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Lingjie Meng, Yishuai Du, Pengfei Liu, Xian Li, Ying Liu
Quorum sensing is a bacterial density dependent communication system, which regarded to regulate co-operative behaviors of community and mediated by extracellular signal molecules named autoinducers (AI). Among various signals, autoinducer-2 (AI-2) is believed to be the messengers inter species and produced by LuxS. For Aeromonas salmonicida (A. salmonicida), an opportunistic pathogen to many cold-water teleost, little information has been known about the function of AI-2 and LuxS. Therefore, our aim was to preliminarily clarify the function of LuxS in A...
May 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Carlo Banfi, Matteo Pozzi, Nils Siegenthaler, Marie-Eve Brunner, Didier Tassaux, Jean-Francois Obadia, Karim Bendjelid, Raphaël Giraud
The development of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) technology allows a new approach for the intensive care management of acute cardiac and/or respiratory failure in adult patients who are not responsive to conventional treatment. Current ECMO therapies provide a variety of options for the multidisciplinary teams who are involved in the management of these critically ill patients. In this regard, veno-venous ECMO (VV-ECMO) can provide quite complete respiratory support, even if this highly complex technique presents substantial risks, such as bleeding, thromboembolic events and infection...
December 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Jiawei Shen, Zhiqiang Li, Zhijian Song, Jianhua Chen, Yongyong Shi
Prostate cancer is one of the most common carcinomas among adult males. Recently, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified several susceptibility genes of prostate cancer. However, these single locus results can only explain a small proportion of the genetic etiology. In order to understand how multiple genetic variants may contribute to the penetrance of prostate cancer, we conducted a genome-wide SNP-SNP interaction study in four populations, involving 5,269 cases and 5,289 controls. We exhaustively evaluated all pairs of SNP-SNP interactions for 661,658 SNPs that were consensus in all four groups, and then performed a meta-analysis to combine the results...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Lucjan Witkowski, Magdalena Rzewuska, Shinji Takai, Dorota Chrobak-Chmiel, Magdalena Kizerwetter-Świda, Małgorzata Feret, Marta Gawryś, Maciej Witkowski, Jerzy Kita
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi is one of the most significant bacterial pathogens affecting foals up to 6 months of age worldwide. Rhodococcosis is present in Poland however information about molecular characterization of R. equi isolates is scarce. This study describes molecular characterization of Rhodococcus equi infection on 13 horse breeding farms in Poland between 2001 and 2012. Samples were collected by tracheobronchial aspiration from pneumonic foals or during necropsy. The R. equi isolates were genotyped by plasmid profiling and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis...
January 26, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
Maya Schuldiner, Einat Zalckvar
Peroxisomes are tiny organelles that control important and diverse metabolic processes via their interplay with other organelles, including the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). In this issue, Costello et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. and Hua et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. identify a peroxisome-ER contact site in human cells held together by a tethering complex of VAPA/B (vesicle-associated membrane protein-associated proteins A/B) and ACBD5 (acyl Co-A binding protein 5)...
February 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
Rong Hua, Derrick Cheng, Étienne Coyaud, Spencer Freeman, Erminia Di Pietro, Yuqing Wang, Adriano Vissa, Christopher M Yip, Gregory D Fairn, Nancy Braverman, John H Brumell, William S Trimble, Brian Raught, Peter K Kim
Lipid exchange between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and peroxisomes is necessary for the synthesis and catabolism of lipids, the trafficking of cholesterol, and peroxisome biogenesis in mammalian cells. However, how lipids are exchanged between these two organelles is not understood. In this study, we report that the ER-resident VAMP-associated proteins A and B (VAPA and VAPB) interact with the peroxisomal membrane protein acyl-CoA binding domain containing 5 (ACBD5) and that this interaction is required to tether the two organelles together, thereby facilitating the lipid exchange between them...
