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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351189/the-role-of-cadaverine-synthesis-on-pneumococcal-capsule-and-protein-expression
#1
Mary F Nakamya, Moses B Ayoola, Seongbin Park, Leslie A Shack, Edwin Swiatlo, Bindu Nanduri
Invasive infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a commensal in the nasopharynx, pose significant risk to human health. Limited serotype coverage by the available polysaccharide-based conjugate vaccines coupled with increasing incidence of antibiotic resistance complicates therapeutic strategies. Bacterial physiology and metabolism that allows pathogens to adapt to the host are a promising avenue for the discovery of novel therapeutics. Intracellular polyamine concentrations are tightly regulated by biosynthesis, transport and degradation...
January 19, 2018: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350141/spread-of-meropenem-resistant-streptococcus-pneumoniae-serotype-15a-st63-clone-in-japan-2012-2014
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Satoshi Nakano, Takao Fujisawa, Yutaka Ito, Bin Chang, Yasufumi Matsumura, Masaki Yamamoto, Miki Nagao, Shigeru Suga, Makoto Ohnishi, Satoshi Ichiyama
After the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, the incidence of pneumococcal infections due to meropenem-resistant serotype 15A-ST63 strains increased in Japan. By using whole-genome sequencing and comparing sequences with those of clones from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, we clarified the traits of the serotype 15A-ST63 clone. Our analysis revealed that the meropenem-resistant serotype 15A-ST63 strains from Japan originated from meropenem-susceptible strains from Japan. Recombination site prediction analysis showed that the meropenem-resistant strain-specific recombination regions included the pbp1a and pbp2b regions...
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349940/etiology-of-invasive-bacterial-infections-in-immunocompetent-children-in-korea-2006-2010-a-retrospective-multicenter-study
#3
Kyuyol Rhie, Eun Hwa Choi, Eun Young Cho, Jina Lee, Jin Han Kang, Dong Soo Kim, Yae Jean Kim, Youngmin Ahn, Byung Wook Eun, Sung Hee Oh, Sung Ho Cha, Young Jin Hong, Kwang Nam Kim, Nam Hee Kim, Yun Kyung Kim, Jong Hyun Kim, Taekjin Lee, Hwang Min Kim, Kun Song Lee, Chun Soo Kim, Su Eun Park, Young Mi Kim, Chi Eun Oh, Sang Hyuk Ma, Dae Sun Jo, Young Youn Choi, Hoan Jong Lee
BACKGROUND: Invasive bacterial infections in apparently immunocompetent children were retrospectively analyzed to figure causative bacterial organisms in Korea. METHODS: A total of 947 cases from 25 university hospitals were identified from 2006 to 2010 as a continuance of a previous 10-year period study from 1996 to 2005. RESULTS: Escherichia coli (41.3%), Streptococcus agalactiae (27.7%), and Staphylococcus aureus (27.1%) were the most common pathogens in infants < 3 months of age...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348862/digital-gene-expression-analysis-in-mice-lung-with-coinfection-of-influenza-and-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#4
Jun Luo, Linlin Zhou, Hongren Wang, Zhen Qin, Li Xiang, Jie Zhu, Xiaojun Huang, Yuan Yang, Wanyi Li, Baoning Wang, Mingyuan Li
Influenza A virus (IAV) and Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP) are two major upper respiratory tract pathogens that can also cause infection in polarized bronchial epithelial cells to exacerbate disease in coinfected individuals which may result in significant morbidity. However, the underlying molecular mechanism is poorly understood. Here, we employed BALB/c ByJ mice inflected with SP, IAV, IAV followed by SP (IAV+SP) and PBS (Control) as models to survey the global gene expression using digital gene expression (DGE) profiling...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345007/aetiology-of-neonatal-conjunctivitis-evaluated-in-a-population-based-setting
#5
Minna Honkila, Marjo Renko, Irma Ikäheimo, Tytti Pokka, Matti Uhari, Terhi Tapiainen
AIM: Our aim was to study prospectively the aetiology of neonatal conjunctivitis in a population-based setting. METHODS: Altogether 173 neonates with clinical conjunctivitis aged on average 20 (SD 10) days were recruited from child welfare clinics in Oulu, Finland, in 2010-2015. Conjunctival specimens were collected from 167 neonates for multiplex polymerase chain reaction to detect 16 respiratory viruses, from 163 for polymerase chain reaction to detect Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae and from 160 for bacterial culture studies...
