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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222489/characterization-of-a-novel-signal-transducer-element-intrinsic-to-class-iiia-b-adenylate-cyclases-and-guanylate-cyclases
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Miriam Ziegler, Jens Bassler, Stephanie Beltz, Anita Schultz, Andrei N Lupas, Joachim E Schultz
Adenylate cyclases (ACs) are signalling proteins that produce the second messenger cAMP. Class III ACs comprises four groups (class IIIa-d); of these, class IIIa and IIIb ACs have been identified in bacteria and eukaryotes. Many class IIIa ACs are anchored to membranes via hexahelical domains. In eukaryotic ACs, membrane anchors are well conserved, suggesting that this region possesses important functional characteristics that are as yet unknown. To address this question, we replaced the hexahelical membrane anchor of the mycobacterial AC Rv1625c by the hexahelical quorum-sensing receptor from Legionella, LqsS...
February 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222482/functional-reconstitution-of-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-long-chain-acyl-coa-carboxylase-from-multiple-acyl-coa-subunits
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Bernardo Bazet Lyonnet, Lautaro Diacovich, Gabriela Gago, Lucie Spina, Fabienne Bardou, Anne Lemassu, Annaïk Quémard, Hugo Gramajo
Mycobacterium tuberculosis produces a large number of structurally diverse lipids that have been implicated in the pathogenicity, persistence and antibiotic resistance of this organism. Most building blocks involved in the biosynthesis of all these lipids are generated by acyl-CoA carboxylases (ACCase) whose subunit composition and physiological roles have not yet been clearly established. A rather controversial data in the literature refers to the exact protein composition and substrate specificity of the enzyme complex that produces the long-chain α-carboxy-acyl-CoAs; one of the substrates involved in the last step of condensation mediated by the polyketide synthase Pks13 to synthesize mature mycolic acids...
February 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222400/antiprotozoal-antimycobacterial-and-anti-inflammatory-evaluation-of-cnidoscolus-chayamansa-mc-vaugh-extract-and-the-isolated-compounds
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Mariana Z Pérez-González, Gabriel A Gutiérrez-Rebolledo, Lilián Yépez-Mulia, Irma S Rojas-Tomé, Julieta Luna-Herrera, María A Jiménez-Arellanes
Cnidoscolus chayamansa is a medicinal and edible plant known as Chaya, is commonly used as an anti-inflammatory, antiprotozoal, antibacterial agent and as a remedy for respiratory illness, gastrointestinal disorders, and vaginal infections related with the inflammation process. In this paper, we describe the plant's phytochemical analysis and biological activities (antimycobacterial, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, and anti-inflammatory properties) of the CHCl3:MeOH (1:1) leaves extract and isolated compounds, as well as the acute and sub-acute toxic effects...
February 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222189/molecular-epidemiology-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-in-brussels-2010-2013
#4
Christelle Vluggen, Karine Soetaert, Guido Groenen, Maryse Wanlin, Martine Spitaels, Wouter Arrazola de Oñate, Maryse Fauville-Dufaux, Claude Saegerman, Vanessa Mathys
The tuberculosis (TB) incidence rate in Brussels-Capital Region is 3-fold higher than in Belgium as a whole. Eight years after the realization of initial prospective population-based molecular epidemiology investigations in this Region, a similar study over the period 2010-2013 was conducted. TB strains isolated from 945 patients were submitted to genotyping by standardized 24-locus-MIRU-VNTR typing and spoligotyping. The phylogenetic analysis showed that the LAM (16.7%) and Haarlem (15.7%) branches are the two most prevalent TB lineages circulating in Brussels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222182/epidemiological-tracing-of-bovine-tuberculosis-in-switzerland-multilocus-variable-number-of-tandem-repeat-analysis-of-mycobacterium-bovis-and-mycobacterium-caprae
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Giovanni Ghielmetti, Simone Scherrer, Ute Friedel, Daniel Frei, Dominique Suter, Lukas Perler, Max M Wittenbrink
BACKGROUND: After 15 years of absence, in 2013 bovine tuberculosis (bTB), caused by Mycobacterium (M.) bovis and M. caprae, reemerged in the Swiss dairy cattle population. In order to identify the sources of infection as well as the spread of the agents, molecular-epidemiologic tracing by MIRU-VNTR analysis in combination with spoligotyping was performed. A total of 17 M. bovis and 7 M. caprae isolates were cultured from tuberculous bovine lymph nodes and analyzed with a set of 49 genetic markers by using automated capillary electrophoresis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222139/leprosy-reactions-the-predictive-value-of-mycobacterium-leprae-specific-serology-evaluated-in-a-brazilian-cohort-of-leprosy-patients-u-mdt-ct-br