February 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
Julie Considine, Debra Berry, Rebecca Johnson, Natisha Sands
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To examine and describe the relationship between physiological status and violent and aggressive behaviours in hospital patients. BACKGROUND: The majority of adverse events are preceded by physiological abnormalities; whether physiological deterioration is a predictor of violent or aggressive behaviours remains unknown. DESIGN: Prospective case-control study. METHODS: Prospective audit of 999 patients from two major health services in Melbourne, Australia...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Adam P Rofe, Luther J Davis, Jean L Whittingham, Elizabeth C Latimer-Bowman, Anthony J Wilkinson, Paul R Pryor
Rhodococcus equi (R. equi) is an important pulmonary pathogen in foals that often leads to the death of the horse. The bacterium harbors a virulence plasmid that encodes numerous virulence-associated proteins (Vaps) including VapA that is essential for intracellular survival inside macrophages. However, little is known about the precise function of VapA. Here, we demonstrate that VapA causes perturbation to late endocytic organelles with swollen endolysosome organelles having reduced Cathepsin B activity and an accumulation of LBPA, LC3 and Rab7...
April 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
Jennifer M Willingham-Lane, Londa J Berghaus, Steeve Giguère, Mary K Hondalus
The soil-dwelling, saprophytic actinomycete Rhodococcus equi is a multihost, facultative intracellular pathogen of macrophages. When inhaled by susceptible foals, it causes severe bronchopneumonia. It is also a pathogen of pigs, which may develop submaxillary lymphadenitis upon exposure. R. equi isolates obtained from foals and pigs possess conjugative plasmids housing a pathogenicity island (PAI) containing a novel family of genes of unknown function called the virulence-associated protein or vap family. The PAI regions of the equine and swine plasmids differ in vap gene composition, with equine isolates possessing six vap genes, including the major virulence determinant vapA, while the PAIs of swine isolates house vapB and five other unique vap genes...
September 2016: MSphere
Yuta Kinoshita, Hidekazu Niwa, Tohru Higuchi, Yoshinari Katayama
Rhodococcus equi is the most important causative bacterium of severe pneumonia in foals. We report herein the development of a specific loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay, which targets a gene encoding vapA for detecting virulent R. equi The detection limit of the LAMP assay was 10(4) colony forming units (CFU)/mL, which was equal to 10 CFU/reaction. The clinical efficacy of the LAMP assay was compared with those of 2 published PCR-based methods: nested PCR and quantitative real-time (q)PCR...
September 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Meng Long, Tue K Nielsen, Jørgen J Leisner, Lars H Hansen, Zhi X Shen, Qian Q Zhang, Aihua Li
Two strains of Aeromonas salmonicida, YK and BG, were isolated from largemouth bronze gudgeon and northern whitefish in China, and identified as A. salmonicida subsp. salmonicida based on phylogenetic analysis of vapA and 16S rRNA gene sequences. YK and BG originated from freshwater fish, one of which belonged to the cyprinid family, and the strains showed a difference in virulence. Subsequently, we performed whole genome sequencing of the strains, and comparison of their genomic sequences to the genome of the A449 reference strain revealed various genomic rearrangements, including a new variant of the genomic island AsaGEI in BG, designated as AsaGEI2c This is the first report on a GEI of A...
September 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Rui Dong, Yasunori Saheki, Sharan Swarup, Louise Lucast, J Wade Harper, Pietro De Camilli
VAP (VAPA and VAPB) is an evolutionarily conserved endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-anchored protein that helps generate tethers between the ER and other membranes through which lipids are exchanged across adjacent bilayers. Here, we report that by regulating PI4P levels on endosomes, VAP affects WASH-dependent actin nucleation on these organelles and the function of the retromer, a protein coat responsible for endosome-to-Golgi traffic. VAP is recruited to retromer budding sites on endosomes via an interaction with the retromer SNX2 subunit...
July 14, 2016: Cell
L K Bryan, S D Clark, J Díaz-Delgado, S D Lawhon, J F Edwards
Five cases of Rhodococcus equi infection in dogs were identified from 2003 to 2014. Three of the dogs had severe, internal lesions attributable to R. equi that have not been previously described: endophthalmitis, endocarditis, and suppurative pleuropneumonia. Isolates from 4 of the dogs were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction for Rhodococcus virulence-associated plasmid (vap) genes. One isolate was vapA-positive, 2 lacked a virulence plasmid, and 1 carried the novel vapN-associated plasmid (pVAPN) recently characterized in bovine isolates...