January 18, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344581/glycophorin-c-sialylation-regulates-lu-bcam-adhesive-capacity-during-erythrocyte-aging
#6
T R L Klei, D Z de Back, P J Asif, P J J H Verkuijlen, M Veldthuis, P C Ligthart, J Berghuis, E Clifford, B M Beuger, T K van den Berg, R van Zwieten, W El Nemer, R van Bruggen
Lutheran/basal cell adhesion molecule (Lu/BCAM) is a transmembrane adhesion molecule expressed by erythrocytes and endothelial cells that can interact with the extracellular matrix protein laminin-α5. In sickle cell disease, Lu/BCAM is thought to contribute to adhesion of sickle erythrocytes to the vascular wall, especially during vaso-occlusive crises. On healthy erythrocytes however, its function is unclear. Here we report that Lu/BCAM is activated during erythrocyte aging. We show that Lu/BCAM-mediated binding to laminin-α5 is restricted by interacting, in cis, with glycophorin-C-derived sialic acid residues...
January 9, 2018: Blood Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342994/-report-of-antimicrobial-resistance-surveillance-program-in-chinese-children-in-2016
#7
C Q Wang, A M Wang, H Yu, H M Xu, C M Jing, J K Deng, R Z Zhao, C Z Hua, Y H Chen, X J Chen, T Zhang, H Zhang, Y P Chen, J G Yang, A W Lin, S F Wang, Q Cao, X Wang, H L Deng, S C Cao, J H He, W Gao, S Z Han
Objective: To analyze the antimicrobial resistance profile in Chinese children. Methods: This was a prevalence survey. From January 1 through December 31, 2016, the isolates were collected from 10 tertiary children hospitals in China. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was carried out by routine laboratory methods. The penicillin susceptibility of streptococcus pneumonia and Meropenem susceptibility of gram-negative bacteria were detected by E-test and disk diffusion method respectively. Antimicrobial susceptibility results were interpreted according to the criteria of Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Guideline 2016...
January 2, 2018: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342250/pneumococcal-community-acquired-pneumonia-detected-by-serotype-specific-urinary-antigen-detection-assays
#8
Richard G Wunderink, Wesley H Self, Evan J Anderson, Robert Balk, Sherene Fakhran, Daniel Mark Courtney, Chao Qi, Derek J Williams, Yuwei Zhu, Cynthia G Whitney, Matthew R Moore, Anna Bramley, Seema Jain, Kathryn M Edwards, Carlos G Grijalva
Background: Streptococcus pneumoniae is considered the leading bacterial cause of pneumonia in adults. Yet, it was not commonly detected by traditional culture-based and conventional urinary testing in a recent multicenter etiology study of adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). We used novel serotype-specific urinary antigen detection (SSUAD) assays to determine whether pneumococcal cases were missed by traditional testing. Methods: We studied adult patients hospitalized with CAP at 5 hospitals in Chicago and Nashville (2010-2012) and enrolled in the Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community (EPIC) study...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342160/expression-of-the-lux-genes-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae-modulates-pilus-expression-and-virulence
#9
Jenny A Herbert, Andrea M Mitchell, Ryan Ritchie, Jiangtao Ma, Kirsty Ross-Hutchinson, Timothy J Mitchell
Bioluminescence has been harnessed for use in bacterial reporter systems and for in vivo imaging of infection in animal models. Strain Xen35, a bioluminescent derivative of Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 4 strain TIGR4 was previously constructed for use for in vivo imaging of infections in animal models. We have shown that strain Xen35 is less virulent than its parent TIGR4 and that this is associated with the expression of the genes for bioluminescence. The expression of the luxA-E genes in the pneumococcus reduces virulence and down regulates the expression of the pneumococcal pilus...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341168/in-search-of-a-counter-you-can-count-on-relative-efficacy-of-human-visual-and-automated-colony-counting
#10
Linda M Young, Dustin J Rieman, Lisa Walden, Vicki Abrams Motz
To evaluate comparative efficiency of traditional vs. automated colony counting methods, cultures of Escherichia coli (ATCC 25945), Staphylococcus epidermidis (ATCC 12225), Streptococcus pyogenes (ATCC19615), and Streptococcus pneumoniae (ATCC49619) were prepared as pure cultures and mixed cultures at 0.5 McFarland standard and serial dilutions were performed. Plates were inoculated in triplicate with 50 CFUs, 125 CFUs, 250 CFUs and 500 CFUs and counted by four researchers, visually and using each of the automated counters...