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Emerith Mayra Hungria, Samira Bührer-Sékula, Regiane Morillas de Oliveira, Lúcio Cartaxo Aderaldo, Araci de Andrade Pontes, Rossilene Cruz, Heitor de Sá Gonçalves, Maria Lúcia Fernandes Penna, Gerson Oliveira Penna, Mariane Martins de Araújo Stefani
BACKGROUND: Leprosy reactions, reversal reactions/RR and erythema nodosum leprosum/ENL, can cause irreversible nerve damage, handicaps and deformities. The study of Mycobacterium leprae-specific serologic responses at diagnosis in the cohort of patients enrolled at the Clinical Trial for Uniform Multidrug Therapy Regimen for Leprosy Patients in Brazil/U-MDT/CT-BR is suitable to evaluate its prognostic value for the development of reactions. METHODOLOGY: IgM and IgG antibody responses to PGL-I, LID-1, ND-O-LID were evaluated by ELISA in 452 reaction-free leprosy patients at diagnosis, enrolled and monitored for the development of leprosy reactions during a total person-time of 780,930 person-days, i...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222109/ppd-induced-monocyte-mitochondrial-damage-is-associated-with-a-protective-effect-to-develop-tuberculosis-in-bcg-vaccinated-individuals-a-cohort-study
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Diana Marín, Nancy Marín, Helena Del Corral, Lucelly López, María Elena Ramirez-Agudelo, Carlos A Rojas, María P Arbeláez, Luis F García, Mauricio Rojas
INTRODUCTION: The mechanisms of mononuclear phagocyte death have been associated with the permissiveness and resistance to mycobacterial replication, but it remains unknown whether or not they help predict the risk of developing TB. OBJECTIVE: To describe the factors associated with the induction of monocyte mitochondrial and membrane damage in response to PPD as well as determine if this type of damage might predict the susceptibility of developing active tuberculosis in a cohort of household contacts (HHCs) from Medellin, Colombia from 2005 to 2008...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221956/microbiological-quality-and-occurrence-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-in-fresh-squeezed-orange-juice-samples-purchased-from-street-vendors-in-mexico-city
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Jorge F Cerna-Cortes, Ana Laura Cortes-Cueto, Maria Rosalia Cano-Gaona, Nancy Leon-Montes, Addy C Helguera-Repetto, Sandra Rivera-Gutierrez, Laura P Salas-Rangel, Javier Castro-Rosas, Jorge A Gonzalez-Y-Merchand
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are potentially pathogenic agents commonly found in a natural ecosystem. For this reason, food is considered another source of NTM transmission for humans. The aims of this study were to evaluate the microbiological quality and the occurrence of NTM in fresh-squeezed orange juice samples purchased from street vendors. All 102 samples analyzed were positive for aerobic mesophilic bacteria (AMB), with limits ranging from 1.8 to 6.2 log CFU/ml. A total of 55 (54%), 25 (25%), and 13 (13%) orange juice samples were positive for total coliforms (TC), fecal coliforms (FC), and Escherichia coli , respectively...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221870/bovine-leukemia-virus-and-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis-are-not-associated-with-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-shedding-in-cattle
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Cristina Venegas-Vargas, Shannon D Manning, Paul M Coussens, Jonathan A Roussey, Paul Bartlett, Daniel Grooms
Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is a retrovirus that causes enzootic bovine leukosis in cattle, and Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is the etiologic agent of Johne's disease in cattle. Both diseases are chronic in nature and can lead to the disruption of normal immunological or physiological processes. Cattle are the major reservoir of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), a cause of foodborne illness in humans. We tested the hypothesis that cattle infected with BLV or MAP are more likely to shed STEC...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221133/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-transmission-among-elderly-persons-yamagata-prefecture-japan-2009-2015
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Junji Seto, Takayuki Wada, Yu Suzuki, Tatsuya Ikeda, Katsumi Mizuta, Taro Yamamoto, Tadayuki Ahiko
In many countries with low to moderate tuberculosis (TB) incidence, cases have shifted to elderly persons. It is unclear, however, whether these cases are associated with recent Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission or represent reactivation of past disease. During 2009-2015, we performed a population-based TB investigation in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, using in-depth contact tracing and 24-loci variable-number tandem-repeat typing optimized for Beijing family M. tuberculosis strains. We analyzed 494 strains, of which 387 (78...
