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Çiğdem Yılmaz, Aycan Apak, Erkan Özcengiz, Gülay Özcengiz
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by Bordetella pertussis. Although availability of effective pertussis vaccines seems to decrease the incidence of the disease, B. pertussis circulation in population has not been eliminated. Thus, finding new protein candidates with high immune protective capacities is necessary to enhance the efficacy of current acellular pertussis (Pa) vaccines. In this study, iron superoxide dismutase (FeSOD) gene (sodB) was cloned, expressed in Escherichia coli and recombinant FeSOD protein was purified...
October 20, 2016: Microbiology and Immunology
Joshua C Eby, Mary C Gray, Jason M Warfel, Tod J Merkel, Erik L Hewlett
ACT is an essential virulence factor of Bordetella pertussis and antibodies to ACT protect against B. pertussis infection in mice. The toxin is, therefore, a strong candidate antigen for addition to future acellular pertussis vaccines. In order to characterize the functionality of the immunologic response to ACT after infection, we have developed an assay for testing the ability of serum samples from subjects infected with B. pertussis to neutralize ACT-induced cytotoxicity in J774 macrophage cells. Baboons develop neutralizing anti-ACT antibodies following infection with B...
October 19, 2016: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
K Nakamura, M Kobayashi, N Yamamoto, K Tokuda, S Miura, Y Abe, J Kashiwazaki, T Aoyagi, M Kaku, K Kanemitsu
BACKGROUND: Sixteen pertussis cases in haemodialysis patients and healthcare workers were detected in a 25-bed outpatient haemodialysis facility in Japan between October 2013 and April 2014. AIM: To describe an outbreak of pertussis among patients and healthcare workers, and to identify risk factors for pertussis infection. METHODS: Sputum cultures, loop-mediated isothermal amplification assays performed on nasopharyngeal swabs to detect respiratory pathogens including Bordetella pertussis, and serum anti-pertussis toxin immunoglobulin G measurements were performed for all haemodialysis patients and healthcare workers...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
Laura Julia Starost, Sascha Karassek, Yasuteru Sano, Takashi Kanda, Kwang Sik Kim, Ulrich Dobrindt, Christian Rüter, Marcus Alexander Schmidt
Pertussis toxin (PTx), the major virulence factor of the whooping cough-causing bacterial pathogen Bordetella pertussis, permeabilizes the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in vitro and in vivo. Breaking barriers might promote translocation of meningitis-causing bacteria across the BBB, thereby facilitating infection. PTx activates several host cell signaling pathways exploited by the neonatal meningitis-causing Escherichia coli K1-RS218 for invasion and translocation across the BBB. Here, we investigated whether PTx and E...
October 13, 2016: Toxins
Theodore Spilker, Rebecca Darrah, John J LiPuma
We report here the complete genome sequences of Bordetella flabilis and Bordetella bronchialis recovered from cultures of individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF), and "Bordetella pseudohinzii" recovered from a CF mouse model.
October 13, 2016: Genome Announcements
Casandra Hoffman, Joshua Eby, Mary Gray, F Heath Damron, Jeffrey Melvin, Peggy Cotter, Erik Hewlett
Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough, secretes and releases adenylate cyclase toxin (ACT), which is a protein bacterial toxin that targets host cells and disarms immune defenses. ACT binds filamentous hemagglutinin (FHA), a surface-displayed adhesin, and until now, the consequences of this interaction were unknown. A B. bronchiseptica mutant lacking ACT produced more biofilm than the parental strain; leading Irie et al. to propose the ACT-FHA interaction could be responsible for biofilm inhibition...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
Iraj Sedighi, Abdollah Karimi, Ali Amanati
CONTEXT: Universal immunization against Bordetella pertussis has partially controlled the burden of the disease and its transmission. However, according to recent data, the epidemiology of this vaccine-preventable disease has changed. Now, younger infants, adolescents, and adults are at greater risk of infection. This article has studied the interaction between the various factors involved in the changing epidemiology of pertussis and the major obstacles faced by the current strategies in its prevention...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Bodo Linz, Yury V Ivanov, Andrew Preston, Lauren Brinkac, Julian Parkhill, Maria Kim, Simon R Harris, Laura L Goodfield, Norman K Fry, Andrew R Gorringe, Tracy L Nicholson, Karen B Register, Liliana Losada, Eric T Harvill
BACKGROUND: The genus Bordetella consists of nine species that include important respiratory pathogens such as the 'classical' species B. bronchiseptica, B. pertussis and B. parapertussis and six more distantly related and less extensively studied species. Here we analyze sequence diversity and gene content of 128 genome sequences from all nine species with focus on the evolution of virulence-associated factors. RESULTS: Both genome-wide sequence-based and gene content-based phylogenetic trees divide the genus into three species clades...