January 16, 2018: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339458/co-association-between-group-b-streptococcus-and-candida-albicans-promotes-interactions-with-vaginal-epithelium
#11
Grace R Pidwill, Sara Rego, Howard F Jenkinson, Richard J Lamont, Angela H Nobbs
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a leading cause of neonatal sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis worldwide. In the majority of cases, GBS is transmitted vertically from mother to neonate, making maternal vaginal colonisation a key risk factor for neonatal disease. The fungus Candida albicans is an opportunistic pathogen of the female genitourinary tract, and the causative agent of vaginal thrush. Carriage of C. albicans has been shown to be an independent risk factor for vaginal colonisation by GBS. However, the nature of interactions between these two microbes is poorly understood...
January 16, 2018: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339428/mucosal-infections-and-invasive-potential-of-nonencapsulated-streptococcus-pneumoniae-are-enhanced-by-oligopeptide-binding-proteins-alic-and-alid
#12
Jessica L Bradshaw, Haley R Pipkins, Lance E Keller, James K Pendarvis, Larry S McDaniel
Nonencapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae (NESp) is an emerging human pathogen that colonizes the nasopharynx and is associated with noninvasive diseases such as otitis media (OM), conjunctivitis, and nonbacteremic pneumonia. Since capsule expression was previously thought to be necessary for establishment of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), serotype-specific polysaccharide capsules are targeted by currently licensed pneumococcal vaccines. Yet, NESp expressing oligopeptide binding proteins AliC and AliD have been isolated during IPD...
January 16, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336179/belimumab-and-antipneumococcal-vaccination-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#13
Tudor Azoicai, Sabina Antoniu, Irina Draga Caruntu, Doina Azoicai, Ileana Antohe, Cristina Gavrilovici
In systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), flares can be caused by infections. In particular, Streptococcus pneumoniae infection can be severe or even potentially lethal in absence of previous immunization or in case of "aggressive" systemic antibiotic therapy. Immunization efficacy, however, can be reduced in such patients with the use of the various immunosuppressive therapeutic regimens. In particular, the use of novel monoclonal antibodies against B lymphocytes raises concerns over the potential interference with antipneumococcal vaccination...
January 16, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335499/structure-of-a-macab-like-efflux-pump-from-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#14
Hong-Bo Yang, Wen-Tao Hou, Meng-Ting Cheng, Yong-Liang Jiang, Yuxing Chen, Cong-Zhao Zhou
The spr0693-spr0694-spr0695 operon of Streptococcus pneumoniae encodes a putative ATP-binding cassette (ABC)-type efflux pump involved in the resistance of antibiotics and antimicrobial peptides. Here we report the crystal structures of Spr0694-0695 at 3.3 Å and Spr0693 at 3.0 Å resolution, revealing a MacAB-like efflux pump. The dimeric Spr0694-0695 adopts a non-canonical fold of ABC transporter, the transmembrane domain of which consists of eight tightly packed transmembrane helices with an insertion of extracellular domain between the first and second helices, whereas Spr0693 forms a nanotube channel docked onto the ABC transporter...