January 2017: Veterinary Pathology
Lucjan Witkowski, Magdalena Rzewuska, Shinji Takai, Magdalena Kizerwetter-Świda, Jerzy Kita
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi is an emerging zoonotic presumably foodborne pathogen. Since the data on the worldwide prevalence of R. equi in meat animals are scarce, the present study aimed to investigate the molecular epidemiology of R. equi in swine, cattle and horse carcasses intended for human consumption in Poland. RESULTS: Totally 1028 lymph node samples were examined. R. equi was isolated from 26.6 % (105/395) swine and 1.3 % (3/234) bovine healthy submaxillary lymph nodes...
May 27, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Leticia T Gressler, Angela I Bordin, Cole M McQueen, Noah D Cohen, Agueda Castagna de Vargas
Rhodococcus equi preferentially infects macrophages causing pyogranulomatous pneumonia in young foals. Both the vapA and rhbC genes are up-regulated in an iron (Fe)-deprived environment, such as that found within macrophages. Chloroquine (CQ) is a drug widely used against malaria that suppresses the intracellular availability of Fe in eukaryotic cells. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the ability of CQ to inhibit replication of virulent R. equi within murine (J774A.1) and foal alveolar macrophages (AMs) and to verify whether the mechanism of inhibition could be Fe-deprivation-dependent...
May 30, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
Marcin Kalinowski, Zbigniew Grądzki, Łukasz Jarosz, Kiyoko Kato, Yu Hieda, Tsutomu Kakuda, Shinji Takai
Rhodococcus equi is an important bacterial pathogen in foals up to 6 months old, widespread in horse farms all over the world. It was found that only virulent R. equi strains expressing 15-17 kDa virulence-associated protein (VapA) and having large virulence plasmid of 85-90 kb containing vapA gene are pathogenic for horses. To date, 12 plasmid types have been reported in VapA positive strains from horses. There are no data concerning plasmid types of Polish field R. equi strains isolated from horses and horse farm environment...
2016: PloS One
Susanne Regus, Werner Lang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to analyze differences in rupture risk and etiology of visceral artery aneurysms (VAAs) and visceral artery pseudoaneurysms (VAPAs) in a single-center experience. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all patients with a VAA or VAPA after treatment by open surgical or endovascular repair (ER) in our institution. Patient history, treatment details, and outcome were recorded and analyzed. RESULTS: From January 1996 to April 2014, 29 (12 women) patients with 33 aneurysms (26 VAAs and 7 VAPAs) were treated in elective and urgent settings by open repair or ER...
January 2016: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
R G Madrigal, S D Shaw, L A Witkowski, B E Sisson, G P Blodgett, M K Chaffin, N D Cohen
BACKGROUND: Current screening tests for Rhodococcus equi pneumonia in foals lack adequate accuracy for clinical use. Real-time, quantitative PCR (qPCR) for virulent R. equi in feces has not been systematically evaluated as a screening test. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of qPCR for vapA in serially collected fecal samples as a screening test for R. equi pneumonia in foals. ANIMALS: One hundred and twenty-five foals born in 2011 at a ranch in Texas...
March 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
S Zagorodskikh, M Vapa, O Vahtras, V Zhaunerchyk, M Mucke, J H D Eland, R J Squibb, P Linusson, K Jänkälä, H Ågren, R Feifel
Core-valence double ionisation spectra of acetaldehyde (ethanal) are presented at photon energies above the carbon and oxygen 1s ionisation edges, measured by a versatile multi-electron coincidence spectroscopy technique. We use this molecule as a testbed for analyzing core-valence spectra by means of quantum chemical calculations of transition energies. These theoretical approaches range from two simple models, one based on orbital energies corrected by core valence interaction and one based on the equivalent core approximation, to a systematic series of quantum chemical electronic structure methods of increasing sophistication...
January 28, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Heriberto Bruzzoni-Giovanelli, Juan R González, François Sigaux, Bruno O Villoutreix, Jean Michel Cayuela, Joëlle Guilhot, Claude Preudhomme, François Guilhot, Jean-Luc Poyet, Philippe Rousselot
Little is known about inherited factors associated with the risk of developing chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). We used a dedicated DNA chip containing 16 561 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) covering 1 916 candidate genes to analyze 437 CML patients and 1 144 healthy control individuals. Single SNP association analysis identified 139 SNPs that passed multiple comparisons (1% false discovery rate). The HDAC9, AVEN, SEMA3C, IKBKB, GSTA3, RIPK1 and FGF2 genes were each represented by three SNPs, the PSM family by four SNPs and the SLC15A1 gene by six...
November 3, 2015: Oncotarget
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