September 30, 2016: BMC Genomics
René H M Raeven, Jolanda Brummelman, Larissa van der Maas, Wichard Tilstra, Jeroen L A Pennings, Wanda G H Han, Cécile A C M van Els, Elly van Riet, Gideon F A Kersten, Bernard Metz
Effective immunity against Bordetella pertussis is currently under discussion following the stacking evidence of pertussis resurgence in the vaccinated population. Natural immunity is more effective than vaccine-induced immunity indicating that knowledge on infection-induced responses may contribute to improve vaccination strategies. We applied a systems biology approach comprising microarray, flow cytometry and multiplex immunoassays to unravel the molecular and cellular signatures in unprotected mice and protected mice with infection-induced immunity, around a B...
2016: PloS One
Yury V Ivanov, Bodo Linz, Karen B Register, Jeffrey D Newman, Dawn L Taylor, Kenneth R Boschert, Soazig Le Guyon, Emily F Wilson, Lauren M Brinkac, Ravi Sanka, Suellen C Greco, Paula M Klender, Liliana Losada, Eric T Harvill
Bordetella hinzii is known to cause respiratory disease in poultry and has been associated with a variety of infections in immunocompromised humans. In addition, there are several reports of B. hinzii infections in laboratory-raised mice. Here we sequenced and analyzed the complete genome sequences of multiple B. hinzii-like isolates, obtained from vendor-supplied C57BL/6 mice in animal research facilities on different continents, and determined their taxonomic relationship to other Bordetella spp. The whole-genome-based and 16S-rRNA-gene-based phylogenies each identified two separate clades in B...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Keith Rubin, Steven Glazer
While a number of endogenous risk factors including age and genetics are established for Alzheimer's disease (AD), identification of acquired, potentially preventable or treatable causes, remains limited. In this paper, we review three epidemiologic case studies and present extensive biologic, immunologic and anatomic evidence to support a novel hypothesis that Bordetella pertussis (BP), the bacterium better known to cause whooping cough, is an important potential cause of AD. Cross-cultural documentation of nasopharyngeal subclinical BP colonization reflecting BP-specific mucosal immunodeficiency, proximate anatomy of intranasal mucosal surfaces to central nervous system (CNS) olfactory pathways, and mechanisms by which BP and BP toxin account for all hallmark pathology of AD are reviewed, substantiating biologic plausibility...
September 28, 2016: Immunobiology
Jesús Zacarías Villarreal Pérez, José Manuel Ramírez Aranda, Manuel de la O Cavazos, Michelle de J Zamudio Osuna, José Perales Dávila, María Romelia Ballesteros Elizondo, Marco Vinicio Gómez Meza, Francisco Javier García Elizondo, Azucena M Rodríguez González
Immunization with the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine raises controversies on immunogenicity and possible antibody interference. We performed an experimental, double-blind, parallel group controlled clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of the Tdap vaccine in 204 pregnant women and their children and to determine its interference in antibody production. Pregnant women 18 to 38 years of age with 12 to 24 weeks gestation, a low obstetric risk, and without serious disease were randomly selected...
September 29, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Naser Mohammadpour Dounighi, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyane, Mojtaba Nofeli, Hossein Zolfagharian, Fereshteh Shahcheraghi
BACKGROUND: Whooping cough is caused by Bordetella pertussis, and it remains a public health concern. Whole-cell pertussis vaccines have been commonly employed for expanded immunization. There is no doubt of the efficacy of whole cell pertussis vaccine, but it is necessary to improve the vaccine to decrease its toxicity. OBJECTIVES: In this study, an inactivation process of dealing with pertussis bacteria is optimized in order to decrease the bacteria content in human doses of vaccines and reduce the vaccine's toxicity...