January 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333751/identification-of-the-minimal-glycotope-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-7f-capsular-polysaccharide-using-synthetic-oligosaccharides
#15
Petra Menova, Mauro Sella, Katrin Sellrie, Claney Pereira, Peter H Seeberger
Streptococcus pneumoniae causes life-threatening diseases including meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis. Existing glycoconjugate vaccines based on purified capsular polysaccharides are widely used and help to prevent millions of deaths every year. Here, we report total synthesis of oligosaccharides resembling portions of the S. pneumoniae serotype 7F (ST7F) capsular polysaccharide repeating unit. To define minimal glycan epitopes, glycan microarrays containing the synthetic oligosaccharides were used to screen human reference serum and revealed that both side chains of the ST7F play a key role in antigen recognition...
January 14, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330348/weak-epistasis-may-drive-adaptation-in-recombining-bacteria
#16
Brian J Arnold, Michael U Gutmann, Yonatan H Grad, Samuel K Sheppard, Jukka Corander, Marc Lipsitch, William P Hanage
The impact of epistasis on the evolution of multilocus traits depends on recombination. While sexually-reproducing eukaryotes recombine so frequently that epistasis between polymorphisms is not considered to play a large role in short-term adaptation, many bacteria also recombine, some to the degree that their populations are described as 'panmictic' or 'freely recombining'. However, whether this recombination is sufficient to limit the ability of selection to act on epistatic contributions to fitness is unknown...
January 12, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329755/detection-of-xisco-gene-for-identification-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-isolates
#17
Francisco Salvà-Serra, Gwendolyn Connolly, Edward R B Moore, Lucia Gonzales-Siles
We describe a PCR-assay differentiating Streptococcus pneumoniae from closely-related species of the Mitis group of the genus Streptococcus and identification of pneumococcus clinical isolates, based on the "Xisco" gene discriminatory marker. The complete "Xisco" gene sequence was observed in all S. pneumoniae genomes analyzed and absent in all non-pneumococcus genomes.
December 15, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329652/three-new-anthraquinone-derivatives-isolated-from-symplocos-racemosa-and-their-antibiofilm-activity
#18
Umar Farooq, Sara Khan, Sadia Naz, Ajmal Khan, Afsar Khan, Ayaz Ahmed, Abdur Rauf, Syed Majid Bukhari, Shujaat Ali Khan, Arfa Kamil, Nadia Riaz, Abdur Rahman Khan
Three new alkyl substituted anthraquinone derivatives, trivially named as symploquinones A-C (Compounds 1-3) were isolated from Symplocos racemosa. The structures of these compounds were determined on the basis of extensive spectroscopic analyses (UV, IR, Mass, 1H- and 13C-NMR, and two-dimensional (2D) NMR techniques). The resulting data were also compared with the reported literature. These compounds were then subjected to antibacterial or antibiofilm testing. Compounds 1 and 3 exhibited good antibacterial activity in the concentration range of 160-83 μg·mL-1 against Streptococcus mutans, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Proteus mirabilis...
December 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325684/respiratory-comorbidities-and-risk-of-mortality-in-hospitalized-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
#19
Keishi Oda, Kazuhiro Yatera, Yoshihisa Fujino, Takashi Kido, Tetsuya Hanaka, Konomi Sennari, Kiyohide Fushimi, Shinya Matsuda, Hiroshi Mukae
BACKGROUND: Respiratory comorbidities are frequently associated with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). However, little is known about their prognostic impact in hospitalized patients with IPF. We examined the impact of respiratory comorbidities on the mortality rates of hospitalized patients with IPF using a Japanese nationwide database. METHODS: We identified 5665 hospitalized patients diagnosed with IPF between April 2010 and March 2013. The primary outcome was defined as the in-hospital mortality at 30 days after admission...
January 2018: Respiratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323823/atrioesophageal-fistula-a-rare-complication-of-radiofrequency-ablation
#20
Inbar Saporta, Adithya Chennamadhavuni, Michael J Dolan
75-year-old woman was admitted with fever, chills, altered mentation, and right-sided weakness. A month earlier, she had undergone catheter radiofrequency ablation for treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation. A magnetic resonance imaging scan of her brain revealed septic emboli with multiple bilateral cerebral and cerebellar infarcts, as well as extensive bilateral leptomeningeal enhancement. Blood cultures were positive for Streptococcus mitis, Rothia mucilaginosa, Streptococcus pneumonia, and Candida albicans, which suggested a connection between gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems...
June 2017: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
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