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221132/mycobacterium-bovis-in-a-free-ranging-black-rhinoceros-kruger-national-park-south-africa-2016
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Michele A Miller, Peter E Buss, Paul D van Helden, Sven D C Parsons
In 2016, an emaciated black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) was found in Kruger National Park, South Africa. An interferon-γ response was detected against mycobacterial antigens, and lung tissue was positive for Mycobacterium bovis. This case highlights the risk that tuberculosis presents to rhinoceros in M. bovis-endemic areas.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221129/new-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-sublineage-brazzaville-congo
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Sven Malm, Laure S Ghoma Linguissi, Emmanuel M Tekwu, Jeannhey C Vouvoungui, Thomas A Kohl, Patrick Beckert, Anissa Sidibe, Sabine Rüsch-Gerdes, Igor K Madzou-Laboum, Sylvie Kwedi, Véronique Penlap Beng, Matthias Frank, Francine Ntoumi, Stefan Niemann
Tuberculosis is a leading cause of illness and death in Congo. No data are available about the population structure and transmission dynamics of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex strains prevalent in this central Africa country. On the basis of single-nucleotide polymorphisms detected by whole-genome sequencing, we phylogenetically characterized 74 MTBC isolates from Brazzaville, the capital of Congo. The diversity of the study population was high; most strains belonged to the Euro-American lineage, which split into Latin American Mediterranean, Uganda I, Uganda II, Haarlem, X type, and a new dominant sublineage named Congo type (n = 26)...
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221128/epidemiology-of-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-lung-disease-and-tuberculosis-hawaii-usa
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Jennifer Adjemian, Timothy B Frankland, Yihe G Daida, Jennifer R Honda, Kenneth N Olivier, Adrian Zelazny, Stacey Honda, D Rebecca Prevots
Previous studies found Hawaiians and Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders to be independently at increased risk for nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease (NTMPD) and tuberculosis (TB). To better understand NTM infection and TB risk patterns in Hawaii, USA, we evaluated data on a cohort of patients in Hawaii for 2005-2013. Period prevalence of NTMPD was highest among Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese patients (>300/100,000 persons) and lowest among Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (50/100,000)...
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221125/comparison-of-sputum-culture-conversion-for-mycobacterium-bovis-and-m-tuberculosis
#14
Colleen Scott, Joseph S Cavanaugh, Benjamin J Silk, Julia Ershova, Gerald H Mazurek, Philip A LoBue, Patrick K Moonan
Current US guidelines recommend longer treatment for tuberculosis (TB) caused by pyrazinamide-resistant organisms (e.g., Mycobacterium bovis) than for M. tuberculosis TB. We compared treatment response times for patients with M. bovis TB and M. tuberculosis TB reported in the United States during 2006-2013. We included culture-positive, pulmonary TB patients with genotyping results who received standard 4-drug treatment at the time of diagnosis. Time to sputum-culture conversion was defined as time between treatment start date and date of first consistently culture-negative sputum...