July 2016: Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology
Dorji Dorji, Ross M Graham, Peter Richmond, Anthony Keil, Trilochan K Mukkur
Whooping cough caused by Bordetella pertussis is increasing in several countries despite high vaccine coverage. One potential reason for the resurgence is the emergence of genetic variants of the bacterium. Biofilm formation has recently been associated with the pathogenesis of B. pertussis. Biofilm formation of 21 Western Australian B. pertussis clinical isolates was investigated. All isolates formed thicker biofilms than the reference vaccine strain Tohama I while retaining susceptibility to ampicillin, erythromycin, azithromycin and streptomycin...
October 2016: Biofouling
Annalee W Nguyen, Ellen K Wagner, Luciano Posada, Xinlei Liu, Sheila Connelly, James F Papin, Roman F Wolf, Michael Kaleko, Jennifer A Maynard
The baboon model of Bordetella pertussis infection is the newest and most clinically accurate model of the human disease to date. However, among the 15 experimentally infected baboons in this study, a subset of baboons did not exhibit the expected high bacterial colonization levels or increase in white blood cell count. Moreover, cultures of nasopharyngeal wash samples from several baboons suggested B. bronchiseptica coinfection. Analysis of serum antibodies recognizing filamentous hemagglutinin, pertussis toxin and B...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Seol-Hwa Yim, Tae-Wook Hahn, Hong-Gu Joo
We previously demonstrated that Bordetella bronchiseptica (B. bronchiseptica) antigen (Ag) showed high immunostimulatory effects on mouse bone marrow cells (BMs) while Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae) Ag showed low. The focus of this study was if B. bronchiseptica Ag may enhance M. hyopneumoniae Ag-specific immune response, and also the host immune system can recognize both Ags. MTT assay revealed that each or both Ags did not significantly change the cell metabolic activity of BMs. Flow cytometry analysis using carboxyfluorescein succinimidyl ester presented that B...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Science
Michael R Weigand, Yanhui Peng, Vladimir Loparev, Dhwani Batra, Mark Burroughs, Taccara Johnson, Phalasy Juieng, Lori Rowe, M Lucia Tondella, Margaret M Williams
Vaccine formulations and vaccination programs against whooping cough (pertussis) vary worldwide. Here, we report the complete genome sequences of two divergent Bordetella pertussis reference strains used in the production of pertussis vaccines.
2016: Genome Announcements
Joshua C Eby, Lauren Turner, Bryan Nguyen, June Kang, Carly Neville, Louise Temple
The number of cases of pertussis has increased in the United States despite vaccination. We present the genome of an isolate of Bordetella pertussis from a vaccinated patient from Virginia. The genome was sequenced by long-read methodology and compared to that of a clinical isolate used for laboratory studies, D420.
2016: Genome Announcements
Elisa Zanaboni, Vanessa Arato, Mariagrazia Pizza, Anja Seubert, Rosanna Leuzzi
BACKGROUND: Pertussis or whooping cough is an acute respiratory illness caused by the Gram-negative pathogen Bordetella pertussis. Despite high vaccination coverage whooping cough is currently re-emerging in many developed countries. Although the causes of pertussis resurgence are matter of debate, emerging evidences suggest that acellular vaccines efficiently protect against the hallmark symptoms of pertussis disease but fail to prevent colonization. This presumably impacts on increased risk of bacterial transmission and consequent spread throughout the population...
September 15, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Aleksandra Petrovic, Rok Kostanjsek, Gabor Rakhely, Petar Knezevic
Bordetella bronchiseptica is a well-known etiological agent of kennel cough in dogs and cats and one of the two causative agents of atrophic rhinitis, a serious swine disease. The aim of the study was to isolate B. bronchiseptica bacteriophages from environmental samples for the first time. A total of 29 phages from 65 water samples were isolated using the strain ATCC 10580 as a host. The lytic spectra of the phages were examined at 25 and 37 °C, using 12 strains of B. bronchiseptica. All phages were able to plaque on 25...
September 15, 2016: Microbial Ecology
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