Salmonella is very important to minimize the food safety risk. In this study, the recombinant PagC protein and PagC antibody were prepared and coupled with immunomagnetic beads (IMBs) to capture Salmonella cells from pork and milk samples. And then the SYBR Green qualitative PCR was developed to detect the pathogenic Salmonella. The results showed that the PagC polyclonal antiserum is of good specificity and the capture rate of 0.1mg IMBs for Salmonella tended to be stable at the range of 70-74% corresponding to the concentrations between 10(1) and 10(4)CFU/mL...
October 18, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103266/high-frequency-of-enteric-protozoan-viral-and-bacterial-potential-pathogens-in-community-acquired-acute-diarrheal-episodes-evidence-based-on-results-of-luminex-gastrointestinal-pathogen-panel-assay
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Yousry A Hawash, Khadiga A Ismail, Mazen Almehmadi
Infectious diarrhea is endemic in most developing countries. We aimed to investigate the protozoan, viral, and bacterial causes of acute diarrhea in Taif, Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional prospective 1-year study was conducted on 163 diarrheal patients of various ages. Stool samples were collected, 1 per patient, and tested for 3 protozoa, 3 viruses, and 9 bacteria with the Luminex Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel. Overall, 53.4% (87/163) of samples were positives (20.8% protozoa, 19.6% viruses, 2.8% bacteria, and 9...
October 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102138/the-main-spoilage-related-psychrotrophic-bacteria-in-refrigerated-raw-milk
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J C Ribeiro Júnior, A M de Oliveira, F de G Silva, R Tamanini, A L M de Oliveira, V Beloti
Refrigerated raw milk may contain psychrotrophic microorganisms that produce thermoresistant exoproteases and lipases, which may compromise the quality of processed fluid milk and dairy products during storage. The aim of this work was to quantify and identify the deteriorating psychrotrophic microbiota in Brazilian refrigerated raw milk using genetic diversity analysis. The mean psychrotrophic count was 1.1 × 10(4) cfu/mL. Of the total isolates, 47.8 and 29.8% showed deteriorating activity at 35°C within 48 h and 7°C within 10 d, respectively...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099294/introducing-the-new-bacterial-branch-of-the-rnase-a-superfamily
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Bonnie J Cuthbert, Kalistyn H Burley, Celia W Goulding
Bovine pancreatic ribonuclease (RNase A) is the founding member of the RNase A superfamily. Members of this superfamily of ribonucleases have high sequence diversity, but possess a similar structural fold, together with a conserved His-Lys-His catalytic triad and structural disulfide bonds. Until recently, RNase A proteins had exclusively been identified in eukaryotes within vertebrae. Here, we discuss the discovery by Batot et al. of a bacterial RNase A superfamily member, CdiA-CT(Ykris): a toxin that belongs to an inter-bacterial competition system from Yersinia kristensenii...
November 3, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097324/effect-of-oral-booster-vaccination-of-rainbow-trout-against-yersinia-ruckeri-depends-on-type-of-primary-immunization
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Rzgar M Jaafar, Azmi Al-Jubury, Inger Dalsgaard, Asma MohammadKarami, Per W Kania, Kurt Buchmann
Vaccination of rainbow trout against Enteric Redmouth Disease (ERM) caused by Yersinia ruckeri can be successfully performed by administering vaccine (a bacterin consisting of formalin killed bacteria) by immersion, bath or injection. Booster immunization is known to increase the protection of fish already primed by one of these vaccination methods. Oral vaccination of trout (administering vaccine in feed) is an even more convenient way of presenting antigen to the fish but the effect of an oral booster has not previously been described in detail...
October 30, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095164/the-crystal-structure-of-the-yersinia-pestis-iron-chaperone-yiua-reveals-a-basic-triad-binding-motif-for-the-chelated-metal
#18
Christopher D Radka, Dongquan Chen, Lawrence J DeLucas, Stephen G Aller
Biological chelating molecules called siderophores are used to sequester iron and maintain its ferric state. Bacterial substrate-binding proteins (SBPs) bind iron-siderophore complexes and deliver these complexes to ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters for import into the cytoplasm, where the iron can be transferred from the siderophore to catalytic enzymes. In Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague, the Yersinia iron-uptake (Yiu) ABC transporter has been shown to improve iron acquisition under iron-chelated conditions...
November 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094498/multiple-factors-correlating-with-wing-malformations-in-the-population-of-parnassius-apollo-lepidoptera-papilionidae-restituted-from-a-low-number-of-individuals-a-minireview
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REVIEW
Karolina Pierzynowska, Marta Skowron Volponi, Grzegorz Węgrzyn
The Apollo butterfly, Parnassius apollo (Linnaeus), was common in Europe over 100 years ago, but currently it is considered as near threatened. Different conservation programs have promoted the persistence of this species, however, it is still endangered. An example of such programs was the action devoted to reestablish the Apollo butterfly population in Pieniny National Park (Poland) from only 20-30 individuals which had survived till the last decade of the 20th century. This reintroduction has been successful, however, unexpected developmental problems appeared...
November 2, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093407/far-east-scarlet-like-fever-masquerading-as-adult-onset-kawasaki-disease
#20
Kazuki Ocho, Masaya Iwamuro, Kou Hasegawa, Hideharu Hagiya, Kammei Rai, Tetsuya Yumoto, Fumio Otsuka
A previously healthy 31-year-old man was referred to us with refractory septic shock accompanied by bilateral conjunctival congestion and erythema of his right lower limb. Nine days after admission, he had bilateral desquamation of the fingertips, and his presentation satisfied the criteria for Kawasaki disease. A serological examination was positive for Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, and he was diagnosed with Far East scarlet-like fever (FESLF). Interestingly, his 11-month-old baby boy had similar symptoms around the same time, indicating the intrafamilial transmission of the pathogen...
November 1, 2017: Internal Medicine
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