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221115/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-among-asian-elephants-in-captivity
#15
Gary Simpson, Ralph Zimmerman, Elena Shashkina, Liang Chen, Michael Richard, Carol M Bradford, Gwen A Dragoo, Rhonda L Saiers, Charles A Peloquin, Charles L Daley, Paul Planet, Apurva Narachenia, Barun Mathema, Barry N Kreiswirth
Although awareness of tuberculosis among captive elephants is increasing, antituberculosis therapy for these animals is not standardized. We describe Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission between captive elephants based on whole genome analysis and report a successful combination treatment. Infection control protocols and careful monitoring of treatment of captive elephants with tuberculosis are warranted.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221114/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-free-roaming-wild-asian-elephant
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Basavegowdanadoddi Marinaik Chandranaik, Beechagondahalli Papanna Shivashankar, Kunigal Srinivasa Umashankar, Poojappa Nandini, Papanna Giridhar, Somenahalli Munivenkatappa Byregowda, Basavegowdanadoddi Marinaik Shrinivasa
Postmortem examination of a wild Asian elephant at Rajiv Gandhi National Park, India, revealed nodular lesions, granulomas with central caseation, and acid-fast bacilli in the lungs. PCR and nucleotide sequencing confirmed the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This study indicates that wild elephants can harbor M. tuberculosis that can become fatal.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221108/pnca-gene-mutations-associated-with-pyrazinamide-resistance-in-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-south-africa-and-georgia
#17
Salim Allana, Elena Shashkina, Barun Mathema, Nino Bablishvili, Nestani Tukvadze, N Sarita Shah, Russell R Kempker, Henry M Blumberg, Pravi Moodley, Koleka Mlisana, James C M Brust, Neel R Gandhi
Although pyrazinamide is commonly used for tuberculosis treatment, drug-susceptibility testing is not routinely available. We found polymorphisms in the pncA gene for 70% of multidrug-resistant and 96% of extensively drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from South Africa and Georgia. Assessment of pyrazinamide susceptibility may be prudent before using it in regimens for drug-resistant tuberculosis.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221106/pulmonary-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-associated-deaths-ontario-canada-2001-2013
#18
Theodore K Marras, Michael A Campitelli, Hong Lu, Hannah Chung, Sarah K Brode, Alex Marchand-Austin, Kevin L Winthrop, Andrea S Gershon, Jeffrey C Kwong, Frances B Jamieson
Survival implications of nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease (NTM-PD) and NTM pulmonary isolation without disease (NTM-PI) are unclear. To study deaths associated with NTM-PD and NTM-PI and differences in survival between them, we conducted a population-based cohort study of persons with microbiologically defined NTM-PD or NTM-PI diagnosed during 2001-2013 in Ontario, Canada. We used propensity score matching and Cox proportional hazards models to compare survival. Among 9,681 NTM-PD patients and 10,936 NTM-PI patients, 87% and 91%, respectively, were successfully matched with unexposed controls...
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221104/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-wild-asian-elephants-southern-india
#19
Arun Zachariah, Jeganathan Pandiyan, G K Madhavilatha, Sathish Mundayoor, Bathrachalam Chandramohan, P K Sajesh, Sam Santhosh, Susan K Mikota
We tested 3 ild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in southern India and confirmed infection in 3 animals with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an obligate human pathogen, by PCR and genetic sequencing. Our results indicate that tuberculosis may be spilling over from humans (reverse zoonosis) and emerging in wild elephants.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221103/disseminated-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-in-hiv-infected-patients-oregon-usa-2007-2012
#20
Cara D Varley, Jennifer H Ku, Emily Henkle, Sean D Schafer, Kevin L Winthrop
We determined disseminated nontuberculous mycobacteria incidence in the HIV-infected population of Oregon, USA, during 2007-2012 by using statewide laboratory surveillance. We identified 37 disseminated nontuberculous mycobacteria cases among 7,349 patients with median annual incidence of 110/100,000 HIV person-years and the highest incidence in those with CD4 counts <50 cells/mm(3) (5,300/100,000 person-years).
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
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